- Posted by Johanna on May 15, 2006 at 7:29 am
- Category: LinkBlogging
Greg at Comics Should Be Good takes on the question of fan involvement with superhero comics. I’ve read (and said) a lot on the subject myself, but I still found some new content in his remarks.
the sense I get from reading the editorial output of the major publishers is a vague mixture of fear and contempt… as though they think of us collectively as a big stupid animal that might bite them if not kept safely placated. Worse, I think that attitude’s probably deserved in most cases. I think it was Mark Waid that said writing for comics was the only profession where every one of your customers thinks they can do a better job than you. The criticism I see on the net, over and over, is that companies don’t think of the fans, they don’t listen to the fans, they are mean to the fans, they are screwing the fans, they are always doing something awful to the poor fans. Honestly? I think the fans probably had it coming.
He goes on to elaborate on this idea in an unexpected way, pointing out that contrary to fan perception, the companies *are* reacting to fan complaints, because sales spike when people froth.
The first commenter makes a good point, too, mentioning that movies and sports have similarly rabid fans. Is it a coincidence that all three of those fields are stereotypically male-targeted?
Most of the other comments risk becoming a bit too self-congratulatory, of the type “I’m a fan but not like THEM”. It’s hard to analyze or comment on the situation without risking self-loathing or finger-pointing.