Best of the Geek Decade – Comics

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While the big superhero publishers, DC and Marvel, are represented on the list, independent publishers also scored big with imaginative comics like Bone and Owly.

Owly & Friends Fall Print, available at www.AndyRunton.comOwly & Friends Fall Print, available at www.AndyRunton.com

Owly & Friends Fall Print, available at www.AndyRunton.com

There are also web comics on the list, including one which seems to be improved by removing a main character.

Best Comics:

Teen Titans Year One by Amy Wolfram. My 10-year-old geek daughter reviewed this one for Geek Dad earlier this year, along with the Coraline graphic novel.

Tiny Titans by DC (Dave G’s daughter, 9) The tiny Titans go to school together. Cuteness abounds.

Runaways by Brian K. Vaughn. Just avoid the later collections after Vaughn left the series. The eldest daughter wrote about that for an earlier Geek Dad post.

Bone by Jeff Smith (Stephen’s kids) – classic cartoon fantasy.

Leave it to Chance by James Robinson and Paul Smith, especially the album formats from Image (Stephen kids and Corrina’s daughter) A girl’s own demon-hunting adventure. With dragons. And ice hockey. The hardcover was first published in 2002, the first many had seen of the series.

Rocketo by Frank Espinosa (Stephen’s kids)- far future sci-fi adventure, stunning illustrations

Girl Genius (Matt’s kids) As the blurb says: Adventure, romance, mad science!

Owly (Chuck’s kids) The gentle story of an owl who makes friends in the world.

Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware. Intense story of a little boy in 1893 Chicago.

Get Fuzzy (Kathy’s kids) A daily print comic strip that reminds me of Bloom County.

Pearls Before Swine (Kathy’s kids) Alligators at school. 🙂

Boondocks (Kathy’s kids) Yes, it’s a racially diverse comic strip. Most of all, it’s funny.

Iron West (Kathy’s kids) An incompetent outlaw in the old West fighting an army of metal men.

Garfield Minus Garfield (Kathy’s kids) The popular strip enhanced by eliminating its main character.

The Comics Curmudgeon (Kathy’s kids) a commentary site for all ages.

The New Brighton Archeological Society (Dave B.’s kids) When their parents are lost on an archeological expedition, four children are determined to find out why.

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