Months… months since there’s been regular updates on this site. And on top of the lack of updates, Google’s been listing Eye on Comics as a potentially harmful site. So what the hell’s been going on?
Well, the explanation stems from a convergence of factors. One of them was a persisting site-hack issue that I just didn’t have the technical skills to address. Since last fall, some kind of worm, hidden deep in a piece of code in this site, kept either breaking the site or infecting its pages with malware (or links to it). It (or something else) also ate up all of the site’s images (which I’m slowly replacing). I seemed to spend more time trying to clean up the site than updating it, and I didn’t want my readers’ computers geting all lousy with digital nastiness.
On top of that, earlier this year, my wife and I were expecting our first child. ‘Round about the time updates on Eye on Comics ceased, we were getting down to crunch time. My spare time was taken up with pre-natal classes, shopping, furniture assembly, nursery painting and more shopping. But the most onerous task of them all was cleaning out the nursery — which was previously my comic-book room. Oy. Years of unorganized comics and graphic novels, a dearth of boxes to put them in and a task that would have overwhelmed the professional organizers on those hoarding shows meant a lot of time and effort were poured into the task.
So yes, the vast bulk of my comic-book collection is now in storage (until we get a house and I get my Man Cave), and in its place in my home at the moment are a crib, change table, rocker and an array of infant-coddling paraphernalia that could resupply the baby section at Toys R Us.
Of course, the pre-birth distractions are behind me, but now there’s a whole slew of post-birth distractions and responsibilities. Callum Daniel Vaughan MacPherson arrived on the scene in early May, and on my father’s 70th birthday at that. He was in a hurry to get here; not only was he nine days early, but from the time my wife’s water broke to the moment of Callum’s birth was only 75 minutes (yes, we made it to the hospital).
Fortunately, he’s sleeping through the night now (most nights, anyway), so I have a little bit of spare time again (but only a little). Furthermore, the malware issue that had plagued the site for so long is resolved. It hasn’t recurred in some time, and Google and Firefox are no longer blocking readers from Eye on Comics.
Over the past few months, there have been a number of times when I had something I wanted to say about a variety of comics and industry developments, and I’ve been itching to get my fingers dancing across my keyboard once again. I’ve finally got the chance to scratch that itch, so I hope to resume regular updates. As you can see, I’ve already started, having recently written some capsule reviews and a piece about some edited art in a Batman comic.
Thanks to those who’ve sent encouraging emails and comments, expressing their wishes that I’d write here again. Thanks to those who’ve been waiting, and thanks to those of you happened back upon Eye on Comics. And thanks to new readers who might be giving the site a look for the first time.
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