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Support What You Value or You Can
« on: May 16, 2013, 11:03:27 PM »

NBC tried to kill Star Trek after its first season, fans kept it alive for two more.  NBC also tried to kill Chuck after a single half season, but the fans have kept it alive and now it looks like season five with be a half season and the end of the road.  Fox Killed the Adventures of Briscoe County Jr. after a Season and Firefly in a fraction of a season.  There have been a lot of shows that really deserved to stick around longer.  There are many other shoes that left the air too soon: Dark Angel, Dead Like Me, Dollhouse, The Dresden Files, Early Edition, Everwood, Futurama, Gargoyles, Jericho, Kings, The Lone Gunmen, Max Headroom, Pushing Daisies, Rome, Space Above and Beyond, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, The Tick, Titus, Tru Calling, Twin Peaks and White Dwarf.  The list goes on and on.

Fandom loses more than just TV shows, sadly enough.  Game shops close, conventions have to tighten their belts, publishers don't take risks on books and graphic novels outside of the mainstream, and we're stuck with sphincter clenching number of remakes and sequels to really bad movies.  How many of those focking Focker movies will they make at the expense of bringing anime to the big screen, as an example.  I'd certainly go see Dominion Tank Police on the big screen, beats staying home and missing another focking waste of screen.

Want to save a good program?  Circulate petitions at Cons and send them off to the networks.  Want good movies, stop going to see the crap du jour and hammer the studios with requests for things you'd like to see.  Know somebody that's great at drawing their own comics or manga, well send them to me; I have resources available to host a few serious and promising artists.  Anyway. 

Many genres under the fan umbrella just don't get represented in the mainstream too well; just ask a Fur how they like the treatment CSI gave them.  Big Bang Theory tries to show many aspects of fan culture, but they often go for the cheap joke.  That means it’s up to fans to find and support the good stuff that's outside of the mainstream.

Tired of seeing local game shops fold?  Don’t buy your gaming swag on the internet!  The same goes for comics, manga and anime.  Shops are getting harder to find, so support your local.  When you can, support your local artists, that’s singer, writers, artists and the list goes on.  Can’t afford to go to the big cons?  Did you know if there are local cons?  Why travel when you can share your fandom in your own stomping grounds?  Jump in, volunteer, run a panel, help out, stick fliers up on bulletin boards.

I’ve heard a lot of localized bitching about the dearth of events from people that didn’t want to go to local cons because they’re too small and probably suck, but they can’t afford to go to the “big cons.”  Boise may not be a major market but we have three cons that attract a fair number of fans and a fourth is being added.  I tell people if you want to go to something bigger and better then it’s time to step up and build what you have into what you want.  I know a lot of people that like things the way they are, but as soon as somebody suggests something then you see the wheels turning.

Moral of the story?  Fan is short for fanatic, meaning someone is a fanatic over a genre.  You can’t half-ass fanaticism.
« Last Edit: March 15, 2014, 12:36:52 PM by Lord Palatine »


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