I’ll start out by saying that I lived a very sheltered life in 2012. I don’t get out much and I have this knack for hating things that everyone else seems to like. I don’t do it on purpose…honestly. That’s just the way I am. Therefore my list is narrow-minded and unorthodox. Enjoy! Or not…
My Favorite Albums of 2012 In No Particular Order
The Agents-Steady Forward
Jaya the Cat-The New International Sounds of Hedonism
Easy Star All-Stars-Easy Star’s Thrillah
The Supervillains-Robots EP
Less Than Jake-Greetings and Salutations
Reel Big Fish-Candy Coated Fury
The Insyderz-The Sinner’s Songbook
The Bastard Suns-Band For All Seasons Vol. 1-4
Lee “Scratch” Perry-Humanicity
Big D and the Kids Table-Built Up From Nothing: The D Sides
Slightly Stoopid-Top of the World
The Offspring-Days Go By
Voodoo Glow Skulls-Break The Spell
Let Me In-The Bag
Ben Dumm & the Deviants-S/T
Albums That I Initially Missed Out On Somehow But Discovered in 2012
Victims of Circumstance-Acupunkture & Roll the Dice
Edna’s Goldfish-Before You Knew Better
The Upsessions-Beat You Reggae
Easy Star All-Stars-Lonely Hearts Dub Band
The Invaders-Where Ya Gone?
The Atomic Fireballs-Torch This Place!
Darkbuster-22 Songs That You’ll Never Want To Hear Again!
Buddy Holly-The Definitive Collection
Chris Murray Combo-Why So Rude?
Hub City Stompers-Ska Ska Black Sheep
Macho Man Randy Savage-Be A Man
Adam WarRock-The War For Infinity
They Might Be Giants-Dial-A-Song
The Traveling Wilburys-Vol. 1
USCB Allstars-We Could Have Been Kings & Class Brutals
Since I don’t really pay attention to what new albums are coming out in 2013, here’s a list of music related things that I hope I don’t see in 2013:
Anything new from No Doubt, Weezer and the Foo Fighters…ever
Another sucky NOFX album
Mashups of anything
Mashups with anime clips
Gangnam style…whatever it is I initially thought it was Gundam style…which wouldn’t be any more acceptable
Carson Daly living to see 2014
Music related TV shows with people that try to sing like Christina Aguilera
People saying that Whitney Houston’s death was tragic
Another boy band reunion
Another Ice-T TV show
My Favorite Movies of 2012
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
The Amazing Spider-Man
The Dark Knight Rises
The Three Stooges
My Favorite Scenes of 2012
Captain America breaking up the fight between Thor and Iron Man in Avengers
The fight between Thor and Iron Man in Avengers
Any scene with Loki (Tom Hiddleston)
The opening scenes of Skyfall
Batman “sacrificing” himself at the end of Dark Knight Rises
The video game cameos in Wreck-It Ralph
The monster battle in Frankenweenie
Seeing the home of the Dwarves onscreen in the Hobbit
Spider-Man actually being witty during fight scenes in the Amazing Spider-Man
Nitpicky Things That Annoyed Me in the Movies of 2012
The Hulk as comedy relief in the Avengers
Batman going missing for another decade in a Nolan film…Batman was only around for about 2 years total in the entire franchise!
Teasing the dragon for the entire Hobbit movie only to make me wait longer!
The Lizard looking like a rip-off of Killer Croc
Ben Affleck still getting work
Nicolas Cage still getting work
Samuel L. Jackson not getting more work…he should be in everything!
Having to hear Sarah Silverman’s voice in Wreck-It Ralph
Movies I’m looking Forward To In 2013
Oz: The Great and Powerful
Iron Man 3
Star Trek Into Darkness
Man of Steel
World War Z
Kick Ass 2
Sin City: A Dame To Kill For
Thor: The Dark Worlds
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Favorite Video Games of 2012
Spec Ops: The Line
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
The Darkness II
Lego The Lord of the Rings
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD
The Amazing Spider-Man
Rock Band Blitz
Biggest Gaming Disappointment of 2012
The loss of Nintendo Power and Game Pro magazines. It’s a shame that magazines aren’t what they used to be. I blame the internet. Damn you Al Gore!
Favorite TV Shows of 2012
Since I only watched four shows on TV here they are:
The Aquabats! Super Show!
Black Dynamite the Animated Series
Call of the Wildman
TV Shows That I’ve Finally Watched/Am Watching In Their Entirety Thanks to Netflix Streaming
King of the Hill
The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes
Star Trek: Voyager
Freaks and Geeks
Shows That I Still Didn’t Care About In 2012
The Walking Dead
It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
The Big Bang Theory
How I Met Your Mother
Two and a Half Men
Other Things That I Didn’t Care About In 2012
Pluto and its planetary struggles
Hockey…since there wasn’t any when there should have been
Donald Trump’s opinion
My Favorite Comics of 2012
2012 wasn’t that great of a year in comics in my opinion. Both DC and Marvel were doing nothing but retooling and revamping their entire universes and it was a big turnoff for me. Instead I found myself digging into the indie scene once again. Most of my favorite books came from some great people that I met in the convention scene. In no particular order here are my favorites of 2012:
The Nonstandard Assembly Vol. 1-3
Avengers vs. X-Men
2012 was also the first year that I got out in the “scene” and did some conventions to promote my own comic book “Creatures of War”. Here are some things that I learned/experienced/witnessed at the conventions.
People will dress up as anything…no matter how terrible and ridiculous it may seem.
Some artists view other artists as competition…those same artists take themselves waaay too seriously.
Stan Lee is expensive to bring to a convention…but worth every penny!
There are lots of cool, like-minded indy creators.
I can make money on my comic books!
Mark Tierno (Day of the Dead, The Mercury Men) is one of the coolest celebrities ever!
Not everyone likes Batman.
Everyone loves Stan Lee.
People love selling artwork of licensed characters that aren’t their own.
People love buying artwork of licensed characters more than they love buying original artwork.
Some artists that I looked up to are major dicks.
Some artists that I looked up to are more awesome than I could have imagined.
There is an awesome and supportive local geek community in my hometown.
People don’t want to help you do artwork.
Wrestling and comic conventions apparently go hand in hand.
That’s all folks! Thanks for reading and here’s to a happy and healthy 2013.