Lander Quits

Goodbye, Randy. You’ll be missed.

Randy was one of the few old-timers left from when we were both writing on Usenet ten years ago. I can sympathize with his feelings, especially when it comes to being motivated by guilt and writing for the right reasons:

Truthfully, I’ve considered quitting before, and one of the factors that always kept me in was a sense of duty to the folks who sent me comp copies for review. I figured that I should at least get all of those comps reviewed before I quit. But that’s pretty near impossible, and the piles of review copies just kept getting bigger and my enthusiasm kept waxing, and I realized that I was just going to have to “rip the band-aid off” and do it if I ever really wanted to quit. If you are one of the many publishers or creators who sent me something for review, thank you for the copies over the years. If you’re one of the many publishers or creators still waiting for a review of material sent more recently, I apologize from the bottom of my heart. I just don’t think I’d be doing anyone any favors by pushing on to review when I’m not excited about doing it.


3 Responses to “Lander Quits”

  1. Scott Beeler Says:

    I’m sad to see Randy stop (or severely cut back on) his reviews. I consider him to be the comics reviewer whose tastes most closely coincide with my own (aside from much less DC/Marvel superhero reading on my part), and as such his reviews were very helpful for suggesting new books I might like.

    He certainly shouldn’t feel obliged to continue with it if he’s spending all that time on something he’s no longer enjoying, though.

  2. Mark Says:

    same here,

    I have very high opinion of Randy’s reviews, since to me he always managed to make clear why he likes or dislikes a book, so it’s really a shame that he stops.
    Still, it’s good to see that he follows his interests, maybe they lead him back reviewing some time.

  3. Barry Says:

    While I don’t read his reviews much these days, he was one of the first reviewers I read when I first found the comics internet about 8 years ago and is responsible for turning me on to alternative publishers like Oni Press, Top Shelf, etc. So hopefully he’ll find other equally rewarding pursuits and never completely stray from reviewing comics, since, as he points out, it’s in his blood.

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