I realized that I promised you some stocking stockers for December, but then it occurred to me: why not just approach the whole thing Tom Sawyer-style, and get a few tastemakers from around the industry to help paint this year end fence by picking their top five books for 2012. We've got a couple of dozen folks, including cartoonists, writers, critics, educators, publishers, librarians and podcasters singling out some of the best pieces of sequential art the past 12 months had to offer.
No surprise that Building Stories, the latest masterwork from Chris Ware rated at the top of the top of the list. Tied for second place are Brandon Graham's Prophet and two Fantagraphics titles, Barack Hussein Obama and Heads or Tails, by Steven Weissman and Lilli Carre, respectively. Directly below, you'll find a list of those titles that scored multiple picks and further down, reviews from the panel members themselves, featuring more than enough comics to help you survive the holidays in mostly one piece.
Building Stories, by Chris Ware
Prophet, by Brandon Graham, et al.
Barack Hussein Obama, by Steven Weissman
Heads or Tails, by Lilli Carre
Are You My Mother?, by Alison Bechdel
The Nao of Brown, by Glyn Dillon
Zegas #2, by Michel Fiffe
My Friend Dahmer, by Derf
By This Shall You Know Him, by Jesse Jacobs
The Hypo, by Noah Van Sciver
No Straight Lines, edited by Justin Hall
Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me: a Graphic Memoir by Ellen Forney
Suspect Device #2, edited by Josh Bayer
Batman by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo
Cleveland by Harvey Pekar, Joseph Remnant
The Voyeurs by Gabrielle Bell
Goliath by Tom Gauld Read the rest