My 5-year college reunion was last June. My 10-year high school reunion should be coming up this spring. But neither one compares to the glee I feel at this reunion, with my Fantastic Fangirls compatriots.

As many of you know, I left FF about a year and a half ago when I accepted a job at Marvel Comics as an assistant editor in the X-Men office. In the year that I worked at Marvel, I got the opportunity to be a part of more than a dozen different X-related comics, working with fellow Marvel staffers and countless freelancers to make the product that readers of this site pick up every Wednesday. I learned a ton about how the industry operates and how to tell comic book stories in the best possible way, and the experience was a wonderful one overall. I loved the people I worked with and the books I worked on. Then, in August of last year, Marvel and I amicably parted ways.

I wanted to give myself some space from my Marvel job before I returned to my blogging duties, which is why it’s taken me 5 months to make this post. Even with that distance, I’m unlikely to talk much about Marvel for the foreseeable future – I neither wish to violate my NDA nor give opinions that still may be seen as a conflict of interest. My blogging will likely feature more television, film, and book discussion than comic book discussion for at least the next few months. But I can’t pretend that my experiences at Marvel haven’t colored the way I look at media, or the way I will conduct academic work on comics when I return to Wisconsin for my PhD in media and cultural studies next fall.

It’s the promise of resuming my studies that makes me eager to dive back into the world of critical media analysis, doing in short form what I’ll soon be doing in long form once again. And I can think of no better venue for that return than FF, a place I still consider my home on the internet, writing with some of the greatest friends I’ve ever had in geekdom. The site’s gone through a lot of changes since I last wrote here, and I’m excited to work with all of the brilliant, passionate women who have joined our ranks since my departure. I just hope you’ll all accept my return.

  • Kiki

    Yay, Jen! I’m very happy to see you back here.