Thirty Comics for Hugo Voters

Okay, you may want to have a cup of tea beside you, we're going to be here for a while. The Hugo Awards for 2009 are going to be presented at the World Science Fiction Convention in Melbourne in September next year. The Best Graphic Story category is only a year old, and I think SF fans might benefit from a broad brush introduction to some of the many comics out there that they might consider nominating. I'd like this to be the first of many such articles, from many people.

The following list doesn't include online comics, because my knowledge of that field (including such excellent titles as FreakAngels) isn't what it might be. I'd be happy to link to someone who's done a similar survey of those delights. It also only includes one manga title, which I think is especially deserving. (And next year I'll add the final volume of Mushishi, when translated, on the same basis.) Again, I'd appreciate some linkage by those more in the know (with manga, I know what I like, but I don't have the depth). I've purposefully excluded much in the way of adaptations and spinoffery: in this category, entirely original work needs all the help it can get. (Which is not to say that something of such high quality as, for instance, IDW's Doctor Who line or Titan's arty Torchwood doesn't deserve your voting attention, just that I'd rather err on the side of titles that have only their own fans to rely on.) The many different stories serialised in such anthology titles as 2000AD also deserve attention. Once more: tell me and I shall link. I've tried not to duplicate creative teams or titles, so remember there may be more stuff you can nominate from the guys and comics you like. If anyone can find links to (legal) preview pages for the following that I haven't found, I'll add them.

Please bear in mind that some of the previews aren't suitable for children.

And please note that, while I describe everything positively, this is a survey of what's out there rather than just what I like. I think it's important to not let my own taste get in the way here. (Though I love some of these titles with a passion.)

I'd like to thank Josh Flanagan of I, Fanboy, Cheryl Morgan, Chris Roberson and everyone who responded to my Twitter on the subject for their help compiling the following. My understanding is that to be eligible, an individual story has to come to a conclusion in 2009. So I've made sure the following all qualify. I'll be offering, covers, preview pages from the stories in question (where possible), and some idea of the feel of the title. And the only fair way to present these is alphabetically. So let's go...

Air: Letters from Lost Countries

Written by: G. Willow Wilson.
Art by: M.K. Perker.
Published by: Vertigo.
Originally available as: Air #1-5, ending in February 2009.

The story of Blythe, an acrophobic flight attendant, who makes her way through a Ballardian maze of modern angst: terrorism; conspiracies; landing in a non-existent country, as she discovers her part in a battle for the sky. 'It starts off as Rushdie and parachutes into Pynchon' - Neil Gaiman.

Astonishing X-Men: Ghost Box

Written by: Warren Ellis.
Art by: Simone Bianchi.
Published by: Marvel.
Originally available as: Astonishing X-Men #25-30, ending in June 2009.
Preview Pages: here

Warren Ellis' mutant superheroics have a distinctly SFnal flavour, with a graveyard of spaceships being the location for a showdown with alternate mutants from another dimension, who've been affected by one of the Marvel Universe's game-changing physics events. The art is luxurious, and the atmosphere distinctly more chilly than in most superhero titles.

Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?

Written by: Neil Gaiman.
Art by: Andy Kubert.
Published by: DC.
Originally available as: Batman #686 and Detective Comics #853, ending in April 2009.

The final issues of both Batman titles were given over to Neil Gaiman's love letter to the superhero, as every different style of the Bat is celebrated, in what becomes an actual funeral, with eulogies from Superman, Robin and the Joker. 'Do you know the only reward you get for being Batman? You get to be Batman.' And Gaiman does a wonderful Alfred.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8: Retreat

Written by: Jane Espenson.
Art by: Georges Jeanty.
Published by: Dark Horse.
Originally available as: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8 #26-30, ending in November 2009.
Preview Pages: here

Buffy creator Joss Whedon oversees his original writing staff, and the pick of modern comics writers, in a canonical continuation of the show, that feels authoratively like the real thing, while Jeanty squares the circle of licenced titles with an art style that's both true to the cast and pure comics. After a row of fill-in issues, this Oz-centered tale could be a return to witty form.


