State of the blog 2010

My fellow blogheads, please, everybody have a seat. Let me first of all just thank all of you who have weathered the great drought of 2009, wherein I took some time off from cartooning. I want to thank you for your extraordinary patience. I want to give a shout-out to my mom, who was still checking this blog all the time as only a mother would.

Let me be clear: 2009 was a terrible year in the cartooning realm of my life, what with my layoff from the Davis County Clipper, and Cooties being on hiatus since June. But as I’ve said from the beginning, Cooties will return on Monday, January 4th, and continue as a weekly comic. There will be plenty of ninja-y, superhero-y, alien-y goodness throughout 2010, as well as a couple other projects that I have yet to announce. For now, though, I just want to say how excited I am for a brand new decade, even if it will be as hard to pin down a name for it as the last one was (aughts? oos? who knows…). Will this be the “twenty-teens”? These are important historical ponderables, people!

Anyway, while my beloved wife and I were unable to sell our condo last year, at least we were able to be rid of the psycho druggie neighbor downstairs, and her place has remained vacant lo these last 10 months. We are going to go gung-ho and try again this month, so if you know anyone who wants a 3-bedroom condo real cheapers, you know where to send ’em!

But enough advertising. What the heck happened in 2009? I am a sucker for end-of-the-year recaps, top 10 lists, and best-ofs, so I will throw some your way!

Let’s start off with Time Magazine’s Person of the Year: Ben Bernanke? What? (My son just asked me “Who’s Ben Bernanke?” My answer: Exactly). As far as who made the most news this year, for good or ill, I’d go with Obama, but they picked him last year or something, so whatever. How ’bout let’s look at the runners-up instead? Um, the Chinese worker? Usain Bolt? Okay, this is just getting from boring to worse. Moving on…

Time’s Invention of the Year for 2009 was NASA’s Ares rocket. I don’t know how it can be considered the best invention if it has no apps, but apparently it’s the upgrade that will get us to Mars, so that is nothing to sneeze at!

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Movies
Regular readers of my blog know that I do a top 10 movies of the year list; however, it only consists of the handful of movies that I actually watched that were released in said year, so you are getting what you pay for here, people. The top ten movies I watched in 2009 are:

10. TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN
This movie had awful dialogue, a terrible plot, an overabundance of Ms. Plastic Megan Fox,  and was about an hour too long. But so shiny!!!! Grade: C-

9.  NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: BATTLE OF THE SMITHSONIAN
Aside from having the longest movie title of the year, there wasn’t really anything I disliked about it, even though every fiber of my being told me there should have been (and my being in love with Amy Adams doesn’t hurt; don’t tell my wife). It was just good clean fun. And any movie that has Ben Stiller slap-fighting with monkeys can’t be all bad! Grade: B-

8.  ANGELS & DEMONS
Yes, Dan Brown really hates the Catholic Church, apparently, but this was still a fun ride. Tom Hanks looked so freaking old in this movie, I’m just sayin’. He gave a mediocre performance for him; luckily I’m easy to please. Grade: B-

7.  X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE
See my Transformers review, except this one gets added points for how cool Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds are, and not having Megan Fox. Grade: B-

6.  WATCHMEN
The most overrated comic book in history, in my opinion, said to be unfilmable. Zack Snyder made it work, though. Patrick Wilson as Nite Owl and Jackie Earle Haley as Rorschach were tremendous, and I loved the action scenes.  Grade: B

5.  JULIE & JULIA
This movie seriously made me smile the whole way through. Meryl Streep, I forgive you for Mamma Mia, you were fantastic. And I’ve already mentioned that I am in love with Amy Adams, but seeing her cook and blog made me tingle. Grade: B+

4.  THE BLIND SIDE
I had absolutely no idea what this movie was before going in. All I knew was that it had Sandra Bullock in it and was supposed to be really dramatic. That didn’t sound like a good combo. Bullock’s performance was quite a departure for her, seeing as she’s played the same character in every other movie I’ve seen her in. I loved it. It was refreshing to see Hollywood portray Christians in a positive light, too. Grade: B+

3. HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE
The series just keeps getting better, along with the main trio’s acting ability. Great humorous moments (Quiddich tryouts, Felix Felices and the Love Potion scenes, especially), and the best supporting cast you could ask for. Can’t wait for Deathly Hallows. Grade: A-

2. UP
Pixar is the filmmaker of the decade as far as I’m concerned. They pulled off another gem with this movie. So imaginative and visually gorgeous. And that opening montage made me cry, dangit! Grade: A

Aaaand my number one movie of the year?

HANNAH MONTANA: THE MOVIE

I kid, I kid!

1. STAR TREK
I am not a trekkie, although I really enjoyed the Next Generation series. This movie completely revamps the franchise, providing enough nerdiness for the hard-core fans and does a great job introducing it to a whole new audience. Fantastic dialogue, and a fast-paced but coherent story that was a non-stop thrill ride. Grade: A+

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Books I read in 2009

Fiction:
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (2nd time): B+
Extreme Measures by Vince Flynn: B
Animal Farm by George Orwell (2nd time): A-
Elantris by Brandon Sanderson: A+
The Last Patriot by Brad Thor: C+
The Broker by John Grisham: C-
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie: B
Dark Sky at Dawn by Laurie Lewis: D-
Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson: A
The Last Jihad by Joel Rosenberg: B-
The Brothers by Chris Stewart: A-
The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson: A
Where Angels Fall by Chris Stewart: B
The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson: A
The Last Days by Joel Rosenberg: B-
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (2nd time): A+
The Book of Lies by Brad Meltzer: A-
Pursuit of Honor by Vince Flynn: B+

Non-Fiction:
The Woman Who Can’t Forget: The Extraordinary Story of Living with the Most Remarkable Memory Known to Science–A Memoir by Jill Price: C
Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg: B
The 10 Big Lies About America: Combating Destructive Distortions About Our Nation’s Past and Present by Michael Medved: B
Common Sense: The Case Against an Out-of-Control Government by Glenn Beck: B+
The 5000 Year Leap by Cleon Skousen: A
America: The Last Best Hope (Volume II) by William Bennett: A+
The Forgotten Man by Amity Shlaes: B+
1776 by David McCullough (2nd time): A

Religious:
Spiritual Progression in the Last Days by Blaine Yorgason: A+
Spiritual Survival in the Last Days by Blaine Yorgason: A
Presidents of the Church: Insights into their Lives and Teachings by Truman Madsen: A
The Continuous Atonement by Brad Wilcox: A

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About Nick Perkins

Insurance drone by day, cartoonist by night.
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One Response to State of the blog 2010

  1. Eric says:

    Yay! Cooties!

    And we should call the last decade (of which ’10 is the final year, but I’m kind of a nit-picker that way, you count 1-10, not 0-9) the ‘tweens.

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