Monday, January 3, 2011

2010 Was All The Rage

Most of my digital friends have written some sort of summary on how 2010 ended up. I always enjoy reading these and thought I'd add my own this year. At the very least I would be updating my blog.

2010 was a great year for me as far as comics are concerned. I attended ECCC back in March and had the chance to meet Dave West and Collin Mathieson in person. The con was extremely successful for us and I had a great time with everyone on the crew and some old pals I hadn't seen in years in Sea-Town. I'm looking forward to a con or two this year (hopefully MOCCA), but I doubt anything will ever compare to the blast that I had in Seattle.

We talked to quite a few creators this year on the show as well. Skottie Young was awesome, but I'm still extremely heartbroken that we lost the Ben Templesmith interview. Ben is one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet. He talks fast, has an accent, and is very quick witted. All of this added up to total bedlam during the interview. It was the funniest interview I've ever sat in on and I was devastated when the damn PC dumped it. Luckily, we were able to meet with Ben a few months ago in Salt Lake City and chat a bit. He'll be on the show again very soon, I am certain. ;)

All of these things made for a great 2010, but I have to admit that my favorite thing about the podcast is being able to step away from the daily grind for a bit each week and act like a kid again. Every Monday we talk superheroes and comics like we're in elementary school. It's a nice break. As far as creator interviews and contacts, I enjoy the people that I've met who are on the same level as us - struggling to do what they love while holding a day job to pay the bills. There are some amazing people and talents in independent comics and I am going to focus a lot of my energy on their work in 2011.

2010 ended busier than years past for me. The Christmas peak season at work began during the week of Thanksgiving and didn't stop until Christmas day. I was trying to tie up the loose ends of my old job while preparing for a new one (I start tomorrow. Only 5 minutes from my home), and on top of that, I was hit with pneumonia about a week ago for not taking care of myself properly. Not enough whiskey I suppose.

2011 is going to be a great year. 8AM will be completed soon, I've got a bit more help with the reviews now that Owen is around, and maybe, just maybe, I'll be lucky enough to get a story published.

Happy New Year, everyone. I hope you have a great one.