Monday, May 03, 2010

Best American Comics 2010


This was a fun assignment, and a real honour. I was asked by Houghton Mifflin and series editors Matt Madden and Jessica Abel to design and illustrate the cover for the 2010 edition of their annual Best American Comics anthology. They gave me free reign to draw what I wanted, so over the course of a couple of weeks early in January, I sat down and worked out this image. Like most of my favourite cover assignments, the concept for this one came together pretty intuitively and I had an idea of what kind of response the image should provoke. This deluxe hardcover collection of excellent comic stories ships in the fall.

This year's guest editor, Neil Gaiman, also chose to include my 14 page story "Trinity" (a non-fiction comic about the creation of the atomic bomb) as part of the collection. Again, a real honour.

14 comments:

Alexander Wells said...

This is superbly done. Excellent job!

j wright said...

Oh my. I was wondering when the next volume would be out.

This looks awesome.

Arkonbey said...

Another reason to visit my LBS.

As usual, it's the subtle moments that get me. The teen anger on his face and the perfectly-hinted at buttons on his pea coat.

Joe Decie said...

Lovely stuff

Jason Chalker said...

Very cool! Congrats!

Anonymous said...

Did Trinity appear in print somewhere?

Michael Cho said...

Thanks, everyone.

Anonymous: yes, Trinity has appeared in print before - it was published in 2009 in Taddle Creek magazine. You can check it out here: http://www.taddlecreekmag.com/contents_summer_2009

The Stapelia Company said...

Congrats. You deserve it. Beautiful work.

Dean Trippe said...

dude, i always love your stuff anyway, but this is STUNNING. incredibly powerful stuff, man!

JavierOlivares said...

WOW, Michael!!!!
Love the cover!!!
Congratulations!!

Jav

Michael Cho said...

Thanks, folks. It was a real honour to have a story in this collection, and to be asked to do the cover was a thrill.

Anonymous said...

When is this being released?

Th. said...

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Looks awesome. Is this out? I'm hella excited. I have a feeling Neil's taste will align better with mine than some of the other editors'.

Anonymous said...

I work at a library and this book was just purchased for our collection. That's a great cover!