Detentionaire FINALLY has an American home, and it’s Cartoon Network … ‘s Always On digital platform. 

What’s Always On?

Essentially it’s an online outlet that’s has Cartoon Network programming, including exclusive shows and shorts never before seen on Cartoon Network. In theory, it’s  Cartoon Network 2.0, 24/7/365. All day, all night. always on.

Details, including a launch date (some places are saying March 31, but I’m not 100% certain about that right now) to come shortly. In the meantime, here’s the official synopsis for the first batch of original shows that’s a part of Cartoon Network “Always On”:

  • Detentionaire: Framed for a major prank and punished with a full year of detention, high schooler Lee Ping sneaks out of detention to try to expose who was really behind the prank and avoid being caught by the school’s principal Barrage. After clearing his name, Lee again attempts to sneak out of Barrage’s upgraded detention room, discovering that a strange pyramid under the school has something to do with Lee’s key, the parents council and the blue tazwurms. There is more to the school than meets the eye! Created by animators Daniel Bryan Franklin & Charles Johnston,Detentionaire is distributed by Nelvana.
  • Angelo Rules (Season 2): For a kid, life can be a daily battle. There are adults, siblings, teachers and rivals telling them what to do, what not to do, what to say… Well, it’s time for kids to take control and Angelo’s here to show the way! He observes and then comes up with elaborate strategies to wheedle, sweet-talk, con, and work around any adversary. Season two of this new series comes from TeamTo and Cake Entertainment.
  • Rocket Jo: Rocket Jo is an inventor-adventurer: his unique goal is to get his jet-pack to function and send him flying in the air for good…without effect. But his valiant attempts are always a false dawn to viewers’ great delight, as there always are failures, gags, explosions, falls, etc. Produced by Millimages and 2D3D, Rocket Jo works hard, drawing upon all his imagination, to make viewers laugh, both children and parents.
Okay, so Stuart Snyder has been at the helm  of Cartoon Network for seven years marked with a lot of bumps and jolts and kept the network stagnant  ratings-wise for the most part.
So Snyder was at the helm when the live-action agenda went into full effect with disastrous results like the ill-fated CN Real that wanted to prove that Cartoon Network was “more than just cartoons” and the Hall of Game Awards, which hasn’t been fruitful nor beneficial to anybody nor the network as a whole.
So Snyder was at the helm of Cartoon Network that largely maligned and pushed serious action cartoons like Sym-Bionic Titan, ThunderCats, and Young Justice out of the way and pushed Toonami off the network altogether for about four years (it’s now on Saturday nights/Sunday mornings on Adult Swim, where it’s growing tremendously and largely outside of Snyder’s scope). 
So Snyder was at the helm of Cartoon Network when their competitors were growing and expanding beyond their core networks and creating new brands and channels while the lone CN spinoff channel in the US, Boomerang, was largely on autopilot until about December 2013. 
So Snyder was at the helm of Cartoon Network when Warner Bros Animation became more estranged from their corporate cousin by not telling them up front about lengthy hiatuses and premature cancellations. Oh, and allowing Thundercats, Generator Rex, Sym-Bionic Titan, Scooby-Doo: Mystery Inc, The Looney Tunes Show, Green Lantern, Young Justice, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and Beware the Batman to have low-key, largely unadvertised end runs. 
So Snyder was behind the helm of Cartoon Network that brought some of the best new cartoons in an era (Adventure Time, Regular Show, Gumball, Uncle Grandpa, and Steven Universe) only to have them rerun to death in every open slot on the lineup.  Oh, and he pushed out great creators like Tartakovsky, McCracken, Faust, Rudish, Atoms, Greenblatt, Van Orman, and Hirsch. who felt at the time the network was moving in a direction where they weren’t wanted.
So Snyder was behind the helm of Cartoon Network that saw the network’s hours decrease 12 hours a week. 
After hearing that Snyder’s planning to leave Cartoon Network before the end of the month, I am curious what the network I love so much is going to do in his absence and if they’ll ever find their place in the world again and go to bigger heights. I’d love to see that happen. 
Just once I’d like to see a post-AOL-era Cartoon Network replacement boss better than the guy he replaces, not worse. 
So, au revoir Stuart Snyder. 
It’s been real.

Okay, so Stuart Snyder has been at the helm  of Cartoon Network for seven years marked with a lot of bumps and jolts and kept the network stagnant  ratings-wise for the most part.

