Monday, May 01, 2017

Monthly Update - April 2017

Cook More (1+12=13):
  • Hawaiian Grilled Cheese
Read 6 Books (0+2=2)

Read 60 Graphic Novels (3+20=23)
  1. Supergirl by Peter David Vol 2 TP
  2. Britannia TP
  3. Spider-Man Clone Conspiracy HC
Rewatch Blurays

Play More RPGs
  • D&D Skyraiders
  • Fantasy A-Team
    Play 15 New Boardgames (2+11=13)
    • Superfight
    • Sushi Go Party
    • Tsuro
    • Fuse
    • Funemployment
    • Space Team
    My Picks of the Week For This Month:
    1. X-Men Gold #1-2
    2. Hawkeye #5
    3. Weapon X #1
    4. Rat Queens #2
    5. Redneck #1
    6. God Country #4
    7. Batman The Shadow #1
        Comics I Read This Month (53+163=216):
        • Aliens Dead Orbit #1
        • All-New Wolverine #19
        • Amazing Spider-Man #26
        • Astro City #43
        • Batman The Shadow #1
        • Ben Reilly Scarlet Spider #1
        • Black Hammer #8
        • Brave Chef Brianna #2
        • Britannia We Who Are About To Die #1
        • Bullseye #3
        • Captain America Sam Wilson #21
        • Captain America Steve Rogers #15-16
        • Champions #7
        • Copperhead #12
        • Curse Words #4
        • Daredevil #19
        • Descender #21
        • Doctor Strange #19
        • Eleanor & The Egret #1
        • Extremity #2
        • God Country #4
        • Hawkeye #5
        • Immortal Brothers: Green Knight #1
        • Justice League of America #4-5
        • Kill or Be Killed #8
        • Kingpin #3
        • Moon Knight #13
        • Ms. Marvel #17
        • Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys The Big Lie #2
        • New Super Man #10
        • Planetoid Praxis #3
        • Power Man and Iron Fist #15
        • Rat Queens #2
        • Redneck #1
        • Riverdale #1
        • Rock Candy Mountain #1
        • Royal City #2
        • Savage Things #2
        • Secret Empire #0
        • Star Wars Darth Maul #3
        • Star-Lord #6
        • Thanos #6
        • The Old Guard #3
        • U.S. Avengers #5
        • Unstoppable Wasp #4
        • Weapon X #1-2
        • Wild Storm #3
        • X-Men Gold #1-2
        • X-O Manowar #2
        TV I Watched This Month:
        • 13 Reasons Why "Season One"
        • Archer "No Good Deed"
        • Better Call Saul "Mabel" "Witness" "Sunk Costs"
        • Brooklyn Nine-Nine "The Audit" "Serve & Protect" "The Last Ride"
        • Cosplay Melee "Angels and Demons" "War Games" "Superheroes" "Animelee"
        • Crashing "Julie" "The Baptism"
        • Fargo "The Law of Vacant Places" "The Principle of Restricted Choice"
        • The Flash "Abra Kadabra"
        • Full Frontal With Samantha Bee "April 5, 2017"
        • The Get Down "Unfold Your Own Myth" "The Beat Says This is the Way" "One by One, Into the Dark" "Gamble Everything""Only From Exile Can We Come Home"
        • iZombie "Heaven Just Got A Little Bit Smoother" "Zombie Knows Best" "Eat, Pray, Liv" "Wag The Tongue Slowly"
        • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver "April 2, 2017" "April 9, 2017" "April 16, 2017" "April 23, 2017" 
        • Leftovers "The Book of Kevin" "Don't Be Ridiculous"
        • Mystery Science Theater 3000 "Reptilicus" "Cry Wilderness"
        • Review "Croygenics, Lightning, Prank"
        • Silicon Valley "Success Failure"
        • Star Wars Rebels "Zero Hour"
        • Supergirl "Distant Sun"
        • Trial & Error "Right-Hand Man" "Secrets & Lies" "The Case Gets Bigger" "A Change in Defense" "Opening Statements" "A Hostile Jury" "Unusual Suspect" "The Defense Rests" "The Verdict"
        • Veep "Omaha"
        Top Ten Shows This Month:
        1. Fargo
        2. Better Call Saul
        3. Veep
        4. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
        5. Trial & Error
        6. iZombie
        7. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
        8. Silicon Valley
        9. The Leftovers
        10. 13 Reasons Why
        Movies I Watched This Month:
        • Fast Five
        • Fast & Furious Six
        • Furious Seven
        • Fate of the Furious
        New Places to Eat:
        • Grand Lux in The Domain
        • JT Youngbloods in Mueller
        • Kula Revolving Sushi Bar on Airport (April)
        • Bombshell (April)
        • Easy Tiger (May)
        • Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches on Manor
        • PS 35 (New York style pizza, Round Rock)
        • Noble Sandwich (Georgetown - Spring 2017)
        • 24 Diner (Rock Rose - 2017)
        • Home Slice (North Loop - 2017)
        Places I Ate This Month (38+85=123):
        • Chi'Lantro
        • Deckhand Oyster Bar (x2)
        • Easy Tiger (x2)
        • Firehouse Subs
        • Hoodie's Subs
        • Jack Allen's Kitchen
        • Juarez Mexican Bakery
        • Kerbey Lane
        • Long John Silver's
        • Lucy's Fried Chicken
        • McDonald's
        • Michi Ramen
        • Mod Pizza
        • Morelia
        • Opal Divine's (x2)
        • Outback Steakhouse (x2)
        • P. Terry's
        • Popeye's
        • Raising Cane's
        • Smashburger
        • Smokey Mo's
        • Sushi Bang Bang
        • Texas Land & Cattle
        • Torchy's Tacos (x2)
        • Velvet Taco (x3)
        • Vera Cruz
        • Wendy's (x2)
        • Wingstop (x2)
        • Zaxby's

        Saturday, April 01, 2017

        Monthly Update - March 2017

        Cook More (1+11=12):
        • Sweet Potato Asparagus Chicken Skillet
        Read 6 Books (1+1=2)
        • Killshot by Elmore Leonard
        Read 60 Graphic Novels (5+15=20)
        1. Divinity HC
        2. The Valiant HC
        3. JSA The Golden Age HC
        4. Batman and the Outsiders Vol 1 HC
        5. Flinstones Vol 1 TP
        Rewatch Blurays

        Play More RPGs
        • D&D 5E: 1st Level Game
        • D&D Skyraiders
          Play 15 New Boardgames (5+6=11)
          • Joking Hazard
          • Machi Koro Bright Lights Big City
          • Die in Space
          • Batman: Almost Got 'Im
          • The Thing Infection at Outpost 31
          • Celestia
          • 7 Wonders Duel
          • Fuse
          My Picks of the Week For This Month:
          1. Brave Chef Brianna #1
          2. Royal City #1
          3. Justice League Power Rangers #3
          4. New Super Man #9
          5. Star Trek Deviations
          6. God Country #3
          7. Batman/TMNT Adventures #5
          8. Black Hammer #7
          9. Spider-Woman #17
          10. The Old Guard #2
              Comics I Read This Month (61+102=163):
              • All-New Wolverine #18
              • Amazing Spider-Man #25
              • Astro City #42
              • Batman/TMNT Adventures #5
              • Big Trouble in Little China/Escape from New York #6
              • Black Hammer #7
              • Black Widow #12
              • Bloodshot Reborn #0
              • Brave Chef Brianna #1
              • Bullseye #2
              • Captain America Sam Wilson #20
              • Captain America Steve Rogers #13-14
              • Champions #6
              • Clone Conspiracy Omega
              • Copperhead #11
              • Curse Words #3
              • Daredevil #18
              • Descender #20
              • Disney Pirates of the Caribbean #4
              • Divinity III Escape from Gulag 396 #1
              • Divinity III Stalinverse #4
              • Doctor Strange #18
              • Extremity #1
              • God Country #3
              • Hawkeye #4
              • Highlander American Dream #2
              • Inhumans Prime #1
              • Justice League Power Rangers #3
              • Justice League of America #3
              • Kill or Be Killed #7
              • Kingpin #2
              • Lazarus #26
              • Man-Thing #1
              • Moon Knight #12
              • Ms. Marvel #16
              • Nancy Drew Hardy Boys #1
              • Neil Gaiman's American Gods The Shadow #1
              • New Super Man #9
              • Once and Future Queen #1
              • Planetoid Praxis #2
              • Power Man and Iron Fist #14
              • Rat Queens #1
              • Reborn #5
              • Riverdale #1
              • Royal City #1
              • Savage Things #1
              • Serenity No Power in the Verse #6
              • Spider-Woman #17
              • Star Trek Deviations
              • Star Wars Darth Maul #2
              • Star-Lord #4-5
              • Suicide Squad Banana Splits Annual #1
              • Thanos #5
              • The Old Guard #2
              • US Avengers #4
              • Unstoppable Wasp #3
              • Wild Storm #2
              • X-Men Prime #1
              • X-O Manowar #1
              TV I Watched This Month:
              • Arrow "Second Chances"
              • The Americans "Amber Waves"
              • Billions  "Risk Management" "Dead Cat Bounce" "Optimal Play"
              • Cosplay Melee "A Night at the Space Opera" "Throne Off"
              • Crashing "The Road" "Yard Sale" "Barking" "Parents" "Warm-Up"
              • DC's Legends of Tomorrow "Raiders of the Lost Art" "Legion of Doom" "Turncoat" "Camelot/3000" "Land of the Lost" "Moonshot"
              • The Expanse "Home" "Paradigm Shift"
              • Feud: Bette and Joan "Pilot" "The Other Woman"
              • The Flash "Attack on Central City" "The Wrath of Savitar" "Into the Speed Force" "Duet"
              • Full Frontal With Samantha Bee "March 8, 2017" "March 15, 2017" "March 22, 2017"
              • Harlots "Episode One"
              • Iron Fist "Snow Gives Way" "Shadow Hawk Takes Flight" "Rolling Thunder Cannon Punch" "Eight Diagram Dragon Palm" "Under Leaf Pluck Lotus" "Immortal Emerges From Cave"
              • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia "A Cricket's Tale" "Dennis's Double Life"
              • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver "March 5, 2017" "March 12, 2017"
              • Legion "Episode Four" "Episode Five" "Episode Six" "Episode Seven" "Episode Eight"
              • Love "On Lockdown" "Friends Night Out" "While You Were Sleeping" "Shrooms" "A Day" "Forced Hiatus" "The Work Party" "Marty Dobbs" "Housesitting" "Liberty Down" "The Long D" "Back in Town"
              • Making History "Pilot"
              • Review "Locorito, Pet Euthanasia, Dream" "Cohost, Ass-Slap, Helen Keller, Forgiveness"
              • Riverdale "Chapter Six: Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" "Chapter Seven: In a Lonely Place"
              • Star Wars Rebels "Secret Cargo" "Double Agent Droid" "Twin Suns"
              • Supergirl "Exodus" "Starcrossed"
              • Taken "Pilot"
              • Time After Time "Pilot" "I Will Catch You"
              • Trial & Error "Pilot" "A Wrench in the Case" "The Other Man" "An Unwelcome Distraction"
              Top Ten Shows This Month:
              1. Legion
              2. The Americans
              3. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
              4. The Expanse
              5. Billions
              6. Riverdale
              7. Feud
              8. Trial & Error
              9. Review
              10. Love
              Movies I Watched This Month:
              • A Few Good Men
              • Collateral
              • Doctor Strange
              • Fifth Element
              • Moana
              • Running Scared
              • Secret Life of Pets
              • The Nice Guys
              • The Simpsons Movie
              • X-Men Apocalypse
              New Places to Eat:
              • Grand Lux in The Domain
              • JT Youngbloods in Mueller (March 20th)
              • Kula Revolving Sushi Bar on Airport (April)
              • Bombshell (April)
              • Easy Tiger (May)
              • Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches on Manor
              • PS 35 (New York style pizza, Round Rock)
              • Noble Sandwich (Georgetown - Spring 2017)
              • 24 Diner (Rock Rose - 2017)
              • Home Slice (North Loop - 2017)
              Places I Ate This Month (28+57=85):
              • Black Star Co-Op (x2)
              • Chi'lantro
              • Corner Bakery
              • DiMassi's Mediterranean Grill
              • Firehouse Subs
              • Fuddrucker's
              • Hao Hao
              • Hoodie's Subs
              • Hoover's Cooking (x2)
              • Jason's Deli
              • Juarez Bakery
              • Kerbey Lane
              • New Fortune Chinese
              • Noble Sandwich
              • Oakwood BBQ
              • Phil's Ice House
              • Popeye's
              • Smashburger
              • Smoky Mo's
              • Tarka
              • Torchy's Tacos
              • Velvet Taco
              • Vera Cruz (x2)
              • Vigilante Gaming Bar (x4)
              • Wendy's
              • Whataburger

              Wednesday, March 01, 2017

              Monthly Update - February 2017

              Cook More (5+6=11):
              • Pork Medallions with Maple Balsamic Glaze
              • Broccoli Chicken Stir Fry
              • Penne Pasta with Sausage and Peppers
              • Apricot Glazed Bacon Wrapped Cajun Pork Tenderloin
              • Roasted Mushrooms in Brown Butter/Thyme/Garlic
              Read 6 Books (0+1=1)

