Comic Fodder

Alas, I Must Be Going

Welcome to my final column. Regular readers know I recently got married, and my output has quite naturally dropped. Looking at my schedule, I had to either wing it and put stuff out catch-as-catch-can, or drop it entirely. Since I tend to be an all-or-nothing kind of guy, I decided the more important thing in my life right now is to enjoy my wife, and put in some decent time to build a strong foundation for my marriage. I really enjoy spending time with her, and life is too short, so I think it's the right call. And since I already have a day job (and I'm not independently wealthy enough to quit it), that meant something else had to go. I don't want to hang around and deliver sporadic content that might be rushed. My goal has always been to put out material that could educate and/or entertain, or at least raise some worthwhile questions. If I can't do it in a timely manner and of high enough quality, it would be a disservice to the reader.

A break might also be good for me because I could feel myself turning into a bit of an old curmudgeon on some reviews. I already enjoyed reading this week's comics better, because I didn't have to 'critique' them; it allowed me to not be bothered by some of the small nitpicks, because these are just entertaining stories at the end of the day, and there actually is a danger of taking comics too seriously. I didn't want to fall into the trap of the theatre critic who thinks everything is crap, and has to find something to harp on all the time.

So with that, I want to thank Ryan Steans, who was a great sounding board, and has become my good buddy, and I hope to meet him in person some day. I have a huge thank you shout-out to Mac. I first discovered the Filmfodder site by looking for information on Lost, and quickly became a regular to the Lost recaps. Mac has been the friendliest, most supportive, easy to work with person I have encountered, and it has been pure pleasure to write in this little corner he provided. I am so very grateful for the opportunity these last two years. (If you like to write about comics, drop him a line, he might be interested in setting up a replacement!)

Thanks to you, readers. I know the value of your time, and I am glad that you spent some of it with me. Your supportive comments are the lifeblood of most writers, and it pleased me to know I was providing a good service. Many of you became regular visitors to ComicFodder, and it's kind of a bummer to have that aspect end, but until there's a good replacement here, I'm sure there are tons of reviews to tide you over on the net. I owe a thank-you to the people who issued objections and challenged some of my opinions, too. Any time I can issue a correction on some fact is a good thing, and often the feedback helped me to step back and reconsider my position, and it's through stuff like that that you grow, whether in the writing, or just as a person. There are a few times where I altered course a little bit, and I like to think it's all for the better.

I packed in a lot in two years, and some of my favorites were: the interview with Larry Hama, the tribute to the dearly departed Ric Estrada, and the op-eds on who should be in DC's trinity that I think attracted the biggest record of eyeballs to the site while I was here. I knew I was doing something right when my report on the Marvel/Disney merger turned up as one of the top links on Google News at the time. I was especially interested in putting together the analyses of the companies and how they tied into the stock market, and I hope those were educational for people who didn't already know how it all worked. There were also a couple of companion pieces Ryan and I came out with, and you would swear we coordinated ahead of time, but in every case, we actually just wrote up our own stuff and posted it without conferring with each other. It was freaky!

I don't know how the full-time bloggers manage it, but if I ever have enough free time again, I'd love to do some more, so who knows, you might even see me back at Fodder in a few years. In the meantime, I'm going to go buy some comics!

Tpull is Travis Pullen. He started reading comics at 5 years old, and he can't seem to stop.