Weird Kitties: Best Graphic Story Open Thread


It looks like I forgot to actually name this week's category last week, so let's do a fairly easy one, at least in terms of this site's readership: Best Graphic Story. 

This is the category I've got the most locks in already - with the publishing calendar pretty much set for the year, I'll be nominating The Wicked + The DivineBitch Planet, Crossed +100, and Questionable Content for sure. I'm still not sure about the fifth slot. The frontrunner is probably Trees, but I mean to go actively looking for work by people who aren't white before I commit to that.

Here's the Hugo Nominees 2015 Wikia's list of eligible stuff. So, what are you thinking you'll nominate?

And tune in tomorrow for another batch of reviews, including one from me of Brian Catling's The Vorrh. Still room in that batch, so feel free to lob something to snowspinner at gmail.

Next week, let's discuss... Best Professional Artist. That's a fun one. 

Oh, and there's apparently some TV show about a magician and his apprentice on tonight? I dunno. Check back later today I guess. 


Matt M 5 years, 5 months ago

I've been really enjoying More Than Meets The Eye lately. It's one of those books that is never going to get that noticed as the whole Transformers thing is quite niche and has some horrendously toxic stuff associated with it (I personally view Transformers 3 rather than Iron Man as the most evil film made due to the worldview it espouses), but the comic is very much left-leaning, progressive and LGBT-aligned, so obviously a lot of the die-hard Transformer fans hate it with frothing rage because it has gay character and isn't just 20 pages of fight scenes a month. This month's issue, 44, is a nice one-shot though may have a bit too many characters to handle for the new reader, I dunno, but writer James Roberts is really a guy to keep an eye on.

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hitmonkey 5 years, 5 months ago

More Than Meets The Eye is one of the best comics I'm reading. It's funny, it's dramatic, it's heartbreaking and despite having a huge cast manages to find time to give all of them at least some character development.

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Matt M 5 years, 5 months ago

Hurrah, I'm not alone in the world!

If someone told me a few years back that I would be very much invested in the love triangle between Cyclonus, Tailgate and Getaway, I'd have thought they were insane.

Now, I just hope Cyclonus kills Getaway. Preferably with a "bomp!"

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Ian Sharman 5 years, 5 months ago

I'd suggest Spacescape Vol 1, but I might be a little biased there...

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Sean Dillon 5 years, 5 months ago

Hmm... Providence won't be completed until next year, so I'd probably include Nameless on there. Sandman: Overture is going to be one of those things that's guaranteed a nomination, you're petitioning Bitch Planet, so that doesn't need a case. Sunstone is a very good comic about BDSM and rough patches in relationships written by the former artist on Rat Queens (not the one with the domestic abuse issues, the one who's writing and drawing way too many comics). Fraction's Hawkeye has been lovely and deserves some recognition by the non comic community, and I'd nominate Material in a heart beat if it gets a trade by the end of the year, that comic is amazing.

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Nathaniel Lovin 5 years, 5 months ago

Hawkeye's last trade has already come out, and hugo eligibility is based on when the last issue comes out, not the trade anyways.

I'm not nominating it because it's not SFF enough in my opinion. Ms. Marvel was iffy, but Hawkeye's clearly not in genre enough.

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Elizabeth Sandifer 5 years, 5 months ago

I've been meaning to look at Sunstone, but is it SF/F to any extent?

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Sean Dillon 5 years, 5 months ago

From what I've read of the story (which is pretty much up to where it is right now), no, it is not sci-fi. I was pretty much caught up in trying to thing of amazing comics to nominate for a hugo, that I forgot about that qualification. However it does deal with fans and writers of sci-fi, so it could count towards Related Work. Plus another of the writer's works, Death Vigil, would definitely count for the Comic award as it is about the undead vs demons.

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Vance B 5 years, 5 months ago

If the whole Ouros story goes the way I think it will I intend to nominate Kurt Busiek's Astro City. Any criticism of the perpetual narrative of most mainstream comics that rarely allows for true character development or growth deserves a nod at the very least.

