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Archive for: Best Comics Poll Essays
The comics’ subculture continues as deaf and insular in its aesthetic criteria as ten years ago.
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.
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.
Voters could vote for the best comics, their favorite comics, or the most significant comics. Which made me wonder, what’s the difference?
We asked comics personnel of all stripes—creators, editors, journalists, academics, retailers—this question: What are the ten comics works you consider your favorites, the best, or the most significant?