(Y-11) 198 days and the 20,000 pages

It has been quite a while since I have written a proper post, so here we go because I have a lot to go thru in this entry.

Let me start with what I have been reading and what I finished reading.

First off, I finished the first volume of the fantastic run by Joshua Hickman dealing with the Mad Titan; I am referring to Infinity, where the Avengers, and heroes from all over the Marvel comic universe, come face to face with another conquering scheme by Thanos.

I love these colossal crossover events by Marvel, especially if the Kree Empire is involved, right now I am starting to read the second volume, and it started off with a bang.

The other thing I am currently working on is the sixth volume of James Tynion IV run on Detective Comics, The Fall of the Batmen, I fell in love immediately with this series, he is using characters like Anarky, Azrael and Spoiler, not the most well-known in the Batman Universe, but super cool.

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The other things I finished reading, and in the commemoration of the 25th publication anniversary of Hellboy, some volumes of the adventures of the B.P.R.D., minus Hellboy, in this particular stories, The Plague of Frogs volumes 3 and 4.

The agents confronted the flourishing threat of the now legendary War of the Frogs, and with Roger out of the picture and Captain Daimio in full were-jaguar mode, the possibilities of coming out of this conflict unharmed are growing thin.

I highly recommend diving right into the Hellboy Universe, it will not disappoint.

You can find a really complete timeline to navigate thru this ever-growing universe full of iconic characters and stories.

I forgot to mention that along with these two amazing volumes, I also read the Spanish version of the second volume of Hellboy, Wake the Devil, which consequently was the book that put me over the 20,000-page mark for this year, but more on that later.

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On the really neglected book front, I am still working on Charon’s Claw, currently on page 193, but I have promised myself to at least read for 30 minutes each, this with the idea to finish the Neverwinter Saga before my spring break vacation, which starts on April 15.

Now let us talk about my numbers.

As I mentioned before, the 20,000-page mark has been reached for this eleventh year of reading.

My current total is 20,475 pages, and my real progress is closing in my projected total, I can see how the gap is closing, and my rhythm is slowly getting in tune with what my heart desires to read this year.

This process has been slow but I gain ground each and every day, but still, I am 27 days behind my reading schedule.

With this in mind, the upcoming vacations are going to be crucial for me to keep closing this gap, and eventually finish the year with 53,000 pages.

Now concerning my next milestone, reaching 500,000 pages, this is the current situation.

The global total for my project is at 253,502 pages, this after 3,825 days.

And with 4,453 days until my 50th birthday, I have a lot of work ahead of me.

With these numbers in place, and keeping in mind my currents speed and average of pages per day, the next significant milestone, according to my projections, will be achieved on June 1, 2029.

Which is not an acceptable date, because this would mean that I will only have 2 more years to finish half a million pages.

But there is a light at the end of the tunnel because when I started projecting when I was going to reach this goal the original date was July 26, 2029.

That is almost two months gained.

So the plans for the weekend are quite simple, close off March on a high note and probably get pretty close to 22,000 pages and gaining some more ground on the end date of my next milestone.

The books on my cache are:

Infinity Book II

Charon’s Claw (Third book of the Neverwinter Saga)

Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 6

Now back to it, for the night is dark and full or reading.

azr.

P.S.

I really need to update my Goodreads page.

P.S. of the P.S.

Here are some of the passed infographic sheets generated with bookly.

 

(Y-11) Happy Hellboy Day

It was 25 years ago that Hellboy was first published, and the world of comic books was never the same.

In celebration of this wonderful day, I’ll read a couple of B.R.P.D books and the Spanish version of the second volume of Hellboy’s adventures, Wake the Devil.

We collectively give thanks to Mr. Mignola and all off the great writers and artists who have come along for this wild ride.

Cheers for another 25 years.

azr

(Y-11) A Quick one.

Finish The Infinity Gauntlet and The Infinity War, both by Jim Starlin.

Right now I am working on Infinity Book I, by Josh Hickman.

I’ll try to close out this long weekend with a bang.

And get as close to 20,000 pages as I can.

I did have some progress in other areas, but that is a tale for another day.

azr.

(Y-11) My weekend with the Mad Titan

As I said in a previous post, this is a holiday weekend in Mexico, so that means that we have Monday off.

For me this means only one thing, reading marathon.

And as in any marathon, I will be chasing down a specific goal, to reach 20,000 pages.

Currently, I stand at 18,354 pages for this the eleventh year of reading, that gives a difference of 1,646 pages.

Early this morning I finished the fourth volume of the current run of Batman:  Detective Comics, beautifully written by James Tynion IV and it is currently featuring the extended Bat-family, including the enigmatic and crazy ass character Azrael.

I really am enjoying seeing all those superheroes in action.

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Now getting back to my plans for this weekend.

I will be going thru some stories of the Mad Titan himself, I am of course refering to Thanos.

The first volume, which I have already started reading, will be The Infinity Gaunlet.

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Followed by The Infinity War.

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After this I will get into the two massive volume of The Infinity series, which you can see picture above, along with The Infinity Gauntlet.

The finish off my extended trip , I will read Thanos: Rising, written by the extremely talented Jason Aaron.

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Hopefully this would get me really close to those 20,000 pages.

I’ll post a quick update tomorrow.

azr.

 

(Y-11)And then, the pages came.

I have been away for quite a while, both from reading and from writing in this blog.

But not anymore.

So, what have I been up to?

Let me start with what have I been reading.

I finished a couple of fantastic graphic novels, the first one is Viva la Vida: Los Sueños en Ciudad Juarez, it is a harrowing retelling of one of the most violent and painful periods in the history of my fair city.

