Top 10 Songs of 2010

I mentioned earlier that I wasn’t planning to do any Best Of posting for the year. Well, never mind. Not only will I have my list of Top 10 Comics of 2010 up on Robot 6 later, but I’ve been listening to my favorite music from this year all day and it’s got me in the mood to share.

10. “Don’t Shoot (I’m a Man”) by Devo
9. “The Sound of Sunshine” by Michael Franti & Spearhead
8. “Heart to Tell” by The Love Language
7. “The Hundred in the Hands” by Pigeons
6. “Fixed” by Stars
5. “Long Hard Times to Come (From Justified)” by Gangstagrass
4. “AM/FM” by !!!
3. “Pala Tute” by Gogol Bordello
2. “F**k You” by Cee Lo Green

And easily my #1 pick for its unfailing ability to make me crank it up, sing along, and boogie whenever it’s on:

You know, it’s kind of been a really excellent year for music.

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Out with the old…

As I said last year, I love the week between Christmas and New Year. I love the quiet and the time to reflect on the past while planning for what’s next.

I’m having a hard time feeling it this year though. I suspect that’s because it’s been such a strange year, full of challenges, but also victories. On a personal level, my family and I are glad to put 2010 behind us. I was unemployed for seven months (except for writing, but that doesn’t pay any bills) and my wife’s mom was diagnosed with cancer around the 4th of July. She was gone by the end of the summer.

On a creative level though, Jason and I finally got Kill All Monsters! out (or started anyway) and that’s something that we’ve been working toward for a long time. There’s still a lot of work to be done on it, but I’ll leave that for tomorrow’s post.

Looking back on my goals for 2010, I didn’t achieve a lot of them. Looking for work took a lot of time (or at least I’ll blame it on that) and there were a couple of comics that I wanted to start writing and never got around to. But launching Kill All Monsters! easily makes up for that. My dream for it is that as the story unfolds, it’ll eventually come to mean half as much to readers as it now does to Jason and I. And where those other projects are concerned, I have done some thinking about them and have a better idea not only about what they’ll be, but how quickly I can realistically write them. More on that tomorrow too, I suppose.

Robot 6 has also gone well this year. I started contributing to the weekly Food or Comics? feature and that’s been a lot of fun while forcing me to stay on top of which comics are hitting stores every week. And this blog continues to be successful. By which I mean that I love doing it and interacting with you guys over pirates and jungle girls.

I also finally figured out how to use Twitter and Facebook in ways that complement this blog. Not that I’m doing it perfectly (or even well, necessarily), but at least I have a basic understanding now of the strengths and weaknesses of those communities and how they’re different from a blog. That was a huge light bulb moment for me this year. I can be kind of slow sometimes.

That’s enough reminiscing, I think. Tomorrow I’ll talk about plans and goals for 2011, but until then have a Happy (and Safe) New Year’s Eve.

The Awesome List: What do Captain Hook and Albus Dumbledore have in common?

Schooner or later…

Gary and Elaine at Catalog Living have a room that’s too nautical for even me.

The Secret History of Captain Hook

Brian Till uncovers a speech by JM Barrie that further explores Cpt. Jas. Hook’s connection to Eton, “the world’s most esteemed high school” and makes a comparison to JK Rowling’s outing of Dumbledore. It’s an interesting study of how the lives of fictional characters extend beyond the printed page. Thanks to Tom Spurgeon for pointing it out.

Digital pirate comics

Red 5 (the company who brought us Atomic Robo) has started a new line of digital-debut comic series through Comixology, iVerse, and other digital comics platforms. The first of them is a steampunk pirate comic about a young woman who seeks to come out of the shadow of her famous pirate dad by finding the one treasure he could never get his hands on.

Meanwhile, Scott Christian Sava’s (The Dreamland Chronicles) pirate comic is free for any Facebook users willing to click the Like button on Wowio’s page. [Thanks to my Robot 6 colleague Brigid Alverson for that news.]

Commander X Adventures

Here’s another online sea comic. It’s not about pirates, but Commander X, the time-traveling hero from Nemo’s The Undersea Adventures of Cap’n Eli. I’ll have a review of the Cap’n Eli comic (and it’s Sea Ghost spin-off) soonish, but in the meantime enjoy the Commander’s adventure as he teams with the Sea Raider to stop the evil Baron Hydro. Fun stuff.

Nemo’s also created a Mego-style action figure of Commander X as “The Undersea Knight” that you can get for a special price if you order today or tomorrow.

What the Helmet?

My pal Ken from That F’ing Monkey sent me a link to this Super Friends animation cel that – free of its context, especially – is too awesome for words.

Art Show: All in a day’s crimefighting

The Fugitives

By NC Wyeth. [Golden Age Comic Book Stories]

The Teamster

By James Bama. [Golden Age Comic Book Stories]

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By George. [Art Jumble]

After the break: Batman, Black Canary, Black Widow, and Puck.


The Batman

By Nuno Plati.

Black Canary

By Dean T Fraser.

By Rory.

By Victor Santos.

By J Bone and Darwyn Cooke.

By Lan Medina. [Comic Art Community]

Black Widow (and Scarlet Witch, I guess)

By Eric Basaldua and Penichet. [Pink of the Ink]

Puck

By George O’Connor.

By Brett Wood.

Buy My Stuff: Savage Beauty #1

Hey! What’s that on page 282 of this month’s Previews catalog?

I don’t mean to be misleading with the title of this post. I didn’t write the story in this issue, but I did write a back-up article for it about the history of the jungle girl genre and why it’s cool. Even if I hadn’t though, I’d be looking forward to this issue. The real writer is Mike Bullock who’s fresh off his long run with Moonstone’s Phantom comics and has an interesting take on the concept that I’m very curious to read.