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Logan’s Favorite Comics of 2020

2020 definitely felt like a year where I embraced comics in all their different formats and genres from the convenient, satisfying graphic novella to the series of loosely connected and curated one shots and even the door stopper of an omnibus/hardcover or that charming webcomic that comes out one or twice a week on Instagram. This was partially due to the Covid-19 pandemic that shut down comics’ traditional direct market for a bit so I started reviewing webcomics, trade paperbacks, graphic novels and nonfiction even after this supply chain re-opened. I also co-hosted and edited two seasons of a podcast about indie comics where we basically read either a trade every week for discussion, and that definitely meant spending more time with that format. However, floppy fans should still be happy because I do have a traditional ongoing series on my list as well as some minis.

Without further ado, here are my favorite comics of 2020.

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10. Marvels Snapshots (Marvel)

Curated by original Marvels writer Kurt Busiek and with cover art by original Marvels artist Alex Ross, Marvels Snapshots collects seven perspectives on on the “major” events of the Marvel Universe from the perspectives of ordinary people from The Golden Age of the 1940s to 2006’s Civil War. It’s cool to get a more character-driven and human POV on the ol’ corporate IP toy box from Alan Brennert and Jerry Ordway exploring Namor the Submariner’s PTSD to Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer, and Benjamin Dewey showing the real reason behind Johnny Storm’s airhead celebrity act. There’s also Mark Russell and Ramon Perez’s take on the classic Captain America “Madbomb” storyline, Barbara Kesel’s and Staz Johnson’s sweet, Bronze Age-era romance between two first responders as the Avengers battle a threat against the city, and Saladin Ahmed and Ryan Kelly add nuance to the superhuman Civil War by showing how the Registration Act affects a Cape-Killer agent as well as a young elemental protector of Toledo, Ohio, who just wants to help his community and do things like purify water. However, the main reason Marvels Snapshots made my “favorite” list was Jay Edidin and Tom Reilly‘s character-defining work showing the pre-X-Men life of Cyclops as he struggles with orphan life, is inspired by heroes like Reed Richards, and lays the groundwork for the strategist, leader, and even revolutionary that appears in later comics.

9. Fangs (Tapas)

Fangs is cartoonist Sarah Andersen’s entry into the Gothic romance genre and was a light, funny, and occasionally sexy series that got me through a difficult year. Simply put, it follows the relationship of a vampire named Elsie and a werewolf named Jimmy, both how they met and their life together. Andersen plays with vampire and werewolf fiction tropes and sets up humorous situations like a date night featuring a bloody rare steak and a glass of blood instead of wine, Jimmy having an unspoken animosity against mail carriers, and just generally working around things like lycanthropy every 28 days and an aversion to sunlight. As well as being hilarious and cute, Fangs shows Sarah Andersen leveling up as an artist as she works with deep blacks, different eye shapes and textures, and more detailed backgrounds to match the tone of her story while not skimping on the relatable content that made Sarah’s Scribbles an online phenomenon.

8. Heavy #1-3 (Vault)

I really got into Vault Comics this year. (I retroactively make These Savage Shores my favorite comic of 2019.) As far as prose, I mainly read SF, and Vault nicely fills that niche in the comics landscape and features talented, idiosyncratic creative teams. Heavy is no exception as Max Bemis, Eryk Donovan, and Cris Peter tell the story of Bill, who was gunned down by some mobsters, and now is separated from his wife in a place called “The Wait” where he has to set right enough multiversal wrongs via violence to be reunited with her in Heaven. This series is a glorious grab bag of hyperviolence, psychological examinations of toxic masculinity, and moral philosophy. Heavy also has a filthy and non-heteronormative sense of humor. Donovan and Peter bring a high level of chaotic energy to the book’s visuals and are game for both tenderhearted flashbacks as well as brawls with literal cum monsters. In addition to all this, Bemis and Donovan aren’t afraid to play with and deconstruct their series’ premise, which is what makes Heavy my ongoing monthly comic.

