Here are my results. Technically, I read 51 “books”. But to be fair, a lot of them were comic book or comic strip collections, which could be read really quickly. So I thought in the spirit of the challenge, only written, non-comic books should be counted. But in fairness to me, I thought I should get some credit for reading them, since they did take time after all. So I’m going with every 10 of those count as one book.
So, I read 18 “actual” books and 34 comic type books. Using my equation, that nets me just over 21 books. Success! Success!
Here is my list:
- Gorillaz: Rise of the Ogre by Gorillaz (Great band, great art, great book)
- The Somnambulist by Jonathan Barnes (Pretty good)
- The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl (A bit so slow at times)
- My Custom Van by Michael Ian Black (Sporadically funny)
- The Rocketeer, Cliff’s New York Adventure by Dave Stevens (Beautiful art)
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (Yes, I gave into the book that was everywhere. And I liked it.)
- L.A. Noir by John Butin (Very interesting read)
- Hellboy: The Ice Wolves by Mark Chadbourn (Hellboy novels are almost always good. This one was too.)
- Bob Flame: Rocky Mountain Ranger by Dorr Yeager (Bought this at the gift shop in Rocky Mountain National Park)
- No Country For Old Men by Cormac McCarthy (Movie follows the book almost exactly, the towards the end there are differences)
- Parker: The Hunter by Darwyn Cooke (Always incredible, I have the second book cued up)
- Too Fat To Fish by Artie Lange (Hilarious and sometimes sad)
- Hellboy: The All Seeing Eye by Mark Morris (Good)
- The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo and Bagram Ibatoulline (Children's novel)
- Kick-Ass by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. (Kick-ass)
- The Spy Who Loved Me by Ian Fleming (Not terrible, not great)
- The Dick Tracy Casebook edited by Max Allan Collins and Dick Locher (Great illustrations, hit and miss storylines)
- Dead@17 Afterbirth by Josh Howard (Always fun)
- The Little Sister by Raymond Chandler (Chandler entertains)
- Dexter in the Dark by Jeff Lindsey (Love me some Dexter)
- Dead@17 The 13th Brother by Josh Howard (More Josh goodness)
- The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi (Pretty engrossing, look into it)
- The Clash by The Clash (I wish the Beastie Boys would do a book like this)
- Bone: Crown of Horns by Jeff Smith (My first time reading the Bone series, loved it)
- Red Rocket 7 by Mike Allred (Really enjoyed this and all the musical references through the years)
- Shes’ Crazy, He’s a Liar, Now What? by Cecily Knobler (This is a book I illustrated. I read most of the working manuscript as I was doing the art, but went back a read the entire thing. Very funny and shocking at times. Cecily, you've got some stories in you.
- FoxTrox: Houston We Have a Problem by Bill Amend (I was sad when FoxTrox went Sundays only, knowing these collections would stop)
- Scott Pilgrim 1-6 by Scott Lee O’Malley (Awesomeness)
- The Walking Dead Volumes 1-9 by Robert Kirkman (and various artists) (Awesomeness)
- Y: The Last Man by Brain K. Vaughan (and various artists) (Awesomeness)
As you can see, I was all over the place. I don’t know if I could pick my favorite from all of these. Walking Dead, Y and Scott Pilgrim are definitely standouts. My Custom Van was definitely the most disappointing. It was a fun ear of reading, I gotta say.
We're going to do it again in 2011. I already have two books going right now and about ten lined up. And for the record, the lovely Heather ended up reading 19 books. What a loser, right?