Monday, January 23, 2017

The 2011 International Best Comics Poll--Participant Lists A-Bo

The International Best Comics Poll was first published at The Hooded Utilitarian in August of 2011. The material remains available at that site. I conceived, organized, and edited the project. I'm cross-publishing my posts and the participant lists here for personal archival purposes. Links to essay contributions by other writers will go to saved versions of The Hooded Utilitarian pages on

The following lists were submitted in response to the question, "What are the ten comics works you consider your favorites, the best, or the most significant?" All lists have been edited for consistency, clarity, and to fix minor copy errors. Unranked lists are alphabetized by title. In instances where the vote varies somewhat with the Top 115 entry the vote was counted towards, an explanation of how the vote was counted appears below it.

In the case of divided votes, only works fitting the description that received multiple votes on their own received the benefit. For example, in Jessica Abel's list, she voted for The Post-Superhero comics of David Mazzucchelli. That vote was divided evenly between
Asterios Polyp and Paul Auster's City of Glass because they fit that description and received multiple votes on their own. It was not in any way applied to the The Rubber Blanket Stories because that material did not receive multiple votes from other participants.

Jessica Abel
Cartoonist, La Perdida, Mirror, Window; co-editor, The Best American Comics series; instructor, School of Visual Arts

• The Collaborations, José Muñoz & Carlos Sampayo
Counted as a vote for The Alack Sinner and Le Bar à Joe [Joe’s Bar] Stories, José Muñoz & Carlos Sampayo
Fun Home, Alison Bechdel
• The Jimbo Stories, Gary Panter
• The Journalistic Comics, Joe Sacco
Counted as a vote for Palestine, Joe Sacco
• The Post-Superhero Comics, David Mazzucchelli
Counted as a 0.5 vote each for Asterios Polyp, David Mazzucchelli, and Paul Auster’s City of Glass, Paul Karasik & David Mazzucchelli
Terry and the Pirates, Milton Caniff
THB and Related Stories, Paul Pope
Wonder Woman, William Moulton Marston & Harry G. Peter
• Works, Blutch
• Works, Jaime Hernandez
Counted as a vote for The Locas Stories, Jaime Hernandez

Max Andersson
Cartoonist, Pixy, Death & Candy

Amy and Jordan, Mark Beyer
Felix, Jan Lööf
Jack Survives, Jerry Moriarity
Klas Katt, Gunnar Lundkvist
Krazy Kat, George Herriman
Moomin, Tove Jansson
Nancy, Ernie Bushmiller
Tekkon Kinkurîto [Black and White], Taiyo Matsumoto
Thimble Theatre, starring Popeye, E. C. Segar
Underworld, Kaz

Deb Aoki
Cartoonist, Bento Box; writer,

• (1.) Akira, Katsuhiro Otomo
• (2.) Kozure Ôkami [Lone Wolf and Cub], Kazuo Koike & Goseki Kojima
• (3.) Bishôjo Senshi Sêrâ Mûn [Sailor Moon], Naoko Takeuchi
• (4.) Ranma ½, Rumiko Takahashi
• (5.) Emma, Kaoru Mori
• (6.) Love and Rockets, Gilbert Hernandez & Jaime Hernandez
Counted as a 0.5 vote each for The Locas Stories, Jaime Hernandez, and The Palomar Stories, Gilbert Hernandez
• (7.) Elfquest, Wendy Pini & Richard Pini
• (8.) Vagabond, Takehiko Inoue
• (9.) Bone, Jeff Smith
• (10.) One Piece, Eiichiro Oda


1. Akira
Just a tour de force of graphic storytelling. Epic in scope and ambition with breathtaking art,
Akira is a uniquely Japanese statement on power, corruption, rebellion, friendship, betrayal, innocence lost, and so much more. It still blows me away every time I read it.

Lone Wolf and Cub
A masterwork. If you've read Frank Miller's
Daredevil or Rônin, and you haven't read Lone Wolf and Cub, you are really missing out. Beautiful brushwork, cinematic pacing, gut-wrenching action, heartbreaking, and historically fascinating.

Sailor Moon
I grew up reading
shôjo manga, so women creating comics was nothing new to me. But for a generation who experienced this shôjo adventure series, being exposed to the Sailor Moon manga (and anime) series was a watershed moment. While the U. S. comics biz thinks "strong female characters" must carry big guns and have even bigger boobs, Naoko Takeuchi showed how a comics creator can inspire and engage female readers without talking down to them.

