Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Comics and Graphic Novels: My Personal Top 100

This summer NPR released a list of the 100 Best Comics and Graphic Novels as its annual Reader's Choice Summer Reading list for 2017. I always enjoy reading lists like this, and I love many of the books they selected. As always happens when I look at a 'best-of' list, there were also other books I wish had been included. And it got me to thinking, given the considerable amount of comics that pass through my reading stack on a regular basis, I could probably cobble together a list of my own. So without further ado, here is the heavily subjective Mattathiasing Top 100 Comics and Graphic Novels. Some are well-known classics, some are obscure gems, all are great reads. Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Books I read in November

Comics and Graphic Novels
The Silence of Our Friends    Mark Long, Jim Demonakos, Nate Powell
Castle Waiting    Linda Medley
Rocket Girl: Times Squared    Brandon Montclare, Amy Reeder
Moon Knight: Lunatic   Jeff Lemire, Greg Smallwood, Jordan Bellaire
Ultimate Comics: Spider Man, Vol. 1    Brian Michael Bendis, Sara Pichelli

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Books I read in October

Comics and Graphic Novels
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Vol. 1: BFF    Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare, Natacha Bustos, Tamra Bonvillain
Black Hammer #1    Jeff Lemire, Dean Ormston, Dave Stewart
Usagi Yojimbo, Vol. 1: The Ronin    Stan Sakai
Giant Days, Vol. 5    John Allison, Max Sarin, Liz Fleming, Whitney Cogar
Last Sons of America    Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Matthew Dow Smith, Doug Garbark
Astro City, Vol. 2: Confession    Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson, Alex Ross
Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book 2    Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian Stelfreeze, Chris Sprouse
Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book 3    Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian Stelfreeze, Chris Sprouse
Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Vol. 1    Brian Michael Bendis, Sara Pichelli
Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Vol. 2    Brian Michael Bendis, Nico Leon, Sara Pichelli

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Books I read in September

Comics and Graphic Novels
Wolverine: Old Man Logan Mark Millar,  Steve McNiven
Gwenpool Vol. 1: Believe It Christopher Hastings, Danilo Beyruth, Gurihiru
Gwenpool Vol. 2: Head of M.O.D.O.K Christopher Hastings, Irene Strychalski, Gurihiru
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1 Alan Moore, Kevin O'Neill
Secrets & Sequences Gene Luen Yang, Mike Holmes
Giant Days, Vol. 1 John Allison, Lissa Treiman, Whitney Cogar
Giant Days, Vol. 2 John Allison, Lissa Treiman, Max Sarin, Whitney Cogar
Giant Days, Vol. 3 John Allison, Max Sarin, Whitney Cogar
Giant Days, Vol. 4 John Allison, Max Sarin, Whitney Cogar
Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia Greg Rucka, J.G. Jones, Wade Von Grawbadger, Dave Stewart

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Books I read in August


Comics and Graphic Novels
X-Force (1991-2004) #1 Fabian Nicieza, Rob Liefeld
Astonishing X-Men (2004-2013) #1 Joss Whedon, John Cassaday
Domino (2003) #1    Joe Pruett, Brian Stelfreeze
The Infinity Entity (2016) #1   Jim Starlin, Alan Davis
The Stone Heart (The Nameless City, #2) Faith Erin Hicks
Long Walk to Valhalla Adam Smith, Matthew Fox

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Books I read in July

Comics and Graphic Novels
One Trick Pony   Nathan Hale
Web Warriors (2015-) #1   Mike Costa, David Baldeón, Julian Tedesco
Secret Wars #0 (FCBD 2015) Jonathan Hickman, Paul Renaud
All-New, All-Different Avengers #1 (FCBD 2015)   Mark Waid, Mahmud A. Asrar, Frank Martin,  Charles Soule, Brandon Peterson, Justin Ponsor
Marvel Avengers Alliance (2016) #1  Fabian Nicieza, Paco Díaz, Sam Wood

Friday, July 7, 2017

Books I read in June

Comics and Graphic Novels
FBP: Federal Bureau Of Physics, Vol. 2: Wish You Were Here   Simon Oliver, Robbi Rodriguez
FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics, Vol. 3: Audeamus   Simon Oliver, Robbi Rodriguez, Alberto Ponticelli
Alpha Flight, Vol. 1: You Gotta Be Kiddin' Me!  Scott Lobdell, Clayton Henry
Robert Moses: The Master Builder of New York City  Pierre Christin, Olivier Balez

Nonfiction

Lafayette in the Somewhat United States    Sarah Vowell
But Where is the Lamb?: Imagining the Story of Abraham and Isaac    James Goodman

Friday, June 2, 2017

Books I read in May

Comics and Graphic Novels
Superman, Volume 1: Son of Superman     Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason, Doug Mahnke, Jorge Jiminez, Mick Gray
Green Arrow, Volume 1: The Death and Life of Oliver Queen   Benjamin Percy, Otto Schmidt, Juan Ferreyra
Batman, Volume 1: I Am Gotham    Tom King, David Finch
Hostage (FCBD 2017) Guy Delisle, Brigitte Findakly, Lewis Trondheim
Extraordinary X-Men, Volume 1: X-Haven   Jeff Lemire, Humberto Ramos
Extraordinary X-Men, Volume 2: Apocalypse Wars Jeff Lemire, Humberto Ramos, Victor Ibañez
The Vision, Volume 1: Little Worse Than A Man  Tom King, Gabriel Hernandez Walta

