Friday, January 16, 2015

Joining the 8th Annual Graphic Novels and Manga Challenge for 2015

I am slowly but surely making the posts for the reading challenges I am undertaking for 2015. Graphic novels and manga are a big part of what I read, so doing this challenge makes sense for me and works with what I read already. I did it last year, and I was successful. Thus I figured I ought to do it again this year. Without further ado, here we have:

The rules are pretty much same as before. Here are the basics, and you can click on the link above the banner for further details and/or to sign up yourself if you are interested.

  • "What counts:  graphic novels, collected trade editions, manga, comic strip collections, comic books. In print or digital. Anything else you feel is suitable.  My criteria is if it has either frames OR speech bubbles it counts.  I'm not going to be the comic police but if you are unsure, ask me in the comments any given month."
  • It "runs from Jan.1 - Dec. 31, 2015."
  • There were no restrictions on crossing challenges, which I always find helpful. 
  • I am committing to the same challenge level as last year, which is Bronze Level (read and review 24 books during the year). I did more than that last year, but as my four readers know, my issue is not reading the books. The challenge is getting reviews up in a timely fashion. Let's see if we can do better in this year. As I did before, if I surpass this level, I will upgrade. 
I will be adding books to the list as I read them throughout the year. I will also add the links to the reviews here as I complete and post the reviews in the blog.

List of books read and reviewed for this challenge:

  1. Matt Smith and Carl Critchlow, Judge Dredd: Anderson, Psi Division
  2. Chris Metzen, Transformers: Primacy
  3. Vic Malhotra, X-Files: Year Zero.
  4. Scott Snyder, American Vampire, Volume 5
  5. Kennedy Xu, Daomu
  6. Juzo Tokoro, Spawn: Shadows of Spawn, Volume 2
  7. Juzo Tokoro, Spawn: Shadows of Spawn, Volume 3
  8. Alex Ross,, The Six Million Dollar Man, Season 6
  9. Scott Snyder, American Vampire, Volume 7
  10. Henrik Lange, 90 Classic Books for People in a Hurry
  11. Ryan Burton,, Dark Engine, Volume 1.
  12. Erik Burnham,, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters.
  13. Paco Ignacio Taibo III, Pancho Villa Takes Zacatecas.
  14. Kevin Smith,, Batman '66 Meets the Green Hornet
  15. W. Haden Blackman, et. al., Darth Vader and the Lost Command
  16. Various authors, Predator Omnibus, Volume 1.
  17. Geoff Johns and Gary Frank, Batman: Earth One, Volume 2.
  18. Jinsei Kataoka and Kazuma Kondou, Deadman Wonderland, Volume 2.(scheduled soon)
  19. Steve McNiven and Charles Soule, Death of Wolverine. (scheduled soon)
  20. D.J. Kirkbride and Vassilis Gogtilas, The Bigger Bang
  21. Jim Zubkavich and Max Dunbar, Dungeons and Dragons: Legends of Baldur's Gate, Vol. 1.  
  22. Mark Millar and Frank Quitely, Jupiter's Legacy.
  23. Scott Snyder,, Batman, Volume 6: Graveyard Shift. 
  24. Becky Cloonan,, Gotham Academy, Volume 1.  
  25. Si Spencer,, Bodies. 
  26. Jeff Parker,, Flash Gordon Omnibus
  27. Tony S. Daniel,, Deathstroke, Volume 1.
  28. Francis Manapul and Brian Bucellato, Batman: Detective Comics, Volume 6.
  29. Tim Seeley,, Grayson, Volume 1
  30. Cameron Stewart,, Batgirl, Volume 1.
  31. Mark Millar, MPH
  32. Shane McCarthy, Transformers: Drift-Empire of Stone
  33. Michael Uslan, Justice, Inc.
  34. Robert Lazaro, Robert Heinlein's Citizen of the Galaxy
  35. Steve Niles and Damien Worm, October Faction, Volume 1.
  36.  Scott Snyder, Batman Eternal, Volume 2
  37. Mairghread Scott,, Transformers: Combiner Wars

 Have a great year, and happy reading folks.

Update Note: (10/4/15): Completed the initial commitment of Bronze Level (24 books read and reviewed). At this point, I have 37 read and 35 reviewed. I will keep adding until the end of the year, and I will upgrade if I make it. 


Mark said...

Cheers! Looking forward to getting more good ideas from you than I already do. ;)

Angel Rivera said...

Mark: Thank you. I see you are speeding along with those posts. Keep on reading.

Nicola Mansfield said...

Welcome back Angel! Glad to have you with us again!

Mark said...

I know that if I don't write the reviews almost immediately then they will NOT get written; we could take about beer books I've read and not reviewed. And tons of others. I quickly knocked out the Tortilla one yesterday as I had to return it. I am at least 20 reviews behind on both blogs. ::sigh::

Angel Rivera said...

Mark: I hear ya. I take notes on what I read, but getting them to the blog not always the most timely. With a brief rough patch last year, I fell a bit behind. So I am posting ahead what needs posting first, then just post others as I get to it. We'll get there. . . . eventually.

Best, and keep on blogging.

Angel Rivera said...

Nicola: Glad to be back. Looking forward to what others read as well.

Best, and keep on blogging.