10 good books that I read this year:

the roadThe Road
by Cormac McCarthy

My reaction was similar to James Kochalka’s.



harry potter 7Harry Potter 7
by J.K. Rowling

Always a fan of the movies, this year I let go of my HP snobbery, looked past the clunky prose, and let myself fall into the dream..


kunzle.jpgThe Early Comic Strip
by David Kunzle

A long-out-of print collection of ancient precursors to the comic strip that I got my hands on through interlibrary loan.

Posts about the book:


dontgo.jpgDon’t Go Where I Can’t Follow
by Anders Nilsen

Maybe my favorite book last year by my favorite contemporary cartoonist. My “review.”



political brainThe Political Brain
by Drew Westen

A book that got me interested in politics again.

My mindmap of the book.


secret knowledgeSecret Knowledge
by David Hockney

A book about the use of optics in painting from the 1400s on, which changed a lot of my ideas about perspective, realism, comics, and collage.

Related Posts:


king-cat classixKing-Cat Classix
by John Porcellino

A retrospective collection of Porcellino’s King-Cat mini-comics. I also read his Diary of a Mosquito Abatement Man and Perfect Example. Those clean, Zen lines!


gospel according to jesusThe Gospel According to Jesus
by Stephen Mitchell

Reminded me how much I love the teachings of Jesus and how much I hate contemporary Christianity. A lovely book.

Related posts:


saul steinberg illuminationsSaul Steinberg: Illuminations
by Joel Smith

This was the catalog of a gallery show we saw while we were on our honeymoon, and it kick-started the Year of Steinberg, in which I became obsessed with his work.

Posts about Steinberg from this year:


george saunders braindead megaphone

The Braindead Megaphone
by George Saunders

A collection of essays from my favorite living fiction writer. We got to meet Mr. Saunders twice this year: once at Oberlin College and once at the Texas Book Festival.

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  1. Janet P - Austin says

    I’m so enjoying your blog – even your facebook status notes. So I just took your recommendation and ordered “Don’t Go Where I Can’t Follow.” Appreciate all you put out there.