Goodbye, So Long, Farewell…

I have been staring at the screen for a while now, trying to figure out some poetic or snappy way to make the announcement that I am shutting down STR.  But I guess I just did it.

And that feels about right.

As of today I am officially ending Stumptown Trade Review.  It is bitter sweet because the reason I am doing it is not because of a lack of interest, or some subversive outside forces, or even just a lack of material.  I am closing it down to focus on creating and publishing comics.

Like most people, I started out reading comics as a child.  I’d doodle in my notebooks and imagine what it would be like to be Iron Man.  As I grew older, I kept reading, but wanted to get more involved.  When Thor made the suggestion that we should have a podcast about independent comics, I jumped at the chance.  Soon I was interviewing creators, reading books, and writing reviews.  It was fantastic!

Then I met Keri.  She was an artist looking for something to draw.  I opened up a new tab on my computer and pounded out the script for what would become Paris in the 20th Century.  Lo and behold, two years later I held the published book in my hands.  A few short weeks later and we had sold our first issue to someone neither of us knew.  I was officially part of the comics publishing world.

I met Vaughn, another talented artist in search of a project.  We teamed up and began working on Shelby Stone and the Tomb of Ta’aora.  With two titles under my belt, I launched Kilted Comics as an opportunity to share these comics and the comics of my friends and collaborators with the world.

And then a funny thing happened.  I found myself thinking more about Kilted Comics than STR.  I found myself with new ideas for my own books.  Every time I read a book for review, instead of opening the laptop and writing that review, I polished a script or jotted down a new idea.  STR languished.

So it is time to pull the plug.

It has been an amazing journey.  I have met some truly fantastic people, and had opportunities which boggle the mind.  None of this would have been possible without STR and the people who read it.  So thank you all who visited, read, commented, or just stopped by to see an interview.  It has been wonderful.  But now it is time to move on and take the next step.  What fantastic people will i meet?  What mind-blowing opportunities will come my way?  There is only one way to find out.

So I’ll be seeing you.

-Brian

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