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Why am I starting to feel old?

Brian Hibbs

Internet time is compressed and strange, and it is a whole lot of new all of the time, and so when things last it feels a little weird, doesn’t it?


It was ten years ago today that I started posting openly to the web using the Savage Critic name — that was on comixexperience.com, and something broke that I hadn’t noticed until a week ago, and I don’t know how to fix it and anyway, that site will be revamped (and hopefully properly restored) sometime in June-ish, so sorry you can’t go back and look at Public post #1 at this very second.


I had posts on Doug Pratt’s long-gone Comics & Animation Forum on CompuServe (Wheeee, dial-up connections!) under the name maybe 4-5 years before that, but since that was only for CompuServe members, and, anyway there’s no way to search those to day that I know about, I don’t know if I can count any of that ? Either way, I’m one of the older (f not oldest) “named” internet comics commentators. Rich Johnston changed names 3 or 4 times since then; I believe I predate Johanna’s Comics Worth Reading… who else am I missing?


Things were different then — this whole name thing started from me doing one-sentence-or-less reviews for pretty much every single comic that shipped each week. It was on a bet. I’d lose that bet today (there’s more new material than I have hours, in an average week of 2011). I had an awful lot of one-word reviews as time went on, I recall.


Now, The Savage Critics is  collection of voices — you probably don’t like how often any of us post, but since I think total donations to the site last year were like $20, maybe, so I’m not so sure that you really get to complain, hoss — and I want to thank all of my co-voices over this last public decade. Most especially Jeff Lester without whom which there’s probably no chance you’d be reading ANY of this (what did I know from setting up websites?), and who is something like 9 3/4 years of talking about comics on this site. Plus he’s been leading weekly (!) podcasts for longer than I want to think about, and everyone should love Jeff….


…love him….all….night….long….


(Wow, I could hear him shudder, all the way from over here!)


I also want to super-thank Mr. Graeme McMillan and the lovely Kate McMillan (who keeps control of the site for me) — I think it’s actually Graeme’s world of comics, and we just live in it… I mean, seriously, is there a website you don’t see a post from G on at some point? I’m not wrong, am I? He’s the only man who is on Robot 6 AND Blog @ Newsarama, right?


And I want to thank in no particular order the rest of my fellow Critics through the years: Jog and Abhay and Tucker and Douglas and Sean and David and Chris and Johanna and Diana and even the late and lamented Dick Hyacinth who made three lovely posts and then never said another word since, or even responded to email. We miss you, Dick! ET phone home!


And, I guess this is the place in the speech where I thank you, The Readers? I mean, clearly, I like the sound of my own voice, but if other people didn’t say “Hey, I kinda like it, too”, then I’d be a lot quieter, I think. So, thank you, the silent ones as well as the ones who take the time to comment, I wouldn’t bother if I didn’t  think I entertained you.


So yeah ten years, here’s to another ten and whoo-freakin’-hoo to comics, right?



17 Responses to “ Why am I starting to feel old? ”

  1. Congratulations on a decades worth of fine work by yourself and your “co-voices”, which is a lovely phrase :)

    For whatever it’s worth, Savage Critics is an absolute inspiration. Indeed, a piece you wrote earlier this year about the design and marketing of the Big Two’s event comics expressed everything I felt myself about the matter – and of course more too – and did it so well that I felt I never need discuss the topic again, in the real world or in some darkened corner of the net. If the topic is ever raised, I can just point in the direction of that piece and move onwards. Similarly, I can recall a host of pieces here on SD by your co-voices which have been enjoyable and challenging in a quite untypically rewarding fashion.

    I raise my early morning orange juice to you, SC!



  3. Congratulations! To ten more years! Cheers!

  4. Congratulations for the entertainment and the recommendations (and the savage criticism).

  5. Congrats! As an ex-San Franciscan that can no longer patronize the store (a mere 6 hour drive now), I’m especially grateful for the touchstone.

  6. I love everything about Savage Critics, and really wish Hibbs had a monthly guest shot on Comic Geek Speak instead of a semi-annual thing.

    Just sent you another year’s worth of donations – cheers!

    Ryan Lee
    Co-host, Chronic Insomnia

  7. Everyone REALLY should follow Ryan’s example….


  8. Happy decade, Brian and company! Many happy returns.

  9. I also just sent you another year’s worth of donations! I’m thinking…and I hope I stick to this…of donating $5 a week because that would be like buying a monthly comic again.

  10. Congratulations, Brian! I founded Comics Worth Reading under that name at the end of 1999, so it’s a little older than this website, but you were writing on CompuServe before I ever dreamed of reviewing, so … either way (glasses clink) here’s to many more!

    I was honored to be part of the team for a short while, and while I’m one of those who wish you and the team could post more often than you do, it’s only because you’re so enjoyable to read. Thank you for all you do!

  11. My sincere and personal thanks to everyone involved in the Savage Critics; all those voices new, all those voices old, all those voices lost and all those voices found. To each and everyone, my thanks.

    Particular thanks to All-Father Hibbs for providing a vast resource of entertaining and informative archives to graze upon at my leisure, a much needed (and ongoing) education in How Retailing Stuff Works, aw, heck, I don’t know, all that stuff and more.

    Just thanks, Mr. Hibbs. Thanks and here’s to the next ten.

  12. And: Chris Hero – that’s a most excellent idea, sir! Kudos!

  13. Misty at the mention of Doug Pratt’s forum, back to the days of you and Lou Perez reviewing, going all the way nack to 1989 and the days of Paul Grant, Nat Gertler, and Allan P Lappin…
    Mazel Tov

  14. So I just had a potentially fun idea… What if one day, you had something where we could pledge an amount to donate if you do something goofy we suggest. Like, these are just dumb examples… I could bid $5 if you review the old Rocket Raccoon series, but someone else might bid $15 for Jeff and Grame to sing a review in a podcast. You guys could decide to do one, both, or none at all.

    Here’s a totally serious one…I will donate $50 if John K(UK) is made a regular contributer!

  15. Pity more lectures don’t have ‘Rampage of the Creature Commandos’ on the blackboard!

  16. “PIpeline” started regularly posting in June 1997, so I’m at 14 years soon…

    I miss those one line reviews. Lots of fun! But congrats on a decade of fun and merriment. I remember those halcyon days of the CompuServe Comics/Animation Forum. ( Sadly, just got word that Allan Lappin died the other day. =(

  17. Very sorry to hear about Allan Lappin’s passing – he was a great guy who seemed to be a terrific dad and husband. God rest his soul. As he used to sign off, Ask The Next Question.

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