              Read 60 Graphic Novels (8+7=15)
              1. March Book 1
              2. March Book 2
              3. March Book 3
              4. Voltron Legendary Defender Vol 1 TP
              5. Darth Vader Vol 2 HC
              6. Ninjak Vol 1 HC
              7. Autumnlands Vol 2 TP
              8. Shadowman Vol 1 HC
              Rewatch Blurays
              • They Live
              • Fifth Element
              Play More RPGs
              • D&D 5E: 1st Level Game
              • D&D Skyraiders
                Play 15 New Boardgames (5+1=6)
                • Machi Koro Bright Lights Big City
                • Hey That's My Fish
                • Starfall
                • Spyfall
                • Tiny Epic Galaxies
                • Pandemic Legacy
                My Picks of the Week For This Month:
                1. Hawkeye #3
                2. Unstoppable Wasp #2
                3. Kingpin #1
                4. Justice League Power Rangers #2
                5. Captain America Sam Wilson #19
                6. God Country #2
                7. Old Guard #1
                8. Spider-Woman #16
                    Comics I Read This Month (44+58=102):
                    • All-New Wolverine #17
                    • Amazing Spider-Man #24
                    • Astro City #41
                    • Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #4
                    • Batwoman Rebirth #1
                    • Black Widow #11
                    • Bullseye #1
                    • Captain America Sam Wilson #19
                    • Captain America Steve Rogers #11-12
                    • Champions #5
                    • Curse Words #2
                    • Daredevil #17
                    • Deadman Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love #3
                    • Descender #19
                    • Divinity III Stalinverse #3
                    • Doctor Strange #17
                    • Fix #8
                    • God Country #2
                    • Hawkeye #3
                    • Highlander American Dream #1
                    • Justice League Power Rangers #2
                    • Justice League of America #1
                    • Justice League of America Rebirth #1
                    • Kill or Be Killed #6
                    • Kingpin #1
                    • Moon Knight #11
                    • Ms. Marvel #15
                    • New Super Man #8
                    • Old Guard #1
                    • Planetoid Praxis #1
                    • Power Man and Iron Fist #13
                    • Savage #4
                    • Serenity No Power in the 'Verse #5
                    • Spider-Woman #16
                    • Star Wars Darth Maul #1
                    • Star-Lord #3
                    • Thanos #4
                    • The Clone Conspiracy #5
                    • The Unstoppable Wasp #2
                    • US Avengers #3
                    • Visitor How and Why He Stayed #1
                    • Wild Storm #1
                    • Will Eisner Spirit Corpse Makers #1
                    TV I Watched This Month:
                    • 24 Legacy "12 Noon - 1:00 PM" "1:00 PM - 2:00 PM" "2:00 PM - 3:00 PM" "3:00 PM - 4:00 PM"
                    • APB "Hard Reset" "Personal Matters"
                    • Big Little Lies "Somebody's Dead"
                    • Crashing "Artie Lange"
                    • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend "Josh is the Man of My Dreams, Right?" "Is Josh Free in Two Weeks?" "Can Josh Take A Leap of Faith?"
                    • The Expanse "Safe" "Doors and Corners" "Static" "Godspeed"
                    • The Flash "Dead or Alive" "Untouchable" "Attack on Gorilla City"
                    • Full Frontal With Samantha Bee "January 18, 2017" "January 25, 2017" "February 2, 2017" "February 8, 2017" "February 15, 2017"
                    • Humans "201"
                    • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia "Wolf Cola: A Public Relations Nightmare" "Making Dennis Reynolds A Murderer" "Hero or Hate Crime?" "PTSDee" "The Gang Tends Bar"
                    • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver "February 12, 2017" "February 19, 2017" "February 27, 2017"
                    • Legion "Chapter One" "Chapter Two" "Chapter Three"
                    • Powerless "Wayne or Lose"
                    • Riverdale "Chapter Two: A Touch of Evil" "Chapter Three: Body Double" "Chapter Four: The Last Picture Show" "Chapter Five: Heart of Darkness"
                    • Santa Clarita Diet "So Then A Bat or a Monkey" "We Can't Kill People!" "We Can Kill People" "The Farting Sex Tourist" "Man Eat Man" "Attention to Detail" "Strange or Just Inconsiderate?" "How Much Vomit?" "The Book!" "Baka, Bile, and Baseball Bats"
                    • Star Wars Rebels "Warhead" "Trials of the Darksaber" "Legacy of Mandalore" "Through Imperial Eyes"
                    • Supergirl "We Can Be Heroes" "The Martian Chronicles" "Luthors" "Mr. & Mrs. Mxyzptlk" "Homecoming"
                    • Timeless "The Murder of Jesse James" "Karma Chameleon" "The Lost Generation" "Public Enemy No. 1" "The Red Scare"
                    • Voltron Legendary Defender "Space Mall" "The Blade of Malmora" "The Belly of the Weblum" "Escape from Beta Traz" "Stayin' Alive" "Best Laid Plans" "Blackout"
                    Top Ten Shows This Month:
                    1. Legion
                    2. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
                    3. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
                    4. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
                    5. The Expanse
                    6. Voltron Legendary Defender
                    7. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
                    8. Santa Clarita Diet
                    9. Timeless
                    10. Flash
                    Movies I Watched This Month:
                    • Inglourious Basterds
                    • Running Scared
                    • The Overnight
                    • The LEGO Movie
                    • LEGO Batman Movie
                    • Get Out
                    • Heat
                    • Midnight Run
                    • Chicago
                    New Places to Eat:
                    • Grand Lux in The Domain
                    • JT Youngbloods in Mueller
                    • Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches on Manor
                    • Kula Revolving Sushi Bar on Airport
                    • PS 35 (New York style pizza, Round Rock)
                    • Velvet Taco (Rock Rose - March)
                    • Sprinkles 24/7 Cupcake Vending Machine (Domain)
                    • Noble Sandwich (Georgetown - Spring 2017)
                    • Easy Tiger (The Linc - 2017)
                    • 24 Diner (Rock Rose - 2017)
                    • Home Slice (North Loop - 2017)
                    Places I Ate This Month (26+31=57):
                    • Chili's
                    • Corner Bakery
                    • Deckhand Oyster Bar
                    • Firehouse Subs
                    • Flyrite Chicken
                    • Freebird's
                    • Fuddrucker's
                    • Haymaker
                    • Hoodie's Subs
                    • Hoover's
                    • Hopdoddy's
                    • Jason's Deli
                    • Mod Pizza
                    • Morelia Mexican Grill
                    • Plucker's
                    • Popeye's (x2)
                    • Shake Shack (x2)
                    • Tarka
                    • Torchy's Tacos (x2)
                    • Vera Cruz Tacos
                    • Wendy's
                    • Xian Sushi and Noodles
                    • Y'all Down Home Cafe

                    Wednesday, February 01, 2017

                    Monthly Update - January 2017

                    Cook More:
                    • Honey Garlic Chicken (needs improvement)
                    • Chicken Souvlaki with Roasted Potatoes
                    • Italian Meatloaf with Cauliflower and Fregola Sardo Pasta
                    • Pork Chops with Garlic Piccata, Spinach and Brown Rice
                    • Honey Mustard Chicken with Roasted Vegetables
                    • Ricotta Parmesan Gnocchi
                    Read 6 Books (1)
                    • Forever War by Joe Haldeman
                    Read 60 Graphic Novels (7)
                    1. Amazing Spider-Man Worldwide Vol 1 HC
                    2. Delilah Dirk and the King's Shilling
                    3. Injustice Year Two TP
                    4. Nighthawk Vol 1 TP
                    5. Scarlet Witch Vol 1 TP
                    6. Green Arrow Vol 7 Homecoming TP
                    7. Uncanny X-Men Omnibus Vol 2 HC
                    Rewatch Blurays
                    • None
                    Play More RPGs
                    • D&D 5E: 1st Level Game
                      Play 15 New Boardgames (1)
                      • Arkham Horror LCG
                      • Die In Space!
                      • Dead of Winter
                      My Picks of the Week For This Month:
                      1. Unstoppable Wasp #1
                      2. Captain America Sam Wilson #17-18
                      3. Dungeons & Dragons Frost Giants Fury #1
                      4. God Country #1
                      5. Curse Words #1
                      6. Disney Pirates of the Caribbean #3
                      7. Thanos #3
                          Comics I Read This Month (58+0=58):
                          • All-New Wolverine #16
                          • Amazing Spider-Man #23
                          • Batman TMNT Adventures #3
                          • Birthright #21
                          • Black Hammer Annual #1
                          • Black Widow #10
                          • Captain America Sam Wilson #17-18
                          • Captain America Steve Rogers #9-10
                          • Champions #4
                          • Civil War II Oath #1
                          • Clone Conspiracy #4
                          • Curse Words #1
                          • Daredevil #15-16
                          • Descender #18
                          • Disney Pirates of the Caribbean #3
                          • Divinity III Aric #1
                          • Divinity III Stalinverse #2
                          • Doctor Strange #16
                          • Doctor Strange and Sorcerers Supreme #4
                          • Doom Patrol #4
                          • Dungeons & Dragons Frost Giants Fury #1
                          • Ether #3
                          • Faith #7
                          • Gamora #2
                          • God Country #1
                          • Grand Passion #3
                          • Hawkeye #2
                          • Hulk #2
                          • Justice League Power Rangers #1
                          • Kamandi Challenge #1
                          • Kill or Be Killed #5
                          • Loose Ends #1
                          • Monsters Unleashed #1
                          • Moon Knight #10
                          • Motor Crush #2
                          • Motor Girl #3
                          • Ms. Marvel #14
                          • New Super Man #7
                          • Occupy Avengers #3
                          • Power Man and Iron Fist #12
                          • Reborn #4
                          • Red Dog #2
                          • Saga #42
                          • Savage #3
                          • Serenity No Power in the Verse #4
                          • Silk #16
                          • Spider-Woman #15
                          • Star Trek Green Lantern Vol 2 #2
                          • Star Wars #27
                          • Star Wars Doctor Aphra #3
                          • Star-Lord #2
                          • Thanos #3
                          • The Dregs #1
                          • The Skeptics #3
                          • U.S. Avengers #1-2
                          • Unstoppable Wasp #1
                          TV I Watched This Month:
                          • Brooklyn Nine-Nine "The Fugitive"
                          • Chance "The Summer of Love" "The Axiom of Choice" "Hiring It Done" "The Mad Doctor" "A Still Point in the Turning World" "The Unflinching Spark" "Unlocking Your Hidden Powers" "The House of Space and Time" "Camera Obscura" "Fluid Management"
                          • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend "Who's The Cool Girl Josh is Dating?" "Who is Josh's Soup Fairy?" "When Do I Get To Spend Time with Josh?" "Will Scarsdale Like Josh's Shayna Punim?"
                          • Emerald City "The Beast Forever/Prisoner of the Abject"
                          • The Expanse "Season 1"
                          • The Flash "Borrowing Problems"
                          • Full Frontal With Samantha Bee "January 11th, 2017"
                          • The Good Place "Chidi's Choice" "What's My Motivation?" "Mindy St. Claire/Michael's Gambit"
                          • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia "The Gang Turns Black" "The Gang Goes to a Water Park" "Old Lady House: A Situation Comedy"
                          • Marvel's Agents of SHIELD "Let Me Stand Next to Your Fire" "Lockup" "The Good Samaritan" "Deals with our Devils" "The Laws of Inferno Dynamics" "Broken Promises"
                          • Riverdale "Chapter One: The River's Edge"
                          • A Series of Unfortunate Events "A Bad Beginning" "The Reptile Room" "The Wide Window" "The Miserable Mill"
                          • Sneaky Pete "Pilot" "Safe" "Mister Success" "The Fury" "Sam" "Coyote is Always Hungry" "Lieutenant Bernhardt" "The Roll Over" "The Turn" "The Longest Day"
                          • Star Wars Rebels "The Wynkahthu Job" "The Inside Man" "Voices and Visions" "Ghosts of Geonosis Parts 1 & 2"
                          • Supergirl "Supergirl Lives"
                          • Taboo "Episode 1"
                          • Timeless "The World's Columbian Exposition"
                          • Travelers "Travelers" "Protocol 6" "Aleksander" "Hall" "Room 101" "Helios-685" "Protocol 5" "Donner" "Bishop" "Kathryn" "Marcy" "Grace"
                          • Voltron Legendary Defender "Across the Universe" "The Depths" "Shiro's Escape" "Greening the Cube" "Eye of the Storm" "The Ark of Taujeer"
                          • The Young Pope "Episode One"
                          Top Ten Shows This Month:
                          1. The Expanse
                          2. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
                          3. The Good Place
                          4. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
                          5. Sneaky Pete
                          6. A Series of Unfortunate Events
                          7. Full Frontal With Samantha Bee
                          8. Chance
                          9. Travelers
                          10. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
                          Movies I Watched This Month:
                          • Hail, Caesar!
                          • Midnight Special
                          • Minority Report
                          • Sicario
                          • Spectral
                          • Split
                          • Suicide Squad Extended Edition
                          • The Big Short
                          New Places to Eat:
                          • Flyrite Chicken Sandwich on Burnet
                          • Grand Lux in The Domain
                          • JT Youngbloods in Mueller
                          • Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches on Manor
                          • Kula Revolving Sushi Bar on Airport
                          • PS 35 (New York style pizza, Round Rock)
                          • Velvet Taco (Rock Rose - March)
                          • Sprinkles 24/7 Cupcake Vending Machine (Domain)
                          • Noble Sandwich (Georgetown - Spring 2017)
                          • Easy Tiger (The Linc - 2017)
                          • 24 Diner (Rock Rose - 2017)
                          • Home Slice (North Loop - 2017)
                          Places I Ate This Month (32+0=32):
                          • Black Star Co-Op
                          • Cheesecake Factory
                          • Chuy's
                          • Deckhand Oyster Bar
                          • Easy Tiger (x2)
                          • El Chile
                          • Firehouse Subs (x2)
                          • Franklin BBQ
                          • Freebird's
                          • Gus's Fried Chicken
                          • Hopdoddy
                          • In N Out Burger
                          • Juarez Mexican Bakery
                          • Kerbey Lane
                          • Noble Sandwich
                          • Opal Divine's
                          • Outback Steakhouse (x2)
                          • P. Terry's
                          • Pinthouse Pizza
                          • Popeye's
                          • Sawyer & Co.
                          • Sushi Nini
                          • Tarka
                          • Vera Cruz
                          • Wendy's (x2)
                          • Whataburger (x2)
                          • Zaxby's

                          Sunday, January 01, 2017

                          Best of 2016 - Boardgames

                          I played 85 games in 2016, the most I've ever played. 40 of those games were new to me.

