In his latest Pretenstion +1 column, Gus Mastrapa warns videogame fans and creators that, if they are not vigilant, they could suffer the same fate as comic books. Using Comic-Con as the backdrop, Mastrapa points out that the show has become an amalgamation of TV, movies, anime and videogames, with comics mostly taking a backseat. As videogames have made many fans ignore comics, something could come along to do the same to videogames.
So how does Mastrapa suggest that gamers and game creators do to keep the fire alive? Here's an excerpt:
When Hollywood finally starts figuring out how to make video game movies that don't suck (perhaps Edgar Wright can teach them a thing or two) they'll start strip-mining our stories and characters like there's no tomorrow. And tons of talented, imaginative people won't see a dime from the millions that are made on their backs.
So every year when Comic Con rolls around let the sound of nerds nerding out be our wake-up call.
Creators, cover your collective asses. Fans, remember your creators. Don't let them die poor like Jack Kirby. Don't leave them lonely and unappreciated in Artist's Alley.
And while we're all at it let's do the right thing and buy a comic or two.
Sage advice. Check out Mastrapa's column over at Joystickdivision.com.