(Y-11) 48 days…daily update

I had a fairly good weekend of reading.

So, I reached 41,871 pages of total reading for this year.

That leaves me with 5,834 pages to reach my best year, and 11,219 pages to reach my ultimate goal for this year.

With this reading, I have reached 274, 898 of total pages in this my crazy little project.

On the subject of my reading schedule, I am still 31 days behind, but on a bright note, I have gained some ground in my next major milestone, reading 500,000 pages.

Well, the end date was July 31, 2028, and now it is July 26, 2028.

I’ll take those 5 days and work to get that date closer and closer each passing day.

For today’s menu, some of the visionary work of Peter David.

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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) 12 years to go

Today it officially marks the 12 years left notification until the deadline to achieve 1,000,000 pages.

This is because, today, I turn 38 years old.

And since the whole idea of this crazy project is to read that gargantuan amount before my 50th birthday, well there you go, the clock strike again, and I have only 12 years ahead.

Today I received some more awesome material to keep on piling up those numbers.

Three pretty cool new graphic novels

And to put the cherry on the cake, some awesome new kicks, one of my favorite things, besides books and coffee of course.

Brings me back to the days when I watch his airness dominate the court.

Now I’ll enjoy the last few hours of the day and read some more.

azr

(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.

Detective Vol 6

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) 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) 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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