As the new year begins, itâ€™s always a good idea to take a moment and look back at 2008 and examine my favorite Major Spoilers moments for the year that make running Major Spoilers one of my most favorite jobs in the world.
10.Â Major Spoilers Poll of the Week…Week…week…(poll…)
What started out as a way for us to get better demographic data on our readers, quickly turned into a weekly event that pits characters, themes, and subjects against one another in a battle royale decided by visitors to the site. I keep saying the weird battles are leading to something big, and Iâ€™m still sticking to that as we roll into March of 2009.
9.Â Major Spoilers Costume Contest 2008
I was totally blown away by how the entrants for this yearâ€™s Major Spoilers Costume Contest took it to the next level.Â There are some really talented people out there, who do tremendous work in bringing our favorite comic book characters to life.
8.Â Major Spoilers Sponsors Extra Lifeâ€™s Nerdtacular II
This year I took the time to actually fly to Salt Lake City to spend time with Scott Johnson and the rest of the ELR legion as we kicked back, enjoyed time with friends, and watched the best movie of the year – The Dark Knight.Â It was also a great way to meet current and future Major Spoilers fans.
7.Â Major Spoilers Turns Two
We almost didnâ€™t make it to the two year mark, but even when the site shut down, the Major Spoilers Forums continued to remain active, and thus means weâ€™re well on our way to celebrate Year Three!Â What happens when we hit Year Five?Â REBOOT!
just kidding.Â Seriously.
6.Â Major Spoilers Hero Drive Campaign
This year we wanted to give back to everyone who has provided us years of entertainment and enjoyment by supporting the Hero Initiative.Â With your help we were able to raise over $200 to support the campaign that helps writers and artists who canâ€™t provide for themselves.
5.Â Interviews, Interviews, and More Interviews
From Dr. Peter Coogan talking up the history of comics, to Mark Waid kicking it with the Major Spoilers Podcast Crew, to chit-chats with other movers and shakers in the industry, my goal of bringing more interviews to the site paid off with some fascinating looks at the industry.
4.Â The Return of Daily Reviews
Matthew and I are both extremely busy guys.Â With our multiple other jobs, finding time to rattle out 500 to 1000 words on one of our recent reads is a pretty big deal.Â One of the things about running a site like this is I do get a chance to do a lot of writing, and the more one writes, the better one becomes.Â That was my motive behind bringing back the daily reviews.Â 85 days later, and weâ€™re still going strong, and as a bonus, Matthewâ€™s weekend reviews results in multiple reviews on the off-days, which is just one more reason to make Major Spoilers your daily stop – every day of the week.
3.Â Major Spoilers Podcast Launched
It really started out as comic book and pop culture conversations between Rodrigo, Bryan and myself as we waited for the weekly PBS show we worked on to begin.Â Adding a couple of microphones and posting it for the rest of the world to hear was the next logical step, and 70 issues later, we have a whole new audience weâ€™re slowly turning to the Spoiler-side of the force.
2.Â The Return of Major Spoilers
When the site returned in February, I was a bit apprehensive about undertaking this huge task once again.Â But the overwhelming feedback and response from readers around the world have made running and operating Major Spoilers one of the main highlights of my day.
1.Â The Bestest Readers in the World (even Cory)
All of these moments wouldnâ€™t have been made possible without the huge support from YOU!Â Without your comments, feedback, and interactions, Major Spoilers would be nothing.Â I really want to thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart!
So whatâ€™s in store for 2009?Â We have some pretty big plans that are the natural progression for this site and the things we are doing.Â itâ€™s going to take some planning and time, so it is probably best if we hold these spoilers until itâ€™s time to announce them.
What can you do?Â Weâ€™re always up for ideas, suggestions, general comments, money (just joking), or even if you are interesting in possibly contributing something to the site, all you have to do is contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.Â I know I speak for everyone involved with Major Spoilers, that we love this site, and we want to continue to make Major Spoilers the best comic book and pop culture site on teh Intraweb Nets.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Moment #2…the return of the MS site was definitely my top moment. But let’s toss continuity aside and pretend it never happened! Thanks for the daily awesomeness. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!
I would have put the podcast on top. Easily one of the top things i look forward to every week.
Thanks for all of the hard work, you guys! I am a daily visitor, and I look forward to the podcast every week!
Happy New Year!!
(BTW… I’m sure Julian and Millar thank you for posting that pic again! Classic!)
My most memorable moment was getting my L.A. privlages revoked by Matthew.
Thank you for all of your hard work and for ALL of the Hero Histories (except Blok) that I have enjoyed so much. May you and your families be blessed in the upcoming year.
Until toe cheese starts to taste good, make mine Major Spoilers.
Happy New Year
Aww… Thanks for my picture being in there (even if it was the wiedest looking one of me…)
Here’s to another year guys. Hopefully I can finish my signature poster by then.
Yeah but so does Millar XD
Man wish i could meet him..
Wow. I got a mention in your Year End list. Thanks guys.
I’ll have to think of new posts that surpass my previous disgruntled-ness for 2009.
I’m sure Bendis will write something the REALLY pisses me off. Or maybe Quesada will take Warren Ellis off of Astonishing X-Men.
You guys have a really good blog here. I wouldn’t stick around if it wasn’t
Happy New Year.
happy new year guys. 2009 baby! its going to be a good one
Happy New Year!
I hope you keep up the site. You have grown to become my favourite podcast.
There’s a lotta love in the rooom, maaaan.
Hey Major Spoilers Crew.
I love the show and the Site. Keep up the Good work in 2009 and i hope that it can be half as good as 2008 for All of those at Major Spoilers Mansion
Aw maaaan, Australia isn’t even 1% on the demographic pie? ;_;
For my, the podcast is the #1 thing on the whole site, I love it.
Who are those two guys in all the posters, all dressed up as dorky heroes?
@Propane: Want to see that percentage go up? Tell all your friends, relatives, man on the street about the show – spread the word, that’s how we grow.