2012 in Print

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]).


2010 in Pictures, Text and Theatre


    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 SonLeilani Unasa
    Le TauvagaLouise Tu’u
    Raising the TitanicsAlbert Belz
    Two Old WomenVelma 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.