Well, it took slightly longer than 30 days to get finished, but below is a list of links – for anyone interested in reading them who wasn’t following Alternate Cover on a day-to-day basis – to my posts about 30 different comics relating to my life and general comics-reading experience – from Superman to Sandman to Phonogram. It was a fun project to take on – if a little draining in terms of the time and effort required to keep it up! – and at times gets fairly confessional as well as revisiting a lot of things I’d forgotten about or not really thought about in a while. Hooray for comics!

1. Your first comic
2. A comic that made you laugh
3. A comic that made you cry
4. A comic that reminds you of a place
5. A comic that reminds you of a person
6. A comic you received as a gift
7. A comic you gave as a gift
8. A comic about your favourite character
9. A comic you bought because of the writer
10. A comic you bought because of the artist
11. A comic you should have bought
12. A comic you’re glad you bought
13. A comic you lost
14. A comic you own, but haven’t read
15. A comic you should have read, but haven’t
16. A comic you’ve read that more people should have
17. A comic you own more than one copy of
18. An issue #1 you bought the month it came out
19. A comic you’ve read but don’t own
20. A comic you love in a genre you hate
21. A comic you’d like to see retold in another medium
22. A comic that’s significant to you as an object
23. A webcomic you love
24. A miniseries you never finished
25. An issue that made you drop an ongoing series
26 & 27. A poorly-regarded comic you like, and a well-regarded comic you don’t
28. A comic that’s inspired you
29. A comic that changed your life
30. The last comic you read

Yes, it’s back. You knew it would be. And I’m posting it on 1st December again, even though some might consider that a bit early – but come on, look at the weather out there. Don’t you feel all Christmassy already? If you do, then it’s time to get your hands on this and get listening.

For the uninitiated – in 2007, with the help of my LiveJournal friends, I put together a Christmas compilation of my own, with a mixture of the handful of well-known Christmas songs I actually wasn’t sick of yet, along with some great suggestions for indie-orientated songs, a lot of which I hadn’t heard before. I’ve gradually honed the tracklisting since then – although this year I’ve made no changes – and posted it each December. People seem to enjoy it, so if you’ve been looking forward to getting your hands on a copy again, here it is!

(Note that although the tracklisting is the same as last year, at some point shortly I’ll be posting an additional RAR file containing a couple of “bonus tracks” that almost made inclusion this time but would have taken its length past the “fit on a CD” rule I set for myself. If you like the sound of them you can feel free to download them too and tack them on to the end.)

ntwscacaDownload Now That’s What Seb Calls A Christmas Album! (via Dropbox)

1. Vince Guaraldi Trio – Christmas Time Is Here (2:44)
2. Murray Gold & Neil Hannon – Song For Ten (3:29)
3. Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You (4:01)
4. Fountains of Wayne – I Want an Alien For Christmas (2:19)
5. Loudon Wainwright III – Christmas Morning (3:49)
6. Low – Just Like Christmas (3:08)
7. The Ronettes – I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (2:41)
8. The Ventures – Sleigh Ride (2:22)
9. Grandaddy – Alan Parsons in a Winter Wonderland (2:59)
10. Bright Eyes – Blue Christmas (2:19)
11. Eels – Everything’s Gonna Be Cool This Christmas (2:48)
12. The Vandals – Oi To The World (2:15)
13. The Beach Boys – Little Saint Nick (2:10)
14. Zombina & The Skeletones – A Chainsaw For Christmas (3:11)
15. The Ramones – Merry Christmas (I Don’t Wanna Fight Tonight) (2:06)
16. The Kinks – Father Christmas (3:43)
17. Rilo Kiley – Xmas Cake (5:24)
18. The Pogues with Kirsty MacColl – Fairytale of New York (4:33)
19. Spitting Image – Santa Claus Is On The Dole (3:48)
20. The Long Blondes – Christmas is Cancelled (4:29)
21. Half Man Half Biscuit – It’s Cliched To Be Cynical At Christmas (3:48)
22. Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci – Christmas Eve (1:51)
23. Badly Drawn Boy – Donna and Blitzen (4:19)
24. My Chemical Romance – All I Want For Christmas Is You (3:45)