Go and look at Tom Spurgeon’s Comics Reporter site. Normally full of news and opinions second to none (And that’s not just false modesty on Blogarama’s part, either), it’s currently full of… white space. Tom explains on The Engine:
It Looked Like This When I Woke Up
Actually, all my files look gone, too.
Hopefully, this is something that can be restored. I had something like 7000 articles up, from multiple postings every day for just under two years. This includes most of my work in comics from the last ten years.
If you know me personally, you know my whole year has been like this.
In case this is temporary, and let’s all hope that it is, I had a full run of news already ready to run out this morning — the biggest story is that Art Spiegelman withdrew his work from the half of the Masters of American Comics Exhibit running at the Jewish Museum. This was confirmed to CR by one of the other artists involved and the Director of Communications at the Jewish Museum, and one assumes will be reported in most NY media sources covering the show, starting today.
I apologize for this inconvenience.
Other Engine posters point out that the files do still seem to be there, except not available through blog archive links, suggesting that this is a temporary problem at worst, which is good news. Spurgeon explains his reason for posting the above message in the first place:
Thanks, fellas. I hope it’s easily fixable. I’m sure it will be
I apologize for posting. I hate “Look at me blog” posturing, but I was frustrated and my first, bizarro thought since I’ll be gone all day is that I wanted people to know I did have the Spiegelman story. I’m not sure why. Also the only other time I went down for more than a minute people openly speculated I couldn’t handle ads, which cost me at least one ad (it was actually a server switch). I didn’t want anyone to think I’d quit,
It also freakishly occurred to me that for my exisiting advertisers I thought the links to see me face down in the mud might drive some traffic to the site that would ameliorate the hit loss from missing links to today’s content, which was already done.
No good decisions are made when you’re up at 4 in the morning.
Hopefully, the site will be up and running again very soon. But in the meantime, go and visit to see the zen of white space, and give Tom the hits he needs to make up for the ones missing due to the temporary lack of content.