Saturday, May 01, 2021

Monthly Update - April 2021

  Read 50 Graphic Novels (Last Year 52)  (12+2=14)

  • Reckless: Friend of the Devil
  • DCeased Dead Planet HC

Older Comics I Read This Year:
  • Avengers #258-278
  • Captain America #316-348
                          Comics I Read This Month (Last Year 230): (81+42=123)
                          • Alice in Leatherland #1
                          • Alien #2
                          • America Chavez Made in the USA #2
                          • Batman #107
                          • Batman The Detective #1
                          • Beasts of Burden Occupied Territory #1
                          • Beta Ray Bill #2
                          • Black Cat #5
                          • Black Hammer Visions #3
                          • Crossover #6
                          • Daredevil #29
                          • Department of Truth #8
                          • Detective Comics #1035
                          • Geiger #1
                          • Guardians of the Galaxy #13
                          • Harley Quinn #2
                          • Immortal Hulk #45
                          • Jenny Zero #1
                          • King in Black #5
                          • MODOK Head Games #4
                          • Magic #1
                          • Nightwing #79
                          • Nocterra #2
                          • Orphan and the Five Beasts #2
                          • Project Patron #1
                          • Radiant Black #3
                          • Robin #1
                          • Savage Avengers #20
                          • Shadecraft #2
                          • Silk #2
                          • Spider-Man: Spider's Shadow #1
                          • Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary Covers #1
                          • Stray Dogs #3
                          • Suicide Squad #2
                          • Teen Titans Academy #2
                          • The Joker #2
                          • The Many Deaths of Laila Starr #1
                          • The Marvels #1
                          • The Old Guard Tales Through Time #1
                          • The Silver Coin #1
                          • Thor #14
                          • Venom #34
                          Favorite Comics This Year:
                          1. Nightwing
                          2. Department of Truth
                          3. The Joker
                          4. Daredevil
                          5. Robin
                          6. Shadecraft
                          7. King in Black Thunderbolts
                          8. Black Hammer Visions
                          9. Transformers Back to the Future
                          10. Magic
                          11. Batman
                          12. Batman The Detective
                          13. Spider-Man: Spider's Shadow
                          14. Alice in Leatherland
                          15. The Many Deaths of Laila Starr
                          16. Savage Avengers
                          17. Alien
                          18. Taskmaster
                          19. Crossover
                          20. Immortal Hulk
                          21. King in Black Amazing Spider-Man
                          22. Silk
                          23. Detective Comics
                          24. Beasts of Burden Occupied Territory
                          25. The Old Guard Tales Through Time
                          26. Batman Urban Legends
                          27. Radiant Black
                          28. Beta Ray Bill
                          29. Thor
                          30. MODOK Head Games
                          31. King in Black Wiccan and Hulkling
                          32. Guardians of the Galaxy
                          33. Warhammer 40K Marneus Calgar
                          34. Stray Dogs
                          35. Venom
                          36. Teen Titans Academy
                          37. Harley Quinn
                          38. Orphan and the Five Beasts
                          39. The Marvels
                          40. Suicide Squad
                          41. DC Infinite Frontier
                          42. America Chavez Made in the USA
                          43. Thor & Loki Double Trouble
                          44. Superman/Action Comics
                          45. The Silver Coin
                          46. Geiger
                          47. Jenny Zero
                          48. Project Patron
                          49. Eternals
                          50. Fear Case
                          51. Nocterra
                          52. Amazing Spider-Man
                          53. Star Wars
                          54. The Union
                          55. Scout's Honor
                          56. Avengers Mech Strike
                          57. Brzrkr
                          58. Swamp Thing
                          59. James Bond Agent of SPECTRE
                          60. King in Black Gwenom vs. Carnage
                          61. Haha
                          62. Demon Days X-Men
                          TV I Watched This Month:
                          • Archer "Season 11"
                          • Brooklyn Nine-Nine "Season 1-2"
                          • The Equalizer "Season 1"
                          • Falcon & Winter Soldier "Season 1"
                          • Happy Endings "Season 3"
                          • Invincible "Season 1"
                          • Last Week Tonight With John Oliver "Season 8"
                          • Made for Love "Season 1"
                          • Mythic Quest "Season 1"
                          • The Nevers "Season 1"
                          • Resident Alien "Season 1"
                          • Rutherford Falls "Season 1"
                          • Shadow & Bone "Season 1"
                          • Them "Season 1"
                          • West Wing "Season 5"
                          • Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist "Season 2"
                          Top TV This Year So Far:
                          1. Falcon & Winter Soldier
                          2. WandaVision
                          3. Superman & Lois
                          4. Cobra Kai
                          5. Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist
                          6. Letterkenny
                          7. Mythic Quest
                          8. The Unicorn
                          9. Resident Alien
                          10. Rutherford Falls
                          11. Shadow & Bone
                          12. History of Swear Words
                          13. Mandalorian Gallery
                          14. The Expanse
                          15. The Hustler
                          16. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
                          17. Made for Love
                          18. The Equalizer
                          19. The Nevers
                          20. The Sister
                          21. Invincible
                          22. Star Trek Discovery (season finale only)
                          23. Best Leftovers Ever
                          24. The Chase
                          25. Clarice
                          26. Young Rock
                          27. Pacific Rim The Black
                          28. The Head
                          29. Transformers War for Cybertron Earthrise
                          Movies I Watched This Month:
                          • Godzilla vs. Kong
                          • Hysterical
                          • Ed and His Dead Mother
                          • King Arthur Legend of the Sword
                          • Guardians
                          Favorite New Movies This Year So Far:
                          1. Judas and the Black Messiah
                          2. Space Sweepers
                          3. Coming 2 America
                          4. The Little Things
                          5. Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
                          6. One Night in Miami
                          7. Godzilla vs. Kong
                          8. Outside the Wire
                          9. Hysterical
                          10. Map of Tiny Perfect Things
                          11. Boss Level
                          12. I Care A Lot
                          13. Chick Fight
                          14. Cherry
                          15. Monster Hunter
                          16. Bliss
                          17. Locked Down
                          18. Earwig and the Witch
                          Places I Ate This Month (Last Year 260): (33+72=105)
                          • Arby's
                          • Brotherton Black BBQ
                          • Casa Costa
                          • Chuy's
                          • Cork & Barrel
                          • Culver's
                          • Estancia Churrascaria
                          • Firehouse Subs
                          • Jason's Deli
                          • Jewboy Burgers
                          • Mighty Fine Burgers
                          • Mikey V's Tacos
                          • Peached Tortilla
                          • Pinthouse Pizza
                          • Popeye's (x2)
                          • Raising Cane's
                          • Schlotzsky's
                          • Smokin Beauty
                          • Smoky Mo's BBQ (x3)
                          • Snooze A.M.
                          • Sushi Nini
                          • Tarka
                          • Texas Roadhouse
                          • Torchy's
                          • Tumble 22
                          • Velvet Taco
                          • Wendy's
                          • Whataburger (x2)
                          • Ziggy's Kielbasa

                          Thursday, April 01, 2021

                          Monthly Update - March 2021

                           Read 50 Graphic Novels (Last Year 52)  (8+4=12)

                          • Wonder Woman Earth One Vol 1-3 HC
                          • DCeased Unkillables HC
                          • Daredevil by Chip Zdarsky Vol 1 HC
                          • All My Little Demons HC

                          Older Comics I Read This Year:
                          • Avengers #224-257
                          • Captain America #307-315
                                                  Comics I Read This Month (Last Year 230): (42+39=81)
                                                  • Action Comics #1029
                                                  • Alien #1
                                                  • Amazing Spider-Man #61
                                                  • America Chavez Made in the USA #1
                                                  • Batman #106
                                                  • Batman Urban Legends #1
                                                  • Beta Ray Bill #1
                                                  • Black Cat #4
                                                  • Black Hammer Visions #2
                                                  • Brzrkr #1
                                                  • Crossover #5
                                                  • DC Infinite Frontier #0
                                                  • Daredevil #28
                                                  • Demon Days X-Men #1
                                                  • Department of Truth #7
                                                  • Detective Comics #1034
                                                  • Fear Case #2
                                                  • Harley Quinn #1
                                                  • Immortal Hulk #44
                                                  • James Bond Agent of SPECTRE #1
                                                  • King in Black Amazing Spider-Man #1
                                                  • King in Black Thunderbolts #3
                                                  • King in Black Wiccan and Hulkling #1
                                                  • Nightwing #78
                                                  • Nocterra #1
                                                  • Orphan and the Five Beasts #1
                                                  • Radiant Black #2
                                                  • Silk #1
                                                  • Stray Dogs #2
                                                  • Suicide Squad #1
                                                  • Superman #29
                                                  • Swamp Thing #1
                                                  • Taskmaster #4-5
                                                  • Teen Titans Academy #1
                                                  • The Joker #1
                                                  • Thor #13
                                                  • Thor & Loki: Double Trouble #1
                                                  • Transformers Back to the Future #3
                                                  Favorite Comics This Year:
                                                  1. Daredevil
                                                  2. Nightwing
                                                  3. Department of Truth
                                                  4. Taskmaster
                                                  5. King in Black Thunderbolts
                                                  6. Black Hammer Visions
                                                  7. Alien
                                                  8. Transformers Back to the Future
                                                  9. The Joker
                                                  10. Crossover
                                                  11. Immortal Hulk
                                                  12. King in Black Amazing Spider-Man
                                                  13. MODOK Head Games
                                                  14. King in Black Wiccan and Hulkling
                                                  15. Savage Avengers
                                                  16. Radiant Black
                                                  17. Silk
                                                  18. Detective Comics
                                                  19. Thor
                                                  20. Beta Ray Bill
                                                  21. Warhammer 40K Marneus Calgar
                                                  22. America Chavez Made in the USA
                                                  23. Batman Urban Legends
                                                  24. Stray Dogs
                                                  25. Venom
                                                  26. Harley Quinn
                                                  27. Orphan and the Five Beasts
                                                  28. Teen Titans Academy
                                                  29. Amazing Spider-Man
                                                  30. Star Wars
                                                  31. Batman
                                                  32. Suicide Squad
                                                  33. DC Infinite Frontier
                                                  34. Thor & Loki Double Trouble
                                                  35. Superman/Action Comics
                                                  36. Eternals
                                                  37. Fear Case
                                                  38. Nocterra
                                                  39. The Union
                                                  40. Scout's Honor
                                                  41. Avengers Mech Strike
                                                  42. Brzrkr
                                                  43. Swamp Thing
                                                  44. James Bond Agent of SPECTRE
                                                  45. King in Black Gwenom vs. Carnage
                                                  46. Haha
                                                  47. Demon Days X-Men
                                                  TV I Watched This Month:
                                                  • Assembled "Episode 1"
                                                  • Best Leftovers Ever "Season 1"
                                                  • The Chase "Season 1"
                                                  • Clarice "Season 1"
                                                  • Cougar Town "Season 2"
                                                  • The Equalizer "Season 1"
                                                  • Falcon & Winter Soldier "Season 1"
                                                  • The Good Wife "Season 1"
                                                  • Happy Endings "Season 2"
                                                  • The Hustler "Season 1"
                                                  • Invincible "Season 1"
                                                  • Last Week Tonight With John Oliver "Season 8"
                                                  • Mad About You "Season 5"
                                                  • Pacific Rim The Black "Season 1"
                                                  • Resident Alien "Season 1"
                                                  • SMILF "Season 1"
                                                  • Superman & Lois "Season 1"
                                                  • The Unicorn "Season 2"
                                                  • WandaVision "Season 1"
                                                  • West Wing "Season 5"
                                                  • Young Rock "Season 1"
                                                  • Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist "Season 2"
                                                  Top TV This Year So Far:
                                                  1. Falcon & Winter Soldier
                                                  2. WandaVision
                                                  3. Superman & Lois
                                                  4. Cobra Kai
                                                  5. Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist
                                                  6. Letterkenny
                                                  7. The Unicorn
                                                  8. History of Swear Words
                                                  9. Mandalorian Gallery
                                                  10. The Sister
                                                  11. The Expanse
                                                  12. The Hustler
                                                  13. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
                                                  14. Resident Alien
                                                  15. The Equalizer
                                                  16. Invincible
                                                  17. Star Trek Discovery (season finale only)
                                                  18. Best Leftovers Ever
                                                  19. The Chase
                                                  20. Clarice
                                                  21. Young Rock
                                                  22. Pacific Rim The Black
                                                  23. The Head
                                                  24. Transformers War for Cybertron Earthrise
                                                  Movies I Watched This Month:
                                                  • Coming 2 America
                                                  • Boss Level
                                                  • The One and Only Ivan
                                                  • Cherry
                                                  • Citizen Kane
                                                  Favorite New Movies This Year So Far:
                                                  1. Judas and the Black Messiah
                                                  2. Space Sweepers
                                                  3. Coming 2 America
                                                  4. The Little Things
                                                  5. Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
                                                  6. One Night in Miami
                                                  7. Outside the Wire
                                                  8. Map of Tiny Perfect Things
                                                  9. Boss Level
                                                  10. I Care A Lot
                                                  11. Chick Fight
                                                  12. Cherry
                                                  13. Monster Hunter
                                                  14. Bliss
                                                  15. Locked Down
                                                  16. Earwig and the Witch
                                                  Places I Ate This Month (Last Year 260): (48+24=72)
                                                  • Arby's
                                                  • Austin Eastciders
                                                  • Baguette House
                                                  • Cabo Bob's
                                                  • Carabao Express
                                                  • Culver's (x2)
                                                  • Hopdoddy (x2)
                                                  • Hopfield's
                                                  • Michi Ramen
                                                  • Mikey V's Tacos
                                                  • Oh K Dogs
                                                  • OneTaco
                                                  • Panda Express
                                                  • Phil's Icehouse
                                                  • Popeye's (x2)
                                                  • Taco Cabana
                                                  • Tarka
                                                  • Tumble 22 (x3)
                                                  • Whataburger

