Friday, 28 March 2014

And So, Farewell To TooBusyThinkingAboutMyComics, And To You, Gentle Visitor, Too

From 1993's Doom Patrol #63, by Grant Morrison, Richard Case et al
 
TooBusyThinkingAboutMyComics is now an ex-blog. I shall miss it greatly. Having already made my goodbyes when I announced the blog's closure earlier this year, I won't repeat myself. Sentimentality threatens, but I'll keep it at arm's length, I promise.

I'll still be posting at Sequart, bless them, where the chapters of Shameless? will continue. In addition, I've also a section in The New Life And New Civilisations: Exploring Star Trek Comics, which the company will be bringing out later this year. My  Twitter and Tumblr accounts will be rumbling on, while there's talk of one or two other possible writing projects which may, or may not, eventually appear.  

This blog has meant the world to me, but it really is time to be going. Thank you, gentle visitor, for popping over and making my days a far better place. Whether you came here by chance or design, for a second or a touch longer, it all helped make life a great deal more interesting.

So it's goodbye from the blogger, and from the Splendid Wife, and from the Hound Supreme as well. We hope the future will treat you with exceptional kindness, and that we'll all live happily ever after.

How was it for me?

It was - of course - fantastic.

Take care.

From 1940's The Vision, from Marvel Mystery Comics #13, by Joe Simon & Jack Kirby,

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59 comments:

  1. You'll be missed, and I'll be one of many looking for your writing elsewhere from now on.

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    1. Hello Graeme:- Thank you. I shall, of course, keep the same relationship to your work that I've long done, enjoying your writing & podcasting alike.

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  2. And thank you Colin for such an informative column. Ive immensely enjoyed reading such intelligent musings on comic books. Ive said it before and i'll reiterate again; I hope this is just a temporary holiday away and that one day this illustrious blog will be back. Its honestly made me think of comics in a different way.
    Please do one thing for us - keep this blog 'up' so we can keep re-reading it for future reference. I don't want Too Busy to disappear. I also enjoy your APA contributions [which I dearly hope wont also stop].
    Once again, the very best of luck and I wish you well inn your future endeavours.

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    1. Hello Karl:- Having pretty much posted the blog's last bow, I do appreciate your kind words. Thank you. I have every intention that our paths will cross at the APA again, and of course look forward to it too :)

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  3. All best to you, Colin! Best of luck with all your endeavors and I look forward to seeing your writing in other venues. And remember, if you ever feel like flexing your comics blog muscles once again, The Middle Spaces, is always open to you for a guest blog spot.

    CHEERS!

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    1. Hello Mr O:- Your best wishes are very much appreciated. Thank you. I too look forward to seeing my writing in other venues :) As for a guest appearance at The Middle Spaces; though I'm catching my breath, it's a fine blog & anyone with sense would appreciate appearing there :)

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  4. From now on I suppose I'll have to get my insightful and thoughtful commentary and comics evaluation from the CBR forums I AM USING HUMOR TO MASK MY TEARS. I'll miss the blog, but better to lay it to rest so you can concentrate on other opportunities, which I'm glad - but not surprised - to see have presented themselves.

    Thank you for the blog, Colin. It's been a pleasure to read.

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    1. Hello Brigonos:- Thank you for such kind words, and for contributing - forgive the sincerity, it'll soon pass - with such good humour and smart thinking to this daft blog. As I've said several times before, but as I'm still not sure you actually believe, your kindness in my first few months of blogging when I'd put my foot in things kept me writing. True Story. So I'm very much in your debt.

