What’s in Store: A Very Good Year!

It’s come that time when Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery curator Larry Reid chooses his favorite comix of the year. I customarily select about a dozen outstanding titles. This being a banner year for contemporary comix, I’ll be more expansive this time, listing my top twenty. This exercise is subjective by nature. I try to avoid the term “best,” preferring instead to name the books that most appealed to me.  20. Doukhobor Comics by Rose Driver. What’s not to like about an eccentric anarchist/nudist/arsonist religious cult that, with the help of Leo Tolstoy, made their way from Russia to the Pacific…

What’s in Store

   When visiting Seattle this summer, make a mandatory stop at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in the historic Georgetown arts community. Search for coveted single-issues of Eightball, Hate, JIM, Palestine, Love & Rockets, and other hard to find merchandise. Check out original art and prints by your favorite artists. This week you can pick up a copy of the new edition of Phoebe Gloeckner‘s Diary of a Teenage Girl along with a revealing 2004 interview by Gary Groth in The Comics Journal #261. The new film, featuring Kristin Wiig, Alexander Skarsgard and Bel Powley opens locally on Friday. Looks fascinating.