July 3, 2007 I began this blog. I admit it’s been somewhat neglected this past year, for several reasons. The main one is that I’ve been putting a lot of time into a family history project instead, one that I should be wrapping up this month. It’s meant for family members, but some parts of it may show up here in the future.
I’ve cut back my comics lettering and design work quite a bit in the past year, I’m now doing about a quarter of what I was few years ago. You’d think this would give me plenty of time for blogging, but it hasn’t proved to be so. Less involvement in making comics provides less incentive for writing about them, for one thing. Eventually I hope to get back to writing more about letterers like Ira Schnapp and Gaspar Saladino, I hope in the coming year.
I’m getting older, 68 now, and health issues and doctor visits are taking up more time for both myself and my wife Ellen. It seems to occupy about one full day a week on average between the two of us.
I’m still enjoying reading some comics, but not as many, and I’m no longer receiving many copies from publishers, so that’s also a factor. I do buy a few on Comixology and review those, if anybody’s even interested in what I think!
I’m also trying to get outside more, though not so much on 90 degree days like today.
Hope you all have a great summer, and check in here from time to time to see what’s new.
I always enjoy your posts Todd, please keep them coming! I do agree about modern comics though, I pick up relatively few these days. I concentrate more on filling in gaps from 1978-1991, my favourite era, to which you obviously contributed greatly. A few still appear now and again I like, I also write a few reviews on those I like.
Here’s to another 12 years!
I can relate to everything you’ve experienced. I’ll celebrate my 80th birthday soon and my wife, Victoria, will turn 70, so time spent dealing with health issues occupies much of our time. But, I must say that I’m happier than I’ve been in years and I’m enjoying creating visual art and writing more than ever. I look forward to reading more of your blog. Thank you for all you write.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed your lettering history posts, Todd. Crespi, Schnapp, Saladino, and dare I say, Yourself, all terrific and big contributors to the popularity of comics over the tears. Your blog is part of my morning coffee reading list. Thank you!