Written by: John Layman.
Art by: Rob Guillory.
Published by: Image.
Originally available as: Chew #1-5, ending in October 2009.
Preview Pages: here

Tony Chu is cibopathic, meaning he gets psychic impressions from what he eats. So he's a detective who takes a sneaky nibble at murder victims. He falls madly in love with a food critic who's a saboscrivner, which is to say she can make the whole city throw up with her damning restaurant reviews. It's charming, it's full of energy, and, madly, it's a runaway indie hit.

The Complete Dracula

Written by: Leah Moore and John Reppion.
Art by: Colton Worley.
Published by: Dynamite.
Originally available as: The Complete Dracula #1-5, ending in November 2009.
Preview Pages: here

An attempt to create an entirely authentic comics adaptation of the novel, including the short story 'Dracula's Guest', with fully painted art and a slavish attention to detail, under gorgeous covers by John Cassaday. 'The only adaptation of Dracula you'll ever need, this is the new gold standard' - Warren Ellis.

DMZ: No Future

Written by: Brian Wood.
Art by: Ryan Kelly.
Published by: Vertigo.
Originally available as: DMZ #42-44, ending in August 2009.

In the near future, a civil war between the government and an ideological rebellion has turned Manhattan into a demilitarized zone. Matty Roth is a photojournalist who becomes trapped with those left behind: the very poor and those on a mission in the remains of the city. This story spotlights a death cult operating out of the Empire State Building. Modern dystopian SF.

Echo: Desert Run

Written by: Terry Moore.
Art by: Terry Moore.
Published by: Abstract Studios.
Originally available as: Terry Moore's Echo #11-15, ending in September 2009.
Preview Pages (from the first arc): here

Julie Martin is an about-to-be-divorced photographer, caught in the explosion of a high tech battlesuit, the Beta Suit, and forced to bond with the silver material that covers her body. In this arc, she discovers the suit is about to explode, and it's also down to her to prevent the reboot of the universe. Echo is about the people as much as the action, and is beloved on that basis.

Ex Machina: Ring Out the Old

Written by: Brian K. Vaughan.
Art by: Tony Harris and Jim Clark.
Published by: Wildstorm.
Originally available as: Ex Machina #41-44, ending in August 2009.

Mitchell Hundred used to be the world's only superhero, the Great Machine. Now he's been elected Mayor of New York City, and has left all that behind him. But amongst the political intrigue of his term of office, secrets from his past start to be glimpsed, and this arc reveals the source of his powers. From the Hugo-nominated writer of Y: The Last Man and Lost.

Fables: The Dark Ages

Written by: Bill Willingham.
Art by: Mark Buckingham, Peter Gross, Andrew Pepoy, Michael Allred and David Hahn.
Published by: Vertigo.
Originally available as: Fables #76-82, ending in March 2009.

The winner of 12 Eisner Awards (comics' highest honour), this story of such heroes of fairytale, as Prince Charming and Snow White living in exile in modern New York, and fighting to reclaim their homelands from The Adversary, is epic, Hugo-nominated stuff. In this volume, bringing the defeated Adversary back to New York turns out to be... complicated. A masterpiece.

Fear Agent: I Against I

Written by: Rick Remender.
Art by: Tony Moore.
Published by: Dark Horse.
Originally available as: Fear Agent #22-27, ending in July 2009.
Preview Pages: here

This is the story of rugged alcoholic Texas spaceman Heath Huston, last of the Fear Agents, in a space opera that runs at a million miles an hour. In this exciting episode, he finds himself flung through a black hole to a planet of gunslinging robots and venomous mutants, in a story which ends with all the secrets of his universe revealed as lies. There's concrete under all this fun.

Fruits Basket

Written by: Natsuki Takaya.
Art by: Natsuki Takaya.
Published (in the US) by: Tokyopop.
Originally available as: Fruits Basket #1-23, ending (in translation), in July 2009.

