Friday, November 12, 2010

One Year Later

The other night while thinking about the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday (and more importantly, the upcoming 2 day work week), it dawned on me that Four Freedoms Plaza is almost a year old. To be honest, that kind of blows my mind. It blows my mind in different ways, both good and bad. Let's Examine:

Mind Explosion #1- I thought I'd be done with this site by now.

Call it naivete, but when I got the fabled "box" last year, I thought I would blow through it in a matter of mere months. I thought I would post reviews every couple of days, and throngs of readers would line up to follow whatever zany adventures both myself and the FF were encountering with each issue. Well, its been a real bear to make that kind of schedule, but surprisingly it's because....

Mind Explosion #2- Having This Site Inspired me to Try a Variety of Posts

After a summer of sitting around doing absolutely nothing but watching YouTube videos and reading comic spoilers, I decided to distance myself from all things Internet. After closing Hello Kello in August (pours some iced tea out for the fallen site), obliterating my Twitter account, abandoning Tumblr, and all but decimating my YouTube channel, I found that FF Plaza was one area I couldn't bring myself to slash and burn. And I think it has to do with the fact that there was so much I tried on this site.
Ben, your "purple rain" outfit has inspired me to try new things as well...

I mean, as if getting a hulking run of FF issues wasn't enough, I also went out and bought supplemental issues, one-shots, tie-ins, etc. These extras led to the creation of some features I'm rather fond of : "One-Shot Showdown", "Staying Current", and "Thinking Outside the Box", and also planted the seeds for the yet unseen "FF Funnies" and "The Many Faces of"(can't wait for that!)...Oh, and I stole my friend JT's "Poll Results" idea too, but apparently no one likes those posts. Thanks for nothing, buddy. Anyway, insert relevant segue here...

Mind Explosion #3- People are Looking to me for Fantastic Four Knowledge-

No Matter How Much I Read, I CAN'T Explain This

What is it with you people? Just because someone devotes a website, a sizable portion of their disposable income , and more importantly a large portion of their precious time within the annals of eternity talking about a specific comic book, it doesn't mean they like it!...Oh wait, it does? Dang. I guess it's just something I'll have to grudgingly accept that people now consider me some kind of Fantastic Four super fan. I still can't believe I didn't start a Flash review site(I would have called it Scarlet Speedster), because I would much rather be known as the "Flash guy" than the "(yawn)Fantastic Four Guy." But hey, it isn't all bad, leading me to....

Mind Explosion #4- I've had a lot of Fun with this Site over the Past Year-

Totally Worth the $1.10 I Spent on it!

I think if I could explain to the world at large that this site aims to take the FF with a grain of salt, they might see it how I see it, and love it for the larf that it is. But then I think if a lot of people appreciated this on the same level as me, I wouldn't think it's as fun. It's like my own corner of the net to go to and write stuff only I think is funny. So I guess my point is...don't tell your friends about the site??? Man, I'm weird. Go and tell people to spite me.

And if you're looking for rainy day recommendations, my favorite posts have got to be the First One Shot Showdown post, Alicia's "trip" to monster island in issue #296, the hellaciously good time had by Reed and Sue in issue #277, and of course, the moustache sucking fun of issue #307.

As always, I appreciate my readers, friends, and commenters. And another big thanks to Falisha for help with the site design. Here's looking forward to another great year at Four Freedoms!
"We're like the Jerry Lewis of Super Heroes"...Johnny, those words are more profound with each passing day.


  1. Wow, has it really been a year since you started this blog up, Kello? It seems like it's been longer... Seriously though, your reviews/posts have inspired me to buy that Galactus Real TV one-shot for $0.75 and to pick up the FF Roast issue for free at my local comic shop, so I owe you many thanks for that alone! I guess... Anyway, I've really enjoyed watching this blog grow from its humble roots, you KNOW I almost always die laughing during the reviews(I think my personal favorite was the Monster Island one)plus it's good to correspond with somebody else who's wasted... um, spent lots of money on the good ol' FF! And on top of that, you warn me when there are awesome comic book sales going on, so this blog is sadly one of the places I go for news... Here's looking forward to another year of great posts! Vive le Kello & vive le Fantastique!

  2. Thanks X! You get the award for most loyal reader/commenter, given the fact that I can tell you actually take the time to read these stupid things. I think that monster island issue was the perfect storm of rant-worthy source material and pent up sarcasm. Why would they let the blind girl explore the island?!?

    You're coming here for news?! With my 2 posts a month, it's no wonder you haven't heard of that new fangled thing called TV. I say you start going to JT for news, since he posts at least once a week.

    But seriously, I hope to get over my current distaste for all things FF and get back to reviewing these back issues soon.

  3. Congrats Kello! Almost a year of writing anout the Fantastic Four, man. I don't see how you keep spicing it up, but the best part is it's never boring. You have the right mixture of comedy and information to make it a fun read, which I enjoy.

    Also, you recommending ME for news is hilarious, considering half the comics I say I'll review I end up forgetting to buy :P But hey, thanks for the recommendation :)

  4. Well well, Kello, Congrats!! It's amazing how time can fly on by. And I'm pretty glad I was able to be around to enjoy your blog.

    "Mind Explosion #3- People are Looking to me for Fantastic Four Knowledge- " I was definitely someone who ran to you when I had a few FF questions and you always knew how to answer them because you are just awesome. :)

    Once again, congrats and *raises a pop can* this is to another great year of FF. :)

  5. Hey JT thanks for sticking around. I hope this site seems "spiced up", but sometimes it's a very tall order. Thank goodness the current run is so good, or I may have gone insane a long time ago.

    And Falisha, I am forever indebted to you for helping my site to look spiffy. I mean, the best looking part of the site is the banner, and I had nothing to do with it! If only I could get someone to write the reviews as well, I would be all set.

    (Oh and thanks for celebrating with a G-Rated drink. It's a family book after all.)

  6. Eurghh, I'd managed to forget that image of two Things snogging ...