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Week in Geek S.2 E.1

Week in Geek, season 2 episode 1, recorded 1/28/18. News since last season, including: Tarantino R-rated Star Trek; DC and Justice League and the uncertain future of their films; Star Wars and the absence of news about Solo; and a lot on Marvel, Disney, and the Fox purchase.

Our other podcast is Comparative Opinions, find it and old Week in Geek episodes on ComparativeGeeks.com. Subscribe for new episodes!

Music is by Scott Gratton: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Scott_Gratton/Intros_and_Outros

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Building on the Ashes of Another’s Work

So an interesting thing happened this past week and that is videos started showing up on the old “SourceFed Nerd” YouTube channel, but now it is called “NowThis Nerd”. For anyone who does not know around a month ago it was decided by the parent company that “SourceFed Nerd” would be no more and they fired all the staff working on that channel. It seemed that would be the end of that channel and they would move any similar content to a different franchise. Then this past week or two it appears that instead of starting a new channel they are building upon the ashes of the channel that they burned to the ground.

It has been an interesting move because the name and everything just feels like trying to ransack the channel that they just destroyed. Now this is a business so I understand why a decision like this might be made, but I do wonder if it is the best decision that could be made.

Building a New Channel

Now obviously the first thing would be – why you couldn’t build a new channel and advertise it on the old one? Let people know that you have moved this content to a new channel and say we would love to have you join us. It would be polite, but wouldn’t feel quite as much of a betrayal to the original fans of the show. At the same time building a new channel with a new following takes a lot of time and effort. There is not a history of episodes to make money off of and for people to find, as well as the fact that you are having to build a brand new audience. Even if you advertise to the old audience there is no guarantee that anyone will come over to the new channel you created. It does not help if you name the new channel a seeming copy of the old one, but it is potentially difficult to avoid.

Renaming the Existing Channel

The direction that they obviously chose to go is to rename the existing channel and try to build from there. Now this could work because offering similar content does mean that you are offering the information that the current audience wants, but at the same time it is a risk. A lot of times people do not just come for the content, but the people. So to fire the people and build up something new with a new production cast can come across as a little disingenuous. It is probably why someone decided to create a Twitter account using the new name and devote it to bashing the new channel. So far the reaction has been pretty bad from the fans with dislikes and negative comments galore.

Will It Work?

Now the big question is will it work and I think that it eventually will if the content is good. I think they will have lost a ton of people at the beginning who might have eventually watched, who definitely won’t now, but that doesn’t mean that they will not build up new people. Folks who did not watch “SourceFed Nerd” who are already fans of “Now This” might be willing to watch a channel dedicated to nerd news. The question is how long are they willing to hold out and how long with the rage of the fans last. Yes, at first here there is a big backlash, but in a month, three months are people still going to be logging in whenever a video is posted just to bash it? I don’t know.

I just think eventually it will fade and they will be able to distance themselves from this. I do think that there were some bad decisions made that they will cost them a bit and it depends on how long they are willing to hold out to make it work.

 

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Iron Fist – Comparative Opinions Episode 42

Welcome to the Comparative Opinions podcast! This week, hosts David and Holly talk about NetFlix’s Iron Fist… or at least as much of it as they’ve seen. They also talk about the other NetFlix Marvel shows, and why they are just better. Spoilers more for the older shows, and less for Iron Fist!

Oh, and we mentioned you should go read some Pat Sponaugle: https://patricksponaugle.com/

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Thoughts on Marvels Comics Sales in the News

So I saw a the story flying around in my news feed, and just had to shake my head. Marvel blaming their move to more diversity for decreased comics sales? Here’s a great write up (with lots of sales numbers) on the question:

I had to stop and remember that I’m certainly someone who stopped buying comics, so maybe I have some things to weigh in… reading that article actually just gave me more to think on.

The big thing was that Marvel has been seeing sales drops ever since Secret Wars – which was when I stopped reading new Marvel comics. I think Jonathan Hickman did an amazing job of killing off the Marvel universe, and I’m okay with the thought that the universe is done and I’m good with it. I plan on still reading some older comics still via Marvel Unlimited (which seems like another thing that must be chipping away at physical comics sales), but I’m not feeling much interest in checking out any of the All New All Different Marvel Universe.

Man, I set up multiple segues there. Let’s see…

All New All Different Marvel? Yeah, lots of new ideas out there, and I have to agree with the article I shared – they were throwing things at the wall to see what stuck. Lots of titles started and stopped. And I know I haven’t been following them, so whatever. And it seems plenty of other people haven’t been either, given the big sales drop.

