Sequart.com:

10 Years!

Today, Sequart is celebrating 10 years online.

The date of Sequart’s birth has been lost to history, but we’ve decided to date it from 18 August 1996. 1996 was the year I first started putting my writing about comics online, though the day and month has been lost. 18 August comes from the date of Matt Martin’s first online review, which was the first content not written by me and which appeared on our predecessor site, ContinuityPages.com.

A little later this week, I’ll offer a lengthier recounting of Sequart’s history. For now, let’s just say that the site started as an ambitious hobby on my personal pages on a university server. Years later, in August 2002, with the Continuity Pages racking up traffic that I couldn’t have predicted, and with reviewer Matt Martin coming onboard, I launched ContinuityPages.com — the site’s first identity as an independent website. The list of contributors grew along with the traffic, and in April 2004, I relaunched the site as Sequart.com.

So, to be clear, this may be the 10th anniversary of Sequart.com, but it’s also the 4th anniversary of the site having its own domain and the two-years-and-four-months anniversary of the domain name Sequart.com.

Let’s just talk here about those last two years and four months. Mike Phillips has gone from a fan of the site to Editor-in-Chief, an indispensable partner in operating and expanding the site — more so than I could ever express. We’ve launched a line of books and attended several comic book conventions. We’ve also further expanded our offerings, including staff members of several continents covering everything from indy comix to mainstream super-heroes, from manga to Euro-comics.

What’s more, the best is yet to come. In the coming months, you’ll be amazed at how much the site grows. Just two years ago, no one could have imagined how far we’d come. We think you’ll be saying the same thing in six months.

Thank you for reading, for commenting, and for contributing. In a very real sense, this is your website too. There’d be no point in being here without our readership, and we’ve always appreciated every one of you.

Here’s to a great ten years — and to an even greater decade to come!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

In 1996, while still an undergraduate, Dr. Julian Darius founded what would become Sequart Organization. After graduating magna cum laude from Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisconsin), he obtained his M.A. in English, authoring a thesis on John Milton and utopianism. In 2002, he moved to Waikiki, teaching college while obtaining an M.A. in French (high honors) and a Ph.D. in English. In 2011, he founded Martian Lit, which publishes creative work, including his comic book Martian Comics. He currently lives in Illinois.

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