Firestorm: The Nuclear Man
1) How did you start blogging Shag? What's your own 'secret origin' as it were? My first blogging efforts were driven by curiosity. I'd been active on listservs and podcasts, and around this time blogging was starting to become popular. I was genuinely curious how it worked and saw it as a venue for me to blather on about whatever I wanted. So I started www.oneuponageek.com.
Part of my motivation was also driven by my professional background in Marketing. I saw this as an experiment in promotions. I wanted to identify effective ways to promote a blog and drive traffic to a site. Overall I believe I was pretty successful in generating lots of hits for that site (over 1 million visitors in four years). I had tons of fun sharing my thoughts on comic books and science fiction. I'm very proud of my work on this site, and I hope to get back to it again someday.
3) In your own words, Shag, how would you describe firestormfan.com, and how did this website come into existence? 'Firestorm Fan' is the source for DC Comics' Nuclear Men. You'll find anything and everything Firestorm-related there. Things such as merchandise, comics, toys, apparel, cartoons, news, creator interviews, and commentary about the character is covered. All incarnations of the character are celebrated there. Additionally, this site serves as one of the homes for 'The Fire and Water' podcast; the official podcast of 'Firestorm Fan' and 'The Aquaman Shrine'. Just to be perfectly clear, my site is not affiliated with DC Comics in any way.
My Firestorm site came into existence after I'd been running 'OnceUponAGeek' for almost a year. While I loved writing a blog about anything and everything geeky, I wanted to start another site that really focused on one subject. I was a big fan of other comic book character blogs, such as: 'The Aquaman Shrine' (for the chap with the gills), 'Speed Force' (dedicated to the Flash), and 'Idol-Head of Diabolu' (about to the Martian Manhunter). Firestorm has always been my favorite character, and after searching around the web I wasn't able to find an active blog dedicated to the character. There are a handful of good reference sites and some defunct sites, but no active blog. Thus FIRESTORM FAN was born!
4) What piece of music, movie, or object, would you say your site was like, and why? I like to think this is John Williams' world and we all just live in it. He's written the soundtrack to all our lives. If you think of FIRESTORM FAN as a piece of John Williams music, I'd have to say it's the soundtrack to Harry Potter. The reason is because I try to keep this site as up-beat as possible. While I could be negative and talk smack about aspects or issues, I prefer not to. I want to celebrate the character and share an infectious optimism with fellow Match-Heads (fans of Firestorm). I've always thought Williams' soundtrack to Harry Potter is up-beat and full of positive-feeling music.
6) Do you have any amusing stories about your site? Also, have you had any creator recognition. I keep tabs on Firestorm across the net. One of the ways is through "Google Alerts". I get daily e-mails from Google featuring current news and stories that contain the word "Firestorm". You wouldn't believe how many journalists use the word "firestorm" to describe celebrity gossip and politics! Sorry, I don't care what Paris Hilton said, it doesn't truly generate a "social media firestorm".
I've been incredibly fortunate to interview several Firestorm creators, such as: Gerry Conway, Al Milgrom, John Ostrander, Stuart Moore, Jamal Igle, Ethan Van Sciver, and Gail Simone. Other creators have been very supportive of the site, such as: Yildiray Cinar, Joe Harris, Rafael Kayanan, and Dave Beaty. DC Comics has even mentioned Firestorm Fan through their social media efforts a few times. Interaction with the creators is probably my favorite thing about running the site. Each of them are fantastic people and have a real passion about the character. If I wasn't running the site, I never would have had those opportunities to communicate with them.
8) What's the best thing about Firestorm compared to the other heroes. If you are talking about the classic Firestorm, I'd have to say his love of being a superhero. He's enthusiasm was boundless and he always used his powers in larger-than-life ways. For example, if someone was hurtling to their death, instead of just making the concrete below softer, Firestorm would create an enormous rubber duck for them to land on. Wild stuff like that. It was always fun!
If you are talking about the current Firestorm, I'd have to say their power-level combined with the international intrigue. Ronnie and Jason have themselves caught up in a nasty game of political power and they don't even know it. Combine that with their astonishing powers and you've got a fantastic superhero story!
9) If your website was a 'singleton' looking for a 'date', who would that date be and why? Ummm... is there a Power Girl blog out there?
Ha! Thanks for that Shag. Your a pal. So if you want to know more about my pal and his sites, please check out firestormfan.com, or his related twitter, facebook, and gplus pages. You won't be sorry that you did, right buddies?