Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Powell's picks best of year; comics get slight nod

Instead of dumping another Top 50 list on us, Powell's Books continues its tradition of having 22 employees each select their Top 5 books of the year. Comics have a limited presence, with Daniel Raeburn's Chris Ware, Craig Thompson's Carnet de Voyage, and Koike Kazou and Goseki Kojima's Samurai Executioner Vol. 1 cropping up as staff picks.

Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell receives a couple of mentions. (I was also pleased to see Sara Wise's wonderful The Italian Boy, which has nothing to do with comics or fantasy, at the top of one employee's list. It's a gripping historical narrative that's difficult to put down.)