All with jumped-up-indie-prick caveat - these are very much to my tastes and I find it very hard to be objective. There’s no superheros or anything by Marvel or DC.
The Sound of The World by Heart - Giacomo Bevilacqua
Beautiful art and a story that unfolds unexpectedly. It’s about a guy who decides to try and spend 30 days in New York without talking to anyone, but it’s sooooo much more.
Probably the best thing I’ve read this year.
The Best We Could Do - Thi Bui
Memoir of a family leaving war-torn vietnam for California. Beautifully and simply told; an occasionally funny and often tragic story about family and stuff.
Livestock - Hannah Berry
Hannah Berry’s books always leave just enough of the plot for you to piece together yourself, which I love. This creepy tale about celebrity and political spin that manages to be skate close to, but still avoid, “oh it really makes you think”.
Spinning - Tillie Waldron
Tillie Waldron’s books are usually very economic with wording and art - in a good way - she leaves a tonne of space. This is her longest, most detailed book and it’s an autobiographical coming of age story. It will break your heart and teach you a bit about figure skating.
Comic collected editions
(only doing ones that are finished, not ongoing)
4 Kids Walk Into A Bank
Four dweeby kids decide to rob a bank. A heist caper with inhalers, special dice, catapults and some bad, bad people.
I love Tyler Jenkins’ art so much. So, so much. I mean LOOK at this cover:
The story is great too; kid angry at his parents takes an embarrassing photo of his dad and it goes viral. Trouble is, his did is in witness protection.