After a sporadic couple of months, we here at True Classics are (finally) ready to usher in the new year!
2012 was True Classics’ best year ever: we added a new member to our crew (the lovely Sarah), introduced new features, hosted some great contests and giveaways, watched the classic film blogging community grow with talented new bloggers, and reached the mind-blowing milestone of half a million page hits. Here’s hoping that 2013 will be just as amazing here in our little slice of the blogosphere!
Here’s a little peek at what’s to come in the months ahead:
As we move back into regular postings, we’ll be revving up our Pioneers of Animation and Saturday Morning Cartoons series once again, focusing on some of the early creative geniuses whose work influenced and paved the way for some of our favorite classic cartoons. Some of the topics we’ll be tackling in the upcoming months include Paul Terry and his innovative “Terrytoons;” the kooky, inventive minds that shaped UPA’s colorful cartoon output; and the brilliant extended filmography of the Fleischer brothers (whose work with Paramount we’ve touched on previously).
But for us, this year is not just about continuing our favorite recurring features on the blog–it’s about new discoveries. And in that vein, this year we’re introducing a new feature: Learning to Love ____. The focus of this series is to educate and expose ourselves to genres, stars, and directors we either do not like or may have been avoiding (for various reasons) up until now. And the first entries in this series will deal with a topic that most of us (save Nikki) are pretty unfamiliar with: Westerns. For the next few months, we’ll be taking a look at some of the most notable entries in the Western genre, films with which we should, as good classic movie fans, be familiar. Learning to Love Westerns may not be easy after years of purposely avoiding those movies, but we’re determined to give it a shot! Look for the first entry in this series toward the end of January.
Last spring, we had a blast with our “Movie Memories in May” event, in which we published the early cinematic reminisces of bloggers, friends, family members, and other movie fans from around the world. So this year, we’re doing it again–May will be filled with remembrances of film-going experiences past, from friends old and new.
We’re bringing all of this plus other recurring features like Sarah’s Maudlin Mondays, Carrie’s Therapy Thursdays, random film reviews, blogathons, and who knows what else. We hope you’ll stick around for another year of classic movie indulgence, and as always, we thank you wholeheartedly for your readership and your kind comments, links, and compliments throughout the past three years!
And now, a final look back at 2012 here on True Classics, with some of our most popular posts from the past year:
2. Animated Naughty Bits, or: This Ain’t Your Kids’ Cartoon (lots of people looking for pornographic animation out there …)
Also: even though the series ended in 2011, our Saturday Morning Cartoons posts on the classic Disney canon/Disney Renaissance continue to bring in insane amounts of traffic, particularly our posts on The Lion King, Snow White, and Fantasia.
Quick addendum: the Classic Movie Blog Association is now voting on new membership for 2013! If you are interested in joining the crew, check out the guidelines at the CMBA site.