As some of you may be aware, I announced the end of my association with BillieDoux.com earlier this week. Some of you rejoiced at the news. Others were saddened by it. Most who have written me have asked one of the following two questions: why did I leave Billie’s site, and what does this mean for The Dreamersedge?
I want to assure you that there is no bad blood between Billie and me. When her website becomes famous, I know she’ll have made it on her own terms, and I will be among the first to congratulate her as well as the terrific group she’s assembled. Notice that I use the word “when”, not “if”. Having mentioned that, I have been equally certain for some time that I would not be part of their blogging team on that day.
In 1989, when Sam Keith quit the acclaimed comic book series The Sandman after only five issues, he explained that he loved what author Neil Gaiman was trying to achieve but that he felt like “Jimi Hendrix playing with The Beatles”. Now, I can’t relate to Jimi Hendrix. However, I like the thought of describing myself as Sam Keith to Billie’s Neil Gaiman. As a writer, Gaiman is all about the power of dreams. His stories reflect a belief in the inherent joy of fantasy and mythology. This description captures BillieDoux.com to a T.
Like Keith, though, I find myself more attracted to spotty, misshapen things that go off into random digressions about social issues and absurdist fancies. Anyone who’s read The Maxx knows what I’m referring to. I sometimes wonder what it must have been like for Keith, working on The Sandman. I imagine the artist must have found it difficult to strike a balance between Gaiman’s values and his own. I also figure that he didn’t come to this realization alone.
As you might have guessed from the big redesign, a new era begins for The Dreamersedge. Some of you have complained about the number of external links I posted last year. It’s a fair criticism, and I want to thank you for expressing your concerns while remaining so patient. As new creative minds join our ranks, you can expect a tighter focus on the content that makes this site work, including movie reviews, gaming articles, comics, new Facebook and Twitter pages as well as the exciting return of the DE Podcast, owing to popular demand.
For those of you who’ve come to know me through BillieDoux.com, thank you for the kind sendoff and for visiting this website. I hope you like it (literally; have I mentioned we have a Facebook page?) and decide to stick around. Please don’t hesitate to browse our different sections and post a comment. We’ve got great people here eager to meet you.
Again, I want to wish the fine folk over at BillieDoux.com the best of luck. After issue number five of The Sandman, Mike Dririnberg took over penciling duties for the series, followed by Malcom Jones III, and the book became an enormous success just as everyone involved knew it would. As for Sam Keith, I think he’s doing pretty well for himself. Don’t you?