San Diego Comic Con 2022

I went to San Diego Comic Con and recorded 18 panels.
I also took 81 pictures of pro’s, cosplay, some building advertisements and a few other odds and ends.

I felt some anxiety regarding this convention. It wasn’t the Covid, although there was that too, it was just the travel to and from the convention. The airport I fly out of (Toronto Pearson) has been the news a lot lately regarding flights being cancelled, luggage going missing and all sorts of bad stuff.

It’s also been 3 years since I’ve done this convention. I normally pack and prepare a lot for the con. I decided to bring noise cancelling headset with me so I could better hear what’s playing on my laptop during the flight. That worked well. Because I was afraid of my luggage disappearing on me I figured out a way to pack 5 days worth of clothes and stuff into a carry on bag that I normally use for 3 day trips. Apparently my bag was still considered too big for carry on they still took it, but I know it made it on the same plane I was on and I didn’t have to pay extra for it.

I made it to the airport 3 hours early as suggested by Air Canada. They told all to go into this lounge area where I saw people sleeping on the floor (eek!). They called out flights and if you were on them you then go to go through security. People trying to go through security early and get to their gates were yanked and sent back by staff. I saw this happening at multiple points through the whole process. Still, there was a backlog due to there not being enough customs agents available to process everybody quickly enough to make their flights.

The most nerve-wracking part was for myself and others going to San Diego was standing in a long lineup, looking at our phones and knowing we are not going to meet our boarding time. At all. We were wondering out loud will the plane take off half empty or will they delay the flight and let us get on? Thankfully the answer was to delay the flight an hour. After getting through all the various security checkpoints I ran to my gate and got on the plane in time.

I’ll say the Airport employees were doing the absolute best they could under trying circumstances. They were even calling out boarding times and pulling out people out of lines and rushing them to the front to try and get them on their flight on time. It was the customs that real bottleneck that was holding things up.

I had opted for the Early Bird special and got a hotel room at Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, which I’ve stayed at once before. This time they put me in their Bay Tower which is around the corner from the main hotel. It has a nicer view and I liked my room quite a bit.

What I didn’t like about the hotel was the cost of a bottle of Pop was absolutely insane at $5.60. The Convention, which is also insanely overpriced is $4.50 for the same bottle. I did the customary trip to Ralph’s and bought some drinks and snacks for the rest of the week.

I had met up some friends at the hotel and we went to the convention to get our Covid clearance. I did download and use the Clear App prior to going to San Diego. We had made our way through the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina and got our Covid wristbands. It was weird wearing those wristbands for 5 days straight and I wasn’t sure if it would hold up, particularly when showering, but it did.

San Diego Covid Wristband

As I’m coming from Canada I don’t get my badge mailed to me, so I got in line up to get my badge. That went through okay but I think the process was a little better in previous years with signs and more staffing. On Preview night the con was a late in opening up (advertised 6:00pm, but it was 6:30pm when they actually opened), which annoyed the crowd quite a bit, which then annoyed the convention security and staff. In this case I do fall on the side of those that paid for tickets and were expecting the advertised opening time for 6:00pm to be correct. San Diego is an expensive convention to go to and lots of people save up all year to go to the show. I don’t think you can blame them when they expect the show to open at the time the con said it would open at.

When I got in the first thing I noticed about the exhibition floor was the red carpet was no longer there. This was hugely disappointing as I have flat feet and spending a long time on them is hard enough, having to do it on concrete is much harder. I could only be on them for an hour or so before the pain got to the point where I needed to sit down. I normally make a point to walk the entire floor and see all the booths but decided I wasn’t going to do that this year. I was glad to read (from Gary Sassaman) that the decision to not do the carpet was one the convention center made and not Comic con. They were going to spray down the convention center for Covid and that would be easier without the Carpet. Here’s hoping next year the carpet is back.

The vast majority of the con goers were wearing masks indoors as required. Of course with that many people, you’re going to have people who take off their masks or pull it down under their nose once inside. On occasion I did see convention staff tell people that masks were required to be inside. Outside the con was a different story, as a whole lot of people took off their masks once outdoors, in restaurants/bars and at their hotel. It’s not surprising to hear a lot of people got Covid after the con, despite Comic Con doing their best to prevent that.

I’ve been to a few conventions this year prior to the Comic Con and I felt safe at Comic Con. The Toronto Fan Expo in March required masks as per the government mandates that were still in effect. TCAF had no mask mandate (and couldn’t due to it being a public library) but they had signs asking people to wear masks, which most people did. I just went to Montreal Comic Con for 1 day 3 weeks ago and there was no masks mandate and few people wore them. I just heard a dealer there that was wearing a mask got yelled at by people for it. He took off his mask and did the show without it and caught Covid. I wore a fresh N95 masks from the airport, at San Diego and back again and did not catch Covid.

Stuff I learned at comic con.

– Scott Bakula has a horrible New Orleans accent (according to a New Orleans con goer on the shuttle bus).
– Jim Starlin admitted to ripping off Darkseid to create Thanos (according to people from the Kirby Museum).
– DC wouldn’t do a follow up to Batman: The Cult despite it being a top seller. They wanted Bernie Wrightson to do a new Swamp Thing with Len Wein and that didn’t happen. Starlin re-did the follow up story as Punisher: POV.
– Digital lettering has certain quirks which are difficult to work around.
– If the 2000 X-men movie flopped, the Bankruptcy judge that was running Marvel was going to take rights to the Marvel characters and individually auction them off to the highest bidder.
– Little kids would write to DC Comics love advice letter columns and detail their sexual abuse by family members or members of clergy. DC felt they could do nothing about it.
– Barbara Randall Kesel is pretty awesome.
– Willy Mendez was a much bigger part of the underground comics than previously known and that hasn’t been acknowledged until Kim Munson did research her career and wrote and article giving Willy her due.
– Jimmy Palmiotti always has interesting stories to tell about dealing with Hollywood people.
– Joe Shuster may not have drawn the underground erotic art that has been credited to him.
– When Marvel was stonewalling on returning Jack Kirby’s art in the 1980s, using the argument it was custom practice that publishers kept the art, Frank Miller was behind getting DC to publish an letter saying it was their view that art belong to the artist, undercutting Marvel’s argument. This was surprising as Bill Gaines, still alive and running MAD Magazine under DC, was still adamant about publishers owning the art.

DC Letter to the Comics Journal regarding Jack Kirby's art return, printed in TCJ 105

I did a little bit of shopping at the con, but not as much as years past. One of the sad things about San Diego is the Gold and Silver section is shrinking. Less and less dealers are coming to the con and those that do often don’t have what I’m looking for and also aren’t interested in discounting very much. I can’t say I blame them, San Diego is an expensive show and it’s just not a show where lots of back issue buyers show up.

Another issue I’m finding more and more is something a dealer friend told me about many years ago. Some dealers don’t acknowledge the grade ‘Good’. Books that are in Good grade get labelled Very Good and stickered with Very Good prices. Then Very Good books get labelled Fine and so forth. I bought a couple of books that were higher in grade and price than I wanted to pay, just to reward the dealer for accurately grading and pricing their books.

I took some pictures of cosplayers and recorded some videos, particularly of a cosplay knight sword fighting which looked fun for those doing it.

I also took a video of this moving Baby Yoda, which was neat. I wondered if it might have been Grant Imahara’s (from Mythbusters) as he created one to send around to hospitals for sick children before he died, but didn’t bother to ask.