But the universe died, the storylines changed, what characters were where doing what changed… and it’s entirely plausible that those new configurations just haven’t drawn people in. Or, they’re going to take time to draw people in – time that they’re not being given by being canceled. Rebooting everything is kind of like starting over, and at the start you have to draw people in and stick it out. Except that they were doing new things with known characters, so you’re both having to start fresh and carry in all of the baggage of 50+ years. You know, the true point of a reboot is to cut loose baggage…

Physical comics? Man, who knew that was still a thing. I mean, probably people who live in a place where there’s even a single comic store… We have a trade paperback store. Which is another thing that takes away from the sales of individual comics – the knowledge that all of these things are going to come out in trade paperbacks, and that you can wait for that time, for a more survivable and shelve-able material. I mean, I just was going through my old box of comics and had a lot of feels, but the trade paperbacks have been living on a shelf in the living room.

And beyond physical comics and trades, there’s digital. I don’t know how much that’s taken into account for a conversation like this, and I don’t know how well digital does versus physical. I know that when I went crazy buying comics, it was with digital. I had to reel myself way back in, which again had me back towards the trades (or their digital equivalent). There are so many options for how to buy comics, and with so many titles out there, buying things in a set is really nice. Digital is actually a really nice way to own comics, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.

Oh right, diversity. Yeah, all of that before saying much of anything about diversity. Because I feel like sure, maybe that’s a factor – and maybe especially a factor among the more “traditional” comics buying crowd. Because if I were to try to determine who is buying physical individual weekly comics, the main folks seem like people who have been doing it for years. They’re following a character, or a creator, or you know, a lot of characters and creators. They may not be picking up something new. They seem to clearly have been hit by Secret Wars – as the article said.

The article also said that all those title changes mess with people who are buying their comics at a comics store, where you set up subscriptions or pull lists. They mess with your existing “traditional” buyers. Meanwhile, as the numbers presented for some of the trade paperbacks versus individual comics seem to show, I think some of the new readers being brought in – or the sales support coming from book fairs and librarians – are in trade paperbacks. Or other formats. And when people are waiting to buy a trade, and you’re cancelling the series within the timespan of the first two trades, there’s no time for people to show their support.


Anyway, I don’t know. The article is right – there’s a whole lot of factors at play. You could dive back in to the X-Men conspiracies. I’m sure there’s data they’re tracking about whether it seems like the movies are bringing in truly new comics readers – or maybe just old hats like me. Or maybe no one.

Which could be a part of where all of this ends up going – will these huge movie franchises end up killing off the comics industry that spawned them? Or at least the base universes they come from, the Marvel and DC universes. Will some other new universe rise up and be the new one to read – maybe something like Valiant? Time will tell. What do you think?

The Last Week of SourceFed!

We opened YouTube on Monday and found this video waiting.

It’s the last week of SourceFed and SourceFed Nerd! (And People Be Like). Unfortunately… it feels like we’re part of the problem. Holly and I connected with the original hosts, who were funny and awesome, but who also opened up with a lot of inner thoughts and stories through TableTalk and their many Truth or Dare episodes. TableTalk was probably the beginning of us watching regular daily YouTube content. We followed those hosts onto SourceFed Nerd and have shared plenty of content from that channel, or reacted to it.

However, as time passed and one-by-one the hosts left for other projects and to further their career, we failed to connect with the new hosts in the same way. At this point, we pretty much just watch the Philip DeFranco show and haven’t been watching any SourceFed.

YouTube as a space is more about the creators than their format, I think, and losing those creators, the faces we knew, was a setback. It’s actually maybe a testament to how good a format it was, and how gradual a change, that the channel has survived for this long.


One thing we wonder is how long this has been coming. Philip DeFranco has said the decision was not his to make, and decisions at SourceFed haven’t been his to make for a while.

He also says that the point of the show was for it to have changing hosts, and for the hosts to change – and for the show to change with them. So an experiment about my claim above, that YouTube is tied to the creators.

Phil has been talking about wanting to start a news channel for a while now, and he’s recognized that his timing was bad – that the proper time to start a new news site was probably sometime around the election results or the inauguration. Kind of like Dan Rather’s News And Guts. Waiting pulls us further away from that historical moment when the American people reconnected with the news in a big way.

I think that the end of several projects that Phil started – even if he was no longer managing and running them – feels like a further setback. And it’s too bad. And it makes me wonder if there are other business contracts or timeline elements, like this, that are standing in the way of that news network. We’ve been watching Phil for years, and I’m interested to see what he would do with a news network. Will that network come to be? Will any old SourceFed faces make their way there? Time will tell!

Meanwhile… the last TableTalk