Movies and Books: 2012

Yet again, I got a little obsessive and tracked the number of books and movies I’ve consumed in the past year. Why? Well, if nothing else it’s an easy way to remember what I’ve seen when asked, “What was the best book/movie you’ve seen/read this year?” Also, it amuses me. This year showed a slight increase in all categories… And now, on to 2013!


  1. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
  2. The Artist
  3. Albert Nobbs
  4. The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2012: Animated
  5. The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2012: Live Action
  6. Jiro Dreams of Sushi
  7. Bully
  8. Mirror, Mirror
  9. The Avengers
  10. Headhunters
  11. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  12. The Hunger Games
  13. Moonrise Kingdom
  14. Prometheus
  15. Safety Not Guaranteed
  16. Beauty is Embarrassing
  17. To Rome With Love
  18. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923 film)
  19. Brave
  20. Magic Mike
  21. The Amazing Spider-Man
  22. The Queen of Versailles
  23. The Dark Knight Rises
  24. The Imposter
  25. Cosmopolis
  26. Sleepwalk With Me
  27. The Master
  28. Argo
  29. Cloud Atlas
  30. Wreck-It Ralph
  31. Holy Motors
  32. Skyfall
  33. Hitchcock
  34. Travels With My Aunt
  35. Les Misérables


  1. Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey
  2. The Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentlemen Farmers by Josh Kilmer-Purcell
  3. Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall by Kazuo Ishiguro
  4. Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin
  5. A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin
  6. Lyra’s Oxford by Philip Pullman
  7. Once Upon a Time in the North by Philip Pullman
  8. Glasshouse by Charles Stross
  9. Embassytown by China Miéville
  10. The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
  11. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  12. Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-time Eater by Frank Bruni
  13. After the Apocalypse: Stories by Maureen F. McHugh
  14. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
  15. Welcome to Bordertown edited by Holly Black and Ellen Kushner
  16. Bumbling into Body Hair: A Transsexual’s Memoir by Everett Maroon
  17. Finn Family Moomintroll by Tove Jansson
  18. Moominpappa’s Memoirs by Tove Jansson
  19. American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America by Michelle Obama
  20. God’s War by Kameron Hurley
  21. Moominsummer Madness by Tove Jansson
  22. Howards End by E.M. Forster
  23. The Great Railway Bazaar: By Train Through Asia by Paul Theroux
  24. Who Is The Doctor: The Unofficial Guide to Doctor Who: The New Series by Graeme Burk and Robert Smith?
  25. The Ninnies by Paul Magrs
  26. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  27. Beyond Binary: Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction edited by Brit Mandelo
  28. All About Emily by Connie Willis
  29. Hav by Jan Morris
  30. A Book of Tongues by Gemma Files

Fiction Magazines, Chapbooks, and Zines:

  1. James Patrick Kelly’s Strangeways #1
  2. Fantasy Magazine July 2011
  3. Fantasy Magazine August 2011
  4. Fantasy Magazine September 2011
  5. Fantasy Magazine October 2011
  6. Fantasy Magazine November 2011
  7. Fantasy Magazine December 2011
  8. Chelsea Station Issue 1
  9. Lightspeed Magazine July 2011
  10. Lightspeed Magazine August 2011
  11. Lightspeed Magazine September 2011
  12. Lightspeed Magazine October 2011
  13. Lucky Peach Issue 2
  14. Lightspeed Magazine November 2011
  15. Lightspeed Magazine December 2011
  16. Fireside Magazine Spring 2012
  17. Lightspeed Magazine January 2012
  18. Lightspeed Magazine February 2012

Graphic Novels:

