Eye on Comics

Comics criticism and commentary from Don MacPherson

A Couple of Candles

Posted by Don MacPherson on September 19th, 2008

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.

A happy coupleI’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.

17 Responses to “A Couple of Candles”

  1. Justin Boatwright Says:

    A very hearty congratulations on the pending nuptials Don. Sporadic or not your views are always insightful and appreciated. Enjoy the break, you deserve it!

  2. Brandon Graham Says:

    congratulations on the anniversary and the wedding Mr MacPherson.
    I always enjoy what you write on here.

  3. Eric Says:

    Congratulations on the wedding!

  4. Glen Newman Says:

    Congrats on the wedding and the 2nd birthday and enjoy your trip to Ireland, you’ll love it here!

  5. Matt Clark Says:

    It’s quality not quantity Don, and the quality is most definitely high here.

    Congratulations on your forthcoming nuptials.

  6. Ryan Says:

    Congrats on the upcoming wedding. Thanks for the great reviews and articles.

  7. fil Says:

    Congrats on all these accounts. I am fine with sparse posting when the comments and thoughts that do make it out are well written, well conceived and interesting to read (and at times discuss). Best of luck with the wedding and continued success with the new year!

  8. Chris Says:

    Congrats to you Don, and to beautifull future Mrs MacPherson!

  9. Johanna Says:

    Congratulations on both the wedding and the anniversary! Best wishes for many long years together.

  10. Nick Piers Says:

    Been a long-time follower of your work, Don, since about the time of Psycomic. Your reviews have simultaneously piqued my interest to try new books and known which ones to avoid like the plague.

    Congrats on the upcoming wedding. Are you guys going to go with a theme, perhaps? Ooh! You could reenact the classic Crisis cover, holding your new wife in your arms and pretending to weep!

    Okay, maybe a little too morbid.

  11. Santiago Casares Says:

    Congratulations Don!

    I’ve been following your reviews for years now, and your essays have always been really good thought-provocing pieces. So, even though we’ll be seeing you less frequently around here, it’s for the best of reasons! Once again, congratulations.

  12. Don MacPherson Says:

    Thanks to everyone for the kind words and well wishes. I hope to post a couple more articles before we head out for the preparations, celebrations and vacations.

    There will be no comic-book theme at the wedding. No theme at all, actually. Just a color scheme (about which I had no input :) ).

  13. lauren Says:


    The quality over the past year (and years past) has been very high and who can’t appreciate that? I look forward to more articles and reviews as they emerge.

    Congratulations on your upcoming marriage and I hope you will both have many years of happiness and contentment together.

  14. HipHopHead Says:

    I have been a long time reader of your columns. Going all the way back to prior to the Fourth Rail. I keep you book marked and look forward to your reviews, as you have a very keen eye to comics, not just super-hero comics.

    Of course you had no input, weddings are for women, we just pay for them…forever. (You were warned). I will be sending out notification of my divorce.

  15. Perry Beider Says:

    Wedding, schmedding! C’mon, we’re talking COMIC BOOKS here! Get your priorities straight, MacPherson, and give us some more reviews toot sweet!!

  16. Perry Beider Says:

    Seriously, congratulations and best wishes on this exciting new chapter in your life.

    P.S. You and your fiancee know better than to expect that everything will go PERFECTLY at the wedding, right? (If somehow nothing did go wrong, they’d make you do it over.) I hope that knowing that perfection is not the goal will make the preparations a tad less stressful.

  17. tom beland Says: