I think I already knew that The Situation was creating a comic-book character, but it doesn’t make it hurt any less now that more details have come out about this utterly bizarre collaboration. Wizard World (proudly?) made the official announcement the other day that they will indeed be publishing a comic book series based on Sitch and his family, and that the whole brood will be visiting comic book conventions to plug the book.
Wizard World claims that the series “will be written and drawn by some of the comic book industry’s leading artists and writers,” but I really can’t imagine what writers would stoop to this level. Actually, I can—young people like myself so desperate to break into comics that they will write drivel based on the life of someone that Wizard non-ironically calls “one of pop culture’s greatest stars.”
It’s bad enough when Bluewater Productions releases their half-assed celebrity biography comics about the Glee cast and Stephenie Meyer, but it adds insult to injury that Wizard is taking The Situation seriously enough to listen to his stories and then weave them into fiction, with him cast as the hero. (Some outlets are saying “superhero,” though it’s unclear if that’s what Wizard intends.)
“I grew up reading comic books and now I get a chance to star in my own,” The Situation said, and that may very well be true. But this is such a vanity project, based on the persona he cultivated by starring in a crass reality show. Did he really need to bring that over to comics? It’s not as if it’s the same cultural commentary as, say, Y: The Last Man.
I guess the one positive thing I can say about this is that The Situation’s perpetual shirtlessness will shift the balance slightly away from oversexualized women in comics. But if Snooki pops up in the series, then it will have set the medium back at least a decade.
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