Consider it an early #tbt: The cover for this year’s Best American Comics 2017 throws it back to George Orwell’s 1984, and CBR has the first look.
The cover is by cartoonist Matthew Thurber, known for Art Comic, 1-800-MICE and Infomaniacs, and developed as a group effort alongside Best American Comics series editor Bill Kartalopoulos, 2017 edition guest editor Ben Katchor and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Creative Director Christopher Moisan.
Though it may be presumptuous to assume too much specific meaning in the cover, it’s hard not to read the reference to the famous dystopian novel as a commentary on current affairs home and abroad — after all, there were plenty of news stories about 1984 reappearing on best-seller lists earlier this year.
Each year since 2006, Best American Comics — part of HMH’s The Best American Series, spotlighting a variety of fields in literature — presents around 20 short comic stories in various genres, guided by the series editor and the annually rotating guest editor. This year’s guest editor is Ben Katchor, best known for his long-running comic strip Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer. Previous guest editors include Lynda Berry, Neil Gaiman, Alison Bechdel, Scott McCloud and last year’s guest editor, Roz Chast.
Best American Comics 2017 is scheduled for release on Oct. 3, and its contents are currently undisclosed, though it will include a contribution by cover artist Matthew Thurber.