Staff Picks: 2015 Favourites

WILL’S FAVOURITES

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Most Mouth Watering Exhibition: Underneath
Super Duper Awesome Award: Tillie Walden
Most Mathematical Mini: The Twilight Children
Brubaker/Phillips Automatic Crime Noir Win Award: Fade Out
“You Are Stranded on a Desert Island…”: Island
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7: 8house
Most Heads Decapitated: Head Lopper
Best Best: From Under Mountains
You Haven’t Read This Yet???: Paper Girls
I Miss You Award: Alex & Ada
Best Marvel Book: Daredevil
Worst Marvel Book: Daredevil
Longest Ongoing Series: Secret Wars
Best Orc Stain Substitute: Secret Wars: Battleworld #4 Silver Surfer Vs Galactus
AARRGHHHH! Spooky!: Hunger House
Best Fourth Volume (excuse to include this book): Aama: You Will Be Glorious, My Daughter Volume 4
Hahahahahahahaha!: Mox Nox

KARL’S FAVOURITES

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Orbital Event: The LICAF Comic Art Auction
Orbital Exhibition: Camila’s Underneath Show
T-Shirt: The new Orbital Black on Black
Live Draw: Boulet + Whisky
Re-print: Mr. Miracle Artist Edition
Small Press: Beast Wagon by Owen Michael Johnson and John Pearson
Best Convention: Thought Bubble
Graphic Novel: Tim Ginger by Julian Hanshaw
Best Issue: Island #4 on Image Comics
Best Return: Dark Knight III Hardback
Best Ongoing: Marvel Reboots
Best Variants: Astonishing Antman #1 Broccoli variant

CAMILA’S FAVOURITES

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Cat Book of the year: Junji Ito’s Cat Diary: Yon & Mu
Wittiest commentary on modern life: The Realist by Hanuka Asaf
Nicest treat from a publisher to their readers: Drawn & Quarterly: Twenty-Five years of contemporary cartooning, comics, and graphic novels
Most charming auto-bio comic series: Our Super Adventure by Sarah Graley
Indie publisher that kicked all sorts of arse: Avery Hill
Awesome way to learn stuff: Human Body theatre by Maris Wicks (First Second)
Super fun kids comic: Star Cat by James Turner
Brilliant socio-political memoir: The Arab of the future by Riad Sattouf
Most successful and enjoyable combination of incredibly different subjects in one cohesive story: Tim Ginger by Julian Hanshaw
Not-quite-a-comic illustrated book of awesomeness: AsapSCIENCE: Answers to the World’s Weirdest Questions, Most Persistent Rumors, and Unexplained Phenomena
Subtly stunning: The Spectators by Victor Hussenot
Best (and most dark humorously) written character: Fante Bukowski by Noah Van Sciver
Indie greatness that is finally distributed in the UK: Mimi and the Wolves by Alabaster
Instant Camila-favourite: Conditions On The Ground HC by Kevin Hooyman

CHRIS’S FAVOURITES

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“Whiskers, Whiskey & Words” Award: Jason Aaron (Southern Bastards, Star Wars, Doctor Strange, etc.)
“Storytelling, Subtlety & Sex Appeal” Award: Gabriel Hernandez Walta (Magneto, The Vision)
“Make Me A Mix Tape, Matt” Award: We Can Never Go Home – Matthew Rosenberg, Patrick Kindlon & Josh Hood (Black Mask Studios)
“Fact Is Stranger Than Fiction” Award: Invisible Ink: My Mother’s Secret Love Affair With A Famous Cartoonist – Bill Griffith (Fantagraphics)
Favourite Arachnid: Spider-Gwen – Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez & Rico Renzi (Marvel Comics)
Most Truly Outrageous Debut: Jem & The Holograms – Kelly Thompson & Sophie Campbell (IDW Publishing)
Best Ribs in the Biz: Southern Bastards – Jason Aaron & Jason Latour (Image Comics)
Marvel’s All-New Now Newest Surprise: The Vision – Tom King, Gabriel Hernandez Walta & Jordie Bellaire (Marvel Comics)
The Artist Who Has Everything Covered: Kevin Wada (She-Hulk, Catwoman, A-Force, etc.)
The Artist You Should Have Been Watching in 2015: Erica Henderson (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl & Jughead)
The Artist You Should Be Watching in 2016: Veronica Fish (Howard The Duck, Archie)
The Book You Should Have Been Reading (But Didn’t!): Minimum Wage – Bob Fingerman (Image Comics)
The Relaunch You Didn’t Know You Wanted (But Secretly Did!): Archie – Mark Waid, Fiona Staples & Andre Szymanowicz (Archie Comics)
This Is The Reprint You’re Looking For: MAD’s Original Idiots: Jack Davis, Will Elder & Wally Wood Complete Collection (DC Comics)
Most Insanely Awesome Comics to Film Adaptation: Attack On Titan Parts I & II (live-action)
Most Awesome Thing of the Year: Star Wars return to glory & prominence in every single way. I’m still weeping!

