I’ve said before that John Carter was a perfectly cromulent sense-of-wonder movie, doomed by crappy marketing… and the fact that most professional film critics couldn’t/wouldn’t understand that Edgar Rice Burroughs has been mined by just about every successful sf/fantasy movie-maker for the last 100 years. (A lot of the material the filmsnobs declared “derivative” actually originated with Barsoom, but people who make their livings eating snakkfuds in the dark had no interest in learning that.)
It thrills my long-latent OG-Trekkie-fangrrl instincts to discover (via a comment at TBogg’s place) that John Carter : Back To Barsoom — The Sequel Campaign has a Facebook page… and a half-table at Comic-Con. (Even better, for my purposes, the campaign petition is hosted through Change.org, so the Spousal Unit and I could actually sign it.)
I grew up in the pre-Spielberg, pre-Lucas world, when the best convention coverage we could expect from the “mundanes” in the general media was half a column/30 seconds of “ha ha, dorks in funny costumes! Everybody point and larf!” I am genuinely pleased, for all the fans of the later and rising generations, that today even the NYTImes feels obligated to report that “a comics event” might have “gravitas”. In the ‘Business Day’ section, no less! Truly, these are the days of miracles and wonders!