Day: June 16, 2011

What are the Ten Best Comics ever?

What is the absolute best of the best comics? What is the art form’s canon?

Robert Stanley Martin of the comics criticism and commentary blog/magazine The Hooded Utilitarian has been polling the minds of comics creators, the comics press, retailers, educators and other relevant people to answer that question. Suitable material can be comic strips, political cartoons, comic books, graphic novels, manga, webcomics, anything that can be considered sequential art and/or the combination of words and pictures to express something.

I’m told they have over 100 lists from several continents submitted so far. I was invited to submit my list, which I just did, even though it’s a completely and utterly impossible task. At the end of the month, they’ll shut the door and start the counting. So if you are in any way involved in comics, answer this question: What are the ten comics works you consider your favorites, the best, or the most significant? Be sure to read the full guidelines. Then send your answers to with a brief explanation of your credentials. In August, they’ll start to unveil the results, followed by the publication of everyone’s lists. I’ll reproduce my list over here, along with what I wish I included, embarrassing omissions and my reaction to the results.