1 week ago • 5,036 notes
My girlfriend was buying a wig fir the Brony convention she’s going to with a friend and the guy behind the counter asked “What are girl bronies called?” And before I could stop myself I blurted out:
“The intended Audience?”
fyeahlilbit3point0 said: A lot of it is really obnoxious geek policing too because I keep seeing people complaining about how too many of the younger fans are there for anime stuff or only know Marvel and DC characters from the movies and TV adaptations and it's like "Duh?" That was an inevitability when comics began rapidly closing themselves off as a collectors-only model while people were still making movies and shows aimed at mass audiences. It's unfair to blame the fans for that.
1 week ago • 11 notes
Precisely. You set the bar too high for entry into that side of the fan world, so yeah they’re going to be interested in the more accessible stuff.
Plus, it’s about what we grew up with too. The nostalgia factor. A couple of decades ago, superhero comic books were the grab-and-go fast consumption entertainment model for kids and teens. You hit people that grew up in the 80s-90s-early-2000s, it was manga in the bookstores, not superhero comics and Japanese anime was as common as regular cartoons, and certainly outstripped superhero fare. It had enough uniqueness and smart story lines to keep it’s audience the extra years to become long term fans. It was what they (we) had in the space that had been superheroes for older generations. Unless you had someone actively pulling you into the superhero medium, you weren’t as likely to jump in that intimidating mass of continuity. And anime made related products aimed more evenly at multiple genders and age ranges. Of course it hit big. Of course it became the home-base fandom for a couple of generations. It makes sense.
Comic books became mainstream and accessible to newbies again via the films, TV, and cartoons. It’s a gateway. That’s great. But if the older fans insist on gate-keeping right inside those doors, no one is going to get bast the foyer, and the rest of the house is going to rot, and they’ll have blasted their own holes in the floors and roofs.
The you owe me your time, money, and attention attitude isn’t going to endear you to anyone — much less new customers.