Episode 116: Our Favorite Comics of 2014

The Really Good Stuff

It’s the end of the year, and you know what that means? No, it’s doesn’t involve a fat guy with toys, any spinning wooden things, or even annoying events involving Anderson Cooper and Kathy Gifford. It’s time for

Andy and Derek’s end-of-the-year top ten favorites episode!

The Two Guys with PhDs (who talk about comics) like to end every year by highlighting their favorite titles of the past twelve months. These could be ongoing series, limited rBest2014uns or miniseries, one-shots, trades, original graphic novels, webcomics, or archival collections. So for this week’s episode, Derek and Andy each choose their favorite ten comics from 2014 and then share that list with one another. They don’t necessarily rank them in any order — although both guys do hint at their top picks — and neither knows of the other’s ten favorites before they record the podcast. As such, the Guys not only have a great time discussing the year’s best comics, but also in discovering what each other feels is truly his favorite. There are a few overlaps between Andy and Derek’s choices, but even more significantly,  there are some big surprises in each one’s list!

Andy’s Top 10 of 2014

Derek’s Top 10 of 2014

The Honorable Mentions…These Titles Almost, but Just Didn’t Quite, Make It onto either Derek and Andy’s Lists

For Derek:

For Andy:

Hey Kids! Fun Facts!

  • The most represented publisher between both guys’ lists is Image Comics!
  • Unlike last year, Derek chose more series than Andy did!
  • The guys are surprised that neither of the Hernandez brothers made their lists this year…including the “honorable mentions.” Yow!
  • In his 10 best, Derek chose three titles they never discussed on the podcast, while Andy chose two!
  • There are no Vertigo titles on either guy’s top-10 list, and the same goes for their “honorable mentions” lists!
  • Andy continues to read more Marvel than Derek does!
  • For the first year on they year-end list, the Two Guys give love to Conundrum Press and Uncivilized Books!
  • Only three creators on The Two Guys’ 2014 list — Matt Fraction, Chip Zdarsky, and Gene Luen Yang — were also on their 2013 lists!

So start roasting those chestnuts and come experience the joy this holiday season by listening to Andy and Derek’s special year-end podcast!

This episode’s music focuses on the New Year. Have a happy one!

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About Derek Royal

The Comics Alternative is a weekly podcast focused on the world of alternative, independent, and primarily non-superhero comics. (There’s nothing wrong with the superhero genre…we just want to do something different.) New shows become available every Wednesday…much like the comic books you get. Episodes feature reviews of graphic novels and current ongoing series, discussions of upcoming comics, examinations of collected editions, in-depth analyses of a variety of comics texts, spotlights on various creators and their oeuvre, roundtable discussions with prominent critics and scholars in the field, and interviews with the artists and writers who make all of this possible. Along the way, Andy and Derek will talk about the various books that they are reading; the many pop cultural references that, for better or worse, inform their lives; and the unpredictable (and inexplicable) weirdness that seems to creep into each episode. In essence,The Comics Alternative podcast is brilliantly simple: Two guys with PhDs talking about comics.

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