I always feel a little weird doing these. Maybe it’s because I rarely do enough actual “talking” directly to the Den of Geek readers, and maybe because a “holiday message from the editor” feels like a relic of the past. I couldn’t imagine working with better people than the Den of Geek squad, from the core editorial who serve as my daily conscience to our stellar video team, brilliant designers, talented freelancers, and our fearless advertising team and CEO. While I can’t thank them enough, I can safely speak for our entire team when I say thank you, our readers, for all of the time you chose to spend with us during an eventful 2017.
I’m not a particularly spiritual person, but I enjoy the benevolent spirit of the Christmas season. With that being said, I often find this time of year a little melancholy and sad, and I know some of you do, too. With that in mind, please spare a thought for people who are suffering quietly with depression. If you find yourself struggling, as many do at this time of year, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK. You can also click to chat with someone who wants to help. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has a host of resources available as well, right here.
Please note that the conditions in Puerto Rico, home to millions of American citizens, are still dire in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. PathStone Puerto Rico is doing good work in the ongoing efforts to rebuild. Also note that Oxfam is working to aid refugees around the world. The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund wants to help make sure our servicemen and women aren’t forgotten when they return from fighting for us abroad, while The American Civil Liberties Union is fighting to make sure that our freedoms remain intact at home.
Please also consider a donation to one of these worthy causes.
If none of these are to your liking, please consider offering your time or money to local food pantries, animal shelters, or homeless outreach organizations, who can probably use some some extra volunteers at any time of the year.
I recently became aware of an interview the great Jack Kirby gave in 1980, and these words have become a source of comfort in recent months, perfectly encapsulating why the pop culture we love continues to inspire, and why it remains as important as ever. I have been repeating it at every opportunity, to anyone who will listen. “The characters represent a transcendent feeling that we all have inside us, that we could do better,” Kirby said. “We want to do better. We have the time to do better. We can be the people that we lionize.”
I wish you all a joyous holiday season and a peaceful, prosperous, and happy new year. Let’s all do better together in 2018.