Jul 2, 2011

DC Fanboys Nerd-Rage

image from Comic-Con.org

It's not really news, but it is pretty funny in a pathetic and sad kind of way. According to Geeks of Doom, "300" comic book fanboys are staging a walk-out of the San Diego Comic Con over the (in)famous(?) DC Comics Reboot of all of their series. Other than the fact that 300 out of the enormous number of attendees at the Comic Con is so small that no one would likely notice, this isn't really even news because it's being assembled through facebook. That means out of the 300 who likely clicked "attending" the group invite, maybe 100 will actually attend Comic Con, and maybe 10 will actually walk out. Come on people! It's facebook! Who hasn't clicked attending just to indicate they support something?

While I'm usually not a believer in advertising crazed extremist groups that act as though they speak for a larger majority, their public statement is just so face-palmingly sad.

Are you utterly baffled, disappointed and just ANGRY to see how DC ruins your favorite character’s design and wipes decades of comic history out of the mainstream universe? Well, you’re not alone!

And why not make some noise at the biggest pop-culture event this year, where creators, artists and writers appear in person – show them how fans – the fans of the classic characters, the (nevertheless slightly changing) designs, the character’s history and personality – really feel about it!



DC Comics doesn't need your business raging nerdy fanboys. I don't say that to be mean or discouraging, but I mean you're replaceable. That's the purpose of the reboot. True fans of the characters and the medium of storytelling will follow regardless, and the new generation that the reboot movement is targeting will easily replace all the disgruntled whiners. The reboots at least deserve to be given a chance before the move is spat upon. And just because the reboots will be the new "mainstream universe" doesn't mean the expansive DC library holding decades of stories aren't backed up and easy to go back to.

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