Pop culture's not sport, so these aren't in order (and some of them are probably in the "consumed this year" category).
Utopia; Breaking Bad (S5); Eastbound & Down (S4); Boardwalk Empire (S4); The Returned; The Fall; Arrow (S2); Orange Is The New Black; House Of Cards; The Walking Dead (S3); Game Of Thrones (S3); Top Of The Lake; Girls; Hannibal
Upstream Color, Computer Chess, Gravity, Robot & Frank; Margin Call; Sound Of My Voice; Another Earth; Django Unchained; Zero Dark Thirty
BOOKS & COMICS
1. The 100 Greatest Singers
2. The 100 Greatest Music Videos
3. The 100 Greatest Novels Of All Time
4. 100 Best TV Shows Of All Time
5. The 100 Greatest Artists Of All Time
6. The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time
7. The 100 Greatest Movie Characters
8. The All-Time 100 Greatest Toys
9. 100 Greatest Shut-Ups In Films
10. The 100 Best TV Shows For Men
11. 100 Greatest First Lines In Books
12. 100 Greatest Director Cameos
13. Top 100 Movies of All Time
14. 100 Greatest Guitar Solos
15. Top 100 Comic Book Villains
16. 100 Greatest Horror Films of All Time
17. 100 Best Apps For iPhone and Android
18. 100 Greatest Songs Of The 00s
19. 100 Best Sci-Fi Movies Of All Time
20. 100 Best Graphic Novels And Comics
21. 100 Greatest TV Theme Songs
22. Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books 2000-2009
23. Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Movies
24. 100 Greatest Album Covers
25. Top 100 Literary Novels of All Time
26. 100 Greatest Punk Rock Songs
27. Top 100 Special Interest Movies
28. The 100 Greatest Movie Spaceships Of All Time
29. 100 Greatest Shoegaze Albums
30. Top 100 Comic Book Heroes
31. 100 Greatest American Movies of All Time
32. Top 100 Hotels & Restaurants In The World
33. 100 Best Graphic Novels Ever
34. The Best 100 Closing Lines From Books
35. The 100 Best Running Sneakers Of All Time
36. The 100 Greatest Drummers Of Alternative Music
37. 100 Greatest Television Episodes
38. The 100 Best Sneakers
39. 100 Greatest Movie Posters Of Film Noir
40. Top 100 Games Of All Time
41. The 100 Greatest Mash-Ups Of All Time
42. Top 100 Television Movies
43. The 100 Greatest Detroit Songs Ever
44. The First 100 Shoes To Cross The NYC Marathon Finish Line
45. 100 Greatest Wrestlers of The 90s
46. 101 Best Written TV Series
47. Top 100 Art House & International Movies
48. Top 100 Trailers
49. The 100 Best Games Of All Time
50, The Top 100 Global Brands
51. Top 100 Works In World Literature
52. 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time
53. Top 100 Books
54. All-Time 100 Best TV Shows
55. America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses
56. 100 Greatest Drum Beats of All Time
57. The 100 Best Horror Films
58. Top 100 Most Popular Modern Pinball Machines
59. 100 Best Villains In Video Games
60. 100 Greatest Graphic Novels
61. Top 100 Animation Movies
62. Top 100 Soundtracks of All Time
63. The 100 Most Iconic T-Shirts Of All Time
64. World's Best Top 100 Bars
65. All-Time Best 100 Albums
66. 100 Best Movie Soundtracks
67. 101 Best Stomp Boxes
68. Top 100 DJs
69. 100 TV Shows That Defined The Decade
70. The 100 Greatest American Novels 1893-1993
71. Top 100 ESA/Hubble Images
72. The 100 Favourite Novels of Librarians
73. 100 Greatest Cartoons
74. Talib Kweli's Top 100 Hip Hop Songs
75. 100 Greatest Songs Of All Time
76. The Greatest 100 Movies Ever
77. Top 100 TV Drama Series
78. All-Time 100 Gadgets
79. Top 100 Albums Of The 1990s
80. Top 100 Indie Love Songs Of All Time
81. The 100 Best T-Shirts Of The 2000s
82. 100 Best Novels of The 20th Century
83. 100 Best Movie Quotes
84. 100 Best Singles Of All Time
85. 100 Best Debut Albums of All Time
86. 100 Best British Films
87. The 100 Best Eminem Songs Of All Time
88. The 100 Most Begun "Read But Unfinished" Books
89. The 100 Most Important Art Works of the Twentieth Century
90. 100 Major Works of Modern Creative Nonfiction
91. 100 Pop Culture Things That Make You Millenial
92. The 100 Greatest Entrance Themes in Wrestling History
93. The 100 Greatest Movie Soundtracks
94. Top 100 Richest People in The World
95. Top 100 Prime Numbers
96. Top 100 Most Valuable Records Of All Time
97. 100 Most Controversial Films Of All Time
98. 100 Best Opening Lines From Films
99. 100 Best Burgers In The World (OK we had to cheat a bit for this one - here's 50 Most Amazing Burger Joints in the World, and here's another 51 Great Burger Joints)
100. The Hundred Best Lists Of All Time
The X-men get into flares and kipper ties for next summer's time-travelling mash-up. The always epic Thin Red Line score gives the trailer some gravitas.