JOE’S FAVOURITES

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Best thing in the whole wide world: Southern Bastards
Favourite miniature series / also gets the award for most delayed series: Nameless
Favourite miniature series that turned into an ongoing: Giant Days
Favourite OGN: Two Brothers
The best thing that no one is reading: Prez
Best Batman series: Batgirl
Favourite Rick Rememnder series: Low
Favourite Series that had two issue ones this year (aka Marvel): The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl
Most anticipated for next year: Wonder Woman: Earth One
Best comic that only comes out four times a year, but intentionally so, no delays yet: Head Lopper
Best Web Series: Only buy print comics! Support your local comic shop!
Most Blasphemous comic: The Goddamned (“our father, who art in heaven…”)

LIZ’S FAVOURITES

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Ongoing Series: Grayson
OGN: Ninoma
Single Issue: Deadly Class #13
Crossover Event: Robin War
Manga Series: My Love Story
Unjustly cancelled series: Loki, Agent of Asgard
Best Thriller: Another
Best Humour: Step aside, Pops
Up-and-comers: Tom King (w), Declan Shalvey (a)
Cover Artist: Mike Del Mundo
Colourist: Jordie Bellaire
Back in Print: Batman: War Games
Onscreen Adaptation: Daredevil

RYAN’S FAVOURITES

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Raddest artwork: Tokyo Ghost (Image Comics)
Best unexpected twist: Invincible – “Reboot?” storyliens #121-126 (Image Comics)
Most ill-advised purchase: Batman The Animated series 6″ scale Batmobile
Coolest fan-service Title: Hellboy & The B.P.R.D (Dark Horse)
Damn this is written well: The Spire by Si Spurrier (Boom Studios)
Independent? IndePERFECT!!!: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Most fun new title: Spidey (Marvel Comics)
Badassiest Graphic Novel: Rumble (Image Comics)

PAUL’S FAVOURITES

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Favourite Ongoing series: Outcast
Favourite Billionaire Crimefighter: Batman / Bruce Wayne
Favourite series I can’t get anyone to read: Rebels
Series I thought I’d hate, but I loved it: Giant Days
Series I really thought I’d hate, but didn’t: Klaus
Favourite writer: Grant Morrison
Series I’ll miss when it’s done: B.P.R.D Hell on Earth
Favourite writer/artist called Mike: Mike Mignola
Best Ginger relaunch of a series I’d never read: Archie
Favourite Character consigned to hell: Hellboy
Best droids you’re not looking for: D4ve and dog from D4ve 2
The horror, the horror: Harrow County

TOM’S FAVOURITES

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Most satisfactory ending to a series: Nova – Sam succeeds!
Most Childishly fun surprise: Holy F•ck – Irreverent storytelling + great art
Favourite Event: Q&A with the creators of ‘The death of Superman lives’ documentary – And I missed it!
Comics but not comics: Lando’s one day show
Best Omnibus: Batman: The Golden Age Omnibus HC
Best Comic Related Film: Whatever Happened to the Death of Superman lives?
Greatest Moment of the year: DC comics acknowledging Bill Finger’s contribution to the creation of Batman
Most Hilarious Moment(s): Every week laughing at the quotes on the new DC and Marvel trades
Best Artist Edition: Jack Kirby’s Miracle Man
Surprisingly good but a complete waste of time: Renew your vows
Most annoying new series: Nova – seemingly undoing the previous series’ ending

ADAM’S FAVOURITES

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Ouch! Relatable!: No Matter How I Look At It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular! (Yen Press)
Graphic Novel: Two Brothers (Dark Horse)
Funny, that: Step Aside, Pops (Jonathan Cape)
Best Batman: Carrie Kelley [see DKIII] (DC Comics)
Gang I Most Want To Join: Paper Girls (Image Comics)
Most Lemire Book Not Drawn By Lemire: Plutona (Image Comics)
Twisted Brilliance: Terror Assaulter: O.M.W.O.T (One Man War On Terror) (Fantagraphics Books)
Old Comics: Nocenti and Romita’s Daredevil (Marvel Comics)
Smart! Topical! Uncanny!: Prez (DC Comics)
Best Back Pages: No Mercy (Image Comics)

ROSIE’S FAVOURITES

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Best book about robots that’s not really about robots: More than meets the eye
Best new, main, maybe the only Avengers team book: All-New, All-Different Avengers
Coolest book: Limbo
Best mini series: Twilight Children
Best Variant cover: Gilbert Hernandez Archie cover
Book I most want to be in: Paper Girls
Most magical book: Gotham academy
Scariest book: Bedlam
Best long awaited sequel: DKIII #1
Most badass book: Bitch Planet
Best old new discovery: Locke + Key
Cosiest book: Lumberjanes

ELEKTRA’S FAVOURITES

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Best cute thing: Chi’s Sweet Home Ominibus
Best monthly Goth thing: Deadly Class
Best New Manga Series: A Silent Voice
Best Deforge thing: Dressing
Best old thing: Strangers in Paradise
Best wonderful thing: I Love This Part by Tillie Walden
Best unexplainably good thing: My Love Story
Best Hilarious thing: We Go To The Gallery
Best sense of tone application / Breathtaking Linework: Oreimo- Kuroneko Vol.2
Most exciting thing: Sundome
Best thing ever: xxxHolic