                          New Games:

                          1. Awesome Kingdom
                          2. Birds of a Feather
                          3. Bullfrogs
                          4. CV
                          5. Cthulhu Realms
                          6. Dastardly Dirigibles
                          7. Dead of Winter The Long Night
                          8. Die in Space!
                          9. Dr. Eureka
                          10. Dresden Files Co-Op Card Game
                          11. Elysium
                          12. Ghostbusters
                          13. Here Kitty Kitty
                          14. Heroes Wanted
                          15. Instanbul
                          16. Joking Hazard
                          17. Letters From Whitechapel
                          18. Love Letter Adventure Time
                          19. Mysterium
                          20. Pandemic Iberia
                          21. Pandemic Reign of Cthulhu
                          22. Pandemic The Cure
                          23. Rent-A-Hero
                          24. Spartacus A Game of Blood & Treachery
                          25. Splendor
                          26. Sushi Go Party!
                          27. Sushi Go!
                          28. T.I.M.E. Stories Prophecy of Dragons
                          29. T.I.M.E. Stories Under the Mask
                          30. The Networks


                          Favorite Games:

                          1. Pandemic Legacy
                          2. Machi Koro
                          3. DC Deck-Building
                          4. Splendor
                          5. King of New York
                          6. Sushi Go Party
                          7. Dead of Winter
                          8. Just Desserts
                          9. 7 Wonders
                          10. Superfight

                          New Year's Resolutions - 2017 Edition

                          So... 2016 sucked. On a macro level, at least. We lost Prince, Bowie, George Michael, Darwyn Cooke, Steve Dillon, Alan Rickman, Carrie Fisher (and her mom, within a day of one another), The Tall Man, Harper Lee, Garry Shandling, Merle Haggard, Doris Roberts, Michelle MacNamara, Muhammad Ali, Anton Yelchin, Garry Marshall, Kevin Meaney, and Gene Wilder, to name a few, not to mention my good friend Maida Carpio. We should have known when Abe Vigoda died in January that the grim reaper was not fucking around this year. Trump did a good job riling up the crazies and then FUCKING WON THE ELECTION, which none of us (including Trump and most of his supporters) saw coming. 2017 and beyond are going to be a rough slog of fighting fights that should have been over by now, watching progress we've made get steamrollered... and that's the BEST CASE scenario.

                          And yet... one of my best friends and his wife bought a new house. Another of my friends got married. My kids and my wife are healthy. The store is doing well. Successfully launched my Beach Cop Detectives podcast to pretty solid acclaim, which included getting to interview a whole ton of people, including Donal Logue, Michael Raymond James, Tim Minear, Kimberly Quinn, Shawn Ryan and Ted Griffin. Still love the Mustang. And oh yeah, my oncologist said I "might be cured," three words I never expected to hear. So there are silver linings, at least.

                          Time for 2017 resolutions, and time to check in on last year.

                          Last year's resolutions:

                          1. Reasonable Bedtime. The plan was, in bed by 12:30, asleep by 1:30, up by 11:00 at the latest. Instead, it was mostly in bed by 2:00, asleep by 3:30, awake by 11:30 and reading Facebook on the iPad for a half hour to shake off the groggy most days. FAIL.

                          2. Cook More - As predicted, I knocked out most of my new recipes early on and then fell into bad habits, but... I did cook more, even if it was a lot of the same recipes, and I added a few late in the year thanks to Suzanne's Instant Pot. So improvement on this one in 2016. PASS.

                          3. Exercise - Yeah, no. Whoops. FAIL.

                          4. No Cancer - On the other hand, I did manage this one. PASS.

                          5. Halloween Costume - I came up with some options, then discarded all of them in September and decided to go with an Overwatch costume instead. Which I ultimately decided not to get. FAIL.

                          6. Spend More Time With My Kids - I did pretty good here, as Katy and I watched a bunch of TV and movies (including Inception, The Matrix, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Midnight Run) and Aaron and I played a bunch of videogames and went on Pokewalks. PASS.

                          7. Stay on budget. I allocated myself 6 videogames in a year, 12 TV seasons in a year and 104 dinners in a year. I bought one videogame, 10 seasons and... a lot more dinners. Qualified PASS.

                          8. Try New Things. This one went out the window pretty quick. FAIL.

                          9. Less Negative - Nope. In an election year when Donald Trump was running... what was I thinking? I also did not succeed in not posting about Superman v Batman, which I still haven't seen (and don't plan to). But I wound up kind of liking Deadpool. FAIL.

                          So that's four PASS / six FAIL. Whoops.

                          By The Numbers:

                          1. I read almost 700 single-issue comics this year. Well, I'm sure I read a few more than that, but I read and liked that many.

                          2. I ate at 88 different restaurants this year. On average, I ate out about 25 times a month, which is... a lot.

                          My favorites, or at least the ones I went to at least a half-dozen times, were Brooklyn Pie Company, Chi'Lantro, Chuy's, Culver's, Deckhand Oyster Bar, Firehouse Subs, Fuddrucker's, Hoody's Subs, Hopdoddy's, Jack Allen's Kitchen, Juarez Mexican Bakery, Michi Ramen, Mod Pizza, New Fortune Chinese, Outback Steakhouse, Popeye's (somewhere I go once a month), Shake Shack, Smokey Mo's, Torchy's Tacos (almost every month), Vera Cruz All Natural Tacos, and Wendy's.

                          This was the third year for Chuy's, Torchy's Tacos, and Michi Ramen. The second year for Chi'Lantro, Hoody's Subs, and Popeye's. While I went to Mambo House, Peached Tortilla, Smashburger, Sushi Nini, Kerbey Lane, and Noble Sandwich this year, they fell off the regular visit list.

                          This Year's Food Plans:

                          Opening in January:
                          Flyrite Chicken Sandwich on Burnet

                          Opening in February:
                          JT Youngbloods in Mueller
                          Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches on Manor
                          Kula Revolving Sushi Bar on Airport

                          Opening in 2017 sometime:
                          PS 35 (New York style pizza, Round Rock)
                          Velvet Taco (Rock Rose - March)
                          Sprinkles 24/7 Cupcake Vending Machine (Domain)
                          Noble Sandwich (Georgetown - Spring 2017)
                          Easy Tiger (The Linc - 2017)
                          24 Diner (Rock Rose - 2017)
                          Home Slice (North Loop - 2007)

                          This Year's Resolutions:

                          I had a whole list. Now it can basically be summed up with, "No. YOU move." But... a few ideas.

                          1. Cook More - I'll try and add another dozen recipes to the repertoire this year. I got a gift card to Blue Apron for Christmas, so I'm trying that. I think I'll also try to figure out some of my favorite food that I eat out and see if I can make it cheaper at home, cut back on going out quite so much.

                          2. Exercise - Sure, why not, more likely not to make it again, but keep aiming. Thinking about trying out the boxing gym by work.

                          3. No Cancer - Let's keep this train rolling.

                          Last Year's Pop Culture Goals:

                          1. Read 15 new books. Book books, without pictures. Specifically, the 15 books I already bought in the last few years. I read five. Two of which I bought new this year. Whoops.

                          2. Read 100 new graphic novels. I'm a little surprised to fall short on this one, but my reading time got eaten by Overwatch more often than not. I fell short at 69 graphic novels.

                          3. Catch up on my TV and movie Blu-Rays and DVDs.

                          4. Play 15 new boardgames. From this year's list, I played TIME Stories, The Networks and Posthuman. In total, I played 34 new boardgames.

                          5. Go to 5 Comic Book Conventions. Wound up only going to 4, but at that point I was more or less done.

                          This Year's Pop Culture Goals:

                          1. Read 6 new books. Since I failed last year's goal, this year I'm scaling back to one book per two months, at least.

                          2. Read 60 new graphic novels. That's five a month, which was about my speed last year. Ideally, a decent chunk of them will be the ones currently sitting on my overstuffed "to read" list, a lot of which are giant omnibuses I bought in the last couple years: Mind Mgmt Vol 5-6, Uncanny X-Men Omnibus Vol 2-3 HC, Delilah Dirk & King's Shilling. Absolute Transmet Vol 2 HC, Master of Kung Fu Omnibus Vols 1-2 HC, Avengers West Coast Vols 3-5 HC, Secret Avengers Vols 1-3 HC, Mike Mignola's Screw-On Head Artist's Edition , New Mutants Sienkiewicz HC, and Moebius Library World of Edena HC to name just the ones I bought in 2016.

                          3. Catch up is clearly too broad, so I'm going with specifics. So I'm going with one each quarter: Rewatch all of Justified, all of Hannibal, seasons five and up of Clone Wars (and possibly rewatch Rebels Season 2) and either True Detective or Orphan Black Season One.

                          5. GenCon. I'd like to make this the first year I go to GenCon. My original plan was to try for Heroes Con again, and Emerald City Con, and maybe New Orleans, but our new administration has me nervous about spending too much money or time away.

                          6. RPGs - In addition to my semi-regular D&D 5E game, I'm hoping to run Phoenix Dawn Command, an Overwatch FLEX Game, Apocalypse World 2E, Fiasco and Dread.

                          7. Boardgames. I've been doing good, my goal was 15 and I almost doubled it... but I'm not sure how many new games I'll run into with that many games under my belt, so I'm setting a goal of 12 (1/month) and figuring I'll exceed it. On the list to try: 7 Wonders Duel, Dream Home, Seafall.

                          Saturday, December 31, 2016

                          Monthly Update - December 2016

                          POP CULTURE GOALS:

                          1. Read 15 Books (5)
                          • None
                          2. Read 100 Graphic Novels (69)
                          1. The Fade Out HC
                          2. Suicide Squad Vol 5: Apokolips Now
                          3. Bloodshot Reborn Deluxe Vol 1
                          3. Catch up on TV/Movie DVDs and Blurays
                          • None
                            4. Play 15 New Boardgames (36)
                            • Letters From Whitechapel
                            • Pandemic Iberia
                            • Joking Hazard (x2)
                            • Rent-A-Hero
                            • Instanbul
                            • Love Letter Adventure Time
                            • Superfight
                            • King of New York
                            My Picks of the Week For This Month:
                            1. Champions #3
                            2. Moon Knight #9
                            3. Hawkeye #1
                            4. Descender #17
                            5. Power Man and Iron Fist Sweet Christmas Annual #1
                            6. Thanos #2
                            7. Saga #41
                            8. Spider-Woman #14
                                Other Comics I Read This Month (634+48 = 682):
                                • All-New Wolverine #15
                                • Amazing Spider-Man #22
                                • Avengers #2
                                • Batman/TMNT Adventures #2
                                • Big Trouble in Little China/Escape From New York #3
                                • Black #3
                                • Black Hammer #6
                                • Black Widow #9
                                • Britannia #4
                                • Captain America Sam Wilson #16
                                • Captain America Steve Rogers #8
                                • Champions #3
                                • Civil War II #8
                                • Clone Conspiracy #3
                                • Daredevil #14
                                • Descender #17
                                • Detective Comics #946
                                • Divinity III Stalinverse #1
                                • Doctor Strange #15
                                • Doctor Strange Sorcerers Supreme #3
                                • Faith #6
                                • Fix #7
                                • Gamora #1
                                • Grand Passion #2
                                • Harbinger Renegades #2
                                • Hawkeye #1
                                • Hulk #1
                                • Invincible Iron Man #2
                                • Klaus & Witch of Winter #1
                                • Lake of Fire #5
                                • Moon Knight #9
                                • Motor Crush #1
                                • New Super Man #6
                                • Nova #1
                                • Occupy Avengers #2
                                • Power Man and Iron Fist #11
                                • Power Man and Iron Fist Sweet Christmas Annual #1
                                • Predator vs Judge Dredd vs Aliens #3
                                • Reborn #3
                                • Saga #41
                                • Serenity No Power in the Verse #3
                                • Spider-Woman #14
                                • Star Trek Green Lantern Vol 2 #1
                                • Star Wars #26
                                • Star Wars Doctor Aphra #1-2
                                • Star-Lord #1
                                • Thanos #2
                                TV I Watched This Month:
                                • Arrow "What We Leave Behind"
                                • Brooklyn Nine-Nine "Skyfire Cycle" "The Overmining" "Captain Latvia"
                                • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend "Why is Josh's Ex-Girlfriend Eating Carbs?" "Who Needs Josh When You Have A Girl Group?"
                                • DC's Legends of Tomorrow "Invasion!" "The Chicago Way"
                                • Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency
                                • The Flash "The Present"
                                • Fleabag "Episodes 1-6"
                                • Full Frontal with Samantha Bee "December 5, 2016" "December 12, 2016" "December 19, 2016"
                                • Justice League Action "Shazam Slam"
                                • People of Earth
                                • Pitch "Scratched" "Don't Say It"
                                • Sense 8 "Christmas Special"
                                • Shut-Eye "Death" "The Hanged Man" "The Fool"
                                • Star Wars Rebels "The Last Battle" "Imperial Supercommandos" "Iron Squadron"
                                • Timeless "Stranded" "Space Race" "Last Race of Bonnie & Clyde" "The Capture of Benedict Arnold"
                                • Westworld "The Bicameral Mind"
                                Top Ten Shows This Month:
                                1. Westworld
                                2. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
                                3. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
                                4. Shut-Eye
                                5. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
                                6. Fleabag
                                7. Flash
                                8. Star Wars Rebels
                                9. Pitch
                                10. Timeless
                                Movies I Watched This Month:
                                • Rogue One (x2)
                                • Matchstick Men
                                • Keanu
                                • Major League
                                • Star Wars Force Awakens
                                • Grand Budapest Hotel
                                • Captain America Civil War
                                Places I Ate This Month (279+19=298):
                                • Blackstar Co-Op
                                • Brooklyn Pie Company
                                • Haymaker
                                • Hoodie's Subs (x2)
                                • Hoover's
                                • Jason's Deli
                                • Juarez Mexican Bakery (x2)
                                • Kerbey Lane
                                • Michi Ramen
                                • Peached Tortilla
                                • Popeye's
                                • Shake Shack
                                • Smokey Mo's
                                • Texas Chili Parlor
                                • Texas Roadhouse
                                • Torchy's Tacos
                                • Vera Cruz Tacos

