One thing aficionados may note and the editors admit is that these really aren’t the best comics of 2010. The time frame the book covers closes in the middle of 2009. Evidently, selecting the content, getting clearances and publishing time combine for a fairly long lead time. And the editors deal with the difficulty of calling the selections the “best” American comics by including an extensive list of "Notable Comics" that didn't make the final cut.
Despite the fact all the comics are at least a year old, The Best American Comics 2010 is still an eye-opening experience for an old fart like me. Fortunately, though, I have some assurances from Gaiman that I now have some comic book cred. Those buying the work, he writes, “will become au fait with the cutting edge. It says so on the cover, after all.”