It's the next big thing, kids, and it's here to stay. With the rise of YouTube, it was only a matter of time before internet publishing started to become mainstream. Some small time directors and actors have been taking advantage of YouTube to get their names out there, and it's working.
And now the big names are joining them. Tired of the way that heartless corporations treat them and their work, creators, actors, directors, artists, and more are leaving these studios to pursue self-publishing via the internet. Joss Whedon's experiment with Dr. Horrible proved a success beyond the creator's expectations (or anyone's for that matter), and shock waves have been moving throughout the entertainment industry. It turns out that people will pay for quality entertainment all on their own without the blessing of some executive in a corner office. Imagine that.
Now, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane is throwing his hat into the internet distribution ring. His brainchild, Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy, opened its doors today. So far, there are a couple of teasers and two cartoon shorts available on the site. Think the random segues that occur throughout episodes of Family Guy, and you'll have a good idea what this show is about. Take a look, and if you like what you see, be sure to support them with your wallet when the time comes.
The era of idiotic, out-of-touch suits in boardrooms dictating what will and will not be shown is coming to an end. Content created specifically for the internet is starting to gain traction, and you can bet the CEOs of NBC, ABC, and CBS are crapping their pants. Eventually, no one is going to need them anymore, and that scares them to death.