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7. Maids (Fantagraphics)

Writer/artist Katie Skelly puts her own spin on the true crime genre in Maids, a highly stylized account of Christine and Lea Papin murdering their employers in France during the 1930s. Skelly’s linework and eye popping colors expertly convey the trauma and isolation that the Papins go through as they are at the beck and call of the family they work almost 24/7. Flashbacks add depth and context to Christine and Lea’s characters and provide fuel to the fire of the class warfare that they end up engaging in. Skelly’s simple, yet iconic approach character design really allowed me to connect with the Papins and empathize with them during the build-up from a new job to murder and mayhem. Maids is truly a showcase for a gifted cartoonist and not just a summary of historical events.

6. Grind Like A Girl (Gumroad/Instagram)

In her webcomic Grind Like A Girl, cartoonist Veronica Casson tells the story of growing up trans in 1990s New Jersey. The memoir recently came to a beautiful conclusion with Casson showing her first forays into New York, meeting other trans women, and finding a sense of community with them that was almost the polar opposite of her experiences in high school. I’ve really enjoyed seeing the evolution of Veronica Casson’s art style during different periods of her life from an almost Peanuts vibe for her childhood to using more flowing lines, bright colors, and ambitious panel layouts as an older teen and finally an adult. She also does a good job using the Instagram platform to give readers a true “guided view” experience and point out certain details before putting it all together in a single page so one can appreciate the comic at both a macro/micro levels. All in all, Grind Like A Girl is a personal and stylish coming of age memoir from Veronica Casson, and I look forward to seeing more of her work.

5. Papaya Salad (Dark Horse)

Thai/Italian cartoonist Elisa Macellari tells an unconventional World War II story in Papaya Salad, a recently translated history comic about her great uncle Sompong, who just wanted to see the world. However, he ended up serving with the Thai diplomatic corps in Italy, Germany, and Austria during World War II. Macellari uses a recipe for her great uncle’s favorite dish, papaya salad, to structure the comic, and her work has a warm, dreamlike quality to go with the reality of the places that Sampong visits and works at. Also, it’s very refreshing to get a non-American or British perspective on this time in history as Sampong grapples with the shifting status of Thailand during the war as well as the racism of American soldiers, who celebrate the atomic bomb and lump him and his colleagues with the Japanese officers, and are not shown in a very positive light. However, deep down, Papaya Salad is a love story filled with small human moments that make life worth living, like appetizing meals, jokes during dark times, and faith in something beyond ourselves. It’s a real showcase of the comics medium’s ability to tell stories from a unique point of view.

4. Pulp (Image)

Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (with colorist Jacob Phillips) are two creators whose work has graced my “favorite comics” list many times. And this time they really outdid themselves with the graphic novella Pulp about the final days of Max Winters, a gunslinger-turned-Western dime novelist. It’s a character study peppered with flashbacks as Phillips and Phillips use changes in body posture and color palette to show Max getting older while his passion for resisting those who would exploit others is still intact. Basically, he can shoot and rob fascists just like he shot and robbed cattle barons back in the day. Brubaker and Phillips understand that genre fiction doesn’t exist in a vacuum and is informed by the historical context around it, which is what makes Pulp such a compelling read. If you like your explorations of the banality of evil and creeping specter of fascism with heists, gun battles, and plenty of introspection, then this is the comic for you.

3. My Riot (Oni Press)

Music is my next favorite interest after comics so My Riot was an easy pick for my favorite comics list. The book is a coming of age story filtered through 1990s riot girl music from writer Rick Spears and artist Emmett Helen. It follows the life of Valerie, who goes from doing ballet and living a fairly conservative suburban life to being the frontwoman and songwriter for a cult riot girl band. Much of this transformation happens through Helen’s art and colors as his palette comes to life just as Valerie does when she successfully calls out some audience members/her boyfriend for being sexist and patronizing. The comic itself also takes on a much more DIY quality with its layouts and storytelling design as well as how the characters look and act. My Riot is about the power of music to find one’s identify and true self and build a community like The Proper Ladies do throughout the book. Valerie’s arc is definitely empowering and relatable for any queer kid, who was forced to conform to way of life and thinking that wasn’t their own.