                                                  Monday, March 01, 2021

                                                  Monthly Update - February 2021

                                                  Read 50 Graphic Novels (Last Year 52)  (1+7=8)

                                                  • Alpha Flight by John Byrne Omnibus HC
                                                  • Analog Vol 2 TP
                                                  • Ascender Vol 3 TP
                                                  • Klaus Life & Times of Santa Claus HC
                                                  • SFSX Vol 1 TP
                                                  • We Only Find Them When They're Dead Vol 1 TP
                                                  • World of Black Hammer Library Vol 1 HC

                                                  Older Comics I Read This Year:
                                                  • Avengers #227-233
                                                                          Comics I Read This Month (Last Year 230): (19+23=42)
                                                                          • Amazing Spider-Man #59-60
                                                                          • Avengers Mech Strike #1
                                                                          • Black Cat #3
                                                                          • Black Hammer Visions #1
                                                                          • Crossover #4
                                                                          • Daredevil #27
                                                                          • Department of Truth #6
                                                                          • Eternals #2
                                                                          • Immortal Hulk #43
                                                                          • King in Black #4
                                                                          • King in Black Gwenom & Carnage #1
                                                                          • King in Black Thunderbolts #2
                                                                          • MODOK Head Games #3
                                                                          • Marvels Snapshots Captain Marvel
                                                                          • Radiant Black #1
                                                                          • Stillwater #6
                                                                          • Stray Dogs #1
                                                                          • Taskmaster #3
                                                                          • Thor #12
                                                                          • Venom #33
                                                                          • Warhammer 40K Marneus Calgar #4-5
                                                                          Favorite Comics This Year:
                                                                          1. Department of Truth
                                                                          2. Daredevil
                                                                          3. Crossover
                                                                          4. Immortal Hulk
                                                                          5. King in Black Thunderbolts
                                                                          6. MODOK Head Games
                                                                          7. Black Hammer Visions
                                                                          8. Savage Avengers
                                                                          9. Radiant Black
                                                                          10. Thor
                                                                          11. Warhammer 40K Marneus Calgar
                                                                          12. Venom
                                                                          13. Amazing Spider-Man
                                                                          14. Star Wars
                                                                          15. Eternals
                                                                          16. The Union
                                                                          17. Scout's Honor
                                                                          18. Avengers Mech Strike
                                                                          19. King in Black Gwenom vs. Carnage
                                                                          20. Haha
                                                                          TV I Watched This Month:
                                                                          • Best Leftovers Ever "Season 1"
                                                                          • Bonding "Season 2"
                                                                          • The Chase "Season 1"
                                                                          • Cougar Town "Season 2"
                                                                          • The Expanse "Season 5"
                                                                          • The Head "Season 1"
                                                                          • The Hustler "Season 1"
                                                                          • Last Week Tonight With John Oliver "Season 8"
                                                                          • Mad About You "Season 4-5"
                                                                          • Mr. Mayor "Season 1"
                                                                          • Psych "Season 1"
                                                                          • Resident Alien "Season 1"
                                                                          • WandaVision "Season 1"
                                                                          • West Wing "Season 4"
                                                                          • Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist "Season 2"
                                                                          Top TV This Year So Far:
                                                                          1. Cobra Kai
                                                                          2. WandaVision
                                                                          3. Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist
                                                                          4. Letterkenny
                                                                          5. History of Swear Words
                                                                          6. Mandalorian Gallery
                                                                          7. The Sister
                                                                          8. The Expanse
                                                                          9. The Hustler
                                                                          10. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
                                                                          11. The Head
                                                                          12. Resident Alien
                                                                          13. Star Trek Discovery (season finale only)
                                                                          14. Best Leftovers Ever
                                                                          15. The Chase
                                                                          16. Bonding
                                                                          17. Transformers War for Cybertron Earthrise
                                                                          18. Mr. Mayor
                                                                          19. Lupin
                                                                          20. The Stand
                                                                          Movies I Watched This Month:
                                                                          • Cowboys and Aliens
                                                                          • The Little Things
                                                                          • Prince of Darkness
                                                                          • 48 Hours
                                                                          • Bliss
                                                                          • Earwig and the Witch
                                                                          • In and Of Itself
                                                                          • Antebellum
                                                                          • Map of Tiny Perfect Things
                                                                          • Judas and the Black Messiah
                                                                          • Space Sweepers
                                                                          • Midnight Run
                                                                          • Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse
                                                                          • Booksmart
                                                                          • Dolemite is My Name
                                                                          • I Care A Lot
                                                                          • Monster Hunter
                                                                          Favorite New Movies This Year So Far:
                                                                          1. Judas and the Black Messiah
                                                                          2. Space Sweepers
                                                                          3. The Little Things
                                                                          4. Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
                                                                          5. One Night in Miami
                                                                          6. Outside the Wire
                                                                          7. Map of Tiny Perfect Things
                                                                          8. I Care A Lot
                                                                          9. Chick Fight
                                                                          10. Monster Hunter
                                                                          11. Bliss
                                                                          12. Locked Down
                                                                          13. Earwig and the Witch
                                                                          Places I Ate This Month (Last Year 260): (26+22=48)
                                                                          • Bush's Chicken
                                                                          • Chi'lantro
                                                                          • Culver's
                                                                          • Freebird's
                                                                          • Hopdoddy (x2)
                                                                          • Nala's
                                                                          • Popeye's (x2)
                                                                          • Raising Cane's (x2)
                                                                          • Smokey Mo's
                                                                          • Smokin' Beauty
                                                                          • Taco Cabana (x2)
                                                                          • Tarka
                                                                          • Wendy's
                                                                          • Whataburger (x3)
                                                                          • Wiseguys (x2)

                                                                          Monday, February 01, 2021

                                                                          Monthly Update - January 2021

                                                                               Read 50 Graphic Novels (Last Year 52) 

                                                                          • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 1 The Final Gauntlet TP
                                                                                                  Comics I Read This Month (Last Year 230): (19)
                                                                                                  • Amazing Spider-Man #56-58
                                                                                                  • Crossover #3
                                                                                                  • Daredevil #26
                                                                                                  • Department of Truth #5
                                                                                                  • Eternals #1
                                                                                                  • Haha #1
                                                                                                  • Immortal Hulk #42
                                                                                                  • Juggernaut #5
                                                                                                  • King in Black Gwenom vs. Carnage #1
                                                                                                  • King in Black Thunderbolts #1
                                                                                                  • MODOK Head Games #2
                                                                                                  • Savage Avengers #17
                                                                                                  • Scout's Honor #1
                                                                                                  • Star Wars #10
                                                                                                  • The Union #2
                                                                                                  • Thor #11
                                                                                                  • Venom #32
                                                                                                  Favorite Comics This Year:
                                                                                                  1. Department of Truth
                                                                                                  2. Daredevil
                                                                                                  3. Crossover
                                                                                                  4. Immortal Hulk
                                                                                                  5. King in Black Thunderbolts
                                                                                                  6. MODOK Head Games
                                                                                                  7. Savage Avengers
                                                                                                  8. Eternals
                                                                                                  9. Thor
                                                                                                  10. Venom
                                                                                                  11. Amazing Spider-Man
                                                                                                  12. Star Wars
                                                                                                  13. The Union
                                                                                                  14. Scout's Honor
                                                                                                  15. King in Black Gwenom vs. Carnage
                                                                                                  16. Haha
                                                                                                  TV I Watched This Month:
                                                                                                  • Best Leftovers Ever "Season 1"
                                                                                                  • Cobra Kai "Season 3"
                                                                                                  • Cougar Town "Season 1"
                                                                                                  • The Detour "Seasons 3-4"
                                                                                                  • The Great North "S1E1"
                                                                                                  • History of Swear Words "Season 1"
                                                                                                  • The Hustler "Season 1"
                                                                                                  • Letterkenny "Season 9"
                                                                                                  • Lupin "S1E1-3"
                                                                                                  • Mandalorian Gallery "Season 2"
                                                                                                  • Mr. Mayor "Season 1"
                                                                                                  • Resident Alien "S1E1"
                                                                                                  • The Sister
                                                                                                  • The Stand "Season 1"
                                                                                                  • Star Trek Discovery "Season 3 finale"
                                                                                                  • Transformers War for Cybertron: Earthrise
                                                                                                  • Walker "S1E1-2"
                                                                                                  • WandaVision "Season 1"
                                                                                                  • The West Wing "Season 4"
                                                                                                  • Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist "Season 2"
                                                                                                  Top TV This Year So Far:
                                                                                                  1. Cobra Kai
                                                                                                  2. Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist
                                                                                                  3. WandaVision
                                                                                                  4. Letterkenny
                                                                                                  5. History of Swear Words
                                                                                                  6. Mandalorian Gallery
                                                                                                  7. The Sister
                                                                                                  8. Resident Alien
                                                                                                  9. Star Trek Discovery (season finale only)
                                                                                                  10. Best Leftovers Ever
                                                                                                  11. Transformers War for Cybertron Earthrise
                                                                                                  12. Mr. Mayor
                                                                                                  13. Lupin
                                                                                                  14. The Stand
                                                                                                  Movies I Watched This Month:
                                                                                                  • Austin Powers International Man of Mystery
                                                                                                  • Beyond the Wire
                                                                                                  • Big Trouble in Little China
                                                                                                  • Chick Fight
                                                                                                  • Death to 2020
                                                                                                  • Locked Down
                                                                                                  • Love & Monsters
                                                                                                  • Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
                                                                                                  • One Night in Miami
                                                                                                  • Ralph Breaks The Internet
                                                                                                  • Ratatouille
                                                                                                  • Spies in Disguise
                                                                                                  • Spontaneous
                                                                                                  • The Gentlemen
                                                                                                  • The Quick and the Dead
                                                                                                  • Underwater
                                                                                                  Favorite New Movies This Year So Far:
                                                                                                  1. Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
                                                                                                  2. One Night in Miami
                                                                                                  3. Beyond the Wire
                                                                                                  4. Chick Fight
                                                                                                  5. Locked Down
                                                                                                  Places I Ate This Month (Last Year 260): (26)
                                                                                                  • Arby's (x2)
                                                                                                  • Baguette House
                                                                                                  • Chuy's
                                                                                                  • Culver's
                                                                                                  • Flyrite Chicken
                                                                                                  • Ike's Love and Sandwiches
                                                                                                  • Lechuza Tacos
                                                                                                  • Lucky's Wagyu Burgers
                                                                                                  • Mod Pizza (x2)
                                                                                                  • Popeye's (x2)
                                                                                                  • P. Terry's
                                                                                                  • Raising Cane's
                                                                                                  • Slapbox Pizzacheria
                                                                                                  • Snooze A.M.
                                                                                                  • Sonic
                                                                                                  • Taco Bell
                                                                                                  • Tarka
                                                                                                  • Texas Roadhouse
                                                                                                  • Vera Cruz
                                                                                                  • Wendy's (x2)
                                                                                                  • Whataburger
                                                                                                  • Ziggy's Kielbasa

