A Message From The World’s Finest

First off, apologies for the rather bland subject line up there. It comes off more ominous than it should. Sorry about that! Anyways…

With 2014 now done and over with, the last news story from The World’s Finest has officially been posted up. As I mentioned on this site a year ago, it’s time to ease back on the overall workload of this site, and that starts with wrapping up the daily news post for the foreseeable future. Thousands and thousands of news posts, including three straight years of news posts at least five days a week, without a single weekday missed. And, with 2015 now here, that ends as The World’s Finest will return to its roots as an unbeatable resource for fans. An archive of content, a collection of materials covering a host of different shows and movies, a wealth of information – call it what you will, but The World’s Finest will be embracing that once again.

What does that all encompass? Well, don’t get alarmed … it’s all good! As the site shifts into a content destination, certain aspects of the site will stop while an emphasis will be placed on others. Daily news posts will cease, as I said, and no new subsites will be added to the site as of this time. Does that mean the end of updates and new material? No – there will always be new content added here, but the site will now just be easier for me to manage.

Site updates will continue going forward, reviews will still be posted, more content will be added (images, behind-the-scenes material, etc.), along with the odd interview. However, now, the site updates will now fall more onto the resource side of things. As I said, there will be no new additional subsites added to The World’s Finest going forward, with the possible exception of smaller pages dedicated to installments of the ongoing DC Universe Animated Original Movie line. Assorted DVD, Blu-ray, and other media releases will also still be covered. A new Batman: The Brave and The Bold Blu-ray? We’ll cover and review it – 100%. New soundtrack release? We’re on it – count on it. The only thing really changing is the end of daily news posts (which, honestly, it didn’t seem like a lot of people noticed anyway, given how so many stories broken here went unnoticed or stolen over the years).

A lot of factors played a role in this decision. For one, this site is too unwieldy for one person to handle. I cover about 95% of the work on the site, the forums and social media outlets. This includes emails, press work, reviews, finding reviewers and content, all of that. I spend many hours a day working on this site, volunteering countless hours. Juggling that with a regular job, a family, etc., and, well, something has to give. I have more responsibilities than ever before and there are just not enough hours in the day. But I can’t just abandon the site – no way. Given how long I’ve been working on this site, from its first iteration back in 1997, and how attached I am to it, I opted not to pass the torch. I did ask for help, more than a few times, but no one came to bat. So, I opted to scale the site responsibilities down to its skeleton in order to keep it going. I am expecting to reduce my presence and update rate overtime, though. The forum duties will be passed over to someone else entirely, for example. Still, with this, I’m able to balance my workload easier, have a bit of a better life, and explore other options.

This site is not going away. It’s not going anywhere. It’s going to stay right here. There’s no way I could let it go, anyways. All the content that you see here is not budging an inch. The only thing really changing is the removal of daily news updates and an easing back on the frequency of updates. This site will always be here for you to access and explore. In fact, to this day, there are some nifty secrets still not uncovered here on the site, which tells me there’s plenty for all of you still to explore.

For those worried, this isn’t the end. All you need to do is keep an eye on the “Site Updates” section to see that. Over the next few days, you’ll see the main page here change a little. The news will be replaced with links to the major site sections here, and the daily news shuffled off into an archive (where it will be readily accessible to look through). All portions of this site, I think, will be more easily accessible for those wanting to look around and just see what we have to offer. This site is the biggest DC Comics-animation (and Batman animation) site out there to this day, and I doubt that’ll change, even with the evolving trends of internet culture. But hey, no matter how much all of that changes, The World’s Finest will always be right here.

If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to drop a line. The social media portals for The World’s Finest will remain up until I decide what to do with them. I can be easily reached there, or through the contact links scattered throughout the site here. If all that fails, just catch me on the forums.

