We’re going on an indefinite hiatus

How to Love Comics has been navigating the confusing world of comics and helping new readers for eight years. While I’ve found it deeply rewarding and often a lot of fun, I’ve realised that it’s time for an extended break. As the title of this post suggests, How to Love Comics is going on an indefinite hiatus.

Why? To be honest with you, when it comes to running a website – either on your own or with contributors – it can be extremely stressful and time-consuming. It has become a second full-time job that has taken most of my free time and mental energy. While this is fine from time to time, I’ve become burned out from it after a prolonged period.

Running the website has also changed my relationship with reading comics. It used to be leisurely and fun. However, reading became a chore when I had to constantly speed through comics and graphic novels at a faster-than-leisurely pace so I could write about them. While I tried to align reading with my interests, I turned reading comics into homework instead of a fun hobby.

When will I be back? I have no idea. If I return, it will require a different operating rhythm. However, there’s the possibility that I won’t come back at all.

While the above reads like How to Love Comics has been a rough experience, I can tell you that it hasn’t been all bad. The website has been rewarding and lots of fun for a very long time. I’ve been lucky enough to meet heaps of wonderful people along the way. Overall, it’s been a fantastic learning experience where I grew as a writer, critic, and coder.

I’m going to take this time away from the site for self-care and relaxation. This includes:

  • Spending more time with my wife, greyhound, and friends.
  • Reading comics with no obligations – starting with the giant pile of unread comics and graphic novels on my bedside table.
  • Relaxing my busy mind.
  • Learning how to play chess beyond the basics

In case I don’t return to the site – I want to share some thank yous.

  • First of all, to my long-suffering wife and occasional proofreader, Luci. I deeply appreciate how patient you have been with all of the How to Love Comics’ nonsense.
  • To everyone who has contributed a piece of content for the site. Thank you so much for your passion and unique insights.
  • To anybody who has visited the site, who was an advocate for it, or who reached out with questions. I wouldn’t have done it for so long without knowing that the site was genuinely helpful for new and existing readers.

The site is not going away altogether. I believe it’s an excellent resource, so I’ll keep paying hosting for as long as people find value in it. 

While HTLC is on hiatus, here are some excellent resources to help people make sense of comics and what to read.

Comic Book Herald: I know a lot of people come to HTLC for the reading orders. While I’m away, Dave and the crew will have you covered for all of the upcoming events and crossovers.

Comics XF’s Primer: Comics XF recently launched a resource called Primer, which is a place to discover where to start reading certain characters.

In addition, here are some other excellent sites if you want to read more broadly about comics: Shelfdust, Women Write About Comics, Comics Beat, Newsarama, NeoText, Comics Bookcase, Adventures in Poor Taste, Solrad, Gatecrashers, and Broken Frontier.

With that, I’m going to take a well earned break. Keep reading plenty of comics and I’ll see you sometime in the future.

Trevor

PS: You’ll still be able to find me on my personal Twitter. Feel free to follow me if you’re interested in my insights on comics, what I’m reading, and other nonsense.

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Comments (24)

  • I found this site a few months back and it has helped me a lot. Thank you for this website and best of luck to you.

  • I found this site several months ago and really enjoyed the content. It sucks that you are stepping away from this but let’s hope you can come back refreshed and ready to jump into giving us more articles in the future. Take care of yourself and your wife.

    Erik

  • I just discovered HTLC recently and you have helped me so much these past couple of weeks with the Drak Nights: Metal and Robin War reading order. And I just wanted to say thank you so much for all the help!!!

  • Just happened to come to this site for the first time in a long while and saw this post. While I no longer visit this site regularly, when I first started reading comics about 6 years ago I came across your site and it was SO helpful as a new reader. Like many other new readers I was confused about how it all worked, and even intimidated at the huge number of comics I could choose from. Your reading orders, jumping on points, and helpful tips made things so much easier.

    Over the years I have directed dozens of new readers here so that they could have help figuring it all out as well. And I’m glad you decided to keep the site up for now, so I can continue to share it.

    Thanks for all your hard work!

  • Wow, its sad in a selfish ki d of way to read this, i dont remember when i first discovered your iNCREDIBLE site but i has become an ENORMOUS favorite in this time (i think it was during the pandemic since thanks to it Ive been abl to read comics again an i used your site to start again in the latest events (NOW i remember! it was while reading Empyre!, and your site had the BEST reading order out there). on the other hand, i tottaly understand you and hope you get the rest you deserve, enjoy your wife, your friends, your pet and your life as much as you can. Thank you for the beautiful gift that is this site and for the years of dedication you gave us, your reader. Farewell, my friend. and THANK YOU

  • Hey Trevor – Totally understand and thank you. I discovered the site during the Batman-Joker war and it was very cool to be able to read everything sequincially and pick-up the crossover issues and would not be able to have done it without you. At the same time, comic books should never become a chore and frankly stories should not be so complicated that you need a site to navigate a story arc.

    I wish you the best of luck and thank you again – Vinny

  • Hi, it’s very sad, as I recently beloved your site as very good source of fast event reading. Before I used comicbookreadingorders (they have very little updates in last few years) and comicbookherald (impressive site, but their orders are too long with not describing jumping-on-points very well).
    But I understand you feelings. I’ve started in January blog about digital comics with regular reviews of DC Digital Firsts, have some good reading numbers as for Slovakia (it was in english), but at half of April I’ve practically ended with it with very same reasons as you are writing. I wish you luck and I wish to us that you will find way how to continue with this incredible site.

  • Hey, Trevor! I’ve been with the site for years and it helped me so much in navigating the complicated world of comics, especially in my earlier days of getting into the hobby. Just wanted to say how grateful I am for the monumental job you did here. I wish you all the best, you definitely earned a break. Thank you, and take care.

  • i m french your site help me so much to chose what i read
    Thanks you so much for all
    You ll must be pay buy Marvel (disney) and DC you gave them so much publicity.

    • Hahaha, I’m definitely not being paid by Marvel or DC. They don’t even send me review copies.

  • Thank you so much for all this years. This site was fundamental in my coming back to reading comics constantly.
    I hope you can rest, and maybe come back eventually, if you want to.
    Love from Chile 🇨🇱

  • Thanks for what you worked on! At the end of the day comics should be a leisurely hobby – reading, collecting and learning. You helped me and I’m sure lots of other folks do that. I hope you go back to the fun part of it yourself!

  • Thanks for all the hours put into this site. I enjoyed the articles and the personal nature of the writing. It felt like a good friend talking comics with me. All the best.

  • Sounds like a good decision. You’ve done a great job which I have enjoyed for years and you leave an excellent resource behind that I will continue to use. Thanks heaps. Enjoy your family, your life and your comics.

  • I’ve been a big fan of your site for years now. Thanks for the work you’ve done and please enjoy your well earned break. I do hope you come back soon… but not too soon! Stay safe!!