A heaping thank you to everyone who follows the blog, has left an appreciative comment, sent an appreciative email, shared or featured my posts (and given me credit), given me a heads up, consented to be interviewed, or submitted material for me to feature. Most of the work I do here happens between 5:30 and 7:00 in the morning. Your contributions and positive feedback are my fuel. (That and coffee.)
The idea behind 2 Warps to Neptune is to virtually recreate, as far as possible, the land, customs, and artifacts of our collective youth. The ultimate goal is not to relive the past, but to study it. My focus is on how a confluence of cultural forces—Star Wars and the resulting sci-fi boom, D&D and the fantasy boom, the evolution of the comic book industry, the video game and personal computer revolutions—gave rise to a new species of person we now refer to as geeks or nerds, though I’d argue the terms are nearly meaningless today.
Right now, the 2 Warps to Neptune Facebook page is the extent of my “social media presence.” I post different stuff there to (1) make it worthwhile for everyone who “likes” me, and (2) to save some space on the blog. I chose Facebook because it’s easy and it gives me the most flexibility as an anonymous page. (I’m anonymous because I’m a manager in a very large company in flux. I also have a separate writing life.) I know many of you prefer Google+ and Twitter, but I’d rather concentrate on finding and writing about nifty and gnarly subject matter. (Having said that, I’m Chase Neptune on Google+.)
This blog is not about me. It’s about us. To that end, I’d like to start featuring more guest posts and/or collaborations with other writers. Topics up for analysis/review include films and books, film novelizations, magazines, comics, coloring and activity books, LPs and cassettes (Kid Stuff Records, Disney Read-Alongs, etc.), toys, games (video, board, role-playing), amusement venues (arcades, theme parks)—anything and everything that sheds light on ’70s and ’80s kid culture. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested.
I’m not sure how long I can keep this up, programs, but I’ve definitely got another year in me. Thanks again.