The Best American Comics 2010

Coraline's Daddy, comics guy Neil Gaiman, curates a year's best collection which focuses on indy and "alternative" titles, leaving the capes-and-cowls crowd in the dust. Familiar names such as Carol Tyler consort with newcomers like Fred Chao, whose Manhattan-centric protagonist Johnny Hiro could be the next Scott Pilgrim.

April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.