Hey, here’s my annual round-up of Things I Liked This Year That I Have Little to No Authority to Recommend!
And remember, every time you click an Amazon link, you are helping me buy a bowl of vegetarian chili and survive another day in this harsh world.
Here we go…
Birchfield Close by John McNaught - Quiet, beautiful, spot-printed comics from Britain’s NoBrow Press.
The Wrong Place - Brecht Evens’ insane watercolour-gouache-whatever orchestra has finally been translated into the English by Drawn & Quarterly.
Indoor Voice by Jillian Tamaki. Short and understated, hugely inspiring - this is one of my favourite books this year. I keep looking at it again and again.
Seasons by Blex Bolex. Spot printed minimalism - great for all ages. I recommend anything by Blex Bolex, but this book appears to be the most accessible of his works on this continent.
Epileptic by David B. This book was released four years ago in N. America, but this was the year I finally got around to reading it. It blew my mind. I’ll leave it to more articulate comic theorists to explain why, but it really is an exciting, important comic.
Or how about one of these awesome handmade robots by Tom Torrey. I love this guy’s work. Note: This is not a book.
A beautiful signed print from Matte Stephens’ Etsy store.
Finally… If, like me, you’re a little ambivalent about acquiring more Stuff (as beautiful as it may be), then consider donating to a charity on behalf of someone you love.
Please consider giving to Doctors without Borders - who have been doing amazing things this year in Haiti and around the world.
You can give as little as $5 and you can be sure they’re spending it wisely.
Also check out: Comics Reporter’s epic Holiday Buying Guide 2010. He actually knows what he’s talking about.