We mentioned the anti-DC Relaunch protest march planned for San Diego Comic Con earlier this morning, but it’s been niggling at me and I think I realise why.
DC Comics would love a large protest. Lots of people calling for the head of Dan DiDio. Dressed up in classic non-segmented costumes without a hint of collar, ad showing lots of leg. Something to show some passion, show some involvement, create a controversy and maybe get some TV coverage as a result. With people screaming that Harley Quinn keep her classic look, and a cut to Jim Lee shrugging his shoulders saying that you’ve just got to move with the times. Safe in the knowledge that most of the protestors will buy the comics anyway, and lots more people will be intrigued.
But there’s a problem.
There are currently 221 people maybe attending this protest. Which, considering most won’t actually be going to the San Diego Comic Con, may get down to around sixty people who actually might join the protest. So far.
And it’s just not enough. There will be more people in the zombie march, more people queuing outside Dick’s Last Resort, more people fighting with light sabres, more people crossing the tracks at any given time. Sixty people means squat at Comic Con. DC would really like more people to make a fuss.
Unless… there’s a counter protest.
Think about it, there were about four or five members of the Westboro Baptist Church protesting Comic Con. But hundreds protesting the protest, including yours truly. And that got coverage and I found myself on Fox News in the process.
Think about it. One bunch of fans protesting, another bunch of fans protesting in the other direction. That’s conflict, that is. That gets coverage. And that will get Dan Didio rubbing his hands.
Maybe they could have banners like READ THE COMIC BEFORE YOU CONDEMN IT, HARLEY QUINN DESERVES TO GET A TAN or GIVE SCOTT LOBDELL ANOTHER BOOK!