Today, it has been exactly six years since I sat down on the advice of a friend of mine and started up a blog.
That’s right, everybody: Despite my usual recap contest (which I was absolutely shocked that people remembered enough to send me an email) and a distinct lack of cookie cake on my table, It’s the Awesomeversary! And this year has been a big one, although admittedly, more for me than the ISB itself.
This is, after all, the year I completely sold out and quit my job to work full-time for ComicsAlliance and other freelance concerns (which also included ramping up and subsequently ending The Worst of Netflix), which means that I haven’t done a whole heck of a lot here. But in a very real way, it’s entirely because of this site that those things happened.
For me, the past year since has been huge I mean, I went to five conventions as a professional this year, as a reporter for CA (New York and San Diego), as a creator for Action Age (X-Con and the Charlotte MiniCon), or as both, had my first ever printed work published as a comic writer in Resurrection #8, launched Awesome Hospital with Chad, Matt and Josh, was part of a team that was nominated for the Eisner, lost the Eisner, swore revenge against Tom Spurgeon, wrote a story in the upcoming Skullkickers #6 (which I finally got to see the art for a few days ago, and man, Joe Vriens absolutely killed on this), and as you might already know if you’re following me on Twitter, Chad and I announced that we’ve got an upcoming project with Oni Press.
And that’s not even getting into writing this, which got vehement reactions from both people who agreed with me and a few who really didn’t, and even got Dwayne McDuffie to compare me to Richard Nixon when I ran into him at San Diego. And I’m almost positive he meant it in a nice way.
There’s also this, which is the piece I’m probably most proud of over the past year, and which got me an email from award-winning author Glen David Gold (who is a great guy even without the fact that he immortalized my name and tastes in literature) advising me to stick with this whole writing thing.
There was also this, which I don’t think anyone but me thought was hilarious. But that’s okay, because I laughed enough for all of us.
So yeah. Kind of a big deal for me.
And if you’re an ISB reader — which, by definition, you are if you’re reading this — I hope it was at least a mild deal for you. Thanks for sticking with it even though I’m a shameless self-promoter who rules his comments section like it’s my own personal feifdom (which, I’d like to point out, it is). So here’s to six years of the ISB.
And here’s a little something from all of me to all of you: A picture of me in the Batman snuggie that Laura Hudson got me for Christmas: