Today, the spotlight is on Scooby-Doom! Doom is a big Scooby fan who is one of the co-hosts of The Nerd Blitz podcast. Let’s dive right into Doom’s profile and get to know him a little better!
1. What is your name?
Who's askin', not a cop are ya? I think it was Salman Rushdie that said "Names, once they are in common use, quickly become mere sounds, their etymology being buried, like so many of the earth's marvels, beneath the dust of habit." So I go by Doom, or @TheScoobyDoom if you're in a more formal mood.
2. How did you get into Scooby-Doo?
I stumbled across a book at Walmart almost exactly 20 years ago. Scooby-Doo And The Howling Wolfman by James Gelsey. I went to look at the books like I always do and there was this colorful cover with this giant goofy dog on it that caught my eye and I grabbed it and took it too my Mom and asked her what it was and if I could have it. She said she watched the cartoon when she was little and liked it, and I got the book. I've been a fan non-stop since then.
Also, the DC Comics from the time fueled my love and fandom. You've got to remember, at that time, we only had 1 DTV movie per year, and no series. So those were a monthly dose to keep me interested in it all.
3. What is your favorite Scooby-Doo episode and film? Why?
Trying to narrow down all of those episodes would be damn near impossible for me, I would have to go series by series and I wouldn't want to bore you with that. As for the best movie, my opinion on that hasn't changed in these past 20 years. Witch's Ghost has always been my favorite. It is a perfect mix of casting, animation, mystery, and comedy for me. Even the music is great and still holds up. I would probably put it in my top 10 favorite movies of all time.
4. What ways are you involved in the Scooby fandom online?
Well, I used to write reviews, articles, and features over at Scoobyfan.net, but these days I would say mostly through interactions with fellow fans I come across on Twitter or through my podcast, The Nerd Blitz With Doom & Fitz. Most of our listenership doesn't seem to be as keyed into Scooby news and goings-on, so it's sort of a mission of mine to make sure folks that maybe haven't kept up with the franchise know that 50 years on it's still chugging along.
5. In your opinion, what is the best series or era of Scooby?
For me, the best series is hands down Mystery Incorporated. Though not without its flaws, that gave me everything I had wanted from a Scooby show and so much more in 52 pretty solid episodes.
As for era, I break it down into 3. Original, Scrappy, and Modern. So, it's a toss up between the original era and the modern era. The modern era has given me some of my favorite entries into the franchise, but also it's had almost all of least favorite entries. The original has WAY & NSDM, so it's hard to choose between them.
6. If they could make a sequel to one Scooby-Doo series or film, what would it be?
The series I would do a sequel to would be Mystery Inc, I would love to know how that version of the gang got on. Kind of impossible now that Harlan Ellison has died.
As for the movie I would want a sequel for, there are so many that would work. Alien Invaders, Cyber Chase, but I think a 3rd in either live action series would have been great to see. Especially the TV movies, I loved that cast and the 2nd movie really left a bad taste in my mouth.
7. What direction would you like to see the franchise go in the future?
I would really like to see the DTV's take a more serious tone. I think that's the main reason those 1st 4 are so beloved, they gave us classic Scooby and a fresh take all in 1 70ish minute movie. On the series side I think it's in a great place, I really hope Guess Who runs for at least 52 episodes.
The other things I would desperately like to see going forward would be more video games, for one. It's sad to me that we haven't had one in almost a decade.
The other would be that I want novels, 200-300 page novels would be a dream come true for me. Reading is probably where I get my most joy, so to have substantial stories with the gang in that medium would be heaven for me.
8. Who is your favorite member of the gang and why?
Daphne, she's so hot!
Kidding! It's a tie between Shag & Scoob. Having been one myself, I know how great that relationship is between a boy and his dog. It's one of the classic relationships in entertainment for a reason.
9. What is your favorite villain? Why?
Probably Space Kook, that design is so badass and spooky! That bluish green suit and the spectral floating face is chilling. Same goes for Captain Cutler's ghost. The inhuman quality of both makes them iconic.
10. In your opinion, who is the best recurring (non-gang) character in the franchise?
No question about it, The Hex Girls. The songs, unlike some fake bands, are incredible! Their look is entrancing. They've never been in a bad movie or episode and they have never been annoying.
11. Do you have a Scooby-Doo collection? If so, what’s in it?
I do! I have a bunch of stuffed Scooby's from my childhood, comic books, Blu-Ray's, DVD's, VHS's, board games, shirts, hats, and my favorite pieces of my collection would be the complete set of the James Gelsey books that started it all for me. I've never counted it all, but I would guess conservatively that it's somewhere between 500-1000 pieces.
12. What do you think has made the franchise so popular that it’s still going strong after 50 years?
I think it's a healthy mix of 2 or 3 things.
1 would be dependability/familiarity, especially in the early days.No matter what, there is always a series or movie where it's the familiar characters unmasking a greedy human. The vast majority of the franchise is that exact formula.
The other thing would be the ability to continuously adapt the times. While most of the franchise is formulaic "man in a mask" adventures, you have series like 13 Ghost where they were chasing demons, or Mystery Incorporated with its own world ending threat, or Pup where they skewed way younger, or the 1st 4 DTV movies giving us a classic ep and then new real threats, or even Guess Who with its guest stars (really a reboot of The New Scooby-Doo Movies) to bring new attention to the franchise again, or even the inclusion of Scrappy to keep things fresh.
Though that backfired and seemingly made most people want the original formula back.
It's always changing and doing different things to stay interesting!
13. What is one fun fact about you in real life?
This is one that, at one time, I would have thought a lot of folks knew, but it still seems to surprise folks when I say it, but I'm a writer and voice actor. I've had people who've followed me on Twitter since I joined that would spot a random link and some variation of this conversation ensues...
Them: Is this yours?
Them: I didn't know you did voice work, how long have you been doing that?
Me: Well, that link is 4 years old.
Them: WHERE HAVE I BEEN!?
It always gives me a bit of a chuckle.
14. Please feel free to share anything else you’d like to here!
If folks are interested, they can check out my podcast The Nerd Blitz as well as our Book Club and Commentaries spin-offs (all 3 shows have Scooby specific episodes!) on NerdBlitz.com or wherever you listen to podcasts. We also post Book Reviews, occasional news pieces, a Question Of The Week, and other nerdy articles on the site.
And if folks are interested in checking out my voice work, I'd appreciate it if they would go look at the H.P. Lovecraft's In The Vault, The Camping Trip, The Laughing Bird albums on our Bandcamp, at TSDJAProductions.bandcamp.com
And thanks again for thinking of me for this, it was an honor to be asked!
Thanks so much to Scooby-Doom for his answers! Check back tomorrow for another fan spotlight tomorrow on ScoobySnax.com.