40. DOGS OF WAR
Nathan Fox and Sheila Keenan’s heart-wrenching, half-century-spanning tale of soldiers and soldiers’ best friends is old-fashioned in its storytelling and forward-looking in its gorgeously sleek illustration.
39. Will Laren
38. Z2 Comics
7 and 1/2 minutes of the gospel truth. The toys, comics, cartoons, and games of the ’80s turned our entire generation into satanists. Watch this as you perform your daily sacrifice.
33. DUCKTALES REMASTERED
Welcome back, Scrooge. We’re probably happiest about the almost-as-good remake of the best video game song ever written.
32. TOMMY TAYLOR AND THE SHIP THAT SANK TWICE
31. AGE & ORDER
This is why 3D film-making was invented. A heart-stopping, awe-inspiring, claustrophobic theme park ride in the guise of a movie.
29. FROM THE CLOUDS
Jerel Dye‘s beautifully painted fairy tale of peace on earth and our strange helpers from above.
28. SOME PEOPLE
27. BLADES & LAZERS
26. THIS NATURE VIDEO
What is happening at 1:08 (in this gorgeous and inspiring montage)??
25. WE WERE LIKE GHOSTS/WE GHOSTS WERE LIKE
An hour long taped phone conversation between a 30-year-old Bob Dylan and Dylanologist/trash-picking goon A.J. Weberman. A time capsule, and a window into the wonderful mundanity behind the myth.
23. DC ONE MILLION
22. FOLLOW ME TO
21. SEX CRIMINALS
The new Arcade Fire album is a bloated mess of self-indulgent awesomeness.
We are in the midst of an aggressive hiring campaign to bring him to Locust Moon, bow tie and all.
17. MULTIPLE WARHEADS: DOWNFALL
15. QUARTER MOON 2…and everyone who backed us KICKSTARTER
We are very proud to present these gnarly, brain-smashing tales of vengeful lobsters, incompetent wizards, black-magic cats, and the Eraserhood. And we couldn’t have done it without you. Sincerely: thank you.
14. 12 YEARS A SLAVE
Steve McQueen’s incredible adaptation of one of the most important pieces of American literature simply bowled us over.
13. MARVEL KNIGHTS: SPIDER-MAN
12. Savage Sun
The maestro Mr. Comey created the glorious animation for SAVAGE SUN’s new single. Suburbia’s never looked more incendiary.
10. FANTASY BASKETBALL
Sam Bosma’s Zelda-meets-NBA Jam comic was easily one of the funniest, most exciting, beautifully drawn, and emotionally engaging comics of the year. It had us jumping out of our chairs like we were right there in the stands.
9. ART SPIEGELMAN
We met the master at Liniers’ TOON BOOKS event in Brooklyn, where we smoked cigarettes and talked about McCay. He was warm, wise, and engaged, and he told us an incredible story about…
8. WOODY GELMAN
The man who rescued Little Nemo. His saga will be detailed in some form in DREAM ANOTHER DREAM. Speaking of which…
Dean Motter, Hans Rickheit, Jeremy Baum, J.H. Williams III, David Mack, George Pratt, Nate Powell, Toby Cypress, Tom Neely, Denis Kitchen, Carla Speed McNeil, Gabriel Bá, and Fábio Moon all board the Slumberland Express. This train is bound for glory.
6. OUT OF SKIN
Emily Carroll’s comics are beautiful and terrifying in equal measure. OUT OF SKIN is a truly masterful work — a horror comic that actually frightens, leaves you short of breath, with eyes darting towards every dark corner of the room.
5. THE EARFARMER
Our own Chris Stevens and Farel Dalrymple break ground on their sci-fi love song, to be serialized in DARK HORSE PRESENTS.
4. BATTLING BOY
With this much brilliant cartooning and this many ravenous readers in one room, it’s almost possible to squint your eyes and imagine that independent comics is the medium it deserves to be.
2. LOCUST MOON COMICS FESTIVAL (Mark II)
We’re not saying it was BETTER than SPX…but it was ours. And it seemed to make people happy. Also sweaty. We were blessed with an incredible collection of creators (and lots of delicious food) who made the old Rotunda one of the warmest – figuratively! – places on earth. Never mind the stress it took to make it happen or the scaffolding or the global warming. In the end, it worked. We can’t wait for next year’s.
1. SANDMAN: OVERTURE
We couldn’t imagine a more spectacular return to one of comics’ greatest narratives. J.H. Williams does the best work of his constantly-astonishing career, Neil Gaiman’s writing sparkles, and this saga is as rapturously beautiful as we remember it. Who says you can’t go home again?