Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The End


So you may be asking yourself where today's posts are? Well, the short answer is: they're not coming. I'm just kinda done with this all.

CLIFFHANGER!

Here's the long version: I've been doing this for over 8 years. Much longer than I could have expected. When I started gothamspoilers.tumblr.com, I was a college student with not much going on outside of class and drinking on the weekend, I needed to fill some time and distract myself for a couple of reasons, and I clearly had the time to do so. Now I'm nearly 30 and have gotten to the point where I start to realize free time isn't what it used to be. This may seem sudden, but the truth is, if you've followed the site for long, the writing has been on the wall with my frequency of posts. Just looked at the archive on the right menu and see how my output decreased over the years. Going from covering every bit of news I could get, writing about every book somewhat related to Batman and everything else I read, to writing about four or so books, posting links to previews and then the solicits every month, all while trying to make those spoiler posts less and less.

So why now? Well, I already got into the free time aspect. Truth is, this site can feel like a chore sometimes. Honestly, I would have wrapped the site up earlier had Scott Snyder not graciously got me on the DC Reviews pdf list prior to Metal, to which I've thanked him for. But even then, I just traded in trying to get my posts out between work as fast as I could on Wednesday afternoon for taking up some of my weekend to do it. It's just not fun anymore, and it's not like I run ads (nor get anywhere near a fraction of the views it would take for that to be viable in this day and age, let alone ever) so there's no real incentive for me other than a number of readers who have expressed appreciation for what I do here over the years. To those readers, I'm sorry, but I hope you understand, I just don't feel like me half-assing something I somewhat feel begrudgingly obligated to do is worth it.

I'd like to just go back to reading comics, finishing an issue, forming whatever thought I have about it and that being that, not having something I have to do after the fact that feels like homework. That feeling just ruins something you enjoy, and it's just no good. Take for example my job, without going into details, I have to watch TV for my job. Sounds great right? I remember thinking as a kid "man, I wish I could get a job where I watch TV cus I'm a dumb kid and I like the Pokemans" and that's literally my job... before I have to fix it. You know what the last thing I want to do when I get home is? Watch more fucking TV. So when all is said and done, I just want to get back to enjoying comics for simply enjoying comics' sake.

Then there are comics in general. To a lesser extent, the way the industry works has taken a toll on me and my patientce with writing about comics. I'm on my third version of the DCU in eight years, and god damn it... I'm kind of tired of trying to explain shit. Granted, this isn't a huge reason why I'm stepping back, but it's part of it. Take for instance the current Nightwing book. I liked what Tim Seeley did for a good long while, he put in a good chunk of issues, moved on... fine. Next creative team right? Sam Humphries, hey how you doing, let's see what you--...nevermind half way through this arc it comes out you're being replaced and now I don't feel as if my time or money is well spent on an arc that's going to be inconsequential, sad to say." ALRIGHT. So we got Ben Percy, new look new direction, let's g-ODDAMNIT"

I'm just tired of having to deal with that shit in this site's format. Then you layer on the fact that he's already solicited for another story that's now not going to happen, and it's a big old status quo changing story, so does the next writer get slapped with that thus making it sort not really entirely their story, or do we just go in a completely different direction fucking who cares? Oh also... the rumors of DC trying to move away from the name "Dick," I can tell you, even if it doesn't happen, this ain't the first time I caught wind of that, and it's fucking stupid. Yes yes, Dick is a euphemism for penis, get over it. Point is, outside of Batman and probably Detective Comics once Tomasi takes over (again, probably... or maybe), I have no real guarantee that my time is well spent reading these issues let alone writing about them, because a lot of times everything is just swept under the rug for the next hotness and I'm here left trying to explain why everything changed again. It's sucks and it's not fun.

The literal straw that broke the camel's back was me last night, taking my free time to play some Monster Hunter, checking twitter, seeing that Nightwing news, then saying "shit!" to myself when I realized I had not prepped today's Catwoman (maybe Detective Comics?) post, let alone read the issues yet. That 30 second moment just encapsulated everything I don't want to deal with anymore. Lack of free time, constantly shifting narrative, and that feeling of forgetting to do your homework.

