Thursday, October 22, 2015

A New Golden Age

I'm beginning to think that it's time for a new Golden Age of comics.  Last week, I wrote about superhero fatigue, and I suppose I'm still thinking about it.

The Golden Age of comics is defined by the birth of the modern superhero.  It was a time of great creation.  It started with Superman, and because of that single character, thousands of heroes were born.  

I ended my post last week by saying that no matter what, Comics & Sci-Fi would endure.  I'm convinced now, more than ever, is time for something new.  A new Golden Age for the next century.

I'll leave it at that for right now.  More next week!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Is Superhero Fatigue real?

Is superhero fatigue real?

Before we answer that, let’s define what it is. Superhero fatigue is the term being thrown around Hollywood, which describes audiences becoming bored with superhero movies, due to an overabundance.

So, is superhero fatigue real? The short answer is maybe. The long answer is much more interesting, and it requires a little background.

The “superhero-age” of cinema began with a few important movies. The first is X-Men (2000), The second is Spider-Man (2002), and the third is Iron Man (2008). There are some important movies in-between, and also some box-office stinkers, but to make the date calculations easy, we’re looking at a range between 2000 and 2008. Split the difference, and the year is 2004.

Superhero movies regularly bring in big box office dollars, and profit is top priority. Studios know formula, and if something works once, they’ll sell it again. As a result, more and more superhero movies are being produced.

The problem with this strategy is that the movies can become too commercialized and too formulaic. Because studios know formula so well, the movies being made are produced by committee, with little creative originality. This doesn’t mean that all the films being released are poor, but it does mean they have the potential to be repetitive.

Comic-Conventions are being turned into studio-publicity-tours. The indie nature of the Comic and Sci-Fi genre is becoming so commercial that it has the potential to alienate the fans initially drawn into it. How many movies can a person watch when they know that it’s just an advertisement for the next movie? At some point, art and story must be considered.

It’s not that superhero movies are going away. It’s not that Comics and Sci-Fi are going away. It’s that the companies producing these films must maintain creative originality, and I’m not sure they will. That’s why the answer to the initial question about superhero fatigue being real is: “maybe”.

The end result? Movies by committee will become stale. Aging superhero franchises will suffer, and all the product-tie-ins will stop selling like they once did. Ultimately, it’s the studios themselves that have created the problem of superhero fatigue. The solution is simple. Let audiences become tired of what’s being put out, and something fresh will take it’s place. No matter what, Comic and Sci-Fi will endure.

Even Steven Spielberg commented on this:

“Of course, right now the superhero movie is alive and thriving. I'm only saying that these cycles have a finite time in popular culture. There will come a day when the mythological stories are supplanted by some other genre that possibly some young filmmaker is just thinking about discovering for all of us."

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The New PWC TV Schedule

It's a wildly busy week!  All the new PWC shows are premiering, and it's making  for one exciting day after another.

We begin on Monday with Mission Park:  Street Stories.  On Tuesday, we air a new behind-the-scenes series called Drawing With Chip, where I am detailing how to animate a cartoon at home.  On Wednesday, High Heel Samurai is all new with High Heel Samurai:  Power Trio.  This is the next evolution of High Heel Samurai!  On Thursday, it's the new action series RainFire.  Friday stays the same with PWC Insider.

Every one of these shows is must see PWC Television and you'll see new and returning characters in all of them!