Friday, 5 January 2018

CRIVENS! COMES TO THE END OF THE ROAD - FOR NOW...



Ever felt that you're wasting your time?  I try to put up something fresh every day for readers, mainly using images from my own collection, but I sometimes get the impression I'd be better borrowing them all from elsewhere, and merely saying "I don't remember anything about this comic!"  (Well, it seems to work for some.)  Add to that, cretins taking an obvious dig and then saying they weren't, with some people actually being stupid enough to believe them, well - it makes me wonder why I bother.

So I'm taking a rest as from now.  Whether I return to blogging on Crivens! is as yet undecided, but that will depend on certain personal factors in my life at the moment and how they pan out.  For those who have supported the blog over the years, a big thank you, for those who haven't - well, not everyone can have taste and discernment.  Have a great 2018 - I certainly plan to.  You can always revisit old posts and remind yourselves that, amongst the occasional dross, there were actually some little gems that were well-worth the read.

Pax Vobiscum.

73 comments:

baab said...

See you soon Kid.

Spirit of 64 said...

Hey Kid thanks for all the brilliant posts. I will miss your regular engaging thoughts and comments.
Kindest regards

pete doree said...

Id be lying if I said I don't know how you feel, Kid, but what I would say is even if people don't comment, they are still checking you out and enjoying your writings ( me being a case in point ), and as for the idiots, f**k 'em.
Enjoy your break anyway.

Graham said...

Enjoy your time off. It's good to recharge your batteries occasionally. I do enjoy visiting and stop by every day. I may not comment much, but I'm usually here. I'll still be visiting and hope you decide to come back soon.

Steve Does Comics said...

I hope everything works out for you, Kid. Best wishes.

Philip Crawley said...

Sorry to read this post, and as followers of blogs will know these sort of posts do come eventually. Readers can forget that bloggers have lives outside of their blogs and I guess there is also the fact that you can burn out on anything given enough time. Scrolling back through the recent posts I'm also wondering if the lack of comments is another element in your descision - but Kid you are a blogging machine!, and hard to keep up with at times. I was out of the country for most of December and it took days to catch up on what I'd missed here (no internet while I was away - it can be done!). Speaking for myself (which is all you can do after all), I respect your descision (without knowing what is going on in your ife in the 'outside world'), but will miss the daily posts. In the mean time I will continue to catch up on posts I've missed and wish you well for the future.

Rip Jagger said...

Sorry to see you do, but I understand the impulse. Good fortune amigo.

Rip Off

Lionel Hancock said...

This is a surprise. I have enjoyed your blogs and the conversation. All I can say is have a great 2018 and thanks for all the hard work you have done over the years.

Oscar Dowson said...

I hope you return to the blogging, it's one of my faves, and that personal circumstances work out for you. If not, hail & farewell!

Jeff Austin said...

I've enjoyed your blog for some time, Kid. Don't leave thinking it's a waste of time. You've entertained a lot of people for a long time. Well done.

jfire2 said...

I'd be sorry to see you go for good!

Duncan Mackintosh said...

Hi Kid,
Very surprised & sorry to read your reasons for (temporarily?) stopping your posts on Crivens!
I visit Crivens on an almost daily basis, since first discovering it a few years ago.
I don't usually leave comments, but you can be sure that I find the majority of your posts to be at the very least interesting and usually very entertaining.
I just want to wish you well for the future and hope that after a rest from posting you will feel suitably reinvigerated to return to posting on Crivens!
Cheers,
Duncan

Anonymous said...

The internet will be a duller place without this eclectic blog. We've disagreed on certain issues, Kid, but your opinions have always been interesting and thoughtful. And the fact that you always answered your readers' comments is much appreciated. May I wish you a happy and healthy 2018 and all the best for the future :)

Rick Heg said...

Oh no! So many of my favorite blogs are ending or taking a break. I just want to thank you for all your work, and I do hope you decide to come back. Thanks again for everything!

Dave S said...

Hi Kid, I was sorry to read earlier that you're taking a break from the blog- partly for selfish reasons as I enjoy your always fascinating posts and the lively and interesting conversations that they often spark off among my fellow regular readers.

