Top Ten Comics of 2019

My favorite comics of 2019 includes a mixture of manga, lit comics, superhero works, and fantasy titles.  As always, I'm sure that I didn't get to read everything I would have liked, but this is a damn good list of comics from the year.

10. Gunnerkrigg Court (Volume 7): Synthesis Thomas Siddell
Thomas Siddell continues to impress with Antimony Carver and her friends at Gunnerkrigg Court.  The politics of the court, the intriguing mythology of the forest, the complicated relationships and shadowy histories of the people who revolve around Antimony - it's all just masterfully handled.  A lot has happened over the course of seven volumes, and I still get surprised by the turns that occur, including several shocking moments in Synthesis.  I really enjoy the pacing of these stories - whether it's a quiet moment among friends or a tense exchange, or an all-out mystical battle, Siddell balances it all nicely with a deft hand.

9. Blood of the Virgin (from Kramer's Ergot (Vol…

2020 Academy Award Nominations Predications

My predictions for this year's Academy Award nominations...

Best Picture
The Farewell
The Irishman
Knives Out
Little Women
Marriage Story
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Actress
Awkwafina - The Farewell
Charlize Theron - Bombshell
Cynthia Erivo - Harriet
Renee Zellweger - Judy*
Scarlett Johannson - Marriage Story

Best Actor
Adam Driver - Marriage Story*
Antonio Banderas - Pain and Glory
Eddie Murphy - Dolemite is My Name
Joaquin Phoenix - Joker
Leonardo DiCaprio - Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Supporting Actress
Florence Pugh - Little Women
Jennifer Lopez - Hustlers
Laura Dern - Marriage Story
Margot Robbie - Bombshell*
Zhao Shuzhen - The Farewell

Best Supporting Actor
Al Pacino - The Irishman
Brad Pitt - Once Upon a Time in Hollywood*
Joe Pesci - The Irishman
Tom Hanks - A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Song Kang Ho - Parasite

Best Director
Bong Joon-ho - Parasite
Greta Gerwig - Little Women
Lulu Wang - The Farewell
Noah Baumbach - Marriage Story
Quentin Tarantino - Once Upon a Time in …

Top 50 Albums of the Decade (2010-2019)

50. Vicci Vicci Martinez (2012)
Key Tracks: Come Along (featuring CeeLo Green), I Can Love, Stop Pretending

49. Love So Soft Kelly Clarkson (2017)
Key Tracks: Love So Soft, Meaning of Life, Slow Dance

48. Two Lenka (2011)
Key Tracks: Roll With the Punches, Everything At Once, You Will Be Mine

47. Am I a Girl? Poppy (2018)
Key Tracks: Fashion After All, Aristocrat (featuring Garibay), The Rapture Ball

46. Liberman Vanessa Carlton (2015)
Key Tracks: Operator, House of Seven Swords, Unlock the Lock

45. Water in a Whale Jillette Johnson (2013)
Key Tracks: 17, Heathen, Flood the Ocean

44. low kii savage (EP) Kiiara (2016)
Key Tracks: Gold, Feels, Tennessee

43. Young (EP) Charlotte Lawrence (2018)
Key Tracks: Wait Up, Young and Reckless, Everybody Loves You

42. reputation Taylor Swift (2017)
Key Tracks: Look What You Made Me Do, ...Ready For It?, Delicate

41. Delirium Ellie Goulding (2015)
Key Tracks: Paradise, Winner, Keep On Dancin'

40. 99 Cents
Santigold (2016)

Key Tracks: Rendezvous Girl, Before the Fir…