It's hard to believe at the time I'm posting this update, Halloween is this Sunday and there's only two more months left in 2021. I hope this year has been better for all of you.
In my last post, I mentioned that I am retiring my old blog to make way for a new one that focuses solely on animation. The reason I came down to this decision, which I've given much thought to throughout the year, was because I've seen how animation in the United States seems to be in a state of decline. When compared to the financial numbers of Japanese animation (Anime), the U.S. appears to be falling to the wayside. As a former animation student, I want to go forward and chime in with some of my own insights and observations. Also, as a side note, apart from American animation, this is also the case with American comics and it's been recorded that Japanese comics (Manga) have indeed been outselling them. Because comics and animation go hand in hand, I'll be covering topics related to comics produced in the West and Manga as well.
(See also, Demon Slayer Just Hit a Crazy Billion Dollar Milestone by Megan Peters on Comicbook.com as an example).
After delving into the topic even further, there is reason why the general audience has grown disenchanted by most of the content produced in the West. Modern cartooning has become less about speaking on a universal level and more about preaching to the public, whereas in Japan, the stories and characters are written in a manner that speaks to its audience on a larger scale. The attitude in the West increasingly adopts a mindset that tells the viewer/reader 'what's in it for me?' whereas most of the content produced in Japan involve their main characters living for something greater than themselves, a.k.a. the hero's journey - a story template that has lately been mocked and ridiculed by modern mainstream media as being "idealistic" and "outdated".
Using what I've spent this entire year learning in both art and business, the new animation blog will cover a variety of topics about how well modern day animation is actually performing (or rather underperforming, depending on who you ask). Some of the topics I plan to cover examine some animation history, current trends, how studios got from point A and to point B and ponder the questions as to how far from its roots Western animation has truly gone and what could it mean going forward. My goal isn't to provide easy answers, but rather deepen the questions in hopes modern day aspiring animators (and comic book writers) are asking themselves the most important questions about the art form as well as what it means to them as artists personally. By taking a step back away from the fast-paced world we live in, which leaves us very little time to reflect, some aspiring artists might be surprised at what they learn about themselves and the world around them, hence why I think it's wise to broaden the questions rather than offer a solution.
The animation blog is slated to be added on January 18th. Between now until then, I will be posting some updates about a potential video format to accompany the written pieces.
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