The Art and Adventures

of Akikotree

Introduction Post
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This journal is mostly public posts, but sometimes I friends-lock art that I'm not yet ready for the whole world to see, or other random things. If you are interested in friending me, please PLEASE leave a comment here, so I know you are a real person and not a fake robot journal trying to sell me watches. (I've been having some problems with this). If you friend me, I'll likely friend you back.

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2014 Annual Book Awards :D
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In 2014 I read 131 books, of which 89 were comics or manga, 37 were novels and 5 were non-fiction. Of those, 9 were books I had read before and loved so much I wanted to read them again. I also listened to an additional 28 audiobooks- if you lump those in with the ones I read on paper the final total would be 159 books. A pretty good year. On to the awards!

I'm giving my favorite new fantasy discovery award to an amazing trilogy by Ursula K LeGuin, the Annals of the Western Shore series. The three books are Gifts, Voices and Powers. They are all stories about young people with talents that they do not necessarily want or understand, but equally as much about the cultures that shape them as they come of age. Masterfully written.

Ursula K LeGuin sweeps up another award with my favorite sci-fi book of the year, The Dispossessed. Runners up for this award were Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny and A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter Miller. All of them excellent and totally different.

I liked all of the non-fiction books I read, but the real stand out was A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk edited by Valerie Steele. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in fashion or queer history. It's got some great essays and some great photos.

I'm debuting a new award this year for my favorite self-published book and interestingly this one was a tie. The God Eaters by Jesse Hajicek is a fantasy/western/gay romance fusion novel which I entered with low expectations and left amazed. I must thank oddlittlecat for that one :) Collected Work by Eric Johnson is a series of stories about working as a union carpenter in California and Oregon in the 1960s and 70s. Both of these books deserve traditional publishing.

My general fiction award goes to Black Swan Green, one of David Mitchell's lesser known books. I actually liked this one better than Cloud Atlas, though that was also good. Thank you to takeintoaccount for those recommendations.

I read a lot of enjoyable manga this year, but my favorite new series is Bakuman by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, the same writer and artist team who created Death Note.

Now for western comics. My favorites from the Big Two publishers were Marvel's Moon Knight: From the Dead and DC's Batwoman: Elegy. Prince of Cats, a very liberal retelling of Romeo & Juliet by Ron Wimberly published by Vertigo, was also excellent.

From Image comics I absolutely devoured and adored Multiple Warheads book one: Alphabet to Infinity by Brandon Graham. I also continued to love the ongoing series Saga by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples. From First Second I enjoyed Relish by Lucy Knisley (I have a weakness for themed autobiographies) and I thank Harry N Abrams for The Nao of Brown by Glyn Dillon. Here's to another good year of reading!

November and December book reviews
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November was NaNoWriMo... a slow reading month.
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman illustrated by Eddie Campbell
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
+The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins read by Carolyn McCormick
+Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins read by Carolyn McCormick

In December I was racing towards my Goodreads goal, and did better.
The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss
*Amulet vol 2: The Stonekeeper's Curse by Kazu Kibuishi
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter Miller
*Moon Knight: From the Dead by Warren Ellis, Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire
*Batwoman: Elegy by Greg Rucka, JH Williams, Dave Stewart and Todd Klein
A Visit from the Good Squad by Jennifer Egan
*Bakuman vol 8 by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata
*Bakuman vol 9 by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata
The Winter Prince by Elizabeth Wein
The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
*Saga vol 4 by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples
+Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins read by Carolyn McCormick
+Landline by Rainbow Rowell read by Rebecca Lowman

Brief reviews below
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September and October book reviews
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Still playing catch up with the book reviews... here's what I read in September and October:

*Fairytale Comics edited by Chris Duffy
*Fearful Hunter by Jon Macy
*The Littlest Pirate King by David B and Pierre Mac Orlan
*Seconds by Bryan Lee O'Malley
*The Legend of Bold Riley by Leia Weatherington, Marco Aidala, Vanessa Gillings, Kelly McClellan,
Konstantin Pogorelov and Jason Thompson
*Teleny and Camille by Jon Macy
Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fford
The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
*The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isable Greenberg
*Amulet vol 1: Stone Keeper by Kazu Kibuishi
+Summerland written and read by Michael Chabon
+The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R King read by Jenny Sterlin
*Smut Peddler 2014 Edition edited by C. Spike Trotman and Johanna Draper Carlson
*Meanwhile in San Francisco by Wendy Macnaughton
*Starfighter vol 1 by HamletMachine
*In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang
*Flight: Explorer vol 1 edited by Kazu Kibuishi
The Library: A World History by James W P Campbell, with photos by Will Pryce
+Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold read by Grover Gardener
+The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi read by Alexandria O'Karma
+O Jerusalem by Laurie R King read by Jenny Sterlin
+Have His Carcase by Dorothy Sayers read by Edward Petherbridge
*=comic book, +=audiobook

