Ben Katchor, “the most poetic, deeply layered artist ever to draw a comic strip” (New York Times Book Review), selects the best graphic pieces of the year. The Best American Comics 2017 showcases the work of both established and up-and-coming contributors and highlights both fiction and nonfiction from graphic novels, pamphlet comics, newspapers, magazines, minicomics, and the Web to make sure "the Best American Comics brand is poised to enjoy a killer second decade" (Bookgasm).
About the Author
BEN KATCHOR is the cartoonist of Hand-Drying in America, The Jew of New York, The Beauty Supply District, and The Cardboard Valise. He has received a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and was a fellow at the American Academy in Berlin and the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. Katchor has created comics for The Forward, Metropolis magazine, and The New Yorker. Katchor lives in New York, where he is an associate professor at Parsons School of Design.
BILL KARTALOPOULOS is the publisher/editor of Rebus Books and the programming coordinator for SPX: The Small Press Expo. He was a cofounder and the programming director for the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival. He is a member of the Executive Committee for the International Comic Arts Forum (ICAF), a contributing editor for Print magazine, and has worked as an assistant to Art Spiegelman for several years. He lives and works in Brooklyn.
“This year’s Best American Comics is too good to pass up. It’s great from before it even begins in earnest…Luminaries such as Joe Sacco, Bill Griffith, and Ed Piskor are all in attendance, but pay attention to the work of the slightly lesser-known talents: the cheerful body horror of Ben Duncan, the medium-stretching abstraction of Deb Sokolow, the evocative diaries of Gabrielle Bell, the hard-core punk inks of Josh Bayer, and the charming crudity of Sienna Cittadino, just to name a few of the more memorable entrants.”—Vulture
"What a book like Best American Comics does is provide both the practitioner and the reader with a wonderful roadmap and source of inspiration–and, by the way, entertainment and enrichment."—Comics Grinder
“Editors Ben Katchor and Bill Kartalopoulos are this year’s team for The Best American Comics 2017, which pulls together a smorgasbord of great talent in an anthology format and provides a superb starting point for adult readers to experience the breadth and depth of what graphic novels can offer.” —Library Journal
“This twelfth volume in the annual Best American Comics…casts a wide net, encompassing fiction and nonfiction graphic books, work in magazines, self-published minicomics, and online comics… the bulk of [which] are from younger and lesser-known creators that are producing boldly idiosyncratic work…[and] grants exposure to a cadre of challenging artists who are likely to be unknown to even the most avid comics fan.”—Booklist