Longbox Review 114: Favorites of 2016, part 2

It’s time for my annual tradition of looking back at the previous year of comic books and talking about my favorites. In this episode I talk about my favorites from the following categories:

  • Limited Series (2:21)
  • Trade/Graphic Novel (14:53)
  • Short Story (22:51)
  • Art (33:19)
  • Covers (38:06)
  • Most Disappointing (47:50)
  • Most Surprising (52:07)
  • Looking Forward to in 2017 (55:38)

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Longbox Review 113: Favorites of 2016, part 1

It’s time for my annual tradition of looking back at the previous year of comic books and talking about my favorites. In this episode I talk about my favorite books from the various publishers. Please listen the next episode for the rest of my Favorites of 2016.

Please send your comments to longboxreview@gmail.com, chat with me @longboxreview on Twitter, or visit longboxreview.com. Please subscribe, rate, and review the show via iTunes.

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Top 5 Comics Podcast Episode 86 – Season 4 – 2016 Year End Thing

EPISODE DESCRIPTION

Comic book round table. This week, we have – Complete Nonsense, Book we liked in 2016 and more…..

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Run Times –
Just Nonsense …. – 2:14- 14:58
2016 Books We Liked – 14:59 – 1:07:41
Books to look for – 1:08:50 Happy New Everyone
*** If you would like to ask a question of our panel you can email at – top5podcast@hotmail.com ***

Comics Alternative, Episode 220: Our Favorite Comics of 2016

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The Results Are In

Time Codes:

  • 00:01:50 – Introduction
  • 00:03:37 – Setting up our favorites
  • 00:07:16 – Year-end statistics
  • 00:15:54 – Our favorites of 2016
  • 01:43:22 – Wrapping up our favorites, and honorable mentions
  • 01:48:55 – Contact us

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This is the last regular review episode of 2016, and as the Two Guys with PhDs do annually, they use their final show of the year to share their favorite comics from the past twelve months. Both Andy and Derek have each chosen what he considers the 10 best of 2016 — and in no particular order — but neither has shared his list with the other until the recording of this episode. So there are some surprises along the way. There is not much overlap between the guys’ lists, and only two titles are mentioned by both. Taken together, this is a wide-ranging selection that includes everything from mainstream superhero comics to small-press selections, from webcomics to manga, from comics in translation to works that are sure to become part of many readers’ canon.

However, before they plunge into their lists the guys share some year-end statistics. By the end of 2016 The Comics Alternative will have produced 162 episodes (including this episode and the December manga review). Among those shows, 278 print titles will have been discussed along with 36 webcomics. Derek also crunched the numbers in terms of the most reviewed publishers. The one whose titles were discussed most frequently was Image Comics, with the guys focusing on 25 of their titles. Next is Fantagraphics and Dark Horse Comics with 21 reviewed titles each. After that it’s IDW with 19, DC/Vertigo with 17, First Second with 13, and BOOM! Studios with 11. Other publishers whose titles have been reviewed at least 5 times over the past year include Kilgore Books (9), Kodansha Comics (8), Alternative Comics (7), Aftershock (7), Floating World (6), Drawn and Quarterly (5), Retrofit/Big Planet (5), and Avery Hill Publishing (5).

After that numerical rundown, the Two Guys get into their 10 favorite titles of 2016:

Andy’s Top 10 of 2016

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Derek’s Top 10 of 2016

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The Honorable Mentions…These Titles Almost, but Just Didn’t Quite, Make It onto Each Guy’s List

For Andy

For Derek

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Comics Alternative, On Location: The December Visit to Valhalla Games and Comics

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Event Fatigue?

For the December on-location episode at Valhalla Games and Comics, Derek talks with customers and shop employees about their favorite comics from the past twelve months. This is a look back at the various series, events, collections, and original graphic novels that made the biggest impressions in 2016. Joining in on the conversation are some of the usuals — Stephanie, Matt, and Craig — but Josh, a new fan of the shop and of the podcast, shows up to share his thoughts, as well. As might be expected, most of the titles discussed are from the Big Two universes, but there are a number of other titles that also resonated. One of the big takeaways from this conversation is the possible fatigue that is setting in when it comes to superhero events, especially as it relates to Marvel Comics. However, for some readers, a bright counterbalance can be found in IDW’s “Revolution”crossover event.

Did 2016 really, really suck? Yes, especially when it comes to politics and the possibility of social progress. But regarding comics culture, the guys at Valhalla Games and Comics have a different opinion.

Josh, Craig, and Stephanie discuss their favorites of 2016.

 

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