Gamer gate has been trying to use Bayonetta as a rallying point, and criticism of it as proof of a “feminist agenda” in reviews
They’ve been trying to get Hideki Kamiya, creator of Bayonetta, to support them
the salt is so fucking real
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We were REALLY hot to trot for Escaflowne back in the day, but Fox heard about our interest and outbid us on purpose. Them’s the breaks!
What a waste.
To be fair, the Saban acquisition was the only reason the show ran in its entirety in Canada where it was quite successful. (And even got the true first episode on its second and third runs!)
At the end of every Police Squad! episode, instead of having a freeze frame, the characters stop whatever they’re doing and keep still as the credits roll.
This is one of the best things to ever hit television.
I’m simultaneously sad it only got six episodes… but also unsure if it could have maintained that level of fantastic humor for more.
I still need to watch this show!
This is a good read and the guy is right about a lot of stuff but there’s a theme running through it that bugs me; the idea that comics and graphic novels are inherently exciting and worthwhile right now. This is never challenged; the assumption is a “damn kids these days don’t appreciate comics!!” thing where apparently they only prefer TV shows and movies and videogames because they’re flashier, and if only they’d dig in to the wealth of new graphic novels it’d all be fixed.
But the thing is, I live and breathe this nerd culture stuff and am surrounded by peers and fans and interested parties all day long in my nerdy nerd job and I have people recommending exciting, challenging, compelling or otherwise just flat-out entertaining graphic novels to me approximately one to zero times per year. Everything that IS recommended is the same ol’ stuff; a metric ton of tired, mediocre genre work, black and white twee autobiographical stuff by people who haven’t led very interesting lives, not-particularly-creative reinterpretations of existing public domain IP that skirts copyright law and doesn’t do anything compelling with the material in the first place. This is all I see, mountains of it, but people who have a vested financial interest in making sure comic-cons stay focused on the “comics” part will breathlessly tell me I’m missing out or are somehow a philistine because I didn’t devour someone’s shitty “autobiographical take on Peter Pan with Ed Gorey-esque illustrations” that for some reason is hardcover and $18.95 for a 78-page book. It has been forever since someone made an impassioned case for comics as a vital, creatively-exploding-right-now medium with must-read books that feel fresh and daring and will satisfy you just as much, or at least in its own way, as the best of what’s on TV or in theaters or on Steam.
Maybe it’s the “it’s a book” bias at play; that somehow reading is inherently more intelligent and “good for you” than any other form of entertainment, which in my estimation is bullshit. Genre work is genre work and your brain isn’t working any harder nor are you somehow getting smarter if you read The Moonstone Dragondick Trilogy instead of watching The Moonstone Dragondick TV series. Mediocre, predictable genre work becomes “must-read” darlings of the graphic novel world because “it’s a book” bias apparently lowers the average standard for truly compelling storytelling.
Don’t get me wrong - I love the medium. I have a giant bookshelf full of dead trees with funnybook pictures on them. I think as an artform it’s capable of doing the same things - inspiring, entertaining, even life-changing - as film or television or anything else. I just haven’t seen anyone make that case using truly remarkable - and, importantly, recent - examples in what feels like forever. Every time the case is made they’re using 20-year old books anyone with even slightly more than minuscule curiosity about the medium has read. So I guess when you’re complaining about comic-cons not being all about comics anymore and wondering why new fans aren’t running for the stacks, ask instead “what’s being produced that these fans would be excited by?” Anything?
The seemingly accepted statement “comics deserve your attention because” needs to have a better conclusion than just ‘because they’re comics’. Show these people something they can’t live without, like the mediums you’re complaining about taking the spotlight, and they will show up.
With all the heat Anita Sarkeesian gets for her Tropes series, you’d think it was a new topic, but Gene Siskel & Roger Ebert had a discussion on a similar theme when they were talking about the influx of slasher movies on their show in 1980.
34 years later and this is STILL relevant
RIP to both of these great men.
gamers want games to be considered art but they don’t want these kinds of serious discussions that come with that
1000% agreement on everything, but man is it ever hard to read the subtitles on these animated GIFs.
Hope this means he’s working on something new and exciting!