As much as I was hoping that Cowboys and Aliens would be a good movie -- I'm not surprised it's an empty shell.
Because the comic was such a cynical and manipulated effort that it's simple karma.
It was created by a 'comic' company whose real focus was to sell 'high concept' comic ideas to the movies, so it didn't matter really whether the comic was any good or not. From what I've heard, it wasn't a horrible comic, but not a great one either.
The quality of the comic was beside the point.
Something rubs me wrong when I know that what I do for a living is being used as a tool for something else. I don't like it.
Then they compounded my ill feelings by manipulating the market. Word is, they made a deal with a couple of large retailers, in N.Y. and elsewhere to buy thousands of copies (with the wink, wink, nudge, nudge -- guarantee, anyone?)
Well it doesn't take millions of copies to become the #1 graphic novel for the month.
Thing is, the comic market is so small that it immediately became obvious to everyone that it was bullshit. When most of us order one or two copies, but it becomes #1 in the country, you either wonder if you missed the boat -- or if something stinks. Adding insult to injury, I couldn't get any copies to sell until recently (yeah, yeah, I know....a little hypocrisy.)
And when I did finally get a couple of copies, it immediately went out of print -- again! But then, it wasn't about the comic, was it?
Turned out, something stank.
It was irritating that they were rewarded by a Hollywood contract, even more annoying that they got Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig to star.
But I'm not surprise the movie is pretty lame -- because it was a "Snakes on a Plane" idea in the first place.
Who needs a good movie?
6 days ago