Welcome to Comical-Musings; it is good to see you again. As many of you may have noticed, I have not created any blogs in a while. For those who were concerned, thanks. For those who didn’t notice, it’s ok. For a few reasons, I have made the decision to scale back/step away from blogging on this medium that I am so passionate about. These reasons are well founded and I hope that through understanding them, you will be able to comprehend my exit.
The first reason that I have stepped away is that I recently realized that this blog was doing very little to impact the comic book industry as I hoped that it would. As many of you know, I listen to copious amounts of Ifanboy.com podcasts and am a true fan of their product. The problem with that is that I started listening at podcast number 1. At that time, the Ifanboys were not that famous and their little website was a start up on the verge of boom or bust. Now they are a strong, highly regarded, multimedia source for trusted opinions. I am not suggesting that they have lost any of their former passion, all I am suggesting is that it looked easy as I was listening to podcasts 1-100. When you step back and observe the fact that they are on episode 300-something, you realize that this revolution that I am trying to be a part of happened 6 years ago. Sure episodes 1-100 look easy, but these guys have skins on the wall and have sustained being entertaining for years. Most of what I do here ends up looking like it is copied from them because imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, I guess. The question I keep asking myself is, “If Ifanboy.com is already an informed and persuasive voice for comics, they are providing me joy as a spectator, and I am not trying to compete with them, what is the function of this work?” Most of you will not read a comic book unless I place it in your hands and the only ones that you will consider are whatever bastardized movie property has been ripped from the pages recently. Despite all of that criticism, you might sweetly say, “But Scott, it is your creative output. It’s a hobby for you.”
The second reason for my absence and loss of the dream is that I don’t technically need another creative outlet. I am a Youth Pastor at Redemption Church in Plano, Tx and by nature of that responsibility, need to create lessons and creative arts things for that constantly. I also work for an established counselor’s office with grand ambitions and they need my mind focused on Samaritan’s Well. It has begun to make very little sense for me to waste creativity on anything that doesn’t pay me or feed my soul. I have creative responsibilities to Pastor Kevin and my boss, Mark that could be expanded and I need not consistently waste brain power on this task.
The third reason for me walking away is that most of this blog’s viewership has been people using Google Images to take pictures off of my Comical-Musings. These pictures are scanned onto the computer and I don’t have licensing over them or anything, so that is probably not good. I did not create Comical-Musings as a warehouse for people to come take cool pictures from. If we get 29 viewers a day, chances are very good that 6 of them actually read the material with the picture rather than clicking “save as.” This is pretty unacceptable and a complete departure from the point of my creative work.
So that is why I am hanging up my spurs. If it makes you feel better, it’s not you, it’s me. I have two growing little kids that need me to know how to go camping more than they need to know that The Vulture’s real name is Adrian Toomes. I have youth group kids that I need to fight for with my time, not just the promotion of entertainment. I have God to honor with my words, not Spider-Man. I will still read comic books and probably will still have opinions about them that you and I can discuss (God help you if you wanna’ talk comics with me), but will no longer use time and energy to present and honor them here.
The last part of this composition is to be a thank you note to those who played significant parts in the life of Comical-Musings. I really love and appreciate my wife for believing in me and encouraging me. She is a sweetie and her support has been pivotal throughout this journey. The Writer’s Blok are my comrades in arms, writing content for our site. Things have gotten tough and busy over the last year for us. Responsibility, wives, kids, college, jobs; we really don’t have much time for this anymore. I appreciate your help with Comical-Musings. Ellen B. was my first fan and is a good friend and mentor in blogging. Shelton M. was a great encouragement to me throughout comic book club and the conception of this blog. When I would get bummed and think that no one was reading, I would look up to my subscribers and I knew that Shelton would read it. Sarah C.’s excitement over the medium was another factor that spurred me on to create more than 100 posts. In a similar way, Lauryn H. was always incredibly complimentary to me about my writings and I knew that if I could coax a jock girl into reading comic books, then we could save the industry. Thanks to subscriber, Drew as he is the only person of my subscribers who I do not know. Shout out to a person who likes the site without knowing me. Chris Fluitt of the popular blog 360wlo.com was always helping me to tweak and promote the content placed on the site and was the reason that we got anywhere with Stumbleupon. Thanks to you all.
So, as I end this post that many will not read, I want to say that:
1. I did what I wanted and we put out new content every three days for a couple of months and I am proud of that.
2. Comical-Musings will no longer be putting out new content for the time being. Call it quitting or sabbatical or hiatus or whatever you want. It may come back some time, but for the time being, it is finished.
3. Please continue to read comic books. They really are an under-appreciated medium for great storytelling.
4. For comic book news and entertainment, I recommend Ifanboy.com
5. Thanks for everything.
~ Scott Deaux ~