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Monday, January 26, 2015

2014 Year in Review

I always like to look back on the previous year and pick out some of my favorites pieces I drew.

I was lucky to stay busy year-round doing commissions for people. And I want to thank everyone who decided to throw some work my way, it was and will always be extremely appreciated.

Here's to a great 2015 which is already off to an amazing start.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

20 in 2014 Book Challenge

The challenge my wife and I take to read at least 20 books within a year hit year five in 2014 and this was our best year yet.

Since I read a lot of comic collections and art books (which don’t take long to read), I allow myself to count one book to my list for every 10 of those types of books. It wouldn’t be fair to Heather who actually reads nothing but prose books.

I read 32 books and 31 comic type books. So that makes my adjusted total 35. And Heather got at least 20 in too. Not too shabby for a couple that’s busy with work, a 6 year old, freelance work, etc.

Here is my list:
  • Alien by Alan Dean Foster (Took me like 35 years but I finally read this novelization of the film. It held true to the source material and fleshed it a out a little more.)
  • X-Men, Vol. 1 by Brian Michael Bendis, Chris Bachalo and others (I've actually been enjoying these new X-Men books. I kinda like Cyclops as the jerk revolutionary.)
  • VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV's First Wave by Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Martha Quinn, and Alan Hunter (I was the perfect age when MTV first debuted so I enjoyed this book, nice look behind the curtain)
  • The Crow by James O'Barr (This was a reread, still as cool as ever.)
  • All Star Superman Vol 1. by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely (I liked it but not as much as people led me to believe I would)
  • Captain America: Red Menace Ultimate Collection,The Death of Captain America, Vol. 1, 2,  and 3 by Ed Brubaker, Steve Epting and others (Really enjoying these stories, art is fantastic)
  • Dark Places by Gillian Flynn (Liked Gone Girl more)
  • Winter Soldier, Vol. 1: The Longest Winter, Vol. 2: Broken Arrow and Vol. 3: Black Widow Hunt by Ed Brubaker , Butch Guice, and Michael Lark (Very cool series. Favorite "new" character in a  long time)
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (Not the typical book I'd read but my wife recommended and I trust her opinion. It was really good)
  • Saga, Vol. 1, 2 and 3 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Wow, I loved these. Hooked me right away.)
  • A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin (Can't really say much, except awesome.)
  • Beneath The Planet of The Apes by Michael Avallone (I'm a POTA freak, so I liked this.)
  • The Wes Anderson Collection by Matt Zoller Seitz (Really interesting look at the making of his films. A must read for any fan of his)
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (I'd had never gotten around to reading any of her books before. I liked this one a lot and plan to read more)
  • Glamour Girls of Don Flowers by Don Flowers (Really nice book of retro one panel gags, amazing art)
  • New Ultimates: Thor Reborn by Jeph Loeb (Author), Frank Cho (Got it strictly for the Cho art, which did not disappoint)
  • Shanna, the She-Devil by Frank Cho  (Same as above)
  • Mr. Murder Is Dead by Victor Quinaz and Brent Schoonover (Bought this because my friend Brent drew, really enjoyed the Dick Tracy throwback feel of it)
  • Willie and Joe: Back Home by Bill Mauldin (I got this because I loved the Wille and Joe collection where they were in the War. I didn't enjoy this as much due to my ignorance of a lot of the political and social stories of the time. I'm sure if I was reading back then, a lot of it wouldn't have been over my head)
  • The Judas Apocalypse by Dan McNeil (Decent book. World War II, Cathars, Religious Mystery, good stuff)
  • Conan, Conan of Cimmeria, Conan the Freebooter by Robert E. Howard and Others (I'd never read any prose stories of Conan, only comics. I really liked them, Freebooter was the weaker of the three.)
  • Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (I enjoyed it but preferred And Then There Were None)
  • Jaws by Peter Benchley (First time reading this, it was interesting to see what they changed in making the movie)
  • The Jaws Log by Carl Gottlieb (Fascinating look into the making of the movie)
  • Night Without End by Alistair MacLean (First Alistair MacLean I've read. Will be reading more, good book)
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind by Steven Spielberg (Never read it before, it was enjoyable. Very economical writing)
  • The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells (Started reading this but then realized I had already read it. Finished it anyway)
  • Parker: Slayground by Darwyn Cooke (Awesome as always. These never disappoint)
  • The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers, and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever by Alan Sepinwall (Great book about some great shows. I enjoy Sepinwall's writing online and it was nice to see it in longform)
  • High Lonesome by Louis L'Amour (Continuing my efforts to read more Westerns, liked it a lot)
  • The Terminator by Randall Frakes and Bill Wisher. (Most movie adaptations are kinda lame but I was surprised at how much I like this. It also kept in the deleted scenes)
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind Diary by Bob Balaban (interesting read about the making of the movie)
  • Morning Glories Vols 1-6 by Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma (Fun read, dark at times. A lot of times)
  • Pure Drivel by Steve Martin (This one was a bit of a letdown. I love Steve Martin but this just wasn't as good as I wanted it to be)
  • Alien: The Illustrated Story by Archie Goodwin and Walt Simonson (Very cool but condensed comic book version of the film)
  • FF - Vol.1: Fantastic Faux by Matt Fraction, Mike Allred, Joe Quinones (Read this solely for the Allred art, never disappointing.)
  • iZombie Vol 1-3  by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred (see above)
  • Crash and Burn by Artie Lange, Anthony Bozza (Man, if you've ever thought about taking hardcore drugs, read this and you won't)
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth (Yes, sometimes I read like a teenage girl. I'de it well enough. It's no Hunger Games)
  • Bowdrie by Louis L'Amour (I liked that this one was a collection of short stories featuring a central character)
  • First Blood by David Morrell (Really different tone fro the film, but I liked it.)
  • Double Dexter by Jeff Lindsey (Dexter novels are always good. Kinda sad that the next might be the last one)
  • Now You See Me by S. J. Bolton (First book I read of hers. I liked it enough that I'll probably read others)
  • Awakenings by S. J. Bolton (And so I did. It was good as well)
  • The Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia (I liked this one a lot)
  • Legion of Super-Heroes: The Great Darkness Saga by Paul Levitz, Keith Giffen and others (Mostly a re-read for nostalgia sake.)
  • Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin (Always great, always at the top of the list)
My favors of the year? Well, if there is a Game of Thrones book in the year it'll be up there and read two this year. I also really liked The Bellweather Rhapsody.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015