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A roundup of end-of-the-year (and decade) pieces

• The editors of The National Post's book blog name the best books of 2009, including David Mazzuchelli's Asterios Polyp.

• Comic Book Resources rolls out the first part of its Top 100 Comics of 2009, as selected by the websites contributors. The list so far includes such titles as Randall Munroe's xkcd, Kevin Cannon's Far Arden, Brian Michael Bendis and David Lafuente's Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, and Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard's The Walking Dead.

• David Ferraro counts down his Top 20 comics of 2009. Among them: X-Men: Misfits, by Raina Telgemeier, Dave Roman and Anzu; GoGo Monster, by Taiyo Matsumoto; and Gunnerkrigg Court, Vol. 1: Orientation, by Thomas Siddell.

• Kethylia Duuk Tarquith names her Top 10 English-translated manga of 2009, including Fumi Yoshinaga's Ôoku and Kiminori Wakasugi's Detroit Metal City.

• Marvel Executive Editor Tom Brevoort shares his "10 most potent memories" of the past decade: "The lowest point of the decade for me personally, and the one that came close to driving me out of comics entirely, was when I was forced to fire Mark Waid and Mike Wieringo from their run on Fantastic Four. So it was an incredible thing to have that decision ultimately reversed, and then have the cards fall in such a way that Mark and Mike came back onto the book without missing an issue, and carry on for another year or so. I view every issue of Fantastic Four that they did starting with #509 as a gift, especially precious given that Mike passed away not long thereafter."

• Robot 6 contributor Brigid Alverson looks back at the year in manga.

• CBR kicks off its decade in review, with the first installment focusing on 2000-2002.

• Tom Spurgeon continues his series of interviews with critics discussing comics emblematic of the decade: Today, Robot 6 contributor Chris Mautner talks about Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim series.

• The conclusion of Abhay Khosla's multi-part examination of DC's canceled Blue Beetle series includes a list of comics he enjoyed in 2009.

• David Brothers considers his year in comics while Christopher Allen does the same.

• Christopher Bird considers the worst comics ideas 0f 2009.

• At io9.com, Graeme McMillan spotlights 100 amazing comic-book covers from the past 10 years.

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