So Snyder was at the helm when the live-action agenda went into full effect with disastrous results like the ill-fated CN Real that wanted to prove that Cartoon Network was “more than just cartoons” and the Hall of Game Awards, which hasn’t been fruitful nor beneficial to anybody nor the network as a whole.

So Snyder was at the helm of Cartoon Network that largely maligned and pushed serious action cartoons like Sym-Bionic Titan, ThunderCats, and Young Justice out of the way and pushed Toonami off the network altogether for about four years (it’s now on Saturday nights/Sunday mornings on Adult Swim, where it’s growing tremendously and largely outside of Snyder’s scope). 

So Snyder was at the helm of Cartoon Network when their competitors were growing and expanding beyond their core networks and creating new brands and channels while the lone CN spinoff channel in the US, Boomerang, was largely on autopilot until about December 2013. 

So Snyder was at the helm of Cartoon Network when Warner Bros Animation became more estranged from their corporate cousin by not telling them up front about lengthy hiatuses and premature cancellations. Oh, and allowing Thundercats, Generator Rex, Sym-Bionic Titan, Scooby-Doo: Mystery Inc, The Looney Tunes Show, Green Lantern, Young Justice, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and Beware the Batman to have low-key, largely unadvertised end runs. 

So Snyder was behind the helm of Cartoon Network that brought some of the best new cartoons in an era (Adventure Time, Regular Show, Gumball, Uncle Grandpa, and Steven Universe) only to have them rerun to death in every open slot on the lineup.  Oh, and he pushed out great creators like Tartakovsky, McCracken, Faust, Rudish, Atoms, Greenblatt, Van Orman, and Hirsch. who felt at the time the network was moving in a direction where they weren’t wanted.

So Snyder was behind the helm of Cartoon Network that saw the network’s hours decrease 12 hours a week. 

After hearing that Snyder’s planning to leave Cartoon Network before the end of the month, I am curious what the network I love so much is going to do in his absence and if they’ll ever find their place in the world again and go to bigger heights. I’d love to see that happen. 

Just once I’d like to see a post-AOL-era Cartoon Network replacement boss better than the guy he replaces, not worse. 

So, au revoir Stuart Snyder. 

It’s been real.

fred-frederator-studios
fred-frederator-studios:

Services such as Netflix, YouTube and Hulu in the U.S. are now competing on equal footing with kids television networks — and they’re winning.
According to research compiled for our new TV Network Report, YouTube is the second-highest rated “network” in terms of Kidfinity — a proprietary measure of kids’ brand awareness, popularity and love for a brand — falling just behind Nickelodeon and surpassing Disney Channel. Meanwhile, Netflix is the second-fastest growing “network,” and ranks just two Kidfinity points behind Cartoon Network.
The impact of Netflix, YouTube and Hulu on U.S. kids’ viewing habits
By Melanie Shreffler, trends and insights guru at Smarty Pants market research firm
Stream Daily via KidscreenFebruary/March 2014

Dun dun dunnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!
The new paradigm is happening as we speak. Now it’s crunch time for the Big Three. Can they remain relevant in the age of broadband. 
Will they fight, fall, or follow? Will they finally acknowledge that content is king? Or will they continue to ignore the world with fingers in their ears singing “La la la” while reruns of Spongebob, shows based on building blocks, and the teen flavor of the month continue to clog their airwaves? 
It’s almost upfront season. 
Game on. 

fred-frederator-studios:

Services such as Netflix, YouTube and Hulu in the U.S. are now competing on equal footing with kids television networks — and they’re winning.

According to research compiled for our new TV Network Report, YouTube is the second-highest rated “network” in terms of Kidfinity — a proprietary measure of kids’ brand awareness, popularity and love for a brand — falling just behind Nickelodeon and surpassing Disney Channel. Meanwhile, Netflix is the second-fastest growing “network,” and ranks just two Kidfinity points behind Cartoon Network.

The impact of Netflix, YouTube and Hulu on U.S. kids’ viewing habits

By Melanie Shreffler, trends and insights guru at Smarty Pants market research firm

Stream Daily via KidscreenFebruary/March 2014

Dun dun dunnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!

The new paradigm is happening as we speak. Now it’s crunch time for the Big Three. Can they remain relevant in the age of broadband. 

Will they fight, fall, or follow? Will they finally acknowledge that content is king? Or will they continue to ignore the world with fingers in their ears singing “La la la” while reruns of Spongebob, shows based on building blocks, and the teen flavor of the month continue to clog their airwaves? 

It’s almost upfront season. 

