Series: Best of 2016

WWAC’s Favorite Big Press Comics of 2016

Southern Cross Becky Cloonan (Writer and Cover Artist), Andy Belanger and Lee Loughridge (Artists) Image Comics Southern Cross looked like something I would not like. For all of my love of things beginning with Star (Wars, Trek, etc.), I’m actually pretty afraid of space. And space stories where scary stuff happens? Certainly too frightening. Wrong! This is a story about a woman, Alex, traveling to space in search of her sister, but nothing is quite what it seems. Alex acts the part of detective to discover the truth about her sister’s whereabouts, along the way uncovering the mystery behind a missing...

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Movies That Moved Me In 2016

I’m not particularly interested in Best Of lists. After the third list it gets stale and instead of discussing art that moved us, the discourse instead seems to focus on who wrote the best list, what rank the obviously good things appeared in. So this year I asked our writers to tell me about the movies that moved them. The ones that made them ugly laugh or ugly cry and the ones that kept them thinking for weeks after. Here’s what they said: Note: Spoilers range from light to severe for lots of movies released this year. Continue at...

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Books that Moved Us in 2016

2016 was kind of an odd year for books. There was a new Harry Potter (of sorts), more celebrity memoirs than we will ever need, and some Star Wars novelizations. A number of books were published to great acclaim—The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien and The Sellout by Paul Beatty, to name a few. But the books that made an impression on us this year weren’t necessarily the award winners and the best sellers—there are enough lists with those books. What we wanted to leave you with before 2016 (finally) comes to the end are the...

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Top Indies, Small Press, and Webcomics of 2016

I asked our small press comics fans to tell me not what the best comics of 2016 were, but which ones were their favourites. Here’s what they said: Mattress Stiff With Blood Tom McHenry Self-published There’s something that’s incredibly natural about the cartooning Tom McHenry does in this work—everything flows so seamlessly from one topic to the next, from one scene to the next, from one panel to the next. Though the title holds a kind of ominousness to it, the book is a slice of life between two beaus—Coop the bird and Stucks the pig—from their outing to the...

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TV That Moved Me In 2016

I’m not particularly interested in Best Of lists. After the third list it gets stale and instead of discussing art that moved us, the discourse instead seems to focus on who wrote the best list, what rank the obviously good things appeared in. So this year I asked our writers to tell me about the shows that moved them. The ones that made them ugly laugh or ugly cry and the ones that kept them thinking for weeks after. Here’s what they said: Note: Spoilers range from light to severe for lots of TV. Continue at your own risk. Yuri!!!...

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