This post was going to be about how Matt Murdock and his friends battled the Trapster in Daredevil #35 and 36. It was going to be a funny one, but it will have to remain at the top of the list of rough drafts for a while longer. What I’m about to write now is not funny at all.
Just last night, I found out that fellow Daredevil fan Aaron K – my occasional co-blogger and frequent TOMP commenter – had passed away. Since I found out, I’ve struggled with the decision to publicize his passing on this blog. I will miss Aaron terribly and feel absolutely gutted that he’s no longer with us, but at the same time, I’m not a close friend or family member. What tipped the balance in favor of sharing this sad news with the rest of you was how much Aaron has meant to this website and how much his many, long and insightful comments have meant to me personally in keeping me going. Though we only spoke on the phone a couple of times, Aaron became a friend to me, someone I loved to bounce ideas off of.
Over the years, a small community has grown up around TOMP, and I dare say that Aaron was the backbone of that community. Last fall, I invited Aaron to be my co-blogger, with a contribution of one post per month. This came after he had done a couple of guest posts for me previously, and I knew that he was just the kind of guy who could write for TOMP and stay true to the vibe (for lack of a better word) of this website. Everything he has ever written will, of course, be left as it is, but it’s very sad to think that he will no longer be around to share his thoughts and opinions with us.
Thanks for everything, Aaron. I wish you were still here. I will never forget you.