For the last few years The Guardian has done a “best of the year” comics roundup. It’s pretty good. Lots of sites do it. We do one too – it’s practically a Christmas tradition.
Just as much of a tradition, however, is pointing and laughing at The Guardian’s for being:
- basically just whatever Jonathan Cape published that year
- a little bit nose-in-the-air Worthy/joyless
This year’s did not disappoint:
When I began writing about graphic novels a decade ago, I remember worrying slightly about the supply line: would I really be able to find a good one to review every month?
[but…] if there isn’t something to suit everyone on the bulging list that follows, I’ll eat my copy of Persepolis.
Anchoring your readers on Persepolis, saying “Graphic Novels”, authorizing yourself with the decade thing, and worrying that (in 2006, FFS) there weren’t enough? There’s a klaxon or two sounding there, a grasp for validity.
The list that follows is – of course – mostly from Serious Publisher Jonathan Cape.
But is our scepticism really fair? We did a budget data journalism to find out.