Rusty Staples: Year One

Hello there (or indeed anywhere) Rusty Staples fans! Can you believe that it’s been a whole year already since this blog was launched? Amazing! And what a year’s it’s been: absolutely packed from beginning to end with days, weeks and even months — who says I don’t give you value for money?

It all began with a Facebook album into which I posted old items that I thought might be of interest to some people. I quickly concluded that the format wasn’t flexible enough for anything more than very short articles, so I decided that something like WordPress would be a better platform. It also allowed me to retro-post older articles, which was very handy.

I think I’ve managed to stick to my original plan for Rusty Staples, which is that it every article should be about comics (or at least connected to comics in some way), but not a news site — there are plenty of those to be found — nor should it be a platform for me to promote my own comics. That’s what my website is for (please visit it today!).

New content on Rusty Staples has been a little sparse of late, but that’s only because I’ve been very busy at work and there is no truth to the rumours that I’ve not been sneaking around with another blog behind your back. There’s definitely more content on the way, Real Soon Now, which will start to appear once I get on top of the current workload.

In the meantime, since you didn’t ask, here are my own top five favourite posts from Rusty Staples’ first year!

longevity charts thumb5. The British Comics Top-10 Longevity Chart

A regular crowd-puller, this one, though it generates more feedback than any other post on the site, mostly of the “Ah, you forgot about…” variety (though some of the messages I receive about it are not so polite: a couple of them have been borderline hostile!).

mwom thumb4. Marvel UK Timelines

The timeline that was so big it had to be split into two parts. And it’s still not finished because the second part only covers up to the end of the 1980s. I might go back to it one day, but right now I don’t have any plans to do so! (In case you’re wondering: these things take several days to put together!)

dww thumb3. Branding: Doctor Who Weekly/Monthly/Magazine

This one caught me by surprise… Shortly after it went live it literally exploded (except not literally literally, only figuratively literally) with the number of views and instantly shouldered its way into the top five most popular posts, where it has remained ever since.

superman shield thumb2. Noncomics: Making Superman’s Shield

A personal fun project that brought a whole new range of readers to the site. I’ve since been asked by four people to make similar Superman shields for them, which is nice. Somewhat less nice is that, as of yet, no one has offered to pay for them.

2kstarwarsthumb1. Star Wars in 2000AD

The two-part post that combined two of my favourite things: lists and nostalgia! Like the Doctor Who Magazine branding article, this one proved to be massively popular. It seems that referencing pop-culture is the way to go… Next stop, Pokémon vs Fortnite!

(Pokémon is still a thing, right? I don’t know what it is — many years ago one of my nephews tried to explain it to me, but I couldn’t get my head around it — but I’m sure it’s still popular with the younglings.)

I hope you’ve all found something to enjoy on Rusty Staples during this first year! It’s been a lot of work, but a lot of fun, too!

Plans for the future include more of the same, plus an all-new sibling blog about which I will say nothing right now because I’ve managed to convince myself that being vague is the same as being mysterious and intriguing, which it isn’t… or is it?

Thank you all for your patronage, and please check back often!


One thought on “Rusty Staples: Year One

  1. Hi Michael,

    Thanks for this blog, I’ve enjoyed dropping in to look at it now and then. You’ve produced quite a lot in just one year, I really thought this had been going on for longer. My favourite articles are the Eaglution of British Comics and the Top 11/Top 10 Longevity charts. I like the charts.

    If you had a chance to write a new story about one of the characters from a defunct British comic (like Garth Ennis did for Johnny Red in 2015), which would you choose? And do you think Tharg would let you do it for 2000AD?

    Anyway, keep it up.


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