Society & Culture
Rick and Morty - Ah Geez, Fans, I Dunno
This week, are we getting Rick-ity wrecked in order to learn about Rick and Morty fandom? Not exactly, but I guess that’s the waaaaaaaay the news goes. We ARE chatting with Tyler Marchant (host of the Cynical Cartoons Podcast) to learn more about the fandom and the appeal of Rick and Morty!
Next week, we’ll be visiting the Ministry of Silly Walks to learn more about fans of Monty Python!
History and Origins:
Rick and Morty is an American adult animated science-fiction sitcom created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon for Cartoon Network’s late-night programming block Adult Swim. The series follows the misadventures of cynical mad scientist Rick Sanchez and his fretful, easily influenced grandson Morty Smith, who split their time between domestic life and interdimensional adventures. The series premiered on December 2, 2013, and the third season concluded on October 1, 2017. A fourth season has been mentioned, first by Harmon in a September 2017 interview, and later in the post-credits scene of the third season’s finale.
— Wikipedia - Rick and Morty
Interest in Rick and Morty is definitely on the rise, overall (though is in a recent period of decline). It has had some huge spikes in interest, namely at the beginning of October 2015 (airing of season two premiere) and much more dramatically April 1, 2017 (Secret season three premiere) and during July to October 2017 (the remainder of season three).
The top 10 countries, by search volume, are: Canada, Australia, United States, New Zealand, Ireland, Russia, Belarus, United Kingdom, Norway, and Israel.
Size of Fandom:
Based on the data…
r/rickandmorty(the 75th most active subreddit, according to this YouGov article)
Based on the scant data available, we would estimate the number of fans to be in the low millions.
According to a data provided by YouGov:
- 70% of fans are men
- 44% are ages 25-34
- 36% make less than $30 000 annually
- 87% use the internet as their primary source of information
- 71% think that ads are a waste of time
- 68% consider themselves to be introverts
- 61% don’t feel there’s a sense of community where they live
— YouGov - Don’t underestimate Rick and Morty fans
Does the Sci-fi help Rick and Morty transcend English?
What makes people think that they’re watching a ‘smart’ show? How does that influence how they feel about watching Rick and Morty?
Why did they greenlight the show based on the short, Doc and Mharti?
G is in. Has enjoyed all the episodes…
T is out. Has a hard time associating with fans. Something to watch, like American Dad or Family Guy.
Z is out. Competed for attention and lost.
Tyler is in. Came in guns blazing to take the show down… but wants to support it. Owes a lot to the show.
Take this is a registered non-profit in the United States that was started in 2013 by veteran journalists Russ Pitts and Susan Arendt and clinical psychologist Dr. Mark Kline, Psy.D. in response to the tragic suicide of a colleague of theirs. The organization is known for running “AFK Rooms” at different conventions and in general hopes to help fans who are dealing with mental health issues (among other things).
The 2018 Fandom Survey
We want to learn more about fans, regardless of fandom. Please help us, help you learn more about fans by completing the 2018 Fandom Survey! Results will be compiled towards the end of the year.
This week’s famous last words around next week’s fandom, Monty Python!
Why does reciting a thing that you’re watching it make it better??
How important is it to a fan to have grown up watching it?
Why do so many groups ape Monty Python given a lot of their appeal is their absurdity and unpredictability?
Is being a Monty Python fan being an Anglophile (or vice versa)?
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How did you read this far without asking this question?!
Fanthropological is an anthropological (ish) podcast where we bring the fan’s-eye view to you! Each week, we take a look at a different fandom, dig up interesting background, trivia, and history, and try to get to why it is that people are a fan. We also try to highlight good causes related to that fandom, and find interesting things that fans have created to share those to the world. Each episode is about an hour. Ish.
We are the Nickscast! Three products of late-80s / early-90s pop culture who love exploring fandom and everything geek … who also happen to have been best buddies since high school, and all happen to be named Nick. Yes, we are super creative (dare we say, the most creative).
We are Nick Green, Nick Terwoord, and Nick Zacharewicz: We started the Nickscast as a labour of love, and as a place to entertain and to discuss our love of fans and fandom, and all that is shiny and interesting in that realm. It’s what lead us to start our first podcast, our satellite podcasts, Fanthropological, and so much more.
We want to help others learn more about different fandoms, and to create empathy with other fans: We dream of a world where other fans aren’t “those Weird-o’s”, but just folks with different tastes. A world where fandom is full of discourse and analysis, and there are plenty of tools and resources to help. Fans building communities to do good in the world. Because everyone’s a fan.
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