Ranma ½
Frequently mentioned as a “gateway drug” to manga,
Ranma ½ was many readers’ first encounter with the kind of wacky, gender-bending fun that manga has to offer. This light-hearted romantic comedy is a rare comics series that appeals to both male and female readers--it's little wonder that Rumiko Takahashi is so popular. She may be a bit repetitive, but when she finds a formula that works, it works really well.

So elegantly drawn, so beautifully told. Kaoru Mori does so much with facial expressions and how she develops her characters. The short stories in volumes 8 and 9 illustrate how well she created her world and the richly realized characters who live in it. Her painstaking attention to historical accuracy never weighs down the story--she immerses the reader in a fully realized world, and shows the changes that occurred in England from the late 1800s to the early 1900s through the lives of the people, not just dry facts. If I ever want a pick-me-up, I read
Emma, Volume 10--the most satisfying ending to a manga or comics series I have read.

Love and Rockets
At a time when I was reading
X-Men and Daredevil, Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez showed me that comics could be about other stuff I cared about--like punk rock--and worlds I never knew, like life as a Latino in southern California. It made me realize I could draw comics about my experiences as a Japanese-American gal growing up in Hawaii, balancing my punk-rock and art-school life with my family traditions.

When I first encountered
Elfquest, I was in the sixth grade. It's hard to appreciate how revolutionary and different it was when it came out: a black-and-white comic by a female creator, high fantasy, and not from one of the Big Two (Marvel and DC). I love the original story-arcs of this series because they were so well thought-out, and infused with so much love for the characters and their readers.

Again, a beautifully drawn series. Takehiko Inoue really captures what it's like to swing a sword knowing that you could cut off someone's arm, or be sliced or stabbed in return. As you read this story, you really feel the weight of the sword, the feeling of flesh being cleaved, the blood, the fear of dying, and the exhilaration of battle. Breathtaking art, with a smartly told story about a young man who discovers that true strength comes from the spirit, not solely from his sword.

Ask anyone to recommend a comics series to a friend who doesn't usually read comics, or to a kid. Nine out of 10 times, people will recommend
Bone. For good reason! It's action-packed, funny, wonderfully drawn, and terrifically well told. This deserves to be in print forever.

One Piece
Every time I read
One Piece, I'm just astounded at Eiichiro Oda's inventive character designs, his infectious enthusiasm, and the heart and humor with which he infuses the story. The rest of the world is completely in love with this series--it's one of the highest-selling in Japan today, selling millions of copies each time a new volume comes out, and breaking sales records every time. It definitely deserves more props in the U.S.

Bonus: 11. Frank Miller’s
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
I know this one will be picked by almost everyone you ask, but I can’t exclude it from my list! I sometimes blame this whole "make all superheroes dark and gritty" trend on Frank Miller. But when it came out, it was shocking, astonishing, and punch-in-the-gut bats**t crazy (no pun intended). (O.K., maybe it was intended. Never mind.) I remember where I was when I first read it--how many comic books can you say that about?

Michael Arthur
Cartoonist, Funny Animal Books; contributing writer,

L’Ascension du haut-mal [Epileptic], David B.
Calvin and Hobbes, Bill Watterson
Cardcaptor Sakura, CLAMP
Concrete, Paul Chadwick
The Great Catsby, Doha
Klezmer, Joann Sfar
Love and Rockets, Gilbert Hernandez & Jaime Hernandez
Counted as a 0.5 vote each for The Locas Stories, Jaime Hernandez, and The Palomar Stories, Gilbert Hernandez
Moomin, Tove Jansson
Usagi Yojimbo, Stan Sakai
Varulvene i Montpellier [Werewolves of Montpellier], Jason

Nate Atkinson
Assistant Professor of Communication, Georgia State University

The ACME Novelty Library, Chris Ware
Counted as a 0.25 vote each for "Building Stories," Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth, Quimby the Mouse, and Rusty Brown, including “Lint”
Akira, Katsuhiro Otomo
• The Doom Patrol stories, Grant Morrison & Richard Case, with Scott Hanna, et al.
The Fate of the Artist, Eddie Campbell
Le Garage hermétique [The Airtight Garage], Jean “Moebius” Giraud
• The Jimbo stories, Gary Panter
The Kin-der-Kids, Lyonel Feininger
• “Love’s Savage Fury,” Mark Newgarden
Six Hundred and Seventy-Six Apparitions of Killoffer, Patrice Killoffer
• “The Trumpets They Play!”, Al Columbia

