Lists: The Far Side, 2022 Graphic Novels, 2023 Stamps, Greatest Comic Artists, Calvin and Hobbes

Gary Larson’s 10 Best Comics, Ranked

© Gary Larson

Screen Rant lists, what they purport to be, The 10 Best Cartoons from Gary Larson’s The Far Side.

Gary Larson wrote his comic strips for syndication for over 15 years, each one is funny and some are perfect examples of what comic art can be.

Gary Larson comics run the gambit from horrifying to confounding to laugh-out-loud funny and the best have all three of those characteristics.

Spoiler: What may be the most widely seen panel (above) doesn’t make the list.


Best Books 2022 – Comics

© Megan Kelso

Publishers Weekly pick their best from 2022, here are their tops in comics.

[O]ur picks for the best books of 2022. We’ve got 150 selections in total, spread across all the categories we review in. They’re led by our top 10, an especially strong grouping this year that includes a graphic memoir of life on the Canadian oil fields, a sharp reappraisal of the life of J. Edgar Hoover, and the singular and spellbinding latest from Namwali Serpell.

From the Who Will Make the Pancakes review

Kelso’s long-awaited new collection show off her nimble cartooning, ear for dialogue, and skill for drawing small moments and gestures that ground the women at the center of these tales, told across decades and genres, as true to life. The stunning “Watergate Sue,” which presents a precisely told Nixon-era family drama, is worth the price of admission alone.

Spoiler: Watergate Sue remains online from its 2007 New York Times Magazine run.


The USPS Reveals Their 2023 Stamps

The U.S. Postal Service announced today many of the stamps it will issue in 2023.

“The 2023 stamp program features a broad range of subjects and designs. These miniature works of art highlight our unique American culture and offer a broad selection for those looking to collect stamps or send their mail around the nation or the world,” said USPS Stamp Services Director William Gicker.

This is a partial list, with more to be revealed in the weeks and months ahead.

Spoiler: No comics related stamps – yet. Though the Lichtenstein Centennial series gets close with the stamp featuring his “Standing Explosion (Red)” sculpture which was inspired by his comic book inspired art such as Whaam! and Blam.


101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time

© King Features Syndicate

Tripwire’s list of the 101 Greatest Comic Artists is up to #10.

A list overwhelmingly dominated by comic book artists, but comic strip artists are included.

Spoiler: The strictly (or mostly) comic strip artists so far are Bob Fujitani (#97), Mac Raboy (#39), Burne Hogarth (#34), Hal Foster (#33), Milton Caniff (#32), Al Williamson (#22), and Alex Raymond (#14). Nine spots left and not mentioned* are Roy Crane, George Herriman, Walt Kelly, Winsor McCay, Noel Sickles. Comic book artists not yet listed are Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby, and Berni Wrightson.

*For whatever reason #36 and #40 aren’t showing up for me.


10 Times Calvin & Hobbes Broke Our Hearts

© Bill Watterson

Comic Book Resources presents a selection of Bill Watterson‘s heartbreaking comic strips.

The comics page in the newspaper is known as “the funny pages” for a reason. People often read daily comic strips to have a quick laugh. For the decade it was printed, Calvin & Hobbes, the daily comic strip about a boy and his toy/pet tiger, gave readers plenty of laughs. Unlike some other comics, however, Bill Watterson’s beloved strips often pulled at readers’ heartstrings or broke their hearts completely.

Spoiler: Our sample above is not included.

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