Favorite iFanboy Moments of 2010


Wow. Where did that year go? And what can we do to make sure it stays there, and never ever comes back?

BAMLooking back on it now, I can’t even really cite any specific reason 2010 seemed like such a crummy year, other than that part where my new car broke down (how it happened isn’t important). Trusting nothing more than my own hazy, rickety memory, 2010 seems like the year when half the books were $4.00, the other half were canceled at issue #3, and affordable day-and-date digital comics took twelve months to move approximately 1.5% closer to reality. It was a year when everything and nothing seemed to happen at once; this time last year, we were pockets-deep in Blackest Night and Siege, two events that already feel like memories from my childhood. Such is Comics; there’s always a new disaster waiting in line behind the old, always a new masked vigilante clawing his way back from the grave, always a new ninja castle springing up in the middle of New York City with all of its building permits in order.

To quote the esteemed Reverend Bueller: Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

That’s why, rather than trusting my “memory,” I once thought it was a good idea to begin each year by combing back through the iFanboy archives to see what we were writing, talking, and thinking about over the past 365 days. Of course, that was back when there were only, like, six of us writing for the site. This spring, we hired an additional 194 people. And Paul Montgomery still manages to post half the articles on a given day. I assume Conor has him chained to a radiator.

Anyway: if it was easy for good stuff to drop off the front page before you saw it in years past, this year was like standing on a highway median and trying to count the cars as they zoomed by. I could never hope to list all the good stuff. (If you ever want to browse a particular writer’s output, you can just type "http://www.ifanboy.com/content/[That Person’s Handle]" into your browser. Do people know you can do that? You can totally do that.) Even so, some things did stand out.

We talked a lot this year about the stereotypical comic book reader. Did he exist? Should he? Were we him? Did we care? Josh took issue with the whole “nerd pride” thing, arguing that this idea that the geek had inherited the earth was a folly that was doing us no favors. Molly argued against the demonizing of the Comic Book Guy in this enlightened age. I contended—with tongue ostensibly in cheek—that if you’re going to represent the Comic Book Community to the world at large, you owe it to everyone else not to be such a schlubby mess and hit the treadmill every so often. Each of these articles, in their own unique ways, caused everyone to lose their goddamned minds for an afternoon in the comments. When the dust settled, we were no closer to determining what was really important, namely whether The Big Bang Theory was laughing with us or at us. (At, by the way.)

We pride ourselves on being the site that praises what we loved instead of being “This Sucks” headquarters, but there was definitely something in the air as the year slogged on. I’m still hearing from people about the time Josh put on his craziest crazybeard and took to the airwaves to declare that Negativity was TOO damn high. The post got a lot of enthusiastic responses, even from the people who read the title, agreed without reading anything else, and then went back to baselessly ranting about all the ways Marvel was out to get them. (They’re still not out to get you. They want you to be happy, and pay them. It bears repeating more than you’d think.)

My favorite remedy for baseless ranting came in the form of one Mr. Jason Wood this year. In a hobby full of armchair experts and Monday morning quarterbacks, Jason never fails to ruin a good afternoon’s windbaggery by actually knowing what he is talking about. Whether he is breaking the bad news about elasticity (yes, you will too buy $3.99 comics) or just giving you the harsh breakdown of why your favorite books are getting canceled, Jason the B.S. Ninja has swatted many people in the face with his fact stick in the few short months he’s been here. Not to mention his controversial take on Marvel’s “architects.”

On the other side of the spectrum, of course, Ryan Haupt used SCIENCE! to settle whether the Flash could fly or the Hulk could have adamantium bones. I’m not sure whether any of this expert testimony could stand up in court, but I’m glad I read it.

2010 wasn’t all arguments and bar bets. We also got introduced to burgeoning supervillain Tom Katers, who I am convinced could write a new Top 5 for every single day of the week without much prompting. (Unfortunately, it is hard to apply that skill to taking over the world.) This was also the year that Paul’s Tuesday Showdown ceased to be a simple conversation starter and became a roadmap for his descent into madness.

It was just last March we started "Best of the week in panels,” an opportunity to highlight all that sequential storytellers have to offer, and also occasionally an opportunity for me to wisecrack about some dopey piece of art I saw and then have a bunch of people comment about that wisecrack in the most jaw-droppingly straight-faced, humorless way imaginable. Panels are serious business, you guys. Game faces.

In February, I think there was also something about Graphic.ly that people got excited about. I really wasn’t paying attention; I was too busy working on "The Ballad of the Star Brand."

So much more is coming to mind now, I’m officially overwhelmed. So many video game reviews, so many interviews, so many good episodes of Word Balloon—has there ever been a bad episode of Word Balloon?—and so many, many, many news posts. We covered conventions like the site was a Slanket. Ugh, and remember that never-ending stream of Avengers teases that Image ripped off “parodied” until you wanted to lay your head on a train track? That was all just this year. We’ve had our Brightest Day; we’ve had our Heroic Age; we’ve had Chew and Skullkickers and an honest-to-God Walking Dead show. What could possibly be next? I don’t know, but I look forward to being here to read and write about it.

 


Jim Mroczkowski, when the morning light comes streaming in, will get up and do it again. Amen.
 

Comments

  1. Well said, Jimski. Or well typed, anyway.

  2. The wierd thing is, I am enjoying ifanboy almost more than the comics themselves. !

  3. I had no idea I could browse the articles that way! Nice! 

    Thanks Jim. Great article as always.

  4. I’m not buying books on a monthly basis yet I still listen and follow this and 11oclock. Weird. As a musician, I truly enjoy how other artists work and how their fans enjoy their creations. Glad to see the arts are very much alive!

  5. Well looking back at that “the negativity is too damn high” article and all the events that took place in geek culture (gaming, film, tv, web, animation, anime, manga, comics) I’m going to say that the negativity wasn’t high enough. I’ll be definetly correcting that this year. 2010 sucked and thank god it’s gone. This new year should prove to be so much better. Waitaminute….

  6. To be honest I still don’t know what the whole ‘too much negetivity’ thing was about.  I guess I just don’t frequent the right comment sections.

  7. Ah, Tom Katers. He’s my favorite of the big 3. Here’s to 2010: I still won’t pay $4 for a regular comic book!