  1. RASL Volume 3: Romance at the Speed of Light by Jeff Smith
  2. Princess Knight Vol. 1 by Osamu Tezuka
  3. Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand by Jim Henson, Jerry Juhl, and Ramon Perez
  4. Kobato Vol. 5 by CLAMP
  5. Blue by Pat Grant
  6. Friends With Boys by Faith Erin Hicks
  7. Cross Game Vol. 5 by Mitsuru Adachi
  8. Prince Valiant Vol. 4: 1943-1944 by Hal Foster
  9. Rainy Day Recess: The Complete Steven’s Comics by David Kelly
  10. Blabber Blabber Blabber: Vol. 1 of Everything by Lynda Barry
  11. The Lives of Sacco and Vanzetti by Rick Geary
  12. Picture This by Lynda Barry
  13. Twin Spica Vol. 11 by Kou Yaginuma
  14. Cross Game Vol. 6 by Mitsuru Adachi
  15. The Silence of Our Friendsby Mark Long, Jim Demonakos, and Nate Powell
  16. Farm 54 by Galit Seliktar and Gilad Seliktar
  17. Baby’s in Black: Astrid Kirchherr, Stuart Sutcliffe, and The Beatles in Hamburg by Arne Bellstorf
  18. The Moon Moth by Jack Vance and Humayoun Ibrahim
  19. Animal Man: The Hunt by Jeff Lemire, Travel Foreman, and Steve Pugh
  20. Swamp Thing: Raise Them Bones by Scott Snyder, Yanick Paquette, and Marco Rudy
  21. Batman: The Court of Owls by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo
  22. Batwoman: Hydrology by J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman
  23. Daredevil Vol. 1 by Mark Waid, Marcos Martin, Paulo Rivera
  24. Twin Spica Vol. 12 by Kou Yaginuma
  25. Take What You Can Carry by Kevin C. Pyle
  26. Shuteye: Six Tales of Dreams and Dreamers by Sarah Becan
  27. Habibi by Craig Thompson
  28. From Headrack to Claude by Howard Cruse
  29. Wonder Woman Vol. 1: Blood by Brian Azzarello, Cliff Chiang, and Tony Akins
  30. The Shark King by R. Kikuo Johnson
  31. The Art of The Secret World of Arrietty by Hiromasa Yonebayashi
  32. GoGo Monster by Taiyo Matsumoto
  33. The Strange Talent of Luther Strode Vol. 1 by Justin Jordan and Tradd Moore
  34. Justice League Dark Vol. 1: In the Dark by Peter Milligan and Mikel Janin
  35. I, Vampire Vol. 1: Tainted Love by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Andrea Sorrentino
  36. Justice League Vol. 1: Origin by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee
  37. Aquaman Vol. 1: The Trench by Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis
  38. Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. Vol. 1: War of the Monsters by Jeff Lemire and Alberto Ponticelli
  39. Resurrection Man Vol. 1: Dead Again by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, and Fernando Dagnino
  40. Green Lantern Vol. 1: Sinestro by Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke
  41. Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 1: Faces of Death by Tony S. Daniel
  42. Suicide Squad Vol. 1: Kicked in the Teeth by Adam Glass, Federico Dallocchio, and Clayton Henry
  43. Nightwing Vol. 1: Traps and Trapezes by Kyle Higgins and Eddy Barrows
  44. Superboy Vol. 1: Incubation by Scott Lobdell and R.B. Silva
  45. Demon Knights Vol. 1: Seven Against the Dark by Paul Cornell and Oclair Albert
  46. Superman: Action Comics Vol. 1: Superman and the Men of Steel by Grant Morrison, Rags Morales, and Andy Kubert
  47. Superman Vol. 1: What Price Tomorrow? by George Pérez, Jesus Merino, and Nicola Scott
  48. Justice League International Vol. 1: The Signal Masters by Dan Jurgens
  49. Batman & Robin Vol. 1: Born to Kill by Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason
  50. The Fracture of the Universal Boy by Michael Zulli
  51. Liar’s Kiss by Eric Skillman and Jhomar Soriano
  52. Fantastic Four: Season One by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and David Marquez
  53. The Walking Dead Book Two by Robert Kirkman and Charles Adlard
  54. Hawk and Dove Vol. 1: First Strikes by Sterling Gates and Rob Liefeld
  55. A Bride’s Story Vol. 1 by Kaoru Mori
  56. Brody’s Ghost Vol. 3 by Mark Crilley
  57. Bloody Chester by J.T. Petty and Hilary Florido
  58. Bakuman Vol. 5 by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata
  59. Real Vol. 10 by Takehiko Inoue
  60. Rohan at the Louvre by Hirohiko Araki
  61. Genetiks™ Vol. 1 by Richard Marazano and Jean-Michel Ponzio
  62. Judge Bao Vol. 1: Judge Bao and the Jade Phoenix by Patrick Marty and Chongrui Nie
  63. Mouse Guard, Labyrinth, and Other Stories by various creators
  64. Fallen Words by Yoshihiro Tatsumi
  65. Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde vol. 5: The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde and P. Craig Russell
