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September 8, 2013 2:21 pm This was the longest week of my life.
September 2, 2013 5:17 pm I'm in. You'll have to forgive my neanderthal-like lack of knowledge of all things Internet, but I'm in.
September 2, 2013 4:56 pm I don't think I fully realized how important iFanboy was to me until I read this yesterday. I intentionally put off commenting until I had some time to let this all sink in. Since everyone seems to be telling their story, it seems only right that I chime in. When I lived in New York, I worked at Midtown Comics on 40th and 7th. It was there that I learned for the first time what it means to be part of a community with shared interests. I met some lifelong friends there, and it was easily my favorite job I've ever had. When I was forced to relocate, saying goodbye to those guys was one of the saddest things I've ever had to do. They were my brothers, and I still miss them all these years later. For a while after that, enjoying my comics was a lonely experience. I found a LCS and still read all my usual books. I had plenty of nerdy friends, but I was the sole resident comic fan. I floated through other comic news sites, but never even bothered to contribute to the ever flowing river of vitriol that is other comment sections. It just wasn't the same. And then about five years ago my girlfriend's cousin, a guy a barely knew, suggested I check out iFanboy. After browsing the site for one afternoon, I promptly registered, and WheelHands was born. This site, its founders, its contributing staff, and the fanbase have allowed me to get back what I left in New York so long ago. In iFanboy, I had discovered a place where like-minded adults could gather and discuss every facet of this thing that we love. A place where it was just as acceptable to disagree as it was to celebrate. A place where trolling simply wasn't tolerated. A place where you could relax, get down to the nitty gritty, and still have a lot of fun. A place that welcomed newcomers, and still challenged the veterans to show their work. Everywhere else on the Internet, they report on comics with all the warmth of a shipping manifest, but here at iFanboy, comics aren't just funny pages, they're a way of life. I fully understand all your reasons fellas, but it does little to comfort me. I'm going to miss the regular content. I sadly have no idea how to even begin filling my slow days at work, or what to do on my lunch breaks. But that's not your problem. I know that this decision was not made lightly. This is, after all, your brownstone. You've all worked very hard to build this clubhouse, week in and week out, and no one can fault you for freeing up some time for the more important things in life. Don't think for a moment that we longtime regulars didn't appreciate every single thing that you've done over all these years. Other than exchanging a few quips with Paul at the anniversary show, and enjoying a short conversation with Conor and Ron about the shortcomings of Diamond Distributors at the bar afterwards, I've never spent time with any of you in person. And yet, I feel like I know you better than some people I see everyday. You simply don't listen to three guys ramble on for an hour every week, and watch them pour their hearts into written pieces week in and week out, and not get to know them. You also don't listen or read what they have to say if you don't like them. And as far as I'm concerned Conor, Josh, Ron, and Paul are damn good guys. And the rest ain't so bad either. I wish you all the best in whatever the future holds for you. You've upset us all so much, that it better damn well be worth it. In other words, earn this. I'll continue to look forward to the podcast, but like many others, I'm going to miss the weekly discussion about news and individual issues. It's funny, and kinda weird, the way we all interact here. Most of us have never met, but you develop a rapport with some people. Sure, ya butt heads sometimes. You jab, you disagree, you don't even bother to respond to people you have no interest talking to. But you start to understand how people behave. And if you pay attention, you can put together a sketch of what kinda person they are. And most of the time, you look forward to talking to them again. It's like stopping by a shop, and shooting the shit. For better or worse, we're all here for the same thing. I swear to Batman, this is the truth; as I was finishing that last paragraph, Dylan's "The Times, They Are A-Changin' " started playing on my iTunes. I couldn't help but chuckle, and breathe in to stifle a little sob. Truer words have never been spoken, Bob. You guys, staff and users, are all my new brothers. I love every damn one of you sons of bitches. And I'm not going anywhere. Jon Cymerman
August 31, 2013 2:02 am This was great! Pelletier improves with every issue. This guy is one to watch. The six month jump is a bold move. Curious to see how that works out. Is the First King ruling Atlantis? Did they break Orm out? Where's Mera?
August 30, 2013 1:37 pm Hey look, it's Superman! Haven't seen that guy for a long time. Looks like I may finally have to start picking up Adventures of Superman. These are all wonderful, but that panel of Alfred and Jonathan Kent watching the boys play really hit me in the gut. What a tender issue. And I'm not even a father! "Buffalo gals won't ya come out tonight, come out tonight, come out tonight. Buffalo gals won't ya come out tonight, come out tonight, come out tonight. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaand ..."
August 30, 2013 1:24 pm This arc really picked up over the last two issues. Great ending. Truly exciting. Broo's back! Yaaaaaaay!! Now bring back Kid Gladiator! Also ... BAMF! Oh yes. SO excited.
August 30, 2013 10:32 am The Gambit cover really caught my eye in my LCS. Not enough to pick it up, but still. I stared at that Lazarus cover for a while. It's like you can just reach in and pick up that gun. But why would you? Lesson #1: Don't fuck with Forever Carlyle even a little bit. The "Bonus Points For Scott Summers In Peril" thing is never not funny. And Phil Noto is never not awesome. But Thor wins. Because Thor.
August 30, 2013 10:11 am Wow! Sketch Up is back with a vengeance! Great selection, Josh. I can't pick a favorite. Hell, I can't even pick three favorites. That Murphy Avengers peice is amazing! So much going on without seeming crowded at all. Let's get Hardman on a Batman/Question series immediately. Asrar continues to stun me. I wish he was on a book that I read. ROM!! Is anyone better than Tony Moore? The answer is no.
August 30, 2013 1:42 am This was great. The negotiation scene was probably my favorite. Very tense. I'm actually more interested in discovering the rules and customs of this world than I am in the story. Which is a fun change of pace. With Rucka, the story always delivers. And Lark? Man that guy is a master. He draws like a storyboard in the best possible way. His layouts read like a film; the pauses and silent panels for exchanging glances, the wide establishing shots, the action at blinding speed. It's all so fluid, and under any other artist would easily appear mundane. So ... next issue's cover ... Joacquim's a cybernetic organism? Interesting.
August 29, 2013 10:12 pm Could be. It was powerful enough for Coulson to take a bite outta Loki. If you're gonna build an android, not a bad way to go.