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The Middle Ground #130 | Thank you, friends
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This isn't a "Best of 2012" list, because (a) 2012 isn't finished yet, and (b) every time I attempt to put "Best of" lists together, I inevitably end up forgetting something that I utterly adore and feel guilty about it afterwards. Instead, inspired by Thursday's upcoming holiday and the fact that you might be thinking about buying things on Friday for some reason, here are five things in comics from this year that I'm thankful for.
The Middle Ground #126 | Introduction to Recommendations 101
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The other day, a friend was visiting and asked for something to read in a somewhat half-hearted manner; I gave her The Nao of Brown, fairly confident that it'd be her kind of thing in terms of tone and theme (and entirely confident that the art would bowl her over), and then started thinking about gateway comics. What makes a good introduction for newcomers to the entire comic medium?