As well as that though, my best wishes to you- hope life treats you well and 2018 is a good year. I intend to re-read some of your older posts (and that Warlord comic you kindly sent me - I've read it several times now and it has felt each time like stepping through a time portal to a less complicated age) and catch up on some that I missed earlier in the year when life became a little crazy for a while.

Hope all goes well for you and, if you decide to return to Crivens at some point, I'm sure I won't be the only one happy to see new posts popping up.

Illegitimi non carborundum.

Dave

bazarov said...

Hi Kid,

By inclination I am much more of a lurker than a poster so I haven't commented nearly as much as I should have, but I just wanted to thank you for all of your posts over the years. As an American I was only familiar with a handful of British titles before coming across your blog and I have learned a tremendous amount thanks to your efforts and enjoyed the hundreds of stories that you posted.

My purely selfish side hopes you return soon as you have done so much for your readers, but the rest of me wishes you the best of luck on your future projects.

Dave

Phil S said...

Blimey! I shall miss you . I wish you well.

Marcus said...

I've enjoyed your blog and hope you revive it in the future.

Kid said...

Thanks guys. Trouble is, I have to look after an elderly relative with Alzheimer's at the moment, and it's getting steadily worse, to the extent that their mind is almost like a vegetable some days. Add to that, people I thought were friends behaving in the most self-indulgent, childish, petty ways over insignificant trivialities, and my patience is frayed to the extreme. Then, on top of that, @rseholes in the comics community pursuing obsessive grudges - well, I've had my fill for the moment and need to take a rest and chill out. There's a slight chance I may post very occasionally on my other blog (Mild & Mellow Melancholy Musings) if I can think of anything to say (non-comics related), so look in on that now and again. And thanks again for supporting Crivens! over the years.

Anonymous said...

Hey Kid hope all is well? Your not leaving us to become an astronot with NASA are you? Any way here's a song to help cheer you up a bit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qb10p__Y7BE

You can't keep a good man down you'll be back!

Terence

Anonymous said...

Posted my comment before seeing yours Kid. Well that is good of you I worked in Demantia for a few years, it is a rewarding experience but both mentally and physically exhausting make sure you have external support and know if you are not coping.

Terence

Kid said...

Took a look, T - not available in my country it says. Never mind, I'll get to hear it one day no doubt. You're obviously a better man than me when it comes to Dementia, because I don't find it rewarding in the slightest, just utterly draining and frustrating. But hey-ho - such is life. Thanks for the kind sentiments. That goes for anyone else in advance who comments, as I'll be publishing them, but perhaps not immediately replying - otherwise I'd never get away from this blog.

Comicsfan said...

Add my best wishes to everyone else's. A blog is often a labor of love, but there's still that "labor" aspect that has to take a back seat to real-life concerns and demands. I hope things work out for you and that we see you again. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Kid, Although quite new to your blog, I just to say a big 'thank you' and let you know that I've really enjoyed the posts which I've read. They were always wonderfully written and highly thought provoking. I've thoroughly enjoyed your knowledge and passion for vintage toys in particular. I'll miss dropping by. I wish you all the best during these tough times! Take care kid, Tony K :)

WOODSY said...

So sorry to hear your'e having such a hard time Kid. It does sound very difficult. Life comes before blogs mate so I quite understand. During the challenges to come caring for others don't forget to look after yourself a bit too. Take care Kid and thanks for inspiring other bloggers like me with the brilliant Crivens. PS. No need to reply!

Christopher Nevell said...

Good luck Kid. Sounds like the right call. You know where the priorities are. I will though still be on the lookout for a Crivens Summer Special with Yogi, Frankie, and the Babes

Kid said...

Thanks again everyone. (And TK, you can still drop by and check out some past posts - as can you all of course, if you want to.)

Tom Dulski said...

That sucks, I really love your wok.

SCOOP said...

