Thursday, December 18, 2008  
Sequential Holiday Wish List: Brad Mackay

:: Posted by BK @ 12/18/2008 02:01:00 AM

Our next Holiday Wish List comes from writer Brad Mackay. Readers are encouraged to send Sequential their own responses to our survey. If you keep sendin' 'em, I'll keep runnin' 'em.

1. Name: Brad Mackay (www.bradmackay.com and www.wrightawards.ca)

2. What was the best book published in 2008? (comix/manga/strips/history/webcomic/etc).

I refuse to choose just one, but PictureBox's Gary Panter impressed itself on my mind, as did David Heatley's My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down - in spite of that ComicsComics dust up (and not because of it). As well, I was really blown away by the formative fun of Dash Shaw's "Look Forward, First Son of Terra," a stand-alone story (and i think his debut) in Mome #10. It's like that Benjamin Button film, except i am sure more interesting.

2a) Best Canadian book?

Ugh. I hate choosing favourites, but Michel Rabigliati's Paul Goes Fishing was a stand out. I loved the Albert Chartier Onesime cameo, largely because I knew no one outside Canada would get it.

3. What 2008 comic would you recommend for a young boy (5-10)?
The Amazing Transformations of Jimmy Olsen (even though it was published in 2007), and Moomin Book Three

4. What 2008 comic would you recommend for a young girl (5-10)?
The Amazing Transformations of Jimmy Olsen (ditto), Moomin Book Three

5. What 2008 comic would you recommend for a teen boy?
The Amazing Transformations of Jimmy Olsen

6. What 2008 comic would you recommend for a teen girl?
Aya of Yop City, Ojingogo

7. What 2008 comic would you recommend for an adult woman 18-100?
Huh? Wha?

8. What 2008 comic would you recommend for an adult man 18-100?
Pfff! No centenarian should waste what precious little time they have left on earth reading a comic.

9. What comic would you most like to receive as a gift?
This is a trick question, right? Kramer's Ergot #7

10. Was 2008 a good year for comics? Was it a good year for you? What effect will this recession thing have?

It was a great year for comics; maybe the best in decades. What with the tidal wave of classic strip reprints (including the amazing Bat-Manga) and original GNs. Personally, my year has been great. Thanks for asking. Got to meet Lynn Johnston at the Wright Awards, which i think was the best year yet, notwithstanding the MCs mumbling delivery.
The chief effect of the economic turn down will be lower book sales and fewer new books - or fewer experimental books.

Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!

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