Notes from that Page One panel

At the “Page One” panel (with Jen Van Meter, Greg Rucka and Carla Speed McNeil) that I moderated at Comic-Con 2011, we discussed a bunch of opening pages of comics that we thought were particularly interesting or notable–that set the stage for what followed them in significant ways, or summed up the aesthetic of the whole project really well, or just offered a particularly compelling reason to keep reading. A few people have asked what the pages were that we showed and talked about, so here’s the list:

1. Bryan K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra and José Marzan Jr., *Y: the Last Man* #1

2. Kathryn Immonen and Stuart Immonen, *Moving Pictures*

3. Bryan Talbot, *Heart of Empire* #1

4. Jim Steranko, the Nick Fury story from *Strange Tales* #160

5. Charles Burns, *Black Hole*

6. Mario Hernandez, Gilbert Hernandez, Jaime Hernandez and Dean Motter, *Mister X *#1

7. Neil Gaiman and Marc Hempel, *The Sandman* #57

8. Alison Bechdel, *Fun Home*

9. Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson, *Kurt Busiek’s Astro City* #1

10. Jaime Hernandez, *Whoa, Nellie!* #1

11. Bruce Jones and Brent Anderson, *Somerset Holmes* #1

12. Dennis O’Neil, Denys Cowan and Rick Magyar, *The Question* #1

13. Alan Moore and Ian Gibson, “The Ballad of Halo Jones” from *2000 AD* #376

14. Jamie Delano and John Ridgway, *Hellblazer* #1

15. Alex Robinson, *Box Office Poison*