      Good luck with all your future endeavours. I'm as always enjoying your blog, and I'm looking forward to seeing where you're heading with your cartooning next. No, don't roll your eyes. You know I'm not built for the insincere pat on the hand, though that's simply biology and therefore of no credit to me. I enjoy your work and I'm keen to see what happens next :)

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  5. If another Scott would become sick of his writing than who are we to grudge you your space? :-D You clearly want and need to stretch in a different direction, but do realize that there is no real reason why you or indeed we need to go anywhere. We like the idea of you upholding the standards of decency and thoughtfulness, in whatever form it takes. :-D It doesn't have to be about comics! :-D

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    1. Hello gl_hater:- Ah, well, Conan Doyle tired of Holmes, but I've not tired of writing the things that I do. (I've tired of not doing them well enough, but hopefully, with time and practise etc etc) But I know I'll need to try different things, and to work on the writing itself, and so I guess I'm throwing the blog off the Reichenbach Falls despite feeling fond of it.

      Thanks for your generous words. My very best to you :)

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  6. I'd like to add my voice to the chorus of well deserved praise that's being heaped on you, Colin, and wish you all the best in your future endeavours. Too Busy Thinking is, without doubt, one of the best blogs around and I'll miss it.

    Now, if you'll excuse me, I, er, I have something in my eye...

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    1. Hello Lee:- Thanks for your best wishes. I have no doubt I'll need them, and they're appreciated.

      This is also an appropriate place for me to thank you again for posting several articles here at TooBusyThinking. The blog was all the stronger, and all the more fun, for your splendid contributions. Thank you for that, and the best of luck with your own writing, whether with the entirely reprehensible Mr B or not :)

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  7. Brian Wiggett28 March 2014 20:29

    In a redundancy that's all too well deserved, your blog will certainly be missed. I've enjoyed reading your many thoughts, and insightful critiques. Yours was one of the very few comic book blogs I've ever read, and I suppose I'll have to venture out toward others, which will be easier based on those who've mentioned other sites in the comments here. I trust they hold similar good work.
    Best to you Colin, in what I hope to be your many endeavors. I'll try to track you down wherever your writing appears!

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    1. Hello Brian:- It's astonishing how many fine blogs there are worth the reading at the moment. I hope, should you have one of those rainy season moments to kill, that you'll consider using the links here. From themiddlespaces - see above - to the blog links to the right, which I did a shamefully long time ago, I think there should be some splendid stuff that's to your taste to be sampled.

      Thank you for the generous words you've left here, and for popping into the blog as you kindly have before. I'm very much appreciative of both :)

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  8. Thank you!! Best of Luck!!

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    1. Hello Jim:- Thanks for saying so, and for popping into the blog in general! All the best!

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  9. Colin, you've been an inspiration. Thank you for making me think, and wonder. I shall see you across the way ...

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    1. Hello Martin:- If I have been, Martin, it's only because your own blog - TooDangerousForAGirl - and your generous help in general has helped inspire me. True Story. But - of course - I do appreciate you saying so.

      I shall be haunting your blog, I promise you. (Or is that "threat"?)

      All the very best to you.

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  10. Colin, this was--this is a wonderful, wonderful blog, and I think I'll continue to come back and stroll through its archives long into the future. :) You've had a tremendous impact on the way I interpret comics, from the way they're composed and drafted to their "social implications," as Julian Darius once put it.

    I'm totally going to gush (more): your "That Radical Brian Michael Bendis Part 1" and "On The Batman in Detective Comics #475" are two of the finest articles on Spider-Man and Batman that I've ever read. I was actually glad to see that you did one last long-form analysis before bowing out--and I smiled when I saw that the article ended up being in four parts instead of the originally projected three. It meant that this blog would have to stay open for another day or two and that was perfectly fine with me.

    Thank you for the blog, Colin. I wish you the best in everything, and I'll eagerly await your Shameless updates. Be well! :)

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    1. Hello Vik:- Thanks for your kind words, which have certainly brought a smile and helped kicked into life on this rather blurry morning.

      I'm amazed and, if it's forgivable, undeniably chuffed that you'd mention those posts, because I can recall writing them as if it was yesterday. At the moment, most of what I've written - here and elsewhere - tends to blur into one memory. You've reminded of how cheering it will be when time, and a touch of calm, restores each piece to the equivilant of a diary entry.

      And thanks for understanding that it was inevitable that a long series of posts here would inevitably overrun! That's one of the great advantages of a blog. When I write for elsewhere, I'm absolutely scrupulous about words limits and the like. But the blog did allow me to just be thoroughly TLDR.

      All the best to you, good sir :)

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  11. Thank you, man! I've sat quietly in the background reading your columns, enjoying them and thinking. See you 'round the Tumblr-sphere, I guess.

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    1. Hello randomywords:- Thank you! I do appreciate you what you have. And I hope we certainly will cross paths in the Tumblr-sphere :)

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  12. I think I got sloppy commenting on your last "last post" so I won't here, but I've enjoyed this last week of Too Busy and thank you for producing it.

    *sniff* until we *choke* m-meet again...

    - Mike Loughlin

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    1. Hello Mike:- You're one of the blog's most longstanding, insightful and generous commentors, and reading your kind words suddenly brought it home that the blog really is closing. I shall greatly miss the chance to swap ideas with you, and I hope we'll cross paths elsewhere on the net at some time in the future.

      But most importantly, thank you for being such a 100% egg. My very best to you :)

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  13. Colin,

    No goodbyes; in the hour of our greatest need, you will return. If Brian Azzarello's Miracleman is ever announced at SDCC, I expect you back on the web yesterday!

    Cheers!

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    1. Hello Michael:- Thank you for leaving such a cheering comment. (Or at least it is cheering until I actually start to imagine Azzarello's Miracleman. At that point, imagination starts to overwhelm reality .... shiver....) Most importantly, thank you for bringing your unmatched expertise and unfailing good humour to TooBusyThinking. I shall miss the chance to chat with you here, but I shall be continuing to spend time well spent at your fine 244 blog.

      All the best.

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  14. You will definitely be missed, Colin.

    Good luck in the future and I look forward to coming across new stuff from you at Sequart.

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    1. Hello Kazekage:- Thank you. I must admit, I shall miss the chance to swap ideas with good folks such as your good self too.

      My very best to you :)

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  15. Dear Colin:

    Much to my shame, I have only ever been a reader of this blog, piping up in the comments just the once and then feebly. Nevertheless, let me just add my voice to what I'm sure is by now a chorus of heartfelt thanks, celebration of a singular achievement, and sincere lamentations, all at the same time.

    I will write at length now, since it's my only opportunity. Thank you, Colin.

    First of all, my sincere best wishes to you in all your endeavours in the future, and blessings to a long and happy life. I do not know you, you do not know me, but your generous and sustained gift to a whole bunch of anonymous readers of my likes has me feeling as though I must not be alone in my thoughts--that literally thousands of people across the globe must be thinking of you most fondly over the next couple of days and long into the future.

    No exaggeration: your blog has been my favourite destination on the world wide web for the past two and a half years. There was the unfailing intelligence and unexpected insight with which you approached any number of comics, and comics creators, and comics characters; there was the courteous and kind tone you cultivated in the comments section, making it one of the few places where the commentary frequently lived up to the standards of the writing at the masthead. Above all, there was the clarity and daring of moral purpose and occasional expression of sincere sorrow and outrage: never moralizing or simplistic, but never afraid to pursue an argument where it led either.

    I may have referred to the Guardian's webpage more, or the Finnish broadcasting company's, or the Met service's. But I don't think there was a single destination where I came more confident in the expectation that what I would read would refresh and replenish my spirits and make me feel more able to take on the day.

