Time.comix Best of 2000

TIME Magazine Best of 2000

TIME Magazine    |    TIME.comix    |    March 17, 2003

Time.comix, Friday, Dec. 08, 2000
With four different top-tier, trade-published books, the year 2000 has been the best for comics in a very long time. And now we have made it easier to find those books as well — publisher information and availability are at the end of this article.

"Berlin: City of Stones," by Jason Lutes
This paperback collects the first eight issues of a projected 25-issue series that takes place in Weimar Berlin. If it reaches completion, this will be the longest, most sophisticated work of historical fiction in the medium. Lutes has a natural, clean, European drawing style, much like Hergé's "Tintin." This first volume follows a young woman art student who meets a weary leftist journalist against a background of boiling politics and decadence. Only eight issues in, and already this book has the density of the best novels.

6. "Louis Riel," by Chester Brown
How does a history of a real 19th-century Quebecois rebel mystic become fun to read? When he is drawn with the clownish proportions of a tiny head and a giant's body. Chester Brown makes history his own by rewriting it just slightly, while annotating every altered detail, and presenting it all in his spare, almost goofy drawing style. When the series reaches its end in 2001, it will be collected. Now if only he would finish his version of the Gospels!

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