We’ve made it – the final door on your Comics Anonymous advent calendar has been opened, and what’s hidden behind it? Comics Anonymous of course! We couldn’t have a best of 2011 feature on the site without mentioning our top highlight of the year, the creation of the site itself – so for our final highlight, Craig tells us all about how things started.
So far you’ve read 23 things that we loved in 2011, but without the power of the internet, we’d have only really told one and other about it, and even then we probably wouldn’t have gone to the effort of writing any of it down. In case you hadn’t realised yet, we love our comics, probably an unhealthy amount, and it’s for this reason that Comics Anonymous was born. Pre-CA we were just a group of friends who met regularly (usually at some comic event or the pub) and would literally spend hours talking about our passion. Most conversations started “Have you read this…?” or “You NEED to read this”, so it was only natural that we took things to a bigger scale and started involving you – the internet public.
It was one fateful summer afternoon when Linsay was keen to do two things – go into Glasgow city centre to see if she could spot Brad Pitt filming World War Z (which wasn’t very successful), and tell us about her plan for a comics blog (which was slightly more successful). It wasn’t long after the first discussions that the name was born – since our get-togethers were usually a confession of the huge amounts we’d been buying recently, it seemed fitting. We were even more excitable than usual due to the imminent release of the DCNew52, and it was this relaunch that helped spur on our commitment to get things started. Since then there’s been several high points to doing this, but one of the first was sitting down to our first board meeting (again, in the pub) and divvying up the 52 issues between us to review – onlookers must have thought us mad with our printed checklist (courtesy of Forbidden Planet) shouting out names of titles and fighting over who was going to get to write about them.
We may have only been on the go since September, but a lot has happened in such a short space of time – and so many things have happened as a results of creating the site. It’s helped broaden our own pull lists, keen to find something a little different or interesting that we can share with you all. It’s taken us round the country to plenty of different locations where we’ve met lots of new and lovely people along our ways, as well as having the opportunity to interview some of our heroes.
The real highlight though has been the pleasure of doing it with a great group of friends – without getting too slushy, it really is nice to do something that you enjoy so much and be able to share it with people who enjoy it just as much.
2011 has given us a taste of what we can achieve, and already 2012 is starting to look insanely busy. As well as contiuning to bring you our views on the latest releases, we’ll be attending many of the UK events and cons (including London Super Comic Con, KAPOW! and Glasgow Comic Con) and highlighting local heroes and indie small press comics.
So it just leaves me to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year – I hope you’ll continue to join us in 2012.
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