State of Extremely Uncanny 2021
This year was one that was filled with experimentation. I aimed to set out to blog and write more this year and compared to the past few years, this was a success. I had a far more productive Spring and even summer than fall which has been nonexistent. That said I posted numerous articles and posts to this site without repeating any old ones from the vaults. I will take that as a win.
The problem I’ve had with this year has been “What is the identity of Extremely Uncanny?” It started out as a personal blog whose title was a portmanteau of my common internet handles over the last decade. I went from just doing random comic post to doing a Spawn Column to doing a Superman Column to doing new comic reviews and previews. I felt like I lost the plot here. I wanted to do everything but never stuck around long enough to have it flesh out.
After getting diagnosed with ADHD (unsurprising given my executive disfunctions and mountain of hobbies), I am settling in, and I can use the focused totality of my brain on tasks again. This includes tackling the History of Heroes Reborn #2- The Rogers Identity.
New things are on their way for rest of 2021
There have been a few Thanksgiving comics to have come out over the years and I wanted to explore them. Last year’s Christmas Specials were fun to do, and I wanted to continue that this year with another holiday dear to my heart.
I will be looking at a few comics for sure. Still tweaking the list. Be on the lookout for that next week.
History of Heroes Reborn #2
The most (in)famous Heroes Reborn arc has been covered. From its troubled development to its astonishingly precedent story telling. Rob Liefeld’s Captain America is certainly one to talk about. I think it\’s Rob\’s Magnum Opus. No, really. You can read it to find out why. It\’s written but I need to edit it and gather the images. This will be out the Week of 11-29.
I haven’t settled on a format just yet, but I am kicking around several for this year’s Christmas Project. I am excited for this one. I will have more information in the next couple weeks.
Extremely Uncanny turns 1
Okay this is a bit shaky. A proto-Extremely Uncanny dates to 2019, but that doesn’t count. One December 7th, it will be 1 year since the first post on the site. Not sure what I will do but wanted to point it out.
Best of 2021 Article
I will talk about what comics and other media that has stuck with me over this year. Quite excited for this one. I get to talk about comics I forgot to talk about over the year. Lots of great stuff in comics and tv for me.
Looking to the Future:
What is the identity of Extremely Uncanny going forward?
What I can say Extremely Uncanny will be is my blog. Not just a comics blog. Yeah, I want to go back to look at old comics from the past. I want to explore storylines and events. I want to do more than just write about the newest issue of X-men. I also want to talk about music, movies, and games. I just want to talk about what I am enjoying. The intent was for me to have a long form writing site. Instead, I tried to morph the site into something that it wasn’t or at least sustainable.
It is funny considering that when I started Extremely Uncanny in December of 2020, I stated that I didn’t want to do new comic reviews because they are hard to write regularly, I don’t get the traffic from them, and they are not evergreen. Worst of all, the grind creates burnout. Now, will I review new comics again? Can’t rule it out but it will be a different format going forward.
What to expect in 2022
Well, you will see more frequent posts. The goal is 1 post a week. In addition to that, I will be posting stuff from my archives. I lost a lot of articles over the years from my nomadic nature. Yet through some digging I have managed to secure a bulk of the more evergreen posts. I will be posting them throughout the year. It may be buffer for skip weeks.
I do want to continue some of the columns I started in the last year. I will be resuming my Marvel event retrospectives along with Weekend Binge Recommendations. The event retrospectives has been a project I\’ve been wanting to do for sometime and I really want to finish it. The Weekend Binge Recommendation is just a fun change of pace. Only put out one of them this year but it allows me to talk about why you should read a story instead of breaking it down.
History of Heroes Reborn will continue. I have at least 3-4 articles planned in that series. It is one of my favorites to write but takes a lot more time than the others.
I have many ideas for next year that I am looking to focus into something fun. I have found routine, and planning has really helped me manage my ADHD challenges. I am looking at 2022 being even a better year.