Robama Wants You to Buy American

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Robama Wants You to Buy American

This DC-sponsored ad encourages you to stop spending your hard-earned cash on foreign comics.

According to Bleeding Cool, the flier you see below is part of a DC-aproved-and-funded promotion run by A Comic Shop. The ad features Cyborg, hastily rebranded as "Robama," and other members of the Justice League encouraging potential customers to "Buy American," and informs them that they can trade in ANY first volume of manga for ANY DC New 52 issue #1. A Comic Shop intends to distribute the flier at MegaCon, which will be brimming with anime and manga fans.

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Now ignoring the fact that concepts like "buy American" are terribly culturally limiting when it comes to art, that's just a bad deal. A volume of manga generally clocks in at around a hundred densely packed pages, while your standard comic book has around 30 pages, more than a few of which are ads. On the bright side, the ad does specify you can trade in ANY -note the capitals- manga, so if you've got any utterly appalling, tentacle-filled, loli manga to offload, now's your chance.

Naturally the ad has got anime and manga fans up in arms, with many accusing A Comic Shop of resorting to what is essentially nationalist propaganda. However, according to Kent Ward, whose anime club frequently meets at A Comic Shop, people are taking the ad a bit too seriously.

"For whatever reason, they feel like the ad above in question that will be used for part of a flyer is insulting to both manga and fans of manga," he wrote on his blog, shortly before expressing his desire to punch Otaku USA writer Daryl Surat in the throat. "And some have even called it nationalist propaganda!"

"I don't know where the hell it says any of that and anyone who is local to the Orlando area knows that any form of advertising from A Comic Shop is intentionally silly."

What do you think, readers? Is this jingoism in the service of capitalism, or a joke taken out of context? More importantly; what does that giant red button on Robama's crotch do?

Source: Bleeding Cool

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This is funny..since Ive just osrt of gotten into comics

hmmmm....yeah this add just doesnt sit well with me..Im not American though, and arnt american comics and manga really different anyway?

What is their stance if you bought american made manga?

OOOOOO I know about glowing red spots on things! Thats the week spot! You know the flashing point on the enemy you have to hit them in when they are open to deal them damage!

Kinda Ironic coming from a company who's flagship character isn't even from this planet
And just where was this comic printed anyway?

I just find it funny...
On top of the rip-off you are getting from trading in a $10-15 book for a something that resembles a few sheets of glossy paper with fancy drawings and advertisements. Its the NEW 52 comics you are getting.

And honestly, only one or two of them are even worth getting from what I've heard, because a lot of fan-favorites got butchered to hell and back (Starfire and Harleyquinn off the top of my head).

I wouldn't be surprised if this is just DC Comics attempts to save face right now...
http://www.toplessrobot.com/2012/01/oh_hai_dc_comicss_new_company_logo.php (links to a slightly NSFW site, but article itself is safe)

New logo, a big-named MMO that was forced to go F2P, a reboot that isn't exactly well-received, and still no movies that can be at least somewhat decent and NOT Batman-related.

DVS BSTrD:
Kinda Ironic coming from a company who's flagship character isn't even from this planet
And just where was this comic printed anyway?

and an illegal alien too :)

I don't collect manga or comics, nor do I live in the US, but this is a bit...too serious to be ironical or parodistic or anything the sort. I don't like it.

Sorry, double post. Please go ahead and delete this one.

Yes, don't buy the crass humor comics of the UK or the stylistic European graphic novels or surreal Russian books or even good old cheesy Japanese pulp fiction. No, stick with the same old super hero shit you've always bought, because trying something new is just too scary.

DVS BSTrD:
Kinda Ironic coming from a company who's flagship character isn't even from this planet

But he fights for the American Way! We're okay with foreigners if they proudly fellate the flag!

And now, I have to post this:

usmarine4160:

DVS BSTrD:
Kinda Ironic coming from a company who's flagship character isn't even from this planet
And just where was this comic printed anyway?

and an illegal alien too :)

You know we should probably do something about that.

fuck that noise! ima go buy me some manga right now, and i think i'll order it from a foreign website! *GASP!!*

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"Robama? Really?"

I don't think American comic book writers and artists need to worry about Japanese manga. Both mediums have their own distinct fan bases. Besides, I'd rather see people get upset about western businesses outsourcing manufacturing jobs to China (a country responsible for multiple violations of basic human rights).

cursedseishi:
a reboot that isn't exactly well-received

Actually, the reboot has actually been doing pretty good sales-wise, critically, at least a third of the comics are supposedly pretty good (I've only read two so far and think that they're really good). This ad wasn't made by DC, but a local shop. They did get financing from DC from a special program where DC will pay for 75% of an add for your shop if you only feature DC characters.

Anyway, I think it comes off as slightly xenophobic, but it's just a really stupid joke and a crappy deal.

"utterly appalling tentacle-filled loli manga"

Ahhhhh interent, how well you know me. : )

Could be worse, as an LLR fan i've always been quite partial to the phrase "Shitting dick nipples!" in moments of suprise BUT i had no idea they were an actual thing............. -_-

The craziest part is that they seem to have ripped off Robama from Steampunk Palin. I'm not linking it, you'll just have to go track it down.

cursedseishi:
And honestly, only one or two of them are even worth getting from what I've heard, because a lot of fan-favorites got butchered to hell and back (Starfire and Harleyquinn off the top of my head).

