Tove. Tove Jansson was born 100 years ago this year. Best known internationally for her Moomin comics, she was also a very good novelist. A lot of her stuff is available in English this year, so snap it up.
Helen Sharman was the first Brit in space, spending a week onboard the Mir space station in May 1991. Meanwhile in the Nineties British cartoonist Philip Bond drew Kill Your Boyfriend and lots of Tank Girl. Via Apollo Kids Live.
Jack Kirby's comic books sit high up in Frye's anatomy of criticism, somewhere between legend and myth, where heroes fight gods. Also, he's big into gesture. His characters never stop pawing the air. This two-page spread of a being with the fate of worlds tattooed on his thumb is quintessential Kirby. Eternals #3.
Rin of the anime Usagi Drop pays homage to Yotsuba (whose name means clover) with a four-leaf clover t-shirt. Both stories are about small girls being raised by older single men and so ultimately descend from Silas Marner. Here's a Yotsuba back cover with Usagi Drop characters (source):
There's a blog post at the British Museums medieval manuscripts blog about whether the Egerton MS 1894 is a comic. If your eye ran through the two pages above and recognized the narrative of the seven days of creation, then, yes, it's a comic. The panels even go in the right (for the English language) order. View the whole book here.