Here’s my albums of the year list, and here’s a Spotify playlist with a song off each (except the number one, which was too mad, so I put on the preceding non-album single instead). ENJOY, my fine friends.
1 GO TO SCHOOL - The Lemon Twigs
2 LE KOV - Gwenno
3 NO DOGS ALLOWED - Sidney Gish
4 ALMOST RUINED EVERYTHING - Notches
5 YES I JAN - Bas Jan
6 DUSK - Dusk
7 SNARES LIKE A HAIRCUT - No Age
8 LIGHTSLEEPER - Neil & Liam Finn
9 BE THE COWBOY - Mitski
10 SILVER DOLLAR MOMENT - The Orielles
11 TOMORROW’S DAUGHTER - Matthew Sweet
12 DEAFMAN GLANCE/THE LILLYWHITE SESSIONS - Ryley Walker
13 POST- - Jeff Rosenstock
14 SEE YOU AROUND - I’m With Her
15 BOTTLE IT IN - Kurt Vile
16 TELL ME HOW YOU REALLY FEEL - Courtney Barnett
17 OLD GHOST - Renata Zeiguer
18 GHOST FORESTS - Meg Baird & Mary Lattimore
19 HIPPO LITE - Drinks
20 MJUSIC - Hilma Nikolaisen
21 KILL THE LIGHTS - Tony Molina
22 ROUGH EP - Sex On Toast
23 CLEAN - Soccer Mommy
24 BOOTIKINS - Augie March
25 OPEN HERE - Field Music
26 SPARKLE HARD - Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks
27 THIS IS GLUE - Salad Boys
28 MOZART’S MINI-MART - Go-Kart Mozart
29 ARK EP - Westerman
30 SNOW BOUND - The Chills
It’s the most… wonderful… time of the year! Giant Days 43 is out and it’s the Christmas issue. Obviously I can’t line Giant Days Christmas up with real Christmas because there are 18 monthly issues of Giant Days per in-story year. But this year it falls at the exact point that Sainsburys wheels out the big tins of Quality Street: slightly too early.
It’s another high-quality issue from your top team of me, MAX SARIN (art), WHITNEY COGAR (colours) and JIM CAMPBELL (letters).
Get it from your local comic shop or on Comixology!
PS there is more holiday-themed action at the end of next month with the 2018 HOLIDAY SPECIAL which I have written and drawn myself at great personal risk.
BY NIGHT #4 is out today, so head to your local comic shop or get it on Comixology. While obviously I, as writer of the series, am unlikely to tell you it is terrible, I can assure you that this one features my best jokes and some genuine peril.
But that’s not all.
It also has a lot of references to the 1980s because that’s what people love now, the 1980s. Have you seen Stranger Things? The 1980s. My guarantee to you: after you’ve read BY NIGHT #4, you will find other entertainment properties’ 1980s references substandard. Let me know how you get on.
I am very proud of the work we are doing on By Night, here are the covers by Christine Larsen and myself. I’ll have packs of issues 1-4 (Jally and C-Larsen variants) for sale at Thought Bubble in Leeds this weekend.
Giant Days 42 is in shops today! With art by MAX SARIN & WHITNEY COGAR (colours), letters by JIM CAMPBELL, and written as ever, by me. This month, Esther deals with a lot of feelings. Also contains some hot Babylon 5 content. It’s back baby!!! In comic shops and available digitally from Comixology.
ALSO OUT: Giant Days volume 8, containing issues 33-36. Get it wherever books are sold, specifically Giant Days books. You probably can’t get it from the Christian bookshop or a shop that just sells Hanes Manuals.
Bad Machinery/Scary Go Round remains in the wilderness, but fortunately, every month there is a comic written by myself to suspiciously similar specifications. So check out BY Night, expertly drawn by CHRISTINE LARSEN and superbly coloured by SARAH STERN!
This issue: Heather and Jane are missing on the other side of a portal, so sad dad Chip and beta-male Barney must form an alliance to locate them. But maybe they’ll find something else instead… friendship? Or something else that isn’t friendship, because frankly they’re not 100% compatible.
I should also add that this issue is the first EVER direct market title loaded with a baffling number of references to Quincy ME, a show that probably isn’t even in syndication any more.
Available - with a cover by Christine or a cover by me (John Allison) - in comic shops, or digitally via Comixology, I commend BY NIGHT #3 to the house.