Welcome to Eye on Comics, my latest foray into online commentary about comics. I’m Don MacPherson, perhaps best known as half of the reviewing team responsible for The Fourth Rail, my previous comics review website with partner Randy Lander.
Randy and I decided (independently of one another, actually) last month we were both tired of The Fourth Rail format and wanted to start fresh. Randy and some friends down in Austin, Texas, had an idea for a new site that evolved into the already-popular ComicPants.com. I also wanted to rebrand and start fresh, but I was looking to go in a different direction than Randy.
Basically, I wanted a corner of the online comics community that was mine and mine alone. Randy and I have been partners in crime for years, and I wouldn’t trade that for anything. But I’m at a time in my life when co-ordinating my work, my personal life and my writing about comics with anyone’s schedule other than my own just isn’t as feasible as it once was.
In short, I am Eye.
Though it’s a new beginning, longtime readers of my reviews will find much of what I write on the new site to be familiar. I’m using the same review format, and I’m even maintaining the numerical ratings. I’ll also be writing full reviews as well as my Quick Critiques, and you’ll see occasional features on Eye just as you did on 4R, such as “Letter Bugs” and occasional columns from yours truly. But things will change as well. The reviews will not be driven by primarily by the weekly release schedules of Diamond Comic Distributors. I’ll cover new releases, future releases and even releases from the recent past. And the Best of the Week? Don’t look for any of those picks anymore. There are weeks I can’t get through the new comics I actually have in front of me, let alone everything released in a week.
I hope readers won’t see Eye on Comics as just the latest addition to the comics blogosphere (although there is some entertaining, informative and insightful writing happening out there). To be honest, I had hoped to avoid the blog format, given how common it is. But as I tried to develop this new site, I recognized why it’s so common/popular: it’s convenient. I wanted to incorporate feedback/comments functions into the new site, and the WordPress blog package seemed to be the easiest way to do so.
This is also the first site I’ve undertaken that hasn’t had all the hard site-design work done ahead of time for me. I’m still experimenting with WordPress and site templates, so you may see some tweaking — either major or minor — over the coming weeks. The development of Eye on Comics has proven to be an educational undertaking on my part, sometimes frustrating but ultimately rewarding.
So welcome to my new online home. Feel free to comment not only on the reviews and editorials, but on the site in general. Don’t be shy; post your thoughts. Don’t just read what I have to say; let’s discuss comics together.