Watch Cliff Chiang Draw and Some Thoughts on DC All Access

Have you seen the DC All Access promo YouTube show? Here’s an episode from earlier this week:

I’ve set the embed ahead to show the art content with Cliff Chiang, because that was my favorite part. I love his work, and it was neat to see him inking. (And you can win a piece of his original art, if you play along on Twitter before Monday morning.) The earlier content featured a visit to the set of Arrow, promoting the “Suicide Squad” episode that aired Wednesday. (This video came out Tuesday, and I’m late talking about it.)

As one might expect from a video show, this recurring promotional piece tends to focus on visuals, whether from the TV shows or video games, but it is fun to see them talking to artists on Skype — often a necessity, since the show comes out of the West Coast. It’s great to see such professional promo pushing DC product, but for me, in a way, it’s another sign that things have changed substantially. The slickness of the hosts and material feels as though it’s pushing fans away, establishing boundaries and positioning them as passive consumers. Comics were attractive because they seemed to be made by people like me, and their creators were approachable. Fans became pros and yet remembered their fandom. Perhaps it’s safer to change that, these days.

In this almost-eight-minute show, you can also see Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner talking about their Harley Quinn title (2:30) and Dan Jurgens on “Aquaman and the Others” (3:40). I found it odd that the hosts aren’t introduced — I wonder who they are?

6 Responses to “Watch Cliff Chiang Draw and Some Thoughts on DC All Access”

  1. JoelR Says:

    I’m curious when you say “… establishing boundaries and positioning them as passive consumers…” to me it seems the opposite. I’ve been a comics fan on and off since my youth (not so youthful anymore) and I feel like its the opposite nowadays. I never really did the convention visits, San Diego or others. My experience was via “grapevine” at the comics shops (if I was lucky enough to be somewhere with a decent one) or simply the editorial content on the final pages of the books I was reading. Nowadays it seems like with Twitter, particularly, and things like DCAA (and YouTube) I’ve got more of a insight into the creators then ever before.

    Specifically regarding DCAA I’ve watched it since pretty close to the beginning. The hosts are slick, but I get the feeling they have genuine enthusiasm or are fans. But I don’t think they have ever really introduced them, certainly not given backgrounds. I’ve always viewed that more in terms of them keeping content front and center and not video bloggers “John” and “Jane” front and center. It is promo and you kind of have to keep that in mind.

  2. Johanna Says:

    I haven’t seen many previous episodes of DCAA, so I’m glad to get your opinion. Perhaps I should reconsider my take on it.

  3. David Oakes Says:

    I have only watched the spot two or three times. I agree with you that the hosts are slick. But they also seem positioned in a “Hey, we are just like you, we wear symbol t-shirts!” kind of way. The distance is more between Fan and “Professional Fan” than Fan and Professional.

  4. Soon Says:

    Blair Herter is one of the hosts, remembered for co-hosting X-Play.

  5. James Schee Says:

    There are interviews with both hosts on the DC site :

    Tiffany Smith, who was a host of G4’s Attack of the Show

    I haven’t watched them much as I don’t expect to learn anything I haven’t read elsewhere. Yet I can see how fans in areas like myself, who may never reach a major con with how expensive it is to travel these days. Would appreciate this look at the people behind the comics they wouldn’t get otherwise.

  6. Johanna Says:

    Thanks for the links!




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