The Best American Comics series continues its Bill Kartalopoulos led streak of excellence with this volume. Any concerns that the selection of Roz Chast would somehow lead to a New Yorker Magazine Aesthetic-centric edition are immediately laid to rest with Marc Bell's playful wraparound cover. Yes, while New Yorker friendly marquee names like Chris Ware, Ben Katchor, Lynda Barry, Drew Friedman, Adrian Tomine are here, there is also a far ranging selection of work by many sorts of talents, ranging from Gilbert Hernandez to Liana Finck, Richard McGuire to Kate Beaton, Anne Emond to Alex Schubert, John Procellino to GG (whose volume closing piece was originally created for the Comics Workbook Composition Competition), Gabrielle Bell to Joe Sacco, Keiler Roberts to Lance Ward, Cece Bell to Casanova Frankenstein, and more -- along with a healthy dose of those Americans who, like cover artist Bell (who also is included within), hail north of the US border, like Dave Lapp, Genevieve Elverum, Joe Ollmann and Nina Bunjevac. Another great assemblage of comics. Recommended!
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