2. Getting It Together #1-3 (Image)

I’ll let you in on a little secret: slice of life is my all-time favorite comic book genre. So, I was overjoyed when writers Sina Grace and Omar Spahi, artist Jenny D. Fine, and colorist Mx. Struble announced that they were doing a monthly slice of life comic about a brother, sister, and their best friend/ex-boyfriend (respectively) set in San Francisco that also touched on the gay and indie music scene. And Getting It Together definitely has lifted up to my pre-release hype as Grace and Spahi have fleshed out a complex web of relationships and drama with gorgeous and occasionally hilarious art by Fine and Struble. There are gay and bisexual characters all over the book with different personalities and approaches to life, dating, and relationships, which is refreshing too. Grace, Spahi, and Fine also take some time away from the drama to let us know about the ensemble cast’s passions and struggles like indie musician Lauren’s lifelong love for songwriting even if her band has a joke name (Nipslip), or her ex-boyfriend Sam’s issues with mental health. I would definitely love to spend more than four issues with these folks.

1. The Impending Blindness of Billie Scott (Avery Hill)

My favorite comic of 2020 was The Impending Blindness of Billie Scott , a debut graphic novel by cartoonist Zoe Thorogood. The premise of the comic is that Billie is an artist who is going blind in two weeks, and she must come up with some paintings for her debut gallery show during that time period. The Impending Blindness of Billie Scott boasts an adorably idiosyncratic cast of characters that Thorogood lovingly brings to life with warm visuals and naturalistic dialogue as Billie goes from making art alone in her room to making connections with the people around her, especially Rachel, a passionate folk punk musician. The book also acts as a powerful advocate for the inspirational quality of art and the act of creation. Zoe Thorogood even creates “art within the art” and concludes the story with the different portraits that Billie painted throughout her travels. The Impending Blindness of Billie Scott was the hopeful comic that I needed in a dark year and one I will cherish for quite some time as I ooh and aah over Thorogood’s skill with everything from drawing different hair styles to crafting horrific dream sequences featuring eyeballs.

SFSX #1 Heads Back to Print Before Wednesday’s Release

Award-winning kink culture writer Tina Horn and artist Michael Dowling are turning heads with their highly anticipated, sex-positive comic book series SfSx and a rare rush to second printing ordered by Image Comics ahead of Wednesday’s release. This second printing will feature new cover artwork by artist Katie Skelly.

SfSx is ramping up to be one of the most talked about series of the year with this second printing already underway, a launch party at Bluestockings Bookstore, Cafe & Activist Center, and appearances at New York Comic Con next month including signings, panels, and offsite events booked.

Set in a draconian America where sexuality is bureaucratized and policed, SfSx follows a group of queer sex workers keeping the magic alive in an underground club called the Dirty Mind. Using their unique bondage skills, they resolve to infiltrate the mysterious government Pleasure Center, free their friends, and fight the power. 

The much buzzed-about new series was first announced under the former DC Vertigo line and makes its new home at Image Comics. 

SfSx #1 is available at comic book shops this week on Wednesday, September 25.

The SfSx #1 second printing (Diamond Code AUG198267) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, October 23. 

SfSx #1 will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including the official Image Comics iOS app, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.

SfSx #2 (Diamond Code AUG190210) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, October 30. 

SfSx #3 (Diamond Code SEP190213) will feature guest artist Alejandra Gutiérrez and be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, November 20. 

SfSx #4 (Diamond Code OCT190245) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, December 18.