Game on. 

curekakapo

stephendestefano:

SYM-BIONIC TITAN sketches for CN promotional use (not that CN ever promoted it or anything).
I can’t recall if Genndy started these or I drew them all on my lonesome.
That was a fun job, Titan.

Not that CN ever promoted it or anything. 

Not that CN ever promoted it or anything. 

Not that CN ever promoted it or anything. 

Loved how Toonami promoted the short-lived series when it was on the block. Man, I loved that show. 

Things I’ve Noticed #1

  • People are watching PBS dramas. Lots and lots of people are watching PBS dramas. And talking about them publicly.
  • American dramas are adapting the British television model, and that’s not a bad thing at all. 
  • The Weather Channel, which now has a prime-time lineup of reality shows, is now considered expendable and replaceable by a major cable/satellite operator.
  • Power Rangers is on Nickelodeon-owned outlets. Craig McCracken has a show on Disney Channel and Genndy Tarakovsky is making films at Sony.
  • There are more Warner Bros.-branded cartoons on Hub Network than Cartoon Network. 
  • Lots and lots of people absolutely love My Little Pony, and a whole lot of them are dudes. 
  • Hawaii Five-0 is on CBS again. And Dallas is heading towards its third season on TNT.
  • There are four broadcast (non-cable) shows (three dramas [Scandal, Elementary, and Sleepy Hollow] and one comedy [The Mindy Project]) with female POC leads.
  • There’s a Teen Wolf series on MTV that’s nothing like the movies it’s based on but is remarkably better in every way.
  • Also of note, there’s a show from the creator of You Can’t Do That on Television on The CW right now. 
  • Nickelodeon has largely gotten away with airing one show throughout 75% of its afternoon lineup. And USA has become Crime Marathon TV Network with wrestling on Monday nights.
  • The West Coast hates the East Coast Social Media scene. We spoil things. A lot.
  • Lots of people are looking at television shows, but not on television. It’s confusing to folks that don’t get it. 
  • AMC can stretch out a final season.
  • DC Comics is too selective when it comes to adapting their properties to any medium. They put Batman in EVERYTHING. Marvel Comics is too loose when it comes to adapting their properties to any medium. They put Iron Man in EVERYTHING.

Over 18,000 Reblogs/Likes Thanks, But A Bit of an Addendum

People read that article? People LIKED that article? 

That’s madness. Lot of folks did, and I thank you

A few didn’t, mostly because they felt the Malibu Stacy metaphor didn’t really fit the practices of Cartoon Network’s handling of the Powerpuff Girls special in light of the internet blowing up after hearing DC Animated Universe co-creator Paul Dini’s experiences with the network telling him the reason those shows get cancelled is because girls don’t buy things and they’re watching those action properties more than the intended young boys demographics who buy the toys.

Perhaps it isn’t the right metaphor, but it’s the only one that I could think of at that moment, but there are a few things to point out:

  • I did acknowledge that Cartoon Network announced that Powerpuff Girls special earlier in the year. Like, WAY earlier in the year, on January 28, 2013. The initial press release stated that it would come on later in the year, as in later in 2013, not 2014. And it was complete when they initially announced it. It took about a year to make, from script to finished special. There are rumors that it took five years to make, which is untrue. If it did take that long, Craig MacCracken would have had involvement on the special since he was still at Cartoon Network, and he’s not involved here at all.  
  • Cartoon Network usually doesn’t work on social media on Sundays, mostly because there’s no news on a Sunday. They barely work on Saturdays on social media as well, but when the fans complain, they’d usually send a tweet or something way later in the day to address anything. Like this gem from October 13, 2012. I’m not saying that they weren’t going to start to finally place the PPG special before the reaction to the Paul Dini interview hit the internet, but you do have to wonder if that was the case.
  • Certainly they wouldn’t be plugging something that’ll come on a month after the PPG special would air, would they? That wouldn’t make much sense. 

There were a few dates that Cartoon Network could have scheduled the special.