Derik Badman
Cartoonist, Things Change and Maroon; writer,; contributing writer,,

The End, Anders Nilsen
Fifty Days at Iliam, Cy Twombly
Hi no Tori [Phoenix], Osamu Tezuka
How to Be Everywhere, Warren Craghead
Journal (3), Fabrice Neaud
King-Cat Comics and Stories, John Porcellino
Krazy Kat, George Herriman
• The Locas Stories, Jaime Hernandez
Par les sillons [By the Furrows], Vincent Fortemps
Peanuts, Charles M. Schulz

J. T. Barbarese
Associate Professor of English, Rutgers University

Classic Comics: Frankenstein, art by Robert Webb & Ann Brewster, & Classics Illustrated: Treasure Island, art by Alex Blum
• The Cold War Political Cartoons, Herblock
A Contract with God and Other Tenement Stories, Will Eisner
• The MAD Stories, Will Elder
Counted as a vote for MAD #1-27, Harvey Kurtzman & Will Elder, Wallace Wood, Jack Davis, et al.
• The New Yorker Cartoons, Roz Chast
Peanuts, Charles M. Schulz
Pogo, Walt Kelly
The Sandman (especially Season of Mists), Neil Gaiman, et al.
Watchmen, Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
• The Zap Comix Stories, R. Crumb
Counted as a vote for The Counterculture-Era Stories, R. Crumb


Bill Elder's work in the Fifties and early Sixties for MAD magazine, particularly the film and comic strip parodies (of Archie comics, especially).

Roz Chast, anything she does or has done for
The New Yorker. Pure genius.

R. Crumb's
Zap stuff, and his creation of the single most memorable alternative-comix character, Mr. Natural.

Whoever did the art for the original
Classics Comics version of Treasure Island and Frankenstein

Will Eisner's
A Contract with God.

Neil Gaiman's
The Sandman (especially Season of Mists).


Charles M. Schulz, who along with Jules Feiffer essentially defines sophisticated mid-20th-century American irony.

Herblock's Cold War political cartoons (viz., his sequence on the Cuban Missile Crisis).

Walt Kelly's

And if illustrators were allowed: Boris Artzybasheff's work on Charles G. Finney’s
The Circus of Dr. Lao, and Joe Mugnani's amazing drawings for Ray Bradbury's October Country.

Edmond Baudoin
Cartoonist, Le voyage and Le chemin de Saint-Jean

Corto Maltese: Una balata del mare salato [A Ballad of the Salt Sea], Hugo Pratt
Le chemin de Saint-Jean [The Road to Saint-Jean], Edmond Baudoin
Fuochi [Fires], Lorenzo Mattotti
Maus: A Survivor’s Tale, Art Spiegelman
Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi

Jonathan Baylis
Cartoonist, So… Buttons

The ACME Novelty Library, Chris Ware
Counted as a 0.25 vote each for "Building Stories," Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth, Quimby the Mouse, and Rusty Brown, including "Lint".
American Splendor, Harvey Pekar, et al.
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Frank Miller, with Klaus Janson & Lynn Varley
• The Fantastic Four Stories, John Byrne
Grendel, Matt Wagner, et al.
Kozure Ôkami [Lone Wolf and Cub], Kazuo Koike & Goseki Kojima
Metropol, Ted McKeever
Preacher, Garth Ennis & Steve Dillon
• The Swamp Thing Stories, Alan Moore & Stephen R. Bissette, John Totleben, Rick Veitch, et al.
Yummy Fur, Chester Brown
Counted as a 0.33 vote each for Ed the Happy Clown, I Never Liked You, and The Playboy.


Faves, not Best, right?

