MICHAEL DAVIS: Has Comic-Con Jumped The Shark?
This weekend I watched the movie [[[Paul]]] on BluRay. It seemed so lame to me when it first came out. When I saw the previews I decided I’d avoid it like Stevie Wonder avoids driving. I only rented it because it’s one of the few movies that I have not seen On Demand and I get so many free rentals movies from Blockbuster I feel that I’m wasting my money if I don’t rent something. I’m about to give up my Blockbuster membership for NetFlix just as soon as I remember that’s what I want to do.
Anywho, I took [[[Paul]]], [[[True Grit]]] (I really wanted to see that in the theaters but I’m just so damn busy) and [[[Rango]]] home to my massive flat screen.
Hey. I’m a man and size matters.
Well, size matters if it’s big. If not then, not so much, at least that what guys with little flat screens tell themselves and by little flat screens I mean penis.
True Grit was GREAT. Rango was not. I’ll leave it at that. On the other hand, Paul was really good. I enjoyed it and realized I’d made the same mistake with this film as I’d made with [[[The Iron Giant]]] and Galaxy Quest. The previews and marketing were so freakin bad on those movies I just stayed away.
In Paul, Comic-Con was a nice little backstory. Yes, it was centered on nerds but what are you going to do? The movie started at Comic-Con, ended at Comic-Con and was referred to many times during the film.
I watched Paul Saturday night. Sunday, the day of this writing, I was flipping channels and stopped when I saw the face of my friend David Glanzer. David is the head of marketing and publicly for Comic-Con and was a guest judge of a show called Cupcake Wars.
I try to never say never but I’m pretty damn sure if I did not see David I would have never watched a show called Cupcake Wars. That show has as much appeal to me as a show called Towel Wars or can goods conflict or The Peanut Butter Lick Off. You know I could see watching the Peanut Butter show if there were hot women contestants. The more I think of it I would watch that show and now the show sounds like a good idea!
(The Peanut Butter Lick Off. trademark & copyright Michael Davis 2011. All Rights Reserved.)
But I digress (sorry Peter). I was talking about David. Not Peter David. I watched the entire show not caring rather or not who won (who the fish cares?) but rater I watched marveling at the genius of David and Comic-Con. Clearly, appearing on that show as a guest judge in his capacity as the head of marketing and publicly for Comic-Con is a fantastic way to market to people who may have no clue what Comic-Con is.
Then it hit me— has Comic-Con jumped the shark?
Has Hollywood found a way to permanently brand Comic-Con as the Mecca for nerds? Whenever I’ve seen Comic-Con on TV or in the movies or on the news it’s always branded as The Nerd Convention.
Have all these Hollywood impressions made it so that Comic-Con, as big and powerful as it is, will forever be seen as guys who can’t get laid dressing up for a weekend of role playing, silliness and girl gawking?
And yes, the Cupcake show had a superhero slant to it. David was there to represent Comic-Con and the winner’s cupcake was to be featured at the con.
I must say, David who is the nicest guy was pretty badass as a judge, saying to one contestant “Bitch! You call this a cupcake? It tastes like a furry turd with icing!” Then he threw the cupcake in her face and screamed “you eat it!”
None of the above happened. David was a wee bit hardcore when he did not like something but that was all. But I swear the way he looked at one contestant I’d bet he was thinking what I wrote! But again, I digress, (what Peter?): has Comic-Con jumped the shark?
Full discloser. Every year I give a big party at Comic-Con and host the wildly popular Black Panel and except for not having much if any time to shop or hang out I have no real issues and if you know me I’m not shy when I have a problem with something.
All that said, I personally don’t think the shark has been jumped, but I’m jaded. Which is why I’m asking you all.
Well? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?
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