Unique for me this year was attending the Eisner’s and getting to sit at a table. In the past when I attended the Eisner’s, publishers and nominated creators get to sit at tables and get a free dinner. Pro’s that didn’t fit in either category sad it chairs behind the tables. As I was an Eisner judge in 2020, but there was no in person ceremony so I never got to experience that. The same thing happened with the judges in 2021. The Eisner’s (specifically Jackie Estrada) was able to get us 20/21 judges a table to sit at and enjoy a dinner, which a nice thing to experience.

As normal with the con, it was also nice to see and catch up with old friends and make some new ones. As usual with the convention, there are people who expect to run into and don’t and those you unexpectedly end up spending a lot of time chatting with. This year I was on a panel, the 3rd time I was on a panel at San Diego. I’m having to get used to public speaking again. Way back when I was in college (1992-1995) I had to do presentations all the time and got pretty good at them by year 2, but I’ve done extremely little public speaking in the years since. My old, had to learn as this doesn’t come naturally to me, public speaking skills have atrophied quite a bit. Ah well, I’ll get better if I keep at it.

I did walk around artists alley towards the last half of Sunday. That’s always one area that Comic Con can improve. I never understood why they place it at the other end of the convention away from where all the comics books are sold. I know a lot of bigger name creators don’t bother with artist alley at San Diego because they don’t make very much money there. Most of the bigger names usually end up getting their own tables either in the self publisher area, the original art area or just sit with their publisher tables. I have no desire to return to NYCC but I have to admit their artist alley section is really good and you’ll see plenty of well known creators there making money.

Then there was the flight home. This was also a little nerve wracking at I’ve been hearing horror stories about US airports. I got to the airport 2 hours early as per Air Canada’s instructions (8am Pacific time). I have to say, San Diego was extremely quick and efficient in getting people through security. I got through everything within a half hour, the quickest in any airport ever. The flight coming in was delayed by 3 hours though. That gave me time to work on my convention pictures and panel recordings. Went I got back to Toronto it then took an hour and a half to get my luggage through, which really sucked. I was planning on going to a restaurant I normally hit that’s just outside of Toronto. It was sadly closed by the time I got there and had to settle for McDonalds 24hour drive through. I got home just before 2am (Eastern) in the morning.

In the end, I really enjoyed going to San Diego and don’t regret going at all. The event takes a lot out of you, that I’m writing this almost a week later tells you how long it takes me to recover from it. I am thinking about doing another convention later on this year but I haven’t decided which one yet.

Thoughts on TCAF 2022

Patrick Sparrow and HinkThe Toronto Comic Arts Festival happened last weekend (July 17th – 19th) and it was somewhat different than previous TCAF shows. For starters it was being run by different people, who had to deal with a lot of uncertainty when organizing this convention. They likely weren’t even sure if it was going to happen and had moved it from Mother’s Day weekend in May to Father’s Day weekend in June to increase the chances of the event happening. In Canada Covid cases kept flaring up every time the province lessened restrictions necessitating the need to re-enact those restrictions.

The event thankfully did happen, but in a toned-down fashion. A lot of the off-site locations the show had used in the past were not used for what is likely a variety of reasons. Usually on Thursday night something is happening at the Pilot (nearby popular restaurant/bar) that normally had events/panels there in the past. Not only was there nothing happening on Thursday, panels weren’t held there during the event either.

I think the biggest impact on the show was the loss of the Marriott Hotel around the corner. This was the most convenient place to stay and many panels and the Doug Wright Awards were held there. I wasn’t able to get a room there so I had to settle for one 3 blocks away, which wasn’t so bad. I soon found out I was pretty lucky. On Friday there was an Academic Symposium happening at what I assumed was that hotel. I had walked around the corner to visit it only to discover the hotel was gone. It had been changed to an apartment building. After checking my phone, I discovered the hotel they were holding the Symposium was about 8 blocks away.

Library and Educator Day normally occurred at the Library on Friday, but they did that virtually this year. The Word Balloon Academy programming happened at the library in its place. It was previously held at the now removed Marriott Hotel. I only went to a couple of Word Balloon panels in the past but was looking forward to doing more. The panels were really good and I’m sure some were useful for creators. I recorded a few of them as part of my coverage of the event. Sadly there was a fire alarm pulled, which caused an annoying alarm to run for several minutes while fire fighters walked through the place checking to confirm it was a false alarm.

One thing that was normal was the TCAF Kick Off Event on Friday Night. It seemed to oddly indicate this was the 20th anniversary of TCAF which is not correct. First TCAF was in 2003, which I know as I was there and took photos. This was the 19th year of TCAF, next year will be the 20th anniversary of TCAF. It will be curious to see if they move the event back to Mother’s Day weekend or not.

Throughout the panels I recorded there were a couple of re-occurring themes. One was creators that went through a Fine Art education and then choosing to do comics. This was an international theme with creators from Portugal, the Nordic countries and the United States all spoke about their experience with this. The other was publishers being more open than usual about using government grants to finance books and being open about discussing print runs for books.

One thing about Toronto that continues to surprise me is how much businesses change in the area around the library. There used to be a Tim Horton’s and a Starbucks that was very popular with creators wanting coffee, but both were gone this year. Lots of other nearby restaurants and other businesses did not survive the past couple of years.

This year TCAF had a whole bunch of free water in a beer like tall can. The water was called Liquid Death and appeared to be quite popular. At the start of the show, they were giving it just to the panellists and exhibitors but half way through Saturday they started giving it out to anybody that wanted it. At the end of the show I saw a lot of attendee’s walking out of the library with 12 packs boxes under their arms.

TCAF itself was little different with the main floor not having the same number of exhibitors. Some of those that were there had reduced the number of tables they used. This did make the main floor feel less crowded and improved getting around, which was a good thing. Which exhibitors and creators that showed up was different, a lot of the usual faces were not there this year. I’m not sure if they pulled out due to the Pink Cat controversy, they weren’t comfortable doing the show for Covid reasons or if the new management decided to bring in new creators.


As usual the show took up 3 floors and the basement level as there was room there for some longer lineups. I’ve heard from a couple of exhibitors that were put in areas with less foot traffic were still happy with higher than expected sales. The “sun room” area on the first floor was a lot more spaced out and not as jammed with people as normal. It was also considerably cooler than previous years with that place being very hot with the bright sun shinning in.

The Doug Wright Awards were unfortunately not able to hold their awards ceremony at the Hotel like usual. Having it in a nearby park was not the best. While the weather thankfully co-operated and we had sunny skies, the constant wind did make it a bit chilly and the constant subways running under the park were disruptive. The organizers promised they’ll have the awards inside next year. Perhaps they’ll have it at the Pilot. I should mention I was a judge for the Doug Wright Awards this year and that was a pleasurable experience. It was nice to see the creators at the ceremony getting their awards.

I heard from a few exhibitors that the show had about 70% the attendance that it normally does and sales reflected this as well. One thing that might have also affected this was the TCAF: Page and Panel Comic Store was having a going out of business closing sale and were discounting much of their books by 30%. It was surprising and sad to see the store was closing. With inflation being what it is these days, lots of people were buying from the store.

As usual I did have a good time at the show. I did not buy as many books as I normally do because of the judging of both the Eisner’s in 2020 and the Doug Wright Awards this year left me with a fairly large stack of unread books I need to get through. It was nice to see some familiar faces I hadn’t seen in several years and people seemed as friendly or friendlier because of that. I’m looking forward to going 20th anniversary show next year.

The panels I recorded can be found here. There are also links to the pictures I took as well.

 

The Combined Best Comics & Graphic Novels of 2021!

Over the last 5 months there have been many, many websites with “Best of 2021” lists concerning comic books, manga and graphic novels. If you’ve looked at a few, you may have noticed some of the same books on different lists and seen some unique to only that list.

