A year ago I decided to explore my passion for comics by creating my own website. I didn’t know how it would go or if people would even want to read it. All I knew is that I loved comics and I wanted to write about characters I connected with and stories that made me happy. Today marks the one year anniversary of The Comic Vault and it’s become bigger than I could have hoped for. I’ve achieved goals, discovered new characters, increased my knowledge and become even more passionate about comics.
With The Comic Vault turning one, I figured I’d recap 2017 and look back at what I’ve achieved. This time last year my anxiety was crippling and I felt like I was at one of my lowest points. I kept getting rejected from jobs and my self-esteem was very low, even though I’d graduated with a Masters in Creative Writing.
Twelve months later and I’m in a better place. I have a job I’m good at, I have my own flat that I’m renting and I’ve got my independence and health. My anxiety is still with me, but I feel like I’ve accepted it more. I’ve learned not to push it away and understand that I’m moving towards the kind of life I want to lead. Comics have been a big part of that journey and cosplay has helped. I’ve been able to cosplay as my favourite character Red Hood and I plan to go to more comic cons in 2018 with an updated costume.
The Comic Vault has expanded into interviewing cosplayers and people in the comic industry. Earlier this year I was able to interview Batman and 2000 AD artist Dave Taylor about his work. I’ve also had the pleasure of having people send me their independent comics and reviewing them on the blog. It’s a reminder that people enjoy reading The Comic Vault and they want to be a part of it by having their independent comics out in the world.
My own writing career has developed, with my Shadows At Dawn novelette appearing in the Saturnalia anthology of Hyperion and Theia. It’s even better because it was my first paid story as a fiction writer and strengthens my resolve. I know I was meant to be a writer and I’ll continue to do what I love.
I’m looking forward to what 2018 brings and The Comic Vault will continue to develop. I’ve got some new features planned and more underrated characters to put in the spotlight. I’d like to thank every reader and follower who has taken the time to look over the website. You give me a reason to keep it going. I thought I’d take a look back at the ten most popular posts of 2017 on The Comic Vault. Happy holidays and I’ll see you in the new year!
1. Who Is Wolverine’s True Love?
2. Talia Al Ghul And Her Relationship With The Bat Family
3. Why Vegeta Is Better Than Goku
4. How Red Hood And The Outlaws Makes You Care About Bizarro
5. Batman: Under The Red Hood Review
6. Manipulation, Bisexuality and Badassery With Daken
7. Spider-Man: Maximum Carnage Review
8. Artemis And The Art Of Being An Amazon
9. Falcio Val Mond And The Struggle Of The Greatcoats
10. Beneath The Pages: Dexter Soy