The end (or the unrelenting, permanent optimism for comics)

This is my 475th article.  I’m done.  I’ve accomplished every goal I set out for myself and am 100% proud of the work and effort I put into this blog.  This moment came gradually this month as Reddit exploded one of my articles (this one) past 100,000 hits.  And trust me, I’m incredibly grateful that I could help so many people experience such an amazing comic book story.  I truly hope the readers reignited their comic book love or continued to fuel whatever comic passion burned within them.  That was always my number one goal and for that, every hour spent on this website has been absolutely worth it.  I regret nothing.  But all those hits also made painfully aware of my second, selfish goal.

I hoped this website would act as a platform to catapult my own portfolio and writing abilities, and in that respect, I’ve done all I could.  It’s time I move on to other projects – because while I’m indebted to all of you who have made this website the incredible success it is – I also know you guys come for the comics and not my little paragraphs every four or five pictures.  As you should, by the way. I argue vehemently that every writer, artist, inker, colorist, and editor I’ve ever included on this website is a genius.  Just like superheroes, they are our betters and it’s an absolute privilege for us to read and enjoy their work.  But now I’m going to work on me.

For my final article, I want to show you a scene that I believe encompasses everything magnificent about comic’s modern age.  We live in a time of brilliant storytelling, frenetic excitement, unbridled joy, and battles previously unmatched in intensity and scope.  Without commentary, I present to you the perfect representation of what I know is the unarguably best era of comics ever seen before.  From Superman/Wonder Woman #2, written by Charles Soule and drawn by Tony S. Daniel, it’s fun, bloody, enthusiastic, and provides the brilliant characterization we secretly adore more than the violence.  So just sit back and enjoy.  My god, do you deserve it – we read comics to become happier, friendlier, smiley-er people, after all.  That’s the entire point of entertainment.

And finally, I love you.  Thank you for everything.  Buy lots of comics.

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Until next time.

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24 Comments on “The end (or the unrelenting, permanent optimism for comics)”

  1. Ray says:

    Farewell, and thanks for the times!

  2. FuryOfFirestorm says:

    I’m sorry to see you go, but it’s better to leave on a high note than to slowly wither away. Good luck with wherever your life takes you, Jason!

  3. OneWhoReads says:

    Goodbye, and thank you for the adventures!

  4. Plastefuchs says:

    Farewell, good luck on your future endeavors and thank you for bringing comics, be it well known or obscure, to so many people.

    In hindsight, I would have loved to heave read your insight into other series, like Wicked + Divine and such. But there will be others that take up that mantle. 🙂

  5. Reid Vanier says:

    I’m sad to see this wonderful site end. Yours has been one of my favourite comics sites ever since I found it and your love of the medium is infectious.

    We’ll all miss you, of course, but I wish you all the best in whatever it is that comes next for you!

    PS. If you ever feel the itch, you will always be welcome to contribute chez moi.

  6. mapes24 says:

    Big props for having provided such an awesome site! You definitely helped to renew my interest in comics as a medium, after a very long break. I wish you all the best and much success in your future projects!!

  7. Cewsh says:

    I know that I’ve told you before, but you got me back into comic books, and that’s made a big difference in my life ever since. Thanks for the excellent blog, and all the great work you’ve done. It’s your voice and enthusiasm that elevated these comics above what they ever could have been otherwise, and I look forward to seeing what you get up to in the future. The Reddit exposure is just the tip of the iceburg, dude.

    Don’t be a stranger.

  8. rumdick says:

    Thanks for all of your hard work (and your incredible sense of humor). Your site is the only reason why I started reading comics again after a break that lasted 20+ years. I read all of your articles and then started buying and reading a bunch of different titles. I forgot how awesome these silly little stories were to read and how much joy they bring. Anyhow, thanks again and good luck with all of your future endeavors (and judging by the talent you’ve exhibited with this site, i’m sure that you will be a success at whatever you do).

  9. Your site is amazing! You’ve written some really good articles and not once but countless times have I written down a list of comics to read from browsing your articles. Your new articles will definitely be missed but now you’ve left me with the gargantuan task of reading each and every one of these articles that you’ve written. I promise I will! So many epic slugfests and touching moments! Good luck in all your future endeavors and thanks!

  10. Anthony says:

    Thank you. You got me into comics, and you understood the magic of them just like I did. The way good comics can make you want to be better. And don’t ever doubt that I came here for your paragraphs too, you gave me the vital emotional context I needed to appreciate this stuff. You’ve been a great guide. I hope whatever you do next makes you happy.

  11. Js says:

    So long, and thanks for all the fish.

  12. Doug Rynda says:

    I really enjoyed reading your blog. It was great. Good luck and best wishes.

  13. Gazim says:

    Love your site man and I’m just happy I had the chance to experience it.

  14. […] upon hour there. His blog simply enriched the comic community. As he mentioned in his final post (The end (or the unrelenting, permanent optimism for comics)), Jason is moving onto other projects and I wish him all the best. He has a fan for life, whatever […]

  15. Hannah G says:

    You will be missed, but best of luck with your future projects!

  16. wwayne says:

    Thank you Jason. I wholeheartedly thank you for the huge contribution you gave to all those who love comics, and for all the wonderful conversations we had in the past. I wish you all the best, my friend.

  17. Brad says:

    I am extremely dissapointed that you are no longer going to be runnign this blog. I can’t tell you how much joy I get out of reading your blogs. The panels, the information filling sentences/paragraphs between the panels, its simply amazing.

  18. noriashida says:

    So long as my bookmarks hold, whenever I press the “a” key on my keyboard, “https://arousinggrammar.com/2013/02/03/beast-loves-agent-brand/”, this link will be the first one on the list. I’ve read every single one of your postings. You did well. Good luck with whatever life sends your way. your writing style and commentary is exquisite. Do take care.

  19. Wes says:

    I love binge reading your articles, especially your paragraphs. I check in maybe once a month to catch up. I became truly saddened when I visited and saw your message. It is selfish of me to want more, but your articles were so on point.

    I wish you all the best in your future endeavors. If you have any future work, please keep us informed so we may support you.

  20. lauren says:

    (I’ve never left a comment before, even though i’ve read a lot of your articles, so I’m sorry if this is weird)

    Awww… I’m genuinely very sad to see you go. I love all your articles (and I’m quite fond of the little paragraphs between the pictures). All that said I completely understand why you need to move on and I wish you incredible success in whatever you do next.

  21. Giangero says:

    Just the first time I came for the comics. All the countless following times I came to read Jason Levine’s. I consider you a friend now. So see you again JL. Keep in touch!

  22. G. says:

    Thank you man. I wish you a happy future!

  23. Chimalpahin says:

    Done? Just my luck I just got here! Ah well. From the few articles I’ve seen it’s been a cool blog homie. Keep it up with your next endeavor.

  24. Captain Amerifan says:

    Well this sucks. So few other blogs capture the sheer joy that a punch in the face on the page can give you, and you sir, nailed it. Literally just found your blog and you are already done with it, minus a year. I’m sad now.


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