Yes, today is the second anniversary of this blog’s launch. I hope you took the over!
As many of you know, this blog rose from the ashes of Comics Should Be Good, which was an excellent blog hosted by Comic Book Resources for several years. After Jonah sold CBR so he could sail his yacht around the world fighting crime (I assume), the new overlords of the site gradually wrecked our blog and, many say (you know who you are!), the site itself. I still head over there occasionally, but it’s still a bit of a mess. One thing that was lost was the amazing comments we had on the old blog, which is why I link to old posts on that blog through the magic of the Wayback Machine when I can, as it shows the old comments (I can’t do that with every post, but when I can, I do it). As you know, Greg Hatcher and I used to write for CSBG, and so when Jim suggested to Greg that they should start a new blog that kept the good parts of the old blog and expanded on it (as ours is not comics-specific, even though we used to go far afield at CSBG too), things were set in motion and we got the Atomic Junk Shop. Huzzah!
We have a good team here, and while our ambitious posting schedule when we started has gone by the wayside (real life interferes, yo!), I hope that we do a good job writing about the many neat aspects of pop culture that we love, because we’re here to entertain and inform! We would love to get more traffic, of course, and we hope that you can help out by spreading the word if you happen to read something here that you really like. And if you’ve been lurking, now’s the time to say hello in the comments and let us know you’re there. Even if it’s the only time you comment, we appreciate it!
As always, the writers make the site what it is (whether that’s a good thing or not is up to you, of course). There’s me, of course, but the less said about me the better. Greg Hatcher, as usual, continues to write amazing, erudite stuff about all the weird corners of pop culture, because he has more knowledge in his pinkie than I have in my whole body. Jim MacQuarrie is always interesting to read, and his recent interview with Tony Isabella is fascinating stuff. John Trumbull is busy being famous on Twitter these days and won’t return our calls, but his fame will be fleeting!!!! Travis began the year on fire but has calmed down over the past few months, but he’s still joining me to go over Previews, so we’ll cut him some slack. Al Kennedy hasn’t posted a podcast in a while, which is too bad because they’re always interesting. Spencer Keane has been MIA for a while, but you can still go back and read his posts, which are quite good. Toni Adams also doesn’t post too often, but she did have some interesting stuff earlier this year. Sarah Beach’s post about Wonder Woman is worth reading if you missed it the first time, as is Patrick’s look at Infinity War. Pol Rua writes infrequently but very well, Mik Bennett brings an interesting perspective to his writing (you’ll have to read him to find out what it is!), Edo Bosnar has written some very cool pieces for us, Fraser is our resident Dr. Mabuse expert (Atomic Junk Shop – the only site on the internet with a resident Dr. Mabuse expert!), and Matt, our newest writer, has not posted anything controversial at all, so that’s nice. It’s very cool to have so many writers (unfortunately, it would be nice to have more women, so we’ll see what we can do about that), because we all have different perspectives, yet we all share a love of the weird. We hope that makes it a nice community.
So we’re into Year Three, and as always, we’d like to thank you for reading and we hope you continue to do so. Let us know how we’re doing, and we’ll keep on sharing our bizarre thoughts with you!