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little kon-el

Member Since: Sat May 17, 2008
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Bane's Mask Maker

Subj: Re: and thus destroying any entry points for new kids who will want to get into batman...
Posted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 at 09:53:15 am EST (Viewed 244 times)
Reply Subj: Re: and thus destroying any entry points for new kids who will want to get into batman...
Posted: Tue Nov 18, 2008 at 09:16:10 pm EST (Viewed 1 times)


> > Why create a show that relies on previous continuity while also stopping new kids who might like an entry point to the Batman.
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> That's funny. I'd like to see some little kid really like "The Brave and The Bold" so their parent buys them a copy of Batman and then the kid has nightmares for six months after seeing the Joker slice his tongue in half.
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> I really don't think comics are for kids anymore, as witnessed by the gore or R.I.P. and the heavy continuity of Final Crisis.

That's why Brave and the Bold would be an "entry point" and not "continuity-enriched 7-part of a 9 part series."

Think about it this way: no one ever starts listening to Bob Dylan as a young kid. If you're 7 or 8, you'll probably want to listen to pop music or watch High School Musical or Hannah Montana. You wouldn't necessarily want to pick up or understand why Blonde on Blonde is such an important album.

But if you introduce them to loving music, even poppy music, you introduce them to a love of music that they will carry for the rest of their lives. If we introduce Batman in this pop-y new way to kids, we get them hooked on the character and we can bring them to purchasing comics that have our favorite character in them.

Batman: TAS really brought in comic book readers to the shops when I was a teenager. Many kids my age watched the WB and really liked the animated characters on a daily basis. I had friends who were Catwoman or Mr. Freeze for Halloween because of the TV Show and not because they had any particular love for the comics. But it did make them seek out those comics. I have a friend who still only purchases Catwoman because she likes Selina Kyle.

You have to build your base, and part of building it is having pop music and alternative music and older music available at the same time for different stages of people's love for the character. Personally, if a kid loved that Brave and the Bold episode, I would give them a Blue Beetle tpb or possibly Batman Strikes as a comic jumping off point. I wouldn't give them Watchmen or the Dark Knight Returns because, for the most part, they just wouldn't relate to the issues presented in those books.

I didn't start off with Watchmen when I was a kid. I got into comics reading Archie Comics and Silver Age Digest reprints of the Adventure Comics. When I started seriously collecting as a teenager, I cut my teeth on CoIE and I rolled with the changes and inferred a lot of backstory based on what I saw and what I found in back issues. I think many kids will do the same with the comics today.

- l.k.


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