This year, I am lumping everything together — no separating genre and literary, new or reprint, web and paper. It’s all comics. All prices are list; surely, you can find them for cheaper.
1. “Marble Season,” by Gilbert Hernandez (Draw and Quarterly, $21.95): It dawned on me one day that as long as the Hernandez brothers are putting pen to Bristol board, something one of them does will probably end up here. No idea if there is competition between the brothers, but assuming for the sake of argument there is, Gilbert has seen his brother Jaime’s extraordinary work the past few years (see also the story “The Love Bunglers” in the “Love and Rockets”) and called his bet with this wonderful, emotionally impressionistic memoir of a childhood summer. Book of the year.
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