2017, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways.
This was an intense year for comic books/ collectibles both locally and nationally. It was a year which saw the beginning of the collapse of an era of huge growth in the comic convention scene. Nationwide, some did well and others completely collapsed. We had a large influx of great talent to writing and art, thanks to independent comic book companies and big publishers alike. We saw huge story lines run through DC (Dark Nights Metal) and Marvel (Secret Empire). We almost lost huge talents (Brian Michael Bendis) and sadly lost some forever (Len Wein, Bernie Wrightson, Rich Buckler). Long time comic book stores closed, some around as long as 30 years, and new stores popped up with hopeful enthusiasm and a new generation of innovation. We saw some huge natural disasters: fires in California, hurricanes in Florida, Puerto Rico and history setting flooding in Houston from Hurricane Harvey. What did I see through all of this? People everywhere reaching out and helping where they could. I felt it very distinctly from everyone in our industry. We were sent money, comics, collectibles, art and more to help raise money for local families that lost everything that they had, some of which came from people I have never met, but stepped to our aid in our time of need. We even received donations from the families that we were raising money for. They gave what little survived to help others who lost all.
This. This is what it means to be a community. This is why I do what I do, and God willing, will continue to do for years to come. If you haven’t heard it yet this year: You are loved. You belong.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for another wonderful year. Ms. Jen