(Y-11) The seed is planted.

Yesterday’s reading was up to par.

My total for the day was 171 pages, and that brings up my total for the year to 10,484 pages.

I have kept the momentum flowing, and my streak is nearing 40 days with 146 or more pages read per day.

The only book that I finished yesterday was the third volume of Shadowman, this particular volume focuses more on short stories, but it is still, in my humble opinion, the best title of Valiant Comics.

In the book front, I could not reach my goal for the day, yet again, I am currently on page 292, but I’ll strive to finish it by the weekend.

And one last thing, I am really excited because this year marks the 25th anniversary of the publication of the first story of my all-time favorite comic book character, Hellboy.

I plan to commemorate such a joyous occasion, more information on my plans coming really soon.

The other thing related to Hellboy is that this month a new collection of his extraordinary adventures has begun to hit the shelves in Mexico.

Of course, starting with the now classic Seed of Destruction.

I’ll keep my eyes peeled for the next volumes.

But for now, I’ll get back to reading and planning the themes for each of my reading sessions of the 24in48 readathon.

Good Night

azr.

(Y-11) I assure you that I’m still breathing

I know, it has been 20 days since my last entry, but It has been a whirlwind.

So, just a quick update.

Just passed 2,000 pages for the year.

Still working on The Gardens of Moon and finished the first book of the year, The Prince of Thorns.

Also, I read a bunch of Hellboy stories, nothing like seeing little Anung-Un-Rama trying to run away and join the circus.

Well now back to it.

Hopefully I can write a bit more extended next week.

Happy Readings!!!

azr

(Y-10)Waiting

This week has been slow for my reading progress ( as you will see in the numbers a little bit below).

Let’s start with the book front; firstly I made some headway with the Gardens of the Moon, currently on page 108 of 645, secondly I keep on reading the beautiful 200th-anniversary edition of Frankenstein, right now I am on page 60 of 247.

Here are some of the beautiful illustrations by Mr. Plunkert.

I plan to finish it by Halloween and mark the official start of one of my favorite time of the year, something I like to call Monster Mash, which runs from Halloween (31st of October) to Dia de Muertos (2nd of November)

Dia de Muertos is the Mexican holiday where we honor our relatives who have past on; I loved this holiday because is full of color and is actually a celebration of life, a remembrance of those who are no longer with us physically but their memory lingers on vividly in everyone they touched.

During this three day period, I watch classic horror movies, eat industrial quantities of candy, read some of my favorites horror novels/graphic novels and go and watch the traditional “altares” y “tumbas” to commemorate Dia de Muertos.

I am still working on my list of movies and graphic novels.

So far, on the movie front, I have James Whale’s 1931 classic Frankenstein, a sort of tradition to watch it on Halloween. The other movie on my list is George Romero’s 1978 zombie classic Dawn of Dead.

On the graphic novel front, there is only a single book, Hellboy in Hell Volumen 1 by none other than Mike Mignola; I’ll browse around my unread pile of digital graphic novels to find some adequate gems to read.

I’m eyeing some classic Tomb of Dracula comics and some Swamp Thing by Alan Moore to add to the list.

Now let’s talk numbers, now quite the progress I would have liked, but at least it is not a dreadful and frightening zero.

  • Total pages for (Y-11) : 685 pages.
  • Pages to go to achieve first milestone (10,000 pages): 9,315 pages.
  • Pages to go to achieve the main goal of the year (53,000 pages): 52,315 pages.
  • Pages to go to be the second-best year of reading (32,001 pages): 31,316 pages.
  • Pages to go to be the best year of reading (47,705 pages): 47,020 pages.

Now back to reading as The War on Drugs gently spins on my record player.

azr.

(Y-10) it was not Sunday either.

My plan to have a 500-page day failed miserably, again.

On Sunday, the day I thought was going to be the day, the total of pages was 154, not so bad, but not quite my goal.

But looking on the bright side of things, I made some headway with The Orc King and finished DC Comics/Dark Horse Comics: Justice League, this weird cross-over graphic novel has some memorable stories, like Superman and The Predator.

And one gem, I am of course talking about the Batman/Hellboy/Starman crossover, illustrated in all its glory by comic book legend Mike Mignola.

Tomorrow I’ll post an update on the total for the year and my reading is progressing.

Happy Readings!!!

azr

(Y-10) 12 years and 364 days

Yesterday I turned 37 and with that the clock on my crazy little project keeps on ticking .

Now I have little under 13 years to complete my task and a whole lot of pages left to read.

Right now I’m still enjoying the week-long celebration, but I wanted to share some of my new goodies that are now gracing my bookshelves.

My plan is to continue throughout next year with my “total epicness” reading, including, for next year, a deep dive into the world of one of my all time favorite characters, Hellboy.

After these two epic years the next task will be to read some authors with the distinction of receiving a Nobel or a Pulitzer prize, hence the Dylan, McCarthy and Alexievich additions to my collection.

For now I’ll just enjoy the rest of my week of celebraction, for which I am really thankful of being surrounded by so much love, and try to squeeze in some reading.

Back to it then.

azr.

(Y-10) Happy Hellboy Day

Today marks the 24th anniversary of the first published issue of the landmark series The Seed of Destruction and the appearance of one of my all-time favorite character, Hellboy.

But in its whole, I think this is my favorite comic book of all time, it has to do with the menagerie of monsters, villains, specters and most of all really well-developed characters, full of shades and struggles.

The mastermind behind this, still on-going story, is the brilliant writer/illustrator Mike Mignola and we thank him for wanting just to draw monsters for the rest of his career.

I had the privilege to meet Mr. Mignola in both SDCC 2007 and 2008.

He was really nice and signed whatever we put in front of him and even drew a couple of sketches for us.

Which are some of the most prized possessions in my library.

 

So, for today, I’ll get some old comic books out and stand in amazement of this rich world that Mr. Mignola so kindly has shared with us.

Happy Readings!!!!

azr.

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