Monday, November 06, 2006

Best Ever Graphic Novels

Well, they aren't all novels, some people prefer to call them comics, or illustrated books, but whatever you want to call them, this list captures the best of the best.

This list is the distilled wisdom of the internet on the subject of the best graphic novel. It incorporates 6 "Top 100" lists, 7 different websites on the topic and 50 "Best Graphic Novel" Amazon lists. I assigned points for each of these, with more points for the more reliable. After totalling them up I ranked them and the results follow.

There is an interesting mixture here, but above all the quality is high. These are not comics for kids. Most of them are highly adult in nature, with important messages contained within.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is bs, nausicaa so low? what are you rating this on? sales on the u.s. or personal opinion?

did you even read nausicaa. if you did i couldn't see how you put akira and lone wolf ahead of it?

i love akira the manga, i loved lone wolf, but i also recognized that those two were flagship mangas that were pimped out by american comic mags and frank miller...

such a safe way to go, i haven't even looked to see where you ranked battle angel alita, monster, maison ikkoku and the like-probably ranked a millionth

11:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dunno...the list seems fairly weak and spotty. Did you average in the Comics Journal top 100? Many important though more obscure titles are left off your aggregated list including the Two Fisted Tales Archive editions and Kurtzman edited Mad(which Alan Moore would agree is a better example of the potentials of the medium than Watchmen), Jack Cole's Plastic Man, Larry Marder's Bean World, lots of Will Eisner titles etc. and instead focuses on fairly empty genre exercises that tend to populate "Comics aren't just for kids!" filler articles in news papers.(Sin City in the top 10?? Come on.)

2:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bollocks to the moaners, I thought this is a good list. Anyone who thinks Akira and Lone Wolf don't deserve to be that high up has no idea how important they are.


4:00 AM  
Anonymous a former English teacher now librarian said...

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4:58 AM  
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Blogger Suit said...

Perfect list. You are dead on.

5:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a bit disappointed to find no Tank Girl, but I guess shes a bit of a rogue choice for this sort of thing. Good list.

11:48 PM  
Blogger HoodedMystery said...

So far, your list is the most objective of the many online that I have found due to your compiling and scoring.

Really good job, particularly with the top 10 as just about every one of those is on the "must have" list for any serious graphic novel collection.

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Did anyone see black hole on here?

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