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She Has No Head! – Random Thoughts Mash-up #2

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I find myself in an introspective (though not particularly deep) mood in these days after holiday madness and leading up to the end of the year, so what better post to write than another She Has No Head!/Random Thoughts mash-up (TM Chad Nevett!)?

Random She Thought: It’s She Has Random Thoughts Time!  Get Excited!

Link Thought: 1979 Semi-Finalist for blog-y comics stuff, 79semifinalist for twitter-y comics, stuff, Kelly Thompson on CBR for review-y comics stuff and 1979 Semi-Finalist for everything else.

Random She Thought: So Drunk Cover Solicits were supposed to happen this weekend on 1979 Semi-Finalist…but illness and family stuff conspired against me…they’ll show later this week for those of you that enjoy them…and I’ll try to make them extra fun (read: they will be the same as always).

Random She Thought:  I’m home visiting my family for the holidays and I have had THE BEST dreams while here.  Do you guys generally remember your dreams?  I almost always do, but they’re frequently (especially lately) not much worth remembering.  The last few nights though?  Woo.  Seriously, the kind of dreams that you don’t want to wake up from…stupid reality just can’t compare.  I’m not going to go into details here…but let’s just say a dude from “my list” made an appearance.  So, y’know, HOTT.

Random She Thought:  Those dreams might have less to do with being in an unusual location and more to do with the amount of Nyquil I’ve been ingesting.  If it’s the latter I’m going to end up with a serious Nyquil addiction.  Experiments to commence in 3, 2, 1…

Random She Thought: I finished my second novel recently.  I wrote it really fast.  There were a lot of reasons for that including the fact that it took me forever to write the first novel and I wanted to know/believe it didn’t have to be that way.  I feel pretty good about the draft on the whole.  But re-reading it, my abuse of the comma is just CRIMINAL.  Seriously, the places I put a common sometimes…or left one out…I should be shot.  Grammar has never been my strong point (as many of you know or could guess)…but this comma thing.  I mean, wow.

Random She Thought:  When I’m writing I can’t really do a lot of reading (beyond comics) as it’s just too distracting. I almost forget how much I love and miss it when I can’t do it.  Since I’m on a self imposed writing break I started The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo yesterday (I know, I know, several years behind the curve here) and read 350 pages in one shot.  Reading is awesome.

Random She Thought: I usually love the holidays but I just haven’t been into it this year, I don’t know why.  Like usually you can’t drag me away from those old holiday specials (Original Rudolph & The Island of Misfit Toys, Original Grinch, Charlie Brown, etc.) but I watched almost none of them this year.  You know one they should start replaying?  Especially since The Muppets seem to be back en vogue?  Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas.  Do you guys remember that one?  It’s awesome.  I should go watch it now.

Random She Thought: I’ve been working on all my year-end lists…this stuff is so hard.  I never feel like I get it right.  Toughest category this year may be “Best Single Issue”…I read a lot of really great single issues it seems.  Also tough this year were “Best Ongoing Series” and “Best New Ongoing Series” categories…in part just because do you call things like Wonder Woman an “ongoing series” or “new ongoing series” if you only want to acknowledge the most recent 4 issues. Conundrum.

Random She Thought: You know what I didn’t read enough of though?  Graphic Novels.

Random She Thought: I should have read Habibi and Petrograd for sure…maybe I still have time to get a few in before my list goes up next week….What were some of the best graphic novels you guys read this year?

Random She Thought: I’m a week behind on my comics since I’ve been out of town…but I find I’m actually excited for some of the books I’m returning to (Wonder Woman, Birds of Prey, Rachel Rising, Wolverine & The X-Men, Batman Inc. Leviathan, Uncanny X-Force, Batman, Avengers, and Legion of Monsters)…that’s a good sign, right?

Random She Thought: Speaking of Legion of Monsters…are any of you reading this?  It’s a great little mini-series.  Easily one of the best things I’m reading from Marvel right now.