I went through 232 different URLs with “Best Of” Lists regarding comics and combined them into a spreadsheet. There are almost 3,500 different listings of books from these websites. I should note that I’ve included books that were given honorable mentions. In short, if somebody thought it was a good book that you should check out, it’s on here.

This year the #1 book was a tie between 2 books. The Many Deaths of Laila Starr by Ram V, Filipe Andrade and Inès Amaro (BOOM! Studios) and Monsters by Barry Windsor-Smith (Fantagraphics) are were both picked 34 times by reviewers.

For those that are unaware, Monsters sprung from a 1984 pitch that Barry Windsor-Smith made to Jim Shooter, then EIC of Marvel Comics that got approved. Before Barry could finish working on the comic a plagiarized version of his story appeared in an issue of Incredible Hulk. The details of this have been covered by Brian Cronin here and here. Barry was justifiably upset about this and did not complete the comic. Barry’s story had a significant impact in the Hulk Comics and was later used in one of the Hulk movies.

Since then Barry has been re-working the story from a Hulk story to something much grander and more in-depth to the issues of child abuse. It’s nice to see the story come out after all these years and get this level of critical acclaim.

James Tynion IVI also feel the need to give a shout out to James Tynion IV who had 2 books in the top 5 with The Department of Truth (also on last year’s list) and The Nice House on the Lake. He also by far had the highest number of reviewers (or groups of reviewers) at 83, picking one of his 9 books this year. Chip Zdarsky had more books picked at 12, with 1 book being co-written by Donny Cates. Also doing well was Jeff Lemire with 11 books total with 2 being co-written.

 

 

Pivot tables have been created to show which books appeared on the number of lists. Here are the books with 5 mentions or more:

