Creators Pick The Best Comics of 2012

 

DAVID HINE:

Writer: Storm Dogs, The Bulletproof Coffin

 

Pachyderme

Pachyderme by Frederik Peeters

 

Tough choice. It was a good year. These five comics are each unique and represent creators at the peak of their creativity.

The Nao of Brown by Glyn Dillon. Published by SelfMadeHero.

After years away from comics, working in design and animation, Glyn Dillon returns to comics with the most unexpected and stunningly brilliant book of the year.

Pachyderme by Frederik Peeters. Published by SelfMadeHero

Following up on 'Blue Pills' and 'Sandcastle' this is, to my mind, his most impressive book yet. Wonderfully surreal and troubling.

Krishna by Abhishek Singh. Published by Image Comics

The most beautifully illustrated graphic novel I've seen in a long time. Came out of nowhere and blew me away.

The Hive by Charles Burns. Published by Pantheon Books.

The long-awaited sequel to 'X-ed Out'. Every panel demands to be perused and pondered over. Burns is always an inspiration.

Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. Published by Image Comics

The only book on the list that isn't the work of a single auteur. But it reads as if it is.

 

KEN GARING

Writer/Artist: Planetoid

The Conqueror Worm

The Conqueror Worm, adapted by Richard Corben from Edgar Allan Poe

Creators Pick The Best Comics of 2012The Conqueror Worm by Richard Corben (Dark Horse)

Gothic horror by the master! Corben's use of color in this book is stunning.

Creators Pick The Best Comics of 2012DJ Teck – Morning Attack by Katsuhiro Otomo (Geijutsu Shincho)

The great Otomo returns to comics with this science-fiction short story. Effortless linework richly colored with markers.

Creators Pick The Best Comics of 2012Murky World by Richard Corben (Dark Horse)

More Corben weirdness. Totally bizarre imagery and setting. Reminiscent of Corben's early underground work.

Creators Pick The Best Comics of 2012Multiple Warheads by Brandon Graham (Image Comics)

Endlessly fun and creative. Beautifully produced book. Good for multiple reads.

Creators Pick The Best Comics of 2012Ritual by Malachi Ward (Revival House Press)

A carefully constructed creepy story with a Lynchian atmosphere. Keep an eye out for Malachi Ward. 

 

SAM HUMPHRIES

Writer: Ultimate Comics Ultimates, Higher Earth, Uncanny X-Force

Keep Our Secrets

These are five comics that took me by surprise in 2012 and I loved them a lot. Listed in alphabetical order by the creator's last name:

Creators Pick The Best Comics of 2012Keep Our Secrets by Jordan Crane

Creators Pick The Best Comics of 2012Simon Hanselmann's Megg, Mogg, and Owl comics

Creators Pick The Best Comics of 2012"Corpse on the Imjin!" and Other Stories by Harvey Kurtzman

Creators Pick The Best Comics of 2012Untitled by Natalya Lobanova

Creators Pick The Best Comics of 2012SuperMutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamak