Almost a month ago, I came up with the “brilliant” idea to pull an April Fool’s prank this year on the Wolverine Files website.
A week ago, I put the finishing touches on the article, ran it past a bunch of people, all of whom thought it was believable, funny and wanted to be in on the roll out.
But as April 1st came closer, I started to have doubts.
Would people get angry at the website and at me for trying to fool them? Would people sniff it out too quickly? Would it work too well, overloading my servers? Or, would Joe Quesada have a cow and send the Marvel lawyers after me to shut down the site?
How about all of the above.
Well, except for Marvel lawyers trying to shut me down. I’m shooting for that for next years April Fools.
Here are some of the reactions to the ‘Wolverine Prima Aprilus’ Hoax:
Hey, wait a minute! Prima Aprilus? as in April First…April Fool’s?
OMG IT IS ISN’T IT? LMAO I fell for that one.
I haven’t laughed this much today. Thank you DiG!
Good one, it got me for a second, until I remembered what day it was. ;)
Good AFJ. Not Alex Ross doing the Wonder Twins, but good none the less.
“I hope we can seamlessly achieve this goal with the full support of the fans, much like we did with Spider-Man and ‘Brand New Day.’” That is the best line I have read all week.
And my personal favorites…
This is why I hate the Internet more today than any other day of the year.
Would’ve been more believable if it was better written and the story wasn’t broken by a lone Wolverine fansite.
For the record, the hoax helped to generate, by far, the best day this website has ever had, doubling our previous best day in pageviews, visits and visitors.
I also want to thank Tod, Anne, Gabriel, Ace and Brian who helped to spread the word, posting “believably believable” comments to help keep up the pretext.
And I do want to apologize to anyone who was offended. It really was not my intent.
Finally, let me thank the Wolverine community for keeping our discussions civil. Aside from one commenter whose comments I removed, we have been able to maintain a level of civility I did not think possible in a mostly anonymous Internet forum.
So let me know what you thought of the ‘Wolverine: Prima Aprilus’ hoax. Did you enjoy it? Did it fool you, if even for a second? Did anyone notice my other attempts at humor?
Please add your thoughts in the comments below!