A Thought Experiment: WCW and DC Comics


September 9, 2013

So, while writing the God of Comics twitter feed this week and the following Afterthought, I got to thinking. It was not a terribly good thought, but it was one that made a lot of sense. Time Warner’s favorite source of creative properties, DC Comics, has been having some issues lately. This isn’t the first time this has happened with an intellectual property under the care of Time Warner, and there are a number of parallels between this time and last.

The company in question no longer exists. It went from making massive profits one year to losing $80 million the next. The company I’m talking about is, of course, WCW – a wrestling company that was once the cornerstone of Turner Broadcasting. (more…)

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Is DC Comics Ignoring Younger Readers?

Fail, Showcase

August 13, 2013

While at San Diego Comic-Con, comic book writer/artist Paul Pope cited a meeting he had with an unnamed DC Comics executive to pitch a new series based on the classic Jack Kirby character Kamandi: The Last Boy On Earth. The executive is reported to have responded: “We don’t publish comics for kids. We publish comics for 45-year-olds.”

I think that’s disappointing to say the least. (more…)

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Narrative Fail: Mass Effect

Fail, Reviews

May 28, 2013

After a year’s time you’d think the pain of betrayal would fade. You would be wrong.

More than a year after the fact and it still stings, the ache of what could have been as much a slap in the face now as it was then. I’m speaking of Mass Effect, a video game series that capped off a trilogy with a final game release last year. The first two games were excellent, pretty much the best examples of how a video game can tell a story, build a mythology, develop complex characters… this series of games represented the best and most mature possibilities of the medium. (more…)

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Why Is Wonder Woman Difficult?


March 3, 2013

Wonder Woman 01I  don’t get this one at all.

DC Comics is currently going through some growing pains as they try to adopt their intellectual properties into media other than comics – a problem given that they can’t even do that properly most of the time. (more…)

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