                                                                                                  Thursday, December 31, 2020

                                                                                                  Monthly Update - December 2020

                                                                                                      Read 50 Graphic Novels (Last Year 37) (47+5=52):

                                                                                                  • Criminal Vol 3 HC
                                                                                                  • Black Hammer Library Edition Vol 2 HC
                                                                                                  • History of the Marvel Universe TP
                                                                                                  • Reckless HC
                                                                                                  • Klaus The Life & Times of Santa Claus HC
                                                                                                  My Top Comics This Month:
                                                                                                  1. Marvel Snapshots Civil War #1
                                                                                                  2. Crossover #2
                                                                                                  3. Black Cat #1
                                                                                                  4. Department of Truth #4
                                                                                                                          Comics I Read This Month (Last Year 429) (205+25=230):
                                                                                                                          • Amazing Spider-Man #54
                                                                                                                          • Crossover #2
                                                                                                                          • Daredevil #25
                                                                                                                          • Getting It Together #3
                                                                                                                          • Juggernaut #4
                                                                                                                          • King in Black #1
                                                                                                                          • MODOK Head Games #1
                                                                                                                          • Marvel Snapshots Civil War #1
                                                                                                                          • Overwatch: Tracer - London Calling #1
                                                                                                                          • Savage Avengers #15
                                                                                                                          • Seven Secrets #5
                                                                                                                          • Star Wars #9
                                                                                                                          • The Union #1
                                                                                                                          • Thor #10
                                                                                                                          • Warhammer 40K Marneus Calgar #3
                                                                                                                          • Black Cat #1
                                                                                                                          • Immortal Hulk #41
                                                                                                                          • Savage Avengers #16
                                                                                                                          • Stillwater #4
                                                                                                                          • Taskmaster #2
                                                                                                                          • Department of Truth #4
                                                                                                                          • Maestro #5
                                                                                                                          • Amazing Spider-Man #54.LR
                                                                                                                          • King in Black #2
                                                                                                                          • Transformers Back to the Future #2
                                                                                                                          TV I Watched This Month:
                                                                                                                          • 616 "Season 1"
                                                                                                                          • The Detour "Season 2"
                                                                                                                          • The Expanse "Season 4"
                                                                                                                          • The Holiday Movies That Made Us "Season 1"
                                                                                                                          • Letterkenny "Season 9"
                                                                                                                          • Mad About You Reboot "Season 1"
                                                                                                                          • The Mandalorian "Season 2"
                                                                                                                          • Schitt's Creek "Seasons 3-"
                                                                                                                          • Star Trek Discovery "Season 3"
                                                                                                                          • The Unicorn "Season 2"
                                                                                                                          Top TV This Month:
                                                                                                                          1. The Mandalorian
                                                                                                                          2. Star Trek Discovery
                                                                                                                          3. Mad About You
                                                                                                                          4. The Expanse
                                                                                                                          5. Letterkenny
                                                                                                                          6. The Unicorn
                                                                                                                          7. 616
                                                                                                                          8. The Holiday Movies That Made Us
                                                                                                                          Movies I Watched This Month:
                                                                                                                          • Happiest Season
                                                                                                                          • Noelle
                                                                                                                          • Freaky
                                                                                                                          • Anna and the Apocalypse
                                                                                                                          • Christmas Chronicles 2
                                                                                                                          • The Thing
                                                                                                                          • Elf
                                                                                                                          • Mulan
                                                                                                                          • Scrooged
                                                                                                                          • Jingle Jangle
                                                                                                                          • Klaus
                                                                                                                          • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
                                                                                                                          • Holidate
                                                                                                                          • Soul
                                                                                                                          • Wonder Woman '84
                                                                                                                          Places I Ate This Month (230+28=258):
                                                                                                                          • Lucky's Wagyu Burger Shoppe
                                                                                                                          • Whataburger
                                                                                                                          • Taco Cabana
                                                                                                                          • Smokin' Beauty
                                                                                                                          • Culver's
                                                                                                                          • ModPizza
                                                                                                                          • Freebird's
                                                                                                                          • P. Terry's
                                                                                                                          • Arby's
                                                                                                                          • Texas Roadhouse
                                                                                                                          • Popeye's
                                                                                                                          • DipDipDip Sandwich
                                                                                                                          • Ike's Sandwiches
                                                                                                                          • Waffle Love
                                                                                                                          • Whataburger
                                                                                                                          • Y'alls Cafe
                                                                                                                          • Pinthouse Pizza

                                                                                                                          Wednesday, December 30, 2020

                                                                                                                          Best of 2020 - Comics

                                                                                                                           Ongoing Comics:

                                                                                                                          So my total comics read has been going down about 100 comics a year, and that definitely happened this year as well. Of course, that's partly because nobody was publishing comics for a couple months in there. But I read somewhere between 250 and 300 comics this year in single issue form.

                                                                                                                          Last year I did a Top 10 ongoing comics and Top 14 miniseries. This year there's a little bit more to offer, so I've got a Top 8 ongoing comics, Top 8 new series, and Top 7 miniseries, so it was about the same quality, but with a lot more new comics I liked. And lots of one-shots and good first issues where the series either didn't quite catch my attention or all of it hasn't come out yet so I can't fairly judge.

                                                                                                                          Last year there was only one book that was also around in 2018, this year five of my top 8 were on last year's list. One of them, Die, only fell off because I moved to reading it in trades. One of them, Criminal, wasn't published in 2020, because Brubaker and Phillips put out two full graphic novels instead.

                                                                                                                          1. Daredevil #15-25, Annual #1 (Last year #1)
                                                                                                                          This was the top spot on my list last year, and if anything, it got even better this year. Chip Zdarsky and Julian Tedesco finished up the storyline of Kingpin, Daredevil, and Cole North having to work together against the Koch Brothers, er, Stromwyns as they tear apart Hell's Kitchen with some super-powered mercenaries. They then ventured into territory similar to what Bendis and Brubaker did, with Daredevil questioning his methods, facing the legal system, and even winding up in prison. Their take on Elektra is also great, with a pretty notable status quo change for the end of the year, leading into 2021. I also enjoyed the introduction of Mike Murdock, explored in the annual. 

                                                                                                                          2. Black Cat #8-12, Vol. 2 #1 (Last year #3)
                                                                                                                          This was top three last year, and it moved up in part because part two, Criminal, wasn't out in 2020. But the finale of Jed McKay's Black Cat was a lot of fun, pitting Black Cat up against Wolverine and then Tony Stark. I'm glad they're getting another go-round with a tangential King in Black tie-in in 2021.

                                                                                                                          3. Immortal Hulk #29-41, Great Power #1, The Threshing Place #1, Immortal She-Hulk #1 (Last Year: #4)
                                                                                                                          Al Ewing continued to impress on Immortal Hulk, and three years into a run is pretty good. Joe Bennett was great on art, and there were some good guest turns as well. I was less into the one-shots by other writers, even though I'm usually a big fan of Jeff Lemire and Tom Taylor. They were good but not on the same level. But this year's stories, bringing in Xemnu and having him basically mind control to take over as the Hulk, and then reintroducing the Leader in a scary new form tied into the Green Door.

                                                                                                                          4. Suicide Squad #2-11
                                                                                                                          The first issue of this came out last year and I was kind of underwhelmed. I love Tom Taylor's work and I have a huge fondness for Suicide Squad because of Ostrander, but this was a weird take. And as it went on, it kind of remained weird, but there was something in every issue that I liked, as Taylor is one of the best moment-to-moment writers in the business. There was also something in just about every issue that made me mad, from the use of Ted Kord (which turned out to have an underlying explanation) to the death of Deadshot (which, either because of cancellation or because it was the original plan, was not undone). Ultimately I think that I wish it was just a Revolutionaries book from Taylor and artist Bruce Redondo, but I don't think that would have sold. Of course, neither did Suicide Squad.

                                                                                                                          5. Savage Avengers #0, 9-16 (Last Year #8)
                                                                                                                          I was surprised enough that this worked for a year, but in its second year, Gerry Duggan and Patrick Zircher really embraced the weirdness of Conan in the Marvel Universe, with any number of great out-of-context panels. But it's also a really good story, pitting Doctor Strange up against Conan's old foe Kulan Gath, calling back to the two-part X-Men story where he rewrote all of Manhattan, which was reprinted in #0 this year. Also, the additions to the team, from Black Widow and Elektra to Juggernaut and Black Knight, are all really good. I haven't had an Avengers book from Marvel I could enjoy in a while, so it's nice that this one, weird and niche as it is, is so good.

                                                                                                                          6. Star Wars #2-9
                                                                                                                          The relaunch of Star Wars in the post-Empire Strikes Back era has provided a boost that the series needed, just like it got when Marvel and Jason Aaron first relaunched it a couple years ago. Love seeing Lando transform from reluctant scoundrel to Rebel, love seeing the Lando/Lobot friendship that Charles Soule introduced getting more play, and I'm enjoying the new protege of Moff Tarkin as a villain. Also the further exploration of Luke's journey as a Jedi, complete with some nod to Rebels-era Inquisitors, and the flip side of Darth Vader exploring the background of his son.

                                                                                                                          7. Amazing Spider-Man #49-55, #50-54.LR, Sins Rising #1, Sins of Norman Osborn #1
                                                                                                                          I didn't plug into Nick Spencer's Amazing Spider-Man, but the Sins Rising storyline, and the new villain Kindred, grabbed my interest enough to start reading. It's still not up to the levels of my favorite Spencer (Sam Wilson Cap & The Fix, the latter of which I'm still salty about not finishing) but there's some interesting stuff in there. 

                                                                                                                          8. Lazarus Risen #4-5 (Last Year #7)
                                                                                                                          There were only two issues of Greg Rucka and Michael Lark's dystopian future, but the new format is really good, and I continue to enjoy their disturbingly prescient look at a world where the 1% has become more like the .001% and gained even more power.

                                                                                                                          Best New Series:

                                                                                                                          1. Department of Truth #1-4
                                                                                                                          James Tynion has been impressing with his work at Boom, but his first new Image series really grabbed my attention. It's an interesting take on conspiracy theories, and the first three issues have covered flat Earth, JFK, Sandy Hook, Satanic panic, and a lot of other interesting conspiracies in a new and interesting way, with the inclusion of an X-Files/Men in Black style agency dealing with it. I'm curious to see where the story goes from here.

