Best Comics Poll Essays

Some Closing Thoughts on the Poll

Criticism isn’t about being right or wrong; it’s about helping people see work in new and more insightful ways. That can and should go on forever.

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Comics’ Expanded Field and Other Pet Peeves

The comics’ subculture continues as deaf and insular in its aesthetic criteria as ten years ago.

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Manga and the Best Comics Poll

It comes as little surprise, then, that many of the manga on the Best Comics list are ones that outlived the market’s dramatic boom-and-bust cycle.

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Embalmed Ones, Fabulous Ones, Those That Tremble as if They Were Mad

There are no outrageous surprises on the collated Eurocomics list (though individual choices, of course, are more idiosyncratic). Rather, the critics who participated in the poll chose works which (a) have been translated into English, (b) have been canonically sanctioned as works of influence and merit by important critics, and/or (c) span the major periods of Eurocomics production.

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Favorites vs. Best

Voters could vote for the best comics, their favorite comics, or the most significant comics. Which made me wonder, what’s the difference?

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The HU Lady List

Women in the list of 115 best comics.

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