Never fails: September basically makes Retcon Punch short-circuit. While we didn’t cover all the Villain Month titles this year (as we had with the Zero Issues the year before), we had our hands more-than-full with Forever Evil, Battle of the Atom, Infinity and every other thing we love. So we’ve got to hold down the power button for 15 seconds, and reset the whole system.
As we boot back up, I just wanted to reflect on some of the ways we’ve changed in the last twelve months. If you’re reading this article, then you’re probably a big part of what’s made this year successful. Our Guest Writer Initiative has been an enormous source of joy for us — your input has been integral to cultivating the intelligent, conversational culture that makes us a site worth visiting in the first place. Your contributions routinely get us out of jam-packed weeks, but more than that, we are all forever grateful to have the gift of your insight, your enthusiasm, and your infectious joy. If you’ve been reading, but have never signed up for our Guest Writer Initiative, I urge you to do it now. If you have friends that you think could get a kick out of writing with us – get them to sign up too. The more guests we have, the more we can cover; the more we can cover, the more awesome conversations we can have.
In the next couple weeks, you might notice that we are pulling back on the number of Alternating Currents we’re publishing. This in no way reflects our commitment to reading a wide variety of amazing comics and talking about them with you. Instead, we’re pulling away from that completionist mindset that paralyzes so many comic collectors. If we take a month off from writing about a comic, it does not mean that we’ve dropped it, just that we’re exploring other options. Comics are a deep, deep well and we wanna explore the whole thing. We’ve already used this diversifying tactic to discuss Lazarus and Batman Black & White. Next week, Rocket Girl and Astro City are sneaking on to our schedule – so it’s an unquestionably positive development. I promise, this will only cut back on the number of obligatory conversations we have in a week.
This also means that we are gearing up to provide New Kinds of Content. More Chat Caves, more Cram Sessions, more Creator Interviews, Weekly Round-Ups, Podcasts – the sky’s sorta the limit here. I’m going to thank you all in advance while we stumble our way through this new content, starting with Drew’s and my coverage of NYCC this week. If we trot out a feature that you like, please let us know. We also expect you to be just as honest with us when we churn out some crap: which is inevitable.
Also, I don’t know if I ever formally announced that Spencer Irwin is writing with us on-the-reg. He’s quickly become an indispensable voice of the site. We are also newly joined by the hilarious and insightful Greg Smith. If you haven’t already, please make then feel at home here.
It’s getting late in LA and I’ve got an stupid-early flight to New York in the morning, so I’m going to cut this off before I get too mushy. This site, everyone who reads it and everyone who contributes to it, are incredibly important to me. I don’t know what I expect you to do with that information — just know that it’s true.
-Patrick Ehlers, Co-Editor-In-Chief at Retcon Punch