Originally posted to my old Tumblr. Lots of good stuff this year. Strangely heavy on nonfiction/memoir. I guess that’s a genre I like more than I would have expected myself to.
10. Freak Angels
by Warren Ellis & Paul Duffield
A unique take on superheroes and post-apocalypse settings. (apparently has been adapted as an animation but I haven’t seen it)
by Heather Nunelly
One of my favorite indie webcomics I’ve stumbled on (via Artist Alley at NYCC). Great artwork and sci-fi action.
8. The Martian
by Andy Weir
It’s very math heavy at some points, but I was utterly fascinated with the plausible scenario and possible solutions.
7. Dog Years
by Mark Doty
I read this because it shared a lot of parallels to my own experience from the last few years.
6. Top 10
by Alan Moore & Gene Ha
This honestly might be my favorite Alan Moore original. Superhero stuff can get tedious, but this really brought something unique to the equation.
5. Star Wars: The Hand of Thrawn
by Timothy Zahn
I did not appreciate this two-book series as a kid because slow-burn political thriller wasn’t really my thing. It is now. I also love how Zahn ret-conned some of the cheesiest parts of the Star Wars canon. It’s a shame Disney won’t be adapting any of these.
4. Between the World and Me
by Ta Nehisi Coates
Read this for a book club. Quick read, powerful, and for the present moment. Highly recommended.
3. The Saga of Swamp Thing
by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette, and various others.
Started and absolutely love this series so far. The third issue that Moore did is one of the single best issues of a comic that I have read.
by Jeff Lemire & Dustin Nguyen
This series is stunning to look at. The world-building and character are great. i can’t wait to see where it goes.
1. On Writing: A Memoir on the Craft
by Stephen King
I tried reading this in high school but abandoned it. I found it to be a great place to start for inspiring one to write. I will never be a pantser the way King is, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t knowledge to glean from him.
There are always a few that didn’t quite make the top ten but are still worthy of mentioning.
Beyond: The Queer Sci-fir & Fantasy Comic Anthology
Edited by: Sfé R. Monster
by Issac Asimov
by Daniel Jose Older
Knights of the Old Republic
by: John Jackson Miller, Brian Ching, and various other artists
Kick-Ass Ongoing Series:
Lots of comics this year, and a list of big ongoing series that I felt worth mentioning.
by Brian K. Vaughn & Fiona Staples
Avatar: The Last Airbender
by: Gene Luen Yang, Bryan Konietzko, Michael Dante DiMartino, & Gurihiru.
by: Jason Aaron & John Cassaday
by: Kieron Gillen & Salvador Larroca.