Child/Teen in Me
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – Frank Miller – something about the combination of the crazy collector’s market at the time, HOT books and all that, with a story I actually loved at the time. What was I, 13?
Fantastic Four – John Byrne (particularly #245 – “Childhood’s End”) – something about Byrne’s FF run made me a fan for most of my life. I actually own the original art of the page where Franklin causes H.E.R.B.I.E’s destruction.
Lone Wolf and Cub - Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima – Liked the Frank Miller covers on these books when they were published by First, but loved the stories inside. So glad Dark Horse collected the entire series years later. So worth the wait.
Swamp Thing – Alan Moore, Steve Bissette & John Totleben – My one summer at a sleepaway camp, my grandmother bought me a bunch of comic books. Like a dozen Archies, and an Alan Moore Swamp Thing. I threw out the Archies.

Adult in Me
American Splendor – Harvey Pekar – Easily my biggest inspiration for doing my own auto-bio comics, even though I read Chester Brown, Seth, and Joe Matt first.
Grendel – Matt Wagner & Others (entire Comico run) During Web 1.0, I sought out this entire series and then read the whole thing in one fell swoop. One of the more ambitious projects of its kind that I’ve ever read.
ACME Novelty Library – Chris Ware – Somehow, I lucked out and actually caught this at Issue #1. Brilliant from the first page. I remember the hilarious moments, like those fake ads, more than the depressing Corrigan ones people always seem to refer to.
Metropol – Ted McKeever – Found these in London when I did a semester abroad at a comic shop owned by an ex-pat from Brooklyn! Something about it just hit me the right way. No one is like McKeever.
Preacher – Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon – Easily Ennis’s best work. It strikes so many chords with me with its combination of macabre humor and romance.
Yummy Fur – Chester Brown (entire run, not just storylines turned into graphic novels) – These simply knocked me on my ass.To go from the surreal and fantastic Ed the Happy Clown to the most frank, revealing auto-bio comics of its time. Amazing.

Books I wish I could’ve included somehow:
Asterios Polyp, Beanworld, Bone, Blueberry, Concrete, Daredevil: Born Again, Donjon [Dungeon], Maus, Miracleman, Moonshadow, My New York Diary, The Sandman, Strangers in Paradise.

Melinda Beasi

Banana Fish, Akimi Yoshida
Boku no Chikyû o Mamotte [Please Save My Earth], Saki Hiwatari
Flower of Life, Fumi Yoshinaga
Hagane no Renkinjutsushi [Fullmetal Alchemist], Hiromu Arakawa
Hikaru no Go, Yumi Hotta & Takeshi Obata
Kirihito Sanka [Ode to Kirihito], Osamu Tezuka
Maison Ikkoku, Rumiko Takahashi
Paradise Kiss, Ai Yazawa
Tôkyô Babylon, CLAMP
Wild Adapter, Kazuya Minekura


A fairly arbitrary list of ten of my favorite comics, subject to change at any particular moment, and in no particular order.

With one major exception, I restricted this list to completed series (or, at least, completed in Japan, and very nearly completed here).

Terry Beatty
Co-creator & illustrator, Ms. Tree; inker, The Batman Adventures

Dick Tracy, Chester Gould
The Fantastic Four, Stan Lee & Jack Kirby, with Joe Sinnott, et al.
Kozure Ôkami [Lone Wolf and Cub], Kazuo Koike & Goseki Kojima
Li’l Abner, Al Capp
MAD #1-27, Harvey Kurtzman & Will Elder, Wallace Wood, Jack Davis, et al.
Prince Valiant, Hal Foster
Spider-Man, Stan Lee & Steve Ditko
Terry and the Pirates, Milton Caniff
Thimble Theatre, starring Popeye, E.C. Segar
Tintin, Hergé

Robert Beerbohm
Comics historian,; pioneering comic-book retailer

Calvin and Hobbes, Bill Watterson
• The Four-Color one-shots featuring Donald Duck, Carl Barks
Counted as a vote for The Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge Stories, Carl Barks
Histoire de M. Vieux Bois [The Adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck], Rodolphe Töpffer
Counted as a vote for Works, Rodolphe Töpffer
Pogo, Walt Kelly
Polly and Her Pals, Cliff Sterrett (mainly between 1927-1934; after that he used helper ghosts)
Powerhouse Pepper, Basil Wolverton
Prince Valiant, Hal Foster
• The Single-Panel Animal Cartoons, T. S. Sullivant
Spider-Man, Stan Lee & Steve Ditko
The Spirit, Will Eisner

Piet Beerends
Cartoonist, Idiosyncs and Light Bulb Face

• (1.) Calvin and Hobbes, Bill Watterson
• (2.) Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Frank Miller, with Klaus Janson and Lynn Varley
• (3.) The Far Side, Gary Larson
• (4.) Watchmen, Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
• (5.) Bloom County, Berkeley Breathed
• (6.) The New Yorker Cartoons, Charles Addams
• (7.) Doonesbury, Garry B. Trudeau


I think this would have worked better with a separate list for comic strips and single-panel comics (à la The New Yorker and political cartoons).