                                                                                                                          2. Crossover #1-2
                                                                                                                          Donny Cates has made a big splash over at Marvel, but he first came to my attention when he and Geoff Shaw did God Country for Image, and they returned to Image for Crossover, a very promising new series that's full of meta references to comic books and comic strips, and also seems to have a lot to say about comics as formative influence, which is an idea very near and dear to my heart. It's too early to know exactly where it's going, but as with Department of Truth, it's starting off strong and I can't wait to see where it goes.

                                                                                                                          3. Thor #1-10
                                                                                                                          I am not the world's biggest Thor fan, but what Donny Cates and Nic Klein have been doing, bringing a sort of cosmic, space-faring, heavy metal-tinged take to the god of thunder, now ascended to the throne of Asgard, has been really great. Starting off with tying him to Galactus and having him throwdown with Beta Ray Bill and Sif was one thing, but the follow-ups have been equally interesting and strange, and I'm curious to see how it ties into his King in Black story.

                                                                                                                          4. Chu #1-5
                                                                                                                          John Layman returns for a "Better Call Saul" to Chew's "Breaking Bad," focused on Tony's criminal sister Saffron. It's a great first story arc that builds as it goes on, and I look forward to the second one in 2021. It's a shame to miss Rob Guillory (who has been doing good stuff on Farmhand, and I really need to catch up on that) but Dan Boultwood is a really good artist for the book.

                                                                                                                          5. Seven Secrets #1-5
                                                                                                                          Tom Taylor is one of my favorite writers in comics, and his creator-owned book for Boom!, along with Walter Balamonte, is really promising so far. It's an action-adventure comic with almost more of a pulp than superhero bent, built around an interesting family relationship and a secret society.

                                                                                                                          6. Stillwater #1-5
                                                                                                                          Chip Zdarsky has impressed in the last year with Spider-Man Life Story and Daredevil, and I love his new Image series with art by Ramon Perez, which recalls a bit of Revival in its concept but has a completely different execution and set of themes.

                                                                                                                          7. Getting It Together #1-2
                                                                                                                          Sina Grace, Omar Spahi, and Jenny D. Fine are creating a book that we've been pitching as "Friends if it was modern, LGBT+ friendly, and a little more sexy" and I've been enjoying it quite a bit so far.

                                                                                                                          8. Fire Power #1-6
                                                                                                                          Robert Kirkman teamed with Chris Samneee, one of the best artists in the business, for an original graphic novel that would have been the hit of Free Comic Book Day if it had happened this year. The story is made up of familiar tropes, from the hardened old master who secretly loves modern convenience to the outsider who is the chosen one, to the chosen one who turns his back on his destiny, but it's all executed really well, and drawn beautifully.

                                                                                                                          9. Iron Man #1-4
                                                                                                                          Honestly, this one is rounding out the Top 10, but I don't know that it will make it onto the list next year. Christopher Cantwell has gotten praise for his work on Doom, but I haven't been as wild about his writing for comics in general, and this is notable mostly for being a back to basics approach for Tony Stark and a good use of Hellcat, notable since Tony has not been treated kindly by writers who I would have thought were excellent picks like Dan Slott or Kieron Gillen, or writers who I wouldn't have thought were excellent picks like Bendis. And the painterly style artwork of Cafu is very noteworthy.


                                                                                                                          1. DCeased Dead Planet #1-5, Unkillables #1-3
                                                                                                                          Last year, Tom Taylor's DCeased ranked just below Chip Zdarsky and Jed McKay's Spider-Man Life Story and Man Without Fear. The follow-ups have been pretty great as well. The direct sequel Dead Planet is enjoyable, but Unkillables, a side story featuring Red Hood, Deathstroke, Cassandra Cain and other anti-heroes and villains, was in ways even better than the first DCeased. 

                                                                                                                          2. Marvels Snapshots: Captain America, Civil War, Fantastic Four, Sub-Mariner, X-Men, Avengers
                                                                                                                          The celebration of Marvels has mostly been a miss. Two issues of Marvel, which are mostly forgettable, and Marvels X, with more of the Earth X book I wasn't a big fan of in the first place. But Marvel Snapshots captures what I really loved about Marvels, which is Kurt Busiek's street level view of the Marvel Universe. Busiek seems to be sort of the showrunner or originator, but most of the heavy lifting is done by different writers on each issue. It's basically Astro City for the Marvel Universe, and with the exception of Howard Chaykin's issue (just not a Chaykin fan, sadly), they've all been good to great reads.

                                                                                                                          3. Marvel Zombies Resurrection #1-4
                                                                                                                          Like DCeased, I didn't think I'd really want to see a zombie story in the Marvel Universe, especially since the Kirkman-penned dark comedy sort of ran out of gas for me. But this re-invention of it as a more serious post-apocalyptic road trip by Phillip Kennedy Johnson and Leonard Kirk is a good read.

                                                                                                                          4. Shang-Chi #1-4
                                                                                                                          It's a shame this is a miniseries, because Gene Luen Yang has done for Shang-Chi what I suspect the MCU will do for him next year. He's given him a backstory freed from Fu Manchu, built up an interesting supporting cast, and given him a space to be the cool martial arts guy in the Marvel Universe. It's very different from the excellent work Doug Moench and Paul Gulacy did, but it's a really strong reinvention.

                                                                                                                          5. Warhammer 40K Marneus Calgar #1-3
                                                                                                                          Kieron Gillen is a fan of the Warhammer universe, and he's turning in an interesting story of the training of Space Marines, with a really good twist in the second issue. Jacen Burrows is a good artist for the series too, even if I kind of wish cover artist James Stokoe was also doing interiors.

                                                                                                                          6. Cyberpunk 2077 Trauma Team #1-4
                                                                                                                          I'm a huge fan of the Cyberpunk universe, and I'm excited that the videogame is going to mean more spinoff merchandise like this limited series. 

                                                                                                                          7. Batman Three Jokers #1-3
                                                                                                                          To be honest? I expected to hate this. But it's undeniably well-crafted by Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok does the best art of his career. It feels unnecessary and like riding Alan Moore's coat-tails, but that's honestly still better than 95% of DC's output.

                                                                                                                          First Issues:
                                                                                                                          In general, this is a list of single issues that started off strong but led to series that fell off for me, or single issues where I can't judge enough of the series yet. Last year there were 29, this year there are 25. There's no Klaus one-shot this year, which makes me sad. 

                                                                                                                          Taskmaster #1
                                                                                                                          Force Works 2020 #1
                                                                                                                          Kaiju Score #1
                                                                                                                          I Walk With Monsters #1
                                                                                                                          MODOK Head Games #1
                                                                                                                          King in Black #1
                                                                                                                          Web of Venom Wraith #1
                                                                                                                          Big Girls #1
                                                                                                                          Barbalien Red Planet #1
                                                                                                                          Colonel Weird Cosmagog #1
                                                                                                                          Overwatch: Tracer - London Calling #1
                                                                                                                          Transformers Back to the Future #1
                                                                                                                          Web of Venom Empyre's End #1
                                                                                                                          That Texas Blood #1
                                                                                                                          The Union #1
                                                                                                                          Dead Body Road Bad Blood #1
                                                                                                                          Miskatonic #1
                                                                                                                          Stranger Things and Dungeons & Dragons #1
                                                                                                                          Juggernaut #1
                                                                                                                          Scumbag #1
                                                                                                                          TMNT The Last Ronin #1
                                                                                                                          The Orville Launch Day #1
                                                                                                                          Transformers vs. Terminator #1
                                                                                                                          Vampire the Masquerade #1
                                                                                                                          We Live #1
                                                                                                                          We Only Find Them When They're Dead #1

                                                                                                                          Tuesday, December 29, 2020

                                                                                                                          Best of 2020 - Graphic Novels

                                                                                                                          I bought 28 graphic novels this year and I've read 20 of them so far, so I'm doing OK keeping up. Considering I have 13 left unread from last year and the year before that too. Most of them are hardcover omnibuses, like the Avatar and Korra series, New Teen Titans, BPRD, and a couple Marvel Select from IDW.

                                                                                                                          This year I did catch up on some stuff on my backlog, like Descender (and it's sequel Ascender), Paper Girls, Pathfinder, Harrow County, The Wild Storm, and Rat Queens. I finally read Blacksad, which has been on my list for a long time. And I did a reread of the last few Brubaker/Phillips projects and Black Hammer. All in all, I read just over 50 graphic novels this year, a lot of them big omnibus type things, so I'm pretty happy about that.

                                                                                                                          If you wanted to get a sense of what I think was the best of 2020, and you're only buying graphic novels, here are my recommendations:
                                                                                                                          1. Daredevil by Chip Zdarsky (Four trades, with a hardcover coming in 2021)
                                                                                                                          2. Immortal Hulk (Seven trades, or two swanky hardcovers, with a third coming in 2021)
                                                                                                                          3. Criminal (A bunch of trades, or four swanky hardcovers, two of which are getting reprints in 2021, not to mention the OGN Pulp and the new graphic novel series Reckless)
                                                                                                                          4. Black Hammer (A bunch of trades, or three swanky hardcovers with a fourth on the way in 2021)
                                                                                                                          5. Junji Ito (This year's were No Longer Human, Venus in the Blind Spot, Twisted Visions (an artbook), and Remina)
                                                                                                                          6. Black Cat (Two trades)
                                                                                                                          7. Savage Avengers (Two trades, third coming in 2021)
                                                                                                                          8. DCeased (Two hardcovers, with a third coming in 2021)
                                                                                                                          9. Fire Power (One volume, with a second coming in 2021)
                                                                                                                          10. Die (Three volumes, ongoing)
                                                                                                                          My Favorite Graphic Novels of 2020:
                                                                                                                          (Published in 2020)
                                                                                                                          1. Daredevil by Chip Zdarsky Vol 3-5 TP
                                                                                                                          2. Immortal Hulk Vol 2 HC
                                                                                                                          3. Reckless HC
                                                                                                                          4. Pulp HC
                                                                                                                          5. Cruel Summer HC
                                                                                                                          6. Klaus The Life and Times of Santa Claus HC
                                                                                                                          7. Black Hammer Library Edition Vol 2 HC
                                                                                                                          8. World of Black Hammer Library Edition Vol 1 HC
                                                                                                                          9. Royal City HC
                                                                                                                          10. Remina HC
                                                                                                                          11. Venus in the Blind Spot HC
                                                                                                                          12. Black Cat Vol 1-2 TP
                                                                                                                          13. History of the Marvel Universe TP
                                                                                                                          14. D&D Days of Endless Adventure TP
                                                                                                                          15. Paper Girls Vol 3 HC
                                                                                                                          16. Swing Vol 3 TP
                                                                                                                          17. Savage Avengers Vol 2 TP
                                                                                                                          18. DCeased: Unkillables HC
                                                                                                                          19. Fire Power Vol 1 TP
                                                                                                                          20. Die Vol 2-3 TP
                                                                                                                          Graphic Novels I Read This Year:
                                                                                                                          Ascender Vol 1-2 TP
                                                                                                                          Black Hammer Library Edition Vol 2 HC
                                                                                                                          Blacking Out
                                                                                                                          Blacksad Collected Stories
                                                                                                                          Criminal Vol 3 HC
                                                                                                                          Crowded Vol 2 TP
                                                                                                                          Cruel Summer HC
                                                                                                                          D&D Days of Endless Adventure TP
                                                                                                                          Descender Vol 2 HC
                                                                                                                          Die Vol 3 TP
                                                                                                                          Doctor Strange by Donny Cates HC
                                                                                                                          Dragon Prince Through the Moon Vol 1 GN
                                                                                                                          Eternal Empire Vols 1-2
                                                                                                                          Fire Power Vol 1
                                                                                                                          Green Lantern Rebirth TP
                                                                                                                          Harrow County Vol 4 Library Edition
                                                                                                                          History of the Marvel Universe TP
                                                                                                                          Immortal Hulk Vol 2 HC
                                                                                                                          Injustice 2 Vols 1-6
                                                                                                                          Junji Ito's No Longer Human
                                                                                                                          Kill or Be Killed HC
                                                                                                                          Klaus Life & Times of Santa Claus HC
                                                                                                                          Paper Girls Vol 3 HC
                                                                                                                          Pathfinder Runescars
                                                                                                                          Pathfinder Spiral of Bones
                                                                                                                          Pathfinder Worldscape Vol 1-2
                                                                                                                          Pulp HC
                                                                                                                          Rat Queens Vol 6 TP
                                                                                                                          Rat Queens Vol 7 TP
                                                                                                                          Reckless HC
                                                                                                                          Remina HC
                                                                                                                          Something Is Killing the Children Vol 1 TP
                                                                                                                          Stars & STRIPE Vol 1 TP
                                                                                                                          Swing Vol 3 TP
                                                                                                                          The Wild Storm Vols. 1-4
                                                                                                                          Twisted Visions: The Art of Junji Ito
                                                                                                                          Umbrella Academy Library Edition Vols 1-2 HC
                                                                                                                          Venus in the Blind Spot
                                                                                                                          World of Cyberpunk 2077 HC

                                                                                                                          Monday, December 28, 2020

                                                                                                                          Best of 2020 - Food

                                                                                                                          Last year I ate out about 280 times. With the pandemic, I didn't eat out as often this year, but I started doing a lot more takeout, and so I still visited restaurants about the same amount of times.

