Farewell to Toronto Thumbs
Ricky Lima

By Ricky Lima - March 9th, 2015

FanExpo 2011, my first ever event with Thumbs. I was actually super nervous, as you can tell by my dumb face. It was such a great experience!

Ricky is a great guy who found a neat path and left the site last year – but he has always been something of an inspiration to me in terms of his ever-lasting (and boundless) faith in me. He is also not shy about saying this, so for me to post this is somewhat self-indulgent – but so what? It’s the end of an era, right? – ed.

When I first came across Toronto Thumbs, the first thing I noticed was its lack of review scores. I was used to websites that gave a number to their reviews, and I thought that was the way that reviews were supposed to be. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I never actually read all of the other reviews I looked at – I just looked at that number at the end of the article and went on with my day.

As I began writing for Toronto Thumbs I learned that there is so much more to a review than that number. Reviews are often times geared towards specific audiences and those review numbers are a reflection of that. Would a hardcore gaming site give Angry Birds a high score? Most likely not; but what about a casual gaming site? Would that give a different rating? How would it rate Call of Duty? It’s those kinds of biases and leanings that Jorge taught me to look for, and now, after my time writing for Toronto Thumbs, I prefer “numberless” reviews. They force you to actually read the review and listen to what the reviewer has to say.

One of the coolest things I’ve ever done with Thumbs: I met Ed Boon and asked him if I could take a picture of me ripping out his heart. He was very confused, but what an awesome picture!

I started writing for Thumbs back in 2011. I was a recent graduate at the time and was excited to start doing stuff. Jorge saw potential in me and took me on as a writer, which to this day I am incredibly thankful for. His confidence in me helped me to find confidence in myself. He taught me how to function in the real world, and how to be a professional. Thumbs isn’t a huge site by any means – but Jorge treats it like it is. Playing games, creating daily content, keeping in contact with important people, and staying on top of the news. The reason Toronto Thumbs is so great is because of Jorge’s tireless efforts and fun attitude. The life he lives would crush a lesser man – but Jorge works out, Jorge is strong!

In the past year I have shifted focus from Thumbs to writing comics but my time writing for the site will forever be with me. Jorge’s professionalism and hard work has inspired me to work hard myself and achieve my goals. If it weren’t for Jorge’s tireless efforts and ability to lead a team I have no idea what kind of person I would be today. Probably a blob on a couch not achieving much, not working for what I believe in, and certainly writing with poor grammar.

I once drew the people that inspire me. Here’s Jorge.

My time working with Toronto Thumbs and working with Jorge were the best times I’ve ever had in my adult life and I owe so much to this humble little site. Thank you everyone for being awesome!

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