Orphaned high school student Tohru Honda encounters the thirteen members of the Sohma family, possessed by the animals of the Chinese zodiac. Her radical kindness lets them unentangle themselves from their secrecy and shame, and finally she sets to work on the curse itself. Intense, dark, passionate, I rate the whole run as one huge story. And a major work.

Hellblazer: Scab

Written by: Peter Milligan.
Art by: Giuseppe Camuncoli and Stefano Landini.
Published by: Vertigo.
Originally available as: Hellblazer #251-253, ending in March 2009.

John Constantine is a modern working-class British magician, more Harry Palmer than Harry Potter, and his adventures have always explored sociopolitical issues in British life. In this arc, new writer Milligan takes him into the psychic consequences of a Liverpool dockers' strike, made flesh, and into his own murky past. When, as now, he was something of a bastard.

Hellboy: The Wild Hunt

Written by: Mike Mignola.
Art by: Duncan Fegredo.
Published by: Dark Horse.
Originally available as: Hellboy: The Wild Hunt #1-8, ending in November 2009.
Preview Pages: here

Hellboy comics are consistently better than the movies made from them, and this is no exception. When giants start to rise from the ground in England, a mysterious group called The Wild Hunt invite Hellboy, the human-raised demon who battles the supernatural, to help them stop it. But it turns out to be a trap. Mignola's use of mythology always impresses.

I Kill Giants

Written by: Joe Kelly.
Art by: J. M. Ken Nimura.
Published by: Image.
Originally available as: I Kill Giants #1-7, ending in January 2009.
Preview Pages: here

Little Barbara Thorson says she carries a Norse warhammer in her purse, and kills giants for a living. But where does the fantasy end and the reality begin for this troubled girl? What if... she's telling the truth? This is a bittersweet story of a child dealing with monsters real and imagined, and by the end it packs a hell of a punch.


Written by: Ed Brubaker.
Art by: Sean Phillips.
Published by: Marvel.
Originally available as: Incognito #1-6, ending (probably) August 2009.
Preview Pages: here

A former supervillain is hiding out in the Witness Protection Programme, remembering the days when villainy was fast and loose, and getting bored of his current tame existence, in this noir adventure from Captain America writer Ed Brubaker. It's not set in the Marvel Universe, plays for adults, and there's a giddy feeling that anything could happen next.

Invincible Iron Man: World's Most Wanted

Written by: Matt Fraction.
Art by: Salvador Larocca.
Published by: Marvel.
Originally available as: Invincible Iron Man #8-19, ending in November 2009.
Preview Pages: here

This is the one you want if you loved the movie. Tony Stark, on the run from Norman (the Green Goblin) Osborn, who's been put in charge of US security, his plans to regulate superheroes in tatters, an alien invasion all his fault, has to use his wits and know-how to stay one step ahead. Fraction writes funky and sardonic dialogue, and the art rocks.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century, 1910

Written by: Alan Moore.
Art by: Kevin O'Neill.
Published by: Top Shelf.
Originally available: published in May 2009.
Preview Pages: here

The first of three self-contained volumes, this takes Moore's literary heroes (including Raffles and Carnacki) into Victoriana, as they encounter Mac the Knife and investigate an occult order attempting to create a Moonchild in darkest London. An adventure again, rather than the last volume's tour, and a radical one, with the docklands slaughter making one's eyes water, rather.

Madame Xanadu: Disenchanted

Written by: Matt Wagner.
Art by: Amy Reeder Hadley.
Published by: Vertigo.
Originally available as: Madame Xanadu #1-10, ending in April 2009.

Madame Xanadu is an immortal spellcaster, this arc being her journey through history, where she occupies every archetype of a female magician, from Camelot to ancient China to revolutionary France to Victorian London. Throughout, she romances the Phantom Stranger, her equal and perhaps her foe. Angry and thoughtful, with cracking storytelling in the art.

Phonogram 2: The Singles Club

Written by: Kieron Gillen.
Art by: Jamie McKelvie.
Published by: Image.
Originally available as: Phonogram 2: The Singles Club #1-7, finishing in October 2009.
Preview Pages: are so here

Phonomancers are magicians who get their power through pop music. Gillen and McKelvie convey the romance and heartbreak of pop like you're fourteen and reading Smash Hits for the first time. This run is entirely single issue stories, building up into another magic epic that we can all understand, because we've all been there. They hit my nostalgia/dance buttons big time.