More comic book nonsense from Marvel. Looks fine, but surely they're going to run out of steam sometime...
Legendary author Elmore Leonard has died, aged 87. As well as being an author, Leonard has penned many film scripts all the way back to the 50s - including Joe Kidd and Mr. Majestyck. He saw a bit of a revival in the 90s with movies like Out of Sight, Jackie Brown and Get Shorty being made from his material. Recently he's seen a lot of success as the creator of Justified's leading character - Raylan Givens.
Do yourself a favour and read a copy of Tishomingo Blues.
“There are few people in this world that have had as much of an impact on the industry as Carmine,” added DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Dan DiDio. “He bridged both the Golden and Silver Ages of comics, shepherding in some of the most successful periods in our history and setting the course of our characters that is still seen today. He will be greatly missed, but his legacy will remain forever.”
Interesting looking pay-what-you-like digital comic from Brian K Vaughan (author of the very enjoyable series Y: The Last Man and Ex Machina) and Marvel artist Marcos Martin.
Welcome to Panel Syndicate, where artist Marcos Martin and writer Brian K. Vaughan deliver original comics directly to readers around the world, who pay whatever the hell they want for each DRM-free issue. Our first new storyline is THE PRIVATE EYE, a forward-looking mystery we created with colorist Muntsa Vicente. Set in a future where privacy is considered a sacred right and everyone has a secret identity, The Private Eye is a serialized sci-fi detective story for mature readers. You can download our 32-page first issue right now, for any price you think is fair. 100% of your payments go directly into our greedy mitts and will help fund the rest of a story that we're both very proud of (we hope there will be around 10 issues total; an old-school "maxiseries!"), so thanks for reading...
"swissted is an ongoing project by graphic designer mike joyce, owner of stereotype design in new york city. drawing from his love of punk rock and swiss modernism, two movements that have (almost) nothing to do with one another, mike has redesigned vintage punk, hardcore, new wave, and indie rock show flyers into international typographic style posters. each design is set in lowercase berthold akzidenz-grotesk medium (not helvetica). every single one of these shows actually happened. swissted book out march 5th on quirk books—get it here!"
In alphabetical order, here's 12 things I enjoyed in 2012...
Ben Affleck turns in another great actor/director turn as a CIA agent heading to Iran to rescue hostages during the 1979 revolution with the flimsiest of bad cover stories: a fake Hollywood studio looking to shoot a Star Wars ripoff. Great beards, trenchcoats, 70s soundtrack - and it's all (pretty much) true.
Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
Fresh take on modern R&B, adding Sly Stone psych jams to the digital mix.
Game Of Thrones S2
Adding more families, more magic, more dastardly plots and more blood/guts/sexposition to an ever-expanding world.
Cue a stream of "new Sex And The City" / "they're so shocking" / "why is their NY so white?" articles - all interesting points, but it's easy to get sucked up in the phenomenon and lose sight of just how well written this is. Makes up for HBO canning How To Make It In America. Kind of.
The Killing III
Focused finale for Forbrydelsen, with Sarah Lund finding love in a hopeless place (another dark room in Denmark where the lights don't work but it's OK because she's got her torch. And Borch).
Total Oscar-bait, will be v surprised if anything manages to beat this when they're dishing them out. Spielberg back to his epic best, showing the mechanics of US government during the Civil War as Lincoln (Daniel Day Lewis) charms, cajoles and tricks his way to the abolition of slavery.
Tame Impala - Lonerism
Aussie psychedelia with bags of personality and tunes.
Toy - Toy
Two tracks pushing beyond the 7 min mark, tight Krautrock beats and Chameleons-style riffing - a promising, solid debut in a post-Horrors space that had multiple repeats at Chimp Towers.
The Walking Dead S3
Zombie action ramped up, more plots, more characters, less time to think "hey, what about..?"
Also CONSUMED & ENJOYED
Modern Family S4, Boardwalk Empire S3, Homeland S2, The Fear, Fresh Meat, Flying Lotus - Until The Quiet Comes, The US Office, Nurse Jackie S4 (another standout performance from Bobby Cannavale - almost as crazy as Gyp Rossetti), Skyfall.
Happy! centers on Nick Sax, a scummy corrupt ex-cop and hit man. After a hit goes bad and Sax is left gravely injured, he is suddenly able to see Happy, a cheerful little blue horse who won’t give in to adversity, no matter what unpleasant obstacles are in the way. Days before Christmas, Sax teams up with the saccharine horse to save the life of a troubled kid and maybe find redemption amid the squalor of his city.
