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Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Blogus Interruptus

My power is out. We're on hour 5 and counting. Again. (It went out for a long stretch back in late March, but you probably didn't know that since I made an effort not to let it interrupt April Fool's Day.)

Anyway, this isn't supposed to be a tirade about the disappointing state of my local powergrid. The point here is that I didn't have anything pre-loaded in the blogging pipeline, so this is all the blog content you're going to get today.

Enjoy the hiatus. Consider this a good opportunity to get off the Internet. Go smell some roses or something.

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Monday, May 1, 2023

Circle of Life

Recent years have been pretty good to us, Booster boosters, but a growing lack of evidence indicates that we may very well be entering another drought of Booster Gold comics.

There have been many long stretches between new in-continuity appearances in Booster's nearly 4 decade career. The longest drought was the 574-day streak between 2015's Bat-Mite #4 and 2017's Booster Gold/The Flintstones Special. (And if you're the sort who considers that Flintstones crossover to be out of continuity, it would be another 239 days until Action Comics #992!) You might notice that gap correlates with DC's "Rebirth" period, during which DC was too busy course correcting from the New 52 debacle to devote much space to characters who don't appear regularly on kid's pajamas and party favors. I don't think it's a coincidence that the current fade-out is occurring simultaneously with another line-wide relaunch (this time correcting for Crisis on Infinite Earths?).

Anyway, the point here isn't to criticize DC's backwards-looking publishing strategy. (I mean, I am looking forward to the Fire & Ice miniseries, although that won't come out until September.) The point is to try and figure out how can weather the storm — or, more accurately, the lack of one.

What shall I post about in a Booster Gold news vacuum? New news mostly writes itself, but trying to generate content from whole cloth takes time and creativity I don't always have. I've been thinking about rerunning some old content on the theory that it might reach a new audience. (Does anyone ever read old blog posts?) I don't really want to cut back on the number of days I post, but is that the better solution if it keeps the quality of my posts higher? If anyone has any good ideas, I'm all ears.

In the meantime, let's all hope that I'm misreading the signs, and we'll be getting plenty of new Booster Gold comics sooner rather than later.

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Friday, January 27, 2023

More Than Just a Pretty Blog

Three times a week, I post something here about Booster Gold — a comic panel, a pop culture reference, fan art — whatever I can find to fill the space. But is much more than this blog. In fact, the blog is actually an afterthought, a net cast to catch more eyeballs for what this site is really all about: cataloging Booster Gold's comic book adventures.

If you look beyond the front page, you'll find many, many comics. If you like, you can find lists of those comics sorted by chronology or Booster's prominence in the story or every Booster Gold comic ever.

There are also lists of characters who have crossed Booster's path and lists of the comics they've appeared in together. (For example, Blue Beetle).

Do you have a favorite artist? Have they worked on a Booster Gold comic? There's are lists for those too, by role and individual artists. (For example, Kevin Maguire.)

There's a cover gallery, a showcase of house ads, a timeline of key events, a map of adventure locations. And, to coin a phrase, that's just scratching the surface!

In other words, is an amusement park for fans of the original Corporate Crusader. It's open 24/7, and it's free! What more could you want?

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Friday, September 2, 2022

My Favorite Pages: Booster Gold 8

My Favorite Pages

As a general rule for this series, I'm going to try to steer away from full-page panels. But sometimes they're just too good to ignore.

Like this page from Booster Gold volume 1, number 8, depicting the very first flight of Booster Gold in costume:

© DC Comics

This selection will come as no surprise to longtime boosters, as it was the panel selected to be basis of the imagemap for this site's original homepage in June 2007:

© DC Comics

What a long, strange trip it's been, eh, Booster?

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

It's Not You, It's Me

It sounds a stupid thing to type out loud, but I'm having a hard time mustering enthusiasm for posting about Booster Gold.

It's not Booster's fault. I'm having a hard time mustering enthusiasm for just about anything right now.

Independence Day happens to be my favorite holiday, so I'm just going to take an extended weekend off and hope that the spirit of John Adams will reinvigorate me. (He always had a knack for mustering enthusiasm, that John Adams.)

While I'm on leave, if you're in need of some Boosterrific entertainment this weekend, perhaps you'll enjoy the recent JLUCast podcast on the topic of the undisputed greatest Justice League Unlimited episode, "The Greatest Story Never Told," starring one Booster Gold. I must admit that I haven't mustered the enthusiasm to listen to it myself, but I trust Shag and company over at The Fire and Water Podcast Network to do good work.

Enjoy your weekend.

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