  1. Labor Day could have been a great day for an end-of-the-summer present for the viewers. Yes, they had Uncle Grandpa premiere that night, but imagine the ratings that would have been if a one-time PPG special aired before Uncle Grandpa's premiere. And don't say they don't air dual premieres on one day. On Labor Day 2010, Regular Show and MAD debuted. Labor Day 2011 had multiple premieres, highlighted by Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake. 2009 had a Ben 10 marathon while 2008 had a Pokemon marathon. Labor Day tends to be one of those end-of-summer event days, and they tend to have a marathon topped off by a premiere by the end of the night.
  2. Another day that could premiered the Powerpuff Girls special was the day before Thanksgiving. In 2011, they premiered Journey to the Center of the Earth, Level Up, and a new episode of Adventure Time. In 2010, they premiered the Speed Racer live-action movie followed by FireBreather, which was one of the highest-rated debuts in network history. In 2009, they aired the  second live-action Ben 10 movie, Alien Swarm. Two years earlier, they aired the first live-action Ben 10 movie, Race Against Time. In 2006, they aired the first Men in Black movie the day before Thanksgiving and the Foster’s special Good Wilt Hunting on Thanksgiving. This year, they gave the Thanksgiving eve slot to the third part of Lego Yoda Chronicles specials, Attack of the Jedi. Must be nice for Disney to have one of their biggest competitors choose a toyetic version of one of their biggest acquisitions in such a prime slot instead of a Powerpuff Girls special that reunites the cast in a new adventure. 
  3. Or they could have picked an arbitrary date across the year. Green Lantern’s first two episodes premiered on November 11, 2011 (11/11/11). Re-Animated debuted on December 8, 2006. No special significance at all. A Ben 10 animated special, the computer-animated Destroy All Aliens, debuted on March 24, 2012. 

The sad part is that Cartoon Network had a legitimate reason to air it in 2013 and didn’t choose to do it. And that reason was The Powerpuff Girls premiered 15 years ago on November 18, 1998. Guess what day that occurred this year? Monday. You know what aired that Monday? 

An unfinished episode of Regular Show. Regular Show made the top of the worldwide trends on Twitter for the wrong reasons (people complained about the harsh colors, jagged character outlines, and weird backgrounds, even creator J.G. Quintel complained about what went wrong), and that was quite unfortunate. It was a pretty good episode. Still, at least for that night, Cartoon Network could have adjusted the lineup and aired the Powerpuff Girls special that night easily:

  • 7 PM: Adventure Time
  • 7:15 PM: Steven Universe
  • 7:30 PM: The Powerpuff Girls Special: 
  • 8:30 PM: Regular Show
  • 8:45 PM: MAD

Note, I don’t know how long the special is, but I’m putting it on for an hour for the safe side, but that’s a completely respectable lineup, and it’s probably not all that different from what they’ll do on January 20, 2014 when it does air.

This isn’t the first time a Powerpuff Girls anniversary special was scheduled after the actual anniversary. The Powerpuff Girls Rule! debuted on November 21, 2008 in the Asian and European markets, a few days after the anniversary. It made its American debut months later on January 19, 2009, so the American debut of both anniversary specials are five years and a day apart. Maybe this was the plan all along, but still, one can’t help to ignore the fact that Cartoon Network had many opportunities to air the special throughout the year and only announced it within hours after a major children’s entertainment producer more or less proclaimed the network were borderline misogynists. 

That’s a heck of a coincidence, but sometimes a hat is just a hat.

blackcatula

blackcatula:

You know what really wraps the whole package though? I just realized that Cartoon Network even has a flagship show that personifies this entire misogynistic clusterfuck they’ve painted themselves into: Regular Show.

While Regular Show is a pretty great show that’s overall entertaining, it is 100% geared toward college boys. It’s about bros and the culture they live together, and yeah, there are a couple of female characters, but the moment you start to develop them, they need to get subtly written off the show so you can keep the focus on the “goofy boys humor” with pizza and farts and pranks and no homo yo bro.

Again, I really love how pro-artistic freedom CN can be, and they’ve really put out some AMAZING shows this decade, but I’m getting more than a little fed up with this nonsense. I can only pray they don’t pull the plug on Steven Universe now, since that show is - in a nutshell - the antithesis of CN’s bro-fist philosophy.

You’re no longer my #1 favorite network, CN. Not anymore….

Well said. 

I still like some parts of Cartoon Network (mostly that six-hour action block that airs on Saturday nights on their Adult Swim side), but yeah, their shunning of action and embrace of that whole dudebro he-man woman-haters mentality is pretty weak, and yeah, Regular Show is emblematic of that mentality. They did write off Margaret just as she and Mordecai were finally getting together. 

I’d think networks would want audiences no matter the gender. I mean, if you’re watching the network, you’re helping the network. Guess not. You’re over the age of 12, Cartoon Network doesn’t want your viewership. You’re a young teen, Cartoon Network doesn’t want your viewership. You’re a girl, Cartoon Network doesn’t want your viewership.

