Thursday, November 11, 2004

year's best comics and manga

Budj brings news from St. Martin's Press, the publishers of Dozois' The Year's Best Science Fiction and my favorite The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror by Datlow, Link and Grant.

A new annual anthology, The Year's Best Comics and Manga, will hit bookstores next year, filled with independent and mainstream selections of (take a deep breath, Gerry) grafiction.

This is exciting news because I have faith in the ability of Filipino creators to create work that can stand toe-to-toe with the best in the world. No details have been released, but I assume that the selection process is similar to the other Year's Best annuals. This means that prior publication is a requirement - so let's all get publishing.

I also assume that unless the book is of monstrous dimensions, the editor will select a range of page counts, favoring smaller and shorter stories to give a wider range of the best in the field. Like the other annuals, this implies choosing stories from anthologies and collections as well as excerpts from longer works.

Hmmm.

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