Staff Picks: 2013 in review

ADAM’S PICKS

Accuracy: The Powerpuff Girls
The End: Batman Inc.
New Thought-Provoking Character: Gorr, The God Butcher
Science Comic Book: The Manhattan Projects
Solid Superhero Smash: Indestructible Hulk
2012 Release Read This Year: The Underwater Welder by Jeff Lemire
Comic With ‘Sex’ in the Title: Sex (Image)
Dynamite or Avatar Book: Red Sonja
Kitchen/Food-Themed Comic Book: Dan Goodsell’s Mr Toast
‘Prove Me Wrong, Bendis’ Book: All-New X-Men
Hipster Redesign: Longshot
Alt. Hipster Redesign: Zero Year Bruce Wayne

CHRIS’ PICKS

Best original graphic novel: The Lost Boy by Greg Ruth (Scholastic/Graphix!)
Publisher of the year: Dark Horse Comics
Best single issue: Thor God of Thunder #12 by Jason Aaron and Nic Klein (Marvel)
Best mini-series: Dream Thief by Jai Nitz and Greg Smallwood (Dark Horse)
Best ongoing series: Abe Sapien by Scott Allie, Mike Mignola and the Fiumaras (Dark Horse)
Best new series: Lazarus by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark (Image)
Writer of the year: Ales Kot
Artist of the year: Michael Walsh
Colorist of the year: Jordie Bellaire
Surprise of the year: Afterlife with Archie by Roberto Aguirre-Scasa and Francesco Francavilla (Archie)
Breakout talent: Aaron Kuder
Best of British: Isabel Greenberg
Best reprint collection: The Best of Comix Book (Dark Horse)
Best English translation: Blue Is The Warmest Color by Julie Maroh (Arsenal Pulp)
Best book about comics: Magic Words: The Extraordinary Life of Alan Moore by Lance Parkin (Aurum)

CAMILA’S PICKS

Most interesting reference book: Pretty in Ink by Trina Robbins
Most anticipated book that didn’t disappoint: Fran by Jim Woodring
Most intelligent collection of short fictions: Beta Testing the Apocalypse by Tom Kaczynski
New Manga series: Sunny by Taiyo Matsumoto
Finally printed in English: Osamu Tezuka’s Atomcat
All ages book: Battling Boy by Paul Pope
Personal discovery: Wuvable Oaf by Ed Luce
Unpublished artist: Andy Poyiadgi
Self-Published Title: Golden Campaign by Cristian Ortiz
DIY awesomeness: Decadence Comics
Consistently awesome ongoing series: Mind MGMT by Matt Kindt
Exciting new series: Alex + Ada by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn / Pretty Deadly by Emma Ríos and Kelly Sue DeConnick
Artist that will blow everyone away in 2014: James Harvey

KARL’S PICKS

Comic: Deadpool #20
Book: Frank Frazetta: Art + Remembrances
Shirt: Galactus (vintage)
Merchandise: Predator Micro machines set
Event: Jeffrey Brown Workshop at Orbital
Exhibition: Carl Stimpson’s Comic Mash-up
Mini-series: Infinity (Marvel)
Artist: Tom Scioli
Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Anthology: Best of Comix Book
Small Press: AXOLOTL by Jack Fallows
Free Comic: Off-life

TAYLOR’S PICKS

Surprise of the year: Manifest Destiny (Image)
Heroes of 2013: Glory & Sif
Villains of 2013: Dan Slott
Superteam of the year: Kathryn Immonen & Valerio Schiti on Journey into Mystery
Publisher of the year: Oily Comics
Moment of 2013: Declan Shalvey’s Megalodon in The Massive
Comic of the year: Copra
Website of the year: Study Group Comics
Single story of 2013: Sean Murphy’s Batman story in Batman: B&W #1
Online Comic: Ant Story by Michael DeForge
Honor Roll 2013: Tradd Moore, Emily Carroll, Julia Gforer, Dean White, Josh Simmons, Caitlin Skaalrud

THOMAS’ PICKS

Best new way to sell old tat that I will buy: Star Trek: The Stardate Collection
Best, mmm, lurv it!!: Gil Kane’s Amazing Spidey Artist Edition
Best re-discovery: Jack Kirby’s 2001: A Space Odyssey
Best Gallery show: Sophie’s World: The Photography of Steve Cook
Best Block of Expensive: Hot Toys : Batman 1/6th scale Batmobile 1989
Best kids book for adults: Vader’s Little Princess
Best Gallery show comic: Satanic Mojo Comics
Best Topps Trading Card book: Star trek: The Trading Card Collection
Best Pleasant Surprise: The Killer (Archaia)
Best Eaglemoss Issue: Batman Automobilia #14
Most frightening sycophantic comic: Green Lantern #20
Favourite animated short: DC Nation: Tales of Metropolis starring Bizarro
Favourite online comic: The Non-Adventures of Wonderella by Justin Pierce

LIZ’S PICKS

Best Ongoing series: Locke & Key
Mini series: Forever Evil
New Series: Afterlife with Archie
Single issues: Avengers Arena #10 + Superior Spiderman #10
Creative team: Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie (Young Avengers)
Breakout talent: Dennis Hopeless, Emma Ríos
Films: Thor: The Dark World, Star Trek: Into Darkness
Collectable: Hot Toys Loki
Discovery: Walt Simonson’s Thor
Books for 2014: Black Science, Velvet, Avengers Undercover, Loki: Agent of Asgard

RYAN’S PICKS

Best Comic series: Hellboy in Hell
Best Trade Paperback: Batman Vol.3: Death of the Family
Best writer: Brian K. Vaughn (Saga)
Best artist: Ryan Ottley (Invincible)
Best Colourist: Edgar Delgado (Superior Spider-man)
Best Publisher: Image
Best Collectable: Arkham Origins Batman 6″
Best New Title: Batman B&W
Best Mini Series: Six Gun Gorilla
Best Character: Superior Spider-man

ROBIN’S PICKS

Best Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Best Artist: Mike Norton
Best Ongoing: Revival
Best OGN: Red Handed by Matt Kindt
Best Publisher: Marvel
Best All Star Superman Issue (and Best Single Issue that will ultimately lose to Pizza Dog in the Eisners): Thor: God of Thunder #12
Best Fantastic Four book: Nowhere Men
Best Kirby Influenced Work: Battling Boy
Biggest Surprise: Quantum & Woody being a really fun read
Best Take on an 80’s property that should have run out of steam by now: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Creators Who Should be topping best of lists this time next year: Michael Walsh, Ed Brisson, Aaron Kuder, Chris Wildgoose

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