Saturday, February 17, 2018

This Week in Reading



BOOKS:
Against Calvinism, by Roger E. Olson, pages 1 – 67.
A Cat Named Brat, by Lydia Adamson, pages 42 – 109.
The House of Shattered Wings, by Aliette de Bodard, COMPLETED.

COMICS:
Archie 75th Anniversary Digest #8
Big Moose, One Shot
Black Widow 10 – 20
Captain Victory & the Galactic Rangers 1 – 3, & 6
Green Arrow 37             
Green Lanterns 39 & 40
Marvel Team-Up (2006) #6
Put the Book Back on the Shelf OGN
Red Sonja 2 & 3                                                                        
The Web 3

Saturday, February 10, 2018

This Week in Reading


BOOKS:
Batman & The Killer Croc of Doom, by Laurie S. Sutton and Luciano Vecchio, COMPLETED.
Superman Battles Parasite’s Feeding Frenzy, by Scott Peterson and Mike Caballaro, COMPLETED.
Origin, by Dan Brown, COMPLETED.
A Cat Named Brat, by Lydia Adamson, pages 1 – 42.
The House of Shattered Wings, by Aliette de Bodard, pages 64 – 211.

COMICS:
Black Lightning (1977) 1 – 5
Black Lightning (1995) 1
Dazzler 3 & 4
Elfquest: Hidden Years 19 – 22
Efquest: Blood of Ten Chiefs 16 – 19
GI Joe: A Real American Hero 17
The One 5
Savage Tales Magazine 1 & 4
Solar Man of the Atom 19 – 21
Spider-Woman 1
Starman 80-Page Special

Saturday, February 3, 2018

This Week in Reading


BOOKS:
The House of Shattered Wings, by Aliette de Bodard, pages 1 – 64.
Superman & the Man of Gold, by Paul Weissburg and Tim Levins, COMPLETED.
Batman & The Killer Croc of Doom, by Laurie S. Sutton and Luciano Vecchio, pages 1 – 33.
The Room in the Dragon Volant, by J. Sheridan Le Fanu, COMPLETED.
Origin, by Dan Brown, pages 320 – 394.
               
COMICS:
Archie 75th Anniversary Digest #7
Archie & Me 87
Black Lightning: Year One 1 – 6
Black Widow 1 – 9
The Hellblazer 18
Pink Panther 8
The Punisher 9
Quarry’s War 2
Shade the Changing Man 4 & 8
Tweety & Sylvester 8
Wonder Woman 39

Saturday, January 27, 2018

This Week in Reading


BOOKS:
The Room in the Dragon Volant, by J. Sheridan Le Fanu, pages 1 – 72.
Origin, by Dan Brown, pages 232 –  320.
The Other Lands, by David Anthony Durham, COMPLETED.

COMICS:
1872 1 – 3
Betty & Veronica Summer Fun 3
Blood Syndicate 1
Foot Soldiers 1 – 4
Green Arrow 36
Kobalt 14              
Korvac Saga 3
Power Girl 1
Reed Gunther 3
Richie Rich Bank Books 29, 52 & 54
Star Trek: Assignment: Earth 1 – 5
Weird Western Tales 1 & 4
Wonder Woman 37 & 38

Saturday, January 20, 2018

This Week in Reading


BOOKS:
The 4:50 From Paddington, by Agatha Christie, COMPLETED.
Origin, by Dan Brown, pages 147 – 232.
The Other Lands, by David Anthony Durham, pages 331 – 406.


COMICS:
Checkmate 4
DC Retroactive The Flash 1970s
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? 5 – 16
Duck Avenger 0
Fables 150
Justice League New Frontier Special
Super Sons 11 & 12
Trinity 17
Weirdworld 1 – 5

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

My Podcast Awards 2017!

Since I (1) listen to a lot of podcasts, and (2) have a blog, I believe I am qualified to talk about my favorites podcasts of 2017.


Favorite Podcast That I Guested On In 2017
Runners-Up: Back to the Bins, Comic Reflections, DC Comics Presents Show, Deconstructing Comics, Fear the Walking Deadcast, Go Home Hollywood You're Drunk, Pop Culture Affidavit
Winner: Trentus Magnus Punches Reality!  His Magnus-ness had me on for three episodes, discussing the Christopher Nolan Batman movies. Very enjoyable and enlightening discussion.