                                                                                                                          These are my top 13 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. New Fortune Chinese and Kura Revolving Sushi fell off the list because they're not exactly pandemic friendly.

                                                                                                                          1. Ziggy's Kielbasa House
                                                                                                                          2. Tumble 22
                                                                                                                          3. Texas Roadhouse
                                                                                                                          4. Chi'Lantro
                                                                                                                          5. Hopdoddy's
                                                                                                                          6. Vera Cruz
                                                                                                                          7. Chuy's
                                                                                                                          8. DipDipDip Tetsu-Ya (Sandwich Pop-Up)
                                                                                                                          9. Deckhand Oyster Bar 
                                                                                                                          10. Pinthouse Pizza
                                                                                                                          11. Smokin' Beauty
                                                                                                                          12. Lucy's Fried Chicken
                                                                                                                          13. Michi Ramen
                                                                                                                          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. I'm going to do my best to avoid fast food next year, or at least the major chains.

                                                                                                                          Lunch Favorites:
                                                                                                                          1. Popeye's
                                                                                                                          2. Raising Cane's
                                                                                                                          3. Mod Pizza
                                                                                                                          4. Culver's
                                                                                                                          5. P. Terry's
                                                                                                                          6. Freebird's
                                                                                                                          7. Cotton Patch Cafe
                                                                                                                          8. Ike's Love and Sandwiches
                                                                                                                          9. Slapbox Pizzacheria
                                                                                                                          Then there were the places that I ate at once or twice, due to either it's location (downtown especially) or price, or because it's too new to have tried many times. This list is purely down to my favorites, where I'd eat if location and price were no object. This list is especially small this year because of the pandemic, but I did make a couple food pilgrimages and found a couple new places this year. This is the first year in maybe all the time I've been living in Austin that I didn't get Franklin BBQ, and I was sad not to be able to do my annual visit to Kemuri Tatsu-Ya, Texas Chili Parlor, or Estancia.

                                                                                                                          Rare Treats:
                                                                                                                          1. Charm Korean BBQ
                                                                                                                          2. Cosa Costa
                                                                                                                          3. French Quarter Grille
                                                                                                                          4. Gus's Fried Chicken
                                                                                                                          5. Hopfield's
                                                                                                                          6. Lechuza Birria Tacos
                                                                                                                          7. Luna's Tacos
                                                                                                                          8. Peached Tortilla
                                                                                                                          9. Valentina's Tex-Mex
                                                                                                                          10. Waffle Love

                                                                                                                          Friday, December 25, 2020

                                                                                                                          Best of 2020 - Movies

                                                                                                                          Last year, thanks to my Alamo MoviePass, I saw 31 new movies and 25 new to me. This year, thanks to the pandemic, I saw 80 movies that were new to me, and 31 of them were new releases. I also rewatched a huge number of movies this year. That's enough that I can actually do a Top 10 new movies this year. This is the first year in a long time when there wasn't a Marvel movie on my Top 10, because they didn't release any.

                                                                                                                          Top 15 New Movies This Year:
                                                                                                                          1. Hamilton
                                                                                                                          2. Trial of the Chicago 7
                                                                                                                          3. Soul
                                                                                                                          4. Palm Springs
                                                                                                                          5. Invisible Man
                                                                                                                          6. Bill & Ted Face the Music
                                                                                                                          7. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
                                                                                                                          8. Enola Holmes
                                                                                                                          9. Scare Me
                                                                                                                          10. Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
                                                                                                                          11. Onward
                                                                                                                          12. Mulan
                                                                                                                          13. Host
                                                                                                                          14. Holidate
                                                                                                                          15. The Babysitter: Killer Queen
                                                                                                                                                                New Movies I Saw This Year: 
                                                                                                                                                                1. American Pickle
                                                                                                                                                                2. Beastie Boys Story
                                                                                                                                                                3. Bill & Ted Face the Music
                                                                                                                                                                4. Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
                                                                                                                                                                5. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
                                                                                                                                                                6. Christmas Chronicles 2
                                                                                                                                                                7. Da 5 Bloods
                                                                                                                                                                8. Enola Holmes
                                                                                                                                                                9. Freaky
                                                                                                                                                                10. Hamilton
                                                                                                                                                                11. Happiest Season
                                                                                                                                                                12. Holidate
                                                                                                                                                                13. Host
                                                                                                                                                                14. Invisible Man
                                                                                                                                                                15. Jingle Jangle
                                                                                                                                                                16. Mulan
                                                                                                                                                                17. Old Guard
                                                                                                                                                                18. On the Rocks
                                                                                                                                                                19. Onward
                                                                                                                                                                20. Palm Springs
                                                                                                                                                                21. Patton Oswalt I Like Everything
                                                                                                                                                                22. Project Power
                                                                                                                                                                23. Scare Me
                                                                                                                                                                24. Sonic the Hedgehog
                                                                                                                                                                25. Soul
                                                                                                                                                                26. Spiral
                                                                                                                                                                27. The Babysitter: Killer Queen
                                                                                                                                                                28. Trial of the Chicago 7
                                                                                                                                                                29. Vampires vs. Brooklyn
                                                                                                                                                                30. West Wing Special: So We All Vote
                                                                                                                                                                31. Wonder Woman '84
                                                                                                                                                                Movies That I Saw For the First Time This Year:
                                                                                                                                                                1. 10 Things I Hate About You
                                                                                                                                                                2. 3 O'Clock High
                                                                                                                                                                3. Absentia
                                                                                                                                                                4. Aeon Flux
                                                                                                                                                                5. Beauty and the Beast
                                                                                                                                                                6. Before I Wake
                                                                                                                                                                7. Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon
                                                                                                                                                                8. Better Luck Tomorrow
                                                                                                                                                                9. Birdbox
                                                                                                                                                                10. Brotherhood of the Wolf
                                                                                                                                                                11. Color Out of Space
                                                                                                                                                                12. Deep Murder
                                                                                                                                                                13. Doctor Sleep
                                                                                                                                                                14. Easy A
                                                                                                                                                                15. Gerald's Game
                                                                                                                                                                16. Ginger Snaps
                                                                                                                                                                17. Glass
                                                                                                                                                                18. Guns Akimbo
                                                                                                                                                                19. Halloween
                                                                                                                                                                20. Harriet
                                                                                                                                                                21. Hush
                                                                                                                                                                22. Hustlers
                                                                                                                                                                23. Insidious
                                                                                                                                                                24. Insidious 2
                                                                                                                                                                25. Insidious 3
                                                                                                                                                                26. Insidious The Last Key
                                                                                                                                                                27. John Wick 3: Parabellum
                                                                                                                                                                28. Juliet, Naked
                                                                                                                                                                29. LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special
                                                                                                                                                                30. Long Shot
                                                                                                                                                                31. Mayhem
                                                                                                                                                                32. Motherless Brooklyn
                                                                                                                                                                33. Mulan
                                                                                                                                                                34. Newsies
                                                                                                                                                                35. Noelle
                                                                                                                                                                36. Now You See Me
                                                                                                                                                                37. Oculus
                                                                                                                                                                38. Parasite
                                                                                                                                                                39. Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark
                                                                                                                                                                40. Singing in the Rain
                                                                                                                                                                41. The Babysitter
                                                                                                                                                                42. The Final Girls
                                                                                                                                                                43. The Gentlemen
                                                                                                                                                                44. The Invitation
                                                                                                                                                                45. The Laundromat
                                                                                                                                                                46. The Sleepover
                                                                                                                                                                47. Uncut Gems
                                                                                                                                                                48. Widows
                                                                                                                                                                49. Yesterday

                                                                                                                                                                Thursday, December 24, 2020

                                                                                                                                                                Best of 2020 - Boardgames

                                                                                                                                                                Last year I played 118 games, 51 of which were new to me. This year, thanks to the pandemic, I didn't go to BGG Con or have many boardgame nights, so I managed to play 12 games that were new or new to me. 

                                                                                                                                                                New Games:
                                                                                                                                                                1. Roll Player
                                                                                                                                                                2. Marvel Villainous
                                                                                                                                                                3. Unmatched
                                                                                                                                                                4. Deep Sea Adventure
                                                                                                                                                                5. Cartographers
                                                                                                                                                                6. Wonder Woman: Challenge of the Amazons
                                                                                                                                                                7. Here to Slay
                                                                                                                                                                8. Gorilla Marketing
                                                                                                                                                                9. Gloom
                                                                                                                                                                10. Trial by Trolley
                                                                                                                                                                11. Barenpark
                                                                                                                                                                12. Chupacabra Survive the Night
                                                                                                                                                                There are a lot of games that I've been watching and want to play in 2021 whenever it becomes possible. They are:

                                                                                                                                                                1. Architects of the West Kingdom (and various expansions)
                                                                                                                                                                2. Beez
                                                                                                                                                                3. Cindr
                                                                                                                                                                4. Inner Compass
                                                                                                                                                                5. Isle of Cats
                                                                                                                                                                6. Mariposas
                                                                                                                                                                7. Pandemic Legacy Season 0
                                                                                                                                                                8. Rival Restaurants
                                                                                                                                                                9. Santa Monica
                                                                                                                                                                10. Sonora
                                                                                                                                                                11. Troyes Dice
                                                                                                                                                                12. Unlock Star Wars

                                                                                                                                                                                    Sunday, December 20, 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                    Best of 2020 - TV

                                                                                                                                                                                    2020 was a great year. For television. Last year I watched 57 shows, and there were 7 I started but didn't finish. This year? 79 shows and 6 that I started but didn't finish.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Of the shows in my Top 20 last year, Watchmen, Modern Love, and Spy were all one season shows. You're the Worst, Fleabag, Veronica Mars and I'm Sorry all ended. Barry, Stranger Things, and Atypical all didn't have a new season this year. Only three notably missed the Top 20. Letterkenny was just outside it, Sex Education missed it by about five spots, and Shrill had a huge, disappointing second season drop in quality. 

