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Comics Z-To-A

Well, that’s that! A month of daily content at Longbox Graveyard.

Comics A-To-Z was half-gimmick/half-sincere attempt to jumpstart this blog (and my blogging habits). I rate it … a half-success!

WHAT WORKED

Views!

Daily content goosed my views here at Longbox Graveyard. Even with a short month, February 2018 is tracking to be my best month since November of 2016. Traffic is up 70% from January, when I didn’t post any new content at all.

So, new content = increased views.

(In other news, water is wet).

tell me something I didn’t know

Engagement!

I positioned this blog series as a conversation prompt, and it worked — pretty much every post drew reader comments, here and on Twitter, and it was a joy to correspond with readers old and new over the comic of the day. It was especially good to see some old names pop up. With such low-stakes subject matter the conversation is about what I was hoping for, too — just well-intentioned fans sharing their own favorite comics series, or reminiscing about what made a day’s entry resonate with them. Good stuff.

nice to see you

Twitter!

Like this blog, my Twitter channel has been neglected as of late, and Comics A-To-Z helped bring it back a bit. My analytics show the usual slow decay of Followers but anecdotally I know I’ve been on that service a lot more in the past month, and I discussed comics to a decent degree over there. There’s a lot of overlap between this blog and my Twitter presence but it isn’t 100%, so it is nice to reach people that might not otherwise comment at Longbox Graveyard.

I will also be memorializing this month’s project with my first “Twitter Moment,” so we will see how that goes.

always happy to hear from readers

WHAT DIDN’T WORK

Daily Blogging!

Setting aside that I may have lost people by blowing up their In-Box, or that this past month’s articles at Longbox Graveyard were even more ephemeral than usual, blogging every day might not have been the brightest idea because it didn’t quite do the job of rebuilding my blogging habit. And that’s largely because this daily blog was anything but daily for me.

The series was front-loaded — pretty much the entire thing was written over a long weekend a month ago, then scheduled for daily publication. This isn’t a bad thing — I’ve run the blog like this for years — but it didn’t do much to exercise my blogging muscles.

Mostly this was down to necessity. February was a month of upheaval for my secret identity. While Comics A-To-Z rolled out each day on Longbox Graveyard, in the background I was flying back and forth between Vancouver and California, quitting my job, packing my apartment into the back of my car, and then driving 1300 miles south from British Columbia and back to my old place in Southern California. Mix in some job interviews and a new job starting next week and you can see it was an eventful month. (And if you were wondering why my comment replies came in big waves, rather than day-by-day, now you know).

Anyway, I come out of the last month resolved to keep blogging at Longbox Graveyard, but whether I set my frequency at “Every Damn Day” or “Whenever The Infrequent Whim Strikes” remains to be seen.

I will get things dialed in eventually (or maybe I won’t)

WHAT’S NEXT?

I dunno. I have some ideas. I’ll be back in March! (But not every day).

Thanks for reading and commenting!

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“Z” Is For …

… Zot! (1984)

And this is a total cheat — I’ve never read Zot! I bought the omnibus for my kid, though. That’s as close as I got!

Have I missed something great in the key of Z?

Let me know in the comments, below!

Check out the complete Longbox Graveyard Comics A-To-Z HERE!

And join me back here tomorrow as I wrap-up the month-long trip through the comic book alphabet.

“Y” Is For …

… Young Justice! (1998)

As we get to the end of the alphabet, I find myself stretching the definition of the idea for this series.

Sure, there’s a Young Justice comic series. I’ve heard good things about it. But I haven’t read it — my affection for Young Justice owes entirely to the animated series. It died an untimely death, but is coming back for another season. Unfortunately, it will stream exclusively on Bluetooth wireless smart refrigerator networks (or some equally-obscure service Warners is trying to get on its feet) so I guess it might as well still be cancelled to me.

Am I missing a great “Y” book? Shout it out!

Read more about Young Justice at Longbox Graveyard:

Check out the complete Longbox Graveyard Comics A-To-Z HERE!

“X” Is For …

… The X-Men and the Micronauts! (1984)

Far and away the best X-title Marvel every produced!

Nah, who am I kidding? I forgot this series as soon as I read it. I list it here just to fill out the letter and to get a little face-time for my beloved Micronauts.

There are an absolute blizzard of “X” books, nearly all of them mutant books from Marvel. I’ve already confessed by love for Uncanny X-Men — now you need to tell me which (if any) of the auxillery X-books I should read. I’m sure there is a pony somewhere in that pile.

X-press yourself, in the comments section below!

Check out the complete Longbox Graveyard Comics A-To-Z HERE!

“W” Is For …

… Warlock! (1972)

Since I already picked Captain Marvel earlier in this blog series, there’s really no choice but to book-end things with Jim Starlin’s other cosmic hero — Warlock.

I suppose that Thanos is really Starlin’s most important cosmic character. Warlock and Captain Marvel share Thanos as a nemesis, and Thanos has far eclipsed them both in the popular imagination, and getting built up as the Big Bad of Marvel’s movie franchise. I have my hopes that Warlock will soon pop from that cocoon we saw at the end of the last Guardians movie, but whoever shows up on screen will likely have little to do with the fabulous space hippie that Jim Starlin made his own in this brief 1970s series, picking up where his Captain Marvel run left off, and replacing much of Cap’s action with romance and Hamlet-like dramatics. If Captain Marvel was a superhero book set in space, Warlock was a full-on space opera, and if the series bottomed out with space sharks, it also gave us a great and boundry-pushing run as Warlock took on his own future self in the form of a power-mad cosmic messiah.

Pip the Troll was awesome, too.

There are doubtless better “W” books out there, but Warlock is my favorite. How about you?

Honorable Mentions:

  • The Walking Dead (2003)
  • Werewolf by Night (1972)
  • Warlord (1976)
  • Wonder Woman (1942)
  • Wonder Woman (1987)
  • World’s Finest Comics (1941)
  • Watchmen (1986)

Read more about Warlock at Longbox Graveyard:

Check out the complete Longbox Graveyard Comics A-To-Z HERE!

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