Continued After The Next Page #021: It’s Time for Sparkles and Butterflies

Happy New Year! It is that time of year for renewed hope and fresh starts; so bring on the sparkles and butterflies!

The past few years have started with varying degrees of optimism for the future, and they often left the hopeful disappointed. Therefore, I have decided that this year’s resolution is to “not let 2023 suck”. I know that is ambitious, but it put’s some responsibility on me to make things happen while hoping that the magic genies send good juju my way.

I already know it is going to be an eventful year, but before we get to what’s to come, let’s look back at what we accomplished in 2022.

As we are in our fifth year of existence here at Pop Culture Squad, we had some milestones in 2022. We reached our 100,000th page view and published one hundred and twenty-three articles.

Personally, I ran some numbers, and this is what I came up with.

  • Attended eleven comic conventions
  • Hosted seven convention discussion panels
  • Published eight podcast episodes and two live broadcasts
  • Published fifty-eight articles on this site
  • Read somewhere around 400 comic books!

I will take that as a win.

Throughout my travels, I met some amazing people and had incredible conversations about comics. Some of those people have become good friends and I am better for it.

Alright. Enough looking back. What can we expect for the future? Well first of all, there will be plenty of new content here, so stay tuned in. We are working on expanding our reach and enhancing the methods to stay in touch with Pop Culture Squad, and that is exciting.

There are a couple of SquadCast interviews already lined up as we start the year and we have had conversations with a bunch of other folks who would like to be on the show. That will be a lot of fun.

I will be back on the convention trail once again. I am hoping to hit about eight to ten shows. Some are already locked in and I will be participating at as many as I can. The first stop will most likely be at C2E2 in Chicago at the end of March.

As I write this piece, I can feel the sparkles infecting my soul. I am excited for what is to come and all the ways that we will celebrated comics and life together on this next trip around our star. I am trying to remain realistic, but I am am excited none the less.

Ok. I think that is enough of my misguided optimism. I will leave you at that as I have work to do. In the words of Professor Hinkle, I am about to be, “Busy, Busy, Busy.”


Finally,  I will leave you with just a handful of the people that I ran into across this year.