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Books I read in April

Comics and Graphic Novels
Bad Machinery Volume 7: The Case of the Forked Road  John Allison
Bad Machinery Volume 6: The Case of the Unwelcome Visitor   John Allison
El Iluminado: A Graphic Novel   Ilan Stavans, Steve Sheinkin
Atomic Robo and the Fightin' Scientists of Tesladyne (Atomic Robo, #1) Brian Clevinger, Scott Wegener
Templar  Jordan Mechner, LeUyen Pham, Alex Puvilland
Tetris: The Games People Play  Box Brown

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Books I read in March

Comics and Graphic Novels
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Volume 1: Squirrel Power  Ryan North, Erica Henderson
Showa, 1939-1944: A History of Japan  Shigeru Mizuki
March: Book One (March, #1)  John Robert Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
Mooncop  Tom Gauld
Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb Jonathan Fetter-Vorm

Friday, March 3, 2017

Books I read in February

Comics and Graphic Novels
SuperMutant Magic Academy  Jillian Tamaki
Get a Life  Philippe Dupuy, Charles Berberian, translated by Helge Dascher
The Sword of Laban and the Tree of Life    Mike Allred, Laura Allred
Captain America: Winter Soldier, Volume 1   Ed Brubaker,  Michael Lark, Steve Epting, John Paul Leon

Friday, February 3, 2017

Books I read in January

Based on my year end review, I'm making a few changes to how I list books here.  First of all, I was lazy for most of last year and just copied the title and primary author from Goodreads, which means last year's monthly lists didn't give credit to a lot of great co-authors, illustrators, pencillers, inkers, etc.  I corrected that on my top 40 list, but putting a whole bunch of authors in last name-first name order was awkward, so this year I'm going further on re-formatting.

Also, following up on my post with graphs from last year, I've been thinking about how the organization of my posts before preferenced certain formats above others.  I don't want to do that, so this year I'll be putting them in alphabetical order by format, which means comics (the format I read most this month) comes first.  I'm also adding a category-- visual work-- for primarily visual books that don't fall into the categories of comics or picture books, so that at the end of the year I can get a more accurate breakdown of text-based work compared to visual work. (Yes, I know I could go through last years books and recategorize, but I'm looking forward now, not back.)

Saturday, January 14, 2017

2016 Books by Numbers



I'm a sucker for a good graph, so I've decided to create some simple data visualizations for my reading over the past year.

First, here's a chart showing how many books I read each month, where you can see my monthly totals drop sharply during the summer and then rise dramatically again afterwards.  Since my wife and I spent June hunting for a house and July moving in, that makes a lot of sense.



Thursday, January 12, 2017

2016 Reading Wrap-Up

I read a lot of books last year. Here's my favorite forty. Many of these have already been reviewed in my monthly reading round-ups, but I want to do a little more to spotlight them.  So here are the forty best books I read in 2016, over all categories.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Books of December

December Total: 25
2017 Total: 400

Nonfiction
H is for Hawk Macdonald, Helen
Star Wars Character Encyclopedia, Updated and Expanded Beecroft, Simon
F in Exams: The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers Benson, Richard

Comics
Saga, Volume 3 Vaughan, Brian K.
Saga, Volume 4 Vaughan, Brian K.
Saga, Volume 5 Vaughan, Brian K.
Dendo: One Year and One Half in Tokyo Olsen, Brittany Long
Watchmen Moore, Alan
The Courageous Princess: Beyond the Hundred Kingdoms    Espinosa, Rod
The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln Van Sciver, Noah

Friday, December 2, 2016

Books of November

November Total: 34
Year to date: 375

Comics
Absolute All-Star Superman Morrison, Grant
Supergirl, Vol. 1: Last Daughter of Krypton Green, Michael
Last of the Sandwalkers Hosler, Jay
Saga, Volume 1 Vaughan, Brian K.
Saga, Volume 2 Vaughan, Brian K.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Books of October

October total: 62
Year to date: 341

Fiction
Shadow of the Giant (Ender's Shadow, #4)       Card, Orson Scott
Shadows in Flight (Ender's Shadow, #5) Card, Orson Scott
Alvin Journeyman (Tales of Alvin Maker, #4)   Card, Orson Scott
Heartfire (Tales of Alvin Maker, #5)     Card, Orson Scott
The Crystal City (Tales of Alvin Maker, #6)         Card, Orson Scott
The Book of Esther       Barton, Emily 
The Angelus Guns       Gladstone, Max 

Monday, October 3, 2016

Books of September

September Total:73
Year to date: 279

Fiction
Red Prophet (Tales of Alvin Maker, #2)        Card, Orson Scott
Prentice Alvin (Tales of Alvin Maker, #3)           Card, Orson Scott
Full Fathom Five (Craft Sequence, #3) Gladstone, Max

Nonfiction
The Lego Architect       Alphin, Tom
LEGO Star Wars: Build Your Own Adventure     DK Publishing

Friday, September 2, 2016

Books of August

August Total: 43
Year to date: 206

Fiction
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2 Rowling, J. K.; Tiffany, John; Thorne, Jack
Seventh Son (Tales of Alvin Maker, #1)  Card, Orson Scott


Comics
The Only Child   Guojing
Lumberjanes #4         Stevenson, Noelle
Lumberjanes #5        Stevenson, Noelle
Lando  Soule, Charles

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Books of July

July Total: 11
Year to date: 163

Fiction
The Sandwich Thief     Marois, André
The Man in the High Castle       Dick, Philip K.
Thief! (The Queen's Thief, #0.5)       Turner, Megan Whalen
Fake Mustache   Angleberger, Tom