The Best American Comics 2017
Ben Katchor, Guest Editor
Bill Kartalopoulos, Series Editor

Table of Contents

GARY PANTER
The Future of Art 25 Years Hence

DAN ZETTWOCH
Communications Workers of America AND Coffee Lids of Greater Old Red Falls

BEN DUNCAN
Get In Where U Fit In AND Molt

KIM DEITCH
Shrine of the Monkey God

DEB SOKOLOW
Willem de Kooning. (Geniuses are nothing if not complicated in their methods.)

TIM LANE
Remembering the Millionaire Hobo

LALE WESTVIND
The Kanibul Ball

GABRIELLE BELL
Get Out Your Hankies (Excerpt) FROM July Diary 2016

JOHN HANKIEWICZ
De Hooch

ED PISKOR
Selections From Hip Hop Family Tree

BJÖRN MINER
Daisies (Excerpt) FROM Swampson 3

JOE SACCO
Rent Crisis

GERONE SPRUILL
Time To Get Paid, Sexual Chocolate, Women Only, No Men Allowed, AND Hong Fong Chuey

GRANT REYNOLDS
Radio Silence

BAILEY JEAN THOMAS
Untitled

JOSH BAYER
2010

KURT ANKENY
In Pieces: Someplace Which I Call Home (Excerpt)

MICHAEL DEFORGE
Big Kids (Excerpt)

ELI VALLEY
SCHLONGED!

OSCAR AZMITIA
Good Haven High

MIKE TAYLOR
Ranchero

WILLIAM TYLER
Four Untitled Pieces

MATTHEW THURBER
Kill Thurber

ETHAN PERSOFF AND SCOTT MARSHALL
John Wilcock, New York Years (Excerpt)

SIENNA CITTADINO
Jeremy Meets the Forest Cow

SAM ALDEN
Test of Loyalty

CONOR STECHSCHULTE
Generous Bosom Part 2 (Excerpt)

PATRICK KYLE
Necessity (Excerpt) FROM Don't Come in Here

SAMI ALWANI
The Dead Father

DAPPER BRUCE LAFITTE
I Am Better than Picasso from Muhammad Ali Series

LAURA PALLMALL
Picaresque

LAWRENCE D. HUBBARD
G.C. in "Dem Bones Pt. II" (Excerpt) FROM Real Deal Comix

LARRY RANDOLPH
Love with Family Love AND The Team for Sure

BILL GRIFFITH
Invisible Ink: My Mother's Secret Love Affair with a Famous Cartoonist (Excerpts)
 
Bill Kartalopoulos
As Series Editor of The Best American Comics, it is my job to attempt to see as many of each year's most interesting comics as I can. The majority of these arrive as submissions through our public postal address (below). Others I find by attending comics festivals, consulting with colleagues, reaching out individually to artists and publishers, visiting comic books stores, endlessly scanning the internet, and generally keeping my antenna up at all times. After nearly a year of looking and reading, I forward to each year's Guest Editor a selection of more than one hundred outstanding works. From this pool of material, the Guest Editor selects the pieces that will appear in each year's Best American Comics (while retaining, as well, the latitude to bring in some work they may have discovered independently).

On the subject of our process, I cannot urge any artist or publisher strongly enough to submit work to Best American Comics. We have a completely open submission process, and all work that is submitted will be considered. Please send work, labeled with contact information and date of publication, to:

Bill Kartalopoulos
Series Editor
The Best American Comics
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
3 Park Avenue, 19th floor
New York, NY 10016

We feel very strongly about the material selected to appear in Best American Comics and are excited to share these works with a broader audience. But we also acknowledge that this is but one carefully considered selection of the vast body of great work published in any given year.

In addition to reprinting a highly selective body of outstanding work, each volume of The Best American Comics also includes a lengthy list of Notable Comics selected by the Series Editor to more fully indicate the breadth and quality of the field.

In the column to the left you'll find the Table of Contents for The Best American Comics 2017, and below I have reproduced this year's list of Notable Comics. Clicking on the links below will take you to either the artist's website or a site for more information about the indicated publication. These comics are all well worth your time if you have enjoyed The Best American Comics 2017
PRESS

USA Today review

Vulture review

Booklist review

Publishers Weekly gift guide

The Forward

Seattle Weekly

Raw Vision Magazine

The Comics Reporter

Comics Grinder review

Comics Workbook review

Just Indie Comics review

Comic Book Resources

Notable Comics
September 1, 2015 to August 31, 2016
Selected by Bill Kartalopoulos
 