Hi Kid, Sorry you're feeling this way and I really hope things work out for you. I know what you mean about sometimes thinking you're wasting your time. It can sometimes take a lot of effort and time putting together a blog post, only to occasionally have some self-appointed smart arse have a dig, or worse have it pretty much ignored.

I've been taking a bit of a break myself, but I'll be getting back into the saddle soon, and I hope you'll still comment on some of the things I like to blog about, those are always welcome.

Cheers and thanks again.
Mike

John Pitt said...

Hi Kid, just happened to take a looksee to see how you were doing, after an awful few months off myself and saw this! So sorry to hear about your own problems and I quite understand that sometimes life deals out shit and the internet has to be put on hold.
When I get time myself, I shall look forward to going through all your posts from the last 6 months. You know I have enjoyed my time here.
Best wishes from your mate, JP.
See you later
:-)

Kid said...

Thanks again everyone. Nice to know people enjoyed the blog.

Anonymous said...


From Jones Johnson (Please don't delete)

You will be missed, I wish you the best for the future.

Your blogs have been entertaining and informative. It's all about opinions, and I appreciate some people didn't like what you wrote, a few blogs resonated with me (especially regarding the Dandy).

Look after yourself, if you decide to return, brilliant. But look after number 1.

Thanks for your entertaining work.

Jones Johnson

Kid said...

Ta, JJ.

Norman Boyd said...

Here I am catching up Kid. Sorry to hear your news about caring responsibilities, this is all too common amongst we bloggers who share not only our passion but woes! Take care of yourself whilst caring for others and I can wait patiently for your next posting. Incidentally I hardly get any comments on the blogs but recently a friend was outraged that with the unique stuff I post of Bellamy's that no-one cared to say anything - even on Facebook! I'm alright with that. I only need a little encouragement to keep me going.
Take care Kid
Norman

Kid said...

Thanks, Norman. I submitted a comment to your Bellamy blog a couple of days or so ago (but you haven't published it yet), so I do try to show that your posts aren't ignored. I suppose I do my own posts mainly for myself anyway, but it's nice to know that other people enjoy them also, and when there's a run that practically no one comments on, well - it does make me wonder if I'm losing my touch. Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to see you go. I had similar thoughts about my blog as the year began. Still not fully motivated. All the best to you in your endeavors.

Kid said...

Thanks, Kenn. Have a great 2018.

-3- said...

Damn. I withdraw into my cave and my reasons to emerge again diminish.

I understand the feeling. I tend to think i'm mostly writing to the future - to those who go on cultural archeology digs similar to my own. That, and as a place to put things where i can find them later.
But the comments on my blog, and my comments elsewhere, wind up comprising a significant percentage of my social contact, minimal though that is. I'll miss having you here to visit.

Kid said...

Feel free to visit old posts, 3. Any comments are replicated in my email inbox, so I won't be ignoring them. Also, I'm going to occasionally post on my other blog, Mild & Mellow Melancholy Musings (link in my blog list) and have, in fact, just posted a short piece over there a few minutes ago. I'll still also be commenting on occasion over on other people's blogs, time and circumstances permitting.

-3- said...

Thanks for mentioning that M&MMM is in the blog roll. I was too brain tired to think of that when seeing it mentioned in another reply - was going to websearch for it.
Silly bastard, eh?
Take care of yourself.

Kid said...

Thanks, 3 - and you too.

Nick Caputo said...

Kid,

Sorry to see you leave the blogging world. I hope you return refreshed and raring to go. I've enjoyed so many of your posts and the personal touches you bring to them. After all, these comics, TV shows, movies and other bits and pieces of our childhood have all touched us in a special way, and you've often evoked that feeling here. I've learned quite a bit here, particularly your look at Odhams press titles and features.

I also want to thank you for your support over the years. It is very much appreciated.

Kid said...

Thanks, Nick - though I'll still be visiting your excellent blog (and others) and commenting from time to time. As mentioned, I'll occasionally be posting on my other blog, both new posts and recycled ones from here on the subject of nostalgia. (I tend to steer clear of comics though, except perhaps in passing.) And may I return your kind sentiments of thanks for supporting the blog over the years - your comments always added something worthwhile to my humble posts.

