Sequential Holiday Wish List: Brian Garside
Sequential has determined to single-handedly turn around the economy by increasing comic book sales in Canada. Luckily, Sequential readers keep sending in wonderful suggestions as part of our Holiday Wish List feature.
While this is the last Wish List of 2008, readers are encouraged to continue sending Sequential responses to our survey, as well as general thoughts on the past year in Canadian comics (we are especially interested in hearing from people on the creative side of the North American and European comics industry about the economy and the availability of work). If you keep sendin' 'em, I'll keep runnin' 'em.
Thanks to all who have responded so far, and Happy New Year from Sequential!
This installment of the Holiday Wish List fittingly focuses on the retail aspect of comics in Canada:
Brian Garside, co-owner of All New Comics Inc. I also have a blog, Radical Hive.
2. What was the overall best book published in 2008? (comix/graphic novel/manga/strip/history/webcomic/floppy/etc)
My favourite comic of 2008 was hands down Comic Book Tattoo, which was not only a spectacular package, but a great read. I'm a huge fan of Tori Amos, so this was a pretty cool item to me.
I'd also like to recommend the Zuda webcomic Bayou, which is quite simply one of the most haunting comic stories I've ever read.
2. a) Best Canadian book?
I'm going to go with Cecil Castellucci's Janes in Love ... she was born in Montreal does that count enough? If not, I'll vote for what Dale Eaglesham has done this year in Justice Society of America. I've bought more pages from Dale in the last 3 years than I have from any other artist.
3. What 2008 comic would you recommend for a young boy (5-10)?
Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam, a great read for all ages, but Mike Kunkel's art really speaks to kids.
4. What 2008 comic would you recommend for a young girl (5-10)?
Jill Thompson's Magic Trixie is full of innocense and fun. It's a great book.
5. What 2008 comic would you recommend for a teen boy?
Secret Invasion was pretty fun, and I think that it worked on a couple of levels.
6. What 2008 comic would you recommend for a teen girl?
The entire Minx line, but in particular Janes in Love.
7. What 2008 comic would you recommend for an adult woman 18-100?
True Story Swear To God is one of those great reads that's got touchstone moments. Both my wife and I read it, and we've really enjoyed it.
8. What 2008 comic would you recommend for an adult man 18-100?
Geoff Johns' run on Action Comics was spectacular in 2008. The Legion of Super-Heroes story was great, Bizarro was great, and the recent New Krypton storyline is fantastic as well.
9. What comic would you most like to receive as a gift?
Well as co-owner of a comic shop I kinda get every comic that I could possibly want ... but I missed the Absolute League of Extraordinary Gentlemen volumes when they came out.
10. Was 2008 a good year for comics? Was it a good year for you? What effect will this recession thing have?
2008 was an okay year for comics, not spectacular, not horrible, but just "okay".
There wasn't a great moment that made me really excited about the next issue. There wasn't an event that I just couldn't miss.
2008 was a great year for me. All New Comics continued to grow (growing about 100% year over year), but it came at a price. We are gaining customers because stores in smaller towns are shutting down. We also had to raise prices due to the massive drop in the dollar, and we're struggling not to raise shipping prices (although that may not be a big deal if gas prices continue to stay where they are).
We've already seen effects of the recession with several customers cutting back significantly, and a couple having to cancel due to layoffs. I think this will continue to be the case, and it will be up to the publishers to create compelling entertainment which readers simply can't live without.
11. Best guilty pleasure of 2008?
X-Force ... I can't believe that I like this book as much as I do, but there it is, month in and month out. The art is really dark and disturbing, and X-Force is bringing back a whole ton of old (mostly dead) villains without much fanfare.
You didn't ask it, but...
What 2008 comic would you recommend for a pre-schooler (2-5)
My daughter reads Tiny Titans every month, and I've recently been picking up the Looney Tunes comics for her which she absolutely loves.
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