Episode 225 - To Fan-service or not to fan-service

Jun 29, 2015

Today Banes and I talk about the subject of fan service in comics (and other pop-culture). This Quackcast was inspired by a newspost by HippieVan of that same title. We're helped in our discussion by the really interesting contributions of many smart people on DD... that we read out in High-larious voices! Is fan service a good thing? How do you think about it in stuff you read and see? Do you put it in your own work? Why? Why not? These were some of the things we talk about on the subject. Also, catch Gunwallace's great theme for Grueson!

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Banes at 4:37PM, July 1, 2015

Dammit...we were talking about fan service and I didn't even bring up slasher movies! My favorite subject! I'm slippin', I tells ya...

Banes at 10:52AM, July 1, 2015

Ozone - your friend must smell fantastic!

ozoneocean at 10:30AM, July 1, 2015

I'm glad you guys enjoyed this, Banes and I had a lot of fun doing it. Thanks for the compliment Paul. I have a friend from Colonge and I pick up bits and pieces from her :D

PaulEberhardt at 5:06PM, June 30, 2015

I don't think I've ever had so much fun listening to a long comment thread. :D @ozoneocean: When doing me you actually did an eerily realistic impression of the pupils I'm supposed to prepare for a class trip to London and that made it all the more hilarious for me. The thing with them is, if you're not really wary they'll rub off on you rather than improve on anything (slips on the topic of slippers being the first sign of a dangerous level of exposure). ;) Kudos to you, mate! To the others as well, of course.

JustNoPoint at 4:05PM, June 30, 2015

I'm glad my thoughts brought upon so much discussion. I actually finished HS of the Dead. And I'd watch more. But the fan service was so blatant and ridiculous. You must not have made it very far Ozone. There's a scene later where the girl with the kendo stick is dodging bullets and they use so motion Matrix effects to show the bullet passing between her breasts as they flop just out of the way while she jumped. I can only imagine the show is satire. You should really check out Kill La Kill. Now that is so over the top yet you don't roll your eyes. The only part that feels too out there is some mom and daughter scenes but they are rare. You'll know it if you see it. And you say fan service is a rare thing for me but Fenny has done some fan service in issues 2, 4, and 5 as well! And Sally is nude in issue 6 but I don't consider it fan service in that one at all. There's a lot of context and yes, word balloons help cover her there :P http://prologue.devonlegacy.com/comics/271

Gunwallace at 1:02PM, June 30, 2015

@Yan Gevuld: If you want a copy of the theme to use as you wish, you can email me, david@virtuallycomics.com; or wait until I get around to updating my website and save it from there. Glad you liked it.

Neilsama at 10:34AM, June 30, 2015

Thank you for reading my comment in a goofy voice. You should have me on your show some time.

Yan Gevuld at 6:51AM, June 30, 2015

Wow ! I'm flattered by the comments and of course the music. Can I save/download the music somehow ? I don't think many of you noticed in April/May the chance to win a free Grueson-book (volume #1) by choosing your favorite cover (the 5 books go to people from Spain, Norway, Canada and Peru). It will contain the following stories: The Legacy / The irresistible Miss Chambers / The three Conquistadores / The Bosnic Priest / Jo (all no longer online) / The investigating Officer ! / The little Orphan / Latin Sales / FLAK / Pet (all online) / The Candidate / Matterson strikes back (coming online soon) / Deadline Sunrise / Revealed (never coming online). So have 80 pages for 10 euro (I don't know how much this will be in Dollar + the shipping costs). It's publication is on September 5th. (in black and white of course! soft cover in American comic format) Now I'm gonna look up Gunwallace !

ejb at 6:35AM, June 30, 2015

Such salacious voice work here. Just shy of gratuitous, I'd say.

usedbooks at 5:00AM, June 30, 2015

Btw, my sounding board person who wants me to murder people is a DD member. ;)

bravo1102 at 3:21AM, June 30, 2015

Awesome Quackcast! Just to be clear before codified as "fan service" it was codified as "eye candy" in Hollywood. Producers would ask the scriptwriters, okay what's the "eye candy" we can put in there? Well Clark will take off his shirt after he gets wet there. Good. I'll get with the costume designer to see how skimpy we can make the girl's gown there.


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