Well, everyone, it's time to say goodbye to 2011, and our first year editing the new online version of the Comics Journal. We're taking next week off to celebrate the holidays (well, most of us are—Frank Santoro and Joe McCulloch still plan on stopping by to say hello), but didn't want to leave our faithful readers bereft for the holiday season. So we thought we'd take a look back and offer an incomplete look back at some of our favorite stories and features of the last year. If you missed any of these the first time around, now's a great time to catch up. Fair warning: We might think of more highlights over the break and add some links below in the meantime.
Thanks to all of our contributors and all of you for following along, and we'll see you in 2012.
In no particular order,
[DN: This was a kind of "get" for us. I remain intrigued by Simonson and on the occasion of his Thor: Artist's Edition, Sean Rogers teased out ideas and histories that I hadn't read before.]
[TH: Short but sweet, and notable for featuring one of the most charmingly rude interview responses I've ever read: "This question is too long and annoying for me. I stop to fart."]
The numerous tributes to Bill Blackbeard, particularly R.C. Harvey's obituary.
Tom De Haven on ways of reprinting comics.
Go and start from the bottom and read all of these:
Chose your own Cartoonist Diary: Ralph, Girard, Farmer, Graham, etc.!
Everything we have published by the impossible to encapsulate encapsulater, Joe McCulloch.
The Tim Kreider, Gary Groth, R. Crumb, Joe Sacco, Al Jaffee & Michael Kupperman excerpts we were able to run from The Comics Journal 301.
And of course the highlights from the archive of the greatest comics magazine ever published, available online now.