Thursday, August 27, 2009


Here's an interesting-looking trailer- Surrogates, which is based on a graphic novel I've never heard of. Which isn't saying much, these days people are producing GNs purely as storyboards for Hollywood pitch meetings. This kind of an interesting twist on Second Life, with the requisite Calvinist sadomasochism that Hollywood loves to serves up. Puritanism is still very much part of the American psyche, which is why so much money is spent on hedonistic actors and expensive computer effects to create films that inculcate us with Luddite messages against human progress and Calvinist messages against human pleasure. Maybe it's the frisson brought on by those innate contradictions that makes it all so exciting.

This reminds me a bit of Total Recall as well as The Sixth Day, but that's not surprising given the constant feedback loop between the comics world and Hollywood, now celebrated at that former comics convention held in San Diego every summer.

The irony of the title is that the comics subculture has been a surrogate for Hollywood creativity for the past 10 years or so. Comics were such a rich source of creativity for so long because no one was paying attention. Now that we have even obscure GNs becoming Bruce Willis movies, I'm not exactly sure how long that will last.