The blogscape has changed a lot. Peiratikos no more! Dan Jacobson back on the Garbage Heap? The Intermittent fully stopped! I’m glad JW Hastings and Sean Collins are still out there plugging–those two were instrumental in fostering my late, lamented commitment to quotidian blogging. We didn’t always (or even very often!) agree, but we differed in (I think) interesting ways, and that’s what keeps conversations going. In other news, let’s hope The Comics Treadmill, which began rolling a month or so after Motime, goes on forever! Neilalien is still the World’s Greatest Palindrome. And isn’t it great that Ian Brill is doing so well?
I am pleased to note that the level of analytical comics-discourse on-line appears to have risen in my absence. Jog doesn’t seem tired, Jim Roeg (whom I got to know a little bit, in this blog’s waning days) goes on articulating, and Plok, whose site I’ve only just scratched the surface of, has written some amazing stuff that I’ll just have to react to, some day! Oh! And Geoff Klock (whose book–How to Read Superhero Comics and Why–remains the only scholarly treatment of superheroes that I find intellectually stimulating–although, of course, as you may recall, I disagree violently with its Kirby-centric interpretation) is doing excellent things, including providing Jason Powell with a megaphone to rouse a world deaf-to-the-wonders of Chris Claremont (I, too, am so-afflicted Jason–I’m a Roy Thomas X-Fan–but I love your enthusiasm!) I’ll make a point of following these people this year. It will be good for my head.
Good Afternoon Friends!