The Best American Comics 2014



“The Best American Comics” showcases the work of both established and up-and-coming contributors and highlights both fiction and nonfiction — from graphic novels, pamphlet comics, newspapers, magazines, minicomics, and the Web — to make a unique, stunning collection. Frank Miller (Sin City, 300) called guest editor Scott McCloud “just about the smartest guy in comics.” (Summary and book cover courtesy of


This is a great collection– there are all kinds of different comics covered in this book, which made it a refreshing read.  I enjoyed that it gave me some inspiration to check out some new artists.  As in all “Best” lists, there were some that I loved, some I hated.  Keep in mind when you’re reading that many are just exerts from a bigger novel.  Some of the standouts for me were:

  • “Drama” by Rana Telgemeier
  • “Jane, The Fox & Me” by Fanny Britt & Isabelle Arsenault
  • “August 1977” by Nina Bunjevac
  • “The Mermaid in the Hudson” by Mark Siegel
  • “Saga Chapter 7” by Brian Vaughan & Fiona Staples

Please note: I received a free copy of this through NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion.

Rating: 4 stars!

Who should read it?  Any fan of comics or graphic novels, but also newbies to the genre.  This would be a great introduction!