Today marks the ten year anniversary of Comics-and-More! To celebrate, here's a look back at my favorite comics from each of the past ten years!
Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann and Kerascoet
Not only did Kerascoet illustrate the excellent graphic novel Beauty this year, but the artist team is responsible for the stunning art of my favorite graphic novel this year, Beautiful Darkness. In this grotesquely beautiful fairy tale, we see the little people who live inside of us as they abandon the corpse of a little girl who dies unexpectedly, learning to survive in the world around them. The little creatures interact with nature, which is unforgiving, and form cliques that can be as ugly as the rotting corpse that they live around. The watercolors are utterly fantastic, and the fact that they are so pretty contrasts deliciously with the darkness and decay that pervades the story in a wonderfully perverse way. There are shocking moments and plenty of disturbing images scatt…
From the creator of Midnight Secretary, Spell of Desire follows Kaoruko Mochizuki, whose mother left her when she still a baby. Her grandmother raised her, but passed away two years earlier, leaving her an herb and tea shop. A mysterious handsome man, Kaname, appears one day and claims that Kaoruko's mother is a powerful black witch, and that she stored her power within Kaoruko. As her mother is the leader of witches, Kaname has been assigned by her to protect her magic within Kaoruko. Kaoruko doesn't believe him at first, but when instances of her powers become apparent and get to be too much for her (especially her own emotions inflicting lust upon people), Kaoruko decides that there is truth to his words after all. How does she get her powers temporarily under control? Through a kiss from Kaname. At first, he forces them upon her, but soon she rather comes to enjoy them, which really gets her emotions running out of whack.