@GoshComics have got the first look at the League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen spin-off from Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill. Enjoyed the series so far, glad they're moving it on with some of the other peripheral characters. Due Feb 2013
It’s 1925, fifteen long years since Janni Dakkar first tried to escape the legacy of her science-pirate father, only to eventually take on his mantle and accept her destiny as the new Nemo; the next captain of the legendary Nautilus. A thirty year-old Pirate Jenny, tired of punishing the world with an unending spree of plunder and destruction, is resolved to finally step from her forebear’s lengthy shadow by attempting something at which he’d conspicuously failed, namely the exploration of Antarctica. In 1895 her father had returned from that ice-crusted continent without his reason or his crewmen, all of whom appeared to have mysteriously perished or to otherwise have disappeared. Now Captain Nemo’s daughter and successor plans to take her feared and celebrated black submersible back to the world’s South Pole in an attempt to lay her sire’s intimidating ghost forever.
Cracked have made a few tweaks
After the entertaining but ultimately a bit "hang on what about ... " finale to Christopher Nolan's big screen trilogy, here's another Batman film that might be more satisfying (or totally frustrating) - an animated version of Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns. Pt1 is out in October, Pt2 in 2013. There's a longer trailer here, or you could just read the 1986 comic. It's quite good.
Ready for a new round of films based on mega-blockbuster books? Here's Cloud Atlas from the Wachowskis and Life Of Pi from Ang Lee. Cloud Atlas has an epic cast - Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant, Ben Whishaw, Keith David, Jim Broadbent, James D'Arcy, Doona Bae; Pi's got a tiger
UPDATE: here's the full Quicktime HD Cloud Atlas trailer
Neil Gaiman (aka @neilhimself) sent this over to Comic Con to announce the return of Sandman later in the year. Really enjoyed reading (and re-reading) the series the first time around (can't believe it's the 25th anniversary though...). Here's the first new Sandman art from JH Williams III (who did a great job on Alan Moore's trippy Promethea series)
A promising Kickstarter project. Love Calvin & Hobbes.
"@justinarei ... Fighting cancer, one beard at a time." We're no strangers to the joys of the beard here at Chimp HQ, but even our best mountain-ready full winter efforts look like Miami Vice trims compared to the dudes in this book by Justin James Muir. Inspired by a friend who had cancer, all profits go to the Leukemia and Lymphona Society
Like big robots? Like hotels? Ever thought: "Damn! If only someone could combine the two"? Here's the answer: Room G: Special Type - a Gundam-styled suite in Tokyo. (via AX3)
The excellent @GoshComics have got both Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill in for a signing to celebrate the release of the final chapter in their League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen saga* London, 23 June. Here's a few preview scenes from the final part of what's best described as a loopy psychedelic mystery, bringing the Victorian adventurers (well, whoever's left in the team) into 2009 to take on a magical child, terrorists with a nuclear sub and holy war. It's been a very enjoyable read so far, and from what Kevin O'Neill says in this video, there will be more LOEG stories to come - starting with a Jenny Nemo spin-off Nemo: Heart Of Ice later in the year Didn't expect to see Driveshaft or Fur Q making a cameo...
*if for some reason you've only heard of it because of that terrible Sean Connery film, well, trust in Moore's Law: bad film adaptations = great comics
The Jimmy Corrigan / Acme Novelty Library artist talks. Reluctantly.
the legendary French comics artist est mort
The Beatles have a free, animated iBook version of Yellow Submarine up on iTunes. If that floats your boat, so to speak.
the Batman logo in equation form (via @boingboing)
fanboy mashup art from Mister Hipp guess there's going to be a lot more Tintin stuff this year...
Warren Ellis is supervising a new strand of anime X-Men stories. Can't be worse than X-Men 3. Ain't It Cool has more details
interesting case study of piracy and sales
RIP underground comics legend Harvey Pekar 1939-2010
nice collection of 80s comic book film & TV adaptations to download over at Vinnie Rattolle's I Love Trash blog; you forget that in the days before VHSthis was the main way you could "rewatch" films [eh? what is this non-digital madness you speak of?]
is there no end to its voodoo powers?! here's another miracle cure from the magic iPad. thanks iPad!
Like this Muppet take on The Wicker Man.
like this guy's Simpsonizing take on Lost - that's a version I'd happily watch too
not sure what this is, but it looks like a trailer for a German graphic novel translation of a Murakami story - or maybe it's just an illustrated version? either way, if you know more, let us know!
The AV Club aren't too impressed with Don's new book Point Omega
nice collection of book covers on t-shirts at Out Of Print
"Out of Print celebrates the world’s great stories through fashion. Our shirts feature iconic and often out of print book covers. Some are classics, some are just curious enough to make great t-shirts, but all are striking works of art.
In addition to spreading the joy of reading through our tees, we acknowledge that many parts of the world don't have access to books at all. We are working to change that. For each shirt we sell, one book is donated to a community in need through our partner Books For Africa."
interesting piece on Wired about the 80s revival of Mighty Mouse with Ralph Bakshi (American Pop, the cartoon Lord Of The Rings) and John Kricfalusi (Ren & Stimpy)
superheroes at war on Flickr
nice to see some magazines still experimenting and having fun - check this cover team-up designed by Geoff McFetridge for Huck and Little White Lies for their Where The Wild Things Are covers (via Notes From My Sofa)