Brief reviews below.
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July and August book reviews
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I am way wayyyyy behind on my book reviews, so I'll try to keep these short. I didn't finish any novels in July- I was once again in the month of my comics summer intensive and it seemed like all I could think about was comics. Here's what I read in July and August:

**Deogratias: A Tale of Rwanda by JP Stassen
**Brotherman vol 1: Dictator of Discipline by Dawud Anyabwile and Guy Sims
*Basewood by Alec Longstreth
*Sunflower vols 1 and 2 by Hyouta Fujiyama
*That Was Good by CJ Michalski
*Knight Takes Queen: 2nd Knight Life collection by Keith Knight
*Pure Heart vol 1 by Hyouta Fujiyama
*The Property by Ruta Modan
*Just Around the Corner by Toko Kawai
*Teahouse vols 1-5 by Emirain

*Freefall Romance by Hyouta Fujiyama
*Bibliovores: an Unshelved collection by Gene Ambaum and Bill Barnes
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Kindred by Octavia Butler
Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny
*Avengers: The Children's Crusade by Allan Heinberg, Jim Cheung and Mark Morales
*Hilda and the Black Hound by Luke Pearson
Collected Work by Eric Johnson
*Lone Wolf and Cub omnibus vol 1 by Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima
+Silver on the Tree by Susan Cooper read by Alex Jennings
+The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon read by David Colacci
*=comic book, **=comic book read for school, + = audiobook

Brief reviews below the cut.
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I did not list most of the manga I read over the summer on GoodReads, because of reasons.

June mini book reviews
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I have managed to get an impressive three months behind in my book reviews, so I am going to try and catch up with just two or three sentences about each book unless I really loved it (or hated it!) Here's what I read back in June:

The Dispossessed by Ursula K LeGuin
*Miss Don't Touch Me vol 2 by Hubert and Kerascoet
*House of Five Leaves vol 1 by Natsume Ono
*Pillow Fight by Brandon Graham
*Vietnamerica: A Family's Journey by GB Tran
*Spera vol 2 by Josh Tierney, G. Milonogiannis, K. Vanderklught, Man and Weaver
**The Nao of Brown by Glyn Dillon
*Only the Ring Finger Knows by Satoru Kannagi and Hotaru Odagiri
*Tale of the Waning Moon vols 1-3 by Hyouta Fujiyama
**Aya of Yop City by Marguerite Abouet and Clement Oubrerie
**Skim by Mariko Tamaki and Jill Tamaki
**Jennifer's Journal by Jennifer Crute
The Twenty Two Keys to the Tarot by Arland Ussher, illustrated by Leslie MacWeeney
**Donald Duck: Lost in the Andes by Carl Barks
**The Nightly News by Jonathan Hickman
**Bayou vol 1 by Jeremy Love
*Ordinary Crush vols 1 and 2 by Hyouta Fujiyama
*Bayou vol 2 by Jeremy Love
Audiobooks listened to in June
+The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, read by Ruthie Henshall and Lynn Redgrave
+Melting Stones by Tamora Pierce read by Full Cast Audio

*=comic book, **=comic book read for school
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Updating sites
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Hello LJ- After a crazy busy summer (going straight from school to a convention to a two week East Coast trip) I came home and decided I needed to update all my various websites. In the past week I rearranged everything on my carbonmade website, on my etsy store and on Society6.

(a bit more info and screen caps under the cut)
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Sorry I have been so abysmally absent from here all summer. I don't know how many of you are on tumblr but that's honestly where I am usually to be found wasting my time these days.

The Three Golden Hairs of the Devil's Beard, part 4
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Finally a new set of pages! Here they are (below the cut)
I have been ridiculously busy the last month with school (I'm in my grad school intensive month again) but I've had time to work on these in class actually (ha ha, terrible student).

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May Book Reviews
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Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore
*Saga vol 3 by Brian K Vaugh and Fiona Staples
*Britten and Brulightly by Hannah Berry
Shatterglass by Tamora Pierce
*Bakuman vol 6 by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata
*East of West vol 1 by Johnathan Hickman, Nick Dragotta, Frank Martin and Rus Wooton
*Spera vol 1 by Josh Tierney, Kyla Vanderklugt, Hwei, Emily Carroll, Olivier Pichard, Afu Chan,
Jordyn Bochon, Cecile Brun, Luke Pearson, Leela Wagner and Matt Marblo
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conal Doyle
*William and the Lost Spirit by Gwen de Bonneval and Matthieu Bonhomme
The God Eaters by Jesse Hajicek
*Hilda and the Bird Parade by Luke Pearson
Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
*Wooden Rose by Tami Wicinas
*East Dragon, West Dragon by Robyn Eversole and Scott Campbell
*Top 10 vol 1 by Alan Moore, Gene Ha, Zander Cannon and Todd Klein
Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx
*Miss Don't Touch Me vol 1 by Hubert and Kerascoet

Audiobooks I listened to in May
+The Grey King by Susan Cooper read by Richard Mitchley
+The Will of the Empress by Tamora Pierce read by Full Cast Audio

Brief Reviews below
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The List
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page one of a 7 page comic- the rest below the cut :)
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