It's that time of year again.
Time for top ten lists. Countdown lists. Lists that list the top ten countdown lists.
It's a way of looking back at the previous year, and that's understandable. It's inevitable. We look to see where we've been in order to get a clearer vision of where we're going (or want to go). But the number of lists that are going to be coming down the pike always seem like overkill. Too many sources. And this will be on top of whatever personal reflection you're going to be doing as the year winds to a close.
Are the lists helpful? Only you can tell that. Some may cause you to go search out and buy something you've missed during the year. Others may make you happy you managed to avoid something—or revel in someone else's pain that they had to experience a bad comic so you didn't have to.
Personally, I eschew lists. Best Of, Worst Of...there's no real point to them. It's extremely subjective, and that's because it has to be. A top ten list will always be from the writer's point of view, and your own list will be different because it has to be. The only real help a list is (I don't see these lists as either good or bad) is to get a glimpse into the tastes of content providers, and possibly bring attention to something that may have been missed—if you were ever interested in the subject matter, anyway.
Lists aren't for me, but they're coming. If November is the month in which we look back in order to give thanks, then December is the month in which we look back in order to make lists of what was the “best” and “worst” of the year.
I'll be in the corner, making comics.