The Panels on Pages team recently asked me to answer a few questions about my time at Wizard Entertainment as part of a retrospective on the period leading up to and following the launch of their site, which was created in the aftermath of Wizard shutting down their message boards.
I’ve always been a big fan of PoP, because the site’s existence is proof of the community that developed around WizardUniverse.com during my time there. I was the primary admin for the Wizard Universe Message Board when it launched, and put a lot of time and effort into nurturing the WUMB community. Heck, it was so important to me that I even paid for a month or two of the board with my own credit card after Wizard let me go in order to keep it active while the company figured out their plans for it. (I was reimbursed eventually.)
That’s why it was nice to be included in PoP’s “Wizard Alumni: Where Are They Now?” article, which featured myself and a few of my former Wizard colleagues recalling the highs and lows of our time at Wizard and what we’ve been doing since leaving the company. For nearly all of us, putting Wizard in the rearview mirror has been the best thing to happen to our careers.
Here’s an excerpt from the article:
PoP!: What is the coolest piece of swag you brought home from working at Wizard?
Marshall: Beyond the boxes and boxes of comics that I ended up with, I didn’t actually receive very much swag during my time with Wizard. The ToyFare crew got the toys, the InQuest crew got the gaming stuff, and the Wizard Magazine and Price Guide crew kept a pretty tight grip on everything else that came into the office. Honestly, I’d say that my favorite piece of swag from my time at Wizard was the cameo I made in one of Rickey Purdin’s comics about life and his crazy experiences with the company. I loved reading his “Diary” comic, and he probably doesn’t know how thrilled I was to be included in it.
You can read the rest of the article at PanelsOnPages.com.