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Friday, April 28, 2023 

More naive perceptions of the impact movies have on comicdom

Here's a recent radio interview transcript from USC Annenberg Media with store managers from California, who provides yet another overconfident view of the impact superhero movies have back on the zygote. Much as the journalists themselves gloss over perceptions:
With Avengers Endgame holding the title as the second highest grossing film of all time, superhero movies have become a fan-favorite among audiences from all ages and has cemented itself as a household name in the film industry. According to Business Insider, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is worth more than $25 billion worldwide, turning comic book characters into desired roles by A-list celebrities and dedicated theme park attractions like “Avengers Campus” outfitted with merchandise, rides, and costumed actors.

What was previously considered a genre for “geeks” and “dorks”, these blockbuster films have revolutionized the way super heroes are now seen, and have turned 60% of adults in the United States into superfans.

Today, the emergence of popularity continues to rise to higher heights and their notoriety has sparked the interest in fans of the films visiting comic bookstores to discover where their favorite crime-fighting vigilantes come from.
No shock at all they'd ignore how the success of the past decade is receding now, under the weight of political correctness at the film studios. And even before now, it's not like geeks and dorks suddenly found respect overnight. With the way the companies who own the classic creations today look down their noses at the fans, it's clear the situation isn't what they what everyone to believe it is. Besides, most of the comic adaptations now considered a big deal are almost entirely those based on Marvel/DC. Independent comics get very little of this same attention by contrast, unless it's something as jarring as The Boys happens to be. Now, here's what one of the interviewees said:
Geoffrey Patterson Jr., the owner of Hi De Ho Comics in LA and Geoffrey’s Comics in Torrance, spoke on the evolution of the image of comic books through the decades.

Geoffrey Patterson Jr.: I mean, well, this has changed so much because. As recently as just 15 years ago. Comic books like would be looked at differently at a dinner party. If you mentioned you read comic books, you know, and now it’s just another thing that people read. I think that to me is the biggest change is how there are people who just casually read some comic books nowadays.
You could make a similar point about RPGs like Dungeons & Dragons - which is now regrettably being accused of supposed racism, and current owner Wizards of the Coast isn't defending the products they bought from original TSR co-founder Gary Gygax, who decidedly made a terrible error - and even a claim that found recognition wouldn't hold up well if viewed under a magnifying glass. Also note how the recent film adaptation omitted the original creators' names from the credits. Sure, when Gygax sold them the properties over 2 decades ago, it wasn't like they were that PC at the time, but even so, it's stupefying how many entrepreneurs are selling their products to conglomerates left and right, as though money literally takes precedence over all. And if WotC really believes "race" is a problem in D&D, then we obviously haven't gotten over the "satanic panic" of the 1980s, and it sure has boomeranged back.

I suppose the point here is that, if D&D could undergo PC alterations, then not only could Marvel/DC experience the same, they already are, first in comics and then in movies, when you consider how only the brand new Latino Blue Beetle is considered acceptable for a live action movie, and at the expense of Ted Kord, and even his predecessor, Dan Garret. Let's also consider how woke the movie looks be, too. Maybe most irritating is how a lot of what you see in modern times at the Big Two's publishing arms is being written more as a means for providing screenwriters with templates, not so it can serve the art form independently on its own. But does that mean anything to the specialty store managers who were interviewed for the radio station? Apparently not. And it's a real shame they insist on being so knee-jerk and sugarcoated.

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