Doug: In the past during some surveys we've run, many of you have said that the Blog Archive feature on the sidebar is where you most often head for some spelunking. A glance over there will show that we've for the most part been a daily blog since July 2010. That's a lot of posts! And we've been faithful through our own vacations, illnesses, and creative lapses. But Karen and I have always attempted to maintain a passion for this blog and our daily audience, especially our regular commenters -- you 20-or-so readers are near and dear to the BAB community. That being said, we have decided to pull back a bit for the time being.
Doug: For me, this has definitely been a labor of love -- I've said that often. But lately, and I hate to confess this, I've hit somewhat of a creative wall. I've expressed this to Karen that sometimes when I sit down to write it just doesn't come easy (cue the George Harrison version of It Don't Come Easy). And it has affected the pace of the blog. If you could see the queue, it is sometimes built out over a month in advance. Lately, we've been catching up to ourselves, and that has perhaps created a bit more pressure to bring our product on a daily basis. So, after an editorial board meeting over the weekend, we've decided to go back to our original imagining of the Bronze Age Babies -- posts three times each week.
Karen: I have to echo Doug's sentiments. I love the blog, love getting up each morning and checking everyone's comments, but lately there's been a lot going on that's dividing my time. I have to say my blog partner has taken on more than his share of work here, for which I have been grateful. But going back to our three a week schedule will help us both.
Doug: We hope this scheduling change won't affect our readership, which is pretty strong. We would hate to feel like we are letting down any of the almost-300 people who call this a home on a daily basis. But in order to maintain our high level of quality, a scaling-back is necessary. You can still look for all of our regular features -- they'll come along, as they always do. But as a way to get your fix, we'd definitely encourage going back through some of our many comic book reviews and other topics, like the Open Forums. Go ahead and make a comment, even on an older post -- we'll see it. There's no reason for an old conversation to be "dead".
Karen: There have been a number of times where people have revisited an older topic and brought a new perspective to it, which is always nice.
Doug: And thanks so much for the interaction over the past 26+ months. This is really a fun place to hang out -- we look forward to the comments rolling in as each day goes by. You provide a service to us as much as we hopefully do for you.
Our collaborators, Martinex1 and Redartz, have opened a new blog called Back in the Bronze Age... If you have liked the sorts of topics seen here on Bronze Age Babies, then you are going to feel right at home at Back in the Bronze Age... Give them a visit!
Karen and Doug
Bronze Age Babies, Unite!
On Sunday, 4/23/17, Martinex1, Doug, and Redartz gathered for a day of fun at C2E2 in Chicago. It was great to finally meet in person after years of online cameraderie.
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Karen and Doug met on the Avengers Assemble! message board back in September 2006. On June 16 2009 they went live with the Bronze Age Babies blog, sharing their love for 1970s and '80s pop culture with readers who happen by each day. You'll find conversations on comics, TV, music, movies, toys, food... just about anything that evokes memories of our beloved pasts!
Doug is a high school social science teacher and department chairman living south of Chicago; he also does contract work for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He is married with two adult sons and a daughter-in-law.
Karen originally hails from California and now works in scientific research/writing in the Phoenix area. She often contributes articles to Back Issue magazine. She is married. She hangs out with Joe Biden occasionally.
Believe it or not, the Bronze Age Babies have never spoken to each other...
We don't own property rights for any of the images we show on Bronze Age Babies -- those copyrights are retained by their respective owners. Most images are from books, etc. that we have individually purchased, while others have been copied from the Internet. All images are displayed here for the purpose of education and review within the "fair use" terms of U.S. Code: Title 17, Sec. 107. If we've used something we shouldn't have, please ask and we'll take it down. Thank you -- Doug and Karen
Dig Karen's Work Here? Then You Should Check Her Out in Back Issue!
BI #44 is available for digital download and in print. I've read Karen's article on reader reaction to Gerry Conway's ASM #121-122, and it's excellent. This entire magazine was fun! -- Doug
Back Issue #45
As if Karen's work on Spidey in the Bronze Age wasn't awesome enough, she's at it again with a look at the romance of the Vision and the Scarlet Witch in Back Issue's "Odd Couples" issue -- from TwoMorrows!
Karen's talking the Mighty Thor in the Bronze Age!
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