                                Thursday, December 29, 2016

                                Best of 2016 - Food

                                Last year I ate out over 250 times. This year it was more like 300.

                                I'm not qualified to be a food critic, but I did eat a lot of food and I do have opinions. So here are my top 10 favorites, the ones that are accessible, affordable *and* delicious enough that I went there numerous times during the year. My list of favorites is mostly down to how many times I went there, with a little fudging.

                                Favorites:
                                1. Chi'Lantro
                                2. Jack Allen's Kitchen
                                3. Shake Shack
                                4. Mod Pizza
                                5. Chuy's
                                6. Deckhand Oyster Bar
                                7. Hopdoddy's
                                8. Michi Ramen
                                9. New Fortune Chinese
                                10. Lucy's Fried Chicken
                                                I also kept track of where I ate lunch this year, and these are my favorites, based on how often I ate there. It's not just quality of food, here, but also closeness to work, where I'm usually eating lunch.

                                                Lunch Favorites:
                                                1. Popeye's ( at least 1/month)
                                                2. Torchy's Tacos
                                                3. Wendy's
                                                4. Fuddrucker's
                                                5. Vera Cruz All Natural Tacos
                                                6. Hoodie's Subs
                                                7. Brooklyn Pie Company
                                                          Then there were the places that I ate at once or twice, due to either it's location (downtown especially) or price. This list is purely down to my favorites, where I'd eat if location and price were no object.

                                                          Rare Treats:
                                                          1. Franklin Barbecue
                                                          2. Gus's Fried Chicken
                                                          3. Terry Black's BBQ
                                                          4. Peached Tortilla
                                                          5. Haymaker
                                                          6. Black Star Co-Op
                                                          7. Fogo de Chao
                                                          8. Lucy's Fried Chicken
                                                          9. Noble Sandwich
                                                          10. Salt & Time
                                                          11. 24 Diner
                                                          12. Thai Kun
                                                          French Quarter Grille, Odd Duck, TNT Tacos & Tequila were all on last year's list but I didn't get a chance to eat there this year.

                                                          In addition, while I ate out a lot this year, I also tried to cook more, and added several new recipes to my repertoire.

                                                          New Recipes:
                                                          1. White Chicken Chili
                                                          2. Chicken, Asparagus & Mushroom Stir Fry
                                                          3. Crockpot Chicken & Dumplings
                                                          4. Shrimp & Cheesy Grits
                                                          5. Sweet & Salty Chicken Thighs
                                                          6. Panko Breaded Asparagus
                                                          7. Skillet Green Beans
                                                          8. Fried Rice
                                                          9. Beef & Potato Stew

                                                          Best of 2016 - Television

                                                          Best Shows (Every Category):
                                                          The "cut the cord" experiment has paid off with even more television.

                                                          In general, this list is the "If I had to cut back to a certain number of shows, based on money, time, etc., this is the list of shows I'd cut first (starting with #50) to shows I'd cut last (starting with #1). Last year this list was 48 shows, and there are 25 shows from last year's list that weren't on here (either they ended, didn't have a new season, or I stopped watching them), so I added 27 new shows this year. Last year I added 24 new shows.

                                                          There were 8 shows didn't have new seasons (Fargo, Catastrophe, Master of None, The Leftovers, Rick and Morty, Sense8, Jessica Jones, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia), 11 shows ended or were limited run (Deutschland '83, Show Me A Hero, Justified, Parks & Recreation, Hannibal, Mad Men, Key & Peele, Louie, Community, Wet Hot American Summer, The League) and 6 I stopped watching or plan to catch up on later (The Daily Show, Wayward Pines, Scream Queens, Man Seeking Woman, Narcos, Man in the High Castle)
                                                          1. Full Frontal With Samantha Bee (TBS)
                                                          2. Atlanta (FX)
                                                          3. Westworld (HBO)
                                                          4. You're The Worst (FXX)
                                                          5. Better Call Saul (AMC)
                                                          6. Game of Thrones (HBO)
                                                          7. The Americans (FX)
                                                          8. Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
                                                          9. Better Things (FX)
                                                          10. Stranger Things (NETFLIX)
                                                          11. The People vs. OJ Simpson (FX)
                                                          12. Togetherness (HBO)
                                                          13. The Good Place (NBC)
                                                          14. Insecure (HBO)
                                                          15. The Night Of (HBO)
                                                          16. Night Manager (SUNDANCE) 
                                                          17. Billions (SHOWTIME)
                                                          18. Mr. Robot (USA)
                                                          19. Broad City (COM)
                                                          20. Veep (HBO)
                                                          21. Silicon Valley (HBO)
                                                          22. Supergirl (CBS/CW)
                                                          23. Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt (NETFLIX)
                                                          24. Orange is the New Black (NETFLIX)
                                                          25. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW)
                                                          26. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX)
                                                          27. Bojack Horseman (NETFLIX)
                                                          28. Casual (HULU)
                                                          29. iZombie (CW)
                                                          30. Voltron Legendary Defender (NETFLIX)
                                                          31. The Get Down (NBC)
                                                          32. Timeless (NBC)
                                                          33. Luke Cage (NETFLIX)
                                                          34. Daredevil (NETFLIX)
                                                          35. Flash (CW)
                                                          36. Not Safe with Nikki Glaser (COM)
                                                          37. Review (COM)
                                                          38. Pitch (FOX)
                                                          39. Star Wars Rebels (DISNEY XD)
                                                          40. Agent Carter (ABC)
                                                          41. Preacher (AMC)
                                                          42. Making A Murderer (NETFLIX)
                                                          43. Inside Amy Schumer (COM)
                                                          44. DC's Legends of Tomorrow (CW)
                                                          45. Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (BBCA)
                                                          46. Lethal Weapon (FOX)
                                                          47. 11.22.63 (HULU)
                                                          48. Angie Tribeca (TBS)
                                                          49. Humans (AMC)
                                                          50. Arrow (CW)
                                                          Best New Show:
                                                          1. Full Frontal With Samantha Bee (TBS)
                                                          2. Atlanta (FX)
                                                          3. Westworld (HBO)
                                                          4. Better Things (FX)
                                                          5. Billions (SHOWTIME)
                                                          6. Stranger Things (NETFLIX)
                                                          7. The Night Of (HBO)
                                                          8. Night Manager (SUNDANCE) 
                                                          9. The People vs. OJ Simpson (FX)
                                                          10. Insecure (HBO)
                                                          11. The Good Place (NBC)
                                                          12. Voltron Legendary Defender (NETFLIX)
                                                          13. The Get Down (NETFLIX)
                                                          14. Timeless (NBC)
                                                          15. Luke Cage (NETFLIX)
                                                          16. Not Safe with Nikki Glaser (COMEDY)
                                                          17. Pitch (FOX)
                                                          18. Preacher (AMC)
                                                          19. Making A Murderer (NETFLIX)
                                                          20. DC's Legends of Tomorrow (CW)
                                                          21. Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (BBCA)
                                                          22. Lethal Weapon (FOX)
                                                          23. 11.22.63 (HULU)
                                                          24. Angie Tribeca (TBS)
                                                          25. Humans (AMC)
                                                                                                        Best Comedy:
                                                                                                        1. Full Frontal With Samantha Bee (TBS)
                                                                                                        2. Atlanta (FX)
                                                                                                        3. You're The Worst (FXX)
                                                                                                        4. Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
                                                                                                        5. Better Things (FX)
                                                                                                        6. Togetherness (HBO)
                                                                                                        7. Insecure (HBO)
                                                                                                        8. The Good Place (NBC)
                                                                                                        9. Veep (HBO)
                                                                                                        10. Silicon Valley (HBO)
                                                                                                        Best Drama:
                                                                                                        1. Westworld (HBO)
                                                                                                        2. Better Call Saul (AMC)
                                                                                                        3. Game of Thrones (HBO)
                                                                                                        4. The Americans (FX)
                                                                                                        5. Stranger Things (NETFLIX)
                                                                                                        6. The People vs. OJ Simpson (FX)
                                                                                                        7. The Night Of (HBO)
                                                                                                        8. Night Manager (SUNDANCE) 
                                                                                                        9. Billions (SHOWTIME)
                                                                                                        10. Mr. Robot (USA)

                                                                                                        Best of 2016 - Graphic Novels

                                                                                                        Every year, my list gets shorter and shorter. 2014 was 8, 2015 was 6... this year... 6, and a lot of them are merely new volumes in series I've been enjoying.
                                                                                                        1. Amulet Vol 7
                                                                                                        2. Bandette Vol 3 HC
                                                                                                        3. Chester 5000 Vol 2: Isabelle & George
                                                                                                        4. Cleopatra in Space Vol 3
                                                                                                        5. The Nameless City Book One
                                                                                                        6. Wonder Woman Earth One HC

                                                                                                                  A lot of the collected editions I bought this year are collections of series mentioned in my other Best of posts (Amazing Spider-Man, The Fix, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Ms. Marvel, Descender, Birthright, etc.) but here's a list of my favorite collected editions not otherwise mentioned:
                                                                                                                  1. Airboy HC
                                                                                                                  2. Alex + Ada Vol 1 HC
                                                                                                                  3. Astro City Honor Guard HC
                                                                                                                  4. Avatar Smoke & Shadow HC
                                                                                                                  5. Daredevil by Waid & Samnee Vol 5 HC
                                                                                                                  6. Darth Vader Vol 1 HC
                                                                                                                  7. Descender Vol 1 TP
                                                                                                                  8. Green Arrow Vol 4: Blood of the Dragon TP
                                                                                                                  9. Green Arrow Vol 5 Black Arrow TP
                                                                                                                  10. Green Arrow Vol 6 Last Action Hero TP
                                                                                                                  11. Hawkeye Vol 2 HC
                                                                                                                  12. Hawkeye Vol 3 HC
                                                                                                                  13. Lazarus Vol 2 HC
                                                                                                                  14. Star Wars Heroes of the Rebellion HC
                                                                                                                  15. Star Wars Shattered Empire HC
                                                                                                                  16. Star Wars Vol 1 HC
                                                                                                                  17. Suicide Squad Vol 3: Rogues
                                                                                                                  18. Suicide Squad Vol 4 Janus Directive
                                                                                                                  19. Suicide Squad Vol 5: Apokolips Now
                                                                                                                  20. Supergirl by David & Frank Book One TP
                                                                                                                  21. Tales of the Batman Alan Brennert
                                                                                                                  22. Twilight Children TP
                                                                                                                  23. Usagi Yojimbo Vol 30 TP
                                                                                                                  24. We Stand on Guard HC

                                                                                                                                                                        Wednesday, December 28, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                        Best of 2016 - Top 10 Ongoing Comics

                                                                                                                                                                        My comics taste still runs pretty mainstream. Never claimed to be an iconoclast or a capital-A Art comics fan in general. My comics love was heavily formed in the years of 1984-1992, for the most part. My character selection has grown more diverse, but a lot of the talent behind the books I love remains dudes, and often white dudes at that. The industry still has a long way to go toward diversity, or maybe my tastes do, honestly probably a bit of both. At any rate, these lists are my favorites, based on a reading of over 500 single issues for the year, and access to more than that.

