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.
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.
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.