Pretty narrow market considering the majority of potential viewers aren’t young boys between the ages of 6 and 12 and 9 and 14. They grow up so fast. 

I have to explain a Simpsons episode that came on almost 20 years ago in reference to this picture? Fine.
The episode, Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy, was inspired by real world events, namely a talking Barbie who ended up saying a bunch of vapid, cliched teen talk. A group of anti-consumerists calling themselves the Barbie Liberation Group took some of these dolls and switched out the circuitry that made them talk with those of talking G.I. Joes at the time. 
Lisa bought a talking Malibu Stacy doll (the equivalent of a Barbie doll in the Simpsonsverse)  expecting it to say something as iconic as someone of her pop cultural stature should say. Instead, 

Don’t ask me, I’m just a girl. [giggles]

The situation has infuriated Lisa, who confronted the makers of Malibu Stacy. They treated her condescendingly and let her go her way. After doing some research, Lisa enlists the help of Wayland Smithers (the owner of the world’s largest Malibu Stacy collection), who gives her the address of the original creator of Malibu Stacy, who is inspired and decided to help her rectify the sexist Talking Malibu Stacy with a more positive, empowering doll. Once the creators of the original Malibu Stacy hears about the new Lisa Lionheart doll, they come up with a plan to counter its potential popularity. 
On the day Lisa Lionheart is revealed, a new shipment of Malibu Stacy dolls is unpacked.
She now has a new hat.
That’s all. It’s still the same status quo, but folks are acting like they’re doing something dramatically different, which they aren’t. It’s just the old doll with a new hat, and the fans eat it up, and Lisa is left disappointed that despite confronting those in power about the problems she had with Malibu Stacy, they remained doing the same old tired stuff without changing a thing.
Except the hat. That’s new.  
Like I said, Cartoon Network recently got put on blast by one of the most prolific producers of action entertainment, who suggested that the reason high-rated shows like Young Justice, Green Lantern, and similar shows (definitely including ThunderCats and Sym-Bionic Titan in this discussion) got the boot is because they attracted more females than males, and the network felt that girls weren’t the target for merchandisers. The whole thing seems screwy and wrong, but not surprising, especially considering they gave the whole “merchandise wasn’t selling” excuse to shows that had no merchandise like Green Lantern: TAS (counting the leftover movie merchandise is not actually merchandise for the better-received show) and Sym-Bionic Titan, a show that just screamed mecha sets. 
And yet, I’m very cynical when, out of the blue and almost a year after its initial announcement,Cartoon Network is planning to finally announce the premiere of a new Powerpuff Girls special (the first made without series creator Craig McCracken at the helm) less than 24 hours after the Dini interview got traction throughout the internet.
(Honestly, it was originally scheduled at the beginning of the year to air before the end of the year, and it’ll be almost exactly a year to the date it was originally announced when the PPG special airs next month. EDIT: I’m not telling you guys NOT to watch it. Go ahead and watch the special on January 20th. I know I will.)
What Cartoon Network is doing is essentially giving the audience a Malibu Stacy with a NEW hat. Nothing changed. Just something to quiet the masses who are easily distracted who are still huge fans of the original PPG series and will tell you to shut up about the controversy that suddenly isn’t there. 
That’s how it goes, I guess. 

I have to explain a Simpsons episode that came on almost 20 years ago in reference to this picture? Fine.

The episode, Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy, was inspired by real world events, namely a talking Barbie who ended up saying a bunch of vapid, cliched teen talk. A group of anti-consumerists calling themselves the Barbie Liberation Group took some of these dolls and switched out the circuitry that made them talk with those of talking G.I. Joes at the time. 

Lisa bought a talking Malibu Stacy doll (the equivalent of a Barbie doll in the Simpsonsverse)  expecting it to say something as iconic as someone of her pop cultural stature should say. Instead, 

Don’t ask me, I’m just a girl. [giggles]

The situation has infuriated Lisa, who confronted the makers of Malibu Stacy. They treated her condescendingly and let her go her way. After doing some research, Lisa enlists the help of Wayland Smithers (the owner of the world’s largest Malibu Stacy collection), who gives her the address of the original creator of Malibu Stacy, who is inspired and decided to help her rectify the sexist Talking Malibu Stacy with a more positive, empowering doll. Once the creators of the original Malibu Stacy hears about the new Lisa Lionheart doll, they come up with a plan to counter its potential popularity. 

On the day Lisa Lionheart is revealed, a new shipment of Malibu Stacy dolls is unpacked.

She now has a new hat.

