COMIC It's new to me v.Time Top 10 2006

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    Andrew Arnold of Time Magazine presents the 2006 edition of his annual Top Ten Comics List. In anticipation of the annual caterwauling about Arnold leaving out the year's super-powered schmozz off his "elitist" list, try looking in your local big-box bookstore (Borders, Barnes and Chernobyl in the USA, Chapters for you Canucks) for these books, going past the huge bookshelves filled with Japanese manga paperbacks, forgoing your friendly neighborhood Diamond Comics "Direct Market" Super-Hero Outlet:

    10. ABSOLUTE SANDMAN written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Sam Keith, et al. (DC/Vertigo)
    9. KINGS IN DISGUISE by James Vance and Dan Burr (W. W. Norton)
    8. AMERICAN BORN CHINESE by Gene Luen Yang (First Second)
    7. CURSES by Kevin Huizenga (Drawn And Quarterly)
    6. CANCER VIXEN by Marissa Acocella Marchetto (Knopf)
    5. FUN HOME: A FAMILY TRAGICOMIC by Alison Bechdel (Houghton Mifflin)
    4. POPEYE by E. C. Segar (Fantagraphics Books)
    3. AN ANTHOLOGY OF GRAPHIC FICTION, CARTOONS AND TRUE STORIES edited by Ivan Brunetti (Yale University Press)
    2. THE PUSHMAN AND OTHER STORIES, ABANDON THE OLD IN TOKYO by Yoshihiro Tatsumi (Drawn And Quarterly)
    1. LA PERDIDA by Jessica Abel (Pantheon Books)

    FUN HOME also topped the Time Top Ten Books (of any genre) list, compiled by the magazine's book reviewers, Lev Grossman and Richard Lacayo.

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    I've only heard of Sandman, Popeye and Cancer Vixen from this list. :hs:
     
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    void oh yeah?

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    i'm going to have to get the absolute sandman...since i've never read an issue :hs:
     
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    #2 sounds :ugh2:

    From Publishers Weekly
    Starred Review. Tatsumi's brief, disturbing stories, originally published in 1969, have a tone somewhere between contemporary short fiction and EC Comics' old "shock" comics. Each hinges on some kind of prurient or sexually twisted situation: a man's bedridden lover turns out to be a physically mutated sex slave; an office worker puts on his girlfriend's makeup and clothes and has an affair with another woman; a man who disinfects telephones for a living calls a prostitute, but can't think of anything to do but pull out his disinfection kit. Produced over a short period of time, the stories are variations on a theme of social maladjustment. Tatsumi draws marvelously evocative settings, and his stories flow with dreamlike ambiguity, speeding toward the inevitable tragedies at their ends, but his characters appear practically identical. This reinforces both the repetitive nature of his themes and Tatsumi's view of the common man's continuing struggle in a merciless world of menial jobs, impotence and abortions. Tatsumi is known as the "grandfather of Japanese alternative comics," and this is the first in a proposed series of authorized English-language collections of his work. His work anticipates American alternative comics, making it clear why American cartoonist Adrian Tomine, who edited this collection, was attracted to the work. (Sept.)
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