Written by: Warren Ellis.
Art by: John Cassaday.
Published by: Wildstorm.
Originally available as: Planetary #1-27, ending in October 2009.

Running since 1999, the ending of this series concerning the 'archaeologists of the impossible', three superhumans who investigate the remains of enormous monsters, supervillains and ghosts, is much awaited. It's a bittersweet world of nostalgia for lost oddness, portrayed in a widescreen, gloriously colourful way. We await the final answers to one huge, complete story.

Proof: Julia

Written by: Alex Grecian.
Art by: Riley Rossmo.
Published by: Image.
Originally available as: Proof #18-23, ending in August 2009.
Preview Pages: here

John 'Proof' Prufrock is a sasquatch who hunts cryptozoological creatures for a secret organisation, with his partner, Ginger Brown. This arc explores his past, as Proof goes steampunk in Victorian London, battling Springheeled Jack, and living in a circus sideshow where he becomes fascinated with Julia, the 'baboon lady'. The next Hellboy!

Rasl: The Fire of St. George

Written by: Jeff Smith.
Art by: Jeff Smith.
Published by: Jeff Smith.
Originally available as: Rasl #4-7, ending December 2009.
Preview Pages: here

Richard Joseph Johnson, the titular hero, is an art thief with the ability to travel through the light between dimensions. We're gradually shown more of his mysterious past as a research scientist, which seems tied up with UFO conspiracies, in this noir adventure from multi-award-winning cartoonist Smith, the creator of Bone. Inspired, simple, addictive storytelling.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the Universe

Written by: Bryan Lee O'Malley.
Art by: Bryan Lee O'Malley.
Published by: Oni Press.
Originally available: published in January 2009.
Hey. A page is: here

Scott Pilgrim has to win the heart of Ramona Flowers by defeating her seven evil ex-boyfriends in combat. The world he lives in is a fondly-described slacker reality of small clubs, band life and staying on sofas, described as a video game, with Scott finding 'save points'. This volume hits grown up reality head on, and asks 'Game Over?' Incredibly well told, romantic, hilarious, real.

Secret Six: Unhinged

Written by: Gail Simone.
Art by: Nicola Scott.
Published by: DC.
Originally available as: Secret Six #1-7, ending March 2009.
Preview Pages: here

So there are these six rather useless supervillains, hired to free a villainess, to find it's because she stole a demonic card on which is written 'Get Out of Hell Free'. With a $20 million bounty on each of their heads, they have to get across the USA and home, with hundreds of supervillains in pursuit. Wry, absurd, satirical, nasty, precise, characterful and fond only begins to describe it.

The Umbrella Academy: Dallas

Written by: Gerard Way.
Art by: Gabriel Ba.
Published by: Dark Horse.
Originally available as: The Umbrella Academy: Dallas #1-6, ending May 2009.
Preview Pages: here

The idea that the lead singer of My Chemical Romance would write a bestselling comic that was actually great... no, we're past that now. The members of a disbanded superhero team reunite after the death of their adopted father, and having saved the world again, now find themselves in a surreal political thriller in which the history of the USA is changed forever.

Unknown Soldier: Haunted House

Written by: Joshua Dysart.
Art by: Alberto Ponticelli.
Published by: Vertigo.
Originally available as: Unknown Soldier #1-6, ending March 2009.
Preview Pages: here

Dr. Moses Lwanga is a pacifist caught up in the wars of Africa, a voice in his head telling him to kill child soldiers. Which is why he wounded his own face so badly. The lead being a modern geopolitical take on an ancient DC character, Dysart took the book seriously enough to spend a month in Northern Uganda to research the civil war of 2002. Committed, intense, and pained.


