(Y-11) new comic books and close to another milestone

Today I went to picked up some back issues that were back order and picked up a few other things.

With these I almost complete my Dragonero collection, it has 17 issues printed in Mexico, this of the more of 50 that exist in Italy.

I grabbed the third issue of the paranormal adventures of Dylan Dog, and back order the first two issues.

And finally, a couple of graphic novels.

The Magic Order by Mark Millar and Transmetropolitan, the third volume, by Warren Ellis.

On the front of my total reading for this year, I am really close to 38,000 pages and pledged to reach 40,000 by the 15 of this month, that gives me 12 days to read a little over 2,000 pages.

And on that note.

Off to read.

azr.

(Y-11) trying to close the gap

I have been a little slow on my reading, so I am trying to make up for lost time.

I was planning to have about 14,000 pages to go by August 1, and right now I have about 14,780 pages to go.

Still a good chunk, but I’ll focus on chipping away that number, and getting my estimated date of reaching 500,000 pages even closer.

So, the immediate plan is to be close to 10,500 pages to go when I reach 55 days to go on my reading year, which is 20 days away.

For this, I will employ the help of my trustworthy friends, graphic novels.

On tonight’s menu, there is a couple of them, really different styles if graphic narrative.

On one side the psychedelic writing of Grant Morrison’s Doom Patrol.

On the other the quirky world of John Allison’s Giant Days.

Both have been incredibly fun.

Now to keep on pounding away on those amazing stories.

Off to read.

azr.

(Y-11 ) final reading session of the week

I enter this last reading session with a bit over 13 hours on the reading clock and two amazing days of progress.

I want to closeout not only the week but also the month of June, which has been historical for this blog, with a bang.to help me out to close this down, I’ll invoke the help of the third volume of the fantasy series Pathfinder, based on the Role-playing game.

And try to chip away a bit more of Memories of Ice, currently on page 122.

Also tomorrow I’ll made a numbers update.

Off to read.

azr.

(Y-11) for this evening’s reading and drinking.

I’ll try to chip off more time and pages before I succumb to sleep.

For this evening’s reading I will be starting with Doctor Voodoo and collection of tales from The Dark Crystal.

Also, I’ll go to work on Fire & Blood, right now the history has turned to Aegon The Dragon progeny, amazing stuff.

For the drinking, I’ll be trying a new variety of coffee from my favourite local roasters, Casa Cafetzin this particular one comes from the state of Chiapas, and it’s called Pantelhô.

Now back to reading.

(Y-11) slow day…for reading

Today has been progressing like rapidly, I have tried to find some time to read but has not been that successful.

Right now I am waiting, so it is the perfect time to read, and my legendary friend Drizzt will do nicely.

When I get back home I’ll read a new graphic novel that I bought yesterday on the book fair, and it is from a local comic book company, 656 comics.

At first glance it looks stunning.

azr

(Y-11) cloudy day…perfect for reading

The day started off in the most perfect, really cloudy and a bit cold for this time of year.

With this perfect morning I could finish The Sandman book and I will start a new graphic novel, Animal by Colo.

dib>buks was establish in 2004, and their HQ are located in Madrid, Spain.

You can check out the complete catalog here I plan to steadily add more of their amazing books to my shelves.

But for now, I’ll spend my Sunday morning drinking coffee and catching up with some of my reading.

azr.

(Y-11) Thickening my book shelfs

I just bought the first volume of the Spanish version of the now classic series of Prince Valiant by Hal Foster.

According to the information of the editor, this new reprint will collect the series starting from 1937 until the most recent addition to this classic on 2018.

Each book will comprise a year and apparently will possibly expand over more than 70 volumes, coming out twice a month, up until volume 20, when it changes to once a week.

Sometimes this type of collections are hard to find, for they run out quickly.

But hopefully, I’ll stay sharp and complete this amazing collection.

(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) Strange week.

This has been an odd week.

I think it has to be with my current mood, going thru one of those gray periods I often have.

Over the year I have found the antidote for these type of periods, music and reading.

That is why I started this morning listening to My Morning Jacket and trying to write a new post because it has been almost a week since the last one and to be completely honest if I do not write and talk about how things are going with my monumental task  I get a bit edgy.

So here I go.

Let me start with the graphic novels I finished, the first was Avengers Vs. Thanos, it was mainly written and illustrated by comic book legend Jim Starlin, it compiles some of the early runnings of the Avengers and Thanos. It includes characters we did not see on the cinematic version, like Adam Warlock and Captain Mar-Vell.

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In all it is a thrilling collection, for me, it marks the 100th item that I read in this eleventh year of my project.

Here is the infographic sheet.

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The next graphic novel was a small collection of stories involving one of my favorite characters, Drizzt Do’urden, this particular collection was written by R.A. Salvatore, creator of the infamous drow, in collaboration with his son Geno Salvatore and beautifully illustrated by Agustin Padilla.

The story is related to the book I am currently reading, Neverwinter, but more on that later.

Here are the main cover and the infographic sheet.

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The cover artist is Gonzalo Flores.

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The last graphic novel I read was Batman: Earth One, written by the now legendary author Geoff Johns if you can read his run on Green Lantern, just amazing, and illustrated by the incredibly talented Gary Frank.

I really enjoy this alternative view of one of my favorite characters of all time.

The main cover

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And the infographic sheet.

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Right now I am working on two things.

The first is the second book of the Neverwinter Saga, following Drizzt in his perilous battle against the dark forces of the treacherous sorceress Sylora Salm, I am currently on page 246, and  I plan to finish it over the weekend.

The other thing is the graphic novel Batman: The Black Mirror, written by the incredibly talented Scott Snyder, some of the best stories from recent years about the Dark Knight have been written by this guy.

And to top it off it is illustrated by two of the best in the industry, Jock and Francesco Francavilla, I just started early this morning, but it is mind-blowing.

 

Now let us talk about numbers.

My current total for the eleventh year is 15,419 pages, which is fantastic, but I am still 28 days behind schedule, but worry not, I have a contingency plan in place to close that gap.

On the other gigantic milestone, I am currently chasing, which is reaching 250,000 pages of total reading for lost in a million pages, a goal that started way back in 2008.

I am glad to say that my current total is 248, 446 pages, that is only 1,554 pages to go.

And according to my calculations, if everything holds steady, I will reach this number on Friday, March 8.

It could be before that, and hopefully, it will not be later.

Now to focus on my book and get shit done.

Have a pleasant and cozy weekend.

azr.

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