    There is a personal side to this. I first came across your writing in late 2011 during an exceptionally difficult time in my life. Your blog was an oasis in the desert: I must have devoured your back pages in a feverish few days, and in retrospect it is easy to see why. Through lovingly examining these funny little four-coloured reading objects, words and pictures telling stories-- a still much-maligned and little-understood incipient art form, and one that all too often fails to live up to its considerable promise--you were, entirely unwittingly of course, conferring a loving and appreciative benediction over a large part of my own life's trajectory where, ever since I was 4, a large chunk had been spent pondering the exploits of these heroes (and villains, and just ordinary everyday people) on the comics page.

    What you seemed to be saying, in essence, was that all this was okay, that the experience of the child doing all that mattered somehow; and that the efforts of all those men and women toiling at creating these stories mattered too. In conjuring an ethically imbued universe for all these creations and creators to exist, and through courageously having it all all radiate from a deeply personally felt and eloquently expressed viewpoint--yours--you created a sense of community across the pages, across the ages, that spoke to me and I am sure to many many others. You made it feel as though all this mattered--the way that all our small lives do. (Bob Temuka, bless his heart, does much the same thing for me, in a very different way.)

    Again, thanks! I will be back, many times, for as long as these pages are live.

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    1. Hello Teneli:- Thank you for such a lovely comment. As I sit here at the end of my first blogless day in years, I will admit to a certain melancholy. Knowing that the best thing has been done & being pleased at the cost of doing that are two very different things. But I'm glad - if that's not immodest - that TooBusy was of some small use to you, and you ought to know that I've always been grateful to everyone who's popped over, whether commenting or not. I'm a terrible commentor, in that I rarely feel comfortable in doing so. It doesn't mean that I haven't valued what I've written, and I carried that logic with me where this blog was concerned. (BTW Bob Temuka's blog is indeed a fine destination. I quite agree.)

      Thank you for kind and generous best wishes. It's been a privilege to cross your path here - whether in silence or not - and I wish all the very best for the future :)

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  16. It is with no small sadness that I bid thee farewell, Too Busy Blog. I've never before read a collection of reviews that treat the comics medium with such respect, expect from it and hold it to such high standards, and discuss it with incredible doses intelligence, wit and - knowledge (and sometimes good-natured snarkiness). Colin, over the course of this blog's life the two of us have met, debated, given advice (mostly you to me), and most importantly become friends. I've dreaded the impending appearance of this final post but hold out hope that the comics review bug will bite you again in the future.

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    1. Hello Matthew:- Thank you for popping over for this last post. As with Mr Brigonos, your kindness and encouragement ensured that I kept hammering away at the keyboard in the earliest days of this blog. Blogging has brought me some splendid opportunties, and I'm in your debt for making sure that I got to enjoy them. Thank you again.

      I hope everything is going to go swimmingly for you. All the best :)

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  17. Well, I've earlier expressed my regrets at seeing the blog go, so I'll just convey my heartfelt thanks for all the great posts, and interesting comments.
    And, like everyone else, I wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

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    1. Hello Edo:- I appreciate you leaving such welcome best wises. It's a generous thing to do and it's helped with a somewhat foot-dragging afternoon :)

      Good luck with all your future endeavours too :)

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  18. Dear Colin,

    It has been one heck of a great run, and for that, I thank you. Your insight, and dedication to comics is truly formidable, and I am going to miss this column terribly. But I can certainly understand your desire to move on and actually HAVE a real life, so I wish you all the best.

    And Thank You.

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    1. Hello Sally:- Thank you. It's been an absolute privilege to be able to chat to you in the comments here, and I shall miss the chance to do so.

      Of course, I shall continue to rely on your splendid blog to keep me in touch with books which I wish I read and yet, for a variety of reasons, don't. I struggle - for reasons you'll know :) - to leave comments elsewhere at the best of times, but when I know something of the comics you review, I certainly shall.

      All the very best :)

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    2. I'm going to have to check out Sally's blog!