                                                                                                                                                                        Last year, Image had 6 of my top 10, and Marvel had the other 4. This year, Marvel overtook Image, holding 8 of the top sots, with Image claiming only 2. Big year for superheroes, as all 8 of the Marvel series are in that genre, while Image hangs on with two science-fiction books.

                                                                                                                                                                        Last year, none of the series in my top 10 published 12 issues. This year, eleven or twelve issues was the standard at Marvel, but Amazing Spider-Man published 17 (!), All-New All-Different Avengers hit 13, Saga managed 8 and Descender hit 11. Not bad.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. Ms. Marvel #3-14 (Last year: #1 on my Best Ongoing Series)
                                                                                                                                                                        My favorite book three years running with no sign of slowing down. The year opened with a story of Ms. Marvel dealing with cultural assimilation as a trendy new corporation tried to rebuild Jersey City and use her image to do it. They did a fun weird science story involving cloned Kamalas. Dealt with Kamala's upcoming role as the young central figure of the soon-to-be Champions. Then it was Civil War II, where G. Willow Wilson did a great job threading the needle of Kamala's hero worship of Captain Marvel and her own moral compass in a believable way that honored both characters, followed by a memorable one-shot with Kamala returning to Pakistan and another memorable (for kinda the wrong reasons) optimistic one-shot about voting that had the unfortunate timing of coming out right after Trump got elected when we all thought we were getting Hillary. Overall, a great year and the artwork, whether it was by regulars Takeshi Miyazawa and Adrian Alphona or newcomers like Mirka Adolpha or Nico Leon, is always fantastic.

                                                                                                                                                                        2. Captain America Sam Wilson #5-16 (Last Year: #7 on My Best New Series)
                                                                                                                                                                        After wrapping up the introduction of the new Falcon and the Serpent Society, Nick Spencer and Daniel Acuna turned their attention to the paranoid thriller conspiracy Standoff (which I largely liked, and loved all the Sam Wilson issues), addressed Black Lives Matter by way of Gruenwald creation The Americops and Fabian Nicieza creation Rage, made fantastic use of U.S. Agent, and even gave us a solid one-off wrestling issue with D-Man and Battlestar. Combining politics, humor, action and an absolute love for the Gruenwald Cap that might even surpass my own, this book was consistently at the top of my favorites every week it came out.

                                                                                                                                                                        3. Spider-Woman #3-14 (Last year: #2 on my Best Ongoing Series)
                                                                                                                                                                        I'll be honest, no small part of my love for this book comes from Javier Rodriguez artwork, but no small part of my joy came from Dennis Hopeless nailing the balance of superheroics and personal drama of single motherhood for Jessica Drew. Reminded me of how Dan Slott balanced legal drama with outrageous superheroics in his She-Hulk run. Kudos especially for the reinvention of Roger a.k.a. Porcupine as Jess's loyal guy Friday and Ben Urich as her reluctant older ally. As with Ms. Marvel, the close relationship between the lead character and Carol Danvers meant fireworks during Civil War II.  The end of the year saw Veronica Fish replacing Javier Rodriguez, but while I'm sad to see him go, this is my favorite work from Fish thus far, and I remain optimistic this will be in my top 10 next year, as long as it survives the dreaded axe of cancellation. This is definitely one of those "best books not enough people are reading."

                                                                                                                                                                        4. Amazing Spider-Man #6-22 (Last year: #7 on my Best Ongoing Series)
                                                                                                                                                                        We're in year eight of Dan Slott's work on Spider-Man, and he continues to take ideas that sound terrible on the face of it and make them compelling, instant classic reading. He's teamed with Christos Gage, one of my favorite writers in comics ever since his Deadshot mini, and the two of them have been doing great Spider-Man. This year, they continued the trend of Peter Parker as a worldwide entrepreneur who sometimes farmed out Spidey work to the Prowler, teamed up with my favorite superspy Mockingbird and took on the Zodiac with the help of SHIELD. Aging Peter up and making him something of a Tony Stark figure shouldn't work, but it does, and I'm surprised to find it feels like the '80s Spidey I grew up with, or at least a perfect evolution of same. Then they brought back Mr. Negative, a less-than-inspired addition to Spidey's villains, made him interesting (bonus points for using Cloak & Dagger really well), and did a pitch-perfect Iron Man team-up that also played into the potential dangers we saw in the Secret Wars Spider-Man Renew Your Vows series last year.

                                                                                                                                                                        Not content to simply touch on the Spidey/MJ relationship and then *not* give fans the reunion they wanted, Slott and Gage just put their tongues right on the third rail of Spider-Man stories and gave us a new take on the clone saga, which up to this point has been compelling reading with a fascinating take on the Jackal (another Spidey villain I didn't think I liked). All of this with fantastic art by Giuseppe Camuncoli and others.

                                                                                                                                                                        5. All-New Wolverine #4-15 (Last Year: Too new to judge)
                                                                                                                                                                        Tom Taylor first caught my eye with his work on the Injustice series at DC, and he brought his gift for dialogue and humor even among dark subject matter and fantastic action with him. The artists were a varied bunch: David Lopez, Marcio Takara, Ig Guara and Nik Virella, but I thought each and every one of them did a fantastic job with the action and humor of this book, and it's no small task for the others to live up to Lopez, an artist whose work I've admired since Fallen Angel. Taylor doesn't shy away from Laura's dark past without making the book overwhelmingly grim or exploitative, and his superheroes-meets-espionage tone and plot was on point this year. Mix in a fun crossover with Unbeatable Squirrel Girl that gave us a pet Wolverine and Gabby, who hits the same notes that Molly did in Runaways, and you've got a book that is firing on all cylinders on a monthly basis.

                                                                                                                                                                        6. Descender #9-17 (Last Year: #3 on my Best New Series)
                                                                                                                                                                        Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen's sci-fi epic continued this year in fine form, wrapping up a visit to the Robot Resistance homeworld before jumping into a series of issues that illuminated the backstories of the characters, deepening characters I had already fallen in love with. The new story, recently begun, and aiming to bring together the disparate characters again, is also promising.

                                                                                                                                                                        7. Saga #33-40 (Last year: #3 on my Best Ongoing Series)
                                                                                                                                                                        Slipping another few spots, not because I don't still enjoy it but because it's become more familiar, and at the same time I've realized that I really enjoy it more in the larger trade paperback sized chunks. That said, it's still #8 on my top series, and tossing our cast into a warzone provides an interesting look at Marko and Hazel after they've spent a considerable amount of time in peacetime.

                                                                                                                                                                        8. Doctor Strange #4-15 (Last Year: Too new to judge)
                                                                                                                                                                        Kicking off the year with art by legendary artist Kevin Nowlan (who'd return for another issue later in the year) was a good start, and Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo quickly rose to the top of my all-time Doctor Strange teams. The battle with Empirikul, the anti-magic technological force, presented a lot of interesting ideas about the cost of magic, was weird and Ditko-esque while also being modern and gritty, and though I'd worried about the notion of de-powering Doctor Strange, so far it's made for really interesting reading, as Aaron returns a parade of his classic villains (Mordo, Dormammu) along with some weirder ones (Satanna and The Orb?) and Bachalo continues to do career-best level work.

                                                                                                                                                                        9. Daredevil #3-14 (Last Year: #9 on my Best Ongoing Series - different version)
                                                                                                                                                                        After Waid and Samnee gave us such a perfect Daredevil run, I didn't expect to love the follow-up just as much. But Charles Soule brings a different, grittier tone to Daredevil that I really like, and little twists like moving him back to New York as a prosecutor or introducing a new sidekick, a Chinese-American kid with an invisibility suit, really make it stand out from what went before. I'm a little sad that none of Waid's re-invention stuck, and a little annoyed that we've gotten to issue #14 with no actual explanation of how or why Matt put his identity back in the box, but when we're getting a perfect Elektra/Hand 2-parter, or a Spider-Man/Daredevil team-up, or a creepy new villain in the closing story of the year, it's hard to focus too much on that. Especially when the art, featuring a stunning noir color palate from Matt Milla, is continually top-notch, whether it's veteran Ron Garney working in a new style or newcomer Matteo Buffagni.

                                                                                                                                                                        10. All-New All-Different Avengers #3-16 (Last Year: Too new to judge)
                                                                                                                                                                        I have to admit, a lot of my love for this series has been transferred to Champions, and it feels almost like this was a booster rocket to launch that book. But... everything I love there started here, notably the friendships/rivalries between Nova, Spider-Man and Ms. Marvel. Mark Waid and Mahmud Asrar also introduced the new Wasp, who I like a lot, and did a star-faring story that I quite enjoyed.

                                                                                                                                                                        Of the series in my Top 10, five of them (Daredevil, Ms. Marvel, Spider-Woman, Amazing Spider-Man, and Saga) were also in 2015's Best Ongoing Series, and two of them (Sam Wilson and Descender) were in my Best New Series of 2015. The other three (All-New All-Different Avengers, Doctor Strange, and All New Wolverine) were in my "too new to judge" section.

                                                                                                                                                                        Also in the running: All-New Hawkeye #3-5, Astonishing Ant-Man #4-13, Astro City #31-40, Beauty #6-11, Birthright #13-20, Chew #55-60, Darth Vader #15-25, Huck #3-6, Klaus #4-7, Lazarus #22-25, Paper Girls #4-11, Silk #3-14, Star Wars #14-25, The Fade Out #12 and Velvet #13-15. In several cases, they didn't make the cut not due to quality but due to the small number of issues produced for the year, relative to what's on the list, and in a couple others, it's because they read better in collections for me. My top 10 are books that I love to read in single issues and then reread in collected format.

                                                                                                                                                                        Tuesday, December 27, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                        Best of 2016 - Comics Miniseries and One-Shots

                                                                                                                                                                        Last year, I had a top 10 filled up with Marvel, mostly Secret Wars, with the notable exception of We Stand on Guard, another great Brian K. Vaughan book with fantastic art by Steve Skroce. This year? A little more diverse, but still largely Marvel.

                                                                                                                                                                        Best Miniseries:
                                                                                                                                                                        1. Nighthawk #1-6 (Marvel)
                                                                                                                                                                        2. Captain Marvel #1-10 (Marvel)
                                                                                                                                                                        3. Star Wars Han Solo #1-5 (Marvel)
                                                                                                                                                                        4. Lake of Fire #1-5 (Image)
                                                                                                                                                                        5. Voltron Legendary Defender #1-5 (Lion Forge)
                                                                                                                                                                        6. Britannia #1-4 (Valiant)
                                                                                                                                                                        7. Klaus #1-7 (Boom!)
                                                                                                                                                                        8. Civil War II Ulysses #1-3 (Marvel)
                                                                                                                                                                        9. Shaft Imitation of Life #1-4 (Dynamite)
                                                                                                                                                                        10. Interceptor #1-4 (2000 AD)

                                                                                                                                                                        Also in the running: Three other Civil War II tie-ins (Amazing Spider-Man, Gods of War, X-Men), Civil War II (the ending ruined it, but I liked a lot up until that point), Empress, Vote Loki, Divinity II (Valiant), and Gutter Magic (IDW)

                                                                                                                                                                        I read close to 100 first issues and one-shots this year, so I'm adding a category for this as well.

                                                                                                                                                                        Best First Issues:*
                                                                                                                                                                        1. Thanos #1 (Marvel)
                                                                                                                                                                        2. Hawkeye #1 (Marvel)
                                                                                                                                                                        3. Occupy Avengers #1 (Marvel)
                                                                                                                                                                        4. Batman/TMNT Adventures #1 (DC/IDW)
                                                                                                                                                                        5. Future Quest #1 (DC)
                                                                                                                                                                        6. Black Panther #1 (Marvel)
                                                                                                                                                                        7. Doom Patrol #1 (DC/Young Animal)
                                                                                                                                                                        8. Ether #1 (Dark Horse)
                                                                                                                                                                        9. Kim & Kim #1 (Black Mask)
                                                                                                                                                                        10. Eclipse #1 (Image)

                                                                                                                                                                        *Caveat: I didn't include any of the first issues from my Top 10 new series. So you can consider this really the bottom of a Top 20 list if you want.

                                                                                                                                                                        Those that almost but didn't quite make the top 10 include: Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #1 (DC/Young Animal), Gamora #1, Star-Lord #1, and Invincible Iron Man #1 (Marvel), Black #1, Jade Street Protection Services #1 and The Skeptics #1 (Black Mask), Motor Crush #1, Moonshine #1 and Reborn #1 (Image), Divinity III Stalinverse #1 (Valiant), Night's Dominion #1 and Heart-Throb #1 (Oni Press), Motor Girl #1 (Abstract Press), Red Dog #1 (451 Studios), Warhammer 40K Tide of Iron #1 (Titan) and Vampire Hunter D Message From Mars #1.

                                                                                                                                                                        Best One-Shots:
                                                                                                                                                                        1. Criminal 10th Anniversary Special
                                                                                                                                                                        2. Doctor Strange Last Days of Magic #1
                                                                                                                                                                        3. Suicide Squad War Crimes #1
                                                                                                                                                                        4. Dark Knight Returns The Last Crusade #1
                                                                                                                                                                        5. Lazarus Sourcebook #1

                                                                                                                                                                        Monday, December 26, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                        Best of 2016 - Top 10 New Comics

                                                                                                                                                                        Best New Series:
                                                                                                                                                                        Marvel has five of my top 10 (down from eight last year), Image has two (up from one), Dark Horse has one, DC has one and Valiant has one. And once again, none of my favorite series are in any danger of cancellation, although Black Widow is coming to an end with issue 12.

