Month: December 2012

Question about fandom

My question is a fairly vague question, but I am going to use specific examples to get the point across.  In general, can you be of fan of something if you have never seen the source material, or possibly don’t even like the source material?

Can you be an Avengers fan if you’ve never read an Avengers comic book?  Let’s say that you saw all of the Marvel Studios movies and loved them.  You saw The Avengers opening day, then multiple times afterwards.  You bought merchandise featuring your favorite characters, and maybe even some collectibles.  Yet, you’ve never read an Avengers comic book.  Have no desire to.  Are you a fan of the Avengers?

What if you watched the shit out of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon, had all of the toys, and got ridiculously excited when you found out that there was a second movie coming out, while all the well not even knowing it was based on a comic book?  Are you not a fan?  (more…)

Maybe It’s Not the End of Vertigo

Back at the beginning of November, DC Comics announced that Hellblazer, published with the Vertigo imprint, would be ending with issue #300.  This would “clear” the way for a new Constantine title set in the DC Universe.  To me, it seemed unnecessary since John Constantine had been appearing in Justice League Dark since the beginning, but otherwise, I didn’t think much of it.  I saw it as a simple publishing decision.  However, others saw it as a sign that what they feared was coming true.  Vertigo would be no more.

Then, at the beginning of December, the “end of Vertigo” believers saw another sign.  (Because that’s what believers do, they see signs that they use to justify their beliefs.)  Karen Berger, the Editor that launched the Vertigo imprint back in 1993, would be stepping down in March 2013.  In her statement, she said that she wanted to move on to different things (paraphrasing).  But obviously, she was forced out by the evil executives at DC Comics and Warner Bros.  If that weren’t true, then it would mean that she chose to leave, and thus chose to abandon “us.”

And so, these two things, to many, pointed to the end of Vertigo.  (more…)

300 Word Rant – Spoilers

I hate having stories spoiled for me.  However, I have accepted that there are some situations in which someone might give away a major plot point, and I can’t be mad at them for it.  A movie that has been out for over 2 years.  A television show that has ended.  Comics that are several years old.  You get the idea.  It needs to have been years in order to give everyone that wants to read/view something the opportunity. So, if you spoil something that’s been out for years that I haven’t watched/read, I can’t get mad at you.  It’s my own fault for waiting so long.

That said, I will get mad at you if you spoil something in an issue that came out in the past two weeks, and I’m currently in the process of buying.  Sure, I expect people at a comic shop to talk about what is going on in comics.  Especially when it is a pretty big story.  But keep things vague.

The correct way:  “What did you think of what happened in issue X?”  “I was really surprised/I liked it/I hated it.”

The wrong way:  “What did you think when [Character name] did [specific action] to [Character name], while making [Character name] [specific action].”

And when I call you out on it, don’t defend yourself by saying that it’s not the biggest part of the story.  I don’t really care.  You still took away the opportunity for me to discover the story for myself, because you couldn’t be considerate of others.  I’m not going to be grateful that you only gave away part of the story, instead of giving away the whole story.

So please, when discussing things in public, please be considerate of others and don’t discuss major story points in front of people who are wanting the opportunity to enjoy the story as you did.  This also goes for walking past a line of people waiting to see the movie you just saw, as well.