100 Comics to Read Before You Die
For the last three years or so Jody McGregor has been beavering away on a labour of love, not only compiling a list of 100 graphic novels you should read before you die (one day someone will need to do a list of comics to read after you die, there’s a gap in the market there) but also commenting on them too, sometimes with a quite substantial piece of commentary, such as the post on the great Winsor McCay’s Rarebit Fiend.
(and now you know how Alan Moore came by his hirsute appearance! The Rarebit Fiend by the great Winsor McCay, image purloined from Jody’s blog)
It’s an interesting list – of course everyone will have their own opinions on books that should have been in there or shouldn’t be included, that’s always the way of any such list, but regardless of quibbling over some individual choices (which is, after all, a matter of personal taste) there are some great suggestions in there for anyone who loves quality comics reading, from Naoki Urasawa’s Pluto X to Jason Lutes’ Berlin, Eddie Campbell’s Alec to Gillen and McKelvie’s Phonogram, Guy Delisle’s Pyongyan to Gaiman’s Sandman. Jody tells me that the home stretch is now in sight and the countdown into the final ten has begun, with the aforementioned Rarebit Fiend. Go and have a look and cheer a happy but exhausted Jody over the finishing line. And of course you can share your own suggestions for any such list in the comments.