Calvin and Hobbes is my favorite by a wide margin, even though it hasn't influenced my own work at all. Such a fantastic strip. Watterson is an amazing talent, and quit before the strip ever showed any signs of weakness, or a lack of new ideas. He went out on a high note, and never, ever sold out.

Alice Bentley
Office manager, Studio Foglio

Beanworld, Larry Marder
Bone, Jeff Smith
Digger, Ursula Vernon
Furûtsu Basaketto [Fruits Basket], Natsuki Takaya
Girl Genius, Phil Foglio & Kaja Foglio
Groo the Wanderer, Sergio Aragonés, with Mark Evanier, Tom Luth, and Stan Sakai
Pogo, Walt Kelly
The Sandman, Neil Gaiman, et al.
Strangers in Paradise, Terry Moore
Usagi Yojimbo, Stan Sakai


Thank you for putting this project together!

[About the vote for
Girl Genius] It's not just loyalty to my employers that prompts me to list this--I really feel they are doing some groundbreaking work.

Eric Berlatsky
Associate Professor of English, Florida Atlantic University; author, The Real, the True, and the Told: Postmodern Historical Narrative and the Ethics of Representation

• (1.) Peanuts, Charles M. Schulz (especially 1955-1965)
• (2.) Watchmen, Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
• (3.) The Locas Stories, Jaime Hernandez
• (4.) The MAD Cartoons, Don Martin
• (5.) Calvin and Hobbes, Bill Watterson
• (6.) The Far Side, Gary Larson
• (7.) The Animal Man Stories, Grant Morrison & Chas Truog, with Doug Hazlewood, et al.
• (8.) The Fate of the Artist, Eddie Campbell
• (9.) Little Nemo in Slumberland, Winsor McCay
• (10.) The Ambush Bug Stories, Keith Giffen & Robert Loren Fleming


[About the vote for the Locas stories] If I had to choose one “graphic novel,” I’d probably go with Wigwam Bam. Ghost of Hoppers is also really good!

[About the vote for the
Ambush Bug stories] The DC Comics Presents and Action Comics guest appearances, the Ambush Bug mini-series, the Son of Ambush Bug mini-series, the Nothing Special, and the Stocking Stuffer. Not the recent mediocre revival.

Noah Berlatsky
Publisher/editor,; contributing writer, the Chicago Reader, Comixology, Splice

Daruma [Not Know], Jiun Onkô
• “Hanshin [Hanshin: Half-God]”, Moto Hagio
Counted as a vote for A Drunken Dream and Other Stories, Moto Hagio
Likewise, Ariel Schrag
Little Nemo in Slumberland, Winsor McCay
Manga [The Sketches], Katsushika Hokusai
Oscar Wilde’s Salomé, Aubrey Beardsley
Peanuts, Charles M. Schulz
• “Second Chance for a Deadman," featuring Batman and Deadman, Bob Haney & Jim Aparo
Watchmen, Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
Wonder Woman, William Moulton Marston & Harry G. Peter


Since I am hosting this, I gratuitously insist on having it noted that the last two I cut off my list were Art Young’s Inferno and Marley’s Dokebi Bride.

Sean Bieri
Cartoonist, Jape; design director and illustrator, Detroit MetroTimes

Asterios Polyp, David Mazzucchelli
• “Bimbos from Hell,” Krystine Kryttre
Fun Home, Alison Bechdel
Hortus Sanitatis, Frédéric Coché
• “Hypothetical Quandary,” Harvey Pekar & R. Crumb
Counted as a vote for American Splendor, Harvey Pekar, with R. Crumb, et al.
Illegal Batman, Ed Pinsent
Kaze no Tani no Naushika [Nausicäa of the Valley of the Wind], Hayao Miyazaki
Kliban in a Box, B. Kliban
Counted as a vote for Works, B. Kliban
Tumbleweeds, T.K. Ryan
Vent litt... [Hey, Wait], Jason