I’d like to express a quick “thanks” to all the folks who have helped me over the years. Zach, Ian, James, Barry, Eileen, Brian, Michael and a wealth of other people I can’t thank enough. This seems like a nice moment to tip my hat to them as I follow the site through a few minor changes and lifts. For your daily news fix, which plenty of you are clearly already getting elsewhere, I suggest you keep it tuned to Toonzone and DCAU Resource. The forums right here are also a good spot for any developments or concerns, as well. I may post the odd piece up from time to time there.

And that’s all from me for now, folks. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to ask. Don’t hesitate. That’s what I’m here for. Thanks!

-James

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Comments

  1. Gary

    Good luck with the new iteration of the site James. The World’s Finest has been a great resource for DC animation over the years.

  2. Matias

    I couldn’t agree more with this decision. For me, the WF has always been the big library for info and stuff to the DCAU and the new line of movies. To be honest, the daily news were barely interesting to me most of the time because most of the time it was irrelevant news to me. Ocassionaly you’d post a big news like a new movie or blu ray announcement or whatever and just those few are the ones that really count for me.

    The amount of work put into this website is epic and I will be forever grateful for it, as it has been my partner since day 1 I started following the DCAU.

    Don’t mind the likes of people like the one who commented here, those are ungrateful idiots, who don’t appretiate the hard work that is being done and has been done and just take things for granted.

  3. ShiyaHawk

    I come on this on a daily basis to just see the news. I guess I’m just going to have to find a new site that has both news and DC information like this one had.

    It was fun while it lasted but you’ve lost a regular reader who has been going on this site since 2009.

    I am highly disappointed by your decision. I hope you change your mind about the news part. This is the only site that updated regularly what was going on in the DC community. You will be leaving a lot of your readers in the cold by doing so.

    1. Mr. 2015 Please Keeep new news

      Exactly what I was trying to say, this is why I went to the website I agree with you Hawk. I do this daily routine where I go to certain websites everyday before going to other things, and this was one of them however now I guess I’m taking it off my list.

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    Jim Harvey

    The daily news will not be returning and I completely understand if folks remove this site from their daily routine. But keep in mind that, beyond the daily news, there are literally thousands of pages devoted to a host of DC Comics-based cartoons that are worth checking out.

    1. ShiyaHawk

      Yes and if you read very closely he stated those will be discontinued as well. No new series is going to be added. There is no reason for the site to run anymore than if the series section won’t be updated with new ones.

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      Jim Harvey

      No, I didn’t say those would be discontinued. No new sites will be added, but all sections currently on the site will be updated with new content as it comes available. And besides, given the amount of content here, there’s plenty to keep regular visitors of new viewers plenty occupied. This site survived before it had daily news, and it will afterwards.

  5. ShiyaHawk

    I also have one other problem that I forgot to mention. You stated that you covered 95% of the work on the site. Why can this not be delegated to other people to make the workload less and more things able to be done?

    To me you seem a bit of a control freak perhaps. You want everything your way with help from no one else. The other just do the little 5% you allow them to do. Let them work with you so you’re not doing 95% of the work!

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      Jim Harvey

      I covered the work because I had to – any requests for assistance went unanswered. I stated that above. I repeatedly asked and no one came forward. Some fine folks did volunteer some reviews and excellent essays, which helped out. And also, I don’t appreciate your rude tone and, frankly, if you’re the type of person this site attracts, then I can do without that traffic.

      This site was a vast undertaking that eventually fell on to my shoulders. I am very thankful for the opportunities it gave me along the way, and still will give me in the future. And honestly, I enjoyed a lot of it, but it got to a point where I had juggle my priorities between my volunteer web work, my family and my job and, frankly, it’s no contest. Plus, this gives me the chance to stretch my legs.

      And on that note, I’m not going to justify this decision any further, and the comments for this newspost will be closed. Thanks for all the positive comments via this site, email, and the assorted social outlets. It’s very nice to hear as this website shifts into its next phase. Thanks! Stay tuned for more updates – coming soon!

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