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Subj: Gateway to the character cocnepts, not the comic book format
Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2009 at 11:03:19 am EDT (Viewed 89 times)
Reply Subj: gateway how?
Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2009 at 10:51:03 am EDT (Viewed 92 times)


      Let's face it, kids don't read comic books any more, except for Japanese comics.

    I'm not sure I take that as a general rule. Kids have particular taste. For years people said that kids don't read books, yet look at Harry Potter. I don't agree that we should consider that as an eternal truth.

Kids do read, just not American comic books, kids really love Jaapnese Manga, which has a lot of advantages over American comics, in that they don't have 40 years of continuity when reading a manga book. I don't like them personally, but I do see why the younger geenration would.


      So I was wondering, do you think cartoons provide a better gateway for kids into the Marvel Universe, then comics? A cartoon doesn't have some of the problems a comic would, that prevent kids from reading it, ex: content parents may find unsuitable, 40 years of continuity, etc.

    Gateway how? To just the characters, then I'd agree. Animation and especially cartoon shows have a real advantage over comics.

That's what I mean.

    But as a gateway to the comics? Maybe? You'll find that some kids who love watching the cartoons will want to experience other Spider-Man stories. A huge problem is that Marvel doesn't align their products well with each other. If you like the Spectacular Spider-Man cartoon show, you really can't get anything close to that in the comics. In many cases, even the characters look visually different from one media to the next. Look at Wolverine, where you have numerous costumes (movie leather, movie regular, ultimate, astonishing, bianchi, x-force, brown and tan, classic) appearing regularly to the fans, with sometimes little or no similarities.

I think that's irrelevant, I think introducing the character concepts

    DC did this, and still does this today very well. If a DC character has a cartoon show, he is going to have a comic. DC also seems to insist that all their characters look the same/very similar across the different media.

But DC, like Marvel still lags behind Japanese manga, because there is less continuity with manga.

    But there are alot of problems between a kid watching a cartoon of Spider-Man and a kid later picking up a comic. We've still got huge problems with distribution, availability, pricing, and even content.

Again I think the comic book format is dated in today's age (print is slowly dying, even newspapers that existed for over century, are in danger of forming). I think in the future, only books will be the print media that will survive.

I think the character concepts matter more then the dated comic book format.

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