2016 really kicked our asses. It wasn't the best year by a long shot — but, if Star Wars and Kate McKinnon's Hillary singing "Hallelujah" have taught us anything, it's that we shouldn't give up hope.
So, here we are. Another end of the year recap — and this one, I promise, doesn't mention our current President Elect….
Eli Knight (@elknight20): The Midnighter series (Have you seen the ART? It's GORGEOUS!), and the Renae DeLiz/Ray Dillon series Legend of Wonder Woman (Which is now cancelled? Really, DC?)
John Balash (@johnbalash): Ugh. I hate making these decisions! I'm going with Superman: Rebirth because I love Tomasi and Gleason and how making Superman a daddy has reinvigorated the character.
Devin Whitlock (@devinagonistes): Everything I picked up at Flame Con (I realize that probably includes comics from earlier years, but this was a great year for the medium and thought I'd use a good catch-all) .
Trish McNeely (@BibleBeltLez): Kim and Kim (two super close lady pals bounty hunting with guns and a bass guitar). Jade Street Protection Services (lady teenagers kicking ass and taking names while learning about friendship despite their differences).
Mark Miller: Chew (One of the most freaky comic books — alien chickens and mashed potato golems, anyone? — ended its 60-issue run this year)
Aria Baci (@MsBaci): Paper Girls, Monstress, From Under Mountains, and the return of Love and Rockets.
Ian Carlos (@ianxcarlos): Paper Girls, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Faith, Saga, All-New, All-Different Avengers, A-Force, and Midnighter (I haven't gotten a chance to read Midnighter and Apollo yet)
Eli Knight (@elknight20): Supergirl, hands down. So many ships, so much lovely fanart and fanfic to fill the time between now and the next episodes, coming up next year!
John Balash (@johnbalash): Definitely a close tie between Stranger Things and Game of Thrones, but I'm choosing Game for all those unforgettable WTF and #StrongFemaleCharacter moments.
Justin Lockwood (@HeyLockwood): Bates Motel ([spoiler alert] totally sucker punched me with Norma's death, even if we all knew it was coming), The X Files (loved the reboot, really and truly), Stranger Things, The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again (much maligned, but I enjoyed it, especially Laverne Cox and Adam Lambert as Eddie — swoon)
Devin Whitlock (@devinagonistes): Luke Cage (because we need diverse heroes, especially ones who kick ass), Westworld, and Black Mirror (if only for this season's episode "San Junipero," which deserves an award, but the whole new season was great)
Mark Miller: Halt and Catch Fire (a punk chick, a bisexual dude, and married computer programmers struggle to succeed in tech during the 80s)
Ian Carlos (@ianxcarlos): Stranger Things (JUSTICE FOR BARB THOUGH, GOD DAMNIT), Westworld, Search Party, Luke Cage (I'm still bitter we didn't get a cameo from Jessica, though), Daredevil, and Agents of SHIELD
Amanda Malamut (@goyourownway): My favorite geeky TV show is a toss up. Orphan Black because lesbians didn't die! And Westworld, because duh.
Aria Baci (@MsBaci): Orphan Black, Stranger Things, The OA, and the "San Junipero" episode of Black Mirror.
Trish McNeely (@BibleBeltLez): Orphan Black (How one woman can be ridiculously beautiful and complex while playing multiple women of such eclectic backgrounds makes my queer heart race in the best way). Sense8 Christmas Special: "Art is just love made public."
Stephen Tollafield (@Poemo_Agenda): The Expanse, Agent Carter, Voltron: Legendary Defender, Stranger Things, Star Wars: Rebels, Westworld, Game of Thrones, and Sense8: A Christmas Special
Eli Knight (@elknight20): The Love is Love Anthology. (So proud of all involved.) Elliott Wake's Bad Boy (Seriously, go and read it. Trans representation wrought by a trans author!)
Aria Baci (@MsBaci): The novel Pond by Claire-Louise Bennett and the illustrated nonfiction Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History by Kate Schatz with artist Miriam Klein Stahl.
Ian Carlos (@ianxcarlos): The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner, Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan, and Willful Machines by Tim Floreen.
John Balash (@johnbalash): Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. A fantastic non-fiction that encourages unlocking your creative potential everyday.
Stephen Tollafield (@Poemo_Agenda): So many new Star Wars books! Now with more Star Wars LGBT Representation™: Aftermath: Life Debt by Chuck Wendig and Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston. Claudia Gray’s Bloodline was great too.
John Balash (@johnbalash): Scruff. No okay, I choose Pokémon GO because of the cultural impact it made and for showing the Big N that mobile gaming has a viable future.
Danielle Solomon (@DaniBSolomon): Pokémon Sun and Moon (Alola gave us island fun even when winter began!).
Ian Carlos (@ianxcarlos): Honestly, I can't stop playing Marvel Future Fight for my iPhone. It's like Marvel Ultimate Alliance but for your phone.
