Originally posted by TheKeyMaster
I think this is very dangerous if not done properly.
Why would you call it Paranoid American comics?
I have to wonder what your real motives are to put this kind of stigma on comics relating conspiracy theories. To me it seems that someone could be
trying to discredit the very idea of conspiracy theories as well as comics being an effective medium to deal with them
That might not be your intent but it's the perception it creates in my opinion.
I completely agree with you, in that this is dangerous if not done properly - and it's very hard to dance on the line between fact and fiction, when
the ultimate goal is to bring more awareness and interest to historical events and people. I've actually been criticized a few times for even
referring to some topics as "conspiracy theories" since that phrase alone has a negative connotation to it (which I personally disagree with, since
the phrase is completely accurate). The problem with trying to present this research in a matter-of-fact way (outside of an artistic medium), is that
most conspiracies have so many angles and contradicting theories, it's also a disservice to definitively stand behind a certain one. The idea is to
just present the facts, research, and various theories in a way that the reader doesn't take it totally serious - but that they hopefully wonder
"Hm, I wonder if that Jekyll Island place even really exists?" Once they have that question in mind and decide to research it on their own... I
believe that's the best possible outcome.
The comic medium specifically, is just the most practical to start with. Would have loved to jump right into animation, but it's not cheap to have
it done right. Also figured that the comic could present the overall concept in a very succinct way, and perhaps the comics could even serve as
storyboards for planning ahead. As I mentioned before too, the big picture is to present this research in an entertaining matter across as many
mediums as possible. There are plenty of documentaries and ebooks on this type of material, but not enough games, comics, toys, music, etc. That's
the niche we're really trying to fill.
As for the name Paranoid American - it just seems fitting. Sounds somewhat "official" and also gets right to the point. Coming up with the name
actually took a really long time, since it's a commitment. Almost like naming a first-born child. It certainly raises eyebrows when I need to open
bank accounts or establish business relations - however it also sparks a conversation almost instantly.
I appreciate the feedback, and am sensitive to the issues you bring up. Hoping to do as much service to the research as possible, and also hope that
the research can blend seamlessly with each medium - instead of being somewhat preachy (like Chick Tracts can tend to be).
Originally posted by ExCloud
Think you will ever do an issue on when the army fired on the UFO over LA? That might be a good one.
Still on the fence about how to approach the topic of UFOs, but really love that reference.
Originally posted by cameraobscura
maybe we'll see a movie adaptation in the future?
Have already dedicated the better part of a decade to getting this far, so I'm in it for the long haul! Having an animated adaptation (either movie
or tv) would be amazing. Hopefully we're on the path in that direction.
-- Again, thank you so much for the overwhelming response so far. I also want to make this a very social and interactive project, so always promise
to follow up with any questions, suggestions, criticisms, etc. It all adds momentum and motivation - two things that you simply can't buy!