Friday, May 23, 2014

A Brief Note


This week has been the worst week of my life. The person who gave me my first comic, the 2004 Beano annual, was my Grandma. I say "gave", but I actually found it in her spare bedroom where we slept and, after a few visits to her house (we went just about every school holiday), she let me keep it. My collection grew and grew and she supported me along with it, occasionally sending me comics she found in shops or forwarding them on to me if I had some sent to her house. She passed away last Sunday, and I received the phone-call informing me half way through writing my Wizard post (and I was editing the Mr. Green post).

So naturally, I've felt a bit down and two other things that I'm not going into have completely ruined my past week. As a result, I had considered ending this blog; I just can't seem to face comics again after the person who got me into them has gone. I'm not sure I really want to end, but the blog may move slowly for a while, with less regular posts.

I hope your week was better than mine.


15 comments:

TwoHeadedBoy said...

Sorry to hear that, George. You've got to do whatever you need to do in times like this, whether that's finding something to focus on or just letting go of things completely.

Your grandma encouraged your love of comics, I'm sure she wouldn't want you to give them up because of her, but again, everyone has different ways of dealing with these things.

Bruce Laing said...

My deepest condolences to you, George.

Wesley Mead said...

I think continuing the blog would be a great way of letting her spirit live on.

Best wishes to you.

Lew Stringer said...

My sincere condolences George. Naturally you're upset and stressed at present so if you feel like taking a break from blogging, take a break. Remember though that a lot of people enjoy your blog and it's a good way to share your enthusiasm and knowledge about comics. Take your time, and take care of yourself. Keep your blog active so you can always return to blogging again when you feel up to it.

Peter Gray said...

You will never forget her and in time the memories will be special and make you smile...
Take some time off from the blog...But please don't stop...your blog has been really good and different each time...

God bless you and your family at this sad time..

Niblet said...

Sorry to hear of your loss, George. We'll understand if you're not so active on the blog for a while.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear George, agree with the others, time is a big healer, I work off shore and your blog is one I look forward too reading when I get back, I will definitely keep an eye on your blogs for when your ready for new posts, take care for now though. Mike.

Kid said...

That's a shame, and it's completely understandable if your enthusiasm for blogging is in a diminished state at the moment. We've all had moments when events have laid us low and the joy goes out of the things we love, but it does revive again after a while. The way to perhaps look at things, George, is that when you're over your grief and resume blogging (if you do), the blog stands as a reminder of your Grandma, and is a testament to her part in encouraging your love of comics. She wouldn't want you to give up on it, and when the happy associations resurface, you'll be keeping her memory alive by doing something that, thus far, you've enjoyed doing. Just give yourself all the time you need.

Andy Boal said...

So sorry to hear it, George, being down to one grandma myself… I’ve loved journeying with you through your blog, as you’ve always had something to teach this seasoned traveller.

I hope that comics will be something that remind you of the good times with your granny, and you get to keep enjoying them.

Take your time out, and I hope to see you back here soon.

Ian M said...

So sorry to hear your news, George. News like this always hits hard (I know from personal experience), and although it might sound a hackneyed old phrase, time really is a healer. As others have said here, please do carry on, and at your own pace. It'll be a great tribute to your grandma. Take care and best wishes.

George Shiers said...

Thank-you for your comments everybody. I will be taking a break and will hopefully be back shortly.

Anonymous said...

Very sorry for your loss. Hope you come back to blogging soon!

Phil Boyce said...

Sorry to hear of your loss George, thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time. You do what you need to do, the blog will still be here when you feel up to it again, and I'm sure she'd love what you've achieved so far and would want you to continue. You take care of yourself mate!

STEPHEN ARCHER said...

I completely sympathise; my own grandmother who supplied me with comics for about ten years died in 1990 and even at 40 I miss her to this very day. She’d pick up annuals from jumble sales and junkshops too. Like everyone else I’d regret the loss of your blog but of course you must do as think is best. Taking things slowly seems a sound approach. Spend yesterday looking at Knockout from early 70s in the British Library … I’m certain I received old Knockout annuals from my Nan too. Got to love them eh?

Harry Rickard said...

My deepest condolences to you, George and all of your family. I know how it feels and it's an experience I never want to face ever again. Stay strong and keep reading comics, I'm sure you've done her very proud.