Since I can no longer remember the exact date, we’ll simply pick one somewhere around the midpoint of 2014 and say that, in one form or another, TIAH (or “The Issue At Hand”) has been a part of my life for twenty years!
“The Issue At Hand” began in 1994 as an APA and Fanzine column and, in 2008, became a Blog. It ran in four different fan-publications over the years. Its final paper installment occurred in 2012, and (for better or for worse – you decide) blogs on to this day and beyond.
Step back and think about how many things any of us have done consecutively and unbroken for twenty years! …Anything that doesn’t involve “watching THE SIMPSONS”, that is.
Just in my own life (SIMPSONS, notwithstanding) it’s difficult to find many things that have been the constant that TIAH has, over that twenty year span. I lived somewhere else, worked somewhere else, and was even married to someone else. …So much for “Life’s Big Three”!
Heck, there was even a period along the way where I didn’t watch THE SIMPSONS, so TIAH may indeed be it! Okay, there were some runs of comic books that I may have bought faithfully over a twenty year period – assuming they ran consecutively for a “straight twenty years” – but there’s no comic book title over the period of 1994 – 2014 that I can say that about.
|Note the "Number of Cents" this comic cost!|
And, before the age of “TV on DVD”, I can’t even say that about a TV show – because there would be periods where a particular show simply wasn’t being run.
TIAH has continued and solidified old friendships, and provided me with new ones. It has influenced others to write, and later to Blog. I’m tremendously proud of that.
And, I’m both gratified – and, frankly, grateful – that so many of you continue to stop by and make this endeavor “The Great Fun Thing It Is”, with your input!
In defiance of the expected cliché, I will not promise “another twenty years”, but I WILL just keep doing what I do, and hope that you all continue to visit!