So, I was visiting my friend Gary one day and we were talking about comics. He had ESPN on the TV for background noise, so during a lull in the conversation, I watched a few seconds.
Now, I am not at all a sports fan. I enjoy going to games the same way your average person enjoys going to Spider-Man movies, but try as I have, I just can't make myself care about stats or who's moving to what team. I'm doing good to name even three guys who play for any of Minnesota's four professional sports teams. To me, folks who are more into sports than that are nerds, plain and simple.
So I voice that opinion to Gary who's something of a sports nerd himself, though not a hardcore one, and he agrees with me. As supporting evidence, he explains that we're not watching ESPN, but ESPNews, one of ESPN's nine affiliated channels (not counting ABC). And we're not watching the NFL draft as I'd first thought. We're not even watching the pre-draft show. We're watching the warm up to the pre-draft show, and I'm thinking, "Holy crap, how do nerds this hard make it out of high school alive?"
And, because Gary and I are comics nerds, we start talking about how comics and graphic novels are becoming more and more accepted today in popular culture, and how it's not inconceivable that one day we might be able to watch a Comic Book News Network on cable. And because we're hardcore comics nerds, we start trying to figure out the programming for our fictional station. (Hey, I escaped high school alive by being bigger than everyone else. I can't explain how Gary did it.)
Since most cable news channels repeat the same news over a period of time, we figure that we really only need about 12 hours of new programming a day. A lot of the day would be spent keeping up with comics news and interviewing publishers and creators. For instance:
- The Marvel Show (1 hour)
- The DC Show (1 hour)
- The Manga Show (1 hour)
- The Dark Horse/Image Show (1 hour)
- The Indie/Alternative Show (1 hour)
- The European Comics Show (1 hour)
- The Newspaper Comics/Editorial Cartoon Show (30 minutes)
We could also have specialty programming, like:
- The comic book movie news/interview/review show (1 hour)
- A graphic novel review show (30 minutes)
- A comic book trivia game show (30 minutes)
And how about shows that feature reviews of comics from various time periods, as well as interviews with creators and experts on those periods?
- The Golden Age show (30 minutes)
- The Silver Age show (30 minutes)
- The '70s show (30 minutes)
- The '80s show (30 minutes)
- The '90s show (30 minutes)
That takes us up to 11 hours without even thinking hard about it. And because I don't want to think hard about it, I'm filling the last hour with re-runs of The Incredible Hulk, Wonder Woman, Shazam/Isis, and any other comics-based show I can think of (live action or cartoon; superhero or otherwise).