The Seattle dateline on this article offers a clue to the tumultuous year that was 2011. After more than a decade in the wheat fields of Waterville, Wash., your Comics Bronze Age editor relocated back over the Cascade Mountains to the wet side of Washington state. The reasons for my move were both professional – a new job as communications director for Humanities Washington – and personal.
It was the personal that forced CBA into hibernation.
After 16 years, my marriage came to an end. I won’t go into details, other than to say the split wasn’t something I wanted. In the dark months at the end of 2010, as it became clear divorce was likely, comic books suddenly stopped bringing me happiness. Long a gateway to childhood joy, comics seemed to have no place in my grim adult world; energy once spent on escapist entertainment was needed to survive. Rather than let CBA become a chore – and it was fast becoming one – I reluctantly decided to step away.
And it took me awhile to get my comics groove back.
By the time I moved to Seattle in June of 2011, I wondered if comic books would ever bring me joy again. Thankfully, my collection made it through the divorce, albeit somewhat streamlined for financial reasons. But my comics sat unread and unloved … at least for the first several months.
By fall, I started to pay an occasional visit to the Marvel Universe. Old friends started to sneak out of their Mylar sleeves. A trip up the street to the Meridian Park School Comic Book Show followed, as did a Groupon-inspired outing to Comics Dungeon, an excellent comic-book shop here in Seattle. As the winter rain began to fall (noticeable only in that it’s a bit colder than the region’s spring, summer and fall rain), I was back in the thrall of the hobby I’ve enjoyed since before I could even read.
Comic books take me to a happy place. They did when I was 10, and they do again at 42. The return of Comics Bronze Age is a gift to myself: A celebration not just of comic-book goodness published from 1970 to 1985, but of the sense of whimsy and wonder I worried I might have lost forever.
The realities of my new life – job demands, single parenting, etc. – dictate a less aggressive publishing schedule for CBA. I’ll be posting a new review every Monday and Friday; as in the past, these selections will offer a fairly random cross section of offerings from Marvel, DC and the era’s other, smaller publishers. On Wednesdays, I’ll be joined by Gentleman Tom Kiefer, an friend and academic from Nebraska whom I’ve been talking comics with for the past several years. Relatively new to the Bronze Age, Tom will be diving into Essentials and Showcase Presents volumes to offer a series of sequential reviews.
Hopefully, the day will come when CBA can return to a daily schedule. By 2014, we’d love to see a second print edition come off the press. In the meantime, though, CBA is back – and isn’t going away again anytime soon.
Thanks again for waiting, all. And, please, make sure to comment and enjoy!