Saturday, December 29, 2012

2012 in Review

This time of year always breeds best-of lists, worst-of lists, and random reflections. I'm not enough of an expert on any one thing to write such a list with any real authority, but random reflections are something I think I can handle.

So, in no particular order, here are 12 things that I thought were terrific in 2012. Some are personal, some are news, and some are just nifty. If you don't think so, make your own damn list!

1: The Curiosity Rover Landing on Mars
What a nail-biter! Watching the live stream of the scientists involved in this Mars mission during its final descent made me glad to be a human being living during the 21st century.

2: Safety Not Guaranteed 
Don't tell me you haven't seen this gem of a time travel movie! It's quirky in the best way possible, funny, and romantic. A great mix, and one of the best films of 2012 in my opinion.

3: The Taming of Vera Cat
This time last year new kitten Vera was a scared and scrawny kitten. Now? Rather the opposite. 

4: Betrayal of the Planet of the Apes and Exile on the Planet of the Apes Released as Trades
I'm really proud of the work Gabriel and I did on these books and I'm thrilled that we were able to partner with Marc Laming for Exile. BOOM! did a beautiful job turning the issues into books, too.

5: New Tattoo
Okay, so a couple of the things that made this list are a bit self-serving. Still, I'm really happy with this.

6: The Higgs (Almost) Announcement
How amazing is this? Humanity's understanding of the universe took a giant leap forward because of a huge, incredibly accurate machine and the work of scientists from all over the world. 

7: Good News for Tigers
Tiger numbers increased in key parts of Thailand, India, and Russia thanks to anti-poaching enforcement, new protected areas, and stronger governmental involvement. A step in the right direction!

8: My 14th Anniversary
Not to mention 20th as a couple! I'm lucky enough to both live and work with my partner. Not a bad setup by any stretch. 

9: Volunteering and Joining the Board at Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats
After our success with Vera I wanted to help other abandoned cats. Happily, I found Kitty Bungalow. When they asked me to join the board I was immensely honored. I can't wait to see KB grow in 2013!

10: Station to Station Premiering in Dark Horse Presents
This is a story that Gabriel and I had wanted to do for years now. We're thrilled that it's found a home!

11: Two Tiny Trips to Palm Springs
Sadly, we didn't get to do much traveling this year (except to cons) but we did make it to Palms Springs  twice for a day or two. Highlights: a crazy ariel tram, mid-century architecture, and a dog in sunglasses. 

12: Ten Billion Earths
Or thereabouts. That's how many earth-like worlds might exist in our galaxy, based on current theories. Can finding some sign that we're not alone be far behind? I can't think of anything more exciting. 

And now... Onward to 2013! Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Kitten of the Week - Batgirl

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How can it be that Batgirl is the last of her siblings to be adopted? Perhaps it's because her 3/4 mask makes her blend into the background. That's handy when you're hunting bright pink catnip birds but not so good when you're looking for a home.

Batgirl is also still a bit shy, but she warms up quickly once she learns that you're not an evildoer. And who can blame her? Life is hard for a kitten on the streets, even when that kitten is also a superhero. Luckily she's now safe at Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats, learning good manners and how how to be a bit more outgoing. She'll be ready for a new home January 2nd.

Happy New Year, Batgirl!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Station to Station Premiers!

I'm always happy when a new issue of Dark Horse Presents hits the stands but this month I'm thrilled. If you guessed that's because issue #19 includes a story by Caitlin R. Kiernan and Steve Lieber, you'd be half right. As to the other half, well...

STATION TO STATION, written by Gabriel and me and drawn by Gabriel, debuts tomorrow. It's set in San Francisco, it's full of monsters and destruction, and I can't wait for you to see it. This month's issue will present the first 1/3 of the story which will continue through January and February. You can see a preview here. I hope you'll check it out!
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