Jeff Smith lists books by Tom Gauld and Peter Bagge as his favorites of 2013

“Jeff Smith's Favorite Comics of 2013” / Paste Magazine / Jeff Smith / December 31, 2013

If Jeff Smith produces something, there’s a more than decent chance it’ll end up on a Paste Best Of list. As our beloved assistant editor Frannie says, “Kids, adults, forest creatures, and even the Kraken in the depths love Jeff Smith.” The editors here definitely lie somewhere in that Venn diagram, though it’s debatable where. Smith’s latest creation, the sweeping, mythical webcomic Tuki Save the Humans, missed our Best of 2013 lists since it only rolled out in November, so this year we were happy to recruit the Ohio cartoonist to unveil his personal favorites.
And who better?

Smith’s répertoire spans epic whimsy (Bone) to brawny heroics (Shazam!: The Monster Society of Evil) to mature whiskey sci-fi (RASL). And that doesn’t even count his charming picture book for toddlers, Little Mouse Gets Ready, which is by far the most artful account of putting on socks in the history of graphic literature. With a wide appreciation for so many genres and styles, it’s no surprise that Smith’s favorite comics of 2013 range from autobiographical hip-hop love letters to South American childhood escapism. Thanks Jeff!

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You’re All Just Jealous of My Jetpack: Cartoons
Writer & Artist: Tom Gauld
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly
I just like Tom Gauld’s stuff. He’s very smart and fresh. He did all these comics reprinted from The Guardian and his drawings are really funny, but it always has an ironic point to it, and there are some really dark points. His drawings are just funny. You can’t get any better than that.

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Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story
Writer & Artist: Peter Bagge
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly
Here’s a book I just started. I haven’t finished it, but I’m going to mention it anyway. Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story by Peter Bagge. That’s a pretty intense book. And Peter Bagge, who I’ve aways liked, is one of the cartoonists whose work I saw when I walked into a comic shop for the first time in the late ‘80s. His style is so bizarre. It’s like part rubber hose, part underground comics. And yes, he can tell a realistic story, because his style kind of separates you from true history, so you just fall into the story.

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