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The Roundtable | Favorites of 2013: The Best of the Rest
Published on Monday, December 30, 2013 by
In the final article in our “Favorites of 2013″ series, Zedric lists his choices for favorite graphic novel/one-shot, favorite reprint collection, favorite art book, and favorite translated comic while Jason shares his 2013 picks for favorite comics-based movie and comics-based video game.

We may all be on our holiday break, but thanks to the power of the WordPress publishing scheduler, we have traveled through space and time to bring you our lists of our favorite things of 2013.

The schedule of our list postings is as follows:

Zedric Dimalanta

I’m real bad at ranking favorites—I like to think that I appreciate them all equally well for different reasons—so all the items below are simply arranged in alphabetical order within their respective categories.

Criteria for Favorite one-shot or original graphic novel

  • Should be an all-new one-shot or original graphic novel (no reprints or trade/hardcover collections) published between Dec. 19, 2012 and Dec. 18, 2013.
  • Can be print or digital.
  • Self-published, crowdfunded comics and graphic novels can qualify, as long as they’ve also been released to the general public in some capacity (either at retail, print-on-demand, as a digital download, or sold at major conventions).

Zedric’s choices:

  • Julio’s Day (Fantagraphics) by Gilbert Hernandez

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  • March: Book One (Top Shelf Productions) by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

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  • Meet the Somalis (Open Society Initiative for Europe) by Benjamin Dix and Lindsay Pollock [Click here to read our review]

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NOTE: I really wanted to get to Gene Luen Yang’s Boxers & Saints “double graphic novel” before writing this list as I hear it’s very good, but as it stands I couldn’t get a copy from the local library system in time… all the copies are out!

Criteria for Favorite collection (trade paperback, hardcover, or digital) of previously published material

  • Should be a collection of previously published English language comics material.
  • Should have been released between Dec. 19, 2012 and Dec. 18, 2013 (note that many retailers/publishers erroneously call these collections “graphic novels” or “one-shots”).
  • Can be print or digital.

Zedric’s choices:

  • The Adventures of Superhero Girl (Dark Horse Books) by Faith Erin Hicks with Cris Peter [Click here to read our review]

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  • Avatar: The Last Airbender—The Promise, Library Edition (Dark Horse Books) by Gene Luen Yang, Gurihiru, and others [Click here to read our review]

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  • Fever Ridge: A Tale of MacArthur’s Jungle War, Vol. 1 (IDW) by Michael Heimos, Nick Runge, and others [Click here to read our review]

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  • Last Day in Vietnam (Dark Horse Books) by Will Eisner [Click here to read our review]

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  • Polar: Came From the Cold (Dark Horse Books) by Victor Santos [Click here to read the preview]

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NOTE: Besides all being books I enjoyed reading, my choices for favorite collection add a lot of new material or put a new spin on the presentation of reprinted material, with the exception of Fever Ridge: A Tale of MacArthur’s Jungle War, Vol. 1 (IDW). I like that series a lot, but listed the title in this category instead of the favorite comic category because it’s a series that reads so much better collected in trade.

Criteria for Favorite Translated Comic

  • Should reprint material originally published in a language other than English.
  • Should have been released between Dec. 19, 2012 and Dec. 18, 2013.
  • Can be print or digital.

Zedric’s choices:

  • Attack on Titan, Vol. 4 (Kodansha Comics) by Hajime Isayama [Click here to read our Attack on Titan primer]

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  • Blade of the Immortal, Vol. 27: Mist on the Spider’s Web (Dark Horse Manga) by Hiroaki Samura [Click here to read our review]

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  • Lone Wolf and Cub Omnibus, Vol. 1 (Dark Horse Manga) by Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima [Click here to read our Lone Wolf and Cub primer]

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  • Sharaz-De: Tales from the Arabian Nights (Archaia Entertainment) by Sergio Toppi [Click here to read our review]

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  • Trigun Omnibus (Dark Horse Manga) by Yasuhiro Nightow [Click here to read our preview]

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Criteria for Favorite Art/Process Book

  • Should have been released between Dec. 19, 2012 and Dec. 18, 2013.
  • Can be print or digital.

Zedric’s choices:

  • Frank Cho: Women, Selected Drawings & Illustrations, Book 2 (Image Comics) by Frank Cho [Click here to read our review]

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  • Jim Mahfood: Visual Funk (IDW) by Jim Mahfood and others [Click here to read our review]

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  • The Legend of Korra: The Art of the Animated Series Book One—Air (Dark Horse Books) by Bryan Konietzko, Michael Dante DiMartino, Joaquim Dos Santos, Ki-Hyun Ryu, Frederic Stewart, Jung-Su Lee, Emily Tetri, and others [Click here to read our review]

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  • The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse Books) by Patrick Thorpe, Cary Grazzini, Michael Gombos, Akira Himekawa, and others [Click here to read our review]

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  • The Making of The Private Eye: An Inside Look at the Creation of the Digital Comic (Panel Syndicate) by Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin [Click here to read our article on The Private Eye]

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Jason Thees

Criteria for Favorite Comics-based Film

  • Should be a film that made its public debut (in theaters, television, internet streaming, or direct-to-DVD/Blu-Ray/VoD) between Dec. 19, 2012 and Dec. 22, 2013.
  • Should be a film based on a property that originated in a previously published comic.
  • Can be a live-action or animated feature.

Jason’s pick:

  • I’m going with Thor: The Dark World (Marvel Studios), but that may be because it’s the one I’ve seen most recently.

Criteria for Favorite Comics-related video game

  • Should be a video game that made its public debut between Dec. 19, 2012 and Dec. 22, 2013 (no alpha or beta builds).
  • Should feature a licensed comic book property or public domain characters that originated in a previously published comic.

Jason’s pick:

  • I think Fables: The Wolf Among Us (Telltale Games, for the PS3, PS Vita, XBox 360, iOS, OS X, and Windows platforms) really deserves a mention. This game really brought the world and the characters to life, so much so that it was able to change the voices I hear Bigby and Snow speak with when I read the DC/Vertigo Fables books.

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