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Friday, April 10, 2009

Wizard's Tops 25!

I was really surprised to find out from this blog that I was ranked #5 on a list of "Top 25 Indie Books of All Time."

I finally have a copy of the magazine in my hands. It's Wizard Magazine #211 Platinum Edition. Apparently there is another issue #211 that is completely different- get the one that looks like this:

The article is "TITANIC TOMES: The 25 Indie Gems Even the Most Ghoulish Marvel Zombie or Dedicated DC Devotee Must Read Before They Die!"

At first glance it appears that The Blot ranks at #5 and beats out such heavy-hitters as Jeff Smith's Bone, Dan Clowes's Eightball, The Hernandez Bros' Love & Rockets, Art Spiegelman's Maus, etc... But in reality, the ranking is misleading because it's just alphabetical order. Here's the whole list:
1. Acme Novelty Library by Chris Ware
2. American Splendor by Harvey Pekar
3. Black Hole by Charles Burns
4. Blankets by Craig Thompson
5. The Blot by Tom Neely
6. Bone by Jeff Smith
7. Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw
8. Box Office Poison by Alex Robinson
9. Curses by Kevin Huizenga
10. Eightball by Dan Clowes
11. Epileptic by David B.
12. The Essex County Trilogy by Jeff Lemire
13. Frank by Jim Woodring
14. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
15. Grickle by Graham Annable
16. It's a Good Life if You Don't Weaken by Seth
17. Johnny the Homicidal Maniac by Jhonen Velasquez
18. Love and Rockets by The Hernandez Bros.
19. Maus by Art Spiegelman
20. Optic Nerve by Adrian Tomine
21. Palestine by Joe Sacco
22. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
23. Pop Gun War by Farel Dalrymple
24. Pistolwhip by Jason Hall and Matt Kindt
25. The Sketchbook Diaries by James Kochalka

I'm honored to be included along side some of my favorite cartoonists. Wizard doesn't cover indie comics very often, so I'm amazed to be included here.

However- I have to make one correction:

They incorrectly list my book as published by Fantagraphics. But my book is self-published. So, I hope Wizard will make a correction and let their readers know that they can order my book directly from me at www.iwilldestroyyou.com or through Tony Shenton, Sparkplug Comic Books Distro, or Last Gasp.

And to any Wizard readers who might be seeing my site for the first time: Welcome!