In the cutthroat world of comics "journalism," reporters can't just sit around and wait for the news to happen. We have to make the news happen, whatever the cost. And in an internet click economy that incentivizes quantity over quality, there's nothing more important than having a few good sources that are always good for a salacious clickbait headline to drive page views on a slow news day. Be it a comic book creator whose Twitter feed is a veritable wellspring of clickbait article material, a topic that readers just can't seem to get enough of even if an article contains virtually no actual new substance, an evergreen source of never-ending controversy, or, if you are a website like ComicBook.com, the Popeye's f**king chicken sandwich, every website benefits from finding a few of these and mining them for content throughout the year.
Some websites are ashamed of what they have to do to pay the bills, but not us here at Bleeding Cool. We celebrate our clickbait heroes, and that's why, on this holy day of Clickmas, we're launching the first annual Bleeding Cool Clickmas Savior Award. Throughout Clickmas Day, we're going to post our nominees for the 2019 Clickmas Savior Award, and then at the end we'll let you vote on them to let us know which one you want to see us continue to create endless clickbait articles about in the coming year. Well, let's not kid ourselves, we're going to continue making clickbait articles about all of them, but we still want to know which one you like the best.
In the true spirit of Clickmas, we're going to be posting one article for each nominee and then one additional article for the voting, and finally, one more article to reveal the results of the voting, in order to garner the maximum number of clicks. So keep checking back all Clickmas Day and refreshing the front page to see all of the nominees, because it's not like you ought to be spending time with your families or anything like that. Certainly, they aren't going to have a poll for you to vote in, and so what good are they anyway?
The first nominee for the inaugural Clickmas Savior Award is… The Bad Boy of Comics, Donny Cates!
Donny Cates is such a valuable source of clickbait article material, we've even created a subsection of the site called Donny Cates Equals Clicks to collect them all in one place. Whether he's talking about his relationship, whether or not he may grow a mullet, or simply posting an innocent comment about his youth that we turn into a clickbait headline which he then gets all mad about on Twitter for some reason, we can always rely on our pal Donny whenever we need something to fill out our article quota for the day.
Unfortunately, Cates seems to have been getting increasingly mad at our mining his Twitter feed for clickbait articles, blocking us after the most recent one and lamenting our attention. Donny, as Marilyn Manson said in his 1999 autobiography, "act like a rock star and you'll be treated like a rock star." All we're trying to do is treat you like the rock star you are, so we hope you'll stop being mad at us and we can continue to make beautiful clickbait music together through 2020 and beyond.
Keep checking back all day as we reveal all nine nominees for the 2019 Bleeding Cool Clickmas Savior Award. Merry Clickmas to all, and to all a good night!