With the end of 2013 comes a reflection on boulder-hill.net. The site was launched in late 2009, which means we are working on our fifth year as a part of the M.A.S.K. fan world. The site has definitely evolved from the initial concept (which, admittedly, was somewhat vague). But the site was never intended to be rigid, changes and new ideas were expected.
Far and away the best part of carving out our little corner of the internet has been the chance to connect with other M.A.S.K. fans around the world. Guesting on MASKast has been one of the most exciting – Jason and Wyatt are two of the greatest guys, and chatting with them has been one of the most enjoyable parts of running boulder-hill.net. Corresponding with Scott, of the M.A.S.K. Comics Blog has also been a blast, and I would like to wish him all the luck with his future M.A.S.K. projects. Last but not least, comments left by visitors on the site are a great source of pleasure. Trust that every comment left on the site is greatly appreciated (minus the spam bots trying to use the comments section as free advertising). I hope to have even more interactions in 2014. So anyone reading this, feel free to write, post, email, anything!
In more recent new, a few days ago, boulder-hill.net hit a small milestone event – we sold our first shirt on RedBubble. Someone with (clearly) amazing taste purchased the Matt Trakker shirt available in the boulder-hill.net store. If our #1 customer is reading this, thank you very much! For anyone who has somehow avoided checking out the store till now, please take a moment and do so. If you see something you like, buy it – if you do not see something you like, send an email or comment with your ideas. RedBubble allows the creation of all sorts of things, not just clothing. Readers can also expect to see more shirts and merchandise to be added in the coming year, so it is worth keeping an eye out.
On occasion we have given thanks out to friends who have helped boulder-hill.net be the best M.A.S.K. site it can be. Now it is time to take moment to formally acknowledge those contributions. First, we would like to thank our pal, Ollie, in the UK. Ollie has provided the site with tons of high quality scans of the M.A.S.K. comics that, unfortunately, only saw a release in the United Kingdom. Without his help those comics would never have made it to the pages of boulder-hill.net. Four of those are currently up in our Comics area and we have plenty more coming.
Second, our warm thanks to Mr. James Eatock of Cereal:Geek. James has always been a friend to the site, providing exclusive images and previews for our readers. The next two issues of Cereal:Geek (#11 and 12) should be getting to us soon, and trust that we will be very excited to share them with you! If you have yet to order an issue of Cereal:Geek you should seriously consider doing so.
And finally, a huge thank you to the mysterious software wizard, known only as ‘btx’. He is the man responsible for making everything on boulder-hill.net work. This includes setting up the audio and video players for the Media page. Making it possible to group the pages of our comics together. Installing working anti-spam measures – the site was getting around 75 spam comments a day – so this was a big deal! And generally updating and maintaining all the tricky coding that is necessary to keep a website alive and kicking. Thanks guys, your help and contributions have been enormous and greatly appreciated.
Before the year ends we wanted to squeeze in one last dose of M.A.S.K. fun. A piece of classic merchandise from the 1980s. One of the first pieces of merchandise to appear on boulder-hill.net was an image of the M.A.S.K. sticker set pack. It is now time to reveal the contents of those packs. Sticker sets were common merchandising opportunities in the 80s, Diamond Distribution released this set in 1987 (Panini also released a series of M.A.S.K. stickers in 1986). The Diamond release was a large set, including over 200 stickers. Some of the stickers could be put together to create larger images, while others used special glasses to appear in 3D. Todays update presents the first 24 stickers from the set and can be viewed in the Merchandise area. We will continue to add more of the stickers to boulder-hill.net throughout 2014, so stay tuned for more of these vintage collectibles.
That wraps things up for this post – and this year. Once again, thank you to everyone who has been a part of keeping the M.A.S.K. world alive!