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David Auerbach’s Books of the Year 2022: Comics and Art

Installment two of my books of the year, with most nonfiction still to come. It seemed a very lean year for comics overall. The big event is the long-delayed translation of the first half of Lewis Trondheim’s Ralph Azham, his 600-page treatment of power, politics, religion, and family. Trondheim’s ability to improvise a better story than most people can plan out remains exceptional. There is also the final book of Hubert’s uncompleted The Ogre Gods, putting a point on his loss through suicide.

Ralph Azham #1: Black Are The Stars
Trondheim, Lewis (Author)
Super Genius


Ralph Azham #2: The Land of the Blue Demons
Trondheim, Lewis (Author)
Papercutz


First Born: The Ogre Gods Book Four (Ogre Gods, 4)
Hubert (Author), Gatignol, Bertrand (Artist)
Magnetic Press


La Synagogue
Sfar Joann (Author), Sfar Joann (Illustrator)
DARGAUD


The Court Charade
Flore, Vesco (Author), Kerascoët (Author), Kerascoët (Illustrator)
Europe Comics


Dungeon: Early Years, vol. 3: Wihout a Sound (3)
Gaultier, Christophe (Author), Sfar, Joann (Author), Trondheim, Lewis (Author), Oiry, Stephane (Author)
NBM Publishing


Dungeon: Twilight vols. 1-2: Cemetery of the Dragon
Sfar, Joann (Author), Trondheim, Lewis (Author), Kerascoet, [none] (Illustrator)
NBM Publishing


Adventuregame Comics: Leviathan (Book 1)
Shiga, Jason (Author)
Harry N. Abrams


Pogo The Complete Syndicated Comic Strips Box Set: Vols. 7 & 8: Pockets Full of Pie & Hijinks from the Horn of Plenty (Walt Kelly's Pogo)
Kelly, Walt (Author), Aragonés, Sergio (Foreword), Caswell, Lucy Shelton (Foreword)
Fantagraphics


The Projector and Elephant
Vaughn-James, Martin (Author), Seth (Editor), Heer, Jeet (Introduction), Seth (Designer)
New York Review Comics


All Your Racial Problems Will Soon End: The Cartoons of Charles Johnson
Johnson, Charles (Author)
New York Review Comics


The George Herriman Library: Krazy & Ignatz 1922-1924
Herriman, George (Author)
Fantagraphics


YOKAI
Yumoto, Koichi (Author)
PIE International


George Grosz in Berlin: The Relentless Eye
Rewald, Sabine (Author), Buruma, Ian (Contributor)
Metropolitan Museum of Art


Käthe Kollwitz: A Survey of Her Work 1867 - 1945
Fischer, Hannelore (Editor)
Hirmer Publishers


Women Artists in Expressionism: From Empire to Emancipation
Behr, Shulamith (Author)
Princeton University Press


Austrian and German Masterworks: Twentieth Anniversary of Neue Galerie New York
Price, Renée (Editor), Lauder, Ronald S. (Preface)
Prestel



1 Comment

  1. Thanks David, I always enjoy these lists. I hadn’t heard about Hubert, that’s very unfortunate. I still haven’t read his Ogre Gods, but it looks very good. I’m surprised George O’Connor’s conclusion to Olympians didn’t make the list, his box set for Vol. 7-12 was released last March. I’m reading it now with my daughter and we are both loving it.

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