SFSX #1 2nd printing

Twisted Romance: Valentine’s Day special with Alex de Campi, Alejandra Gutierrez, Katie Skelly & Trungels. Listen on Demand

Critically acclaimed writer Alex de Campi teams up with some of comics’ most distinctive talent to create tales of love gone wrong, right, and everywhere in between. A new issue of Twisted Romance is released by Image Comics each week in February.

Joining us on the podcast:

Alex de Campi: an Eisner nominated writer for her graphic novel Smoke and beloved by GP for her series like GrindhouseMaydayNo Mercy, and Archie Vs the Predator.

Alejandra Gutierrez: a “human” woman from Colombia who makes comics, usually sexy ones, sometimes sad ones, and sometimes both. Her page with Emma Houxbois in the Eisner winning Love is Love anthology is Elana’s favorite.

Katie Skelly: an award winning cartoonist whose work includes My Pretty VampireNurse NurseOperation Margarine, and Agent 8 for Slutist.com.

Trungles (Trung Le Nguyen): a comic book artist and illustrator whose work includes Adventure Time: Marshall Lee Spectacular, the highly adult coloring book Fauns and Flora, and Beauties in Fresh Romance.

Twisted Romance: Valentine’s Day special with Alex de Campi, Alejandra Gutierrez, Katie Skelly & Trungels

Critically acclaimed writer Alex de Campi teams up with some of comics’ most distinctive talent to create tales of love gone wrong, right, and everywhere in between. A new issue of Twisted Romance is released by Image Comics each week in February.

Listen in when the show airs LIVE this Monday at 10pm ET.

Joining us on the podcast are:

Alex de Campi: an Eisner nominated writer for her graphic novel Smoke and beloved by GP for her series like GrindhouseMaydayNo Mercy, and Archie Vs the Predator.

Alejandra Gutierrez: a “human” woman from Colombia who makes comics, usually sexy ones, sometimes sad ones, and sometimes both. Her page with Emma Houxbois in the Eisner winning Love is Love anthology is Elana’s favorite.

Katie Skelly: an award winning cartoonist whose work includes My Pretty VampireNurse NurseOperation Margarine, and Agent 8 for Slutist.com.

Trungles (Trung Le Nguyen): a comic book artist and illustrator whose work includes Adventure Time: Marshall Lee Spectacular, the highly adult coloring book Fauns and Flora, and Beauties in Fresh Romance.

Alex de Campi Takes Us on a Twisted Romance

Critically acclaimed writer Alex de Campi teams up with some of comics’ hottest artists for Twisted Romance, a four-issue weekly anthology miniseries with tales of love—love gone right, wrong, and everything in between.

Each issue of this month-long romance event will feature 48 pages of content: a main comic story, a backup comic story, and a backup prose story. Within the pages of Twisted Romance, you can expect to find a wide variety of themes, including the commoditization of breakups, the love of a shy girl and a wildly famous guy, forbidden love on an intergalactic dreadnought, and the deceptive lure of childhood as seen by a princess who’s afraid to grow up. Exclusive sneak-peeks can be found throughout December and January at participating sites; see below for details.

Twisted Romance #1: “Old Flames” (Diamond code: DEC170607) arrives February 7th, featuring art from Katie Skelly, a backup comic from Sarah Horrocks, and a prose story by Magen Cubed. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, January 15th.

Twisted Romance #2: “Twinkle and the Star” (Diamond code: DEC170608) hits shelves February 14th, with art from Alejandra Gutiérrez, a backup comic from Meredith McClaren, and a prose story by Vita Ayala. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, January 22nd.

Twisted Romance #3: “Invincible Heart” (Diamond code: DEC170609) will be available February 21st, with art from Carla Speed McNeil, a backup comic from Margaret Trauth, and a prose story by Jess Bradley. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, January 29th.

Twisted Romance #4: “Treasured” (Diamond code: DEC170610) hits stores February 28th, with art from Trungles, a backup comic from Sarah Winifred Searle, and a prose story by Naomi Salman. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, February 5th.

