|Ben Katchor, ed. Bill Kartalopoulos, series ed|
|Pages/Publication Date:||377 / 2017|
The cartoonist behind Hand-Drying in America and The Jew of New York (and hailed by the New York Times Book Review as "the most poetic, deeply layered artist ever to draw a comic strip"), guest editor Ben Katchor offers his pick of the best graphic pieces from the previous year for this 2017 collection. The 34 short pieces and excerpts here survey the work of both established and up-and-coming contributors—including Sam Alden ("Test of Loyalty"), Gabrielle Bell ("Get Out Your Hankies"), Michael DeForge ("Big Kids"), Kim Deitch ("Shrine of the Monkey God"), Gary Panter ("The Future of Art 25 Years Hence"), Joe Sacco ("Rent Crisis"), Deb Sokolow ("Willem de Kooning"), and Lale Westvind ("The Kanibul Ball")—from graphic novels, pamphlet comics, newspapers, magazines, minicomics, and the Web. Since its inception in 1915, the Best American series has become the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction, and The Best American Comics has become one of the most popular editions. Series editor Bill Kartalopoulos first reviewed hundreds of publications, selecting scores of outstanding works, before Katchor made the final selection of the very best pieces.