This is a late night post, but I figure a lot of you are up right now anyway. Some of my readers are already ahead of me, reading this from the far-flung future year of 2011. Some of you will be behind, reaching the future hours behind me.
2010 was a big year for me. I daren't say "the biggest" because I hope and pray it can only get better.
I achieved two childhood dreams in one fell swoop; I drew a mainstream comic, and I worked on Doctor Who.
I made many new fans, and a couple of detractors, but I'm happy to say the fans outweigh the detractors not only in sheer numbers, but kindness and intelligence. A special shout goes out to @mtemplar on Twitter, easily my number one fan. All my fans are great, and I appreciate each and every one of you. Thank you.
I went to my first big convention, New York Comic Con, and came out of it feeling bigger in some ways, but really small in others.
I chatted (via Twitter) with some of my comic and geek idols, such as Jim Lee, J. Scott Campbell, Pete Woods, Phil Hester, Neil Gaiman, Paul Cornell, Storm (of Paul and Storm), Felicia Day, and in person even chatted with Johnathan Coulton and Joe Hill. A few of these people have even seen my artwork and enjoy it (Joe Hill recognized me in a comic store - honestly, What. The. French. Toast).
I made some new friends, including Matthew Dow Smith and (though I haven't met him in person) Charlie Kirchoff.
I got an awesome first pro comic editor in the form of Denton Tipton, and an great EID/Publisher in the form of Chris Ryall.
I spoke to a lot of great students and hopefuls about making comics.
I got some hard to swing doors to open just a little bit wider.
I got a bunch of great new ideas and routes to explore in the future.
And explore them I shall.
About 15 minutes to go, and for some reason I'm reminded of the last line from a game I used to love in high school; Marathon. Specifically, the last chapter, Marathon: Infinity, where this AI, Durandal, having exhausted all methods of escape from the end of the universe ruminates on the true nature of the protagonist of the game. And as I know with limited time left there are so many people I'm forgetting to thank, consider this odd little quote a THANK YOU to all who have supported me not only this year, but since I had this crazy idea of doing this comic book thing (like my parents, my wife and kids, my family and friends)...
"Now, in the quantum moment before the closure, when all become one. One moment left. One point of space and time. I know who you are. You are destiny."
We'll see you in 2011.