Last week we had the uncommon occurrence of having voting upon for Community Star open on Wednesday as opposed to the regular day but then fate stood in the way as our Community Star ringleader Sara Lima came down with a cold. The brakes were thrown on to the process as Sara needed to rest up and recuperate. With her return to near health this week we are back into the thick of things with the great nomination of Cosmo as this week’s winner, but I suggest that we retroactively award last week’s award to the Queen of the Vine – Babs.
Sara is a self-professed later-in-life comic book fanatic, but she has sure left her mark on Comic Vine since joining three years ago. She has progressed from regular user to moderator and then to staff. What has she done for the site? Maybe better to answer what she hasn’t done for the site (which I guess would be wiki editing.) Seriously though, she is a work horse here logging hour well beyond what most of us see in a 9 to 5 job. And if G-Man is the brains of the Vine, and IE is the soul then Babs is definitely the heart (no shutouts to Red L.A.M.P. because he already won community star once). When I first got here this past February I was pretty much addicted to this site from the start, but as I got to looking at things more closely and understanding the system, I got to see how much work goes on behind the scenes – G-Man working on the daily articles and reviews and lots of other things, IE doing the same, Red L.A.M.P. with his tireless work for the wiki and Babs with her insightful articles and videos. As a fellow Wonder Woman fan I felt a connection with Babs from the beginning but in the following weeks two articles really hit home with me – the closer look at Superman #708 and more importantly the Comic Vine eulogy for Dwayne McDuffie. I knew from then on that Comic Vine was a place where you could both enjoy comics and appreciate them.
Since that point everything which Babs (and the rest of the staff) has only gone to highlight how much they work to make things here enjoyable for all of us. Babs has always been very approachable and friendly to all new users, and when the site made the move away from weekly news videos and into staff reviews, Babs made the transition as seamlessly as the rest of them. Since the Spring she has been working on recognizing those of us worthy of recognition in the thread for Community Star and now I think it is time we turn the light back on her, with the retroactive Community Star for Nov. 25. Who is with me? (by the way, only “yes” votes will be counted)