One year ago today, Bleeding Cool opened its doors. Funded by Avatar Press, it didn't have a large budget, big media owner or even any relationships with any other publishers. But all in all, it hasn't done too badly. Bleeding Cool continues to put on audiences month after month, break stories, give new twists an insight on "official releases" and generally encourage and nuture discussion into what I believe is the greatest medium of expression, comic books, and the culture and industry that it is entwined with. So here's a look back at some old favourites.
Top Ten Most Read Stories Of The Year.
Oh a blockbuster of a post this one. And so little to it. A few images of a Middle Earth made from matchsticks and a link to the original post proved to be Bleeding Cool's biggest blockbuster. Say, anyone else made anything geeky out of matchsticks?
Thanks to a few film sites that presumed this was about a movie sequel rather than a comic sequel, this piece rocketed in readership. I'm told that the original internal document I'd seen was real, if very hypothetical at the time. And as of today, it's not moving forward. Partly, it seems, as a result of online reaction.
Another link, another very funny geekish mashup.
This was the first glimpse the comics industry had of the porn DVD that so very accurately mirrored the original Batman TV series. And created one of the few porn movies where the non-sex version may be watched more than the sex version. Other popular articles included Shots From The Batman Porn Set, andthe second trailer, featuring Batusi!
Quite naturally, this link to one of the biggest bargains of the year was very popular. Most didn't get a fraction of the comics they ordered – but enough people got enough – and everyone got $25 vouchers for their trouble. Despite its critics, this has probably been the most well received article I've written for Bleeding Cool in terms of e-mails. Other popular articles included the confirmation that it was a glitch and a similar event at Barnes & Noble, which netted people a lot of books.
The first Lying In The Gutters brought a new audience back. The weekly e-mail version of this column is now one of the more popular examples of its type on the internet, letting people who can't follow the ins and outs of a daily blog, catch up for the most essential and popular items.
Alan Moore as a manga schoolgirl. Seriously, what is not to love.
And here's a great example of something that was completely and utterly wrong. But completely and utterly compelling for fans. The Water Of Mars review also got a stack of readers too.
They boosted sales of comics – and boosted Bleeding Cool readerships, especially with all the error rings that would folow suit. The gift that kept on giving.
When fanboys deliberately annoy Rob Liefeld on video and not only does he take it well but the ire of the internet turns against their favourite kicking boy onto his aggressors.
Almost in the top ten, sometimes by a few hundred readers…
The Post-Credits Scene From Iron Man 2, "Neil Gaiman Is A Dick", changes at DC Comics, Alan Moore attempting to pwn Geoff Johns, a set shot from Four Lions, Alan Moore's supergroup for Unearthing, Amanda Conner making Wizard's Hot Artists list, The uses of the papyrus font in Avatar, possible influences on the Earth One Batman, the Superman No More rumours, DC Comics' lawyers getting involved with Nemesis, spoiling Siege, and leaking Batporn artwork
My Top Ten Favourite Post Titles
Sometimes the headline is enough,
My Top Fifteen Scoops Of The Year
Bringing Back Batman From The Dead. Again. Again. Again. (Okay, The Search For Bruce Wayne became Time Masters and given to Dan Jurgens, but still…)
BONNYROAD – The New Grant Morrison/Paul McGuigan/Stephen Fry Project with its friends Grant Morrison Pitches Stephen Fry Project To BBC Scotland and Paul McGuigan, Grant Morrison, Stephen Fry In New BBC Thriller
Top Ten Potential Scoops We're Still Waiting On
Top Ten Greatest Flops Of The Year
Dark Reign Mystery Reveal At The Atomic Level (No it wasn;t)
Superman No More? (JMS Responds!) (Yes he is)
Brian Blessed Cast In Thor Movie? (No he wasn't.But the original source? Brian Blessed)
Matt Smith's Face To Appear In Doctor Who Titles (No it didn't)
Grant Morrison And Ethan Van Sciver's Wonder Woman? (Just Grant's)
The Top Ten Most Discussed Posts
Happy Birthday Rick Olney, Happy Birthday To You!
Replies: 1,142 – Before Closing
The New Apartheid Of DC Comics? by Ryan Mullenix
(UPDATED) The Darker Side Of Bleeding Cool…
Peter David Tweaks Rob Liefeld. Twice.Replies: 273
After HTMLComics… Spider Media RU? (UPDATE)
LXG Movie Writer On Alan Moore And Blackest Night
There are plenty of people who have helped with Bleeding Cool's success over the last year, so I'd like to thank a few of them. Those I forget to thank – well, content yourself with the fact that you're probably just too secretly important to thank! William Christensen, Mark Seifert, Warren Ellis, Denny O'Neil, Si Spurrier, Adi Tantimedh, Brendon Connelly, Mark Waid, Gail Simone, Chris Sims, _OM_, Tom, Emperor, Mad_Man_Moon, Andy Diggle, Peter J Poole, Michael Sacal, David Hyde, Jim Lee, Geoff Johns, Bob Wayne, Arune Singh, CB Cebulski, Eric Stephenson, Jason Kingsley, Erik Larsen, Chris Ryall, Irene Adler, Ragnell, Steve Bissette, Alex De Campi, Tony Lee, Kevin Smith, Greg Baldino, Pedro Bouca, Rodrigo Baeza, Jonathan Ross, Geoff Johns, Avi Braun, Diane Nelson, Joe Quesada, Kaare Andrews, Brian Hibbs, Nikki Finke, Jonah Weiland, Grant Morrison, Mike Doran, Paul Staines, Camilla Wright, gingerprince, Matt Brady, Nick Barrucci, Jonathan Ross, Chip Mosher, Jason Flemyng, Larry Marder, Harlan Ellison, Peter David, Mike Richardson, Kevin Huxford, Louis Bright-Raven, Brian Bendis, Martin Conaghan, Mark Millar, Kimberly Cox, Jens Altmann, Charles Skaggs, Gary Russell, David Hine, Alan Moore, James Hem, Shea Hennum, Neil Gaiman, Brian Bolland, Matt Spatola, Frank Miller, Nevs Coleman, Eric M Esquivel, A Comic Shop, rambobloodaxe, kaiho, BPThoughtcrimes, Graeme McMillan, Kevin Melrose, Cory Doctorow, ChastMastr, Bill Schanes, die-yng, Dr Nate, Fysh, JJ Smooth, Kevin Marten, Andrew Burton, The Xenos, Kailish Iyer, Blade X, Alisdair Kennedy, Heidi MacDonald, JK Parkin, Ben Templesmith, Ben McCool, Josh Wigler, Rob Liefeld, Paul Levitz, David Uzumeri, Laura Hudson, Chip Zdarsky, Kevin Church, Tom Brevoort, Ken Lowery, DrPuppyKicker and many more… sorry to everyone I missed… see you again next year!