|"Yaks" is short for "Maniacs". IE: Mania readers. And now you know!|
So obviously Mania is kinda skirting the edges of what this blog is meant to be talking about. Comics and comics culture are often tied into kids' culture, but not always. So while talking about a Batman film, or a Wizard magazine, or the Maximum Carnage video game(s) might be perfectly legitimate, a kids' pop culture magazine (and especially an article sepcifically about a toy-based movie) is kinda pushing it.
But... there's also the fact that this magazine is sitting right where comics bloody-well should be.
You see here in Australia this thing is being sold directly to children. It's being sold in supermarkets, alongside a host of other similar magazines. It has some (very limitted) comic content, and of course it talks about all kinds of things that include comic-based content. Here, take a look at the cover:
So the question then is, what's gone wrong? Kids clearly still love and adore all these comic book characters. Kids still buy print media too -- Mania's at issue *127* here, if that's not print media success I don't know what is. So why aren't there comics sitting next to Mania on the supermarket shelves? Well... there are. There's Simpsons, Futurama, and even Disney comics. You can also get Archie digests in a lot of the places you can get Mania. But, none of those characters are on the cover of Mania!
So what's the problem with super heroes?
I dunno. I don't have any answers to that. I only have answers to a quiz about Transformers.
If you're a Transformers fan you probably don't need these answers, though. This quiz was aimed squarely at children. It asks questions that children have a reasonable chance of answering -- and ones that they might feel cool for knowing the answers to. It doesn't try and be clever by asking questions about stuff from 1984 that only strident long-term fans would get. Still, here's the answers for you anyway:
|The answers were published upside down, I've tuned them|
up the right way to make it easier for you to read them!
(Seriously... why are there 12 questions when your score is out of 10? Get with the program, Mania!)