We get most of our mainstream comics news at The Outhouse, which despite being a little rough with the personal jokes, still has a jaundiced and often hilarious view of comics publishing that’s closer to the truth than many would suspect. However in a recent spate of comics news site turnovers, The Outhouse is losing it’s editor in chief, Christian Hoffer, who’s moving on, after creating thigns such s the “Has DC Done Something Stupid Today” countdown clock. Although he cites the usual—life changes, less time—it’s clear that the snarky tone of the Outhouse also took its toll:
I think online discourse is a weird, wonderful thing. Sometimes, though, I think people get too caught up with being assholes to each other and too concerned trying to win online battles to really feel compassion and empathy to one another. I think that compassion is something that the world needs a lot more of, and that’s something that I need to be better about online. When you start tossing out words like “hate” on such a regular basis, you become filled with it. And I think a life filled with hate isn’t a very good one to live. With me, the snarkiness on here is supposed to be goofy and a way to make a point. But I’m not sure if our readers always get that, and I know the folks who “hate” us sure don’t. But hey, negativity begets negativity, so what should I expect other than half-jokes that some randos on the East Coast want to see me dead?
Hoffer has been a good friend to the Beat—I think we considered each other sister sites—and I’ll definitely miss him and hope he sticks around. Jude Terror will be staying on.
As mentioned above, the attrition in comics sites has been fearsome of late. Lucas Siegel left Newsarama last fall; Matthew Meylikhov left Multiversity in January; Andy Khouri hung it up at Comics Alliance just days after and eventually made his way to DC. All of the sites seem to be moving on, but comics journalism burns you out pretty quick unless you’re nuts.
Or maybe Hoffer is taking a job with DC too? Now that would be AWESOME.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.