2011 and 2012 are the years of the geek.
Every fanboy’s comic book adaptations are becoming a reality.
Television is going the way of the comic book, as well as film.
But is that a good thing? Well, most would say “Oh my GAH YES!” but, in reality do we want these stories to be put into the big and small screens?
Walking Dead was a hit. There is no question there. The show did so well that the original date for season 2 (which was Halloween once again) got upped to sometime this summer. I want to say August. So, the success of the Walking Dead has brought on some other comic book titles that might become television shows. The comic book Chew by John Laymon has been in talks for awhile to become a television show. Chew is about a cybopath. A cybopath is someone who can eat something and see everything about that one particular thing (where it grew up, how was it’s life, how it died and what not.) He’s a detective for the FDA and works to solve cases regarding chicken (which has been outlawed.)
Chew has been optioned for a television show on AMC (right along with Walking Dead.) But as of recently, I’ve noticed many television shows coming out that are basically blatant rip offs of comic book material. Theres several paranomal investigation shows dealing with fairy tales (like Fables.) Cop shows that deal with super heroes (like Powers.) A guy who discovers he is someone like Harry Potter and that the books are real (like The Unwritten.)
In movies we’re getting Captain America, Thor, Amazing Spiderman, X-Men: First Class, The Wolverine, Iron-Man 3, and the Avengers. Lots of comic book films. The geeks dream. But here lies the problem. A cult favorite series which became a movie and recently came out on DVD and Bluray (Scott Pilgrim, and Kickass) were fanboys dreams. But the geek community made a fatal error. They did not go out and see the movie. Scott Pilgrim is due to the production company showing the movie for free at Comic Con MULTIPLE time during the week. So, all of the people that would have went to go see it in the first place and pay money for it did not go see it. Why? Because they saw it for free at Comic Con. Everyone wanted a Kickass movie also. I remember walking into my comic shop and seeing that Kickass (the comic book) would be constantly sold out. When the movie came out, no one went and saw it. Geeks MUST see these movies if these movies are to survive. The bigger titles will do just fine, but for the smaller cult titles that come out; if geeks do not go and support these films, they will just stop making independent comic books into films. And no one wants that.
People have to support these movies if this genre of film is to stay afloat. Big title or not, if these movies are finished and reviews negatively by critics and the fan base does not support the film, these movies will die. And the geeks dream of seeing Thor fight the Hulk will never come to fruition.
So, if you want your television shows to stay on the air longer, and if you want your movies to keep coming on. Go see them. Watch them. Support them.
If you don’t, be prepared for them to disappear.
Amazing Spiderman just can't come any faster, can it?