The following contains spoilers for 1899, now streaming on Netflix
Mary Cagnin, an indie comic creator, recently accused Netflix of stealing the concept for the period series 1899 from her own 2016 comic Black Silence. Cagnin pointed out several obvious parallels between the tv series and the comic in a lengthy Twitter thread. The prominent use of a black pyramid structure, a mystery-driven plot with codes and ethereal voices, and specific details related to character arcs and eventual deaths are among these. As further evidence of Cagnin’s claims, the thread includes multiple side-by-side comparisons of 1899 stills & panels from Black Silence. Netflix has yet to make a public statement on the matter.
ESTOU EM CHOQUE.— Just Mary (@marycagnin) November 20, 2022
O dia que descobri que a série 1899 é simplesmente IDÊNTICO ao meu quadrinho Black Silence, publicado em 2016.
Segue o fio. pic.twitter.com/1deBicrBeQ
The 1899 controversy isn’t the only recent comic book-related story involving the streaming platform, though the others have been decidedly more positive. Notably, despite having no promotional budget, Warrior Nun made headlines after its season 2 cracked Netflix’s top 3 most-watched series globally. Simon Barry, the show’s creator, credited fans for the show’s success, which is based on Ben Dunn’s Warrior Nun Areala comics. “[Warrior Nun] has been the #3 global show on [Netflix] with $0 spent on promotion,” Barry tweeted. “Hopefully those savings are factored into the renewal decision.” “We are trending because of YOU, and I am eternally grateful.”
Netflix Is Replacing The Old With The New
Netflix is also increasing its focus on genre content. The streamer recently announced a new anime film based on the legendary kaiju Gamera. At this point, little is known about the project other than its title, Gamera: Rebirth, and a release date of 2023. Even the brief teaser released by Netflix as part of its announcement didn’t reveal much about Gamera: Rebirth’s plot, as its runtime is devoted to a few partial shots of the titular giant turtle’s body followed by a close-up of his eye.
In terms of tears, it appears that those present at the final pitch meeting for Stranger Things shed a tear or two. During a recent event appearance, the show’s co-creator Matt Duffer revealed that there was a lot of crying as he and his brother Ross outlined the plot for Stranger Things’ final-ever episodes, which he took as a good sign. “We pitched the entire season to Netflix for two hours. We did make our executives cry, which I took as a good sign “Duffer stated. “I think the only other time I’ve seen them cry was at budget meetings.”