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Jase

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The Overlord

Subj: Re: Do cartoons provide a better gateway for kids to the Marvel Universe?
Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2009 at 02:54:30 pm EDT (Viewed 94 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Do cartoons provide a better gateway for kids to the Marvel Universe?
Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2009 at 12:18:16 pm EDT (Viewed 95 times)



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

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        I'm inclined to agree somewhat. Not saying that absolutely NO kids read comics anymore as certainly some still do. But in a general sense, when I go to buy manga, I see more kids there then when I get American comics.

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          But kids are still reading though, be it manga, or even European comics, or novels, like LOTR and Harry Potter can attest to.



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    Yes they are reading, just not American comic books. That's what I'm talking about.


I would add then that American comics can still strive to achieve a younger audience and not rely solely on televisual media.


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      In terms of the problems a comic presents, I do believe content can be an issue in both senses, in becoming too graphic for certain age demographics, or 'dumbing' it down or 'babying' and thus robbing it of any edge and making it unattractive to other age groups.



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    Yes, but you can have a balance, just because you don't have exploding heads, doesn't mean you can't have plots or characterization.


I don't think anyone's talking about not balancing plots/characterization with the necessary, ye appropriate, amount of action. I'd say the problem is in actually figuring out what content is appropriate yet entertaining for the target demographic, or to take it a step back - figuring out what the target demographic even is.


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      Any ongoing serial will accumulate it's own bit of continuity, be it Captain America, House, Lost, the Harry Potter films/novels or what have you, so I'm not sure to what degree that is off-putting to some new readers. I think being too self-referential to past stories, and dense crossovers w/ too many tie-ins would is a valid roadblock however.



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    But that's what comics are doing.


Yes, but the point is it's not continuity in and of itself that's the problem, but rather what they do with it/how they handle it. Many shows cartoon or otherwise have the potential to provide a difficult viewing for any newcomer to the audience because of longevity.


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    Well i was talking about cartoons, but really that was just one movie and really superman II gave the best version of Zod, so much so that's the one that appears in the comic, not emntion other characters created in other media, like Harley Quinn. Other media can give perviously lame characters, better motives or more a interesting take on their ablities.


My point was simply that it goes both ways when any other medium adapts a work from comics.




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