What is JoeBattlelines?
Back in 2002 I became more active in the online GIJoe fan community. It started out as mere peeks over at a YoJoe.com and developed into a daily occurance. Eventually I fell into the world of GIJoe forums and ended up at a fantastic community under the moniker of the “Savage Soundoffs”. Part of the now-defunct SgtSavage.com, the community was populated by a diverse group of Joe fans– many of whom had migrated over from the forums of Devil’s Due Publishing. I became intrigued enough to register and became a semi-active member of the community.
Flash forward to 2003…
Through a bizarre series of events a simple offer to help out with the workings of SgtSavage.com turned into an offer – take the helm of the site and the community. I’d never done anything like it before and had very little experience with web publishing but I knew that I hated to see the community that I’d become a part of simply fade away so I jumped in. With the help of an old friend (and then co-worker) we brain-stormed a name and JoeBattlelines.com was born.
Initially the site simply mirrored the old content of SgtSavage.com but slowly over time new features were added: Reviews, Interviews, Daily News, and even comic summaries. JBL also developed a sister site in Sigma6Central.com as well hosted a few other great Joe sites like Magnum6Delta.com and Operation: JMTO.
The result is the site that you see here today– a combination of review archive, news site, fan resource, and web community. It’s been a bumpy ride at times but it’s been one that I wouldn’t give up for anything in the world. Most importantly, JBL remains a place where Joe fans of ALL eras (12″, 3.75″, 8″, and now 25A) can come together and share their love of this property we all know as “G.I. Joe”.