Best Produced Podcast
Runners-Up: The Classic Tales Podcast, The Done-in-One Wonders Podcast Wonder Show, No Agenda, The Spirit Blade Underground.
Winner: The Sleeping at Last Podcast.  In this show, Ryan O'Neal (who makes music under the name "Sleeping at Last") discusses the process he goes through to create songs, layering in each piece. It's a fascinating show.

Off Into the Sunset Award, for a show that wrapped up its mission in 2017, and rode off victoriously into the sunset.
Runners-Up: Comics Reflections, Fantastic Fourcast, Pop Culture Affidavit Origin Story
Winner: From Kid to Flash. After 50 excellent episodes, Chris Ivey decided to retire this excellent Wally West podcast.

Where Have You Been All My Life? Award, for a show that started in or before 2016, but that I didn't start listening to (or even heard of, in some cases) until 2017.
Runners-Up: Bat-Books for Beginners, Comic Reflections, Comics & History, White Rocket Entertainment
Winner:  Pulp 2 Pixel Podcasts.

Podfaded But Not Forgotten Award, for a show that ended (or maybe seems to have ended) in 2017, and it's hard to know if or when it's coming back.
Runners-up: Heroes & Hops, King-Size Comics Giant-Size Fun, The Parliament of Rooks
Winner: Geeks On!  They won the "Back from the Dead Award" last year, but after releasing 7 episodes in 2016, they haven't released one since July of that year.

Back From The Dead Award, for shows that seemed to maybe have been dead, but released at least one episode in 2017!
Runners-up: Bookworm Banquet, I Hate/Love Remakes, Tom vs.
Winner: DJ Comics Cavalcade. After taking 5 years off, Thomas Deja returned to the world of comic-book podcasting with 4 episodes, covering issues of Daredevil & House of Mystery.


The Done-in-One Award, for shows that started & ended with ... one episode released.
Runner-Up The Sensational Adventures of Wonder Woman
Winner: The Bottom Shelf Podcast. Great idea, great hosts ... bring this one back, boys!


And now on to the two most prestigious awards ...


Favorite New Podcast of 2017
Runners-Up: Beetlemania!, Coffee & Comics, The Collected Edition, The Creative Spirit Podcast, The Done-in-One Wonders Podcast Wonder Show, The Longbox of Darkness, Next Generation's First Generation, The Sleeping at Last Podcast, Thimblerig's Ark.

Winner:  Go Home Hollywood, You're Drunk!  Nathaniel Wayne and (usually) Jon Van Luling take a look at the prior week's events in Hollywood, and do so in an entertaining and informative way. Looking forward to the show's Spring return!

and ......

Favorite Overall Podcast of 2017

Runners-Up:  Back to the Bins, Men in Blazers, No Agenda, Required Reading.
Winner: The Tolkien Professor. Professor Corey Olsen and his team have two excellent series running in the same feed. In one, they are going through The Hobbit in exquisite detail, and in the other, they are working through the details that would be required to bring The Silmarillion to life on television. The shows in the feed are always smart, geeky, & entertaining.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

This Week in Reading

BOOKS:
The 4:50 From Paddington, by Agatha Christie, pages 1 – 78.
Origin, by Dan Brown, pages 55 – 147.
The Other Lands, by David Anthony Durham, pages 197 – 331.

COMICS:
Archie 75th Anniversary Digest 6
Batman 26 – 32
Captain Carrot & his Amazing Zoo Crew 1 – 5
Green Lanterns 37 & 38
The Hellblazer 17
Mystic Arcana: Magik
Mystic Arcana: Black Knight
Omega Men 1
Trinity 16
Wonder Woman 245
Xenozoic!, pages 281 – 301 (*)
3-D Three Stooges 3
3-D True Crime
3-D Zone 20

(*) covering “Two Cities,” the first story that was discussed by Ruth & Darrin Sutherland in episode 13 of their excellent Xenozoic Xenophiles podcast.