After a couple of bottles of champagne..or four…I wanted to take a moment and look back at 2008. It was a fanboy world after all, especially in entertainment. Geeky shows like Chuck and The Big Bang Theory survived the writer’s strike and made it to second seasons. Catherine Tate stole the show on Doctor Who, and Torchwood posted help wanted signs for series three. Superheroes and fanboy favorites dominated the megaplex, with solid offerings from The Dark Knight, Iron Man and Hulk. Old favorites like Indiana Jones and Star Wars disappointed most fans, but it was still nice to see the old familiar faces again. Shia LeBeouf needs to make a surfing or hustler movie, something where he takes his clothes off a lot. And Ziro the Hutt should get his own variety show. What are the Solid Gold Dancers doing nowadays?
In comics, the universe, multiverse and Marvelverse have somehow survived another Final (we mean it this time) Crisis, as well as a Secret Invasion. Thor lived, Batman died and Buffy went bi. Then, just as Marvel was convincing everyone to embrace change in their Skrull marketing campaigns, another fellow came along promising change and won the US presidential election. But just as the celebrating began, and the whole world started looking like the end of Return of the Jedi (yub nub!), the bad guys got one last jab in and passed Prop 8 in California, as well as anti-gay measures in Florida, Arizona and Arkansas. But if science fiction, fantasy and comic books have taught me anything, it’s that you can only oppress a people for so long, before they rise up and take the freedom they deserve. For me personally, it was a year of major changes. A change of location and a year-long sabbatical of sorts. And, of course, I started this website, which was a longtime dream of mine. I used to sit and doodle and draw up plans for it, never imagining that I’d ever get my act together and make it happen. But here we are. The end of a year. Highs and lows and new friends and FBOTMs and general silliness.
2009 promises the hope of change and a new beginning. We have The Watchmen and Star Trek to look forward to, as well as a Spider-Man musical, which will hopefully pave the way for the World of Warcraft opera I have bouncing around in my head. In terms of Fanboys of the Universe, I hope we continue to grow and that everyone makes us part of their daily browsing routine. I’m currently looking for additional correspondents and contributors, so we keep the content fresh and diverse. And, as always, if you’re ready for your close-up, we’re always looking for Fanboys of the Month to grace the pages of FBOTU. In closing, I hope you all have a safe, happy, healthy and prosperous new year! Be good, be brave, be heroic. It’s a fanboy universe.