Norman Boyd said...

Hi again Kid. Thanks for Nick Caputo tip - see my blog comments.
A favour for a favour, even if you're not blogging you'll still want to see stuff. Have you met this excellent nostalgia blog?
Take care
Norman

Kid said...

Like Nick, I leaned towards Dan Adkins myself, but didn't want to commit myself as it would have been pure conjecture on my part - and, to be honest, I didn't want to be wrong in print. However, if Nick thinks it's probably Dan Adkins, then he's more than likely to be right. Took a look at that blog, Norman, and I think I'll be visiting it again (and again) so ta much for the tip.

Gerry said...

Take care of yourself and hope to see you Back one day

Kid said...

Thanks Gerry. Norman Boyd did a post about the Dan Adkins Conan splash page for Avengers #100. If you ever managed to find that scan of the original art, I'm sure he'd be interested in seeing it. You can contact him on his Frank Bellamy Checklist blog in my blog-list, if you so desire.

TwoHeadedBoy said...

Hi Kid, it's been a while...

A mutual friend of ours has just directed me to this post, sorry to hear that you're stopping (for a while?) - it's been over a year since I updated my own blog, and I miss it nearly every day - met a lot of people through that thing!

Things have been pretty terrible for me over the last eighteen months too, and they only seem to be getting worse - if I hadn't started the Facebook group I think I'd've lost it by now. I know you don't "do" Facebook but if you ever decide to bite the bullet, you'd be welcomed with open (metaphorical) arms.

All the best to you, sir - hopefully our paths will cross again one day.

Kid said...

Thanks, THB. And thanks for the invite, but I detest Facebook and Twitter with a passion and am determined to avoid using them. (I was reluctantly forced to set up accounts on both of them so that I could monitor an impersonator and keep track of what certain other people are saying about me, but my profiles contain no details or photos.) I took a look at your Facebook page though, and was surprised to see it's a 'private' site. After my experience with ComicsUK, I'd be reluctant to join any kind of forum again, but I wish you all the best with yours. Hope you return to blogging one day. In the meantime, I'll occasionally post on my other blog, but not about comics.

TwoHeadedBoy said...

Completely understandable - it took five years of being prodded by various people for me to finally join Facebook. I set the group to "private" for several reasons - less chance of spammers, less chance of people reporting posts they don't like, and mostly to allow me to be "myself" as much as I can, which isn't usually possible in "public" groups. I had a bad experience with ComicsUK myself, but the group's been up for over a year now with no drama (so far!). Thanks for the well wishes, I really want to get back to blogging eventually!

I'll end by wishing you all the best with your personal life - my nan's had Alzheimer's for about five years now (it's been four years since she recognised who I was), it really is a terrible thing.

Kid said...

Ta, THB - meant to say I hope your life improves in 2018 and any and all your problems get sorted before much longer. Feel free to visit my other blog - Mild & Mellow Melancholy Musings - it's in my blog list.

TwoHeadedBoy said...

Consider it bookmarked!

Kid said...

Good man.

libraryguy said...

Good riddance

Kid said...

For someone who claims to work in education, your comment reveals that you're a seriously ignorant and uneducated individual - and I'm not just talking about your lack of punctuation. Your avatar is another giveaway.

-3- said...

Congratulations. Taking hate from a T-rump ranger is quite the badge of honour these days. And, like so many other collectables, it's value only increases with time.

paul Mcscotty said...

I've not been that active on comic blogs in the last 3 or 4 months jsut skimming them due to work commitments and in no small part due to numptys like "libraryguy" (silly comments like that totally scunner me) and folk getting overly animated over trivial things - so sorry to see you've ended "Crivens" its been fun and was a help in getting me through a few bad times when I didn't want to face the "real" world (the passing of my mum, brother and a couple of close friends - not all at same time I hasten to add) Hope your personal situation gets better watch your health things like that can drag you down - Take care.

Kid said...