Book Title Count Writer Artist Publisher
The Many Deaths of Laila Starr 34 Ram V Filipe Andrade and Inès Amaro BOOM! Studios
Monsters 34 Barry Windsor-Smith Barry Windsor-Smith Fantagraphics
The Department of Truth 32 James Tynion IV Martin Simmonds Image Comics
Nightwing 31 Tom Taylor Bruno Redondo, Robbi Rodriguez and Adriano Lucas DC Comics
The Nice House on the Lake 27 James Tynion IV Alvaro Martinez Bueno and Jordie Bellaire DC Comics
The Good Asian 27 Pornsak Pichetshote Alexandre Tefenkgi, Lee Loughridge and Dave Johnson Image Comics
The Secret to Superhuman Strength 27 Alison Bechdel Alison Bechdel Mariner Books
The Immortal Hulk 24 Al Ewing Various Marvel Comics
Far Sector 24 N.K. Jemisin Jamal Campbell DC Comics
Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts 22 Rebecca Hall Hugo Martínez Simon & Schuster
Stone Fruit 22 Lee Lai Lee Lai Fantagraphics
Nubia: Real One 20 L. L. McKinney Robyn Smith DC Comics
The Girl From The Sea 19 Molly Knox Ostertag Molly Knox Ostertag and Maarta Laiho Graphix
Run: Book One 19 John Lewis, Andrew Aydin L. Fury and Nate Powell Abrams ComicArts
Cyclopedia Exotica 19 Aminder Dhaliwal Aminder Dhaliwal Drawn and Quarterly
Crisis Zone 19 Simon Hanselmann Simon Hanselmann Fantagraphics
The Legend of Auntie Po 18 Shing Yin Khor Shing Yin Khor Kokila
Asadora! 18 Naoki Urasawa Naoki Urasawa VIZ Media
Factory Summers 17 Guy Delisle Guy Delisle Drawn and Quarterly
Barbalien: Red Planet 17 Jeff Lemire and Tate Brombal Gabriel Hernandez Walta and Jordie Bellaire Dark Horse Books
The Waiting 16 Keum Suk Gendry-Kim Keum Suk Gendry-Kim Drawn and Quarterly
Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness 16 Kristen Radtke Kristen Radtke Pantheon
In: A Graphic Novel 16 Will McPhail Will McPhail Mariner Books
Daredevil 16 Chip Zdarsky Various Marvel Comics
Tunnels 15 Rutu Modan Rutu Modan Drawn and Quarterly
The Other History of the DC Universe 14 John Ridley Giuseppe Camuncoli, Alex Dos Diaz, Andrea Cucchi and Jose Villarrubia DC Comics
Stray Dogs 14 Tony Fleecs Trish Forstner, Brad Simpson and Tone Rodriguez Image Comics
Himawari House 14 Harmony Becker Harmony Becker First Second
Black Widow 14 Kelly Thompson Elena Casagrande and Rafael de Latorre Marvel Comics
Beta Ray Bill: Argent Star 14 Daniel Warren Johnson Daniel Warren Johnson and Mike Spicer Marvel Comics
Reckless: Destroy All Monsters 13 Ed Brubaker Sean Phillips and Jacob Phillips Image Comics
No One Else 13 R. Kikuo Johnson R. Kikuo Johnson Fantagraphics
Lore Olympus 13 Rachel Smythe Rachel Smythe Del Rey
Hellions 13 Zeb Wells Stephen Segovia and Rain Beredo Marvel Comics
Did You Hear What Eddie Gein Done? 13 Harold Schechter Eric Powell Albatross Funnybooks
Djeliya: A West African Fantasy Epic 13 Juni Ba Juni Ba TKO Studios
Barbaric 13 Michael Moreci Nathan Gooden and Addison Duke Vault Comics
Cheer Up!: Love And Pompoms 13 Crystal Frasier Val Wise Oni Press
Save it For Later: Promises, Protest and Parenthood 12 Nate Powell Nate Powell Abrams ComicArts
Heaven No Hell 12 Michael DeForge Michael DeForge Drawn and Quarterly
Borders 12 Thomas King Natasha Donovan Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Thirsty Mermaids 11 Kat Leyh Kat Leyh Gallery 13
Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons 11 Kelly Sue DeConnick Phil Jimenez, Hi-Fi, Arif Prianto and Romulo Fajardo Jr. DC Comics
Strange Adventures 11 Tom King Mitch Gerads and Evan Shaner DC Comics
Catwoman: Lonely City 11 Cliff Chiang Cliff Chiang DC Comics
The Crossroads at Midnight 10 Abby Howard Abby Howard Iron Circus Comics
The Silver Coin 10 Various Michael Walsh, Gavin Fullerton and Toni Marie Griffin Image Comics
TMNT: The Last Ronin 10 Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird and Tom Waltz Esau & Isaac Escorza IDW Publishing
The Swamp Thing 10 Ram V Mike Perkins, Mike Spicer and John McCrea DC Comics
Shadow Life 10 Hiromi Goto Ann Xu First Second
Made in Korea 10 Jeremy Holt George Schall Image Comics
Katie the Catsitter 10 Colleen AF Venable Stephanie Yue Penguin Random House
Jonna and the Unpossible Monsters 10 Laura Samnee and Chris Samnee Chris Samnee and Matt D. Wilson Oni Press
Fictional Father 10 Joe Ollmann Joe Ollmann Drawn and Quarterly
Garlic and the Vampire 10 Bree Paulsen Bree Paulsen Quill Tree Books
Dead Dog’s Bite 10 Tyler Boss Tyler Boss Dark Horse Books
Die 10 Kieron Gillen Stephanie Hans Image Comics
Discipline 10 Dash Shaw Dash Shaw New York Review Comics
Chainsaw Man 10 Tatsuki Fujimoto Tatsuki Fujimoto ViZ Media
Boys Run the Riot 10 Keito Gaku Keito Gaku Kodansha Comics
Ultramega 9 James Harren James Harren and Dave Stewart Image Comics
Trots and Bonnie 9 Shary Flenniken Shary Flenniken New York Review Comics
The Me You Love in the Dark 9 Skottie Young Jorge Corona Image Comics
The Black Panther Party 9 David F. Walker Marcus Kwame Anderson Ten Speed Press
Red Room: The Unsocial Network 9 Ed Piskor Ed Piskor Fantagraphics
Red Rock Baby Candy 9 Shira Spector Shira Spector Fantagraphics
Reckless 9 Ed Brubaker Sean Phillips and Jacob Phillips Image Comics
Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow 9 Tom King Bilquis Evely and Mattheus Lopes DC Comics
Something is Killing the Children 9 James Tynion IV Werther Dell’Edra and Miquel Muerto BOOM! Studios
Robin 9 Joshua Williamson Various DC Comics
Spy x Family 9 Tatsuya Endo Tatsuya Endo VIZ Media
My Begging Chart 9 Keiler Roberts Keiler Roberts Drawn and Quarterly
I Never Promised You A Rose Garden 9 Mannie Murphy Mannie Murphy Fantagraphics
Mazebook 9 Jeff Lemire Jeff Lemire Dark Horse Books
Once & Future 9 Kieron Gillen Tamra Bonvillain, Dan Mora BOOM! Studios
Allergic 9 Megan Wagner Lloyd Michelle Mee Nutter Graphix
Reckless: Friend of the Devil 8 Ed Brubaker Sean Phillips and Jacob Phillips Image Comics
Radiant Black 8 Kyle Higgins Marcelo Costa, Eduardo Ferigato and David Lafuente Image Comics
Nocterra 8 Scott Snyder Tony S. Daniels and Tomeu Morey Image Comics
It’s Life as I See It: Black Cartoonists in Chicago, 1940–1980 8 Various Various New York Review Comics
Human Target 8 Tom King Greg Smallwood DC Comics
Ballad for Sophie 8 Filipe Melo Juan Cavia Top Shelf Productions
The Dreaming: Waking Hours 7 G. Willow Wilson Nick Robles, Mat Lopes and Javier Rodriguez DC Comics
The Golden Hour 7 Niki Smith Niki Smith Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Tono Monogatari 7 Shigeru Mizuki Shigeru Mizuki Drawn and Quarterly
Superman and the Authority 7 Grant Morrison Mikel Janin and Jordie Bellaire DC Comics
Pawcasso 7 Remy Lai Remy Lai Henry Holt and Co. BYR Paperbacks
That Texas Blood 7 Chris Condon Jacob Phillips Image Comics
Rorschach 7 Tom King Jorge Fornés and Dave Stewart DC Comics
Strange Academy 7 Skottie Young Humberto Ramos and Edgar Delgado Marvel Comics
Night Bus 7 Zuo Ma Zuo Ma Drawn and Quarterly
Moon Knight 7 Jed Mackay Alessandro Cappuccio and Rachelle Rosenberg Marvel Comics
Iron Man 7 Christopher Cantwell CAFU and Juann Cabal Marvel Comics
Living with Viola 7 Rosena Fung Rosena Fung Annick Press
November Vol. IV 7 Matt Fraction Elsa Charretier Image Comics
Eternals 7 Kieron Gillen Esad Ribic Marvel Comics
Home Sick Pilots 7 Dan Watters Caspar Wijngaard Image Comics
COVID Chronicles: A Comics Anthology 7 Various Various Graphic Mundi
Chartwell Manor 7 Glenn Head Glenn Head Fantagraphics
After the Rain 7 Nnedi Okorafor and John Jennings David Brame Harry N. Abrams
Artie and the Wolf Moon 7 Olivia Stephens Olivia Stephens Graphic Universe ™
Tidesong 6 Wendy Xu Wendy Xu Quill Tree Books
The Flash 6 Jeremy Adams Fernando Pasarin DC Comics
The Blue Flame 6 Christopher Cantwell Adam Gorham Vault Comics
Superman: Son Of Kal-El 6 Tom Taylor John Timms, Gabe Eltaeb and Hi-Fi DC Comics
Static: Season One 6 Vita Ayala ChrisCross and Nikolas Draper-Ivey DC Comics
Robin and Batman 6 Jeff Lemire Dustin Nguyen DC Comics
Snow Angels 6 Jeff Lemire Jock Comixology Originals
Squad 6 Maggie Tokuda-Hall Lisa Sterle Greenwillow Books
Skulldigger + Skeleton Boy 6 Jeff Lemire Tonči Zonjić Dark Horse Books
The City of Belgium 6 Brecht Evens Brecht Evens Drawn and Quarterly
Sensor 6 Junji Ito Junji Ito VIZ Media
Let’s Talk About It 6 Erika Moen, Matthew Nolan Erika Moen, Matthew Nolan Random House Graphic
Infinitum: An Afrofuturist Tale 6 Tim Fielder Tim Fielder Amistad
Kaiju No. 8 6 Naoya Matsumoto Naoya Matsumoto ViZ Media
Ice Cream Man 6 W. Maxwell Prince Martin Morazzo and Chris O’Halloran Image Comics
My Love Mix-Up! 6 Wataru Hinekure Aruko VIZ Media
I Am Not Starfire 6 Mariko Tamaki Yoshi Yoshitani DC Comics
Jukebox 6 Nidhi Chanani Nidhi Chanani First Second
Fire Power 6 Robert Kirkman Chris Samnee Image Comics
Geiger 6 Geoff Johns Gary Frank and Brad Anderson Image Comics
Graveneye 6 Sloane Leong Anna Bowles TKO Studios
Guardians of the Galaxy 6 Al Ewing Juann Cabal, Marcio Takara and Juan Frigeri Marvel Comics
Batman: Wayne Family Adventures 6 CRC Payne StarBite, Maria Li and Lan Ma Webtoon – https://www.webtoons.com/en/slice-of-life/batman-wayne-family-adventures/list?title_no=3180&page=1
Batman: Urban Legends 6 Various Various DC Comics
Bubble 6 Jordan Morris and Sarah Morgan Tony Cliff and Natalie Riess First Second
Blue Period 6 Tsubasa Yamaguchi Tsubasa Yamaguchi Kodansha Comics
Friday 6 Ed Brubaker Marcos Martin and Muntsa Vicente Image Comics
The Parakeet 5 Espé Espé Graphic Mundi
Wonder Girl 5 Joelle Jones Adriana Melo and Jordie Bellaire DC Comics
When I Grow Up: The Lost Autobiographies of Six Yiddish Teenagers 5 Ken Krimstein Ken Krimstein Bloomsbury Publishing
The Joker 5 James Tynion IV Guillem March DC Comics
The Hazards of Love 5 Stan Stanley Stan Stanley Oni Press
X-Men 5 Jonathan Hickman and Gerry Dugan Various Marvel Comics
What’s the Furthest Place From Here? 5 Matthew Rosenberg Tyler Boss Image Comics
The Wrong Earth 5 Tom Peyer and Paul Constant Jamal Igle, Juan Castro, Frank Cammuso, Gary Erskine and Tom Feister AHOY Comics
Witch Hat Atelier 5 Kamome Shirahama Kamome Shirahama Kodansha Comics
The Mystery Of The Meanest Teacher: A Johnny Constantine Graphic Novel 5 Ryan North Derek Charm and Wes Abbot DC Comics
Tiny Tales: Shell Quest 5 Steph Waldo Steph Waldo HarperAlley
Turtle in Paradise 5 Jennifer L. Holm Savanna Ganucheau Random House Graphic
The Strange Death of Alex Raymond 5 Dave Sim and Carson Grubaugh Dave Sim and Carson Grubaugh Living the Line
Stillwater 5 Chip Zdarsky Ramón Pérez Image Comics
Scout’s Honor 5 David Pepose Luca Casalanguida and Matt Milla Aftershock Comics
Runaways 5 Rainbow Rowell Natacha Bustos and Andres Genolet Marvel Comics
Poison Ivy: Thorns 5 Kody Keplinger Sara Kipin, Jeremy Lawson and Steve Wands DC Comics
Parenthesis 5 Élodie Durand Élodie Durand Top Shelf Productions
Red Flowers 5 Yoshiharu Tsuge Yoshiharu Tsuge Drawn and Quarterly
Rebecca & Lucie in the Case of the Missing Neighbor 5 Pascal Girard Pascal Girard Drawn and Quarterly
Sir Edward Grey: Acheron 5 Mike Mignola Mike Mignola Dark Horse Books
Salt Magic 5 Hope Larson Rebecca Mock Margaret Ferguson Books
Renegade Rule 5 Ben Kahn, Rachel Silverstein Sam Beck Dark Horse Books
The Amazing Spider-Man 5 Various Various Marvel Comics
Karmen 5 Guillem March Guillem March Image Comics
I Walk with Monsters 5 Paul Cornell Sally Cantirino and Dearbhla Kelly Vault Comics
Look Back 5 Tatsuki Fujimoto Tatsuki Fujimoto VIZ Media
No One Returns from the Enchanted Forest 5 Robin Robinson Robin Robinson First Second
Inferno 5 Jonathan Hickman Valerio Schiti, Stefano Caselli and R. B. Silva Marvel Comics
Monstress 5 Marjorie Liu Sana Takeda Image Comics
Monster Friends 5 Kaeti Vandorn Kaeti Vandorn Random House Graphic
Mamo 5 Sas Milledge Sas Milledge BOOM! Studios
I Breathed A Body 5 Zac Thompson Andy MacDonald Aftershock Comics
Dark Knights of Steel 5 Tom Taylor Yasmine Putri DC Comics
Detective Comics 5 Mariko Tamaki Dan Mora, Viktor Bogdanovic, Daniel Henriques and Jordie Bellaire DC Comics
Haha 5 W. Maxwell Prince Various Image Comics
Crude: A Memoir 5 Pablo Fajardo, Sophie Tardy-Joubert Damien Roudeau Graphic Mundi
Fist of the North Star 5 Buronson Tetsuo Hara ViZ Media
A Sign Of Affection 5 Suu Morishita Suu Morishita Kodansha Comics
Celestia 5 Manuel Fior Manuel Fior Fantagraphics
Bad Sister 5 Charise Mericle Harper Rory Lucey First Second

