With the emergence of the new comic book-based TV show market, many actors will be tripping over each other in an attempt to gain a role on an established show or an upcoming show. As someone who follows both the comic book industry and the TV industry, I see many benefits for acting on a comic book-based show. Roles on one of these shows can easily make an actor’s career.
All of the actors involved with Marvel’s upcoming “S.H.I.E.L.D.” on ABC have the chance of making the move to Marvel’s blockbuster movies. If a character becomes known as an integral part of the Marvel media universe, it would make sense to place the character in an upcoming movie. This will help an actor’s resume by proving he or she can transition from starring on TV to starring in a movie.
There have also been rumors of a movie in the future based on “The Walking Dead.” Fans of comic book-based TV shows should expect more movies to be based on TV projects as studio execs try to milk the comic book-based movie and TV market for all it is worth. Dozens of movies could be in the cards over the next decade and actors are going to be lining up to make the first steps toward a blockbuster movie by joining the cast of one of the targeted shows out there now or one of the potentially targeted shows coming out in the near future.
Fans of the sci-fi TV market like to see stars from past sci-fi shows on current shows. It is a great boon for a current sci-fi show to get a star like George Takei from “Star Trek,” Jewel Staite from “Firefly,” or Bill Mumy from “Lost in Space” to make a cameo since the fans from the previous show are more likely to tune in and the newer show has a chance of gaining more genre fans. There is no reason to believe the emerging comic book-based TV market will not follow the lead of the sci-fi TV industry. Top stars of today’s market should have cameo potential for many years.
A star from one of the current, or upcoming, comic book-based TV shows could easily headline a comic book convention. The 2011 Detroit Fanfare was lucky enough to have Steven Yeun from “The Walking Dead” as one of their attractions. The show was on its way up the ratings sheet at the time and he still found himself busy all weekend signing autographs and selling photo ops to fans. At $25 or more for a signature at a con, it would not be a stretch to say that actors in the current market could easily make $15,000 or more for signing autographs over a weekend at a convention. A handful of cons a year could make even an out-of-work actor a decent lifestyle.
If an actor is able to get into the merchandising rights for his or her character, more money can be made. Marvel and DC have proven how tons of money can be made off of marketing superheroes, superhero cartoons, and superhero movies. The same can easily be extended to the merchandising of live-action comic book-based TV shows. Action figures, bed sheets, stickers, and other goodies can all be made in a character’s image and could make a substantial side income for any actor. The possibilities are endless.
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