Written by: Mark Sable.
Art by: Julian Totino Tedesco.
Published by: Boom! Studios.
Originally available as: Unthinkable #1-5, ending in September 2009.
Preview Pages: here

Novelist Alan Ripley joins a government think tank of imaginative people from diverse fields, asked to 'think the unthinkable' about nightmare terrorist scenarios. But when members of the group start vanishing, can he stop the unthinkable from starting to happen? It seems his brain is being used as a blueprint, in this smart, modern SF thriller from a company on the rise.

The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity

Written by: Mike Carey.
Art by: Peter Gross.
Published by: Vertigo.
Originally available as: The Unwritten #1-4, ending in August 2009.
Preview Pages: here

This is the metafictional story of Tommy Taylor, a Christopher Robin for our time, a lame celebrity who does the conventions because his Dad made him a bestselling fictional character. But what if Tom is that boy wizard made flesh? To find out, he has to search the places where fiction and reality have intersected. Vertigo's big hit from the writer of the Felix Castor novels.

The Walking Dead: Fear the Hunters

Written by: Robert Kirkman.
Art by: Charlie Adlard.
Published by: Image.
Originally available as: The Walking Dead #62-66, ending in October 2009.
Preview Pages: here

The zombie comic that treats its subject matter seriously, The Walking Dead kind of, erm, sneaks up on you, in that you come to care and fear for its characters a great deal. We haven't heard the cause of the zombie apocalypse, we just know that our survivors are desperate to find a home. It's about despair and the human spirit. A bit of a modern classic.

And that's it! Thirty titles I urge you to check out before you start nominating for the Hugos. I hope I've shown that the field is diverse (in all sorts of ways), has depth, and is worth your attention. Please distribute this post as you wish. In the comments section, I'd love to hear from comics fans who want to talk up any of the comics here, or any not here, and SF fans who've tried some.

I hope that helped a bit. Phew. Off for a lie down now. Until next time: Cheerio!

32 Response to "Thirty Comics for Hugo Voters"

  • Deanna Hoak Says:

    Paul, don't you have works that will qualify? It's wonderful of you to include all these, and I realize you're such a gentleman, but it seems only fair to have your own listed as well.

  • MOMB Says:

    Good list! Very different comics but both Chew & Unknown Soldier are two that stand out for me.

    Chew has been a big hit but not many (in England) seem to be picking up Unknown Soldier, yet, hopefully the trade will entice some people over. If you haven’t already seen it writer Joshua Dysart research blog is a good insight into how he handled the tricky subject matter. Check it out here

  • Adam Says:

    I add Vertigo's 'Grrek Street' - an excellent retelling of some of the early Greek dramas in modern day London.

  • G. Willow Says:

    Thanks so much for supporting AIR, Paul. I'm flattered!

  • The New Noise Thriller Says:

    I agree 100% with the Walking Dead, although I'm collecting it in Trades so I'm not sure that I am caught up with the current run of comics.

    What this list says to me is that I need to read more comics as I am missing out.

  • Andrew Trembley Says:

    It's a great list, but you're totally ignoring comics that are originally serialized on the web, either by the page or in strip form...

  • Andrew Trembley Says:

    scratch that, I read the list before the intro...

  • Cybernetic Nomad Says:

    Mouse Guard, Winter 1152 is what I'm planning to nominate

    And remember folks: you can nominate and vote even if you can't travel to Australia (that's what the supporting membership is for)

  • Paul Cornell Says:

    Thanks, all. Deanna: yes I do, but that's up to others. MOMB: thanks for that link. Great stuff. Adam: good pick. (Failed my same writer rule.) Willow: delighted to, and thanks for popping in. (Look, everyone, it's G. Willow from Air!) Noise: cool. Andrew: there we go, all such nominations welcome. Cyber: I'm actually kicking myself for not mentioning Mouse Guard. I knew I'd miss something major. Consider that 31!

  • katster Says:

    Hmmm, this is a good list. There is stuff here that I've never heard of (but I might request from the library/use my limited discretionary funds to buy), and stuff that I've been digging but would have never thought of nominating.

