This Fan Is Good – Carol A. Strickland
The internet has always amazed me as being this astonishingly awesome reservior of ideas. And for an information junkie such as myself, it is practically TOO much coolness.
I have been known, on occasion, to spend more than a hour perusing, like, Omega Men indexes, or some other such nonsense – just because it is THERE.
All that info and knowledge…and it’s available to me – for FREE!
In any event, one of the things you find when you do enough internet browsing is that there are some fans out there who just put a lot more work into their efforts than others, and I think here is as good a place as any to draw attention to them. The fans who do such great work being resources of information and knowledge for the rest of us comic aficionados out there.
The first fan I want to recognize is Carol A. Strickland.
Her website can be found here.
Carol is just about the foremost Wonder Woman expert that I have ever seen (I swear, it seems that EVERY time I am looking up something about Wonder Woman, there is an article by Carol about it! EVERY time! Whatever the topic is, she has written on it!), but even if someone else knows more than her, they certainly have not expressed that knowledge in the same straightforward, down-to-earth, FUN manner that Carol does.
She was also one of the big Interlac Legion fans, as well, which is cool. According to her, she even got written into one of the comics (which was typical for the members of the Legion Interlac fanzine) as Field Marshal Lorca.
She was also one of the first folks to really rip into Marvel for the ridiculousness that was Avengers #200 (“Yay! This guy admits that he essentially brainwashed and raped Ms. Marvel, then impregnated her! Let’s all wish them good luck together!”).
But basically, above all, she just seems to me to embody all the best aspects of fandom.
She likes to be helpful to others (including creators).
She has her particular likes and dislikes (no Byrne fan is she), but she does not just churn out diatribes against those creators.
Basically, she just works really hard to be a positive force with comics, and it is greatly appreciated.
So there, Carol A. Strickland – this fan is good.