(Y-11) Lights on

Finally, after 14 hours, the lights, and more importantly the A/C has comeback on.

Hopefully it will stay that way, and with the final days of reading before I hit the mark of 50 days to go on my year of reading, I’ll try to get down my total left to 11,000.

As I did yesterday, I will continue with the second volume of the graphic adaptation of the legendary Elric.

As the night falls, and heat does not gives in, I’ll be better be off to read.

azr.

(Y-11) Lights out

For the second night in a row we have experienced a total blackout, this means no A/C , and with the weather nice and crisp around 31 degrees Celsius, about 88 degrees Fahrenheit.

So what better way to forget this heat than with a sweaty midnight reading.

Because the lights are out and the batteries on my reading lamp are going out, I’ll have to read on my cellphone.

For this candlelight evening there is going to be a special guest, Elric of Melniboné.

The legendary albino created by Michael Moorcock.

Let’s hope the lights come back soon, if not at least I’ll have some great company.

Off to read.

azr.

(Y-11) old school Monday…Detective Comics (1937-2011) #27

Hello, and welcome to another old school.

Today’s entry is about the legendary Dark Knight, and he’s first appearance on number 27 of the famous series, which recently reached number 1000, no easy feat.

In his appearance by Bat-Man, as he is referred to, we see another legendary character from the Batman mythos, Commissioner Gordon, as he is having a conversation with young Bruce Wayne, he is call to serve a murder.

Wayne jumps into action and stops the diabolical plots of the very dangerous Crime Syndicate.

One thing I can see in this early superhero comics is the lack of the archetypal villains we are used to now, all fun of bravado and colorful costumes, the villains in this early stories are represented mainly by mobsters or really greedy sons.

But as with any Batman stories I always enjoy seeing the Dark Knight in action.

This story was first published on March, 1939 and it began a history than that this year turned 80 years old.

The creation of Bob Kane and Bill Finger is more alive than ever, and with some amazing writers and illustrators still passionate about this character, it will be no surprise that in future generations they will celebrating another 80 years of stories.

Next old school Monday will stay with in the Bat Family, for now I’ll keep it a surprise.

Off to read.

azr.

(Y-11) 55 days left…forward progress

Starting this week with some very specific goals in mind.

But first off, let me talk about my current numbers.

My total for the year is 40,756 pages, that means that I have 12, 244 pages left to reach my ultimate goal of 53,000 pages for the year.

In other numbers, I have 6,949 pages to read for me to surpass my best year of reading.

I am 31 days behind my reading schedule, and I have gained 10 days in the end date for reaching 500,000 pages. It went down from August 21, 2028, to August 11, 2028, little steps forward.

With that in mind, I have an immediate goal for this week, to have 11,000 pages to read before I have 50 days left on my reading, which is on Saturday of this week.

That means that I have the better part of five days to read 1,244.

The current graphic novel I am reading, The Complete Okko, will give almost half of that number, and with my never-ending list of things to read, I am sure that it will not present any difficulties.

Today’s old school Monday will be short but sweet, but more on that later.

Now, I am off to read.

azr.

 

(Y-11) 58 days left…perpetually planning

I have 58 days left until the end of this my eleventh year of reading, which finish October 13 of this year.

Right now I have a total of 40,380 pages read, which is a 76% of progress.

That gives a total of 12,620 pages to reach my ultimate goal of 53,000 pages

And 7,325 pages to make this my best year of reading.

So, this is how I am going to tackle this next few days.

From now until I have 50 days left, I plan to get down my pages left down to 11,000.

And with 50 days left, and having to average 220 pages daily, I’ll march down the days with one purpose in mind, for the second time in this project, reach the goal of reading and getting one step closer to the namesake of this project, to read one million pages.

Now, I’ll continue my reading with these amazing graphic novels.

Off to read.

azr.

(Y-11) a step closer

This morning I woke up feeling really happy with myself.

This is because I reach another milestone of this year of reading, 40,000 pages.

I have 60 days left on my year of reading and 12,974 pages to read in order to reach my ultimate goal.

It is still a gargantuan task, but as always I am up for the challenge.

The immediate goal is to reach 48,000 pages and thus making this my best year of reading.

This of course with my eyes always on the ultimate prize.

Off to read.

azr.

(Y-11) Old School Monday…The Incredible Hulk (1962-1999) #1

Hey true believers, and welcome to another old school monday.

And in the spirit of the legendary comic book creative team of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby this comic book this particular comic book is excelsior.

I think The Hulk is one of my favorite creation by Stan and Jack.

And I could not put my finger on why, until I say this image.

It resembles the monster from Frankenstein, one of my favorite characters of all time, so much that I think my love for the character was visually obtain.

So, this is a pretty straightforward origin story, where Doctor Bruce Banner is accidentally hit with a gamma ray bomb and he develops some extraordinary powers.

Also, it remains me of the whole Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde thing, where the latter is the secret personality of the mellow and easy going Dr. Banner.

This is a must for all comic book fans not only because of the iconic character, but also to see the beautiful art work of one of the best to ever do it.

After this, I’ll dive into some classic storylines of The Hulk, yeah, this one hit me right in my nostalgic bone.

Off to read.

azr.

(Y-11) Numbers and more numbers

I have started with my master’s degree classes, and to get my rhythm back has been quite taxing.

That includes my reading.

Because of this, the projections that I do in my head for reaching particular numbers of reading on particular dates, do not go as smoothly as I would like.

I plan to be over 40,000 total pages by august 15.

Right now I have 39,064 total pages read for this year, 936 to reach my immediate goal of 40,000 pages.

On a larger scale, I have still 8,641 pages to read for this year to be the best ever and 13,963 pages to reach my goal of this year, 53,000 pages.

So, seven days to read 936 pages, and then 58 days to read the remaining 13,000 pages.

Piece of cake.

Now, off to read.

azr.

 

(Y-11) Let’s talk about my numbers

So, I am again thinking of my ultimate goal for this year of reading, 53,000 pages.

My total is 38,706 pages and I have 67 days to read 14,294 pages.

That gives me one immediate goal, to surpass my total for the best year of reading, the first one, with a total of 47,705.

In order to do that I have to read 8,999 pages.

Then, I’ll work to get as close to my ultimate goal as I can.

That gives an average of approximately 228 pages per day in order to get there.

Quite the gargantuan task.

But nothing a good amount of coffee and comic books cannot achieve.

Off to read.

azr.

 

 

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