    My absolute favorite, though, is DMZ. It's such a crazy premise (the island of Manhattan as a DMZ between two opposing sides of a new American civil war) but the story is well-told and I love the gritty feel in the art as well as the characters that are just trying their hardest to get by under such difficult conditions. It's so good that after I finished the last released collection in graphic novel form, I had the floppy added to my pull list, only the second comic I've done that with.

    Yeah, I can't say enough about DMZ.

    Thanks for giving me some ideas of what to read next and the opportunity to go on about one of my favorites.


  • Bill Spangler Says:

    I see Warren Ellis is well represented, as he should be. But I'd like to recommend DOKTOR SLEEPLESS and ANNA MERCURY too, particularly the latter. Solid science fiction, that just happens to be comic book form.

  • Robert Says:

    Eric Burns of Websnark fame would have been the best person to consider for this. Unfortunately, he's mostly hung up his reviewing cap. Still, some of the comics he reviewed may be of interest.

    I've also done a considerable number of reviews; unfortunately, a good portion of my archives are unavailable until I can transfer and recode them to my new site (I need to repair broken and out-dated links and recode images to one standard code to avoid duplication of files; I've been doing reviews since 2005, so the number of images archived has gotten a bit large).

    Off the top of my head, I'd have to say Phoenix Requiem and Girl Genius are among the best of the lot, along with Megatokyo and Clan of the Cats for comics that are a bit more intermittent with their update schedule. If I were to look through my links on my home computer, I'd probably find a dozen others to add to that.

    Robert A. Howard, Tangents Reviews

  • Wes Says:

    I find this list perhaps a bit too weighted towards Marvel-and-DC-type material... unfortunately I'm usually about a year behind on my comics reading, so I don't have many alternatives to offer.

    In terms of webcomics... to begin with, Aaron Diaz's "Onald Creely, the Professional Ghost Story," a single-page story from Dresden Codak, is better than almost any other candidate.

    I haven't yet read Dash Shaw's BodyWorld--the load times are a little aggravating--but it's received a lot of recommendations.

    Karl Kerschl's The Abominable Charles Christopher just wrapped up its first story arc, and Chris Hastings's The Adventures of Dr. McNinja is always funny.

    For print comics... again, I'm behind, but Richard Sala just wrapped up Delphine and Jim Woodring is reportedly working on a new "Frank" story to be released towards the end of the year, which, if it's anything like his previous work, should be absolutely mind-blowing. It's worth watching to see whether Carla Speed McNeil publishes a Finder book this year. And the anthology Mome published several stories last year that might well have deserved nominations, so it also might be something to keep an eye on.

  • Aiglet Says:

    For webcomics, I'd like to put in a plug for Digger by Ursula Vernon.

    It's on my everyday must-read list, and there are bound volumes available.

  • mark Says:

    While I see lots of deserving Vertigo nominees on the list, I think the imprint's best book right now is Jason Aaron's SCALPED.

  • Patrick Rennie Says:

    Very nice list. Represents the mainstream floppy side of the field very well.

    I could make quite a few recommendations on the webcomic side things, except that I haven’t looked at the criteria for the award to see what’s eligible next year and I’m not going to tonight. In the meantime, I’ll make one recommendation that splits the difference between the floppies and the web: PS 238. Think Astro City in a superhero school for kids. Its floppies are gradually being reprinted on the web by its creator, Aaron Williams. It’s at

  • Jamie Lovett Says:

    Great list! A few books that I'd add: Atomic Robo: Shadow From Beyond Time (like Hellboy, but more sci-fi and humorous), Irredeemable (what if Superman hated all of us?), and Locke & Key: Head Games (fantasy/horror from Joe Hill).

  • Paul Cornell Says:

    Kats: that's the kind of cheerleading I'm after. Bill: you're right about Anna Mercury. Robert: that's a start. Wes: five out of thirty is 'too weighted towards'? Thanks for the links, that's great stuff. Aiglet: thanks. Mark: I think so too, but is it fantasy? Patrick: the requirement is a specific story ending in 2009, which I think will cause some forms some problems, and thanks. Jamie: thanks for those, I've had several people mention Locke and Key, which I'm starting to think should have been on the list.

