Remember, the only comic deaths that are permanent are Bucky, Jason Todd, and Uncle Ben.
Yeah, about that…
The good news is after several months of no site, my wife finally asked, “When are you going to bring Major Spoilers back? I know you were happy doing it.” This got me working and talking and emailing people, companies, and entities from beyond about the site returning, and the response was a resounding “Do It!”
You see, I have a dream, a goal, a desire to bring you, dear reader, news, reviews, and of course spoilers about this pop culture phenomenon called comics (or graphic novels or floppies if you want to use the term). And over the last year and a half I developed Major Spoilers as an outlet for fun, creativity, and a place to share those things we all love.
When I shut down Major Spoilers at the end of October, I will admit I was crushed, it was the hardest thing I have ever had to do. At that point my hopes and dreams of being a premiere source of information were dashed on the rocks. While my comic orders still arrived at the house, and public relations material still filtered through my e-mail, I didn’t read a single thing. I avoided Countdown (as apparently most of the rest of comic-dom has), stopped listening to comic related podcasts, avoiding the toy aisle at the department store, and generally withdrew from everything comic related. If there was ever a point where I was majorly depressed, this was the long dark tea time of the soul…
On the plus side, I got to spend a heck of a lot of time with my son, and after passing the six month mark, I know he is on his way to being a great kid, a terrific young adult, and will be a successful young man. But then I really began to think how I would explain the closing of the site to him. If I tell him he can grow up and do and become anything he wants to be, how seriously will he take it knowing I flushed my dream down the toilet – knowing I let down hundreds (if not thousands) of daily readers to the site, and let something great slip through my fingers?
My son is learning to crawl. At times it is the most humorous thing you have ever seen, and sometimes the most tragic thing you have ever seen as he struggles to grow. Life is a constant struggle, nothing is handed to us for free, and if I want Major Spoilers to succeed, there are going to be growing pains. I am going to make mistakes, I’m going to fall flat on my face, and you are going to be there for it – you are going to laugh, you are going to cry, and you are going to get angry at times – but that’s life; it’s all part of growing. Everything is a constant learning experience that only makes us better.
And Major Spoilers is going to grow, and I believe it can be great. The site may never be the 800 pound gorilla that is CBR, or the bull in the china shop that is Newsarama, but my dream is to make Major Spoilers the serious contender. It’s not going to happen today (although if it did, you’d see me drop a brick in my shorts), and it probably won’t happen next week, but my hope is you will join me on this journey and bring others along for the ride as the site continues on indefinitely.
I was serious about the moment my wife asked me if the site was going to return. In mid-December, while totally bored out of my skull, I picked up that growing stack of comics and began to read. And you know what? I found that love of comics again. I knew at that point Major Spoilers had to return, not just for me, not as a way of hopefully making my son proud because his dad isn’t a quitter, not because my friends were asking a lot of questions I just didn’t have answers for, but because I knew there were thousands of readers world wide who were going without their daily fix, who love comics as much as I do. So I’m not just bringing the site back for me own gratification, but I’m bringing it back for you.
But in order to bring the site back, I had to make some compromises:
- As part of the deal, Matthew and I both had to sell our soles* to Sonneillon (look it up) to bring the site back. The end result is we woke up this morning in our dorm room from 1995 with only a vague memory that we were married to wonderful women and had great children. On the plus side, I’m 50 pounds lighter, have 30% more hair and my organic web shooters are gone.
- For the next couple of months there will actually be four separate sites that will be grouped under one heading called Reign of the Major Spoilers.
- Following a lot of chaos and confusion, the four sites will be reduced to two, which shall go by the names Major Spoilers Red and Major Spoilers Blue (just in time for the election!).
- Shortly after that it will be revealed Major Spoilers was never really dead to begin with, it had just spent months in Europe waiting for things to settle down.
- At the two-year anniversary party it will be revealed that Matthew has been a Skrull all along.
- A year from now, we will disavow Major Spoilers ever shut down, thus retconing the “terrible time” from all memory, even though those stories and articles can still be accessed via web cache sites.
- When all is said and done, Steve Rogers will still be dead.
Besides those little compromises, Major Spoilers is back and over the next couple of weeks and months, you’ll see new features rolled out (or reintroduced), more great reviews, news, and of course spoilers. You will notice some changes (most notably in reviews) that we believe have settled any outstanding issues with the big two, but after reading the ton of email (all those electrons add up) from you, dear reader, supporting the changes and ideas, I’m hopeful Major Spoilers will return to its original status in no time, and surpass all the old records, sending the site to the stratosphere!
But I can’t do all the great things I want without your help. Please spread the word about the return of the site. Tell your local comic shop, print flyers about Major Spoilers and hang them everywhere (that groovy image below this post is formated for 8×10 paper – hint hint), visit the site daily, and most importantly, have as much fun reading the site as I have creating it.
It’s good to be back!
*yes, soles – do you really think we want to send the message that doing a deal with the devil is a hip cool thing?