Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Spoiler Warning!!!!

When I was a kid, one of the worst things another kid could call you was "spoiler sport". That meant, that you were basically taking the fun out of whatever it was that you were doing and ruining it for your friends. Now, if someone calls you that, it's almost a term of endearment. When the Hell did that happen?
As most of you know, I'm "spoiler free". Just ask any comic professional that I know personally, and they can all tell you the same story: "I was talking to Jimmy and I started to tell him about what happens in next 3 issues of the book, and he wouldn't let me finish, because he didn't want to know what was going to happen ahead of time."
-You can call me dumb, stupid, or anything else that you want, but I guess I'm strange, because I actually LIKE being surprised by things. Comics, TV shows, movies, books, anything. I guess I just don't understand the whole spoiler mentality. WHY would you want to know the ending of something that you're going to read/watch/listen to/ ect.? But if you do, that's your decision and God bless. It's when things get spoiled for OTHER people, that's what I take issue with.
Here is a headline from a website that is pretty popular among comic fans:

COMICS: The Biggest Reveals & SPOILERS From Today's Issues

-As I'm fond of saying "Are you ribbing me?"!!!!! No, I'm not going to name the site, just because I don't want to give them free advertising from those of you that will read this. But, serisouly, is this really necessary? You have NO other way to drive traffic to your site? In the article, they go on to spoil the endings to 4 different comic books. That's $12 worth of comics. Multiply that by 3,000 (spitballing here, that's not the actual number) comic book stores in the US, and that's $36,000. And that's if ALL the comic book stores sold ONE copy of those books. They books they spoiled were Justice League, Wonder Woman, Axis and Sandman: Overture. I can guarantee you, NO comic book store in the world sold only 1 copy of each of those books. So, nice job, douche bags! You just lost some comic retailers, comic e-tailers, Diamond Comics, DC, Marvel, and ALL the creators working on those books a crapload of money. What worse is tweets and HEADLINES on "news sites" that reveal spoilers. At least with this site, you had to click on the link to find them out. They weren't blatantly revealed IN the actual headline itself, but that does go on on that site. Now, I know that this article will NOT change anything, but maybe for just one week, try not going on spoiler-laden websites, wrestling "dirt sheets" (are they still called that?) or anything else that's going to tell you the ending of something that you're looking forward to. Then, read/watch/listen/whatever and judge for yourself if you get MORE enjoyment when you sit down to experience whatever your doing no knowing the ending ahead of time. I bet the answer will surprise you.

-And I JUST realized that this is being posted on New Years Eve. I didn't plan it this way at all, but since you're here, I would like to thank each and everyone of you that have been awesome this year! I'll be honest, this wasn't the greatest year for me, but that's okay. Next year will be better, that's for damn sure. I hate to sound like the pretentious people that constantly say things like "OH MAN, just WAIT until you hear what we're gonna be doing!! It's gonna be sooooooooo cool, but we can't tell you now!".....but I'm going to be. LOTS of pretty cool stuff coming next year, and I think you'll honestly be surprised by a couple of them. I'll be landing in some pretty different places in 2015. If there's one thing that you can bet on, it's LOTS of change. But, enough about that. I'd like to wish each and every one of you out there a healthy, safe, happy and prosperous New Year. Make me proud!!!!

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