GREEN LANTERN: The Animated Series Producer's Comic Explaining Animation Focus Groups

Giancarlo Volpe, the show runner of Green Lantern: The Animated Series, made a short comic explaining focus groups and how they can effect television productions. With a guest appearance from one of the biggest names in DC Animation. Check it out!

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By JamesMan - 4/15/2014
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Giancarlo Volpe recently released a comic strip explaining animation focus groups on Tumblr. Initially, Volpe's comic shows he was optimistic about the information he would glean from the group, despite misgivings from executive producer Bruce Timm. The participating kids provided some interesting information, but the way the moderators interpreted their reactions and feedback was ultimately a source of frustration. 

You can see Volpe's story below, including a conclusion inspired by the recent home video release of Green Lantern: The Animated Series.

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The series focuses on the adventures of Hal Jordan, the Green Lantern of Sector 2814, and his partner Kilowog. Hal Jordan travels to "Frontier Space" the region of space at the edge of the Guardians' territory, where Green Lanterns are being picked off by the Red Lanterns. Atrocitus, their leader, wants revenge for the destruction of his world by the Manhunters, the now-decommissioned android enforcers of the Guardians. After defeating Atrocitus, Hal and Kilowog adopt Razer, a maverick Red Lantern into their fold. Their next great threat is the Anti-Monitor, who seeks to literally consume the Universe.

Source: ign.com
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TheRationalNerd - 4/15/2014, 7:43 PM
Hank Hill is that you??

But yeah I dig this!
Doopie - 4/15/2014, 7:45 PM
this really cool
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 4/15/2014, 7:49 PM
This was a nice read. Amazing show, liked it better than Young Justice. Sad it's gone
DangerMan - 4/15/2014, 8:10 PM
I enjoyed this, good read!
Really sucks that GL and YJ got canned.....
Does anyone watch Beware of the Batman?
Is it any good???
thebearjew - 4/15/2014, 8:10 PM
god bruce timms so bad-ass

I enjoyed both of those shows (GREEN LANTERN & YOUNG JUSTICE)
I enjoyed them so much I dvr-ed them and not only did I dvr them I got up in the morning to watch them live
thebearjew - 4/15/2014, 8:12 PM
@dangerman I went into that show excited I was aware that it was going to be an elseworlds deal and didn't like the designs much but I was willing to give it a chance

watched the first 2 episodes and I did NOT like it at all
Dev7 - 4/15/2014, 8:17 PM
This show as actually ALOT BETTER than GL: First Flight and the other one that followed it. They should have kept this on the air.
CeltiC527 - 4/15/2014, 8:20 PM
GLTAS was a great show! Definitely the best translation of the GL universe on screen.

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staypuffed - 4/15/2014, 8:27 PM
That was wonderful. It was a great show.
thebearjew - 4/15/2014, 8:50 PM
I wish GL and YJ would come back for toonami that would be so awesome
GuardianAngel - 4/15/2014, 8:52 PM
I really hope Beware the Batman isn't cancelled. Best Batman TV show so far. Before you disagree, give it a few episodes. I'd say it's better than Batman The Animated Series.
GuardianAngel - 4/15/2014, 8:53 PM
@MrBatfleck After the Ra's storyline they introduce Dent. I think this is when they start introducing more mainstream villains.
GuardianAngel - 4/15/2014, 9:03 PM
That was actually really cool. I didn't follow GLTAS when it was on. I think I'll give it a go now that it's on Netflix.
BlackIceJoe - 4/15/2014, 9:51 PM
I enjoyed this show. The only thing I didn't like about it was the CGI look. That even made the show cost more money. I would have preferred the traditional hand drawn look instead. Who knows that could have even played a part in getting the show canceled.

I liked Ron Perlman as Sinestro. It was unfortunate that he wasn't in more episodes. I also was disappointed Green Lantern: The Animated Series didn't get to do the Black Lanterns. It showed the blue, pink, orange, yellow & red. I thought the character of Razer was an interesting one. I was wondering if he would join the main DC Universe like how Harley Quinn did after being in Batman: The Animated Series.

So I wish this show and Young Justice were still on. Maybe next time WB should do a focus group with older people. Because I can bet you none of these kids even watched the show. But I can say lots of adults including myself watched this and Young Justice.

I know it won't happen but with Green Lantern & Young Justice being now on Netflix. I would like WB to make new seasons for those shows. Having their new seasons being Netflix exclusive would be great for WB & Netflix.
MrSotoMan - 4/15/2014, 10:08 PM
And that my friends, is why shows on Cartoon Network DO NOT have anything serious on them.

Welcome to the new generation.
KidGoku - 4/15/2014, 10:27 PM
*sigh* the cancellation of this show and Young Justice proves that the Cartoonnetwork executives don't care about quality.
MrSotoMan - 4/15/2014, 10:31 PM
@TheSonGoku- No.

It just proves that they care about keeping their viewers. Its just a focus group and a focus group actually proved right with this show.

People just didn't seem to care and with the live-action movie to taint Green Lanterns reputation, it proved it tremendously. To take an opinion from a 11-13 year old though is absurd since at that age your transitioning from the cartoons to something more immediate in your life and becoming more social.
MrSotoMan - 4/15/2014, 10:32 PM
Young Justice failed because of how serious the show is. Not because of Cartoon Network executives giving up, they gave up because viewers gave up, kids gave up.

Young Justice was a show that was horribly written for just fans but never thought of inviting newer audiences to join in.
KidGoku - 4/16/2014, 12:23 AM
The same should be said for The Clone Wars then, however the show wasn't canceled. The Clone Wars had a similar tone that both Young Justice and Green Lantern did. If they wanted, both of them could've been moved to Toonami as well, which probably would've been a better idea from the start.
Desrow - 4/16/2014, 3:07 AM
Great read JamesMan
nibs - 4/16/2014, 5:25 AM
Man, this is awesome on so many levels! Better than most published comics. Great stuff!
MrSotoMan - 4/16/2014, 6:06 AM
@TheSonGoku- You wanna compare Star Wars to characters nobody gives a shit about except for one guy who wears a black T shirt with an S symbol and a couple of other people?

Star Wars was serious yes, but any kid who watches the movie knows it is meant to be serious. Young Justice didn't have a following, if we wanna count Teen Titans as a following than it failed miserably.

Toonami was and always will be awesome, but even then it's past its prime. I just technically gave up on Cartoon Network & Nickelodeon. It is not the same and that is a good thing IMO.
GadoTheLion - 4/16/2014, 6:55 AM
I don't even like hal jordan but the animated series is one of the best cartoon series i've ever seen.that aya/razor relationship was touching,And kilawog gets alot of shine.thank god they added it to netflix
OpticBlastWins - 4/16/2014, 7:34 AM
I just started watching this show on netflix, not bad. I feel like an old man for not liking the new animation tech but hell from what ive seen id have been down for more.
GURILLAPUD - 4/16/2014, 8:54 AM
This show was okay, loved Young Justice. Why they canceled the shows and replaced them with Teen Titans and that shity batman crap.
JamesMan - 4/16/2014, 2:30 PM
I think it should be specified that Young Justice and Green Lantern were NOT cancelled due to low ratings. They were cancelled because YJ had a large female audience and since (according to CN) girls don't buy toys and the company is to cheap to make another product they closed production. With GL, CN depended on toy sales which were non-existent since the toy company (don't know which) was not producing them. To add to the toy sales, the shows took moderate money to produce.

Ratings do not rule the fate of a show, toy sales plus production costs do (that's why utter shit like Johnny Test is still going).

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