After watching Guardians of the Galaxy over the weekend, a superb movie, that we all know draws on the Marvel Comics. Characters that inspire hope, trust, integrity, love and fear...and all the human emotions molded within character archetypes. I came to think to myself about the generation born after the year 2000 and how they bring to this modern society reflections of the past. Movies like the Guardians of Galaxy, Star Trek, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Transformers...the list can go on-and-on with sci-fi and fantasy story-lines. Where was this popularity when I was growing up? wah wah wah... What I am getting at is, these fictional story-lines are "cool and awe-inspiring." Archetype characters who had catch-phrases. puns and now added 80's music weaved into modern movies to draw the attention of all ages because when my generation hears that familiar but distant memory of Redbone's "Come and Get Your Love" I jumped in my seat! I bet 90 percent of the trendy snots in the theater under the age of 21 didn't even know who the fuck Redbone is and found the tune to be so inspiring , they scurried home and Youtube'd it....ooOoooOo...idiots. Here is another fun fact. Redbone was an all Native American Rock band spurred on by Jimi Hendrix himself, you trendy fucks!
In the 80s and 90s the "average" person felt anything nerdy was an obscure waste of time and often made-fun of. In high school I ranted about fictional characters and retained a pool of knowledge of every starship in the Star Trek and Star Wars Universe. Why? because I could. Everything is cool now. Everything is T R E N D Y...what the fuck is trendy? The idiot who wears headphones now because ear-buds are so 2001 ???!! Yah-O.k... a level of troll-hatred and could care-less attitude comes out of me when I think about all the things I grew up with, imagined, read with my own eyes, and experienced since 1982 are now reborn, trendy, and misunderstood now turned pop-culture. Misunderstood?? YES!!!
How can I accept a 19 year old who sports a 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle shirt? How can I accept that my sister bought a printed 90s X-men from the popular 90s cartoon show on Saturdays sold at the store Forever 21 ? THEY SELL SLUT CLOTHING?? what. the. fuck. lol? Yes, Forever 21 sells X-men printed sweaters and Tshirts; which I need to point out the fallacy in some of the X-men prints because some of the uniforms are not accurate Please view photos below)
I find it fascinating and at the same time sickening to see this modern generation born after 2000 enjoying this new pop-culture of comic book movies and science fiction that is all inspiring and cool to them. Yet, this generation fails to realize historically, where these archetype characters and awe-inspiring story lines come from. So in the end, I have come to the heartfelt conclusion that mainstream media and modern marketing is responsible for the promotion of comic book characters, science fiction, and fantasy for the sole purpose of profit. D U H ? However, in the midst of greed there is a faint light of shit that creaks from the ass crack of modern society of the new fandom these movies create. I for one can say I was there since 1982 and I must keep in mind there are other fandom crack-heads who claim earlier knowledge of geekdom and are old farts who never got laid. Regardless, today's modern fandom are highly misguided. They promote their trendy-coolness with logo shirts, blue rays, bumper stickers, and dumb-ass character insignia's on their cars...but do they really know where the true essence of knowing where their favorite character archetypes come from? Have they ever picked up a Comic Book, Novel, or watched the low-budgeted movies and television shows predating 1999???
Probably not. Anyone born after 2000 that claims to be a fan has a lot of research to do. Pick up a comic book you trendy shit-holes. If you can afford a Starbucks coffee spending minimum of $5 dollars every fucking day for your trendy Mocah Frappacino...you can buy an inflated Comic Book for $2.99 once a month bastards.
by Ryan Quon
Edited by Brent Bullard