This is the latest monthly update to the right column of the blog, updating my favorite comics and TV for the previous month. The listings are alphabetical, not by rank of how much I liked them in comparison. My criteria for what makes the list is when I read them, not necessarily when they were published. This is basically also my own records of what I read/liked for the inevitable "End of Year" lists I feel like making.
There were about a half-dozen Marvel books that I liked and almost made the cut, most of which were X-Men books (Wolverine First Class, X-Men First Class, X-Men Legacy, Thunderbolts, Secret Invasion X-Men), I liked all the new Wildstorm books (Wildcats, Stormwatch, Authority and Gen 13) but not quite enough to make the Top 20, and the same was true of Conan the Cimmerian #2, Atomic Robo Dogs of War #1 and Tiny Titans #7. In terms of the Top 20, it was 9 Marvel (almost half, although that included a couple MAX and one all-ages, and only two that were touched by Secret Invasion), 3 DC (Manhunter, plus Vertigo's DMZ and the all-ages Family Dynamic), 2 Boom! (both Warhammer 40K books) and then pretty much one per publisher from Dark Horse, Devil's Due, Archaia, Image and IDW. Kind of surprised by how much Marvel is dominating my comics issue reading right now, although I guess I shouldn't be, given how they're dominating the direct market in terms of sales and interest.
No novel read this month, and I barely got my 10 graphic novels out of the way. (Well, except that I read four Star Wars, but I'm counting those as one). Mostly I've been spending my time playing Soul Calibur IV and Too Human, and really enjoying both. I also got the Burnout Paradise City downloads and have been playing that a little bit again, and of course there's always a bit of Rock Band going on. Can't wait for Rock Band 2 and Star Wars: Force Unleashed in the middle of September.
Not a lot of TV for this month. In fact, the only thing I watched on regular TV was Burn Notice, and a couple episodes of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report here and there. But that's OK, as whenever I've got the free time, I've been watching The Wire. I'm now through season three, and plan to start season four whenever Netflix gets me the next disc, probably later this week. TV starts up again in earnest in September, though. Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles is back, The Shield is back, there's a new show on FX called Sons of Anarchy that looks interesting and I'm sure there's more. Dexter starts up again in late September, and I don't know if I can resist the show enough to avoid adding Showtime back into my cable line-up.
Only one new RSS feed this month, the political site Electoral-Vote.com, courtesy of a Twitter link by Ben Templesmith.
However, I did add some new podcasts. I've started listening to Dan Savage's sex advice podcast, Savage Lovecast, and it's *hysterical.* I started in after hearing Savage on This American Life talking about how his 6-year-old son DJ didn't want him to get married, and now I'm completely addicted to it. Honestly, it's not even the subject matter so much as Savage's sense of humor and style. He's a funny, smart guy. Also added the Escape Pod podcast, readings of sci-fi stories. And of course, I'm still listening to the Austin-based Dial A Stranger, NPR's This American Life, and, whenever they post a new one, the Lost Podcast. Anybody got any good podcast suggestions for me? I listen to them in the car, and I don't have a *ton* of time for more, but I'd love a good political podcast.