Spinning down the alliance
April 29, 2013 8:12 PM Subscribe
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On April 26, AOL shut down a series of its subsidiary sites: A broad swath of its AOL Music network, including Spinner
- whose staff live-tweeted their own termination
- and the feature-focused, oft-linked-on-the-blue
comics blog ComicsAlliance
ComicsAlliance was short on news about the industry and reviewed a couple of actual comics a week - if that - but long on essays and opinion pieces about the state of the industry as a whole, dealing with race
(both in the comics
and in the ranks of their creators
) and sexual orientation
. It also employed MeFi favorite Chris Sims
Archives to catch up on before the site goes down for good (AOL has not confirmed when this will be) include Sims' columns, "Ask Chris"
and Bizarro Back Issues
, their roundtable movie reviews
, David Brothers'
often-provocative (though sadly short-lived) column "I'm David," and the weekly exhibition of great comics art, Best Art Ever (This Week)
, with its sidekick, Best Cosplay Ever (This Week)
, and Hudson's journey through the madness that is "Batman: Odyssey."
As yet, none of the staff have announced future plans. Sims blogs at The ISB
and Twenty Percent Cooler
, while Brothers contributes to 4th Letter
. Site founder Laura Hudson now edits Wired's "Underwire"
AOL has yet to comment on what prompted the closures, though Hudson has said that "it wasn't performance-related."