  66. Marathon by Boaz Yakin and Joe Infurnari
  67. Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel
  68. Love and Rockets: New Stories Vol. 4 by Jaime Hernandez and Gilbert Hernandez
  69. Only Skin by Sean Ford
  70. The Hive by Charles Burns
  71. Oishinbo: Fish, Sushi, and Sashimi by Tetsu Kariya and Akira Hanasaki
  72. Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
  73. Crogan’s Loyalty by Chris Schweizer
  74. The Dare Detectives!: The Snowpea Plot by Ben Caldwell
  75. Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City by Guy Delisle
  76. Little Nothings Vol. 4: My Shadow in the Distance by Lewis Trondheim
  77. Fatale Volume 1: Death Chases Me by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
  78. The Wild Kingdom by Kevin Huizenga
  79. Batman: Earth One by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank
  80. Cow Boy by Nate Cosby and Chris Eliopoulos
  81. Superman: For Tomorrow Vol. 1 by Brian Azzarello and Jim Lee
  82. Superman: For Tomorrow Vol. 2 by Brian Azzarello and Jim Lee
  83. Wandering Son Book Three by Shimura Takako
  84. Beanworld: Tales of the Beanworld by Larry Marder
  85. Genius, Isolated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth by Dean Mullaney
  86. Walt Disney’s Uncle Scrooge: Only a Poor Old Man by Carl Barks
  87. Showcase Presents: Showcase Vol. 1 by Various
  88. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century: 2009 by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill
  89. RASL Vol. 4: The Lost Journals of Nikola Tesla by Jeff Smith
  90. The Complete Peanuts Vol. 18: 1985-1986 by Charles M. Schulz
  91. Ralph Azham Vol. 1: Why Would You Lie to Someone You Love? by Lewis Trondheim
  92. Maya Makes a Mess by Rutu Modan
  93. A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse by Frank Viva
  94. Benny and Penny in Lights Out! by Geoffrey Hayes
  95. Drama by Raina Telgemeier
  96. Thief of Thieves Vol. 1 by Robert Kirkman, Nick Spencer, and Shawn Martinbrough
  97. No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics edited by Justin Hall
  98. Sumo by Thien Pham
  99. Love and Rockets: New Stories Vol. 5 by Jaime Hernandez and Gilbert Hernandez
  100. The Red Diary/The Re[a]d Diary by Teddy Kristiansen and Steven T. Seagle
  101. Polterguys Vol. 1 by Laurianne Uy
  102. The Sixth Gun Vol. 3: Bound by Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt
  103. The Sixth Gun Vol. 4: A Town Called Penance by Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt
  104. Mudman Vol. 1 by Paul Grist
  105. Hildafolk by Luke Pearson
  106. Hilda and the Midnight Giant by Luke Pearson
  107. Nobrow 6: The Double edited by Alex Spiro
  108. Nobrow 7: Brave New World edited by Alex Spiro
  109. Showcase Presents: Dial H for Hero by Various
  110. Oishinbo: Vegetables by Tetsu Kariya and Akira Hanasaki
  111. Transposes by Dylan Edwards
  112. Cross Game Vol. 7 by Mitsuru Adachi
  113. Batman Vol. 2: The City of Owls by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo
  114. Wonder Woman Vol. 2: Guts by Brian Azzarello, Cliff Chiang, and Tony Akins
  115. Dial H Vol. 1: Into You by China Mieville, Mateus Santolouco, Riccardo Burchielli, and David Lapham
  116. Suicide Squad, Vol. 2: Basilisk Rising by Adam Glass and Fernando Dagnino
  117. Usagi Yojimbo Vol. 24: Return of the Black Soul by Stan Sakai
  118. Usagi Yojimbo Vol. 25: Fox Hunt by Stan Sakai
  119. Usagi Yojimbo Vol. 26: Traitors of the Earth by Stan Sakai
  120. A Bride’s Story Vol. 2 by Kaoru Mori
  121. Parker: The Outfit by Richard Stark and Darwyn Cooke
  122. Julio’s Day by Gilbert Hernandez

9 thoughts on “Movies and Books: 2012

  1. DaveB says:

    Ooh I loved Nocturnes. It was the first book of his that I read.

  2. Robson says:

    Nice! Where did you see HOLY MOTORS?

  3. Dave: I’d never read anything of his before Never Let Me Go so now I’m going to try and read one a year. Any suggestions on which next?

    Mr. Robson: We’re lucky in that we’ve got two Landmark theatres in the DC area — I think it was the one on E Street that showed it. Kylie Minogue’s song not being on the eligibility list for Best Original Song for this year is highway robbery.

  4. DaveB says:

    Hmm, I really like ‘The Unconsoled’ but there no middle ground with it, you’ll either love it or loathe in… I don’t know which you’ll end up with!

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