Robot 6

The Old Order Changeth

“And there came a day, unlike any other, when Earth’s Mightiest Children learned to dress themselves, play quietly and take regular naps. On that day The Parents were reborn, to resume the lives they had once mastered!”
— Tom Bondurant

I wanted to give a quick update on some changes at Robot 6. Earlier this year my wife and I welcomed our first child into the world, which has brought all sorts of joy and craziness into our lives. It’s not an experience I’d trade for anything, but as any other parent will probably tell you the term “free time” no longer has much meaning. Between my son, my other gig and running the blog, something had to give, so I’m stepping down as managing editor of Robot 6 and handing the reins to Kevin Melrose.

I’m sure some of you are thinking, “Wasn’t he already in charge?” Kevin’s played a huge role on the team since way back when we first started at Newsarama, and he’s been carrying the bulk of the burden while I’ve been enjoying parenthood for the past few months. So the transition should be fairly seamless, particularly for our readers.

Also, this doesn’t mean I’m leaving completely. While my current schedule just doesn’t afford the time I once had to run the blog the way it needs to be run, I’ll still be around on weekends, helping out with What Are You Reading? and other stuff for Robot 6, as well as doing some work for Comic Book Resources. And I’ll still be around during the week for a while longer until Kevin can find someone else to help out.

So, yeah, as far as good-byes go, this one is fairly lame, since I’m not really leaving — I just won’t be around as much. Sort of like Matthew McConaughey’s character in Dazed & Confused, the guy who graduated high school but was always still hanging around. This wasn’t an easy decision to make, so I thank Kevin, as well as CBR’s Jonah Weiland for helping to make it as easy as possible, and I certainly thank the Robot 6 crew for being the best group of bloggers a guy could ask to be in the comic trenches with. Now I think I hear my kid waking up, and I’m sure mom could use a hand …



JK, as the father of a 5-month-old, I feel your pain. Saaaaay, is Kevin available to take up some of the slack on my site, too?

I kid, of course. Good luck, and I still look forward to reading your work when you find the time to write it!



one has to do what one can for your only human and a new baby really takes priority good luck mate for the blog is no doubt in reall good hands.

Congratulations, John! May your baby be a blessing to you and your wife!

nooooooooooooo :-C

As someone who has raised two sons and is helping with a grandson, I know what you mean about time. Good luck, congratulations, do your best to be a daddy, not just a father.

You’re one of the best, JK. It was a pleasure reading your stuff, and an even greater pleasure hanging out at APE and elsewhere.

Belated congratulations, and all the best to the family. With luck, you might now find a few minutes to rest.

As you say, it’s not goodbye … so see you soon!

And good luck, Kevin!

So long, John. Thanks for all your work. Best wishes for your new life. And believe me, it’s a new life.

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