John Balash (@johnbalash): 2016 was an embarrassment of riches for geek movies, but I'm going to choose Captain America: Civil War for having so damn many "yaaaas" moments and upping the #StrongFemaleCharacter ante with more Black Widow and Scarlet Witch baddassery.
Amanda Malamut (@goyourownway): My favorite movie is definitely Ghostbusters. Because of Kate McKinnon, Kate McKinnon, and oh yea, Kate McKinnon. Also Rogue One because rebellions are built on hope.
Aria Baci (@MsBaci): The Witch, The Love Witch, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and most of all, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Danielle Solomon (@DaniBSolomon): Finding Dory (because we waited so long, and it turned out so great!).
Mark Miller: Doctor Strange. (Tilda Swinton makes it worth the price of admission alone.)
Devin Whitlock (@devinagonistes): Captain America: Civil War, Deadpool, and Kubo and the Two Strings
Justin Lockwood (@HeyLockwood): Batman v Superman (guess I tend to like things others hate on; also, Batfleck's shirtless training montage looked like it was produced by Kink Men.com, just sayin'), Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Ghostbusters (who you gonna call? HOLTZMANN), The Purge: Election Year (the fictional dystopian nightmare we deserved in 2016)
Trish McNeely (@BibleBeltLez): Ghostbusters (Kate McKinnon. HNG.)
Ian Carlos (@ianxcarlos): Ghostbusters (Holtzmann 4ever), Rogue One (I might've fallen asleep for a few minutes in the beginning but was consistently teared up throughout the final 20 minutes), Captain America: Civil War, 10 Cloverfield Lane (this year has been so long I was positive this movie had come out LAST year, not this year, and had to google it), and Deadpool (let's not even mention that other X-Men movie that came out this year — UGH)
Stephen Tollafield (@Poemo_Agenda): Rogue One, Arrival, Deadpool, Dr. Strange, and Captain America: Civil War (Team Cap, obvee)
Justin Lockwood (@HeyLockwood): King Cobra (all around awesome movie with a phenomenal performance by Christian Slater), Sia's This Is Acting, David Bowie's final music video, "Lazarus."
Amanda Malamut (@goyourownway): The best non-geeky thing in 2016 (which is still pretty geeky imho) was the release of Hamilton Mixtape. What's better for the nostalgia feels than the reunion of Ashanti and Ja Rule? Nothing, the answer is nothing.
Aria Baci (@MsBaci): The albums 99¢ by Santigold, Lemonade by Beyoncé, Love You to Death by Tegan and Sara, and Caught In Still Life by Vaults have been the soundtrack of my year.
Mark Miller: E·MO·TION: Side B by Carly Rae Jepsen. (A fantastic 2015 album gets equally excellent sequel)
Ian Carlos (@ianxcarlos): Kate McKinnon's Hillary Clinton on SNL. Oh, and binge watching Veep — I don't know why the hell I took so long to finally start watching this show. And Tegan and Sara's new album.
Eli Knight (@elknight20): I have 10, actually! Shira Glassman (a fantastic writer [and sweetheart] in her own right who's breaking barriers with Judaic themed fiction of trans and femme representation. Nanogeekette on twitter. (Proud momma and author. She spills rainbows.) Hood_Biologist on Twitter. (All around awesome dude who now has some pretty badass battle scars. So proud to support him in his time of need.) Elliott Wake (Dapper dude, INSPIRATIONAL writer, and incredible talent). Gorillashrimp/FTMTraveler: I met this awesome guy, over the year!!!), kind heart, loves traveling, fantastic pooch. And he meets up with some truly amazing people along his journey across the country! :) Jesse Diamond, Shawn Stinson, Mas Cam, and Tyler J Murrell (What can I say about these fellow bodybuilders that hasn't already been said?). Inspirations, every, single darn one of them!
John Balash (@johnbalash): Does Marcia Gay Harden count? Iceman! Love Bobby Drake and look forward to reading about him coming to terms with his newfound sexuality.
Justin Lockwood (@HeyLockwood): Kate McKinnon. For me, there's just no contest. When she sang "Hallelujah" after the election and said, "I'm not giving up and neither should you," she kind of saved my life.
Devin Whitlock (@devinagonistes): Three-way tie between Jennie Wood, P. Kristen Enos, and Tana Ford.
Mark Miller: White Canary / Sara Lance from Legends of Tomorrow (A kick-ass LGBT woman who leads the team and seduces all the ladies)
Aria Baci (@MsBaci): Ian Alexander, the Asian-American trans boy whose Twitter following exploded when his response to transphobic protesters went viral and exploded again when he was cast as Buck Vu on The OA.
Stephen Tollafield (@Poemo_Agenda): Lilly Wachowski. She endured really tough circumstances to come out with grace and dignity. Long live the Wachowskis, my Queens of Queer Geekdom!
Ian Carlos (@ianxcarlos): Ditto what Justin said about McKinnon — and then I'd say Midnighter because he’s my favorite gay superhero in comics right now.