The full spreadsheet with pivot tables for books, writers, artists, publishers and more is available here.

Regarding Publishers:

This year DC Comics was the most popular publisher with 105 different titles.

Marvel was 2nd place with 88 different titles.

Image was 3rd with 67 different titles.

Dark Horse was close behind with 60 different titles.

VIZ Media was 5th with 51 different titles.

59 Self-Published books made the list too.

The two most popular web comics were Batman: Wayne Family Adventures by CRC Payne, StarBite, Maria Li and Lan Ma (5 picks) and The Gift of Time by Lauren Weinstein (4 picks).


Caveats:

Where a reviewer/writer wrote ‘best of’ lists for multiple websites, I’ve cross referenced their lists and removed books that were named twice. I did not think it would be fair if those writers could tip the popularity scale by naming the same book(s) over and over again on multiple websites. Sadly, there was an increase of websites publishing lists with no credit to who (or whom) created the list. In those cases I marked them as n/a but the practice of not crediting writers is a shameful one.

If a writer wrote for multiple sites, but one of those sites picks was a group effort, I did not remove books that are listed twice.

I generally did not include lists that were a mixed of prose books and graphic novels unless there were a significant number of graphic novels on the list, or they had a list of GNs only and put a GN on a otherwise list of prose books. I did find there were more lists like that this year, which was one of the reasons it took me this long to finish this. Many YA prose books have Graphic Novel looking covers and I need to examine previews to determine if it’s comics or not. If this continues to be the trend I may need to just focus on GN/Comics only lists.

I did not use lists where the website was not in English and the books appeared to be translated versions.

With inkers and colourists I often, but not always included them within the Artist section. Where there were multiple (usually more than 5) involved in a book, or in the title’s run over the course of the year, various was used instead of listing them all. In some cases I combined those involved even if they worked on the title for different issues.

For simplicity sake, if a list named a specific comic book issue or specific volume of a graphic novel, I removed those specifics and just listed the series title, with rare exceptions. The same goes with issue #s. My apologies to the reviewers of those books.

Some reviewers included books that were published in 2020 or earlier. Normally the amount of times these books were mentioned isn’t significant, but I am seeing more and more books pop up that were comics series last year and came up again this year as a collected edition.

Most of the lists were general ‘best/favourite books’ of 2021, but I also included lists dedicated to young readers, manga, LGBTQ+, etc… What type list is noted on column B in the spreadsheet.

A small number of lists also had rankings and those are included in Column C.

This list of websites this list is compiled from:

