I hope I am not stepping on any Nerds of a Feather toes by posting my own resolutions, but they are multi-faceted and since I only post once a month these days this felt right. 2021 was an interesting year that marked what felt like the end of the pandemic, only to see it extend into 2022. I watched a lot of anime with my son in 2021 and that proved to be quite the blessing. I expanded my comic book reading into additional indie titles and read a lot more manga. My board game playing was sadly down, but I have plans for 2022.
Resolution #1 - My first resolution is to expand my manga reading even further. I am currently working my way through Attack on Titan, but want to visit Black Butler and Prince of Tennis at a minimum. I recently subscribed to Crunchy Roll and manga is part of that service so I am hopeful I will find some titles worth exploring.
Resolution #2 - I would like to re-establish a regular gaming group. The pandemic made this difficult, but I was able to play Detective from Portal Games remotely and want to make a solid commitment to game with a consistent group on a monthly basis at a minimum. My family is moving from Texas to Illinois and I think we have enough friends that this should not be a problem. This will allow me to reduce my pile of shame and play some of the games I love more.
Resolution #3 - It has been a long time since I have read some of my favorite Captain America arcs and this might call for 2022 to be the year of Ed Brubaker. This would account for me reading his masterful work on Captain America, and revisit some of his earlier works. Scene of the Crime is about a slacker detective and I have sadly never read his work on Batman. I should cap off the year reading his collaboration with the legendary Darwyn Cooke on Catwoman.
Resolution #4 - This is going to be my most difficult resolution, but I would like to start to cull the amount of collectibles I have. This process has started in preparing to move, but I want to focus on the items that I feel I need to have. I recently sold some of my Funko Pops in order to fund a Simpsons Arcade1up cabinet, and I feel I can purge more and become more active on eBay.
I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year and I remain optimistic about what it has in store. While I wanted to put a return to in person conventions, I am not sure I am at the comfort level for that type of engagement currently.
POSTED BY MIKE N. aka Victor Domashev -- comic guy, proudly raising nerdy kids, and Nerds of a Feather contributor since 2012.