As you might’ve surmised, I’ve been taking a little time off for the whole Christmastime/New Year spread. Maybe there should’ve been a post up last week, laying that all out for everybody in advance, but the holidays have a way of sneaking up on me. As in, I’ll wind up going right from being nose-deep in some late-night work to madly packing at 3 AM for a red eye flight I forgot I booked a couple months back. That’s just my M.O.
Luckily, the timing worked out such that we’ve got a Vice Pit video and a community-wide anime election to keep everybody busy in this interim. If timing continues to work out, we might have a review or two up, as well, but don’t expect business to get back to full steam here until the middle of next week, at the earliest.
Anyway, I don’t usually like to comment on things while I’m doing them. Or before I’m doing them. That’s another part of my M.O. (and all my social networking feeds are incredibly boring for it). However, we’ve got a little restful lacuna here, so some reflection seems appropriate…
2012 was full of surprises for Anime Vice. There’s no way not to understate it. Nothing is ever truly for certain in internet media, and I'm sure that will continue to be so. However, it has now been over half a year since Berman Braun’s offered me the opportunity to run the site as I saw fit, and this run as Anime Vice’s “Shogun," taken simply on its own, is something I’m proud of. It’s tough to revamp something whilst still trying to operate it at a regular clip, and I haven’t been able to implement everything I’d like to, yet; but come what may, I can honestly say this has been the most fun I’ve ever had doing this stuff.
The chief source of that fun, of course, is the VICE PIT - - the only anime talk show ever to be named after a Roddy Piper gimmick. I’ve wanted to have regular video content ever since I’ve started working for this site and, now that I’ve got my wish, I couldn’t have asked for a better co-host than Mr. Sam Weller. He's a talent-and-a-half, and every single one of these episodes - - from our ridiculous all-heroine dream team wishlists to our super-serious discussions about the metaphorical potential of robots - - have been an absolute hoot to make with the guy. I hope all our viewers see that, even when we’re doing our most stone-faced, somber deadpan during ridiculous call-ins for advice.
Sam and I are aiming to bring on more special guests and do more involved sketches with the VICE PIT in the new year. We’re also along in talks to bring the show to a large and very exciting new platform. When that platform hop happens, it’s going to coincide with our most ambitious and combative multi-part segment yet. I wish I could say more at this particular juncture, but it’s hopefully coming soon, and when it comes, it’s going to hit you all like a Spirit Bomb that’s been charged up for half a season.
This video's a fairly good representation of the sort of leveling-up that's about to happen...
If Sam’s a Vegeta to my Son Goku here, then my freelancers most definitely fill out a squad of galaxy-shaking Z-Fighters. Alexei reviewing every stripe of series, the gruesome twosome of Nick and Alex opining in OTAKU COMING HOME, and Whiskey alum Nick Robinson shimmying over from Revision3 for the occasional musing in BEHIND ANIME LINES - - all of them forming a spectacular crew.
And that fighting team wouldn't be complete without all of you users who have stuck with this site throughout its varied transitions. There are far too many of you for me to thank individually here, and I don’t get as much time to respond to everybody’s posts as I’d like (I do read all of them, though!) However, I want to especially single out the efforts of our mods - - sickVisionz, FoxxFireArt, Daniel_Newton and sora_thekey - - for their Mod Material. And I want to thank Takashichea and BigHeart711, as well, for respectively keeping logs of my WATCH & LEARN write-ups and every single episode of the Vice Pit. I produce this stuff every day, and even I'm daunted by how thorough they've been.
I also want to take this opportunity to pass on some proper kudos out to some old co-workers who’ve helped me get here. Whatever I’ve learned as an editor has come from following the examples set by the consummate professionals, Tony Guerrero and Matt Rorie. Behind the screens, marketing maven Daniel Miesner was always a patient and helpful sounding board for all the wacky ideas I'd have for the site, and I’m very grateful to Mike Tatum for giving me such a crucial and enthusiastic endorsement during the sites' transition.
And if there’s one guy at the root of all of this, it’s Whiskey co-founder, Ethan Lance. He’s the one who first had the idea to bring me into this site as the “noob” freaking out over weird anime. Before that, he was the one who saw something worthwhile in . Because of Red Lamp, I've been able to spend the past few years with a day job as a web personality, and that's something I'll ever be grateful for.
I call this a “day job” because, all throughout these developments for Anime Vice, I’ve been making some exciting strides in my “night job” as a scriptwriter. This year, I’ve written a few episodes of an animated series that should be coming to American TV sometime in 2013. We're actually about to start working on its second season already. I’ve also got a gig writing a comics special based on another series in the same vein, and I have a couple of my own projects in the pipe in addition to that.
Again, I don’t like to talk about anything until it’s ready to show (and, in most of these cases, I’m contractually barred from talking about them just yet), but believe me, you lunatics will be hearing about all of these when their time comes.
Since I’m fitting all of this script work into the hours I’m not running this website, most weeks of 2012 have really been an exercise in burning the proverbial candle at both ends (and maybe finding a third end to burn on the weeks when I’m also traveling to the seven or so cons I hit up every year). So you’ll see why even a few days off right now is a relief for me. I’m enjoying some rest, some quality time with my family and, if weather permits, hopefully some fun in the snow.
So there you go - - a word (or a thousand words) about myself and this site at the end of 2012. Thanks for continuing to put this lean operation in your browser Thanks for making Anime Vice's community such an awesome one.
I'll see you next year. The best really is yet to come.