  • Lou Anders Says:

    PROOF sounds awesome!! As do many others. Seeking that one out first (then The Unwritten).

  • Jack Beven Says:


    From you capsule descriptions, this list seems to be weighted toward dark and nasty stories. Are any of them truly not from that side of storytelling - meaning cheerful and with an underlying spirit of light?

    Jack Beven

  • Ian Cullen Says:

    If I were to vote from that selection I'd probably go with Chew. It's funny as hell and for all the wrong reasons, which makes it even better.

    Though part of me would be tempted to go with century 1910 by Alan Moore.

    BTW Paul, thanks for your tip about Fables. I got Fables Homeland in Trade and loved it. I was pleasantly surprised.


  • Ian Cullen Says:

    Not sure if any of you are fans of Robert Venditti's Surrogates. But if you are you may find this interview we did of interest. It's in the second half hour of the show.

    We're hoping to get another comics show up and running on the same network. So Wayne has a home:)t

  • Furious D Says:

    I just caught your interview on Word Balloon with John Suintres. Erudite and entertaining as always.

    Wait... I think I should look up "erudite" first...

  • Paul Cornell Says:

    Hope you enjoy Proof, Lou. I've found there's a lot of buzz about the Carey. Jack: well, they all do *drama*, but I think you'd find Scott Pilgrim bounces along. Ian: good stuff. Mr. Furious: thanks!

  • Chris M. Says:

    I just found the link to your recommendations thru a tweet by Cheryl Morgan. As the person who helped think up this Hugo, all I can say is WOW!

    There was a LOT of tremendous work being done out there and I this particular Hugo will have a long and happy life ahead of it.

    And Thank You as well, Paul...Keep up the excellent work!

    Chris M. Barkley
    Cincinnati, OH

  • Paul Cornell Says:

    Thanks for inventing it, Chris. I think the category's been a bit wobbly so far, and this is my attempt to help. I hope it sticks around, but the voters really need to be informed to make it work.

  • Teresa Says:

    You chose just about everything I'm reading right now! :) Well, not everything, but most things. Like AIR, which I love. Though I'd say that the better story is the second story arc, "Flying Machine." It didn't REALLY get cracking for me until Amelia Earhart came along to give Blythe a swift kick in the flight attendant uniform.

    I love the new Bendis Spider-Woman title, too, though that hasn't yet finished it's first story yet, so that'll will (hopefully) be a nominee next year...

    Thrilled that you highlighted MADAME XANADU (Amy Hadley is my favorite artist of EVER), WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE CAPED CRUSADER (Gaiman gave Batman such a sweet sendoff), BUFFY, INVINCIBLE IRON MAN, UMBRELLA ACADEMY, UNKNOWN SOLDIER, and THE UNWRITTEN.

    Have you ever read SCALPED? That's another great title. A noirish look at a segment of the American population that rarely gets talked about.

    Have to disagree with you on Ex Machina, though. Now, I'm what is referred to in scientific circles as a Brian K. Vaughan Whore. I love just about everything he writes...EXCEPT Ex Machina. The concept is interesting, but it's taken too long for the story to get moving, and (except for a notable exception w/Issue #40: I've read this more out of habit than because I actually care what's going on.

    Now I feel the need to come up with my own list...

  • Paul Cornell Says:

    Well, I set out to make a list of what was worthy rather than what I was reading, so some of this isn't my own taste. I think Scalped is excellent, but of course it's not in the genre, so I couldn't mention it. And yes, it'd be a great use of your column at to keep on nudging people about the Graphic Story Hugo category.

  • Audio Time Team Says:

    I just wanted to thank you for turning me on to Fables. I finally just starting picking up trade paperbacks along with the "Peter and Max" book and I've been delighted. Definitely one of the best things out there.

  • Paul Cornell Says:

    I'm glad to have done so. Fables, to my mind, is the comic most deserving of a Hugo.

  • Jeff Beeler Says:

    Any reason you left Warren Ellis' Ignition City off of the list?

  • Paul Cornell Says:

    Either because it didn't finish a story in the specified year, making it not nominatable, or because I forgot.