Well, as always, I’ll start with my numbers for the month …
Media consumed # (remaining/total)
Comics Read: 77 (164/366)
Trade Paperbacks/Graphic Novels Read: 6 (38/80)
Books Read: 3 (128/156)
Movies Watched: 6 (54/78)
TV Shows Completed: 3 (14/17)
Podcast Episodes Remaining: 129
Wow, that’s a whole lot of comics read. At the rate I’m going, I’ll zero out by December. The trades and graphic novels list is going to take a little while longer because a number of those are Marvel Essential and DC Showcase volumes that while entertaining aren’t exactly done in an afternoon. I think that I got through all of those books because I had the advantage of reading two really good series–Starman and Starslayer–and powering through on my remaining Badger issues. There’s still a couple of big runs left in that longbox. The first DC Star Trek series is probably the biggest one and it’s one that I’ve been actively trying to finish before picking up. The other is Arak: Son of Thunder, which I’ve reviewed already but in the time since then have acquired several other issues. I may actually reread the issues I have so that I can get a complete look at the series before deciding whether or not I want to keep collecting it.
Despite those good numbers, the comics reading might taper a bit this month because I got a number of books and trade paperbacks for my birthday and feel like I want to maybe focus on that for a little while. Plus, as much as I enjoy writing this blog, I have to say that the comics reviews do get a bit arduous to complete at times, so at least other media will give me a break.
Speaking of other media, I think this is a high point of the number of movies watched this year? I know that it tends to pick up a lot in the summer, mainly because I’m home and can throw on a movie without anyone bothering me. In quarantine, that’s not the case. Okay, that’s kind of a lie because I could throw on a movie and have nobody bother me if I wanted to, but I feel kind of guilty knowing that people in the house are actually doing work and I’m making my way through the Willow blu-Ray that I bought several years ago but have yet to watch. Plus, I have to admit that I’m enjoying the amount of quiet that I get every day. My living room isn’t a cacophony of television noise and I can actually hear myself think most of the day. I need to readjust that particular number anyway because I added some movies to the streaming services that I have (i.e., HBO Max, which I automatically have through my cable service).
God, this is rambly.
Anyway, so with the three television series being completed, I have to admit that two of them are still being broadcast, so they’ll be back “on the list” whenever the newer seasons premiere (although based on our current situation, who knows when that will be). The other is The 4400, which I just finished the other day and will finish reviewing in a week or two (once these Starslayer reviews are complete). And I may need to readjust that as well.
Readjusting numbers … this doesn’t seem like I’m uncollecting very much. I swear I am, though. I know that when it comes to things like books or comics, it’s easy to add to the numbers because most of what I have is physically in front of me. But with TV shows and movies, I have a tendency to just throw something up on a queue list somewhere. Aaaand that’s how I got here in the first place. So I’m thinking that maybe what I should do is make a physical list or a spreadsheet of titles that I can reference. In fact, I’m surprised that I haven’t done this already, considering how anal-retentive I can be*. So maybe I’ll make that a project for the next few weeks.
Seriously … how much more can I possibly ramble in one of these posts? Never combine caffeine with anti-anxiety meds.
Anyway, to close this entry out, I’m at least glad that I have been able to keep this up for a year and a half, and hopefully I’ll hit one of the bigger milestones by the end of the year.