Editor’s Word 39 – I Know What You Listed In 2021 – Danger Room

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Editor’s Word is the opinion column of Pedro F. Medina (@Studio_Kat), Editor-in-Chief, responsible for licenses and social networks of Fandogamia and journalist with a not hidden side of showman in comic and manga events.

When you thought that they were no longer going to torment you with more lists of THE MOST ESSENTIAL COMICS OF 2021, here I came with a TOP TEN. Because, let’s see, what is this about publishing rankings before the end of the year? Until December 31, everything is field! This is like having annual awards in October, of course, November and December count for the following year, but not even Crusto remembers them when the time comes. I should have published volume 11 of Giant Days on the last day of the year, so you would have what you deserve! (Actually it has been close, I had the transport company trying to deliver a pallet for a whole week and running into a closed blind. Don’t they understand what HOLIDAYS UNTIL JANUARY 3 means?).

Total, I’m going with my own list. I have reasons to do it. The first, that the columns of THE BEST OF are written by themselves. When you get to point ten you are finished, they do not need a conclusion or a moral, and the truth is that at this point in the year (day 3, attention) I am no longer in for frills (what I am about is to get into bed until well into March ). But, above all, I write it because there are titles that are worth highlighting for whatever they are. Here it comes, without any more order than as things come to my memory.

COMICS WITH MORE SOMETHING FROM 2021

1. US (Sara Soler). He’s probably hit a million awards by now and needless to say more. I do it not because it makes visible the social reality of trans people and their environment, which it does, but because it is one of the few comics that claim to have been born as a fanzine and have ended up published under a publishing label. THE QUARRY, THE SELF-EDITION, THE EXPERIMENTATION, THE ALTERNATIVE PATH. Seven thousand times good.

2. NO ME RAYES, NAGATORO (Nana Shi). Little has been said about this manga that at least has caused me a feeling of brutal discomfort. Basically, the girl who gives the manga its name keeps bullying her male co-star to the point of repeatedly making him cry. If you were looking for female empowerment you have gone from mother to mother. The author must have realized it, because in the edition around there are added sketches of Nagatoro (the harassing girl) saying “I think I have passed” after ALL the chapters. Of course you overdid it, auntie. That maybe the thing goes back and drifts towards other paths from the second volume, but with the first I have already remained picuet enough to continue with the torture. Extra points because in the Argentine edition the translation of the title has been NO JODAS ME, NAGATORO. That is what I say.

3. TOKYO REVENGERS (Ken Wakui) / HAYKIUU! (Haruichi Furudate) Ex-aequo for the two comics that have returned the manga to the general press, not so much because of how good they are (which I do not doubt, and that lately the most popular manga do not make me so much dick because of their narrative style, that I find it difficult to follow) but because of the massive movement of fans and the crazy sales, which have ousted many of the so-called great literary titles (cultural classism to power) with which they have shared a release date. All thanks to a massive advertising campaign and beastly launch promotions, with discounts of more than 50% compared to the price of the rest of the collection. The route to follow? If you have little money to do it, of course you do. Between this, and the fact that Netflix and Amazon have a lot of anime, being otaku has definitely become mainstream. Again.

4. THE CLAMPY DIET OF LOVE (Mayu Sugino). The manga that has taken the erotic comics to the right place. We have only taken twenty-one years, in the XXI century, to stop screaming in the sky. It is clear that no one thinks about children anymore, because … is it that someone with a minimum of media impact to tell us still believes that comics are made for children? What’s more, are there any creatures left that read comics? * takes steering wheel * If we let teens have Tik-tok and get on Twitch, it’s clear that posting sexually explicit vignettes is the least of our problems. So much so that we can now consider publishing things from the Omegaverse without further ado. Let the futanari come. Let’s go to the pool before they put a Comics Code on us.

5.       SNAPDRAGON (Kat Leyh). If there is a comic that has convinced me of the benefits of targeting children and young people, it has been this. Snapdragon. He is in position five on the list because some of them touched him, but every time I think of him I think he is round, endearing, exciting and perfect. I save you an additional column with another list in which I put it ten times, but do yourself a favor and you will not save the euros it costs. SNAPDRAGON. Already in bookstores. And in libraries!

6. THE CLUB OF FORBIDDEN BOOKS (Kim Hyun Sook, Ryan Estrada). See if I like this comic that as soon as I discovered it in Angouleme I wanted to make an offer for it. Then I made a mess buying other licenses and saving furniture during a pandemic and I ran out of rice. Sapristi has done a good job and has released it as I would have (and in softcover). I highlight it because I am very angry not having published it, and because the American publisher is dedicated to publishing everything through crowdfunding.

7. KAME KAME MAGAZINE # 1 (Various Autorxs). The new manga magazine that no one knew about until Álvaro Pons mentioned it in a fortuitous tweet, from which we can also deduce that this man has skills for dissemination that go beyond the merely human. Little joke, that there are more than three hundred pages of Spanish manga with names of veterans like Albert Carreres, and that it even had an exclusive sales booth at Manga Barcelona (well, they also sold Shin-chan cookies, but no other comics). Did you know it existed? Now yes.

8. DON’T MESS WITH THE FILM CLUB! EIZOUKEN (Sumito Oowara). I insert this title just to confirm that I did make an offer of this … but they did not grant it to me. It is so rare that we would have been chupi. I still sigh, looking out the window on rainy days. You can imagine me with this sad ending from Dragon Ball (the one from the first season, before Z, THE GOOD ONE).

9. THE PACT (Paco Sordo). That not only is it very good, but it is a humorous comic that has crept into many other lists that also say that it is very good. And this, in a comic with the sole claim of entertaining and making people laugh, is rare in our times.

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10.   BATMAN/FORTNITE: PUNTO CERO (Christos N. Gage, Reilly Brown, Christian Duce y Nelson Faro DeCastro). Possibly the world’s best-selling staple. Who said this format was out of date? You just have to attract the kids with codes that unlock lollipops for a freemium video game and throw miles. That the future of comics does not go through transmedia? Well, if you don’t want to sell until the money comes out of your ears, no.

And look, I’ve already reached ten. It would have to come to some kind of closure, to give the feeling that we have reached somewhere. But not today.