Why I chose a dating reality show to be the foundation of a superhero detective comic...
Hello everyone, hope you've been having a nice week thus far!?
Bit of a change from the usual Kickstarter updates you normally get, as today I've written a short article about why I chose a dating reality show to be the foundation of a superhero detective comic...
The first dating focused reality show was aired in 2000 on Fox called Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire? Apparently the title was a parody of the very popular show on competing network ABC, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? ABC would get there own back though, as Fox's show wasn't given a second season because it resulted in a major controversy and in 2002, ABC started the most popular and longest running dating reality show of all time, The Bachelor.
Giving TV executives the benefit of the doubt, it's possible that the original concept of dating reality shows was to give people hope that everyone can find love. However, since 2002 there have been a multitude of dating reality shows that have tried to out do each other with shock and awe, such as the monstrosity that is Flavor of Love.
The reason I describe Flavor of Love as a monstrosity is because studies have demonstrated that people who regularly watch such shows are more likely to believe that the heightened theatrics reflect real-world behaviour.
Meaning that, if you are an evil genius with the intent of bringing down the world of superheroes, one way to do it with long lasting effect, would be to manipulate the public's perception of superheroes. You could do that by demonstrating that superheroes are just as flawed as regular people, leading the public to believe that superheroes aren't trustworthy after all. The fastest way to bring out the flaws in anyone is probably through an intense romantic relationship competition aired on television that you get final cut on. Hence, why I chose a dating reality show to be the foundation of The S Factor.
For those that haven't come across it yet, the story of The S Factor is about an under appreciated sidekick called Greyfox, who's tired of being second in command to London's premier superhero, Darkfox.
When an opportunity with British Broadcasting Service (BBS) arises for Greyfox to "re-brand" himself through a new dating reality show called The S Factor, he jumps at the chance to become, The Symbol.
However, whilst The Symbol (formerly Greyfox) is living it up as a reality TV star, Darkfox suspects that the public is being manipulated into distrusting superheroes. This leads her to investigate who's behind the creation of The S Factor, which results in a battle of epic proportions with all of the contestants at the grand finale.
All in all, the main reason I created The S Factor was to make an action packed comic full of twists and turns. And if that results in some people thinking about how we could better conduct ourselves in this increasingly media manipulated world, that'd be awesome too.
Thanks for reading and let me know what you think below :) SGL