Sunday, 30 December 2012

Year in Books 2012



Year in Books 2012

I’ve been told several times that I read a lot but I’ve never been sure if it’s true or not. I’ve never been one to devour a novel a week or spend my nights curled up by the fire, books in hand. Looking down at the list of what I’ve got through this year however, I feel a tingle of pride, It’s a fairly impressive list, a little heavy on the comics perhaps but those are quicker to read.
This has been the first year where I’ve kept track of what I’ve read, I don’t think I’ve missed any, so here it is, the whole shebang, my year in books.

Novels
The girl with the dragon tattoo – Stieg Larsson
The gril who played with fire – Stieg Larsson
The Water-method Man – John Irving
The 158-pound marriage – John Irving
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle
The Girl who kicked the hornet’s nest – Stieg Larsson
Nosferatu in love – Jim Shepard
Animal Farm – George Orwell
The Fault in our stars – John Green
The Hunger games – Suzanne Collins
Trainspotting – Irvine Welsh
The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger – Stephen King
The Nosferatu Scroll – James Becker
Wyrd Sisters – Terry Pratchett
The World According to Garp – John Irving
The Sisters Brothers – Patrick DeWitt
And Another thing… - Eoin Colfer
A son of the Circus – John Irving
Who Censored Roger Rabbit? – Gary Wolf
Tietam Brown – Mick Foley
The Stand – Stephen King
Kitty and the Midnight hour – Carrie Vaughn
AHistory Maker – Alasdair Grey
Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
The peculiar memories of Thomas Penman – Bruce Robinson
Monkey – Wu Cheng’En
Black Box – Jennifer Egan
Pyramids – Terry Pratchett
The Crow Road – Ian Banks
Life of Pi – Yann Martell

Biography/Memoirs
Brautigan, Richard: A pilgrimage August 1975 – David Curran
On Writing – Stephen King
The Hardcore Diaries – Mick Foley
I had a black dog – Matthew Johnstone

Comics/Graphic Novels
Bring me the head of Willy the mail boy – Scott Adams
Don’t step in the leadership – Scott Adams
Casual day has gone too far – Scott Adams
Another day in cubicle paradise – Scott Adams
Don’t stand where the comet is expected to strike oil – Scott Adams
Fugitive from the cubicle police – Scott Adams
Church & State I – Dave Sim
Church & State II – Dave Sim & Gerhard
Jaka’s Story – Dave Sim & Gerhard
Melmoth – Dave Sim & Gerhard
Flight – Dave Sim & Gerhard
Transmetropolitan: Lonely City – Warren Ellis & Darrick Robertson
Akira Vol I – Katsuhiro Otomo
Akira Vol II – Katsuhiro Otomo
Cancer Vixen – Marisa Acocella Marchetto
Women – Dave Sim & Gerhard
Reads – Dave Sim & Gerhard
Minds – Dave Sim * Gerhard
Sonic the Comic Issues #1 - 89
Anne Frank: The Anne Frank house authorized graphic biography – Sid Jacobson & Ernie Colon
Sonic Select Volume I

Non-fiction
Writing For Comics – Alan Moore
Creating 3D animation – Peter Lord & Brian Sibley
Batman Unauthorized – Dennis O’Neil

Children’s Books
Sonic: The story
My dad is a loser – Barry Loser
Diary of a wimpy kid: Cabin Fever – Jeff Kinney
I want my hat back – Jon Klassen

Other
Fifty Sheds of Grey: A parody – C.T. Grey

Best books of the year
5- Reads – Dave Sim & Gerhard
4- The Sisters Brothers – Patrick DeWitt
3- The World According to Garp – John Irving
2- The Fault in our stars – John Green
1- Tietam Brown – Mick Foley


Worst books of the year
5- Writing For Comics – Alan Moore
4- The Girl who kicked the hornet’s nest – Stieg Larsson
3- Creating 3D animation – Peter Lord & Brian Sibley
2- Kitty and the Midnight hour – Carrie Vaughn
1- The Nosferatu Scroll – James Becker

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

I had a black dog



I had a black dog

Matthew Johnstone

"There are many different breeds of Black Dog affecting millions of people from all walks of life. The Black Dog is an equal opportunity mongrel. It was Winston Churchill who popularized the phrase Black Dog to describe the bouts of depression he experienced for much of his life. Matthew Johnstone, a sufferer himself, has written and illustrated this moving and uplifting insight into what it is like to have a Black Dog as a companion and how he learned to tame it and bring it to heel."