On 1 October, 2016, the Atomic Junk Shop opened for business, so we figured we’d celebrate one year in operation. It’s been a lot of fun!
In case you didn’t know, some of us wrote for Comics Should Be Good, which underwent a bit of a change when Comic Book Resources was revamped. We didn’t feel very much at home over there anymore, so we decided to strike out on our own. The community at CSBG was excellent, and the comments were almost always brilliant, with commenters offering not only their own takes on the posts but also adding to the collective knowledge of all of us. It really was a nice place on the internet, where very rarely did people get out of control, and everyone was almost always polite. When that went away, a few of us decided to stop posting there.
Greg Hatcher reached out to me and Jim MacQuarrie and asked if we wanted to put together a new blog Jim MacQuarrie reached out to Greg Hatcher and said it would be keen to put together their own blog, and Greg asked me to join (see the comments for Jim’s correction of my mistake about the founding of the blog!). We asked a few people we knew, and the Atomic Junk Shop was born!
We’ve had a good time this past year, and we hope you have too. We don’t have the traffic yet that CSBG had, but that took a while, too, and we think we’re building a nice community here, too. I love comments, and we have a bunch of knowledgeable readers who are always willing to engage in conversations, and we hope this little corner of the pop culture internet is a good place to visit. We want to be here a long time, because there are always fascinating things to write about and discuss! So we hope that you help spread the word about us, as some of you have already (and thanks for that!). If you read something you like here, tweet about it, post about it on Facebook, even extol us on Musical.ly! And I’d like to invite everyone to leave a comment here, especially if you’ve been lurking. Hey, we love readers, so if you don’t like commenting, that’s fine, but we also want to hear from you!
So we’re a year old. We couldn’t have done it without our readers, of course, and our group of fine writers. I don’t know if you guys listen to Al Kennedy’s podcast “House to Astonish,” but it’s always interesting. Greg Hatcher, of course, is our pop culture guru, and he’s a fine writer and a hell of a nice guy. Jim MacQuarrie is a terrific writer, too, and he handles most of the behind-the-scenes stuff (like, 99% of it), so you’re reading this because of him! Our resident comedian (I’m serious!) is John Trumbull, who will thank you not to confuse him with the Revolutionary War painter. Spencer Keane, one of our slightly younger writers, is our video game, animation, and toy expert. Our other younger writer, Toni Adams, brings an interesting perspective to pop culture stuff that we old dudes sometimes miss. Travis is, well, Travis. And, of course, there’s this guy. We’ve had a few other writing for us – Le Messor has written one article for us, and we hope it’s the first of many, we recently had a guest post by old-school CSBGer Pol Rua, and we had a nice Wonder Woman post from Sarah Beach. We hope to have more, too. We have a good group, with a lot of different opinions and outlooks, which I think makes this a pretty neat place to visit.
So thanks for the last year, everyone. We hope you like it here and stick with us. We’re just getting started!