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2,011 in 2011 comic-book reading challenge: Halfway point

by Matthew Price Published: July 1, 2011

I’m basically at the halfway point, as far as days, of the 2,011 in 2011 comic-book reading challenge, and I thought I’d take a post and recap kind of how it’s gone so far.

I was hoping to be under 1,000 remaining to read at this point, but that just hasn’t happened.   I think it’s been more difficult than I thought to find time to read 6 comic books every day – which is about what I need to get to 2,011.   Some days, life gets in the way, and I read 1 or sometimes even 0.  Too many zero days, and you’re in the position I’m in, which is about 130 comics short of the halfway point.

I still think I can make up the ground and get there.  This has been a busier first half of the year than I had anticipated when I decided to do this, but I still think I can do it.   Part of the time-sink is writing up recaps.  Even writing brief synopses takes some effort, and doing so over and over again has gotten a little difficult.

I’m hoping with the long weekend, I can knock out a couple of trade paperbacks and get closer to the goal.

Finding really fascinating comics help the process along; as such I was really pleased to rediscover “Wandering Star” this year, which I was only kind of familiar with before.  Reading that entire run has been a highlight of the year thus far.  And Peter David’s modern X-Factor run, I’d only read some of, but this challenge encouraged me to get through much more of it. (And it’s a really good read.)

Somebody has asked me already if I’m going to do this again – I think, even with half the year remaining, my answer is absolutely no.  However, I do think I’ll try to incorporate some of what I’ve liked about the challenge – providing back issue reviews and quick recaps of new issues – into the blog even after I finish the challenge (or the year ends, whatever comes first).

- Matt Price

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by Matthew Price
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Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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