That’s all. It’s still the same status quo, but folks are acting like they’re doing something dramatically different, which they aren’t. It’s just the old doll with a new hat, and the fans eat it up, and Lisa is left disappointed that despite confronting those in power about the problems she had with Malibu Stacy, they remained doing the same old tired stuff without changing a thing.

Except the hat. That’s new.  

Like I said, Cartoon Network recently got put on blast by one of the most prolific producers of action entertainment, who suggested that the reason high-rated shows like Young Justice, Green Lantern, and similar shows (definitely including ThunderCats and Sym-Bionic Titan in this discussion) got the boot is because they attracted more females than males, and the network felt that girls weren’t the target for merchandisers. The whole thing seems screwy and wrong, but not surprising, especially considering they gave the whole “merchandise wasn’t selling” excuse to shows that had no merchandise like Green Lantern: TAS (counting the leftover movie merchandise is not actually merchandise for the better-received show) and Sym-Bionic Titan, a show that just screamed mecha sets. 

And yet, I’m very cynical when, out of the blue and almost a year after its initial announcement,Cartoon Network is planning to finally announce the premiere of a new Powerpuff Girls special (the first made without series creator Craig McCracken at the helm) less than 24 hours after the Dini interview got traction throughout the internet.

(Honestly, it was originally scheduled at the beginning of the year to air before the end of the year, and it’ll be almost exactly a year to the date it was originally announced when the PPG special airs next month. EDIT: I’m not telling you guys NOT to watch it. Go ahead and watch the special on January 20th. I know I will.)

What Cartoon Network is doing is essentially giving the audience a Malibu Stacy with a NEW hat. Nothing changed. Just something to quiet the masses who are easily distracted who are still huge fans of the original PPG series and will tell you to shut up about the controversy that suddenly isn’t there. 

That’s how it goes, I guess. 

howtoraiseageek

howtoraiseageek:

Want to listen to something that will piss you off?

First off, if you’re not a listener of Fatman on Batman you should be.

Now, download this episode.  (Released this week; it was recorded in early November.)

Take it up to the 21:00 mark to hear Kevin Smith to gush on Beware the Batman for almost twenty minutes.  If you want to skip that, it’s OK.  Start at 39:00 and listen to Paul Dini kill his dreams at 39:30.

Of course, you already know that Beware the Batman was pulled from the schedule, so why should this enrage you all over again?

You must listen to the following ten-ish minutes.

Dini describes the thinking of Cartoon Network execs … and it goes beyond the $imple $elling of toy$.  It almost sounds like misogyny.

Listen to it.

*sighs*

Pours tea into my cup.

Drinks it down.

You want to know the sad part of that whole dialogue? 

Cartoon Network’s not the only corporate entity that has this mentality.

You know who’s the biggest consumer of action figures, dolls, and the like?

Manchildren 18-49. Don’t believe me? Look at the collector’s market. Look at the high prices being offered at places like Matty’s Collectors, Ringside Collectibles, Sideshow Collectibles, hobby shops, and online retailers as well as companies who make toys exclusively for that market like Enterbay and Hot Toys. The toy industry pretty much made shows like Comic Book Men and Toy Hunter possible as they showcase the demographic who’s really buying action figures and the like.

Nowadays kids like video games, interactive things on a screen. The explosion of kid-friendly computer tablets ton the marketplace hat are more powerful than laptops from a decade ago is proof of that.  

Kids don’t really give a toss about action figures these days. That’s why you rarely see them advertised on TV these days (think about the last 24 hours you watched TV and tell me how many action figure ads you actually saw in that period beyond the TMNT stuff). 

By comparison, how many doll ads have you seen? Lots I’ll imagine. Girls are buying dolls, and guess what? They’re buying action figures too. 

Young girls buy more action figures than young boys these days, and they buy dolls. And nobody cares … that’s how dumb these executives are.

Still stuck on outdated stereotypes. I bet you think that young men are the biggest audiences for Japanese animation too? Nope. It’s girls and young women. They watch, buy, and rent titles in droves. And it pisses off the he-man woman-hating fedora-wearing otakus out there to no end.  

Young girls, teen girls, and young women made Young Justice, Green Lantern, and Beware the Batman ratings-winners. They also make Adventure Time, Regular Show, and Steven Universe ratings monsters, and before that, Teen Titans, Gundam Wing, Dragon Ball Z, and so many others on Cartoon Network.

So, from the bottom of my heart, stop being stuck on stupid stereotypes and stop making retail sales the reason for cancelling great shows.