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  19. Like everybody else I just want to say thanks for writing this blog and the best of luck to you and your wife in the future. Those Fantastic Four articles have made me think that a radically reformed FF might be a very good thing and if it happens you can always say it was your blog that provided the incentive - what a legacy :)

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    1. Hello Colin:- Thank you :) I'm certainly looking forward to the FF and what looks like a radical approach on its part. I fear, however, the day I influence a comic or a movie will undoubtedly be the one before the end of the world. I'm sure that would be a sign of the natural, just order being turned inside out. Still, if the end must happen, it'd be heartening to have a touch a glory before the destruction of everything arrives :)

      I hope the day's treating you kindly, and that its successors will too.

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  20. "Do you think the vision will return father?" "Yes I think so..." Always smart to leave a return hatch ;) I hope you will leave this bog intact as a resource, one of great value to myself and countless others I'm certain. Best!
    Yours, The Other Colin

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    1. Hello Colin:- Thank you :) Of course, I shall never think of you as "The other Colin"; I feel we should share that title between us!

      A return hatch? I don't think so - heh :) - but it did make me smile to reference the very convention you mention. Yes, like Arthur and the Golden Age Vision, I'm waiting for the blogosphere's hour of need to be called back into action. It's too absurd an idea to not laugh at, and therefore, too absurd an idea not to reference :)

      I hope things are going splendidly for you. All the best!

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  21. Thank you for giving us this excellent blog, and good luck in your coming projects.
    However, I'll be forever hoping for TooBusy's resurrection...

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    1. Hello Rodrigo:- Thank you for such encouraging and welcome words. I would never deny that they're very much appreciated.

      All the best!

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  22. You will be missed. Take care.

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    1. Hello Dean:- Thank you, and thank you for your splendid, thought-provoking contributions to this blog. In truth, I'd much rather have read your thoughts on these topics than typed out mine, but you seem to have a life to be pursuing instead!

      I hope the world is and will be treating you exceptionally kindly. All the best!

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  23. Colin, everybody above has expressed what I'm thinking far better than I ever could, so I'll just say thanks for all the pleasure this blog has brought and best wishes for the future. And thanks for signing off with that beautiful last page from Morrison & Case's Doom Patrol. Fair brought a tear to my eye, it did...
    All the best, mate!
    Cerebus660 ( Simon )

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    1. Hello Simon:- Or, as I have so enjoyed saying, for the sheer absurdity of it all, "Hello cerebus660"

      Thanks for such kind words. I guess I was cheating by having that Doom Patrol page, as it could bring tears to my eyes if I were eating ice-cream on a balmy summer day after winning the lottery, Still, it did sum up a touch of what I was feeling.

      All the best to you, Simon. May your ship be forever coming in.

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  24. One last time, Colin, I greet you from Michigan, USA, where after the worst winter in recorded history, the last of the snow is melting, the breeze is fresh and the sky is as blue as Superman's sleeve.

    My meager number of comments here recently are a poor reflection of how much this place has meant to me--the comments were limited by a changing work schedule and a self-conscious awareness that I often had little to say beyond "I agree!" Ah, well. I'll watch for your work at Sequart and elsewhere, but it won't be the same as enjoying this comfortable space. My best to you, sir, and to your many regular commentators too, from whom I've learned much.

    Some years ago, I shared my young daughter's excitement upon coming across, on her classroom reading shelf, a copy of Maggin's "Last Son of Krypton," a book previously discussed at length here. Yesterday, the same daughter--now just months away from high school--turned in a research paper on the chilling effects of Frederick Wertham on the comics industry in the 1950s. Yes, I think it's safe to say she's hooked. Thank you for your years of shining a light on the good stuff and pointing out when the mainstream stuff has let us down.

    Gratefully,

    -mikesensei

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    1. Hello mikesensei:- "the sky is as blue as Superman's sleeve": lovely line, I know exactly what you mean :)

      As with all of the good and generous folks I've encountered in these comments, I must emphasise how much I've enjoyed - and learned from - swapping ideas with you here too. It's always been a pleasure talking to you. So, thank you for being so kind in what you've said, but please except my own regards in return.

