MIKE GOLD: Name Dropping
Phase II is one week old, although I hasten to point out that tweaks and additions and improvements are being made literally every day. That sort of thing never ends, I’m told. Now that each of our weekly series are up here available for your perusal and entertainment – our second week installments begin tomorrow – there are a lot of people to thank. The “without whom” lists, each in alphabetical order, which I certainly hope are complete but know in my heart of hearts there will be people who are hiding in the recesses of my mind. To them, my embarrassed thanks and gratitude. We appreciate you all.
First and literally foremost, I want to thank my partners Brian Alvey and Glenn Hauman and our v-p Martha Thomases for service well above the call of duty: the 25 hour work days (which continue), the sacrifice of personal time (which continues), the “do-this-immediately” hysteria, and, most of all, for putting up with a psychotic E-I-C. You’re the best.
Next, our staff, columnists and contributors, including Mike Baron, Hilary Barta, Rick Burchett, Chris Burnham, Kai Connolly, Michael Davis, Joanna Estep, Ian Gibson, Mike Grell, Robert Greenberger, Bo Hampton, Marc Hempel, Lovern Kindzierski, Alan Kistler, Linda Lessman, William Messner-Loebs, Ric Meyers, Mary Mitchell, Adriane Nash, Dennis O’Neil, John Ostrander, Andrew Pepoy, Bob Pinaha, Michael H. Price, Bill Reinhold, Matt Raub, Mike Raub, Elayne Riggs, Nick Runge, Mark Ryan, Larry Shell, Joe Staton, Lisa Sullivan, Arthur Tebbel, John Tebbel, Robert Tinnell, Timothy Truman, Trevor Von Eeden, Mark Evan Walker, Shannon Weaver, Matt Webb, Mark Wheatley, Andrew Wheeler, Skip Williamson, and John Workman. We couldn’t ask for a better bunch of associates.
Our new site was designed by Andy Fraley and important pieces were added by Andre Lewis, Ryan Scheuermann and Michael Dinowitz. It runs on a new platform called Crowd Fusion built by Brian and his CTO and partner Craig Wood. Even if I don’t know what you’re talking about half the time, at least Brian does – and Glenn does a great job translating. Your efforts are right up there for all to see, and your fine work literally speaks for itself.
We’ve worked closely with lots of convention folk, including KC Carlson, Shelton Drumm, Rene and Michael George, David Glanzer, John McCarthy, and Roger Price. We thank you for helping us get the word out there, even when we were just in our t-shirt tease mode.
Our massive list of good friends, concept-testers, secret-keepers, and ComicMix players includes Niki Alvey, Jean Bails, Kyle Baker, Scott Beaderstadt, Mark Behar, Patrick Brower, Matthew Caldecutt, T Campbell, Gary Chaloner, Howard Cruse, Denys Cowan, Gwen David, Peter David, Dirk Deppey, Valerie D’Orazio, Johanna Draper-Carlson, Harlan Ellison, Paul Fricke, Dick Giordano, Liz Glass, Linda Gold, Stuart Gordon, Jamie Graham, Steven Grant, George Hagenauer, Jack C. Harris, Brandy Hauman, Steve Haynie, Shepard Hendrix, Steve Horton, Richard Howell, Tony Isabella, Kim Howard Johnson, David Lloyd, Jon Løvstad, Jay Lynch, Heidi MacDonald, Frank McLaughlin, Charlie Meyerson, Robert Morales, Alexander Ness, Mindy Newell, Michael Avon Oeming, Rick Oliver, Richard Pachter, Calvin Reid, Doug Rice, Steve Saffel, Peter Sanderson, Tom Spurgeon, Jeffrey Stevenson, Len Strazewski, Rick Taylor, and Rick Veitch. Thank you one and all.
And, sadly… our thanks to two long-time pals, Jerry Bails and Marshall Rogers, who didn’t make it to the Phase II launch. We really miss you guys.
Again, my thanks to those of you who are vacationing in a darker portion of my brainpan.
Finally, one of the most-asked questions I’ve received has been “is there a Phase III?” The answer is, of course, a resounding yes. I’d tell you all about it, but I’ve run out of space.
Mike Gold is editor-in-chief of ComicMix.