25.Apr.2015 My Year In Books: 2014

Every year, instead of a “My Picks for Best Books of the Year” list, I make a “Here’s What I Read This Year” list. I’m way, way, way behind on this post … 2015’s been a busy one so far! But, in keeping with the grand tradition (Check out previous Years In Books, if you’re so inclined: 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.), here’s what I read in 2014…

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Photoshop work by Steve Sunu.

GRAPHIC NOVELS/Completed Miniseries
JANUARY
Ghosted Vol. 1: Haunted Heist [Image/Skybound]

Usagi Yojimbo: The Special Edition—Vol. 1 [Fantagraphics]

Usagi Yojimbo: The Special Edition—Vol. 2 [Fantagraphics]

Boxers & Saints [First Second]

Sweet Tooth Vol. 1: Out of the Deep Woods [Vertigo/DC]

Cats are Weird and More Observations: A Cat Book [Chronicle Books]

Copra: Compendium One [Bergen Street Comics]

Sweet Tooth Vol. 2: In Captivity [Vertigo/DC]

Copra: Compendium Two [Bergen Street Comics]

The New Teen Titans: The Judas Contract [DC Comics]

Spera Vol. 3 [Archaia]

Copra: Compendium Three [Bergen Street Comics]

High Moon [Zuda/DC]

The Sixth Gun Book 1: Cold Dead Fingers [Oni Press]

The Sixth Gun Book 2: Crossroads [Oni Press]

Motel Art Improvement Service [Dark Horse]

Conan and the People of the Black Circle [Dark Horse]

S.H.O.O.T. First Vol. 1 [Dark Horse]

Hellboy: The Midnight Circus [Dark Horse]

Hellboy: House of the Living Dead [Dark Horse]

Mara [Image]

The Sixth Gun Book 3: Bound [Oni Press]

The Invisibles Vol. 1: Say You Want a Revolution [Vertigo/DC]

FEBRUARY
Sweet Tooth Vol. 3: Animal Armies [Vertigo/DC]

Kiss Me, Satan [Dark Horse]

The Shaolin Cowboy [Dark Horse]

Buzzkill [Dark Horse]

The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story [M Press/Dark Horse]

Sheltered Vol. 1 [Image]

Battling Boy [First Second]

Clown Fatale [Dark Horse]

Baltimore Vol. 4: Chapel of Bones [Dark Horse]

Resident Alien Vol. 2: The Suicide Blonde [Dark Horse]

Monsters! & Other Stories [Dark Horse]

X-Men: X-Tinction Agenda [Marvel]

Elektra: Assassin [Epic Comics/Marvel]

March: Book One [Top Shelf]

MARCH
Justice League Dark Vol. 3: The Death of Magic [DC Comics]

Animal Man Vol. 1: The Hunt [DC Comics]

Thunderbolts Vol. 3: Infinity [Marvel]

Red Light Properties Vol. 1 [IDW Publishing]

Superman vs. Aliens [Dark Horse/DC]

APRIL
Pawn Shop [Soup Dad Comics]

Strange Attractors [Archaia]

Superman vs. Aliens 2: God War [Dark Horse/DC]

Green Lantern vs. Aliens [Dark Horse/DC]

Batman/Tarzan: Claws of the Cat-Woman [Dark Horse/DC]

Superman/Tarzan: Sons of the Jungle [Dark Horse/DC]

Hoax Hunters Book One: Murder, Death, and the Devil [Image]

Amelia Cole and the Unknown World [Monkeybrain]

Avatar The Last Airbender Vol. 7—The Rift Part One [Dark Horse]

MAY
The Big Team Society League Book of Answers [Koyama Press]

The Adventures of Nilson Groundthumper and Hermy [Dark Horse]

Age of Bronze: Vol. 3B—Betrayal Part 2 [Image]

Godzilla Vol. 1 [IDW Publishing]

Godzilla Vol. 2 [IDW Publishing]

Godzilla Vol. 3 [IDW Publishing]

Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters Vol. 1 [IDW Publishing]

Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters Vol. 2 [IDW Publishing]

Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters Vol. 3 [IDW Publishing]

The Mocking Dead Vol. 1 [Dynamite Entertainment]

JUNE
Ghosted Vol. 2: Books of the Dead [Image/Skybound]

The More Than Complete Action Philosophers [Evil Twin Comics]

