MoCCA Panel Recap: Best of the 00s

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Here’s another quick attempt to save an unfilmed MoCCA panel from the discount bin of history. I had the pleasure of moderating this one, as well. The title was The Best of the ‘00s.

The concept behind the panel was fairly simple: we gathered together a handful of prominent artists, critics, and general industry folks, and asked them to pick five to ten of their favorite books of the decade. Of course, given the limited amount of time, we only managed to cover a fraction of that. It was a good sign, really, the artists had plenty to discuss.

This was one of the few panels in which the slideshow really took center stage (Bill Kartalopoulos also always does a good job bringing his visually accompany to the forefront, as well, and his discussion of color with Dash Shaw and Frank Santoro was no expection). Early on, it was suggested that we produce a panel along the lines of “What is a Graphic Novel?” Something for beginners. The Best of the 00s was my solution.

I was joined by Becky Cloonan, Alex Robinson, Nick Bertozzi, Fantagraphics’ Eric Reynolds, and co-moderator Douglas Wolk. A cursory scan of the list below reveals that, with the exception of Charles Burns’s Black Hole (and, kind of sort of Love and Rockets), there’s no overlap in choices between the four panelists and Wolk.

My suspicion is that a number of those involved were attempting to avoid overlap with other panelists—case and point Bertozzi, who picked all re-issues (save for Town Boy, which did, at least, get its first American edition in 2007). That decision, I think, also resulted in the omission of some books, which seemed like no-brains–like, say, Persepolis. But, let’s face it, a decade is a lot to cover in under an hour.

After the jump, you’ll find the full lists provided to me by the panelists.

–Brian H.


Douglas Wolk:

Epileptic by David B.
Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
Black Hole by Charles Burns
Luba by Gilbert Hernandez
Curses by Kevin Huizenga
Finder: Talisman by Carla Speed McNeil
Seven Soldiers of Victory by Grant Morrison et al.
Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba/Takeshi Obata
Mister O by Lewis Trondheim
Kramers Ergot 7 by Various


Becky Cloonan:

Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O’Malley
BPRD by Mike Mignola, et al
Wet Moon by Ross Campbell
Emma by Kaoru Mori
Heavy Liquid by Paul Pope
Blade of the Immortal by Hiroaki Samura
De: Tales by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá


Nick Bertozzi:

Little Nemo: So Many Splendid Sundays by Windsor McKay
Little Lulu by John Stanley
Buddha by Osamu Tezuka
Town Boy by Lat
Kamandi by Jack Kirby


Alex Robinson:

The Cartoon History of the Modern World by Larry Gonick
Fables by Bill Willingham, et al.
Freddie and Me by Mike Dawson
Further Grickle by Graham Annable
Mourning Star by Kazmir Strzepe
A Treasury of Victorian Murder by Rick Geary
Petey & Pussy by John Kerschbaum
Stop Forgetting to Remember by Peter Kuper
Pyong Yang by Guy Delisle


Eric Reynolds:

Jimmy Corrigan by Chris Ware
Ice Haven/Eightball #23 by Dan Clowes
Footnotes in Gaza by Joe Sacco
Black Hole by Charles Burns
Louis Riel by Chester Brown
Love & Rockets by Los Bros. Hernandez
Jimbo in Purgatory by Gary Panter
Kim Deitch’s ouevre (Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Alias the Cat, Shadowland, etc.)