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Brian Bendis shuts down his long-running message board

Marvel mainstay and Powers co-creator Brian Michael Bendis has shut down his long-running message board, effective immediately. Previous posts are no longer accessible and all incoming links to the board direct to a note from the Eisner-winning writer, where he states his reason for the closure and invites fans to interact with him via his Twitter and Tumblr accounts.

“This looks to be one of the most exciting years I will ever have with the debut of the Powers TV show and so many other big surprises coming in the next few months,” Bendis wrote. “It is important, now more than ever, that I focus as much of my attention on my work and family.”

The Bendis Board, as it was.

The Bendis Board, as it was.

The Bendis Board took many forms at multiple different homes across the Internet over the years, dating back to the writer’s pre-Marvel days. In addition to his own board, Bendis hosted forums for other creators (collectively known as the “Jinxworld Forums”), which are also now redirecting to the closure message.

While nominally a place for discussion of Bendis’s works, the board spanned a wide range of topics including pop culture and current events, often causing the type of controversy and drama that frequently occurs with online forums. It also created a tight-knit community of regular posters (including myself, with more than 20,000 posts under my belt), and attracted comics professionals both established and on the rise — with creators like Nick Spencer, Charles Soule, Joe Eisma, Joshua Hale Fialkov and Kody Chamberlain posting on the board before achieving their current industry status.

The full text of Bendis’s final message to his board follows.

It is with a heavy heart but with a headful of love and fond, fond memories that the bendis board is now closed. put out to pasture. it’s the end of the road.

I am immensely proud of the community we have built, the relationships we have made, and the literal decades of fun we have had together.

For those looking for me you can always find me on twitter @brianmbendis and tumblr http://brianmichaelbendis.tumblr.com

I am not going anywhere. I am eager to hear your thoughts and love our interaction.

This looks to be one of the most exciting years I will ever have with the debut of the powers TV show and so many other big surprises coming in the next few months. it is important, now more than ever, that I focus as much of my attention on my work and family.

I hope you take personal joy in the success of the books and creators you have championed so vigorously on these boards. careers were made because of you guys. and that’s no exaggeration.

Do know that I truly love all of you and I hope to speak with you as often as possible… in 140 characters or less :-)

bendis board 1992- 2014

Comments

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I gotta salute him for this action.

While much of what the board did community-wise was great, without proper attention it can be easy to slip into becoming another place for bullies to congregate and be lauded for their behavior and even drag creators into supporting it by accident. Many creator boards were subject to this in the past, and this looks like a great step to counter against that behavior if the proper attention to keep it in-line isn’t around.

In many ways, I think Bendis also recognized this, but wanted to go out on a high note praising the good that was done, while still walking away with the lessons learned. So I salute him for this action, and look forward to his ever growing work alongside his cognizant playful inside jokes he works in.

For what it’s worth, most of the community from Bendis’ board had already moved on to a new forum here: http://rocketf.org/thepond/

But who knows if everyone got word of it. Spammers are currently flooding the new board so registration is slowed down.

@kano Thanks for that link!

It probably just became more work that it was worth just to maintain alone. Message boards while I believe they will always exist are becoming more and more irrelevant on the internet.

Nice. Editing out negative comments. This site just lost some credibility.

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