After publishing reading logs in 2005 and 2008 under the title 'Time Enough At Last', early in 2008 I began logging all my media consumption completely as possible. When December arrived, I faced an organizational conundrum.
Much like WALL-E debating where to place the spork he collected (With forks? With spoons?*), deciding how to arrange this consumption log was fraught with struggle. Should it be arranged by type of media consumed or date it was consumed? If by type, where do graphic novels go - books or comics? What about graphic novels that are collections of previously published comic issues? Is watching a movie on DVD the same as watching it a movie theater? What about movies on broadcast television or cable? Are television episodes on DVD still television? The ways the collection could be divided was requiring more analysis than really necessary.
I kept the log chronologically during the year, so therefore this zine is arranged monthly. The only exception is 'Television', which has its own section.
Notes on nomenclature: All comics, graphic novels, minicomix, and collected books of individual comics are all labeled 'S.A.' for 'sequential art'. The term 'sequential art' was first defined by Will Eisner as 'the arrangement of pictures or images and words to narrate a story or dramatize an idea' (in Eisner's Comics and Sequential Art, 1985). 'Film' is used to label motion pictures viewed in a theater, on DVD or videotape, or through coaxial cable. 'Music' includes live, recorded, and streaming forms.
* After some deliberation, WALL-E placed the spork between the individual containers holding the fork and spoon collections. -from the introduction