Yah, it’s the end of 2012 already so time for a quick blow-out.
Another average year in terms of quantity of reading. Texts, as you can see immediately below, were a bit on the thin side.
Other People’s Wars – Nicky Hager
Road Dogs – Elmore Leonard
Ongoing titles Walking Dead, Powers and Scalped continue to rate with excellent storytelling. Castle Waiting, Dolltopia and RASL were very pleasant surprises.
RIP – Thomas Ott
Castle Waiting Volumes 1 and 2 – Linda Medley
Tamara Drewe – Posy Simmonds
Walking Dead Volume 15 – We Find Ourselves – Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard
The Killer Volumes 1 and 3 – Matz and Luc Jacamon
Dolltopia – Abbi Densen
Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense: Being Human – Mike Mignola
Scalped Volume 7 – Rez Blues – Jason Aaron and R M Guera
RASL Volumes 1-3 – Jeff Smith
Powers Volume 14 – Gods – Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming
This year’s overall slant towards television writing is represented below with the number of pilots listed.
3:10 to Yuma – Michael Brandt & Derek Haas
Analyze This – Peter Tolan and Harold Ramis and Kenneth Lonergan
Gilmore Girls – Pilot – Amy Sherman-Palladino
Arrested Development – Pilot – Mitchell Hurwitz
My Name is Gary Cooper – Victor Rodger
30 Rock – Pilot and S01E07 – Tina Fey
Groundhog Day – Danny Rubin & Harold Ramis
The West Wing S02E04 – Aaron Sorkin
Justified S01E08 – Benjamin Cavell
Django Unchained – Quentin Tarantino
I’m a little worried I might’ve spoiled things a bit by reading Django Unchained before its opening here in New Zild but I enjoyed the script heaps more than the script for Inglorious Basterds (the film of which I have yet to see in its entirety [and those bits I have chanced across have been intriguingly tasty]).
The Arrival – Shaun Tan
Ball Peen Hammer – Adam Rapp and George O’Connor
Berlin Volume 2 – Jason Lutes
The Education of Hopey Glass – Jaime Hernandez
Ex Machina: Dirty Tricks; Ring Out the Old – Brian K Vaughan & Tony Harris
I Kill Giants – Joe Kelly and JM Ken Niimura
I Killed Adolf Hitler – Jason
Low Moon – Jason
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier – Alan Moore & Kevin O’Neill
Omega the Unknown – Jonathan Lethem and Farel Dalrymple
Planetary: Spacetime Archaeology – Warren Ellis & John Cassaday
Powers: The Sellouts; Forever; 25 Greatest Dead Superheroes of All Time – Brian Michael Bendis & Michael Avon Oeming
Scalped: The Gravel in Your Gut – Jason Aaron & R M Guera
Stitches: A Memoir – David Small
Usagi Yojimbo: Tomoe’s Story – Stan Sakai
The Walking Dead – Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard
The Complete Zot! – Scott McCloud
A bit sad to see the end of Planetary and Ex Machina but The Walking Dead and Scalped carry the torch onward.
Blood Meridian – Cormac McCarthy
The Constant Gardener – John Le Carre
The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-city Neighbourhood – David Simon and Ed Burns
Crafty TV Writing – Alex Epstein
Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets – David Simon
Notes from a Small Island – Bill Bryson
The Road – Cormac McCarthy
I suspect Blood Meridian has ruined all other western fiction for me.
30 Rock – various
The 40 Year Old Virgin – Judd Apatow and Steve Carell
The American – Rowan Joffe
The Blind Side – John Lee Hancock
The Book of Eli – Gary Whitta
Green Zone – Paul Greengrass
Michael Clayton – Tony Gilroy
Out of Sight – Scott Frank
Scrubs (pilot) – Bill Lawrence
Starting Out in the Evening – Fred Parnes and Andrew Wagner
The Shield: Circles – Shawn Ryan
Three Kings – David O Russell
Valkyrie – Christopher McQuarrie and Nathan Alexander
I’m pretty sure Out of Sight and Three Kings are re-reads, but I just can’t remember for sure. And if they were, they were just as enjoyable this time ’round.
His Mother’s Son – Leilani Unasa
Le Tauvaga – Louise Tu’u
Raising the Titanics – Albert Belz
Two Old Women – Velma Wallis
I suspect I may be cheating here by having just one actual production – Belz’s Titanics – surrounded by three readings but… these were the ones I marked as having made an impact.