Tuesday, September 02, 2008
It seems my little term I coined babyman is getting more popular. Some really hate the word, but I think most understand it, they "get it". Will it enter the public lexicon like Three-Peat! Will I be eating dinner one night and see Larry King say "Babyman!"? Chris Matthews? George Will?
I made it very plain, very clear why I was using the term, one I actually coined a few years back, and you can go back and read my original posts on it. It's clear from skimming the message boards I think some just don't get what I wrote, or maybe, don't want to get it, because it strikes at their gelatin core. If you don't like the TV show I work on, ok, or book I draw,fine. I'm sure the kids who the show is designed to appeal too will probably like it, who will be buying the toys and such, and the advertisers will be happy if the ratings are good. I am not that thin skinned that I am personally hurt by a Babyman, that's impossible, but sometimes babies need to be disciplined :-)
The Babymen are what's wrong with comics as a business. The Babymen have taken over. That doesn't mean that all comics must be for 4-year-olds either. babies like to misquote things in excess too. I like and enjoy adult comics, mostly European albums by guys like Moebius, Bernet, Herge, etc. But I like the Gorlon Parlove super-chunky violent Punisher art. But it fits the Punisher.
Tits and curse words don't make something adult or mature. There are plenty of curse words on every junior high playground mouthed by 8-year-olds, who use the words but lack the maturity to really know the meaning behind the words, they just like the impact of saying them, it seems like a cool adult thing to do, cause' that's the way many adults speak.
However the idea of having Mary Marvel be a big-boobed badgirl, as an example, seems so Babyman. And hey, I like Cheesecake too. I just think what the Omega-Class Babyman never gets, is that Batman isn't for him only. Warner Brothers needs Batman to be for Adults in Dark Knight, but also for kids on the TV shows and toys which they make most of the money off of, not comics. Batman, or any commercial character isn't his toy alone.
But babies don't like to share, babies don't want to change and resist it. That has pretty-much ruined the business along with having only one distributor, essentially almost all the new fans reading manga, not Spidey, so the fans left are mostly, though not all, Babymen. I say 60%+ of fans are Babymen. Don't believe me, open yer eyes at the next con, especially one where there are very few girls, and no manga. There, you will see them, sloth-like, shambling about, geek-lists and coolers.
Hey, I can watch and enjoy the old Adam West show, the Animated cartoons and the Dark Knight and enjoy them all, as does most of the TV and movie watching world. They get it--They don't have a problem with it, only the Babyman needs to justify that Batman is real, for adults, needs to 'fuck people up", be darker and grittier than the bottom babyman's slick white socks. And like a, baby push away anything except the one or two fetish things he likes.
I'll be attending the Baltimore con look me up and maybe I'll be selling T-shirts.
OK, Admiral Schmidlap says return to your regular Bat Channel.