                                                                                                                                                                        Eight of them are superhero books, up from the five last year, and you could argue for Kill or Be Killed as a supernatural vigilante tale as well. The other is a humor/crime book. The superhero genre has its hooks in me this year, it seems. And none of the books in my top 10 published 12 issues, although Power Man & Iron Fist did if you count Walker's contribution to Deadpool #13 and the Sweet Christmas Special (which I do).

                                                                                                                                                                        1. The Fix #1-7
                                                                                                                                                                        Two corrupt cops, a drug-sniffing dog, an insane Hollywood producer, a vegan crime boss... I love this book. It's laugh out loud funny, clever and absolutely fearless. Nick Spencer writes terrific dialogue and characters, reminiscent of Shane Black's movies, and Steve Lieber is probably the only guy who could draw this, mixing perfect realism with outlandish, cartoonish situations in perfect measure.

                                                                                                                                                                        2. Power Man & Iron Fist #1-11/Sweet Christmas Annual #1
                                                                                                                                                                        I've known for a long time that I wanted the classic Power Man & Iron Fist team back, but I couldn't have imagined that David Walker and Sanford Greene could bring it back this well. Danny and Luke have both been through a lot, Luke in the Avengers and Danny in Immortal Iron Fist, and Walker acknowledges that evolution while getting to the core of what makes them friends. That evolution is also evident in his use of a variety of C-list and D-list villains, mixed in with new creations. It doesn't hurt that he gave us the best take on Civil War II in his tie-in issues, as Luke and Danny decide the side they're on is the one that doesn't fight friends. Then there's the artwork by Sanford Greene, which I wasn't sure of when I saw promo pieces, worrying that his stylized art wasn't going to be what I wanted, but it's a perfect fit for the book. He gets the physicality of Cage, the wiry agility of Danny, the look of the settings, and does fantastic designs for the characters old and new.

                                                                                                                                                                        3. Kill or Be Killed #1-4
                                                                                                                                                                        Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips are on my short list of creators whose work I will buy sight unseen. They've proven their track record, from the Wildstorm supervillain/spy epic of Sleeper to the '50s Hollywood noir of The Fade Out, and this new take on '70s-era vigilantism with a modern, dark-as-hell twist is no exception. Exceptional character work, a fascinating premise and stunning artwork, this is another promising outing from one of the most consistently excellent teams in comics.

                                                                                                                                                                        4. Champions #1-3
                                                                                                                                                                        This one is an exception to my usual rule. I don't compare three issue runs with larger runs. But Champions is so damn good, in all three of it's issues thus far, that it's definitely in my top five this year and certain to be there next year as well. Mark Waid and Humberto Ramos memorably teamed on Impulse, and this collaboration finds them just as in sync. It's a perfect evolution of the teenage superhero book, an aspirational tale about youth rising up to meet the challenges that their elders have failed to handle, and it's as important in its way as Captain America Sam Wilson even if it's more social than overtly political. It's also a damn fine superhero yarn, with classic superhero action in each issue.

                                                                                                                                                                        5. Moon Knight #1-9
                                                                                                                                                                        I've always loved this character, but the last several takes haven't done much for me. Charlie Huston, Mike Benson and Brian Bendis all focused on the character being crazy and violent, and while that's a part of him, he's far deeper and more interesting than that. Jeff Lemire and Greg Smallwood have brought back the almost mystical strangeness that defined the character when Doug Moench and Bill Sienkiewicz. It's a run that required some patience, as the question of what was real and what wasn't still isn't entirely settled, and when they added in dream sequences with guest art from Francesco Francavilla, James Stokoe and Wilfredo Torres, it almost got to be too much, but ultimately I thought it was a great ride, and I look forward to more in 2017.

                                                                                                                                                                        6. Black Widow #1-9
                                                                                                                                                                        Mark Waid and Chris Samnee did a fantastic job on Daredevil, and I was anxious to see what they'd do with Black Widow. I wasn't disappointed, as the series opens with one of the best chase sequences I've ever read in comics, and then went into a great suspense espionage series that gives Natasha a depth she's rarely been given.

                                                                                                                                                                        7. Black Hammer #1-6
                                                                                                                                                                        This Dark Horse series from Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston reads like a Vertigo series from the Grant Morrison heyday. Using archetypal superheroes and a small town setting, it tells a story of a dysfunctional family in an unusual and compelling way. It's strange and charming, and even though I'm not 100% sure what's going on now, I'm enjoying watching it all unfold.

                                                                                                                                                                        8. New Super Man #1-6
                                                                                                                                                                        Gene Luen Yang and Viktor Bogdanovic are doing one of the two DC Rebirth books I stuck with (the other was Detective Comics). It's an imaginative look at what the Chinese superhero situation might look like in the DC Universe, incorporating previous work from Grant Morrison and others, and it's got a really entertaining lead cast of the "Justice League of China," especially Kenan Kong, the titular New Superman. Incorporating fun DC elements like Starro along with a brand new setting, this book is inventive and lots of fun.

                                                                                                                                                                        9. Faith #1-6
                                                                                                                                                                        Valiant's breakout hit, Faith is an unusual character, overweight in a genre that tends toward the athletic (and for women, usually sexualized and buxom), meta-aware of geek stuff like science-fiction and superheroes even though she lives in a superhero world, and full of costumes and codenames in the more realistic Valiant universe. Her book has been entertaining, and doesn't require any knowledge of the Valiant universe at large, although as someone who has been enjoying Valiant in general, I love what Faith represents as an entryway to new readers who can discover all the good stuff they're putting out.

                                                                                                                                                                        10. Captain America Steve Rogers #1-8
                                                                                                                                                                        Though my love for this book is nowhere near as much as for Sam Wilson, Nick Spencer and Jesus Saiz made a ballsy choice in deciding to bring back Steve Rogers as a secret agent of Hydra. The story is moving a little slow for my taste, but it definitely has twists and turns I don't see coming, and is playing in the same territory that Kurt Busiek's Thunderbolts did when it was doing stories of more nuanced villains.

                                                                                                                                                                        New Series That Are Too New To Judge:
                                                                                                                                                                        These series are not quite far enough for me to judge them Best New Series yet, but I really like them all, and I can see any of them making my Best Continuing Series next year. Because I don't think it's fair to compare a single issue or a two- or three-issue run to the more extended runs above, I'm ranking these separately. Last year, four of the 16 series (Daredevil, All New All Different Avengers, Doctor Strange, All-New Wolverine) on this list made my Best Continuing Series, and another (Huck) made my Best Limited Series.
                                                                                                                                                                        1. Batman/TMNT Adventures #1-2
                                                                                                                                                                        2. Big Trouble in Little China/Escape from New York #1-3
                                                                                                                                                                        3. Clone Conspiracy #1-3
                                                                                                                                                                        4. Disney Pirates of the Caribbean #1-2
                                                                                                                                                                        5. Doctor Strange & The Sorcerors Supreme #1-3
                                                                                                                                                                        6. Doom Patrol #1-3
                                                                                                                                                                        7. Grand Passion #1-2
                                                                                                                                                                        8. Occupy Avengers #1-2
                                                                                                                                                                        9. Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens #1-3
                                                                                                                                                                        10. Reborn #1-3
                                                                                                                                                                        11. Star Wars Doctor Aphra #1-2
                                                                                                                                                                        12. Thanos #1-2

                                                                                                                                                                        Thursday, December 01, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                        Monthly Update - November 2016

                                                                                                                                                                        RESOLUTIONS

                                                                                                                                                                        1. Stay on budget. I've bought 10 of my 12 seasons (Angie Tribeca, Better Call Saul, Full Frontal Seasons 1-2, Supergirl, Last Panthers, Preacher, Night Manager, Mr. Robot, You're The Worst) which puts me right at the budget for the year. Overwatch put out a free Halloween mode, and that's been keeping me plenty busy in videogame land. Although I'm already eyeing some stuff for next year.

                                                                                                                                                                        POP CULTURE GOALS:

                                                                                                                                                                        1. Read 15 Books (5)
                                                                                                                                                                        • None
                                                                                                                                                                        2. Read 100 Graphic Novels (66)
                                                                                                                                                                        1. Supergirl by David & Frank Book One TP
                                                                                                                                                                        2. Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol 1 HC
                                                                                                                                                                        3. Alex + Ada Vol 1 HC
                                                                                                                                                                        4. Star Wars Heroes of the Rebellion HC
                                                                                                                                                                        3. Catch up on TV/Movie DVDs and Blurays
                                                                                                                                                                        • None
                                                                                                                                                                          4. Play 15 New Boardgames (30)
                                                                                                                                                                          • Pandemic Legacy
                                                                                                                                                                          • Machi Koro
                                                                                                                                                                          • King of New York
                                                                                                                                                                          • Mysterium
                                                                                                                                                                          • Die in Space!
                                                                                                                                                                          • Spartacus A Game of Blood & Treachery
                                                                                                                                                                          My Picks of the Week For This Month:
                                                                                                                                                                          1. Champions #2
                                                                                                                                                                          2. Occupy Avengers #1
                                                                                                                                                                          3. Power Man and Iron Fist #10
                                                                                                                                                                          4. Batman/TMNT Adventures #1
                                                                                                                                                                          5. Captain America Sam Wilson #15
                                                                                                                                                                          6. Thanos #1
                                                                                                                                                                          7. Captain Marvel #10
                                                                                                                                                                          8. Star Wars Han Solo #5
                                                                                                                                                                          9. Black Widow #8
                                                                                                                                                                          10. Serenity No Power in the Verse #2
                                                                                                                                                                              Other Comics I Read This Month (577+57=634):
                                                                                                                                                                              • All-New Wolverine #14
                                                                                                                                                                              • Alters #2
                                                                                                                                                                              • Amazing Spider-Man #21
                                                                                                                                                                              • Avengers #1
                                                                                                                                                                              • Avengers #1.1
                                                                                                                                                                              • Batman/TMNT Adventures #1
                                                                                                                                                                              • Big Trouble in Little China/Escape from New York #2
                                                                                                                                                                              • Black #2
                                                                                                                                                                              • Black Hammer #5
                                                                                                                                                                              • Black Widow #8
                                                                                                                                                                              • Britannia #3
                                                                                                                                                                              • Captain America Sam Wilson #15
                                                                                                                                                                              • Captain America Steve Rogers #7
                                                                                                                                                                              • Captain Marvel #10
                                                                                                                                                                              • Champions #2
                                                                                                                                                                              • Chew #60
                                                                                                                                                                              • Civil War #7
                                                                                                                                                                              • Clone Conspiracy #2
                                                                                                                                                                              • Daredevil #13
                                                                                                                                                                              • Disney Pirates of the Caribbean #2
                                                                                                                                                                              • Doctor Strange #14
                                                                                                                                                                              • Doctor Strange and the Sorcerors Supreme #2
                                                                                                                                                                              • Doom Patrol #3
                                                                                                                                                                              • Ether #1
                                                                                                                                                                              • Ghost Rider #1
                                                                                                                                                                              • Grand Passion #1
                                                                                                                                                                              • Great Lakes Avengers #2
                                                                                                                                                                              • Hadrian's Wall #3
                                                                                                                                                                              • Harbinger Renegades #1
                                                                                                                                                                              • Invincible Iron Man #1
                                                                                                                                                                              • Jessica Jones #2
                                                                                                                                                                              • Kill or Be Killed #4
                                                                                                                                                                              • Lake of Fire #4
                                                                                                                                                                              • Moon Knight #8
                                                                                                                                                                              • Moonshine #2
                                                                                                                                                                              • Motor Girl #1
                                                                                                                                                                              • Ms. Marvel #13
                                                                                                                                                                              • New Super Man #5
                                                                                                                                                                              • Occupy Avengers #1
                                                                                                                                                                              • Power Man and Iron Fist #10
                                                                                                                                                                              • Prowler #2
                                                                                                                                                                              • Reborn #2
                                                                                                                                                                              • Red Dog #1
                                                                                                                                                                              • Saga #40
                                                                                                                                                                              • Savage #1
                                                                                                                                                                              • Serenity No Power in Verse #2
                                                                                                                                                                              • Silk #14
                                                                                                                                                                              • Slam #1
                                                                                                                                                                              • Spider-Woman #13
                                                                                                                                                                              • Star Wars #25
                                                                                                                                                                              • Star Wars Annual #2
                                                                                                                                                                              • Star Wars Han Solo #5
                                                                                                                                                                              • Thanos #1
                                                                                                                                                                              • The Castoffs #2
                                                                                                                                                                              • The Skeptics #2
                                                                                                                                                                              • Vampire Hunter D Message From Mars #1
                                                                                                                                                                              • Voltron Legendary Defender #4
                                                                                                                                                                              TV I Watched This Month:
                                                                                                                                                                              • Arrow "A Matter of Trust" "Penance" "Human Target" "So It Begins" "Vigilante" "Invasion"
                                                                                                                                                                              • Atlanta "Juneteenth" "The Jacket"
                                                                                                                                                                              • Better Things "Duke's Chorus" "Scary Fun" "Hair of the Dog" "Only Women Bleed"
                                                                                                                                                                              • Brooklyn Nine-Nine "Monster in the Closet" "Mr. Santiago"
                                                                                                                                                                              • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend "When Will Josh See How Cool I Am?" "All Signs Point to Josh... or is it Josh's Friend?" "When Will Josh And His Friend Leave Me Alone?"
                                                                                                                                                                              • The Crown "Wolferton Splash" "Hyde Park Corner"
                                                                                                                                                                              • DC's Legends of Tomorrow "Justice Society of America" "Shogun" "Abominations" "Compromised" "Outlaw Country"
                                                                                                                                                                              • Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency "Lost and Found" "Rogue Wall Enthusiasts"
                                                                                                                                                                              • The Flash "Monster" "Shade" "Killer Frost" "Invasion"
                                                                                                                                                                              • Full Frontal with Samantha Bee "President Obama" "Meet the (Russian) Press" "Post-Election" "November 14, 2016"
                                                                                                                                                                              • The Good Place "...Someone Like Me As a Member"
                                                                                                                                                                              • Insecure "Racist as Fuck" "Thirsty as Fuck" "Shady as Fuck" "Guilty as Fuck" "Real As Fuck" "Broken as Fuck"
                                                                                                                                                                              • Last Week Tonight With John Oliver "School Desegregation" "Multilevel Marketing"
                                                                                                                                                                              • People of Earth "Pilot" "Sponsored By" "Acceptance" "Past, Present and Future"
                                                                                                                                                                              • Pitch "Alfonzo Guzman-Chavez" "Wear It" "San Francisco" "Unstoppable Forces & Immovable Objects"
                                                                                                                                                                              • Stan Against Evil "Dig Me Up, Dig Me Down"
                                                                                                                                                                              • Star Wars Rebels "The Antilles Extraction" "Hera's Heroes"
                                                                                                                                                                              • Supergirl "Survivors" "Crossfire" "Changing" "The Darkest Places" "Medusa"
                                                                                                                                                                              • Timeless "Party at Castle Varlar" "The Alamo" "The Watergate Tape"
                                                                                                                                                                              • Tracey Ullman's Show "Pilot"
                                                                                                                                                                              • Westworld "The Adversary" "Trompe L'Oeil" "Trace Decay" "Well Tempered Clavier"
                                                                                                                                                                              • You're the Worst "Talking to Me, Talking to Me" "The Inherent, Unsullied Qualitative Value of Anything" "You Knew It Was A Snake" "No Longer Just Us"
                                                                                                                                                                              Top Ten Shows This Month:
                                                                                                                                                                              1. Westworld
                                                                                                                                                                              2. Atlanta
                                                                                                                                                                              3. Better Things
                                                                                                                                                                              4. You're the Worst
                                                                                                                                                                              5. Insecure
                                                                                                                                                                              6. The Good Place
                                                                                                                                                                              7. Full Frontal With Samantha Bee
                                                                                                                                                                              8. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
                                                                                                                                                                              9. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
                                                                                                                                                                              10. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
                                                                                                                                                                              Movies I Watched This Month:
                                                                                                                                                                              • Doctor Strange
                                                                                                                                                                              • Scott Pilgrim vs The World
                                                                                                                                                                              • Midnight Run
                                                                                                                                                                              • Time Bandits
                                                                                                                                                                              • L.A. Story
                                                                                                                                                                              • Planes, Trains and Automobiles
                                                                                                                                                                              • Ocean's 11
                                                                                                                                                                              Places I Ate This Month (254+25=279):
                                                                                                                                                                              • Brooklyn Pie Company
                                                                                                                                                                              • Chili's
                                                                                                                                                                              • Chi'Lantro
                                                                                                                                                                              • Corner Bakery
                                                                                                                                                                              • Firehouse Subs
                                                                                                                                                                              • Fuddrucker's (x3)
                                                                                                                                                                              • Haymaker
                                                                                                                                                                              • Hoover's
                                                                                                                                                                              • Jason's Deli
                                                                                                                                                                              • Juarez Mexican Bakery
                                                                                                                                                                              • Mod Pizza
                                                                                                                                                                              • New Fortune Chinese
                                                                                                                                                                              • Outback Steakhouse
                                                                                                                                                                              • P. Terry's
                                                                                                                                                                              • Pluckers
                                                                                                                                                                              • Popeye's (x2)
                                                                                                                                                                              • Red Robin
                                                                                                                                                                              • Shake Shack
                                                                                                                                                                              • Torchy's Tacos (x3)
                                                                                                                                                                              • Wingstop