AIPT https://aiptcomics.com/2021/12/21/best-comics-2021-part-1/
AIPT https://aiptcomics.com/2021/12/23/aipts-best-comics-of-2021-part-2/
AIPT https://aiptcomics.com/2021/12/26/aipt-comics-podcast-episode-153-best-comics-of-2021/
AIPT https://aiptcomics.com/2021/12/31/aipts-best-manga-and-anime-of-2021/
ALA https://www.ala.org/rt/gncrt/2021-best-graphic-novels-children-reading-list
ALA https://www.ala.org/rt/gncrt/2021-best-graphic-novels-adults-reading-list
Alex Jaffe https://www.dccomics.com/blog/2022/01/03/my-2021-top-three-alex-jaffe
Anchorage Daily News https://www.adn.com/arts/books/2021/12/25/our-reviewers-favorite-books-of-the-north-from-2021/
Anime Planet https://www.anime-planet.com/users/MangaInLibraries/lists/best-and-worst-manga-2021–new-york-comi-793223
Anime UK News https://animeuknews.net/2021/12/anime-uk-news-review-of-2021-part-2-manga-and-light-novels/
Autostraddle https://www.autostraddle.com/best-queer-books-2021/#comics
AV Club https://www.avclub.com/the-best-comics-of-2021-1848298433
Between the Shelves https://between-the-shelves.com/2021/12/2021-yearly-wrap-up/
Big Comic Page https://bigcomicpage.com/2021/12/27/best-comics-of-2021-mark-edition/
Big Comic Page https://bigcomicpage.com/2021/12/24/best-comics-of-2021-ceej-edition/
Book Riot https://bookriot.com/bestbooks2021/
Book Riot https://bookriot.com/best-childrens-books-of-2021/
Book Riot https://bookriot.com/ya-comics-from-2021/
Bookshop https://bookshop.org/lists/the-best-comics-and-graphic-novels-for-adults-2021
Borg https://borg.com/2021/12/16/borgs-best-of-2021-the-best-books/#more-65343
Boston Globe https://apps.bostonglobe.com/arts/graphics/2021/12/best-of-2021-books/
Brightly https://www.readbrightly.com/middle-grade-chapter-books-2021/
Broken Frontier https://www.brokenfrontier.com/broken-frontier-awards-2021-results/
Broken Frontier https://www.brokenfrontier.com/celebrating-2021-ten-uk-small-press-comics-you-need-to-own/
But Why Tho? https://butwhythopodcast.com/2021/12/09/year-in-review-top-manga-of-2021/
But Why Tho? https://butwhythopodcast.com/2021/12/09/best-bl-manga-of-2021/
But Why Tho? https://butwhythopodcast.com/2021/12/21/year-in-review-top-comics-of-2021/
Buzzfeed https://www.buzzfeed.com/farrahpenn/the-best-ya-books-of-2021
CBC https://www.cbc.ca/books/the-best-canadian-comics-of-2021-1.6286450
CBR https://www.cbr.com/best-2021-shojo-anime-manga/
CBR https://www.cbr.com/cbrs-top-100-comics-of-2021-100-76/
CBR https://www.cbr.com/cbrs-top-100-comics-of-2021-75-51/
CBR https://www.cbr.com/cbr-top-100-comics-of-2021-50-26/
CBR https://www.cbr.com/cbr-top-100-comics-of-2021-25-11/
CBR https://www.cbr.com/cbr-top-100-comics-of-2021-10-1/
Chicago Public Library https://chipublib.bibliocommons.com/list/share/200121216/2000678559
Chicago Public Library https://chipublib.bibliocommons.com/list/share/200121216/2009930559
Chicago Public Library https://chipublib.bibliocommons.com/list/share/200121216/2000663789
Chicago Public Library https://chipublib.bibliocommons.com/list/share/199702383_chipublib_adults/2006114679_best_books_of_2021?_ga=2.153138168.1115847762.1641860361-228142177.1640674497&_gl=1%2Awqumni%2A_ga%2AMjI4MTQyMTc3LjE2NDA2NzQ0OTc.%2A_ga_11XNMTZ0HG%2AMTY0MTg2MDM2MC4xLjEuMTY0MTg2MDkyNi4w&page=4
Chicago Public Library https://chipublib.bibliocommons.com/list/share/200049033_chipublib_kids/2006120199_best_informational_books_for_older_readers_of_2021?_ga=2.203013969.1115847762.1641860361-228142177.1640674497&_gl=1*18haqyu*_ga*MjI4MTQyMTc3LjE2NDA2NzQ0OTc.*_ga_11XNMTZ0HG*MTY0MTg2MDM2MC4xLjEuMTY0MTg2MDk2NS4w
CNN Philippines https://cnnphilippines.com/life/culture/literature/2021/12/31/our-best-komiks-of-2021.html
Code List (has payway) https://codelist.biz/2022/01/01/best-of-2021-part-5-comics-update-mexico/&ct=ga&cd=CAEYAioUMTEzNzM1MjU2Njc2OTE0Njc3NjcyGTEzMTcyY2ZkMzg2MTIxNzk6Y2E6ZW46Q0E&usg=AFQjCNG9T30R1WWOpoHnDe4XqZdRI-ZHrg
Comic Book Case https://www.comicsbookcase.com/updates/best-comics-2021-1-5-zack
Comic Book Case https://www.comicsbookcase.com/updates/best-comics-2021-zack-part-2
Comic Book Case https://www.comicsbookcase.com/updates/2022/1/4/best-comics-of-2021-16-to-25-zacks-picks
Comic Book Case https://www.comicsbookcase.com/updates/best-comics-2021-staff
Comic Book Herald https://www.comicbookherald.com/best-comics-of-2021/
Comic Book Revolution https://www.comicbookrevolution.com/best-comic-book-series-of-2021/
Comic Book Revolution https://www.comicbookrevolution.com/best-comic-book-single-issues-of-2021/
Comic Book Revolution https://www.comicbookrevolution.com/best-comic-book-storylines-of-2021/
Comic Front Line https://comicfrontline.com/2021/12/27/best-comic-books-of-2021-best-writer-penciler-ongoing-series-publisher-single-issue/
Comic Front Line https://comicfrontline.com/2021/12/20/best-comic-books-of-2021-under-the-radar-series-mini-series-shocking-moment-new-series/
Comic Front Line https://comicfrontline.com/2021/12/16/best-comic-books-of-2021-female-character-villain-indie-title-1/
Comic Front Line https://comicfrontline.com/2022/01/03/best-comic-books-of-2021-winners/
ComicBook https://comicbook.com/comics/news/2021-comicbook-golden-issue-awards-nominees-best-comics-comic-books/
ComicBook https://comicbook.com/anime/news/2021-golden-issue-award-best-manga/
Comicon https://www.comicon.com/2021/12/30/comicons-5-best-digital-webcomics-of-2021/
Comicon https://www.comicon.com/2021/12/28/comicons-5-best-single-issues-of-2021/
Comicon https://www.comicon.com/2021/12/28/comicons-5-best-comic-series-of-2021/
Comicon https://www.comicon.com/2021/12/28/comicons-5-best-ogns-of-2021/
Comics Grinder https://comicsgrinder.com/2021/12/29/best-comics-and-graphic-novels-of-2021/
Comics XF https://www.comicsxf.com/2021/12/17/best-comics-of-2021/
Cory Doctorow https://pluralistic.net/2021/12/08/required-ish-reading/
Cybils http://www.cybils.com/2022/01/2021-finalists-graphic-novels.html
Cybils http://www.cybils.com/2022/01/2021-finalists-easy-readers-and-early-chapter-books.html
Daily Herald Tribune https://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/entertainment/books/brown-what-were-the-top-10-comics-in-2021
DC Comics https://www.dccomics.com/blog/2022/01/06/my-2021-top-three-tim-beedle
Den of Geek https://www.denofgeek.com/comics/the-best-comics-of-2021/
Denver Library https://www.denverlibrary.org/teen/list/staff-favorites-2021-teen-books
Diverse Tech Geek https://www.diversetechgeek.com/10-favorite-graphic-novels-2021/
Diverse Tech Geek https://www.diversetechgeek.com/10-favorite-webcomics-2021-edition/
Donovan Morgan Grant https://www.dccomics.com/blog/2022/01/05/my-2021-top-three-donovan-morgan-grant
Doom Rocket https://doomrocket.com/hot-press-10-the-best-comics-of-2021/
Dual Shockers https://www.dualshockers.com/top-20-best-manga-of-2021-revealed-kono-manga-ga-sugoi/
EW https://ew.com/books/best-comics-of-2021/
Film School Rejects https://filmschoolrejects.com/best-comic-books-2021/
Forbes https://www.forbes.com/sites/robsalkowitz/2021/12/17/the-best-graphic-novels-of-2021/?sh=13a17da64614
Four Color Apocalypse https://fourcolorapocalypse.wordpress.com/2021/12/29/four-color-apocalypse-year-in-review-top-ten-original-graphic-novels-2/
Four Color Apocalypse https://fourcolorapocalypse.wordpress.com/2021/12/28/four-color-apocalypse-2021-year-in-review-top-ten-contemporary-collections/