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Timber-Munki 5 years, 5 months ago

Is eligibility based on first publication anywhere or is it in English? If it's English, then Final Incal by Mœbius, Jodorowsky & Ladrönn got an English translation this year.

Also Prez by Marc Russell & Ben Caldwell from DC comics, really good satire and sweet art.

I'm trade-waiting Bitch Planet, but on the strength of issue 1 definitely worth considering.

Good news about Omega Men from DC, though it makes it eligible for 2016 awards if it's based on the last issue publications date.

Out of Image's approach of throwing sci-fi series to the wall to see what sticks, newcomers Invisible Republic & Injection are worth interest, as is Chew, undecided on Mercury Heat because of the Avatar art...

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Nathaniel Lovin 5 years, 5 months ago

The first volume of Omega Men would be eligible next year, since it's going to be 1-6, and 6 comes out in November.

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Elizabeth Sandifer 5 years, 5 months ago

Yes, if Final Incal got its first English translation this year it's eligible.

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Eric Gimlin 5 years, 5 months ago

I know WicDiv is on my list, but other than that I'm really not sure.

Part of me really wants to put Unbeatable Squirrel Girl on the list; but I'm not sure that's SF enough for my own standards. Then again, I have the same "does this count" reaction to Ms. Marvel, and that actually won this year, so we'll see. (I did finally read Ms. Marvel, and am kicking myself for not doing so sooner. Great book.)

Matt mentioned Nameless, but until it finishes I'm more inclined to give Annihilator a nod. But there's an element to that that's more "I want to nominate Morrison" than thinking this is the best year to do that.

Sean suggests Sandman is a shoe-in. Which I suppose it is, on some level, but much more "Sandman should win a Hugo" than "Sandman: Overture specifically should win a Hugo" to my mind.

Timber-Munki mentioned Chew, which would have gotten a nod a couple years ago if I had been nominating, but has not so much slipped in quality when an issue actually shows as become so irregularly released that I can't actually tell you what happened this year, last year, or 2013.

Lots of good comics coming out right now, that's for sure.

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Saxon_Brenton 5 years, 5 months ago

A quick think gives me two obvious candidates that nobody else has mentioned, which given my taste are fairly predictably in the superhero genre. There are also several candidates already on the Hugo Nominations wiki that I either already enjoyed (Ms Marvel vol.2) or which I plan to purchase and give a proper reading (Autumnlands vol.1).

The first is Empowered Volume 9 by Adam Warren. The volume brings to a culmination a lot of the story elements from over the past few years, and in that regard might be a bit continuity heavy for newcomers. Nevertheless, there are a number of really satisfying moments of success for the title heroine, plus the usual characterisation of how she copes in the face of the perennial sexism of her villainous opponents and the frequent self-centered stupidity of her superhero peers.

Also with writing and characterisation that I found interesting is Young Protectors Volume 1 by Alex Woolfson. This collects the first few chapters of the ongoing webcomic, and while advance copies have been sold at conventions the actual bookstore release is still awaiting the shipping to the kickstarter backers first. It features the story of a closeted gay superhero who is seduced by an older supervillain. And it's not really that much of a surprise that the villain ultimately betrays him, because he keeps smirking triumphantly behind the heroes back.

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Hammard 5 years, 5 months ago

Sorry a little late to this. The two others I would highlight would be:
Descender Vol 1 by Jeff Lemire
Trees Vol 1 by Warren Ellis

Really great thought provoking science fiction from 2 of my favourite writers.

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Daibhid C 5 years, 5 months ago

Been thinking about this.

Gotham Academy. If I were Phil I'd say something terribly clever about exploring the edges of an established mythology. But I'm not, so I'll just say I really like what it's doing.

Angela 1602: I feel slightly more confident in talking about metafiction, and one of the most interesting things about the book is that it has multiple layers of metafiction; it's about storytelling and the main characters are not only aware they're in a story but aware it's a period story; i.e. that it's not "really" 1602 (if you need a boring diegetic explanation for this, I guess it's the cracks showing in Doom's Battleworld). But basically, I just really like the 1602 verse and anything that adds to it is always going to be top of my list.

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