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All The Love To Whitney Matheson

Today, let’s raise our glasses and toast Whitney Matheson of Pop Candy fame for her 15 years at the forefront of bringing internet people together and making nerd culture mainstream. We will very much miss her daily dose of on positivity and cool culture each morning.

Her daily column on USA Today was one of the first of it’s type on the web and always one of the best. A true innovator, Whitney created a massive social community around pop culture media years before “Social Media” was a multi-billion dollar industry or Chris Shipley even coined the term. And anyone who has been following her column for a while will attest that she pretty much made the mustache popular again, which is pretty damn cool.

Even cooler… Whitney was instrumental in bringing graphic novels to the masses way, way back before the mainstream media outlets were paying attention to such things. And for that she will always be a true hero to our industry. Over the years it was never a surprise to see her talking comics on media outlets like CNN and VH1. And Whitney has fantastic taste in comics! Check out her legendary Comics Crash Course series of articles (part one, two, three and four) for some of her comic recommendations. She and I served as Eisner judges together in 2007 and helped develop what I think is the coolest list of Eisner nominations the award has ever had (but Iā€™m probably biased).

Aside from her never ending evangelism for comics, Whitney specialized in oddball pop culture explorations and unearthing hidden gems. Her interests varied from tea time interviews with Pee Wee Herman to her discovery of heavy metal music to the yummiest candies ever to best music podcasts to attending Lebowskifest.

We were honored to host her first fan meet-up here at the Isotope (with BATMAN: LONG HALLOWEEN artist Tim Sale) here in 2008 and the Isotope staff was always happily on hand behind the scenes to help her run her annual San Diego Comic Con Pop Candy Parties.

Whitney has a magical knack for making the internet a much happier place to be, which is definitely not an easy thing to do! There’s not a doubt in my mind that she’ll be finding a new home for her work soon. We wish her some well-earned relaxation in the meantime and look forward to her next adventure.

Thanks for the smiles, Whitney!

Whitney Matheson, Buried in Happiness

Our collective hearts leapt with joy upon hearing that the beloved internet personality, Whitney Matheson of Pop Candy fame, was returning to San Francisco for a visit. She’s definitely one of the Isotope’s most favorite people!

Whitney’s daily pop culture explorations and unearthing of hidden gems always brings a smile, from interviews with Pee Wee Herman to her discovery of metal music to the yummiest candies to best music podcasts to her favorite things of the 2011. Pretty much every day I can count on Whitney to overload my brain with great information, brilliant interviews and endlessly amusing stories.

But best of all Whitney has amazing taste in comics. She was instrumental in bringing graphic novels to the masses with USA Today way, way back before the mainstream media outlets were paying attention to such things. And for that she will always be a hero to the industry. Do check out her legendary Comics Crash Course series of articles (part one, two, three and four) for some of her comic recommendations. She and I also served as Eisner judges together in 2007 and helped develop what I think is the coolest list of nominations the award has ever seen… but I’m probably biased!

On her grand SF vacation, between cablecar rides, street art visits, fine dinings, shoppings, afternoon teas, and historic bar crawls throughout San Francisco Whitney stopped in to the Isotope for a long, relaxing kick-back on the Isotope sofa with a giant stack of comics. See all those awesome books she’s reading? Like I say, the girl has amazing taste in comics. And this photo I snapped was really just too cute not to share!

Check out more Ms. Matheson:
popcandy.usatoday.com
twitter.com/PopCandy

Thanks for visiting, Whitney!

CNN Talks Comics w/ People You Know

Myself and the fab Whitney Matheson of Pop Candy fame talk with the fine folks at CNN on the floor of San Diego Comic Con about the current state of the con, the big media invasion, and what it all means for comics at the convention in this short but sweet Sunday afternoon interview. As you can probably expect, I do just a bit of ranting in the process.

Is there still room for comic books at Comic Con?



Go ahead an give it a watch:
CNN presents “Do Comics Still Exist At San Diego Comic Con?” w/ James Sime & Whitney Matheson

And if you’re not already making Whitney’s pop culture blog a daily stop now is the time to start. You’ll be glad you did!
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