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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 (1)
Trondheim, Lewis (Author)
Papercutz


Ralph Azham #2: The Land of the Blue Demons (2)
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



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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