I, Open

A very long time coming, I Have Issues has gone live.

I Have Issues — One man reads his entire collection of comics one more time.

Well, I’m likely stretching the definition of “live” there. Right now all you’ll see is a
logo and tag line, plus — maybe, depending on the results of my internal debate on whether it adds value or subtracts from the minimalist placeholder — a brief mission statement. That’s more than was up yesterday, however, even though I registered the domain a while back and have been planning the site for over a decade.

My objective when I started Blam’s Blog was to get the hang of the process from a technical standpoint and see if I could turn out posts on a regular basis. I’d only recently obtained a computer and regular Web access for the first time in years — the latter not always so regular, it turned out, an ongoing road block to several projects. The health problems that led to such a lack of connectivity also compromised my ability to write. During those years offline I had two aims should I be able to rejoin an Internet whose speed and breadth were clearly exploding: put all my past work (reviews, articles, interviews) about comics online for posterity and — this second is really more than one aim — blog about the experience of comprehensively reading through my collection of comics, adding whatever I could to the astounding repository of knowledge at the Grand Comics Database, before selling most of my collection off.

Once I got into a rhythm here, albeit one whose tempo kept changing, I continued to share links and thoughts on what I was reading and watching as I labored to organize my comics. That labor proved for a variety of reasons to be more… laborious*… than expected and the level of satisfaction I found in producing new material for this blog was seductive enough to skew my priorities. (*Sorry. To be honest, I’m pleasantly surprised when I can make it three paragraphs deep before hitting the wall.)

Last year, I finally sprung for a storage unit because I just didn’t have the space at
home to both house and sort the collection. I’d like to get Issues going in earnest by my 50th birthday in October but also to have a backlog of enough posts at launch to weather the inevitable rough patches and still publish daily. While the absence of evident progress on Adventures in Comicology, the archive of my past comics writing, may not seem to bode well for Issues, that’s more an indication of allocation of resources than cause for despair.

There will be plenty of notice here when I Have Issues starts rolling.

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