Sometimes I talk about "my platonic xylophone solo" and "my platonic epic fantasy trilogy" and etc. Turns out that this is my platonic juvenile SF story - the one I was looking for when I read all those other ones. Since I'm a grown-up now, and I've read ever so many science fiction stories, they didn't have quite the impact on me they would have had at thirteen... but I ate them up just as greedily.
(254; 256; 265, O50)
The Best American Comics 2014, edited by Bill Kartalopolous and Scott McCloud
I was curious to see what would happen with this series after its previous series editors left... so far it seems to be quite similar, which is a good thing. Scott McCloud, the guest editor, actually had a pretty heavy organizational hand in this year's volume, which was also to the good - coherent sections with introductions!
Syllabus, by Lynda Barry
An idiosyncratic and fascinating compendium of class- and teaching-related materials by one of my favorite cartoonists. My copy was misprinted but I read it anyway because I am weird like that, then I went and found a proper copy to read the part I missed.
Wolf in White Van, by John Darnielle
This story of a guy and his mistakes and his career as a mail-in game maker was really hard to follow at first but once I put enough of the story together to have a hold on the plot, I really liked it. And throughout there were small gems of paragraphs or sentences that I found myself reading over and over again, sometimes out loud.
The Sleeper and the Spindle, by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Chris Riddell
A kid's fairy tale - a new one and/or a mashup of some old ones. So pretty, so engrossing. Not quite as perfect as I hoped it would be, but I'll still be keeping and rereading it.
Ms. Marvel, vol. 1: No Normal, by G. Willow Wilson et al
Fun! Straightforward adventure story with a wonderful, well-developed protagonist.
The Oversight, by Charlie Fletcher
This historical fantasy was rich and vivid and strange and I'm so glad there will be more of them. The characters and the worldbuilding and the magical structure and the plot were all wonderful.