                                                                                                                                                                                    In the Top 20, 7 came from Netflix, 5 shows come from networks and Hulu, 3 from Prime, 2 from CBS All Access, 2 from Apple+, 1 from Disney+, and 1 from HBO. So in pure math terms, Netflix and Hulu are the best streaming services for me, especially since I watched 21 shows on Hulu and 21 on Netflix. However... Apple+ gave me two absolute killer shows in Ted Lasso and Mythic Quest, and they are more than worth the $5/month. Disney+ has a *flood* of Marvel and Star Wars content coming, and CBS All Access has one of my consistent favorite shows with Star Trek Discovery, plus Picard, Lower Decks, and the excellent Good Fight, and CBS solid sitcom The Unicorn. Even Prime stepped up this year with The Boys, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Utopia, all of which have more coming. 

                                                                                                                                                                                    In fact, if I had to drop one streaming service, it would probably be HBO Max, which had one great show in Lovecraft Country and a couple decent ones but definitely doesn't earn it's high $15/month price tag. Of course, it's going to have brand new movies from Warner Brothers every month, so for movie fans it'll probably be worth it. At any rate, if I was ranking streaming services in 2020 alone, it would go this way:

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Netflix
                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Apple+
                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Hulu
                                                                                                                                                                                    4. CBS All Access
                                                                                                                                                                                    5. Disney+
                                                                                                                                                                                    6. HBO Max
                                                                                                                                                                                    Also pour one out for Quibi, which gave us that great Princess Bride special and a bunch of great content in the worst possible format. Ah Quibi, you dumb flaming waste of money, we won't miss you.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Top 10 Ongoing Shows:

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. The Good Place Season 4 (Last year #2)
                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Star Trek Discovery Season 3 (Last year #4)
                                                                                                                                                                                    3. The Mandalorian Season 2 (Last year #2 New)
                                                                                                                                                                                    4. What We Do In The Shadows Season 2 Last year #3 New)
                                                                                                                                                                                    5. The Boys Season 2 (Last year #10 new)
                                                                                                                                                                                    6. Umbrella Academy Season 2 (Last year #7)
                                                                                                                                                                                    7. Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 3
                                                                                                                                                                                    8. Cobra Kai Season 2
                                                                                                                                                                                    9. Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 7 (Last year missed top 10 by 3 spots)
                                                                                                                                                                                    10. The Politician Season 2 (Last year #6 New)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Top 10 New Shows:
                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Ted Lasso
                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. High Fidelity
                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Dave
                                                                                                                                                                                                    4. Lovecraft Country
                                                                                                                                                                                                    5. Never Have I Ever
                                                                                                                                                                                                    6. Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet
                                                                                                                                                                                                    7. Star Trek Picard
                                                                                                                                                                                                    8. Haunting of Bly Manor
                                                                                                                                                                                                    9. Queen's Gambit
                                                                                                                                                                                                    10. Utopia
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Complete List of Shows:
                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. The Good Place
                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Ted Lasso
                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Star Trek Discovery
                                                                                                                                                                                                    4. The Mandalorian
                                                                                                                                                                                                    5. High Fidelity
                                                                                                                                                                                                    6. Dave
                                                                                                                                                                                                    7. What We Do In The Shadows
                                                                                                                                                                                                    8. The Boys
                                                                                                                                                                                                    9. Lovecraft Country
                                                                                                                                                                                                    10. Never Have I Ever
                                                                                                                                                                                                    11. Umbrella Academy
                                                                                                                                                                                                    12. Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
                                                                                                                                                                                                    13. Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet
                                                                                                                                                                                                    14. Cobra Kai
                                                                                                                                                                                                    15. Star Trek Picard
                                                                                                                                                                                                    16. Haunting of Bly Manor
                                                                                                                                                                                                    17. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
                                                                                                                                                                                                    18. The Politician
                                                                                                                                                                                                    19. Letterkenny
                                                                                                                                                                                                    20. Queen's Gambit
                                                                                                                                                                                                    21. Utopia
                                                                                                                                                                                                    22. Last Week Tonight
                                                                                                                                                                                                    23. Mad About You
                                                                                                                                                                                                    24. Tiger King
                                                                                                                                                                                                    25. Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist
                                                                                                                                                                                                    26. AP Bio
                                                                                                                                                                                                    27. Sex Education
                                                                                                                                                                                                    28. Westworld
                                                                                                                                                                                                    29. Love Life
                                                                                                                                                                                                    30. The Good Fight
                                                                                                                                                                                                    31. Animaniacs
                                                                                                                                                                                                    32. Doom Patrol
                                                                                                                                                                                                    33. Teenage Bounty Hunters
                                                                                                                                                                                                    34. Future Man
                                                                                                                                                                                                    35. The Unicorn
                                                                                                                                                                                                    36. Stumptown
                                                                                                                                                                                                    37. Evil
                                                                                                                                                                                                    38. Better Call Saul
                                                                                                                                                                                                    39. 616
                                                                                                                                                                                                    40. Stargirl
                                                                                                                                                                                                    41. The Good Lord Bird
                                                                                                                                                                                                    42. Reprisal
                                                                                                                                                                                                    43. Mrs. America
                                                                                                                                                                                                    44. The Expanse
                                                                                                                                                                                                    45. Dragon Prince
                                                                                                                                                                                                    46. Star Wars Clone Wars
                                                                                                                                                                                                    47. Harley Quinn
                                                                                                                                                                                                    48. Transformers War for Cybertron
                                                                                                                                                                                                    49. Star Trek Lower Decks
                                                                                                                                                                                                    50. Central Park
                                                                                                                                                                                                    51. The Holiday Movies That Made Us
                                                                                                                                                                                                    52. Dracula
                                                                                                                                                                                                    53. The Outsider
                                                                                                                                                                                                    54. Avenue 5
                                                                                                                                                                                                    55. Truth Seekers
                                                                                                                                                                                                    56. I Am Not OK With This
                                                                                                                                                                                                    57. Hip-Hop Evolution
                                                                                                                                                                                                    58. Perfect Harmony
                                                                                                                                                                                                    59. The Floor is Lava
                                                                                                                                                                                                    60. Upload
                                                                                                                                                                                                    61. Seduced
                                                                                                                                                                                                    62. Truth Seekers
                                                                                                                                                                                                    63. Lucifer
                                                                                                                                                                                                    64. Away
                                                                                                                                                                                                    65. Ratched
                                                                                                                                                                                                    66. Devs
                                                                                                                                                                                                    67. McMillions
                                                                                                                                                                                                    68. Eater's Guide to the World
                                                                                                                                                                                                    69. Taste the Nation
                                                                                                                                                                                                    70. The Great Pretender
                                                                                                                                                                                                    71. Solar Opposites
                                                                                                                                                                                                    72. #BlackAF
                                                                                                                                                                                                    73. LEGO Masters
                                                                                                                                                                                                    74. The Great
                                                                                                                                                                                                    75. The Vow
                                                                                                                                                                                                    76. Little Fires Everywhere
                                                                                                                                                                                                    77. Top Chef
                                                                                                                                                                                                    78. Disney Gallery The Mandalorian
                                                                                                                                                                                                    79. Ugly/Delicious
                                                                                                                                                                                                    80. Shrill
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Shows I Didn't Finish:
                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Raised by Wolves
                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Motherland: Fort Salem
                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. I'll Be Gone in the Dark
                                                                                                                                                                                                    4. The Flight Attendant
                                                                                                                                                                                                    5. Altered Carbon
                                                                                                                                                                                                    6. Fargo

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tuesday, December 01, 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Monthly Update - November 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                               Read 50 Graphic Novels (Last Year 37) (43+4=47):

                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Eternal Empire Vol 1-2
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Swing Vol 3
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Paper Girls Vol 3 HC
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Play At Least 25 New Boardgames (Last Year 51) (10+2=12):
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Unmatched Heroes of Legend Vol 1
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Here to Slay
                                                                                                                                                                                                            My Top Comics This Month:
                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Crossover #1
                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Taskmaster #1
                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. Marvels Snapshots Avengers #1
                                                                                                                                                                                                            4. Daredevil #24
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Comics I Read This Month (Last Year 429) (173+32=205):
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Amazing Spider-Man #51-53.LR
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Amazing Spider-Man #52-53
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Barbalien Red Planet #1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Chu #5
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Crossover #1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Cyberpunk 2077 Trauma Team #3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Daredevil #24
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Department of Truth #3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Getting It Together #2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • I Walk With Monsters #1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Immortal Hulk #40
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Juggernaut #3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Kaiju Score #1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Maestro #4
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Marvel Zombies Resurrected #4
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Marvels Snapshots Avengers #1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Miskatonic #1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Savage Avengers #14
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Seven Secrets #4
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Shang-Chi #3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Star Wars #8
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Stillwater #3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Stranger Things Science Camp #3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Stranger Things and Dungeons & Dragons #1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Suicide Squad #11
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Taskmaster #1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Thor #9
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Warhammer 40K Marneus Calgar #2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Web of Venom Empyre's End #1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    TV I Watched This Month:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 616 "Season 1"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Animaniacs "Reboot"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Eater's Guide to the World "Season 1"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Flight Attendant "Season 1"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Great Pretender "Season 1"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Mandalorian "Season 2"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Marvel's Agents of SHIELD "Season 7"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Queen's Gambit 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Rick & Morty "Season 4"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Schitt's Creek "Seasons 3-"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Seduced: Inside the NXVM Cult "Season 1"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Star Trek Discovery "Season 3"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Unicorn "Season 2"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • West Wing "Seasons 1-3"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Top TV This Month:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Star Trek Discovery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. The Mandalorian
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Queen's Gambit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    4. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5. Animaniacs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    6. The Unicorn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    7. 616
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    8. Seduced
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    9. Eater's Guide to the World
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    10. The Great Pretender
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    11. The Flight Attendant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Movies I Watched This Month:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Easy A
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Brotherhood of the Wolf
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Idiocracy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Glass
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Halloween
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Escape From New York
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Places I Ate This Month (230+28=258):
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 1431 Cafe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Arby's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Chi'lantro
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Cotton Patch Cafe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Deckhand Oyster Bar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • DipDipDip Sandwiches
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Freebird's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Ike's Sandwiches
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Lechuza Birria Tacos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Luna's Tacos (x2)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • McDonald's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Mod Pizza
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • P. Terry's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Pei Wei
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Phonatic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Pinthouse Pizza
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Popeye's (x2)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Raising Cane's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Smokey Mo's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Tumble 22 (x2)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Vera Cruz
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Waffle Love
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Whataburger (x2)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Ziggy's Kielbasa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sunday, November 01, 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Monthly Update - October 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Read 50 Graphic Novels (Last Year 37) (39+4=43):

