As I write these words on the final Friday of 2007, I’m already tired of all the “best of” lists on all the media, so I’m going to go in the other direction and point my antennae towards the future. Chipper li’l guy that I am, here’s some of the reasons why I’m looking forward to 2008.
• Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark in the Iron Man movie. I can’t think of a better casting choice, except maybe for Howard Chaykin – and I’m not sure Chaykin could pull off the moustache thing. Downey’s got the right look, the right attitude… we’ll see if he gets the right screenplay.
• The inauguration of ComicMix: Phase Three and ComicMix: Phase Four. Actually, Brian tells us Phase Four might be ready before Phase Three. If so, we’ll probably rename Phase Four Phase Three. I went to school for this, you know.
• The end of Campaign 2008. Maybe we’ll get somebody worthy of the job. There’s a better chance of that if we all go out and vote at least once. I suspect I’ll be voting twice, as I once registered in Chicago.
• The most amazing and astonishing Munden’s Bar story ever told. With luck, we’ll have it done in 2008. It’ll be worth the wait.
• The end of the WGA strike in such a fashion that it doesn’t chase away the few people of genuine talent left in the movie and teevee business.
• The first volume of The Complete Little Orphan Annie, coming February 25th from my buddies at IDW and my ol’ pal Dean Mullaney. This tome reprints Harold Gray’s classic strip from its beginning in 1924 through some point in 1927, and I’ve only read some of this material. It’ll be interesting to see Gray’s skills as a storyteller develop and to see Annie’s personality form (trivia fact: did you know Annie’s real last name is Coulter?). Oh, yeah, and maybe I’ll be able to figure out how Gray sold the strip to my hero, Captain Joe Patterson, despite the unimpeachable fact that he couldn’t draw a line with a straight-edge. And, clearly, he had never even seen a dog.
• Working with Tony Isabella, Mark Ryan, Stuart Gordon, Bryan Talbot, John K. Snyder III, Dick Giordano and Frank McLaughlin on new ComicMix projects, to name but a few. The best part of this job is the ability to work with old friends who also happen to be ungodly talented.
• The Cubs World Series victory. I figure they can do it once every 100 years, and if the Chicago Tribune sells them fast enough, maybe there’s a remote chance they’ll pull it off. Just don’t sell the naming rights to Wrigley Field. And if they sell it to Macy’s, I’ll expatriate permanently.
I’m sure you’ve got your own ideas, and of course we’d love to hear them and make genuinely witty comments and such. But even if you don’t make your dreams known to us all, on behalf of my friends here at ComicMix I thank you for a fantastic first year and wish you all the happiest of new years.
ComicMix's award-winning and spectacularly shy editor-in-chief Mike Gold also performs the weekly two-hour Weird Sounds Inside The Gold Mind ass-kicking rock, blues and blather radio show on The Point, www.getthepointradio.com and on iNetRadio, www.iNetRadio.com (search: Hit Oldies) every Sunday at 7:00 PM Eastern, rebroadcast three times during the week – check www.getthepointradio.com above for times and on-demand streaming information.