Notables 2010: Adam Meuse’s Social Insect

Adam Meuse, Social Insect, 2009.

This mini is full of gags and great observations, most tangentially on the topic of our social selves in one way or another, but it made it onto the Notable list for one story in particular, where the daddy of a cute adorable bear family has some kind of disorder where his cute adorable big eyes have grown to grotesque proportions. Cute has its limits (god don’t I know it, the cute onslaught in BAC submissions is…overwhelming). But what’s best is that the story is it then takes the silly premise literally, and gets all thoughtful and existential on us: beautiful drawing and a bit of saudade about what we can hold of our loved ones in our sight and thoughts. That may be a tad unclear, but you can read the four pages in the link above and see for yourself.

Age: Teen. Younger readers may or may not get the telegraphed underlying meaning, but it would be interesting to have that discussion with them.

What is this “Notable” thing all about? Matt and Jessica are the series editors for the Best American Comics, and are responsible for the Notable Comics list at the back of the book, which is comprised of virtually all the comics we sent to the guest editor that weren’t picked, as well as a number of others that we think are noteworthy for various reasons, but that we didn’t send to the guest editor.

We’ve always hoped readers will delve a bit into the list to find more great stories once they finish reading BAC. Realistically, though, we know that’s tough. What can you know about a story from a title and author? So this is one of a series of posts focusing on each of the Notables from the 2010 Best American Comics.

Have or know of a comic we should look at? Find submission info here.

The “age” suggestion is what we think might be the minimum age for reading and appreciating a work. All works on the list, though, should appeal to older audiences too. It’s a minimum suggestion only.


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