Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Task Force Diabolu
Before I had a blog, one of my pet peeves was posting a comment to others, and being forced to enter a word verification. This was like having to constantly renew your password, and because the text was intentionally distorted, it often took multiple tries to post what I wanted to say every single time I tried to say something (or lose it entirely to gremlins.) To me, it's a disincentive to dialogue, and I refuse to use it on any of my blogs. However, after dealing with my first bit of spam, I decided I need a filter, and chose comment moderation. This meant I would get to read ever single comment offered on any of my blogs before it was posted for my approval or refusal. I love this, but suspect that, given The Idol-Head of Diabolu's generally low post count, that others feel differently. I suspect it suppresses "open speech," and given I'm only around for a while each day, it forces people to sit and wait until I come to release their words. Alternately, the Manhunter from Mars isn't that popular a character, and I can be quite a bore in my posting.
Anyway, I've been very pleased with the elevated amounts of discourse in recent months, and have always been impressed with the quality. In fact, as my offline life has kept me from regular timely posting in the last year, many of you have stepped in to help out with material. Lord knows, Tom Hartley has routinely saved you all from another blasted sketch post by crafting actual, thoughtful content! While I have neither the time nor inclination to try to create a virtual clubhouse or "street team" or whatever, I did want to take a moment to sincerely and from the bottom of my heart thank all of you readers... especially those who've helped keep the blog running with their suggestions and submissions. Please keep the love coming, and if you want to start referring to yourselves as the "J'Onn J'Onzz Justice Leaguers" or somesuch and fill in your Justice League Task Force Official Membership Card, that's all on you. I'm just glad you're here, and anyway, it's all about doing right for our favorite Martian, aye?
As for myself, I'm really going to put forth an effort to get the blog balanced again. I've made a lot of unfulfilled promises here in the past that I'll dedicate the next nine months to tackling. Hopefully, by the start of year four, the Vile Menagerie will have thirty-six proper entries, and I'll have synopsized every Arnold Hugo appearance, and the "Summer of Saturn" will finally end, and all those buttons to the right will be back up to date. Also, I'm dedicating this year to the "worst of" stories that led to Black Lantern J'Onn J'Onzz. Expect more zombies, more coneheads, more satellite JLA junk, and God help me, more Malefic.
As for tomorrow, I'll hopefully have a really intriguing topic contributed by LissBirds concerning the Golden Age, and there's more Martian Manhunter Archives in the works, so I hope you folks enjoy and contribute!