Random She Thought: I gave my brothers belated birthday presents of Kate Beaton’s Hark! A Vagrant with the shrugging instructions that they’d either love it or not get it at all.  Judging by the laughter so far, I’d say they “get it”.  Score!

Random She Thought: I find I’m pretty hard to shop for these days.  Not because I’m any less materialistic and selfish than I used to be, but because if I want something I just buy it for myself.  So I guess I’m saying that I’m equally as materialistic and selfish as I used to be, but now I’m also just way less patient and with slightly more disposable income.  Go me?

Random She Thought: Did any of you give comics for the holidays this year?  What did you give?  Were they well received?  I gave the aforementioned Hark! A Vagrant books for belated birthday gifts, as well as two copies of Demo Volume 2 and the Stumptown hardcover.  They were all well received.  Or my family and friends are more talented liars then I give them credit for.

Random She Thought: I also gave some canvas stretched comics art prints.  This one by Lucy Knisley and two from Rogan Josh. These were pretty awesome…I kind of wanted to keep them for myself (see above re: selfish).

Random She Thought: This has been a weird year.  So full of success and failure.  I should probably feel pleased about a lot of things, but when I think about 2012, I find myself thinking that I hope it’s way better than 2011.  Then again, I feel like maybe I feel that way every year.

Random She Thought: I even feel conflicted about what a year it was for comics.  On the one hand, I read so much great stuff…maybe the greatest Batman arcs I’ve ever read courtesy of Scott Snyder’s Detective Comics run, Batwoman finally got her damn ongoing, Buffy Season 9 finally launched, Terry Moore has a great new series, Jubilee was in a mini-series that turned out to be great, Optic Nerve #12 came out, Womanthology’s Kickstarter success, a Wonder Woman book I’m loving, Ultimate Spider-Man had turned out awesome, and so much more stuff…all of it great.  But I also feel like I spent most of the year banging my head against a wall that just doesn’t ever move…and sometimes moves backwards.  In the end it’s hard for me to pin down how I end up feeling about this year of comics.

Random She Thought: One of my biggest comics regret of this year is that I didn’t get on board with Daredevil...just one of those ‘missed the boat and can’t seem to catch up things’.  Bummer.

Random She Thought: Uncanny X-Force is kind of amazing.  I keep expecting it to fall apart and stop being good, but…it doesn’t.  Shit is good.  Even if it does continue to have a stupid name.

Random She Thought: I’m already starting to dread when Chris Bachalo stops drawing Wolverine & The X-Men...the solicits depress the crap out of me.  I really like Aaron, but I don’t know if he can compensate for me for the art fall off.

Random She Thought: On the other hand, though I’ll miss Williams III on Batwoman when Amy Reeder takes over I’m really excited to see what Reeder will do.

Random She Thought: I’m excited about Ann Nocenti coming on to Green Arrow but it’s going to be very hard to get past the art for me.

Random She Thought: So what am I looking forward to for comics in 2012…man…I don’t know.  Hoping Birds of Prey, Wonder Woman, Batwoman, Animal Man, Batman, Wolverine & The X-Men, Ultimate Spider-Man, Rachel Rising, Buffy Season 9, Angel & Faith all keep being as good as they’ve been over the last four months.

Random She Thought: What else?  I can’t wait for Ross Campbell’s Glory.  Looks INSANE!  Also, I’m fairly certain Campbell’s long awaited Wet Moon Volume 6 will be coming out from Oni in 2012…sometime next fall I think.

Random She Thought: Faith Erin Hicks’ Friends With Boys is going to come out in February from First Second, Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan’s Conan from Dark Horse, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples Saga from Image, Brandon Graham’s King City gets collected in trade, Brian Wood and Kristin Donalson’s The Massive from Dark Horse, Paul Cornell and Ryan Kelly’s Saucer Country…what else?  What else is coming that we should all be excited about?