Corey Blake

Asterios Polyp, David Mazzucchelli
Bone, Jeff Smith
Calvin and Hobbes, Bill Watterson
Hark! A Vagrant, Kate Beaton
Maus: A Survivor’s Tale, Art Spiegelman
Peanuts, Charles M. Schulz
Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi
Scott Pilgrim, Bryan Lee O’Malley
Understanding Comics, Scott McCloud
The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman & Tony Moore and Charles Adlard

“Bobsy Mindless”
Contributing writer,

L’Ascension du haut-mal [Epileptic], David B.
Cerebus (the Church and State, Jaka’s Story, and Melmoth volumes), Dave Sim & Gerhard
Flex Mentallo, Grant Morrison & Frank Quitely
The Invisibles, Grant Morrison & Steve Yeowell, Phil Jiminez, et al.
Maniac 5, Mark Millar & Steve Yeowell
Marshal Law, Pat Mills & Kevin O’Neill
The New Gods, Jack Kirby, with Mike Royer, et al.
Counted as a vote for The Fourth World Stories, Jack Kirby, with Mike Royer, et al.
Promethea, Alan Moore & J. H. Williams III, with Mick Gray, et al.
The Punisher MAX, Garth Ennis, et al.
Rogan Gosh, Peter Milligan & Brendan McCarthy

Kristin Bomba
Contributing writer,

Ayako, Osamu Tezuka
Bone, Jeff Smith
52, Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid, et al.
Furûtsu Basaketto [Fruits Basket], Natsuki Takaya
Lex Luthor: Man of Steel, Brian Azzarello & Lee Bermejo
Nijusseiki Shônen [20th Century Boys], Naoki Urasawa
Ôoku [Ôoku: The Inner Chambers], Fumi Yoshinaga
The Sandman, Neil Gaiman, et al.
Sukippu Bitô! [Skip Beat!], Yoshiki Nakamura
Y: The Last Man, Brian K. Vaughan & Pia Guerra, with José Marzán, Jr., et al.


Bone, by Jeff Smith. No other comic I've seen can hit such a wide range of readers, in terms of age, sex, or genre preference. Nearly everyone who has seen it loves it. It sells like crack. It's fantastically drawn, well written, and a truly great read.

Fruits Basket, by Natsuki Takaya. It wasn't my very first manga, but it was the title that turned me into a serious manga reader.

Lex Luthor: Man of Steel, by Brian Azzarello and illustrated by Lee Bermejo. This brilliant mini-series paints Luthor in a sympathetic light, detailing why he despises Superman so thoroughly.

Ôoku: The Inner Chambers, by Fumi Yoshinaga. It's hard for me to pick one of Yoshinaga's works, but I would feel remiss for not including any of them. Ôoku, with its beautifully simple style (yet incredible amount of detail), historical setting, rewrite of history, and intriguing view of feminism make it an absolute must-read for anyone.

Ayako, by Osamu Tezuka. Again, it's hard to pick one Tezuka work, but I have a special interest in stories about outside influences on traditional cultures, so this one really clicks with me.

20th Century Boys, by Naoki Urasawa. Because it's brilliant.

52 by Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, and Mark Waid (with layouts by Keith Giffen), from DC Comics. An amazing undertaking, publishing a comic every week. But they pulled it off, and kept the quality consistently high from issue to issue.

Y: The Last Man, by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra. One of my first real forays into comic books was this brilliant story about the literal last man on Earth.

The Sandman, by Neil Gaiman (and various artists). Fantastic, and perfect for a literature and mythology junkie like myself.

Skip Beat!, by Yoshiki Nakamura. I just adore it so much, I can't get enough!

Alex Boney
Writer,, Back Issue!, and Guttergeek

• (1.) The Question, Denny O’Neil & Denys Cowan
• (2.) The Invisibles, Grant Morrison & Steve Yeowell, Phil Jiminez, et al.
• (3.) The Sandman, Neil Gaiman, et al.
• (4.) From Hell, Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell
• (5.) Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth, Chris Ware
• (6.) All-Star Superman, Grant Morrison & Frank Quitely
• (7.) Fun Home, Alison Bechdel
• (8.) Watchmen, Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
• (9.) The Spirit, Will Eisner
• (10.) Peanuts, Charles M. Schulz

The 2011 Best International Comics Poll Index

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