What confuses me, 3, is that I'm sure he's commented before (unless it's another libraryguy) and always been quite civil, so why the turnaround I don't know. Not going to spend a second worrying about it though, but it is a concern that he may be a teacher (his profile says that he's in the education 'industry') - God help the pupils if such is the case.

******

Ta, McS. Too much is happening in my life all at one time at the moment for me to devote myself to the blog properly, so it's best to end it now before it becomes a chore. As I said in a previous comment, there'll still be the occasional post on my other blog when I get time, though most of them will probably just be reposts (cut & pastes) from Crivens! If my situation changes, Crivens! may return, but that's a decision for the future.

Kitty Trundle said...

this is very sad :( , but I commend you on looking after your own metaphysical health. deep thanks from someone who enjoyed your work as much I enjoyed Famous Monsters, as a kid.

Slainte!

Kid said...

Thank you very much, KT. I'm touched by your (and everyone's - libraryguy excepted) response. Glad you enjoyed the blog, and perhaps there are some old posts you haven't read yet that you may still enjoy. Thanks again.

karl said...

Please don't leave! I don't want to sound all soppy bollocks but you run a damn good blog here and I have derived many happy hours from reading your posts, don't let any evil swine push you out of doing what you love. I still have that CD/DVD you sent me of that Power Records FF comic and for that I shall be forever grateful! Don't go, or at least if you must take time off then cone back ( and ban anyone who causes trouble in future ).
Best luck and wishes from me.

Kid said...

Thanks, Karl. Once again, it's good to hear just how much people like yourself enjoyed the blog. And I'm also glad that you appreciate the FF CD so much - I must give it another listen myself. Thanks again for the good wishes.

Cliff M said...

I'm also a long-term lurker. I've enjoyed and appreciated all the covers and other scans you've posted over the years, so I just wanted to say thanks.

Kid said...

Thanks to you also, CM - firstly, for enjoying the blog, and secondly, for taking the time to say so. Cheers.

cerebus660 said...

Hi Kid. I'm late to the party as usual but I'd just like to add my best wishes and thanks for all the hard work you've done on this blog. Not everything you've posted has appealed to me and we've often had very differing opinions but your posts have always been interesting, heart-felt and consummately well-written. And you've always been very generous, as others here have commented - I was very glad to receive the scans from Terrific no. 1 you sent me almost ( gulp! ) five years ago. It will be a shame if you can't resume regular blogging at some point but, of course, the "real" world must take precedence.
Take care, mate, and all the best.
cerebus660 / Simon

cerebus660 said...

Sorry, I should have said "almost ( gulp! ) six years ago"... ( Get it right! )

Kid said...

Six years ago? Surely not - it was only about three or four weeks back, was it not? Thanks for the good wishes, CerSi (that's your new name). Nobody can have everybody in total agreement with them all the time, so I'd have been surprised if there weren't times when you diverged from my point of view (and vice versa). That's what makes life (and blogs) so interesting. By the way, I'm now in a position to do you a complete Terrific #1 cover, front, back, and insides - let me know if you want it. Cheers.

Martin said...

Just doing a tour of some old haunts, and was disappointed to see that this particular spot had the shutters down. I'm afraid I was one of those visitors who often dropped by, didn't always knock. Hope you find your mojo to blog again. I retired 'Square Sunshine', and involved myself in other writing projects. But I'm back again now, although posts are a bit sporadic at the moment. Cheers, Kid!

Kid said...

If I remember rightly, Martin, didn't you start a new site? I seem to recall visiting it, but didn't do so as often as I'd intended. Anyway, thanks for the kind thoughts, and I'll drop in on whichever of your blogs is still running before too long.

Graham said...

Kid, I completely understand your reasons for stepping back. We are in a similar situation in our household, taking care of a loved one that we moved in with us. That's the reason I stepped back earlier in 2017 and though I did return for a bit, it's really hard to keep things up sometimes. All the best and I will continue to check in from time to time.

Kid said...

Thanks, G, and best wishes for your situation at home. It can be tough, eh?

libraryguy said...

Nope still a smart ass jerk

Kid said...

Says the Donald Trump supporter. According to your profile, you're in the education industry - what as, the school janitor?

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