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    The meme that's going around in the comics blogosphere at the moment (birthed by Fred Hembeck, believe it or not) is to blog 100 things you love about comics, and since I'm an inveterate list-maker and long-time comics lover I decided why not?:

    100 Things I Love About Comics

    1. 24-hour comics
    2. the Absorbing Man
    3. Achewood's Ray Smuckles & Roast Beef
    4. Adrian Tomine's 32 Stories : The Complete Optic Nerve Mini-Comics
    5. Adrian Tomine's Optic Nerve
    6. Agatha Harkness
    7. Animal Man travelling back in time in Issue #22 and causing glitches in Issue #14
    8. the Anti-God decreating the universe very very slowly, in Doom Patrol
    9. the archetypal grasslands and talking birds in Anders Nilsen's Big Questions
    10. “Assistant Editor's Month”
    11. B. Kliban's non-cat-related cartoons
    12. Ben Edlund's The Tick
    13. Big Numbers #1-2
    14. Bill Sienkiewicz's Stray Toasters
    15. Bloom County's anxiety closet
    16. Bloom County's Steve Dallas
    17. Bob the Angry Flower
    18. Brian Ralph's Cave-In
    19. the Brotherhood of Dada, in Doom Patrol
    20. Bugtown, the setting of Matt Howarth's Those Annoying Post Bros.
    21. Calvin and Hobbes, especially the Sundays
    22. Chris Ware's impossibly complex diagrams and cut-out toys
    23. the conceit of Go-Man: keeping the main character in a coma for the first twelve issues of the series
    24. the convoluted network of cyborgian family relationships between Henry Pym, Ultron, the Vision and Wonder Man
    25. “The Coyote Gospel,” Animal Man #5
    26. Craig Thompson's Blankets
    27. Dan Clowes' Like A Velvet Glove Cast in Iron
    28. the Danger Room
    29. The Dark Knight Returns' approach to Superman
    30. Dark Phoenix
    31. Dave McKean's Sandman covers
    32. David Heatley's “My Sexual History (Slightly Abridged Version)”
    33. Doonesbury
    34. Dr. Doom / Latveria
    35. Dr. Manhattan building a palace on Mars in Watchmen
    36. Dr. Strange
    37. Eddie Griffith's scratchy, terrifying art in From Hell
    38. Edward Gorey's Amphigorey
    39. Eightball #23, “The Death Ray”
    40. the fact that Wolverine was made by Canadians
    41. the first two issues of Grant Morrison's Invisibles
    42. For Better or For Worse
    43. Galactus / the Trial of Galactus / the Ultimate Nullifier
    44. Gerhard's backgrounds on Cerebus
    45. getting Two-Face to use the I Ching, in Arkham Asylum
    46. Ghost World's Enid Coleslaw
    47. “Gin makes a man mean!”: Evan Dorkin's Milk and Cheese
    48. How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way
    49. Huey Freeman from The Boondocks
    50. Iron Man
    51. “I did it fifteen minutes ago,” in Watchmen
    52. J. Jonah Jameson
    53. Jack the Ripper having visions of the 20th century in From Hell
    54. Jack Kirby
    55. James Kochalka's American Elf
    56. James Kochalka's Monkey Vs. Robot
    57. Jim Woodring's Frank
    58. Jim's Journal
    59. John Porcellino's King-Cat Comics
    60. the Joker
    61. Julie Doucet's Dirty Plotte
    62. Ben Katchor's Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer
    63. the kid from St. Swithin's Day markering “Neurotic Boy Outsider” on his forehead
    64. Kitty Pryde
    65. Life In Hell, from the 1982-1987 era
    66. Little Nemo in Slumberland
    67. Lynda Barry's Ernie Pook's Comeek
    68. Magneto
    69. Marc Bell's weird Basquiat-ish text-image agglomerations
    70. Marvel Team-Up
    71. the Negative Zone / Annihilus
    72. parodies of the cover of Fantastic Four #1
    73. Paul Pope's THB
    74. Peanuts' Linus
    75. Peanuts' Lucy
    76. Phil Foglio's Phil and Dixie
    77. Phil Foglio's XXXenophile
    78. the physics and internally consistent logic of Larry Marder's Tales of the Beanworld
    79. Prohias' Spy Vs. Spy, in MAD Magazine
    80. R. Crumb's Zap Comics #1
    81. the R. Crumb issues of Harvey Pekar's American Splendor
    82. Reed Richards / Susan Richards / Franklin Richards
    83. Rick Veitch's dream comic collections Rabid Eye and Pocket Universe
    84. the Scarlet Witch's hex magic
    85. Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics
    86. the second half of Church and State
    87. Sentinels / Roxxon Oil
    88. Sergio Aragones' margin cartoons in MAD Magazine
    89. the serial killer convention in Sandman
    90. She-Hulk
    91. the Silver Surfer
    92. “Something fell”: Cerebus
    93. Spider-Man
    94. stories where characters meet their creators (Animal Man #26, Cerebus haggling with Sim on Pluto, recent issues of Alan Moore's Promethea)
    95. Tank Girl
    96. Tom Orzechowski's lettering
    97. “unstable molecules”
    98. Wendy and Richard Pini's Elfquest
    99. What If? / Uatu the Watcher
    100. Why I Hate Saturn, by Kyle Baker

    I may come back and round out this list with link-annnotations later.

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    Wednesday, February 16, 2005
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