                                                                                                                                                                              Tuesday, November 01, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                              Monthly Update - October 2015

                                                                                                                                                                              RESOLUTIONS

                                                                                                                                                                              1. Stay on budget. I've bought 10 of my 12 seasons (Angie Tribeca, Better Call Saul, Full Frontal Seasons 1-2, Supergirl, Last Panthers, Preacher, Night Manager, Mr. Robot, You're The Worst) which puts me right at the budget for the year. Overwatch put out a free Halloween mode, and that's been keeping me plenty busy in videogame land. Although I'm already eyeing some stuff for next year.

                                                                                                                                                                              2. New recipes. I started finding more new stuff at the end of the year, although more misses than hits. Found a simpler beef stew recipe that's not as good as the one I got from my mom, but is considerably easier for busier nights. Tried out a chicken, potato and spinach bake with garlic parmesan cream sauce which needs work, and a cheesy green chile rice that was the blandest white people recipe I think I've ever eaten. And found a recipe for chicken, asparagus and mushroom stir fry that's definitely going into the regular rotation. Made a White Chicken Chili in the Instant Pot that I really liked. Got a few more to try out as well, before the year is out.

                                                                                                                                                                              POP CULTURE GOALS:

                                                                                                                                                                              1. Read 15 Books (5)
                                                                                                                                                                              • Life in Parts by Bryan Cranston
                                                                                                                                                                              2. Read 100 Graphic Novels (67)
                                                                                                                                                                              1. Wonder Woman One True Amazon HC
                                                                                                                                                                              2. Hawkeye Vol 3 HC
                                                                                                                                                                              3. Batman Long Halloween
                                                                                                                                                                              4. Harrow County Vol 1 TP
                                                                                                                                                                              5. Bandette Vol 3 HC
                                                                                                                                                                              3. Catch up on TV/Movie DVDs and Blurays
                                                                                                                                                                              • None
                                                                                                                                                                                4. Play 15 New Boardgames (28)
                                                                                                                                                                                • Pandemic Reign of Cthulhu
                                                                                                                                                                                • Fluffy Bunny Tea Party
                                                                                                                                                                                • Carcassonne
                                                                                                                                                                                • Dead of Winter
                                                                                                                                                                                • Pandemic Legacy
                                                                                                                                                                                • Dead of Winter The Long Night
                                                                                                                                                                                5. Go to 5 Comic Book Conventions
                                                                                                                                                                                • Dallas Comic Con (February)
                                                                                                                                                                                • STAPLE! (March)
                                                                                                                                                                                • C2E2 (March)
                                                                                                                                                                                • Heroes Con (June)
                                                                                                                                                                                My Picks of the Week For This Month:
                                                                                                                                                                                1. Black #1
                                                                                                                                                                                2. Champions #1
                                                                                                                                                                                3. Kill or Be Killed #3
                                                                                                                                                                                4. Fix #6
                                                                                                                                                                                5. Captain America Sam Wilson #14
                                                                                                                                                                                6. Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #1
                                                                                                                                                                                7. The Skeptics #1
                                                                                                                                                                                8. Ms. Marvel #12
                                                                                                                                                                                    Other Comics I Read This Month (528+49=577):
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Agents of SHIELD #10
                                                                                                                                                                                    • All-New All-Different Avengers #15
                                                                                                                                                                                    • All-New Wolverine #13
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Amazing Spider-Man #19-20
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Astonishing Ant-Man #13
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Astro City #40
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Birthright #20
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Black #1
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Black Hammer #4
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Black Widow #7
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Cage #1
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Captain America Sam Wilson #14
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #1
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Champions #1
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Chew #59
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Civil War II #6
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Civil War Ulysses #3
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Clone Conspiracy #1
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Daredevil #12
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Darth Vader #25
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Deadman Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love #1
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Descender #16
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Doctor Strange #12-13
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Doctor Strange Sorcerers Supreme #1
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Doom Patrol #2
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Eclipse #2
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Faith #4
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Fix #6
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Glitterbomb #2
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Great Lakes Adventures #1
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Hadrian's Wall #2
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Jessica Jones #1
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Kill or Be Killed #3
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Lake of Fire #3
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Lazarus #25
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Lost Boys #1
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Moon Knight #7
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Moonshine #1
                                                                                                                                                                                    • New Super Man #4
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Night's Dominion #2
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Nighthawk #6
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Power Man and Iron Fist #9
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Reborn #1
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Saga #39
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Serenity No Power in the Verse #1
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Spider-Woman #12
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Star Wars Han Solo #4
                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Skeptics #1
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Warhammer 40000 Tide of Iron #1
                                                                                                                                                                                    TV I Watched This Month:
                                                                                                                                                                                    • American Housewife "Pilot"
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Arrow "Legacy" "Value"
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Atlanta "Nobody Beats The Biebs" "Value" "B.A.N." "The Club"
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Better Things "Woman is the Something of the Something" "Future Fever" "Alarms"
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Black Mirror "Nosedive" "Playtest" "Shut Up and Dance" "San Junipero" "Men Against Fire" "Hated in the Nation"
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Brooklyn Nine-Nine "Coral Palms Part 2" "Coral Palms Part 3" "The Night Shift" "Halloween IV"
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Chance "The Summer of Love"
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend "Where is Josh's Friend?"
                                                                                                                                                                                    • DC's Legends of Tomorrow "Out of Time"
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Designated Survivor "The First Day"
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency "Horizons"
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Divorce "Pilot"
                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Flash "Flashpoint" "Paradox" "Magenta" "New Rogues"
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Full Frontal with Samantha Bee "Rigged!" "Second Presidential Debate Special" "United Nations"
                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Good Place "Tahani Al Jamil" "Jason Mendoza" "Category 55 Emergency Doomsday" "What We Owe to Each Other" "The Eternal Shriek" "Most Improved Player"
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Insecure "Messy as Fuck"
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Last Week Tonight With John Oliver "Police Accountability" "Guantanamo" "Third Parties" "Opioids"
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Lethal Weapon "Surf N Turf" "Best Buds" "There Goes The Neighborhood" "Spilt Milk"
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Luke Cage "Season One"
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Milo Murphy's Law "Going the Extra Milo/The Undergrounders" "Rooting for the Enemy/Sunny Side Up"
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Pitch "Interim" "Beanball" "The Break"
                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror XXVII"
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Speechless "B-O-N-Bonfire"
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Star Wars Rebels "The Holocrons of Fate"
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Supergirl "The Adventures of Supergirl" "Last Children of Krypton" "Welcome to Earth"
                                                                                                                                                                                    • This is Us "Kyle"
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Timeless "Pilot" "The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln" "Atomic City" "Party at Castle Varlar" "The Alamo" 
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Westworld "The Original" "Chestnut" "The Stray" "Dissonance Theory" "Contrapasso"
                                                                                                                                                                                    • You're the Worst  "The Last Sunday Funday" "The Only Thing That Helps" "Genetically Inferior Beta Males" "The Seventh Layer"
                                                                                                                                                                                    Top Ten Shows This Month:
                                                                                                                                                                                    1. You're the Worst
                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Westworld
                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Atlanta
                                                                                                                                                                                    4. The Good Place
                                                                                                                                                                                    5. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
                                                                                                                                                                                    6. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
                                                                                                                                                                                    7. Better Things
                                                                                                                                                                                    8. Supergirl
                                                                                                                                                                                    9. Pitch
                                                                                                                                                                                    10. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
                                                                                                                                                                                    Movies I Watched This Month:
                                                                                                                                                                                    • None
                                                                                                                                                                                    Places I Ate This Month (228 + 26 = 254):
                                                                                                                                                                                    • 24 Diner
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Big Daddy Burger Bar
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Chuy's
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Culver's
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Deckhand Oyster Bar (x2)
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Firehouse Subs (x2)
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Fuddrucker's (x2)
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Greenhouse Craft Food
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Hoover's
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Jack Allen's Kitchen
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Juarez Bakery
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Michi Ramen
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Mod Pizza
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Olive Garden
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Opal Divine's
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Outback Steakhouse (x2)
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Popeye's
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sonic
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Vera Cruz Tacos (x2)
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Wendy's
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Wingstop

                                                                                                                                                                                    Saturday, October 01, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                    Monthly Update - September 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                    RESOLUTIONS

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Stay on budget. I've bought 10 of my 12 seasons (Angie Tribeca, Better Call Saul, Full Frontal Seasons 1-2, Supergirl, Last Panthers, Preacher, Night Manager, Mr. Robot, You're The Worst) which now puts me one over my budget. Still pretty sure I'll only hit 12 by the end of the year. I had only bought one game (Overwatch) which was keeping me plenty busy, but then X-COM 2 hit PS4 and I ordered that at the tail end of the month.

