Comicbasics: A 2017 Year in Review
Before we get to the 2017 year in review. We would like to first and foremost send a big, huge, thank you to everyone that has supported ComicBasics.com through its two years of existence. The second-year marked another year of success and its continual ascension to the top.
It’s because of your visits and the feedback you provide that allows us as people continue to grow and that this site grows. 2017 challenged us in every way imaginable but the challenges cannot measure against the fun that this has been. We have been able to meet new people and grow friendships unlike anything in our past and for that, we’re grateful. Moreso, this site has provided us the unique opportunity to participate and begin some new business ventures and we look forward to unveiling that to you very soon.
2018 is on its way, and where we are going with this is incredibly exciting. There is a great quote that says, “Success is measured by willingness to keep trying” and believe me when I tell you, we have the willingness.
“It only takes one idea, one second in time, one friend, one dream, one leap of faith, to change everything forever”
2017 Year in Review
So much happened this year that I struggle to find a place to begin.
I suppose, let’s begin where we left off in 2016 and the characters. We continued to expand our database of characters origins all-the-while including the new category, The Teams. When we write for the categories, we always try to include not only well-known characters but the lesser-known ones too. The industry is very diverse and to only focus on the better-known ones, would be a tragedy.
One of the most humble articles that were written this year was called, “Logan Defined What a True Hero Was Right Up To His End”. I say this because it got me in so many different spots. Without saying too much, just know that it touches on the multitude of emotions that it takes to be/play/realize the Wolverine characters. After many failed attempts at a standalone Wolverine, Fox got it right with Logan. This article is about exactly why and how that happened.
Not only did Hugh Jackman deliver an Oscar-worthy performance, he finally showed the world the truest form of this mutant. When the final scene ended and the curtain dropped, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. While it was sad to see him gone (both Jackman and Wolverine), it was necessary. This movie really tugged the heartstrings and that’s what a great movie should do.
What separates this site from so many other comic sites is our desire to use it to make a difference in the world. There’s a quote that states, “Your greatness is not what you have, it’s what you give” and for my brother and I, this site is exactly that. This site is a labor of love. We do it because we love it.
And that’s why we started to incorporate the category, Greatest Stories Ever Told.
Plain put, this category quickly and effectively sums up the best stories ever created in comics.
And so on.
More than this, we started our YouTube channel.
Realizing that the world is a very visual place, we opted into the world of online videos. I have to tell you, this has been some of the most fun we have ever had. I can’t begin to tell you how many times we’ve listened and poked fun at one another over the many bloopers that we have to edit out on them. If you’ve ever thought that it’s easy to do YouTube videos, I politely ask you to think again.
Finally, to cap off the 2017 Year In Review, I’ll quickly highlight some of my personal favorite articles and moments.
This one to me was a joy to have my wife write about something she is a fanatic about. It was something special to have her give her insight and just let her explain why it’s still a cultural treasure.
This article showcased the brilliance of a man who redefined the truest form of the dark knight till the end.
One of the coolest experiences Joel and I had was having a chance to sit down and talk with Jim Shooter for an hour. It was really cool to hear his insight into the industry and to listen to the many stories that he had to share. The two of us could’ve listened to him for hours and being able to spend just one was an absolute honor.
Oh, and one more thing. This website is always about you and if you want to get heard, I want to help you. If you want to write or contribute to ComicBasics.com in any way, please let me know. I can be reached at [email protected]
That’s it. That concludes my 2017 Year in Review.
Here’s to 2018!