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Sally Forth Comic Con: Fandom Is about Connection, Not Ownership

Posted in Uncategorized by cesco7 on July 11, 2018

When the trailer for Cartoon Network’s upcoming ThunderCats reboot ThunderCats Roar was introduced, some angrily decried “That’s not MY ThunderCats! That’s not the serious, thought-provoking show of my youth that had cats dressed as sharks!”

Okay, they may not have said the part about the sharks. But it does go to show that no, Thundercats is not some sacred text that can never be altered. And no, the show does not belong solely to one. And if an individual wants their classic Thundercats, guess what, it’s already been made and they can watch it again. Being a fan is about connecting deeply with a work, not assuming title and ownership. And no generation has a white-knuckled grip on any self-proclaimed “best” period for TV, movies, music, books, etc. You have your thing, someone has their own thing. But it’s this sort of unearned entitlement and uninformed perspective that ultimately leads to a group of people feeling they have don’t just have the right but the mandate to remake The Last Jedi because they believe all others should only answer to their needs, that any creator should only create with a certain group’s allowance.

I loved The Last Jedi. I think it may be one of the very strongest in the Star Wars franchise. Yes, there are issues with it. And yes, I know people who didn’t care for it and who are not raving, insecure incel members. (And who are understandably quite upset that they get lumped in with such). No one says you have to like everything and everyone is free to say, “Well, that looks like it’s gonna suck.” But the ones who scream the loudest that they have been wronged are driven not by a love for art but a need for everything to flatter and fellate themselves, since no one one else is going to give them either. And they see everything that does not conform to that desperate need as trying to make a statement that they must counter.

When I introduced Duncan in Sally Forth and Jim Keefe drew students wearing hijabs in Hilary’s school, some readers angrily wrote, “So I guess you’re trying to make some sort of statement, huh?” No. We’re showing the actual world, and that world has never belonged to one type, one race, one gender. Those who think otherwise are the most easily frightened and ill-equipped individuals you will ever meet, and they are also some of the most dangerous. Not because they possess any true strength or command or valid agency but because they have a feral nature detached from reason that makes them go into frenzied, full-frothing attack. After all, when you have nothing to offer the world, your family or even yourself, you need everything else to burn so everyone else can also taste the ashes of failure.

That said, the recent Jem and the Holograms movie was an outright fiasco, because it was made on completely different terms. That film was proclaimed fan-service from the get-go, then it was made with the intention of telling the fans what they really should would want from the story. Frankly, the world would be much better off with a Misfits origin story instead.

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  1. oldskool said, on July 11, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    I actually read that the Jem and the Holograms movie was just another film script that, to get greenlit, got ‘skinned’ with Jem and the Holograms in a very flimsy sense.

  2. Steve said, on July 12, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    “After all, when you have nothing to offer the world, your family or even yourself, you need everything else to burn so everyone else can also taste the ashes of failure. ”

    Ouch; the problem is that the people doing the burning can only see the flames


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