Well, technically it’s (barely) still January as I write this, so consider it my New Year’s resolution piece. I resolve to do more of these things than I did last year! Or at least if not in quantity, in quality. (I guess I could do a couple a week with just a few sentences, like telling dumb jokes, but wouldn’t that be cheating? You’ve come to expect a certain level of good crap and darn it, I aim to deliver.)
But I’ll still try to keep them shorter so you don’t strain the peepers. Nor I your patience.
The decade of the ‘00s–or verbally, double “ohs”–technically ended on December 31, 2009. (Yes, I am one of the few who have the cojones to actually NAME the decade, unlike all the pusillanimous wusses who kept saying “this decade” or now, “the previous decade”. Sooner or later we’ll have to name it! What will they call 2000-2009 in the 2030s? “Two decades previous”? Gimme a break.) But now is as good a time as any to think about the next ten years and what you plan on doing. Back in 2000, the last year of the 20th century and second millennium, did you expect to be where you are right now? Physically, mentally, emotionally, financially? In terms of your art or comics collection? How about aesthetically? I often like to look at things I loved or hated a long time ago and see where I’m at.
Still love what I always did: Frazetta, Kirby, Wrightson, Adams, Schulz, Black Sabbath, Metallica, Green Hornet, Captain America, Silver Surfer, Star Trek, Star Wars, sitcoms, guitars, the Renaissance and so on. But ten years ago I’d never heard of Stephan Pastis and PEARLS BEFORE SWINE (now my favorite current strip), THE INCREDIBLES (now one of my favorite animated films), the SPIDER-MAN film (now one of my top 10 of all-time favorites), Nightwish and TSO (now my favorite bands) and artist Richard MacDonald (my favorite sculptor of the last hundred years).
I’d also was unfamiliar or barely familiar with other great stuff like Steve Purcell’s SAM ’N’ MAX, Darby Conley’s GET FUZZY strip, Jim Mahfood’s parodies, BLACKSAD by Juanjo Guarnido, films by Richard O’ Sullivan, bloggers Daniel Best and Jim Johnson, and artists/cartoonists like Giovanna Casotto, David Willardson, Frank Cammuso, Al Rio, Vic Lee, Dale Eaglesham, Mitch Breitweiser and others. And not just newer stuff; I still hadn’t really discovered previous greats like Allen Anderson, Frank R. Paul, Jessie Smith, Patrick Woodruffe, Chesley Bonestell along with writers like Carl Wessler and Syd Field (among many others), or investing/trading guru Jim Cramer.
I’d also not yet acquired many of my Marvel ESSENTIAL or DC SHOWCASE reprint editions and hadn’t yet read the entire Stan Lee SILVER SURFER series, HULK 1-6, the first dozen CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN nor all of issues 1-25 of Marvel’s DAREDEVIL. (So, so much still to read! THE COMPLETE PEANUTS, CALVIN & HOBBES, MAD’S DON MARTIN, and on and on.)
And I haven’t even mentioned all the industry folks I’d met and befriended over the decade, both in person and on Facebook. (Like our man Craig, of course! Saved the best for last.) Hell, ten years ago, even the term “Facebook” meant no more than a collection of police mug shots.
Yep, it’s been a good ten years now that I think about it. So who knows where the next batch will take us? I’m dreading the physical effects but sure looking forward to the fun of the ride and everything I’ll be seeing, hearing, reading and picking up along the way.
How about you? Can you think of any newfound favorites you’ve discovered or rediscovered since 2000? I’d love to hear about them, as I’m always looking for new stuff I’d like. Heck, maybe you can contribute to my next decade of discovery so I can thank you in my blog in 2021! (Gulp…) Please post in the comments section below.
Thanks and take care,
P.S.: Speaking of new art, if you’d like me to create a new piece to add to your next decade of aesthetic enjoyment, just ask Craig here. Thanks and have a great week!