GOODBYE YEAR OF THE TIGER. HELLO RABBIT.

Welcome to my traditional "year in review" post. Stay awhile. Read and enjoy. Last night, we (April, Mandy, Scott, two of their friends, and myself) went to Riscky's Steakhouse in the Fort Worth Stockyards and then to Billy Bob's for their New Year's Eve party. We had a good time. In the spirit of THIS AMERICAN LIFE, I could make wistful comparisons between being at Billy Bob's, a strange place full of anxious energy, and the feelings of this previous year. However, I'll just leave that alone and say we had a good time. I'm not much for late night partying. So, it was fun to be out at two in the morning like all those crazy young cowboys. Mandy commented on how responsible she had been at Billy Bob's. I told her I have that affect on people. I'd like to think my very teacher-presence inspires sobriety and moderation. It's my lame mutant power. This year has been good. I post that every year, but it's true. I've been fortunate. I promise whenever I have a terrible year, I'll let you know. Yes, 2010 was a very good year. April and I are engaged and planning a wedding. My daughter is happy and healthy. I'm getting comics published in a weekly entertainment newspaper. And I've been setting aside time to do the things I enjoy. Good stuff. I'll admit my writing output has seriously diminished and that's worried me, but I just don't know if it was possible to maintain my breakneck writing pace of the previous seven years. At a certain point, I need to "recalibrate my expectations" and that wasn't easy. It's still not easy. I hope in 2011 I find a happy medium between writing and everything else that's important.

Previously: 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009

Memorable events for 2010:

* Officiated Wim and Brenda's wedding * Competed in the Texas State Amateur Chess Tournament * April and I got engaged * WE'VE NEVER MET comic goes weekly * Kennedy as a flower girl at Bethany and Deanna's wedding * Taking Kennedy to the State Fair * Dallas Mavericks games with April * Wrote my first article for D Magazine

Favorite comic books I read in 2010:

* 20th Century Boys * Market Day * Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour * Yotsuba&! * GoGo Monster * Octopus Pie * The Walking Dead

Favorite TV Shows I watched in 2010:

* Six Feet Under * Madmen * The Office * 30 Rock * Modern Family (We're behind on this one!) * The Walking Dead

Favorite movies I watched in 2010:

* Scott Pilgrim vs. the World * A Serious Man * Inception * The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus * Ramona and Beezus * The Kids Are All Right * The King's Speech

Favorite food for 2010:

* The spicy tuna roll at Sushi Zone

Favorite music I listened to in 2010:

* Gorillaz, Plastic Beach * Deerhunter, Halcyon Digest (thank you, April) * Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Up From Below (thank you, April) * Blood Money, Tom Waits * Wolf Parade, Expo 86