Charles Burns: The Best American Comics 2009

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Burns, Charles. The Best American Comics 2009 (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009)

The fourth annual edition of the Best American Comics series, edited this time by Charles (Black Hole) Burns, doesn't quite live up to expectations. The previous volumes in this series (see my reviews of the 2006, 2007, and 2008 editions) all had their charms--as does the 2009 volume--but this year's contents didn't quite thrill me as much as I had hoped. There are selections from Jason Lutes' Berlin (previews), Adrian Tomine's Shortcomings (previews), and Kevin Huizenga's Ganges series, but (except for Chris Ware, Art Spiegelman's Breakdowns: Portrait of the Artist As a Young %@&*!, and Skim, by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki) there just isn't enough stand-out work from the other contributors.

The BAC series has a website, but they haven't done much with it yet; Wikipedia has a placeholder page with no content. As this series continues, it would be nice to see its history and growth reflected with some better online content. A few excerpts could go a long way toward enticing potential readers.

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