This is capture thru the eyes of two French illustrators, Baudoin & Troubs, I am not sure if an English version of the book exists, but it is worth the effort to translate and enjoy this beautiful piece of work in which, the citizens shared their hopes and dreams in exchange for a portrait.

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The second graphic novel I finished was a collection of fantastic artist reinterpreting the songs, this in comic book form, of one the most influential singers in history, Bob Dylan, illustrating 13 of his most iconic songs, it is a must in the collection of any comic book or music lover.

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Here the many facets of the legendary singer and Nobel Laureate.

After these two less traditional comic books, I went and read the newest installment of the now legendary Batman story The Dark Knight, for this particular story we get treated to an epic creative team.

Helmed by the original writer, Frank Miller, who needs no introduction, and joining him for the writing duties another legend of the world of comic books, Brian Azzarello.

And to put the cherry on top, Miller does a bit of the artwork with the collaboration of Andy Kubert, one of the most iconic illustrators to ever work with the Dark Knight, and as if this wasn’t enough, Klaus Janson, the legendary inker of the original series, now also contributing with some fantastic artwork .

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And here some of the covers.

Right now, I am working on a couple of things.

First off I keep on pounding away on the third book of the Neverwinter Saga, Charon’s Claw, as always it feels like home when I go out and run around with the legendary drow Drizzt Do’Urden.

I am currently on page 90 of 442, moving slowly and loving every minute of it.

The second thing is the fourth volume of Batman: Detective Comics, part of the DC Universe Rebirth, in which we get to indulge in the adventures of many sidekicks of the Dark Knight, including Clayface himself.

I particularly enjoy seeing the character Azrael back in action, crazy as ever.

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In between all of this reading, I took some time do a couple of things I love, eating and going to a live show, all in the same day.

I went to see an impressive group, Le Butcherettes, in a great venue in our sister city of El Paso, The Low Brow Palace, this small club always delivers some iconic performances.

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And to close out the night I went to my favorite hamburger joint, What-A-Burger, arguably the best burger chain restaurant and a true Texan icon.

I did not take a picture of the burger, it was devoured diligently.

Now I will like to talk about my currents number, both in this year of reading and my overall total and also a bit of a forecast of what I think the year has in store for me.

To start off, for the eleventh year of reading I have a total of 18,210 pages.

I have steading my pace but still behind my reading schedule by a whopping 28 days, but with the upcoming spring vacation, I think there will be plenty of opportunities to kick back and read an hour or four.

As for the forecast for this year, and if all things keep on the same course, I am looking for a total of 21,521 pages by the half-way point of the year, which is in exactly 30 days.

With these numbers, I am expecting to finish the year with little over 43,000 pages, but the real goal is to surpass my best year, 47,705 pages in the first year of reading, but always aiming of at least gracing that 53,000 page goal.

As for my overall total, it stands at 251,257 pages, and according to my calculations, and again if everything holds steady as now, I will be reaching the next significant milestone of 500,000 pages by the 10 of July of 2029, which to start of it is not acceptable and I am working on bringing down.

So far I have shaved approximately 15 days of this date and will keep on working to reduce the distance to such a significant achievement.

I have a long weekend ahead of me, here in Mexico we have the day off on Monday, this in celebration of the birthday of the famous president from which our fair city gets its name.

For me, this means extended periods of reading and trying not to get out of bed, and with the forecast of possible snow for Saturday, that only gives me more reasons not to venture outside the warm comforts of my blankets.

Well there you have it, a kind of long post, but given the circumstances, I had to bent some things that have been roaming around my head for the past week or so.

Tomorrow, I’ll visit one of my favorite coffee house, same great coffee but they updated their accommodations, and I have been itching to write a new caffeine pilgrimage entry for so long, what better way to get back on the saddle than with an old favorite.

As you can tell, I have a slight case of insomnia.

Better put it to good use and run alongside some dwarfs and elves, and hopefully, they will carry me off to dreamland.

azr.

 

 

 

 

 

(Y-11) All systems go.

With 151 days behind me in this 11th year of reading, and with my total page count quickly closing in on 20,000 pages, it is time to start burning at maximum capacity.

I have planned out some extracurricular activities for the upcoming spring vacations, and they will involve some traveling, exploring some new coffee houses and of course lots of reading.

Because, it will not be acceptable to read less than 43,500 pages for this year, and these type of activities only help me to boost my reading.

Tomorrow I’ll post what have I been up to and all of my crazy numbers.

Now back to reading.

azr.

(Y-11) 250,000 pages

Finally, I have reached the first quarter million pages read.

This took me 10 years 4 months and 24 days.

I am more than happy, this will inject new life to my project, and also it gives new tasks and goals to reach my coveted number.

Just to mention quickly, three graphic novels put me over the top.

Firstly, Green Lantern: The War of the Green Lanterns, written by a super team of some of the best working on DC Comics, Geoff Johns, Tony Bedard, and Peter Tomasi.

Secondly, the fifth volume of Robert Venditti’s run on Hal Jordan and the Green Lanterns.

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And lastly, none other than Mr. Hellboy, starting in his first series, The Seed of Destruction, the Spanish version.

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I could not think of a better way to reach this magnificent milestone.

Now back to read and plotting the next 250,000 pages.

azr.

I am just 452 pages to reach the first significant milestone of my project, to read 1,000,000 pages by the time I turn 50 years old, which is in 2031.

For this task, I will read three graphic novels from two of my all-time favorite characters.

The first two from Green Lantern, War of the Green Lanterns and Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps Volume 5: Twilight of the Guardians.

And to get past this momentous occasion, the first volume, for this particular occasion the Spanish version, of Hellboy in his debut series The Seed of Destruction.

Hopefully, by the end of the weekend, I will be toasting my success.

azr.

 

 

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