So where do we go from here? Well simply enough, I'm not going to post here anymore. No I'm not going to pass off the duties to anyone else, sell the domain or reconsider. It's easy enough to buy a domain, you want to do something like this, you do you, god speed. I'll stick around on twitter to offer my brief thoughts on comics week to week and whatever nerdy other shit I'm into, but that's about the extent of the effort I'm willing to give comics online these days. Oh also... shit posting, I'll stick around for that.

Before I get out of here, I just want to make something clear: I still love comics, especially Batman comics. That's never going to change. Comics are cool, keep a tab on them, you don't need me to tell you what's what. Read what looks good to you, and if you don't like it? Hey, just drop it, no big deal. There's something for everybody... everybody.

So that's about it. Thanks to all the readers who've stuck with me over the years. Again, I'm sorry if this is a bummer, but it's time. Thanks to the number of comic pros who've reached out over the years as well, that was something I never expected to be honest and it offered an exciting (and sometimes sobering) tiny look behind the curtains that not many would see.

It's been real, see you around.

25 comments :

  1. Good luck man, thank you so much for all those post years. I'm from Brazil and your site is the only American I followed with Batman, look for the best for you and have fun, thank you.

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  2. Good luck man! Thank you for eight years of hard work and entertainment. I wish you all the best.

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  3. Thanks for a fun and entertaining eight years. Your writing helped me enjoy Batman more than I already do. I think we have similar tastes in comics (and wrestling fandom), so that also made reading your thoughts here or on twitter fun.

    I absolutely understand the idea of something that was originally fun becoming “homework.” I used to have more free time too and loved fantasy sports. Then I became a real working professional and I don’t have time to research stats and sleepers and keepers. So I’m down to one league... that I’m quitting at the the end of this season.

    My comics pull has also dwindled from around 30 per month to 10-15. Batman is always there, however many books are worth my time. Like you, I’ll read when it’s a writer given freedom to do THEIR run. I too hate the incessant changes.

    Anyway, long winded way of saying thanks for all the time and effort you put into the site. I’ll miss it, but it totally makes sense. Life goes on. All the best.

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  4. I’ve enjoyed your reviews and commentary over the years. A bit sorry to see the blog go, but I can totally relate. Thanks.

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  5. Good luck and thank you. Been a reader for a little while and I read the spoilers when I couldn’t get an issue. Sorry to see you go. You still tweeting opinions and stuff?

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  6. I totally get it. I've been thinking about massively scaling back my Bat-related reading for the past couple months (it's quite a chore now) - this is as good a reason to pull the trigger as any.

    Thanks for all the work in these past few years. I've enjoyed the site (and may yet make a "FHIZ was right" t-shirt for myself).

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  7. Do what you feel you have to, my friend. And thank you for the memories.

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  8. But now who will I viciously disagree with on Batman-related matters?

    I like seeing your takes, even when I disagree. I'll miss the reviews.

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  9. Thanks for all your time,

    Batman RIP brought me back in and reading your breakdowns was part of that

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  10. The important thing is you still love comics, thank you and good luck!

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  11. Thanks for everything. This site is one I visit everyday. Gonna miss it for sure, but I understand your reasons. I wish you the best of luck.

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  12. Thanks a lot for so so many years reading your page. We are gonna miss you man! Big hug from Argentina amigo!

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  13. Thank you for everything, i've been here since 2011 in the begginning of the new 52,always funny and insightful. I wish you the best of lucks. Greetings from Mexico

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  14. Haven't been here long, but really enjoyed the reviews. Thanks and good luck!

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  15. thanks man, your Spoiler posts during Morrison's run really helped me understand all the connections and references and everything. Felt like you were my homie reading the same shit I was reading. Really appreciate it.

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  16. Thank you for your activity! Love your style!

    Where's a good batman site right now, currently? Daily?

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  17. I can understand you really well, I have been doing it in an Italian forum (Dc Leaguers), right now my time is not the same.
    I am sorry for that, your blog have been my main point of reference in these last years.
    I will miss you.

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  18. Been following you for a long time man, it was very entertaining. Best of lucks on your future projects

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  19. Cheers boss, you helped me make sense of Batman Inc when I first started reading comics

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  20. I started reading your content since Death of the Family, and I've been around ever since. Thank you for helping me keep up to date and providing cool and interesting reviews! We'll miss ya <3

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