My Pretty Vampire Release Party and Signing with Katie Skelly August 24th

Clover is a Bardot-esque blonde who dreams of the (now dead) girl she once was before becoming a fanged bloodsucker.

She is being kept prisoner by her brother, Marcel, who fears Clover will be hunted by the outside world. Clover’s curiosity, however, will not be suppressed: impetuous, sensual, strong-willed, and fearless, she plans her escape. Katie Skelly will be in store signing copies!

Katie Skelly is a cartoonist who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Her previous comics include Nurse Nurse and Operation Margarine. My Pretty Vampire is a sexy, sophisticated horror romp that heralds author Katie Skelly as a powerful voice in comics.

Floating World Comics will host a book release party and signing with the author, on August 24th from 6 to 8 pm.

WHO: Katie Skelly
WHAT: My Pretty Vampire: Release party and signing
WHEN: August 24th, 6-8pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St. Portland, OR 97209

Winnebago Graveyard Scares Up a Second Printing

Image Comics has announced that Winnebago Graveyard by Steve Niles and Alison Sampson will be sent back to print in order to keep up with the increasing level of customer demand. The second printing will feature a wrap-around cover with artwork by Katie Skelly.

In Winnebago Graveyard, an American family traveling on vacation finds themselves stranded in a small town with a sinister secret. The series promises to take readers on a plot-twisting road trip filled with mystery and intrigue as they encounter creepy fairgrounds, nefarious characters, seedy conspiracies, towns full of satanists, and a teenager. What else could possibly go wrong?

Winnebago Graveyard #1, 2nd printing (Diamond Code MAY178160) and Winnebago Graveyard #2 Cover A Sampson (Diamond Code MAY170741) and Winnebago Graveyard #2 Cover B Rubin (Diamond Code MAY170742) hit stores on Wednesday, July 19th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, June 26th.

Preview: The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage: Second Lives #1 (of 4)

THE DEATH-DEFYING DOCTOR MIRAGE: SECOND LIVES #1 (of 4)

Written by JEN VAN METER
Art by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE
Cover A by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC (OCT151727)
Cover B by KEVIN WADA (OCT151728)
Cover C by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE (OCT151729)
Variant Cover by KHARI EVANS (OCT151730)
Variant Cover by KATIE SKELLY (OCT151731)
Valiant Linewide Variant by COLLEEN COOVER (OCT151732)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale DECEMBER 23

In time, even the dead may die…and, now, after multiple 2015 Harvey Award nominations, the most sought-after couple in comics returns with an all-new adventure from Eisner Award-nominated writer Jen Van Meter (Hopeless Savages) and acclaimed artist Roberto de la Torre (Daredevil)!

Occult investigators Shan and Hwen Mirage lived their lives in the thrall of an epic love that few will ever have…until Hwen died tragically before his time. Now, after a perilous trip through the underworld, Shan and Hwen are reunited…but Hwen is still an intangible spirit of the dead – incapable of opening a spellbook or even touching his wife.

Their options exhausted, the death-defying Doctors Mirage are about to enact a dangerous spell to restore Hwen’s solid form…and grant his ghost a second life. But, in the wrong hands, their ancient rite will become a tool of terror – and unleash a force of pure, homicidal evil that lusts for the murder of the living and the dead alike… a torturous death that obliterates not just everything a person ever had in this world, but everything their ghost will be in the next!

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Preview: Not Even the Dead Are Safe in The Death-Defying Dr. Mirage: Second Lives #1

On December 23rd, even the dead may die…

Valiant has released a preview of The Death-Defying Dr. Mirage: Second Lives #1 (of 4) – the FIRST ISSUE of an astonishing new limited series adventure from Eisner Award-nominated writer Jen Van Meter and awe-inspiring artist Roberto de la Torre! In the wake of multiple 2015 Harvey Award nominations, the acclaimed creators behind Valiant’s breathtaking team of paranormal investigators reunite to open the next forbidden casebook for the death-defying Doctors Mirage…and release a force of utter annihilation on the living and the dead alike!