                                                                                                                                                                                    POP CULTURE GOALS:

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Read 15 Books (4)
                                                                                                                                                                                    • TV The Book by Alan Sepinwall & Matt Zoller-Seitz
                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Read 100 Graphic Novels (62)
                                                                                                                                                                                    1. West Coast Avengers Vol 1 HC
                                                                                                                                                                                    2. The Fix Vol 1 TP
                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Pathfinder Vol 5 Hollow Mountain HC
                                                                                                                                                                                    4. Green Arrow Vol 6 Last Action Hero TP
                                                                                                                                                                                    5. Star Wars Vol 1 HC
                                                                                                                                                                                    6. Avatar Smoke & Shadow HC
                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Catch up on TV/Movie DVDs and Blurays
                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Nice Guys
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Captain America Civil War
                                                                                                                                                                                      4. Play 15 New Boardgames (27)
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Here Kitty Kitty
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Ghostbusters
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Pandemic Reign of Cthulhu
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Roll Through the Ages Iron Age
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Pandemic Legacy
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Bullfrogs
                                                                                                                                                                                      5. Go to 5 Comic Book Conventions
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Dallas Comic Con (February)
                                                                                                                                                                                      • STAPLE! (March)
                                                                                                                                                                                      • C2E2 (March)
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Heroes Con (June)
                                                                                                                                                                                      My Picks of the Week For This Month:
                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Night's Dominion #1
                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Alters #1
                                                                                                                                                                                      3. The Fix #5
                                                                                                                                                                                      4. Doom Patrol #1
                                                                                                                                                                                      5. Amazing Spider-Man #18
                                                                                                                                                                                      6. All-New Wolverine #12
                                                                                                                                                                                      7. Ms. Marvel #11
                                                                                                                                                                                      8. Spider-Woman #11
                                                                                                                                                                                          Other Comics I Read This Month (421+51= 472):
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Agents of SHIELD #9
                                                                                                                                                                                          • All New All Different Avengers #14
                                                                                                                                                                                          • All-New Wolverine #12
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Alters #1
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Amazing Spider-Man #18
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Astonishing Ant-Man #12
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Astro City #39
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Beauty #10
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Birthright #19
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Black Hammer #3
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Britannia #1
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Captain America Sam Wilson #13
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Captain America Steve Rogers #5
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Captain Marvel #9
                                                                                                                                                                                          • The Castoffs #1
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Chew #58
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Civil War II #5
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Civil War II Amazing Spider-Man #4
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Civil War II Gods of War #4
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Civil War II Ulysses #2
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Civil War II X-Men #4
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Daredevil #11
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Descender #15
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Detective Comics #940
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Disney Pirates of the Caribbean #1
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Doctor Strange #11
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Doctor Strange Annual #1
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Doom Patrol #1
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Eclipse #1
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Everafter: From the Pages of Fables #1
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Faith #3
                                                                                                                                                                                          • The Fix #5
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Generation Zero #2
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Glitterbomb #1
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Great Divide #1
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Hadrian's Wall #1
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Josie & The Pussycats #1
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Kill or Be Killed #2
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Moon Knight #6
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Ms. Marvel #11
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Night's Dominion #1
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Nighthawk #5
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Paper Girls #9
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Power Man & Iron Fist #8
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Saga #38
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Silk #12
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Skybourne #1
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Snotgirl #3
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Spider-Woman #11
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Star Wars #23
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Vote Loki #4
                                                                                                                                                                                          TV I Watched This Month:
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Atlanta "Pilot" "Streets on Lock" :Go for Broke" "The Streisand Effect"
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Better Things "Sam/Pilot" "Period" "Brown"
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Brooklyn Nine-Nine "Coral Palms Part 1"
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Designated Survivor "Pilot"
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Easy "The Fucking Study" "Vegan Cinderella" "Art and Life" "Utopia"
                                                                                                                                                                                          • The Exorcist "And Let My Cry Come Unto Thee"
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Full Frontal with Samantha Bee "Latinos for Trump" "Super Lobbyist" "Presidential Debate Special"
                                                                                                                                                                                          • The Good Place "Pilot" "Flying"
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Insecure "Insecure as F*ck"
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Last Week Tonight With John Oliver "Election 2016"
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Lethal Weapon "Pilot"
                                                                                                                                                                                          • MacGyver "The Rising"
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Mr. Robot "eps2.7_init_5.fve" "eps2.8_h1dden-pr0cess.axx" "eps2.9_pyth0n-pt1.p7z" "eps2.10_pyth0n-pt2.p7z"
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Narcos "Free at Last" "Cambalache" "Our Man in Madrid"
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Not Safe With Nikki Glaser "24 Hours in a Strip Club"
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Notorious "Pilot"
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Pitch "Pilot"
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Rebels "Steps Into Shadow"
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Son of Zorn "Pilot"
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Speechless "Pilot" "N-E-New A-I-Aide"
                                                                                                                                                                                          • This is Us "Pilot" "The Big Three"
                                                                                                                                                                                          • You're the Worst "Try Real Hard" "Fix Me, Dummy" "Bad News: Dude's Dead" "Men Get Strong" "Twenty Two"
                                                                                                                                                                                          Top Ten Shows This Month:
                                                                                                                                                                                          1. You're the Worst
                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Mr. Robot
                                                                                                                                                                                          3. Atlanta
                                                                                                                                                                                          4. Better Things
                                                                                                                                                                                          5. The Good Place
                                                                                                                                                                                          6. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
                                                                                                                                                                                          7. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
                                                                                                                                                                                          8. Pitch
                                                                                                                                                                                          9. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
                                                                                                                                                                                          10. The Exorcist
                                                                                                                                                                                          Movies I Watched This Month:
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Inception
                                                                                                                                                                                          • The Matrix
                                                                                                                                                                                          • The Nice Guys
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Captain America Civil War
                                                                                                                                                                                          Places I Ate This Month (199+29 = 228):
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Arby's
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Brooklyn Pie Company
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Chuy's
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Copper
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Corner Bakery
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Culver's
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Deckhand Oyster Bar
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Hoodie's Subs
                                                                                                                                                                                          • In and Out Burger
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Jack Allen's Kitchen (x2)
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Jinya Ramen
                                                                                                                                                                                          • New Fortune
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Opal Divine's (x2)
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Outback Steakhouse
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Peached Tortilla
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Popeye's (x3)
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Red Robin
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Salt Traders
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Smokey Mo's
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Texas Roadhouse
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Torchy's
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Vera Cruz Tacos (x2)
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Wendy's
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Wienerschnitzel
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Wingstop

                                                                                                                                                                                            Thursday, September 01, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                            Monthly Update - August 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                            RESOLUTIONS

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Stay on budget. I've bought 8 of my 12 seasons (Angie Tribeca, Better Call Saul, Full Frontal Seasons 1-2, Supergirl, Last Panthers, Preacher, Night Manager) which now puts me at one per month, as planned. I got No Man's Sky, hated it and immediately returned it. So I've only bought one game this year.

                                                                                                                                                                                            POP CULTURE GOALS:

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Read 15 Books (3)
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Um...
                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Read 100 Graphic Novels (62)
                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Watchmen TP
                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Justice League Elseworlds Vol 1 TP
                                                                                                                                                                                            3. Injustice Gods Among Us Year One TP
                                                                                                                                                                                            4. Harrow County Vol 1 TP
                                                                                                                                                                                            5. Doctor Strange Don't Pay The Ferryman TP
                                                                                                                                                                                            6. Astro City Honor Guard HC
                                                                                                                                                                                            7. Hotspur
                                                                                                                                                                                            8. Chester 5000 Vol 2: Isabelle & George
                                                                                                                                                                                            9. Star Wars Shattered Empire HC
                                                                                                                                                                                            3. Catch up on TV/Movie DVDs and Blurays
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Midnight Run
                                                                                                                                                                                              4. Play 15 New Boardgames (22)
                                                                                                                                                                                              • The Networks
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Red Flags
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Sushi Go Party
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Pandemic Legacy
                                                                                                                                                                                              • King of Tokyo (New Edition)
                                                                                                                                                                                              5. Go to 5 Comic Book Conventions
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Dallas Comic Con (February)
                                                                                                                                                                                              • STAPLE! (March)
                                                                                                                                                                                              • C2E2 (March)
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Heroes Con (June)
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Alamo City Con (October)
                                                                                                                                                                                              My Picks of the Week For This Month:
                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Kill or Be Killed #1
                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Silk #11
                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Amazing Spider-Man #16
                                                                                                                                                                                              4. Detective Comics #938
                                                                                                                                                                                              5. Briggs Land #1
                                                                                                                                                                                              6. Captain America Sam Wilson #12
                                                                                                                                                                                              7. Lake of Fire #1
                                                                                                                                                                                              8. Captain Marvel #8
                                                                                                                                                                                              9. Amazing Spider-Man #17
                                                                                                                                                                                              10. Suicide Squad War Crimes #1
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Other Comics I Read This Month (365+56=421):
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Agents of SHIELD #8
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • All New All Different Avengers #13
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • All New Wolverine #11
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • All New Wolverine Annual #1
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Amazing Spider-Man #16-17
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Astonishing Ant-Man #11
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Birthright #18
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Black Hammer #2
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Black Panther #5
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Black Widow #6
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Blue Beetle Rebirth #1
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Briggs Land #1
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Captain America Sam Wilson #12
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Captain Marvel #8
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Civil War II Amazing Spider-Man #3
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Civil War II Gods of War #3
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Civil War II Kingpin #2
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Civil War II Ulysses #1
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Civil War II X-Men #3
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Daredevil #10
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Darth Vader #24
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Descender #14
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Detective Comics #938
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Doctor Strange #10
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Empress #5
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Faith #2
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Fallen #1
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Generation Zero #1
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Green Arrow #4-5
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Heartthrob #5
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Kill or Be Killed #1
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Kingsway West #1
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Klaus #7
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Lake of Fire #1
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Lazarus #24
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Moon Knight #5
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Ms. Marvel #10
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • New Super Man #2
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Nighthawk #4
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Paper Girls 38
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Power Man and Iron Fist #7
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens #2
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Red Hood and the Outlaws #1
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Saga #37
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Silk #11
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Snotgirl #2
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Spider-Woman #10
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Star Wars #22
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Star Wars Han Solo #3
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Steve Rogers Captain America #4
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Suicide Squad War Crimes #1
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Voltron Legendary Defender #2
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Vote Loki #3
                                                                                                                                                                                                  TV I Watched This Month:
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Casual "Reunion" "Death and Taxes" "40" "The Great Unknown"
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend "Josh Just Happens to Live Here!" "Josh's Girlfriend is Really Cool!" "I Hope Josh Comes to My Party!" "I'm Going on a Date with Josh's Friend" "Josh and I Are Good People!" "My First Thanksgiving With Josh!" "I'm So Happy That Josh is So Happy!" "My Mom, Greg's Mom and Josh's Sweet Dance Moves!" "I'm Going to the Beach with Josh and His Friends!" "I'm Back At Camp with Josh!" "That Text Was Not Meant for Josh!" "Josh and I Work on a Case!" "Josh and I Go to Los Angeles!" "Josh is Going to Hawaii!" "Josh Has No Idea Where I Am!" "Josh's Sister Is Getting Married!" "Why Is Josh in a Bad Mood?" "Paula Needs to Get over Josh!"
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Full Frontal with Samantha Bee "Democratic National Convention"
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • The Get Down "Season One Part 1"
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • The Good Guys "Pilot" "Bait & Switch"
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • I Love Dick "Pilot"
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Jean Claude Van Johnson "Pilot"
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Last Week Tonight With John Oliver "Democratic National Convention" "Journalism" "Subprime Car Loans" "Charter Schools"
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Mr. Robot "eps2.2_init_1.asec" "eps2.3_logic-b0mb.hc" "eps2.4_m4ster-s1ave.aes" "eps2.5_h4ndshake.sme" "eps2.6_succ3ss0r.p12"
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • The Night Of "Part 3: A Dark Crate" "Part 4: The Art of War" "Part 5: The Season of the Witch" "Part 6: Samson and Delilah" "Part 7: Ordinary Death"
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Not Safe With Nikki Glaser "Mysteries of the Female Orgasm" "Blind Date Champion" "Rock-Hard Weekend" "Is This Forever?" "Museum of Broken Relationships"
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Preacher "Finish the Song" "Call and Response"
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Top Ten Shows This Month:
                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. The Night Of
                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. The Get Down
                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. Mr. Robot
                                                                                                                                                                                                  4. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
                                                                                                                                                                                                  5. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
                                                                                                                                                                                                  6. Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
                                                                                                                                                                                                  7. Not Safe with Nikki Glaser
                                                                                                                                                                                                  8. Casual
                                                                                                                                                                                                  9. Jean Claude Van Johnson
                                                                                                                                                                                                  10. The Good Guys
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Movies I Watched This Month:
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Straight Outta Compton
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Dope
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Creed
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Heathers
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Places I Ate This Month (176+23 =199):
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Chi'Lantro
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Chuy's
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Culver's (x2)
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Firehouse Subs
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Freebird's
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • General Tso'Boys
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Outback Steakhouse (x2)
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Popeye's (x4)
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Potbelly Sandwiches
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Ross' Old Austin Cafe
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Sushi Bang Bang
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Tarka
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Thai Kun
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Torchy's Tacos (x2)
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Vera Cruz Tacos
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Wendy's (x2)