Four Color Apocalypse https://fourcolorapocalypse.wordpress.com/2021/12/26/four-color-apocalypse-2021-year-in-review-top-ten-vintage-collections/
Four Color Apocalypse https://fourcolorapocalypse.wordpress.com/2021/12/21/four-color-apocalypse-2021-year-in-review-top-ten-comics-series/
Four Color Apocalypse https://fourcolorapocalypse.wordpress.com/2021/12/21/four-color-apocalypse-2021-year-in-review-top-ten-single-issue-comics/
Games Radar https://www.gamesradar.com/best-comic-comics-2021-books-graphic-novels/
Geek Cast Radio https://www.geekcastradio.com/comics/top-100-comics-of-2021/
Geek Hard Show https://geekhardshow.com/2022/01/andrews-picks-ten-best-comics-of-2021/?doing_wp_cron=1642360816.2018659114837646484375
Geek Vibes Nation https://geekvibesnation.com/gvn-talking-comics-the-best-comics-of-2021-according-to-gvn/
GLAAD https://www.glaad.org/blog/glaad-announces-nominees-33rd-annual-glaad-media-awards?fbclid=IwAR0ZE-0VL6b-2yJNgrhvl9uLai-LRguhkX8vsNl1ZrFi8lHAZmJcm9LeDVY
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/choiceawards/best-graphic-novels-comics-2021
Gosh https://goshlondon.com/kids/kids-gosh-best-of/?sort=newest
Gosh https://goshlondon.com/gosh-best-of/2021/
Graphic Novel Resources https://graphicnovelresources.blogspot.com/2022/01/my-2021-favorites.html
Graphic Policy https://graphicpolicy.com/2022/01/06/the-best-comics-of-2021/
Graphic Policy https://graphicpolicy.com/2022/01/01/bretts-favorite-comics-of-2021-and-a-reflection-on-the-past-year/
Graphic Policy https://graphicpolicy.com/2022/01/02/logans-favorite-comics-of-2021/
Graphic Policy https://graphicpolicy.com/2022/01/03/we-were-scared-horror-in-the-year-2021/
Grovel https://www.grovel.org.uk/category/best-of/best-graphic-novels-of-2021/
GWW https://thegww.com/best-comic-books-of-2021-gww-picks/
Horn Book https://www.hbook.com/story/fanfare-2021-booklist
Horror DNA https://www.horrordna.com/features/james-top-10-horror-comics-of-2021
Horror News Network https://www.horrornewsnetwork.net/horror-news-network-2021-comic-awards-best-mini-series-of-the-year/
Horror News Network https://www.horrornewsnetwork.net/horror-news-network-2021-comic-awards-best-series-of-the-year/
Horror News Network https://www.horrornewsnetwork.net/horror-news-network-2021-comic-awards-best-one-shot/
IGN https://www.ign.com/articles/best-comic-book-graphic-novel-2021
Imagination Soup https://imaginationsoup.net/best-chapter-middle-grade-books-2021/
Imagination Soup https://imaginationsoup.net/best-picture-books-2021/
Irish Times https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/best-books-for-christmas-2021-fiction-biography-sport-and-children-s-books-1.4732325
Jenn Haines https://www.facebook.com/jenn.haines.3/posts/10165842984015635
Kelly Knox https://www.dccomics.com/blog/2022/01/04/my-2021-top-three-kelly-knox
Kinder Comics https://www.kindercomics.org/blog/favoritesof2021
Kirkus https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-lists/best-indie-childrens-books-of-2021/#raes-first-day
Kirkus https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-lists/best-wordless-picture-books-2021/#alien-nation-bassi
Kirkus https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-lists/best-middle-grade-nature-books-of-2021/
Kirkus https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-lists/best-books-of-2021-for-beginning-readers/#see-the-dog
Kirkus https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-lists/best-middle-grade-history-2021/#african-icons
Kirkus https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-lists/best-middle-grade-graphic-fiction-of-2021/
Kirkus https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-lists/best-memoirs-of-2021/#seek-you
Kirkus https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-lists/best-ya-graphic-novels-of-2021/#himawari-house
Kotaku https://kotaku.com/the-11-best-manga-of-2021-1848272848
Laughing Place https://www.laughingplace.com/w/news/2021/12/30/the-year-in-marvel-comics-the-best-of-2021/
Level Up Entertainment https://levelupentertainment.com/news/2020/12/16/2021-didnt-completely-suck-awards
Library Journal https://www.libraryjournal.com/story/Best-Graphic-Novels-2021
Literary Hub https://lithub.com/the-best-reviewed-graphic-literature-of-2021/
Looper https://www.looper.com/680727/the-best-comics-of-2021/
Los Angeles Public Library https://www.lapl.org/books-emedia/lapl-reads/book-lists/best-2021-graphic-novels
Lotus Land https://www.lotuslandcomics.com/2021/12/the-best-comics-of-2021.html#.Yb1rxrLaCcM.twitter
Madison Public Library https://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/reading-and-viewing/book-lists/graphic-novels-middle-grade-readers
Medium https://seamas.medium.com/the-best-comics-of-2021-by-me-the-celebrated-author-s%C3%A9amas-oreilly-7b1542b265c9
MiddleEastEye https://www.middleeasteye.net/discover/five-best-arab-comic-graphic-novel-releases-this-year
Mulitversity Comics http://www.multiversitycomics.com/news-columns/2021-yir-reprint/
Mulitversity Comics http://www.multiversitycomics.com/news-columns/2021-yir-single-issue/
Mulitversity Comics http://www.multiversitycomics.com/news-columns/2021-yir-one-shot/
Mulitversity Comics http://www.multiversitycomics.com/news-columns/2021-yir-anthology/
Mulitversity Comics http://www.multiversitycomics.com/news-columns/2021-yir-licensed/
Mulitversity Comics http://www.multiversitycomics.com/news-columns/2021-yir-digital-first/
Mulitversity Comics http://www.multiversitycomics.com/news-columns/2021-yir-limited/
Mulitversity Comics http://www.multiversitycomics.com/news-columns/2021-yir-webcomic/
Mulitversity Comics http://www.multiversitycomics.com/news-columns/2021-yir-manga/
Mulitversity Comics http://www.multiversitycomics.com/news-columns/2021-yir-concluded/
Mulitversity Comics http://www.multiversitycomics.com/news-columns/2021-yir-new-series/
Mulitversity Comics http://www.multiversitycomics.com/news-columns/2021-yir-translated/
Mulitversity Comics http://www.multiversitycomics.com/news-columns/2021-yir-ongoing/
Mulitversity Comics http://www.multiversitycomics.com/news-columns/2021-yir-ogn/
Mulitversity Comics http://www.multiversitycomics.com/reader-poll/results-daredevil-ongoing-21/
Multiversity Comics http://www.multiversitycomics.com/news-columns/2021-creators-yir-1/
Multnomah County Library http://bestof.multcolib.org/2021/#tags=comics%2Fgraphic+novels&view=covers&year=2021
Nerdist https://nerdist.com/article/best-comics-of-2021-nubia-static-night-bus-dc-marvel/
Nerdy Book Club https://nerdybookclub.wordpress.com/2021/12/29/the-2021-nerdies-graphic-novels-announced-by-katherine-sokolowski/
Nerdy Book Club https://nerdybookclub.wordpress.com/2021/12/28/the-2021-nerdies-early-readers-and-chapter-books-announced-by-alyson-beecher/
New York Public Library https://www.nypl.org/books-more/recommendations/best-books/adults?year=2021&f%5B0%5D=terms%3AComics
New York Public Library https://www.nypl.org/books-more/recommendations/best-books/teens?year=2021&f%5B0%5D=terms%3AComics
New York Public Library https://www.nypl.org/books-more/recommendations/best-books/kids?year=2021&f%5B0%5D=terms%3AGraphic%20Novels
New York Public Library https://www.nypl.org/books-more/recommendations/comics/adults
New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/12/books/review/artists-best-illustrated-childrens-books.html
New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/03/books/review/25-best-childrens-books.html