      Finally, that's a lovely story you tell in your last paragraph. A young woman who's looking at Wertham isn't just learning to enjoy more about comics, although that in itself is a splendid thing; the form needs every smart reader it can get from the next generations. But of course, she'll also be coming across so many ideas about power and censorship etc etc etc. Strikes me your household must be an interesting, inspiring one, Mr M. Long may it be so :)

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  25. I have been trying to come up with an appropriate expression of my feelings for Too Busy ending*, only to find that words completely fail. To say I am saddened by this turn would understate by a mile: as others before me have more eloquently put it, Too Busy has played a highly transformative and affirming role during some turbulent, stressful and depressive periods of my life, also. It was All-Star Superman (a very dear ritual of the life drive in itself) that brought me here, and the series of wonderful articles comparing it with the more drab, hollow and misanthropic leanings of it's contemporaries filtered and the idealistic, egalitarian, inclusive love of life at the heart and essence of that book. The following years have found me using that hard, golden essence as a guideline and comfort.

    Too Busy's BASIC, HUMAN DECENCY has been a tremendous influence and inspiration for me to search for a more hopeful, humane outlook on life. To care more for my fellow man and society at large, to be less of a cynical, hateful, ironic prick and realize it's all about the love.

    Too Busy has introduced me to a wider world and culture of comics, literary and political reading and interpretation, the form and art of the serial pictorial medium. I've been led to a host of wonderful books and series I never would have even heard of, much less think of pursuing (Martin Eden's superlative SPANDEX stands out amongst the lot, thanks for that!).

    I feel like a better, kinder person and reader and feel that you have had a hand in it; there's not much else to say, is there? I thank you for the time and energies you have poured into Too Busy Thinking About Comics and the positive impact you have rendered through the aforementioned. I hope the best for all future ventures you set out on. : )

    Yours truly,

    Roni Lücke

    *(It's not true that the blog is ending, not really. It'll be here, ready for referral and review, crystallized as a giant, singular hypertext.)

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    1. Hello Roni:- Firstly, my sincere apologies for coming to your lovely comment a day after it was made. I've been preoccupied with events out here in the real world - a plethora of minor but pressing things - and that means this response is delayed. I hope I haven't offended by my tardiness. I think I may be trying to avoid visiting the blog as I have for quite a few years now, for fear of sentimentality. Don't look back, stiff upper lip etc etc :)

      But most importantly, thank you for such a generous and encouraging eulogy. TooBusyThinking was, as I believe you know, important to me in a variety of ways, from writing practice to the sheer pleasure of chatting to other folks. It's heartening to think that this space was of some small value in your own reading day, and a place where the likes of the wonderful Spandex is shared can't be all bad, can it?

      Thanks again for being so generous, and I hope the world will be treating you with exceptional kindness as the days roll on.

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  26. Late to the farewell party but yeah, all of the above!

    Be happy, Mr S!

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    1. Hello Karlos:- "Be happy" is a lovely exhortation; thank you! It's certainly my intention, and I must say, I wish you in all sincerity the very same in return. Be happy indeed :)

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  27. Bye, Colin. Thanks for all you've written. Best wishes for your future projects. Have fun!

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    1. Hello Yamandu:- Thank you!

      And thanks in return for popping here, swapping words and being a welcome good egg. I hope the world will be treating you with exceptional kindness.

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  28. Ditto, you're an inspiration and a challenge to me and others to think deeper not just about comics, but about all art.

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    1. Hello Seanan:- thank you for saying so. With an exceptionally wet and unseasonably chilly day outside, your words are all the more welcome :)

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  29. Sorry to see you go Colin and thank you for your supportive and insightful commentary over the years. All the best for your ongoing projects.

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    1. Hello Simon:- Thank you! For you to say so is very much appreciated.

      I hope the world is treating you with the utmost kindness, and that it will continue to do so.

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