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Subj: Re: In other words, all multi-writer continuities are "claytinuities."
Posted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 at 11:10:11 pm EST (Viewed 306 times)
Reply Subj: Re: In other words, all multi-writer continuities are "claytinuities."
Posted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 at 10:05:45 pm EST (Viewed 287 times)
Well I have seen some polling that supports these conclusions. Not just sales polling but also reader polling.
I think we can also use sales from the TV series Batman: The Animated Series, the film The Dark Knight and the video game Batman: Arkham Asylum to support this judgment.
However even if we disregard the polling and examples which I am willing to do, generally speaking it is easier for new readers to get into a comic book series that starts from the beginning than to accept a current ongoing old comic book with several decades of clay continuity baggage.
I mean which one would you recommend to a new Batman comic book reader? Batman: Year One or Batman R.I.P.?
In terms of accessibility for new readers currently both DC and Marvel have a problem.
In terms of pleasing old readers both publishers also have a problem.
Old readers are tired of the status quo and actually are in favor of a big change supporting aging such as their favorite character getting old or another younger character taking the place of their favorite character.
It seems both publishers are trying to eat their cake and have it too. They want to have a comic book for new readers, but at the same time have the same comic book for old readers. However this in the end then leads to displeasing both types of readers.
My premise would in the end I think solve the problems of both camps of readers by allowing the favorite character of old readers to age, while at the same time letting there be a reboot of the favorite character after a period for new readers.
So long as it is done right I think both camps of readers will he happy, but if the publishers only do it incompletely half-way with no transparency they will end up displeasing both sides.
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