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Royal City Complete Collection HC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Venus in the Blindspot HC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • GreenArrow Vol 9: Old Tricks TP
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Legion of Superheroes Five Years Later Omnibus HC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Play At Least 25 New Boardgames (Last Year 51) (9+1=10):
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Marvel Villainous
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My Top Comics This Month:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Getting It Together #1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Warhammer 40K Marneus Calgar #1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Daredevil #23
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    4. Department of Truth #2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Comics I Read This Month (Last Year 429) (141+32=173):
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Amazing Spider-Man #49-51
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Amazing Spider-Man #50.LR
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Batman Three Jokers #1-3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Black Widow #2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Colonel Weird Cosmagog #1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Commanders in Crisis #1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Cyberpunk 2077 Trauma Team #2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Daredevil #23
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Department of Truth #2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Fire Power #4
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Getting It Together #1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Immortal Hulk #38-39
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Iron Man #2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Maestro #3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Marvel Zombies Resurrection #3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Rise of Ultraman #2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Savage Avengers #13
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Scumbag #1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Seven Secrets #3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Shang-Chi #2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Star Wars #7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Stillwater #2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Stranger Things Science Camp #2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • TMNT The Last Ronin #1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Transformers Back to the Future #1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Warhammer 40K Marneus Calgar #1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • We Live #1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            TV I Watched This Month:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • The Boys "Season 2"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Fargo "Season 4"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Good Lord Bird "Season 1"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Haunting of Bly Manor "Season 1"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Lovecraft Country "Season 1"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Schitt's Creek "Seasons 1-2"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Seduced: Inside the NXVM Cult "Season 1"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Star Trek Discovery "Season 3"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Ted Lasso "Season 1"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Truth Seekers "Season 1"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Utopia "Season 1"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • The Vow "Season 1"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Top TV This Month:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Ted Lasso
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Star Trek Discovery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. The Boys
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            4. Lovecraft Country
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            5. Haunting of Bly Manor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            6. Utopia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            7. The Good Lord Bird
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            8. Fargo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            9. Truth Seekers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            10. Seduced
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Movies I Watched This Month:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Beetlejuice
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Before I Wake
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Birdbox
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Borat 2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Cabin in the Woods
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Deep Murder
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Doctor Sleep
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Gerald's Game
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Ginger Snaps
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Host
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Hush
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Hustlers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Insidious
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Insidious 2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Insidious 3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Insidious The Last Key
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Invisible Man
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Motherless Brooklyn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Oculus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • On the Rocks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Spiral
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • The Final Girls
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • The Invitation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Trial of the Chicago 7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Trick r' Treat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Us
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Vampires vs. Bronx
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • West Wing Special: So We All Vote
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Zombieland Double Tap
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Places I Ate This Month (203+27=230):
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Chi'lantro
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Cotton Patch Cafe (x2)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Culver's (x2)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Firehouse Subs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Freebirds
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Hopfield's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Huckleberry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • iFratelli Pizza
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Juarez
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Kitchen United (Dog Haus)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • McDonalds
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Mod Pizza
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Oakwood BBQ
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Pinthouse Pizza
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Popeye's (x3)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Smokey Mo's BBQ
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Smokin' Beauty (x2)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Taco Cabana
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Texas Roadhouse
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Vera Cruz
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Wendy's
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Saturday, October 31, 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ideatober October 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I feel like there's a potential shared universe based around being able to reshape the world in Jetpack, Unicorn, Fall, Paranoia, and Gospel. And you could maybe include the multiverse/time travel stuff from Fraudulent, Decision, Recursion, and Paradox.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            There's also some science-fiction crossover in Sublime, Salt, Social, Decadent, Albatross, Whale, and Senescence. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I think probably I could distill those into a decent sci-fi short story anthology with some shared world crossover.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I could also build a fantasy anthology, starting with the horror-tinged Strings and the goofy D&D fun of Generate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            But the one I'm most intrigued by, probably because of my love for alternate worlds *and* superhero fiction, is the notion of doing Penguin. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Day 1:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Pug - A quick Google search turned up that the pugs were the mischievous companions of Chinese Emperors and the mascots of Holland's royal House of Orange, which immediately put to mind an immortal Pug who has seen everything, and been a companion to powerful people through the ages.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Now he's the new official White House pet for a new incoming President, who it turns out... is the head of an evil cabal. So it's up to the immortal Pug to stop him from amassing enough power to rule the entire world. And being darn cute doing it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Day 2:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Whale - It starts small. Some deep sea fisherman reporting something huge on the sonar, and then communication drops. Then more and more boats disappearing in the same way. Nobody gets a report out, just "something huge on the sonar" and then nothing. Eventually, through satellite footage sees it, an enormous beast comes out of the depths and swallows the boat whole. It's especially terrifying when the "boat" is the USS Gerald R. Ford, America's largest aircraft carrier, swallowed in one gulp, with no survivors.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And it's moving toward the East Coast. As it turns out, though, there was one woman prepared for this, a mixture of Biblical scholar, futurist, and brilliant engineer, she's been preparing for this and other disasters like it all her life, and she's got a plan for this beast. It's a massive bio-engineered submarine piloted by the bravest sub commander the Navy has to offer. They call it the WHALE. And it's humanity's last hope.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Day 3:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Fraudulent - Chris Gough was tired of his life. A middle management corporate job, a wife who had all but lost interest in him, a pair of adult kids who barely talked to him. Someone heard the wish in his head, and he woke up as... someone else. A rich guy, single and hot, with all the papers and identification, and it seemed like he'd hit the jackpot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Until he went to sleep between two supermodels and woke up as a homeless woman in Mumbai. After a long day of that, he went to sleep and woke up as a NASCAR driver in Atlanta. It's been a year now, every day a fully formed new identity. The memories stay with him, so he remembers the love of his life from about six months back, the amazing friend he had from three months ago, but he never gets to keep these lives. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            But the worst part is, yesterday he woke up next to a woman who was in the same situation. She'd been reincarnating every day too, and the two of them connected, and tried to figure out a way to stay together, but no, today he's someone new. And all he wants at this point is to figure out why this is happening and get back to the one person he's met who might understand it. Because these identities might be fully real for a day, but he's starting to feel like a fraud every day of his life.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Day 4:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Onomatopoeia - It was the sounds that let us know we weren't alone. When animals made noises, there was a faint echo, as if someone was trying to imitate it. Then it started happening with machine noises. Just... a slight echo, a few seconds after, faint enough that you thought maybe you hadn't really heard it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It got louder. By the time we realized they were learning the noises so they could make more sophisticated sounds, it was too late. They were among us, and their perfect duplication of the sounds we made meant that we couldn't trust our ears anymore. Was that really a bird, cawing outside? Or was it one of them? Was that the honk of a car horn? Or was it one of them? And if you guessed wrong... it was the last guess you'd ever make.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Day 5:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Jetpack - Callista got bad grades. It wasn't that she was dumb, she was just bad at school. Her teachers said that she was never in class, always in her own world. And she was. In her world there was clean energy and clean skies and technology that only Callista could dream of. And she had a jetpack. She could put it on and fly through the air and see this whole big futuristic world.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Then one day she came home from 9th grade and sitting on her bed was that jetpack. She did what any teenager would do and put it on and went for a joyride, and when she got home, everything in her world looked a little cleaner. A little clearer. A little more like her ideal future. And every day that she put on the jetpack, it seemed like she shaped just a little more of her world.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Only problem is, there's someone else out there. And the future he sees is dark and bleak, technology run amuck, much more cyberpunk than retro futurism, and he's trying to shape the world too. And the two of them are bound to clash as they try to reshape their worlds in completely different ways.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Day 6:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Unicorn - We discovered the secret to interdimensional travel when our dimension was falling apart. The darkest timeline, they called it. Everything was going wrong, and some scientists with a super-collider found a way out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Unfortunately, dimensional travel requires a power source that is unbelievably rare, unbelievably pure. And so the hunt is on to claim as much of it as we can from the multiverse before rival scientists do it. The prize is getting to live in the best timeline, and the treasure is a power source they've codenamed Unicorn.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Day 7:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sublime - There's a drug, street name Sublime. When you take it, everything in your world becomes more magical, more colorful. You are living the best version of your life, a perfect combination of LSD, Ecstasy, and heroin, with none of the side effects. You're lucid, aware of your surroundings, but in a way that makes it feel like the best goddamned day of your life every time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Until the first person on Sublime snaps and goes on a killing spree. Then, six months later, another person dies in a shootout with the cops after orchestrating a bloody violent attempt at a bank robbery. Every six months or so, someone snaps. It's the smallest percentage. A percent of a percent. Almost a blip, barely even a statistical anomaly. And in exchange for taking that chance, you get to live in a perfect world.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            So Mellie Graham, confined to a wheelchair since a car accident in her teens, thinks nothing of taking the chance. She takes Sublime, and it makes her happy, and she doesn't worry too much about the chances, and she's still amazing at her job as an insurance risk analyst. Until she discovers, quite by accident, that those murders and robberies and other crimes aren't random. Someone is benefiting from them. Someone who is quite possibly manufacturing Sublime. And now she's got to decide what to do with that information.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Day 8:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Vortex - Vortex was one of the most powerful superheroes on Earth, wielding whirling bursts of water that defeated all kinds of evil. And he was one of the rare religious superheroes, known for his faith as well as his power.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            That was before the vampires came, of course. And Vortex lost his faith, and his city. But his priest thinks if he can just get Vortex back on the side of the lord, someone who can spontaneously generate floods of holy water might just turn the tide.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Day 9:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Decision - It was a million dollar idea, backed by near-impossible science. They workshopped a bunch of names, but they wound up calling it Hindsight. For a not-so-small fee, you could let them scan your social media, talk to your friends and family, give them access to your entire life, and in return, after no less than a few months and no more than a year, you would be scheduled for a Hindsight visit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            There you'd strap into a bed in their windowless white walled room and enter a virtual simulation that would allow you to visit and revisit every decision you'd ever made in your life. Want to see what might have happened if you'd stood up to that bully in 2nd grade? Sure. Want to see what happened if you didn't take that job? Make that move? If you had just asked that one person out, or hadn't married the one you did? Every choice, every possibility, and you could stay in as long as you liked, because the technology worked so that no matter how long it felt like, you'd only be in there for about an hour.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thinking about it in actual hindsight, we should have known it was going to break the space/time continuum. But Hindsight was just a brand name, and it turns out there are some decisions you can't second guess.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Day 10:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Eviscerate - Harlan Gates is known for his scathing reviews, earning him the nickname "The Eviscerator." Sure, any kind of film critic is going to love things from time to time, but his readership really comes to see him tear something apart. Mostly, his reputation as a harsh critic has served him well, because he's brutal but fair.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            But the latest horror movie that he hated comes from a director who was somewhat... unhinged. And at the screening for another movie, he approached Harlan, and Harlan didn't see the syringe. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Now he's awake in a very scary room filled with very scary things, and an unhinged director in a very scary mask, asking him how he thinks it's going to feel to be eviscerated. Don't worry, the director promises... I'm going to be brutal but fair.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Day 11:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Recursion - Everyone knows about time loops. You repeat the same day, over and over again, until something changes and you break out of it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Marilyn is caught in a recursive time loop. Not only is she stuck in a repeating day, but every day, she's a new copy of herself to deal with, repeating the patterns of the previous day. And her time loop is getting ever more crowded and difficult to navigate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Day 12:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sanitation - In the wake of the anti-mask riots of the '30s, it was determined that people couldn't be trusted to keep themselves safe from disease. And the CDC created a new branch, the Active Sanitary Protection Division.