Robin McConnell On The Future of Inkstuds

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Robin McConnell, the longtime host of Inkstuds, recently posted a series of tweets regarding the future of the project, and we reached out for clarification. His statement follows. -Ed.

Yes, Inkstuds is winding down as ongoing project. it's probably been pretty obvious that I just have not posting the interviews like I used to. Inkstuds has run for 14 years with well over 700 interviews. I think it's probably the only comics outlet that has interviews with Rob Liefeld and Ivan Brunetti conducted by the same person. But I also feel like this happens in a vacuum. I put out an interview and then things keep moving on. Since my dad's stroke a couple of years ago, my life has been thrown through the ringer. I started the show when i was 28 and now i am 42. I can't put the time towards an in-depth interview that i would have been able to do in the past. I just have too many obligations and honestly, I need to work and make money. I just started a new demanding position in a charitable non-profit that I am uniquely suited for and want to give that my all. The organization has put a lot of faith in me and I hope to exceed expectations. 

I will still be continuing to do the occasional interview as time permits or if there is someone I really want to talk to (I still have some dream guests that have turned me down several times). I will also be posting my little comic reviews I have been doing, as it's a pretty fun creative exercise in how I engage with comics. 

A couple of years ago I also joined the board of directors for the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival. I have since become president and really love how much I have been able to support the organization in growing and developing. I hope to be doing that for another couple of years as I use both my work experience in non-profits and deep comics connections to allow for VanCAF to have a strong sustainable framework to grow and engage. We already have some great programming coming up this year with our first post show event featuring William Gibson and Johnnie Christmas. - Robin McConnell

2 Responses to Robin McConnell On The Future of Inkstuds

  1. Thanks for all the great listening over the years, Robin! Hope to make it out to VanCAF one day.

  2. Ahh, my favorite comics related material hands down. I’ve learned so much from Robin’s interviews. It’s sad to get this news but the interview archive is legendary. Hope it stays up for future generations.

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