Best Comics of 2015: My Top 10

I read an awful lot of comics/graphic novels in 2015… I’m not complaining. I enjoyed the vast majority of them and I know I missed several good and maybe even great ones. There’s simply not enough time to read everything. Yet here are the ten comics that I enjoyed most in 2015, stories that stuck with me long after I’d finished reading them. I hope you’ll find something here to discover as well.

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Best Movies of 2015: Best “New” Movies

I’m stretching the term “new” to include movies from 2013 through 2015. Why? I just don’t get to the theater enough to see enough brand new movies, although I could walk to the local movie theater if I wanted to. (And when I did go to the theater this year, it was usually to see movies that were released 50+ years ago.) Most of the newer films I see via streaming, the library, or just buying them. Combine this with the fact that 75% of the movies I watch were made before 1980, so my scope for “new” is very limited. Still, I do try to see a few each year, so here are the 12 best “new” movies I saw in 2015:

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Best Comics of 2015: The Runners-Up

What a great year for comics… I had a really tough time selecting my Top 10 (which I’ll post in the next few days) since there were so many great titles published in 2015. Below are the books that didn’t quite make it into the Top 10 (otherwise, I’d have a Top 20+). Some will no doubt be familiar to you, while others may be unknowns (but hopefully not for long). I hope you’ll find something of interest.

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Best Movies of 2015: Rewatches

Possibly the biggest headache for movie fans is whether to watch a new movie or revisit an older one. If you have fond memories of a movie you saw 10, 20, 30 or more years ago, you run the very real risk of shattering those fond memories forever, lacing them with poisonous regret. Yet sometimes you feel compelled to take the risk.

Some of the following rewatches were rather low-risk, while others were risks of the highest order. Here are some of the more memorable rewatches from 2015:

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Best Comics of 2015: Comics for Young Readers

Just last week, Gwen and I discussed our picks for the Best Comics of 2015 for Young Readers over at The Comics Alternative. In the interests of time, we picked only a few titles each, but I think it’s safe to say we both could’ve included many, many more books. So here are my Top 15 Comics for Young Readers published in 2015 (in no particular order) and just for fun, a few published before 2015. Enjoy! (* = titles mentioned on the podcast)

Update: suggested ages at the end of each entry are just that: suggestions. Please check out reviews and if possible, see sample pages on Amazon or from the publishers’ websites.

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Best Movies of 2015: Film Noir

If you’ve spent any amount of time at all on this blog, you know that I love film noir. Yet my interest in it has really developed over just the past few years. There are so many film noir movies I haven’t seen, but I’m getting through most of the major ones.

Depending on how you define film noir, I watched at least 75 movies from that genre/style this year, most of them for the first time. I picked my Top 20 film noir movies from those I’d never seen before this year, appearing by release date. (Click on the titles for more thoughts on these films.)

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The Great Movies at the Library

Although this will only affect people in my little corner of Maryland, I wanted everyone – especially lovers of classic movies – to know about it. The Severna Park Library, part of the Anne Arundel County Public Library system, will begin a new series in January called The Great Movies. Each first Thursday, my co-worker Julia and I will introduce a film, talking briefly about why the movie is a classic, the impact it had upon its initial release, and why it is relevant now. After the film, we’ll have time for questions and answers. Although neither of us are film experts, we both are passionate about movies, especially classics.

Our first film will be Casablanca (1942) on Thursday, January 7 at 6:30pm. On February 4 we’ll show Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964). Future titles will be announced soon.

You can learn more from our video and on our website. If you’re in the area, we hope you can join us!