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We have five Best Americans in the house right now, and before I take The Best American Comics 2008 back to the library I wanted to write down my favorite comics from the book. And where better to write them down than in public?

The introduction by Lynda Barry is about things that are good. I must once have lived within range of a weekly paper that carried Ernie Pook's Comeek, because I remember the feeling of mostly not getting it, but reading it week after week because it seemed like it was worth getting and someday that might happen. These days I like everything I read by her. Way to go, Lynda Barry!

Graham Annable's "Burden" and Sarah Oleksyk's "Graveyard" - a noir cartoon about a man taking care of his brother, and a bittersweet slice of Portland life - were both published in Papercutter. Way to go, Tugboat Press!

Selections from Will and Abe's Guide to the Universe by Matt Groening and The Teachers Edition by John Mejias both featured kids being kids (sometimes on vacation or at school), and made me laugh.

Cathy Malkasian's Percy Gloom and Lilli Carré's The Thing About Madeline were engrossing tales of a world slightly off. In Carré's story, the title character stumbles home from her daily routine to find herself in the bedroom, already sleeping. Percy Gloom, excerpted here, seems to be about fanaticism, and might be my favorite thing in the book.

Chris Ware's Thanksgiving covers for The New Yorker were enjoyable on their own, but gained depth when I read the author's note about the connections between them. That's one thoughtful guy. (All four covers are still on the magazine's web site, but the onetime online exclusive is not.)

Update: Via Barry, here's a copy of the fifth "cover".
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