As the site reaches its second anniversary today, achieving the milestone has an ever-so-subtly bittersweet taste. As I look back on what I’d accomplish at the one-year mark, I realize my output for Eye on Comics during its second year was down significantly. I’d put together 200 posts in the first year, while the past 12 months have seen a little more than half that number of reviews, editorials and features.
I’m a bit disappointed by the decline, but for some of the weeks or months that were leaner on content, I’ve got some great excuses — some of which I’m thrilled about. Updates have been sparse this month, for example, because I’ve been ridiculously busy preparing for a wedding: my own, to be precise. My fiancee and I have been toiling away preparing wedding favors, buying stuff, making phone calls, buying more stuff and marking travel arrangements for the honeymoon. Needless to say, updates will be few and far between in the next few weeks as well, as we head to her hometown for the ceremony and celebrations and overseas for an Irish vacation.
Still, while it was a leaner year for content on Eye on Comics, I’m particularly proud of a certain few of the essays I offered up since September 2007. My coverage of inequities between the value of the Canadian dollar as compared to its American counterpart and the prices listed on titles from major comics publishers sparked some discussion online, and it even merited a mention in a national Canadian newspaper. An effort to explore the history of comics subscriptions led to a larger discussion about media relations in the world of comics (and a lack thereof). And a recent essay about Jonah Hex was well received; more importantly, I really enjoyed writing it as well.
Reviews remain the heart of Eye on Comics and my writing about the medium in general, but the hard-news reporter in me really enjoys examining industry issues with a more traditional journalism bent. I only wish I had (a) more ideas for such features and (b) more time/resources with which to explore them. Alas, Eye on Comics remains a side venture for me. It’s more than a hobby to me, but it’s definitely not a job either.
While the writing is its own reward to a certain extent, I have to admit that developing all this content wouldn’t be as much fun if there weren’t people out there reading it. Thanks to my readers — from those who’ve followed my writing through the days on Usenet, Psycomic and The Fourth Rail to newer ones who first read my stuff here on Eye on Comics. I appreciate every comment and every visit.
New content will be sporadic until mid-October, at which time I hope to be able to dedicate a little more time to focus my eye on comics.