In no particular order.

Comics

  1. Saga by Fiona Staples & Brian K. Vaughan
  2. Anything by Carla Speed McNeil, most especially Finder
  3. Kaijumax by Zander Cannon
  4. Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan & Cliff Chiang
  5. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Ryan North & Erica Henderson
  6. Head Lopper by Andrew MacLean
  7. Murder Falcon by Daniel Warren Johnson
  8. Bone by Jeff Smith
  9. Monstress by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda
  10. Pretty much everything by Jill Thompson, especially Scary Godmother and Beasts of Burden.
  11. The Autumnlands by Kurt Busiek and Benjamin Dewey.
  12. Usagi Yojimbo by Stan Sakai

Books

  1. Ray Bradbury is my all-time favorite author. Dandelion Wine might be my favorite book of his but I love them all so much.
  2. Lynda Barry’s Cruddy is probably my second favorite book and her 100 Hundred Demons is pretty fantastic too.
  3. The Broken Earth Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin
  4. The Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed
  5. The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander
  6. Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Series, especially Thud! and Going Postal
  7. G. Willow Wilson’s two graphic novels – The Bird King and Alif the Unseen
  8. The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss

Games

  1. Most of the Tiny Epic games, especially Tiny Epic Quest: Kingdoms and Tiny Epic Galaxies
  2. The Small World series of games, especially Underground and the Necromancer’s Island expansion
  3. Pokémon the Card Game. The Let’s Play Pokémon starter pack is probably the best place to start.
  4. Super Dungeon Explore by Ninja Division
  5. Lots of couch co-op games on Nintendo Switch – Overcooked, Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, and Diablo III.
  6. I’m currently playing Xenoblade Chronicles 2 on the Nintendo Switch. It hasn’t moved me as deeply as Xenogears did when I first played it on the Playstation a bazillion years ago but it’s pretty good. Sixty hours in, I have finally/maybe figured out the battle system.

Music

My musical heart will forever belong to my favorite turntablists (Cut Chemist, DJ Shadow, Kid Koala, Dan the Automator, DJ Rap) but I work mostly to film, tv and game soundtracks. Current rotation includes:

  1. Whip It
  2. So much by Yoko Kanno, including Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell, Escaflowne, and Arjuna
  3. Into the Spiderverse score by Daniel Pemberton
  4. Guardians of the Galaxy score by Tyler Bates
  5. Pretty much any Tarantino film score & soundtrack
  6. Lots of Keith Mansfield
  7. Songs You Know but Can’t Identify – Spotify playlist full of catchy screen music

Etc

  • iPod Classic 5.5th Generation
    I picked up a refurbished one on eBay to store loads of music (60GB!) and play it in the car. Because it has actual buttons and a click wheel, it’s super easy to use without looking at it, which is pretty important when the driver is also the only passenger. It also sounds amazing. I was curious why and ended up falling down a fantastically nerdy wormhole of articles like this one that minutely break down the differences in music handling between iDevices.
  • Fujifilm X-T1
    I like shooting in 1:1 format so much that I built my own grid picture frames for the family “photo feed” in our dining room. Thankfully, in addition to all the other cool stuff it does, X-T1 will let me shoot 1:1. I angle the adjustable screen 90° up so I can look down on the camera in my hands while I shooting as if it were an old Rolleiflex. So far, the 18mm lens in my favorite.