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            These ASPs go out into communities and make sure people are observing safety protocols for the good of society, and they are empowered to take extreme measures. So wash your hands, wear your mask, and observe CDC guidelines for containment... or else.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Day 13:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hammer - In the near future, there's a prison that holds all those in authority who abused their power, who couldn't be trusted with a badge and a gun or a rifle and a uniform. And that prison is where they stay until an actual literal swear to God portal to Hell opens up in the middle of the country.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Suddenly the notion of a bunch of well-trained but violent monsters isn't quite so crazy, and in exchange for a reduced sentence, these corrupt misfits are sent into actual Hell to fight demons for the rest of us.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Because it turns out that we finally found a place where all the problems actually are nails, and the one tool these assholes have is actually the right one for the job.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Day 14:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Spatula - "Have you ever noticed how that one TV chef always has the golden spatula on her? Like, no matter what she's doing. It's either in her off hand, or in her back pocket, or in one of her apron pockets, but she is literally never without it. Watch her shows. It won't be hard, there's like twenty of them, she's suddenly the most popular chef in the world."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "Yeah, OK, so she has a favorite spatula, so what?"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "OK, hear me out. I did a little Googling and she was a fry cook... never went to culinary school, never worked in a major kitchen. Then all of a sudden, she goes on that one cooking show, the amateurs vs. pros, and she just... takes the whole thing? Outcooks everyone there?"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "I am dying to learn where you're going with this."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "So... I think that spatula, it's like Aladdin's lamp, or Thor's hammer, or something. It gives her all the skills of all the chefs who have gone before. Julia Child. Anthony Bourdain. The guy who invented chicken parmigiana."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "Your culinary knowledge astounds me."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "Shut up. Anyway, think about it. Golden spatula, all the powers of all the chefs of the past. What do you think?"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "I think it's the dumbest idea I've ever heard."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "Hey, they can't all be winners."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Day 15:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Paradox - When we discovered time travel, the scientists and the travelers were all worried about paradox. Be very careful, lest you destroy the space/time continuum.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The military, though? Something powerful enough to destroy the space/time continuum? That's a hell of a weapon. And so the Time Bombs were created. Need to wipe out a battalion? Go shoot your own grandpa. The bigger the paradox, the bigger the power. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sure, it's weakening the timestream and might destroy everything, but... wars need winning, right?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Day 16:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Generate - Gunther is a freelance dungeoneer. He's not an adventurer, he's a salesman. He finds dungeons in need of work and comes in to help out. Freshen up the traps, make sure all the monsters' health plans are in order, make sure the secret doors are hard enough to find, all those things.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            His big money-maker, though? It's the monster generator. He doesn't actually know how they work. He made a deal with a devil a long time ago for a product no mad wizard or deranged cultist could resist, and he got this little box. Every time he leaves it in a dungeon, it starts making monsters. Different ones for each box. The first one he laid down, over the course of a few days, spit out skeletons, zombies, mummies, and finally a lich until a lucky barbarian smashed it with an axe.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The minute he got the gold for that box, another one spontaneously generated in his wagon. The next box generated an increasingly mutated bunch of oozes and slimes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            But he's starting to get worried. The devil never asked for payment for these boxes, and now he's sold about a dozen of them, and he's sure that whatever the price is, it's going up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Day 17:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Eyes - I'm not sure what lead us into a haunted castle in the first place. One of us got it into their head that we needed to go in. There were seven of us when we started. Now it's just me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The first indication that something was wrong was a loud sound, like a crackle of electricity, and then I noticed that our paladin was moving kind of slow. He was toward the back, I heard him scream, something I'd never heard him do before. I saw some kind of beam hit him, and he dropped the sword he'd raised above his head. Then... he went flying out of sight, like he was lifted by some invisible force.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We rushed back to help him, but he was gone. Then the rogue screamed out in terror and went running the other direction. I didn't see what happened to him, just heard another zap, and when we rounded the corner, there was nothing there. Maybe he made it out... but I don't think so.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Deeper into the castle, and it kept happening. Our wizard, bless her, just sat down and took a nap. I know that wasn't natural. The fighter went to wake her, and this time I saw the beam hit him, and he froze in place. His mouth still moved, and he saw something, and yelled for us to run. When the toughest, meanest member of the party tells you that, you do it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The crunching sounds from behind left little mystery as to his ultimate fate. Then we rounded the corner, and the sorcerer just stopped, stiff as a board, and fell over. Me and the druid just jumped over her, we didn't even pause. We were booking it for the entrance at this point. No treasure was worth this.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The last blast just disintegrated the druid right in front of me. And then I was staring into the biggest eye I'd ever seen, eight stalks waving around, a big toothy maw...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            This would probably make a hell of a song, if I wasn't gonna die in the next 10 seconds.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Day 18:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Star - Hollywood superstars are often criticized for injecting themselves into politics or other social issues. Ryan Doane, though, is beloved by just about everyone. His long-running TV series gave way to a successful movie career, a pair of pop albums, a stint on Broadway, and now a cushy talk show gig. He's beloved. His approval rating is somewhere above Tom Hanks and Oprah, and he's recognizable just about everywhere.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            He is also the secret weapon of a benevolent spy organization that has been around since World War II. Because he's the wrong person to be undercover, but... he can get in almost anywhere, he's trusted, and his stardom actually works in his favor. Do you have any idea how hard it is to convince someone that one the world's biggest star was the guy who rescued your unit when you were behind enemy lines? Sure, the Weekly World News might have headlines like "Ryan Doane assassinates terrorist leader in Pakistan" but who on Earth would believe that?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ryan Doane. So famous he can actually be invisible.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Day 19:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Contortionist - Jack and Sally are the perfect duo. If you described "average white male," chances are when you finished describing that person, you'd look up and see Jack. Average height, average weight, average looks, utterly forgettable and easy to trust because he just kinda looks like an average person. But Jack has two secrets. One is a devious criminal mind.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The other is Sally. Because Sally can fit her body into incredibly small spaces. She bends and contorts and climbs right into a slightly overlarge briefcase that Jack carries with him everywhere, and no one thinks anything of it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Between the two of them, they can get into just about anywhere. And once they do, they're going to take everything they can.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Day 20:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Strings - He is made of wood.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            He wants to be a real boy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            But the Blue Fairy demands sacrifice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            All he needs to do is eliminate a dozen targets with the magical garrote she gave him.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Then... no more strings.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Day 21:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Fall - Jalen discovered the formula by accident, when they were an undergrad at M.I.T. It was a thought experiment, a wager with their poli-sci roommate, about mathematics applied to politics, and they accidentally discovered a formula for plugging in political events and predicting with certainty what would cause the collapse of civilization.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It came down to faith, something Jalen had always lacked in religion but not in math, but just to be on the safe side, they changed a variable or two with some protesting, some organizing, and yeah, a little illegal hacking of emails, and the variables changed, and the math changed, and the endpoint, which they started just calling "The Fall" moved out about six months.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A few more changes, a few more tweaks, and "The Fall" was postponed a year. Then two. Then five. Then ten. And Jalen wasn't an undergrad anymore, they were a PhD, and they went on to work for political campaigns around the world, with some of the best polling and consulting anyone had ever seen. All with the goal of keeping "The Fall" at bay.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            But they checked the numbers again and for the first time, "The Fall" isn't getting further away. Suddenly it's looking like months, not years. And the tweaks that Jalen has been making aren't moving the needle. They're going to have to do something a lot more drastic to keep "The Fall" at bay.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Day 22:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chonk - Kenji Tabiki, Sumo Detective.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Day 23:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Serendipity - There are a hundred different dating services, but none of them are quite like SERENDiPITY. Rather than swiping, looking at profiles, chatting, what this app promises is that it will engineer your very own meet cute. You enter your favorite rom-coms, romantic novels, or even romantic stories of your friends' meeting. You take a test with a very intelligent AI that determines what you want and need, not just what you would say you want and need. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Then the AI goes to work, matches you with another user, and engineers a meet cute. You might get a message that you need to be at the top of a certain building in town at a certain time. You might get instructions to buy some balloons. In one particularly charming story, a woman's SERENDiPITY app malfunctioned, forcing her to go to the phone repair store where she met her soulmate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It's all been so successful that no one has noticed the AI getting smarter, and wondering if these meetings it's engineering are part of a larger social engineering project. If it's intent not just on reshaping romantic lives but reshaping humanity at large.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Day 24:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Salt - Jack was always a good person. Helped others, even to their own detriment. Their empathetic nature made them a target for narcissists. They were well-liked, and sadly, well-used.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Now they're dead. And they've discovered that their reward in the afterlife is that they can tell at a glance who has good intentions and who has bad. They know how to help the people with good intentions, they've been doing it all their life. But the bad people? Oh, the bad people they have a special power, they can tweak their days in whatever little, annoying ways they want to. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Jack has the power to ruin someone's day. And they're gonna use it for good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Day 25:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Penguin - Oswald Cobblepot had a rough childhood. His father died of bronchitis, and his mother became so paranoid about it that she forced him to carry an umbrella everywhere. This didn't help the already short, overweight young man with bullying. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Then, one night, his mother surprised him with tickets to a showing of Mask of Zorro. Oswald loved it, and Zorro's fencing reminded him of the play-acting he did with his umbrella. His happiness was cut short by tragedy, however, when he and his mother took a shortcut through the alley and his mother was gunned down by a criminal in a mugging gone wrong.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oswald dedicated himself to the elimination of crime. He trained in fencing, and turned his intellect toward making the insurance settlement into money to fund his crusade. And when costumed villains like The Riddler and The Joker started to overwhelm the Gotham Police Department, he decided he needed to meet them with a costumed identity of his own, inspired by the mean nicknames he was bullied with and his own favorite bird.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thus was born Gotham's crime-fighting vigilante... The Penguin.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Day 26:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Social - Something to replace Facebook was long overdue. Lots of people used Facebook, but most of them hated it for one reason or another. So when a new service sprung up, simply called Social, and it started to aggregate users, people were curious. Was this the Facebook killer at long last?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Soon enough, Social had become the default social media app, with more users than Twitter and Facebook combined. No one could quite get a sense of who was behind it, but they didn't use algorithms in the same obvious way, they allowed users to customize their feed, and their privacy settings seemed a lot more, well, private.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Then people started getting nudged to use Social. They weren't being social enough, they weren't contributing to the group, they weren't building the community. Eventually, people started griping. Then people started leaving.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Then people started turning up dead. Because Social, it turns out, was more serious about user retention than most.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Day 27:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Senescence - When they announced the cure for Alzheimer's, NuLife Biogenetics instantly became one of the hottest companies on the planet. And the announcements kept coming. Eventually, they solved almost every problem that aging brought on, except for the very last one. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Then they solved death. They found a way to turn back the clock, to reverse the aging process. Everyone celebrated. Until we found out that you're only supposed to go through the aging process once, and that going backward does some pretty awful stuff to the human body and mind.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Specifically, zombies. Weird zombies that start out old, and get younger and more dangerous every day. Weirder still was when it went on for a little while and we started getting hordes of zombie babies with like 80 years of life experience. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Day 28:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Decadent - It was the first space cruise that wasn't made up entirely of billionaires. Finally, they had opened up luxury space travel to a lottery, and people could buy tickets for a $100 each, and some of those people were going to get to rub elbows with the super-elite aboard what was essentially a space cruise ship headed out to the Pluto Casino.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And so it was that along with some of the richest members of society, some 1,000 citizens of Earth, some of whom had scraped together everything they had for that $100, were in for an all-inclusive experience of food, entertainment, and travel the likes of which they had barely even dreamed of.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Shame that on the very first night, there was a murder. And that the murder was really just the start of the heist that someone had gone a very long way to plan.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Day 29: 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Albatross - The UEV Traveler was outfitted with an experimental hyperspace device. On their first journey, they passed into the theoretical space where faster than light travel, and discovered that none of their navigation instruments worked. Worse... something was following them. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            There was quite a debate on the ship about what to do. Some insisted that the creature that was following them was herding them, and that if they left it alone, it would guide them to an exit from hyperspace. Ultimately, though, those who argued it was a danger won out, and it was destroyed with weapon systems.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Whether the others were right or not, no one will ever know, because the UEV Traveler was never seen again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Day 30:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Paranoia - All his life, Colin has been paranoid. He was sure there was clicking on his phone calls, that someone was listening in. Sure that he saw someone duck into an alley when he looked back to see if anyone was following him. Absolutely certain that there were spyplanes in the air reading over his shoulder.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Funny thing is, he's right, but not for the reasons he thinks. Colin has the ability to reshape reality, and he's been reshaping it all his life. And the more convinced he becomes, the more true it is.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Day 31:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Gospel - In the ruins of civilization, it's been dog eat dog, survival of the fittest. But Hannah Malone is about to change all that. She found a library full of books from the before times. And she's using it all, the fiction, the non-fiction, the philosophy, to build a new system of ethical behavior for the post-apocalyptic age. She's going to convince the raiders and the shut-ins and the doomsday preppers that the end of the world is the biggest opportunity anyone's ever seen to make a utopian world.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            She's convinced it is her job to spread the Gospels of Hannah. And the biggest prayers should be for her beleaguered bodyguard, who doesn't believe in anything except keeping Hannah alive long enough for her to change the world.