ROSAIRE APPEL
Conversational Maladjustment.
Central Booking Magazine, vol. VI, issue III.
CECE BELL
Crazy Little Thing Called Lunch.
Comics Squad: Lunch!.
SAMAN BEMEL-BENRUD
Dumb.
Big Planet Comics: blue.
ALYSSA BERG
Alpenglow.
R. O. BLECHMAN
Amadeo & Maladeo: A Musical Duet.
BRIAN BLOMERTH
The Wimpy Whisper.
TARA BOOTH
Unwell.
JOHN BRODOWSKI
Sid and Sid in Part-Time Jobs.
Magic Whistle 3.0 #1.
CHESTER BROWN
Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus.
NINA BUNJEVAC
An Excerpt from Fatherland II.
Taddle Creek #36.
APOLO CACHO
La Vida en el Presidio.
LILLI CARRÉ
Sight Modesty Snake Splitting.
ROZ CHAST
Epilogue.
The New Yorker, July 25, 2016.
BRIAN CHIPPENDALE
Puke Force.
COLE CLOSSER
Black Rat.
DANIEL CLOWES
Patience.
AL COLUMBIA
Pim & Francie: Blood on the Walls, Blood on the Walls and Pim & Francie: The Candyman.
Smoke Signal #23.
MARK CONNERY
Tricky Business.
4Panel, vol. 1.
GREG COOK
Friends Is Friends.
JORDAN CRANE
Uptight #5.
ERIN CURRY
Poems to the Sea.
Ley Lines #5.
DAME DARCY
Le Fantome Chateau or Ghost Castle Hassle.
Meat Cake Bible.
ANYA DAVIDSON
Gloom Planet.
STEVE DITKO
Ditko #24.
MAËLLE DOLIVEUX
Truce.
JULIE DOUCET
Carpet Sweeper Tales.
NICK DRNASO
Beverly.
G. W. DUNCANSON
New School of Design MFA.
Weakly Annual.
DW
Mountebank, pp. 55QVIc+ to 66UIIIb+.
Irene 6.
THEO ELLSWORTH
The Understanding Monster, Book Three.
AUSTIN ENGLISH
low level enjoyment.
C.F.
Ladder.
Clean Sweep.
JULES FEIFFER
Cousin Joseph.
SARAH FERRICK
Sec.
WINNIE T. FRICK
lecture/seminar.
monthlysmokeandmirrors.com.
GG
Lapse.
š! #25.
TOM GALAMBOS
Travis.
JULIA GFRÖRER
Dark Age.
PHILIPPE GIRARD
Tailgate.
20x20: Twenty Years of Conundrum Press.
SAMMY HARKHAM
Crickets #5.
TEVA HARRISON
In-Between Days.
TOM HART
Rosalie Lightning: A Graphic Memoir.
JENNIFER HAYDEN
The Story of My Tits.
TIM HENSLEY
Sir Alfred #3.
GILBERT AND JAIME HERNANDEZ
Love and Rockets: New Stories #8.
RYAN HESHKA
Mean Girls Club.
PETER AND MARIA HOEY
Coin-Op #6.
LUKE HOWARD
Our Mother.
KEVIN HUIZENGA
Ganges #5.
JESSE JACOBS
The Garden.
4Panel, vol. 1.
DYLAN JONES
The Longer You Stare the Fatter I'm Guilty.
KEITH JONES
Secretimes.
JULIACKS
Architecture of an Atom Epilogue: Dance Ballad Compulsive Tribulations.
SEAN KAREMAKER
The Ghosts We Know.
MARGARET KIMBALL
Dave.
Ecotone, Fall 2015.
AIDAN KOCH
Glass Surfaces and Still Pools.
KATE LACOUR
Vivisectionary II.
JEFFREY LEWIS
Fuff #11.
AMY LOCKHART
Puppy Love.
Magic Whistle 3.2.
CÉLINE LOUP AND ANONYMOUS
Silent Treatment.
Bad Boyfriends.
MARDOU
Sky in Stereo.
BENJAMIN MARRA
Terror Assaulter: O.M.W.O.T.
MATS!?
It Crawled from the Grave...
Rotland Dreadfuls, vol. 2, #4
TED MAY
Men's Feelings #2.
ALISON MCCREESH
Ramshackle: A Yellowknife Story.
JED MCGOWAN
Sun.
jedmcgowan.com.
MIKE MIGNOLA
Hellboy in Hell #9 and 10.
JASON T. MILES
Wishbone.
Love Wins.
TONY MILLIONAIRE
Maakies.
ROMAN MURADOV
The End of a Fence.
ANNIE MURPHY
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden #2.
MARK NEWGARDEN
Man and Wart.
Fable Comics.
MARÉ ODOMO
Late Bloomer.
ONSMITH
The Spoke of a Wheel.
Lumpen Magazine #126.
VALERIE OWEN
Irmalinda's Doll.
LAURA PARK & J. C. MENU
Bon-Point Comix #2.
ALABASTER PIZZO AND KAELEIGH FORSYTH
Hellbound Lifestyle.
DAVID PLUNKERT
Heroical #3.
REBECCA ROHER
Bird in a Cage.
DAVID SANDLIN
Aging of Innocence.
JEN SANDWICH
Total Trash #7 and 8.
GABBY SCHULZ
Sick.
BRIAN SELZNICK
The Marvels.
ROBERT SERGEL
It's an Awesome Thing When the Spirit Leaves the Body.
Space: An Eschew Collection.
DASH SHAW
Escape from Nostalgia World.
Hip Hop Family Tree Three-In-One Featuring Cosplayers.
JASON SHIGA
Demon, chapters 14-21.
JOSH SIMMONS
Habit #2.
CAITLIN SKAALRUD
Houses of the Holy.
JEREMY SORESE
Curveball.
ART SPIEGELMAN
Lost.
The New Yorker, August 29, 2016.
DANIEL SPOTTSWOOD
NiX! 2015 Annual.
LESLIE STEIN
Time Clock.
A. K. SUMMERS
Those OTHER Nurses.
muthamagazine.com.
IAN SUNDAHL
40X.
Vision Quest #5.
JILLIAN TAMAKI
Platform.
WALKER TATE
Channel.
SETH TOBOCMAN
Len, a Lawyer in History.
PETE TOMS
The Linguists
GODA TRAKUMAITE
#1 ("What Is Inside?") and #2 ("Comix About Different Problems...").
BEATRIX URKOWITZ
The Beauty Theorem.
hazlitt.net.
TILLIE WALDEN
A City Inside.
LAUREN R. WEINSTEIN
Perfect Maine Vacation.
theguardian.com.