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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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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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