And Voodoo, and Catwoman. Making oracle back into Batgirl helped neither Batgirl nor Birds of Prey, etc

...

Also, Robama might be copyrighted by that steampunk Sarah Palin comic where they fight Al Gore.

EDIT: Ninja'd

Hey, DC, I'll buy your comics once you start making comics worth buying.

This makes me want to go out and buy a volume of manga just so that I can refuse their offer to trade it in for their shitty new comic book.

I don't know if it's propaganda, per se. Poor taste, probably, more in the sense that I think it's a bit insulting to the President (and before you say anything, yes, I would feel the same way regardless of who the President is. The leader of the country has a right to be treated with respect, no matter who he/she is.)

I think it's a stupid idea, but I don't think it rises to the level of nationalist propaganda. Seems like somebody should have stopped for a second thought before greenlighting this.

Now ignoring the fact that concepts like "buy American" are terribly culturally limiting when it comes to art, that's just a bad deal. A volume of manga generally clocks in at around a hundred densely packed pages, while your standard comic book has around 30 pages, more than a few of which are ads. On the bright side, the ad does specify you can trade in ANY -note the capitals- manga, so if you've got any utterly appalling, tentacle-filled, loli manga to offload, now's your chance.

There's no way I'm giving up my utterly appalling, tentacle-filled, loli manga for superhero comics!

OT: I really hope no one's actually taking this ad seriously. It pretty much screams intentional silliness. It IS a pretty bad deal, though.

The store obviously just want's to get used manga to re-sell at the cost of crappy comics. I don't think their motives are actually to push american content.

lulz. There is no way to take that seriously. The president as robot? You are really going to take that seriously? The people who did take it seriously should take a good, hard look at their [lack of a] sense of humor.

Wow, that is some crazy shit. Having read both, I vastly prefer American comics to Manga. I went through a phase, but it was only a phase, and The Avengers were still waiting for me when it ended.

Also, Robama? Really? It would have been more fun if you went with Abe Lincoln.

Some people have no sense of humor

Cheap flame bait? Probably. Judiciously planned tactical strike? Maybe...

Still, I don't think the root of the problem those who read manga over american comics, but that a much larger percentage doesn't read comics at all. So all in all, fighting the good fight for comic readership, so good for them.

EDIT: As scansdaily reminded me, anyone who actually trades in a comic for a manga is in all likelyhood getting ripped off. Trading a 100 pg or so manga trade (they usually come in volumes) for a 24 pg comic is a bad idea.

Zachary Amaranth:

DVS BSTrD:
Kinda Ironic coming from a company who's flagship character isn't even from this planet

But he fights for the American Way! We're okay with foreigners if they proudly fellate the flag!

And now, I have to post this:

Actually, Superman renounced his American citizenship.

What a rip?? A manga is like $10, where a comic is like $3.

Aisaku:
Cheap flame bait? Probably. Judiciously planned tactical strike? Maybe...

Still, I don't think the root of the problem those who read manga over american comics, but that a much larger percentage doesn't read comics at all. So all in all, fighting the good fight for comic readership, so good for them.

EDIT: As scansdaily reminded me, anyone who actually trades in a comic for a manga is in all likelyhood getting ripped off. Trading a 100 pg or so manga trade (they usually come in volumes) for a 24 pg comic is a bad idea.

if by that you mean comics are still somthing of a niche thing

its probably because its a little overwhelming for a newbie....for one you wouldnt know where to start..and because of its format the story is all over the place (if youre talking original print issues), its not always easy to just go and but the one thing and be done with it...like you would a movie or game..

that said though its not that hard to get into though...its just unapealing from a mainstram mindset

also is the blonde guy in that fish scale looking suit suposed to be aqua man?

nope. To me american comics and superheroes just pure garbage and not worth even getting in to out of curiosity. i will stick with my manga.

It's just a joke, it has nothing to do with putting down manga and everything to do with invoking old cheesy propaganda for humorous purposes. I chuckled at "Robama", first time I heard that one.

Wow now all I notice from that picture is the big red button on "Robama"'s crotch. Thanks Grey.

Vault101:

Aisaku:
Cheap flame bait? Probably. Judiciously planned tactical strike? Maybe...

Still, I don't think the root of the problem those who read manga over american comics, but that a much larger percentage doesn't read comics at all. So all in all, fighting the good fight for comic readership, so good for them.

EDIT: As scansdaily reminded me, anyone who actually trades in a comic for a manga is in all likelyhood getting ripped off. Trading a 100 pg or so manga trade (they usually come in volumes) for a 24 pg comic is a bad idea.

if by that you mean comics are still somthing of a niche thing

its probably because its a little overwhelming for a newbie....for one you wouldnt know where to start..and because of its format the story is all over the place (if youre talking original print issues), its not always easy to just go and but the one thing and be done with it...like you would a movie or game..

that said though its not that hard to get into though...its just unapealing from a mainstram mindset

It may also be because the classic buying from comic store mechanic does not work for those outside the circle.

It's like saying:

You like novels? Well, comic books are just like novels but you have to go every month to a bookstore and buy one chapter separatedly! So in a year or so you'll have a full book! (And paid way more than a regular book for it).

So, good for DC that they're trying to move their comics online... maybe that'll be more accessible for those genuinely interested who can't or won't go to a comic book store.

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