Occult investigators Shan and Hwen Mirage lived their lives in the thrall of an epic love that few will ever have…until Hwen died tragically before his time. Now, after a perilous trip through the underworld, Shan and Hwen have been reunited…but Hwen is still an intangible spirit of the dead – incapable of opening a spell-book or even touching his wife.

Their options exhausted, the Doctors Mirage are about to enact a dangerous spell to restore Hwen’s solid form…and grant his ghost a second life. But, in the wrong hands, their ancient rite will become a tool of terror – and unleash a force of pure, homicidal evil that lusts for the murder of the living and the dead… a torturous death that obliterates not just everything a person ever had in this world, but everything their ghost will be in the next!

Featuring covers by Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic, Kevin Wada, Roberto de la Torre, Khari Evans, Katie Skelly and Colleen Coover!

THE DEATH-DEFYING DR. MIRAGE: SECOND LIVES #1 (of 4)
Written by JEN VAN METER
Art by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE
Cover A by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC
Cover B by KEVIN WADA
Cover C by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE
Variant Cover by KHARI EVANS
Variant Cover by KATIE SKELLY
Valiant Linewide Variant by COLLEEN COOVER
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale DECEMBER 23rd (FOC – 11/30/15)

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Valiant Summons The Death-Defying Dr. Mirage: Second Lives #1

In time, even the dead may die…

Following a first-of-its-kind announcement live from Twitter headquarters in July, Valiant is proud to unveil complete details for The Death-Defying Dr. Mirage: Second Lives #1 (of 4) – the FIRST ISSUE of the astonishing new adventure from Eisner Award-nominated writer Jen Van Meter and acclaimed artist Roberto de la Torre!

After garnering a bevy of nominations at 2015 Harvey Awards – including “Best Writer”, “Best Artist”, and “Most Promising New Talent” –the creators behind one of 2014’s most acclaimed new series debuts is back to give Valiant’s husband-and-wife paranormal investigation unit their most dangerous assignment yet: to protect our world from an unrelenting force hellbent on the annihilation of all souls…living and dead alike!

Occult investigators Shan and Hwen Mirage lived their lives in the thrall of an epic love that few will ever have…until Hwen died tragically before his time. Now, after a perilous trip through the underworld, Shan and Hwen have been reunited…but Hwen is still an intangible spirit of the dead – incapable of opening a spell-book or even touching his wife.

Their options exhausted, the death-defying Doctors Mirage are about to enact a dangerous spell to restore Hwen’s solid form…and grant his ghost a second life. But, in the wrong hands, their ancient rite will become a tool of terror – and unleash a force of pure, homicidal evil that lusts for the murder of the living and the dead alike… a torturous death that obliterates not just everything a person ever had in this world, but everything their ghost will be in the next!

Featuring covers from a world-class cast of leading talents – including Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic, Kevin Wada, Roberto de la Torre, Khari Evans, and Katie Skelly – The Death-Defying Dr. Mirage: Second Lives #1 will also debut with an exclusive Valiant Linewide Variant by Eisner Award-winning artist Colleen Coover!

The first in a new series of variant covers for high-profile new releases, retailers can qualify for the initial Valiant Linewide Variant offering based on their aggregate orders of Valiant titles shipping for December 2015 – a month that will include prominent issues including the first chapter of “Operation: Deadside” in Ninjak #10, Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #2, Unity #25 and much more. For every 100 copies of Valiant titles placed during the Initial Order period, retailers may then order one.

THE DEATH-DEFYING DR. MIRAGE: SECOND LIVES #1 (of 4)
Written by JEN VAN METER
Art by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE
Cover A by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC
Cover B by KEVIN WADA
Cover C by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE
Variant Cover by KHARI EVANS
Variant Cover by KATIE SKELLY
Valiant Linewide Variant by COLLEEN COOVER
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | COMING IN DECEMBER!

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