|Commission by Prentis Rollins (Made specifically for Hawkworld)
Hawkworld is celebrating our 8th anniversary today! It all started on Facebook on January 15, 2016. It's been eight years of ups and downs, but overall it has been an amazing time. It's been one of the most unbelievable experiences of my lifetime, and it has soared higher than I ever imagined when I started it. Of course, it would have never gotten off the ground and it wouldn't have lasted this long without all the fellow fans who have joined, followed, and contributed their art, cosplays, figures, comics, and opinions. So much has happened over the last eight years and I'm sure to forget some things but here's a look back at the highlights.
January 2016: Hawkman group started on Facebook.
January 2016: Hawkman account started on Twitter.
January 2016: Hawkman and Hawkgirl appear on the Legends of Tomorrow show.
February 2016: Hawkman group started on Instagram.
May 2016: Hawkman group changes name to Hawkworld (with acknowledgment from Tim Truman).
October 2016: Death of Hawkman (a 6-issue mini-series) begins.
November 2016: The tradition of celebrating Hawkman Day on November 20th and Hawkgirl Day on April 25th begins.
December 2016: Numerous Hawkman creators begin following Hawkworld on the SNS sites. I really need to update the list, but here is a list of creators who have graciously followed Hawkworld on various social media sites over the years! LINK
July 2017: Hawkman and Hawkgirl are featured heavily in the Metal series by Scott Snyder.
November 2017: The Hawkworld blog starts in April 2017 and is made public in November 2017.
December 2017: Hawkman Found, a Metal Tie-in issue is released.
June 2018: New Hawkman series by Robert Venditti and Bryan Hitch is announced in The Washington Post
Hawkgirl (Kendra Saunders) appears as a member of the Justice League Series (2018-2022)
June 2018: Hawkman gets his first regular series in five years (2018-2021)
June 2018-December 2020: Hawkworld gives away over 70 issues of Hawkman in giveaway contests to fans worldwide to help promote the series.
December 2018: Hawkworld begins to be featured on numerous YouTube channels and podcasts such as The Angrygeeks Show, Thinking Critical, Comics University, The Comic Source (interview with Venditti himself!), and many other shows.
August 2019: Hawkman Day is mentioned in the first-ever biography of Hawkman creator Gardner Fox by Jennifer DeRoss.
May 2020: Hawkworld Facebook reaches 5000 members.
September 2020: Aldis Hodge is chosen to play Hawkman in the upcoming Black Adam movie.
November 2020: Venditti's Hawkman series comes to a close after 29 issues.
February 2021: Hawkman and Hawkwoman appear in DC's Love is a Battlefield
April 2021: Hawkman appears in Justice Society World War II
December 2021: Hawkman appears in Tis the Season to be Freezin'
July 2022: Black Adam: Justice Society Files Hawkman is released.
July 2022: Hawkgirl appears in the DC animation film, Green Lantern Beware My Power,
October 2022: Black Adam opens. Earns 393 million US dollars globally, takes 15th place in the top box office movies of 2022 despite not being released in China. Aldis Hodge's portrayal of Hawkman is praised as one of the film's highlights
November 2022: Hawkman and Hawkwoman appear in DC's Grifter Got Run Over by a Reindeer.
December 2022: James Gunn announces the end of the DCEU, ending any chances for spinoffs for Hawkman from the Black Adam movie.
July 2023: Isabela Merced is announced as Hawkgirl for 2025's Superman movie by James Gunn.
July 2023: Hawkworld Threads account opens. (Currently at 700 followers)
July 2023: Hawkgirl Vol. 2 (a 6-issue mini-series) starts.
September 2023: Hawkman and Hawkwoman appear in Superboy Man of Tomorrow Round Robin Edition #6.
November 2023: Hawkworld Facebook hits 8000 members.
Looking back, a lot has happened over the last eight years. In the abnormal glut of Batman comics, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, and Hawkwoman have managed to appear here and there in the comics and movies. Currently, there is nothing planned for Hawkman or Hawkwoman. Hawkgirl's poorly received series is finally over, but it appears she is currently DC's choice to represent the Hawks. Hawkman is treated rather badly by poor leadership and bad writers at this time, but that's where the fans come in. The fans are the ones who keep the Hawks soaring and let the current decision-makers at DC know what we are hoping for our winged heroes. I hope you will join all the fans who follow Hawkworld across social media and let your opinions be heard so they can know what the fans want.
What do we want? I'm glad you asked that question! Hawkman and Hawkwoman work better as a team, a partnership, and a married couple. Their love and history together are the central themes of their story. When that is lost, the most beautiful and fascinating part of their appeal is lost. We currently have Hawkman, Hawkwoman, and Hawkgirl. I hope that future writers will write them as a team and as a family. No heroes in DC have a history like theirs. If that history can be focused on, and how that history affects their lives and decisions today, we would have a fascinating story. I hope future writers will focus on their history, their family connections, and their current lives to bring us some amazing adventures in the future. Until then, let's keep the Hawks soaring!
|Commission by Stephen Sadowski