New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/10/books/best-graphic-novels-2021.html
NPR https://apps.npr.org/best-books/#tags=comics+%26+graphic+novels&view=covers&year=2021
Omaha Public Library http://topshelf.omahalibrary.org/#/tag/comic-graphic-novel
Orange County Register https://www.ocregister.com/2022/01/12/5-graphic-novels-to-read-now-tunnels-leonard-cohen-and-more/
Panel Platter http://www.panelpatter.com/2021/12/rachels-2021-favorites-part-1.html
Panel Platter http://www.panelpatter.com/2021/12/rachels-2021-favorites-part-2-graphic.html
Panel Platter http://www.panelpatter.com/2021/12/seans-2021-favorites-long-box-short-box.html
Panel Platter http://www.panelpatter.com/2021/12/robs-2021-favorites-part-1-short-list.html
Panel Platter http://www.panelpatter.com/2021/12/robs-2021-favorites-part-2-my-favorite.html
Panel Platter http://www.panelpatter.com/2021/12/james-2021-favorites-part-1-non-fiction.html
Panel Platter http://www.panelpatter.com/2021/12/james-2021-favorites-part-2-superheroes.html
Panel Platter http://www.panelpatter.com/2021/12/james-2021-favorites-part-3-favorite.html
Parents https://www.parents.com/fun/entertainment/books/best-chapter-books-for-kids-ages-5-to-12/
Pipedream Comics https://pipedreamcomics.co.uk/the-top-10-small-press-and-indie-comics-of-2021/
Pipedream Comics https://pipedreamcomics.co.uk/best-small-press-and-indie-comics-2021-20-11/
Pipedream Comics https://pipedreamcomics.co.uk/best-small-press-and-indie-comics-of-2021-30-21/
Pipedream Comics https://pipedreamcomics.co.uk/best-small-press-and-indie-comics-2021-40-31/
Pipedream Comics https://pipedreamcomics.co.uk/best-indie-and-small-press-comics-2021-50-41/
Polygon https://www.polygon.com/22821264/best-comics-2021-marvel-dc-manga
Pop Matters https://www.popmatters.com/best-books-2021-list-feature/5
Portsmouth NH Libraries https://portsmouth.bywatersolutions.com/cgi-bin/koha/opac-shelves.pl?op=view&shelfnumber=1555
Portsmouth NH Libraries https://portsmouth.bywatersolutions.com/cgi-bin/koha/opac-shelves.pl?op=view&shelfnumber=1548
Portsmouth NH Libraries https://portsmouth.bywatersolutions.com/cgi-bin/koha/opac-shelves.pl?op=view&shelfnumber=1549
Portsmouth NH Libraries https://portsmouth.bywatersolutions.com/cgi-bin/koha/opac-shelves.pl?op=view&shelfnumber=1546
Powells https://www.powells.com/staff-top-fives
Publishers Weekly https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/comics/article/88132-bechdel-s-secret-to-superhuman-strength-wins-pw-s-2021-graphic-novel-critics-poll.html
Publishers Weekly https://best-books.publishersweekly.com/pw/best-books/2021/young-adult
Publishers Weekly https://best-books.publishersweekly.com/pw/best-books/2021/comics
Publishers Weekly https://best-books.publishersweekly.com/pw/best-books/2021/middle-grade
Publishers Weekly https://best-books.publishersweekly.com/pw/best-books/2021/picture-books
Rad Raptor https://radraptor.com/index.php/2022/01/04/tims-best-comic-books-of-2021/
Rad Raptor https://radraptor.com/index.php/2022/01/01/jeff-conollys-best-comics-of-2021/
Rad Raptor https://radraptor.com/index.php/2021/12/31/andrews-best-comic-books-of-2021/
Reddit https://www.reddit.com/r/graphicnovels/comments/rfhtw2/my_top_reads_of_2021_i_recommend_them_all/
SBNation https://www.nunesmagician.com/2021/12/31/22851917/tniaams-top-comic-books-of-2021
School Library Journal https://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/?detailStory=best-graphic-novels-2021-slj-best-books
School Library Journal https://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/?detailStory=slj-top-10-manga-2021
School Library Journal https://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/?detailStory=slj-book-reviews-editors-favorite-books-read-in-2021
Screen Rant https://screenrant.com/image-comics-best-books-2021/
Screen Rant https://screenrant.com/best-comic-books-2021-marvel-dc/
Screen Rant https://screenrant.com/best-single-issues-comics-2021/
Screen Rant https://screenrant.com/best-marvel-comic-books-2021/
Screen Rant https://screenrant.com/best-new-manga-titles-2021/
Screen Rant https://screenrant.com/best-non-superhero-comic-books-2021/
Seattle Public Library https://www.spl.org/books-and-media/books-and-ebooks/staff-picks/seattle-staff-faves-2021-fiction?page=3
Sequential Planet https://sequentialplanet.com/best-comics-of-2021-comic-book-of-the-year/
Skokie Public Library https://skokielibrary.info/lists/2634/2021-staff-picks-graphic-novels/
Skokie Public Library https://skokielibrary.info/lists/2626/2021-staff-picks-grades-6-8/
Skokie Public Library https://skokielibrary.info/lists/2625/2021-staff-picks-grades-4-5/
Skokie Public Library https://skokielibrary.info/lists/2623/2021-staff-picks-ages-0-5/
Syfy https://www.syfy.com/syfy-wire/best-comic-books-of-2021
TCJ https://www.tcj.com/the-best-comics-of-2021/
Texas Public Library https://txla.org/news/2022-maverick-graphic-novel-reading-list-announced/
Texas Public Library https://txla.org/news/2022-little-maverick-graphic-reading-list-announced/
The Beat https://www.comicsbeat.com/best-comics-of-2021-list/
The Globe and Mail https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books/article-the-globe-100-the-books-we-loved-in-2021/
The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/dec/05/the-best-graphic-novels-of-2021
The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/dec/07/best-comics-and-graphic-novels-of-2021
The Indianapolis Public Library https://indypl.bibliocommons.com/list/share/1652485239/2013756539
The Irish Times https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/the-best-graphic-novels-of-2021-take-a-murderously-funny-trip-through-lockdown-1.4748160
The Mary Sue https://www.themarysue.com/2021-graphic-novel-gift-guide/
The Oklahoman https://www.oklahoman.com/story/entertainment/2021/12/30/taking-look-best-graphic-novels-2021/9035786002/
The Oklahoman https://www.oklahoman.com/story/entertainment/2022/01/07/word-balloons-which-periodical-comics-were-hits-2021-nightwing-and-daredevil-top-list/9081523002/
The Scotland Herald https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/19788922.best-graphic-novels-2021/
The Turnaround Blog https://theturnaroundblog.com/2021/03/16/queer-graphic-novel-reads-lgbtq-comics-for-2021/
The Turnaround Blog https://theturnaroundblog.com/2021/11/24/turnarounds-2021-staff-picks-graphic-novels/
The Turnaround Blog https://theturnaroundblog.com/2021/11/30/turnarounds-2021-staff-picks-nonfiction/
Toledo Public Library https://www.toledolibrary.org/tlcpl-best-books-of-2021
Tor https://www.tor.com/2021/12/16/best-young-adult-science-fiction-fantasy-and-horror-of-2021/
Under the Radar https://www.undertheradarmag.com/blog/under_the_radars_2021_holiday_gift_guide_part_6_books_and_graphic_novels
University of Pennsylvania https://www.gse.upenn.edu/news/penn-gse%E2%80%99s-best-books-young-readers-2021
Variety https://variety.com/shop/the-best-comics-of-2021-1235127525/
Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2021/11/18/best-graphic-novels/
Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/kidspost/2021/11/17/best-childrens-books-2021/
Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2021/11/18/best-feel-good-books/
What Culture https://whatculture.com/comics/10-best-short-marvel-comic-series-of-2021
Why So Blu? https://whysoblu.com/the-best-comics-of-2021/
Yuricon https://okazu.yuricon.com/2021/12/30/top-yuri-of-2021/