KaBOOMBox Vol. 1 [Brand New Nostalgia]

True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys Limited Edition HC [Dark Horse]

JULY
Sweet Tooth Vol. 4: Endangered Species [Vertigo/DC]

Sweet Tooth Vol. 5: Unnatural Habitats [Vertigo/DC]

Sweet Tooth Vol. 6: Wild Game [Vertigo/DC]

Interesting Drug [Archaia]

Avatar: The Last AirbenderThe Rift Part 2 [Dark Horse]

Godzilla: The Half-Century War [IDW]

AUGUST
The End Times of Bram and Ben [Image]

The Sakai Project: Artists Celebrate Thirty Years of Usagi Yojimbo [Dark Horse]

Lost At Sea: 10-Year Anniversary Edition [Oni Press]

Curse [Boom! Studios]

MegaGoGo Vol. 1 [Oni Press]

The Incal: Classic Collection [Humanoids]

Concrete Vol. 6: Strange Armor [Dark Horse]

Captain Midnight Archives Vol. 1: Battles the Nazis [Dark Horse]

Strongman [SLG Publishing]

SEPTEMBER
Captain Midnight Archives Vol. 2: Captain Midnight Saves the World [Dark Horse]

2299 Vol. 1: A Sci-Fi Anthology of Transmissions from the Future [Self published]

Footprints [215 Ink]

Stumptown Vol. 1 [Oni Press]

Stumptown Vol. 2 [Oni Press]

OCTOBER
Predator vs Judge Dredd vs Aliens: Incubus and Other Stories [Dark Horse/2000 AD]

Spooky Sleepover Vol. 1 [Stay Spooky Productions/Self Published]

NOVEMBER
I Was The Cat [Oni Press]

Animal Man Vol. 3: Rotworld—The Red Kingdom [DC Comics]

The Animal Man Omnibus [DC/Vertigo]

Battlepug Vol. 3 [Dark Horse]

The Bunker Vol. 1 [Oni Press]

DECEMBER
The Auteur Book 1: Presidents Day [Oni Press]

Letter 44 Vol. 1: Escape Velocity [Oni Press]

Seaguy [DC/Vertigo]

The Sixth Gun Book 4: A Town Called Penance [Oni Press]

The Sixth Gun Book 5: Winter Wolves [Oni Press]

Southern Bastards Vol. 1: Here Was A Man [Image]

*Note: Since I’ve begun reading most comics digitally, if I completed an entire miniseries, even if it hadn’t been collected into a book yet, I counted it on this list—much like I did last year.

NOVELS/PROSE
JANUARY
The Children of Húrin [Houghton Mifflin]

FEBRUARY
Essential Muir: A Selection of John Muir’s Best Writings [HeyDay Books/California Legacy]

MARCH
Silent City [Codorus Press]

APRIL
Breakfast of Champions [Dial Press Trade Paperbacks]

MAY
Dark Rose: Organized Crime and Corruption in Portland [University of Washington Press]

That Is All [Dutton]

Playback [Vintage Crime/Black Lizard]

JUNE
On Directing Film [Penguin Books]

In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash [Doubleday]

Fire in the Hole: Stories [William Morrow]

JULY
The Sirens of Titan [Dial Press Trade Paperbacks]

California [Little, Brown]

AUGUST
Ink Spots [Booktrope Editions]

SEPTEMBER
The Cuckoo’s Calling [Mulholland Books]

Miss Mizzou: A Life Beyond Comics [CreateSpace/Self published]

OCTOBER
The Silmarillion [Houghton Mifflin]

Invisible Ink: A Practical Guide to Building Stories That Resonate [Libertary]

NOVEMBER
The Giver [Laurel-Leaf Books]

DECEMBER
A Feast for Crows [Bantam Books]

So, if my count is correct, I read 98 graphic novels and 19 prose books for a grand total of 117 books! The second most graphic novels and the most prose books I’ve read in a single year in the past five years! Not too shabby!

Especially since I was also editing a TON of comics…

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…and I wrote a comic this past year, illustrated by my buddy Caleb Goellner!

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Photo by @kirkvanlund.

Grab your own digital copy of Birch Squatch: The Last Bigfoot #1 at Comixology or on Gumroad!

Already a bunch of graphic novels and nine prose books deep on 2015… see ya next year for that rundown o’ reading!

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