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Hollywood vs Rich's Comix blog advantage Rich

For a while one of my favorite places on the net was Rich’s comic blog. It ran the incred­i­ble strip The Ten Doc­tors, an almost 2 year extrav­a­ganza that you can down­load from this page. My daily visit to the spot to see if the next strip was up was the first place I looked each morning.

When the 10 doc­tors was fin­ished he fol­lowed it with sev­eral great Doc­tor Who strips, The Stalker of Nor­folk fea­tur­ing the 3rd Doc­tor, For­ever Janette fea­tur­ing the 5th & 8th doc­tor (cross­ing over with the series For­ever knight) . There was an aborted James Bond Dr. Who Crossover fea­tur­ing the 3rd & 10th Doc­tors and mul­ti­ple bonds which one might hope could some­day return.

There was also a story called Out­rage, fea­tur­ing the 6th Doc­tor that had a crossover with a TV show I’d never heard of, Jem and the Holo­grams. The 6th doc­tor being who he is, sees through Jem dis­guise “I know a com­plex dou­ble reflex sta­ble mobile holo­graphic pro­jec­tion when I see through one” but as the story devel­ops it turns out the Doctor’s and his com­pan­ion visit to a Jem con­cert puts them in a mid­dle of a plot involv­ing the Mis­fits, a rene­gade time lord and the zygons. (the story was even­tu­ally renamed “out­rage of the Zygons” once the vil­lains were revealed.)

Over the two months I got to know the char­ac­ters a lit­tle. They very much seemed a kids or young teen girl music show but Morris’s Doc­tor Who story & excel­lent art kept me and I sus­pect other fans unac­quainted with Jem and the Holo­grams inter­ested for the two to three months or so that the story ran.

That is appar­ently is stark con­trast to what Hol­ly­wood has man­aged to do

Those of us hos from the 80s who were plan­ning to meet with lawyers this morn­ing to dis­cuss suing Uni­ver­sal Pic­tures for viciously defam­ing the image of Jem by turn­ing her into an annoy­ing ABC Fam­ily movie char­ac­ter, don’t even have to bother. Uni­ver­sal got their pun­ish­ment, because Jem and the Holo­grams was an even big­ger flop than every­one predicted.

How bad? This bad:

Jem had the worst wide open­ing week­end ever for a movie released by a major stu­dio (Uni­ver­sal Pic­tures), with major mar­ket­ing mus­cle behind it.

How­ever Box office Mojo offers this con­so­la­tion to this movie that only took in an aver­age of $547 for each of the 2413 the­aters that car­ried it:

Despite the lack­lus­ter result, the finan­cial pic­ture for Uni­ver­sal isn’t at all trou­bling as the film was report­edly made on only a $5 mil­lion budget.

That being the case the 1.3 mil­lion they took in isn’t going to be as costly a dis­as­ter as it could have been.

By con­trast Rich’s comic’s blog oper­ates com­pletely by tip jar hits and while Rich has not put out fig­ures on how much the tip jar jin­gled dur­ing his Doc­tor Who meets Jem days I’ll wager it didn’t result in a loss of over 3 million.

So my advice is this. If you are a reader who has any inter­est in see­ing what a good Gem and the Holo­grams story is go to this page and read Rich’s story, and maybe kick a dol­lar into his tip jar on his main page.

As for uni­ver­sal my advice is this. Buy the rights to Rich’s Story, license Dr. Who for the pic­ture remake your Gem movie based on it. Even if you cast a 72 year old Colin Baker & a 51 year old Bon­nie Lang­ford rather than a cur­rent Doc­tor I guar­an­tee you’ll make your money back and then some.

For a while one of my favorite places on the net was Rich’s comic blog.  It ran the incredible strip The Ten Doctors, an almost 2 year extravaganza that you can download from this page.  My daily visit to the spot to see if the next strip was up was the first place I looked each morning.

When the 10 doctors was finished he followed it with several great Doctor Who strips, The Stalker of Norfolk featuring the 3rd Doctor,   Forever Janette featuring the 5th & 8th doctor (crossing over with the series Forever knight) .  There was an aborted James Bond Dr. Who Crossover featuring the 3rd & 10th Doctors and multiple bonds which one might hope could someday return.

There was also a story called Outrage, featuring the 6th Doctor that had a crossover with a TV show I’d never heard of, Jem and the Holograms.  The 6th doctor being who he is,  sees through Jem disguise “I know a complex double reflex stable mobile holographic projection when I see through one” but as the story develops it turns out the Doctor’s and his companion visit to a Jem concert puts them in a middle of a plot involving the Misfits, a renegade time lord and the zygons.  (the story was eventually renamed “outrage of the Zygons” once the villains were revealed.)

Over the two months I got to know the characters a little.  They very much seemed a kids or young teen girl music show but Morris’s Doctor Who story & excellent art kept me and I suspect other fans unacquainted with Jem and the Holograms  interested for the two to three months or so that the story ran.

That is apparently is stark contrast to what Hollywood has managed to do

Those of us hos from the 80s who were planning to meet with lawyers this morning to discuss suing Universal Pictures for viciously defaming the image of Jem by turning her into an annoying ABC Family movie character, don’t even have to bother. Universal got their punishment, because Jem and the Holograms was an even bigger flop than everyone predicted.

How bad?  This bad:

Jem had the worst wide opening weekend ever for a movie released by a major studio (Universal Pictures), with major marketing muscle behind it.

However Box office Mojo offers this consolation to this movie that only took in an average of $547 for each of the 2413 theaters that carried it:

Despite the lackluster result, the financial picture for Universal isn’t at all troubling as the film was reportedly made on only a $5 million budget.

That being the case the 1.3 million they took in isn’t going to be as costly a disaster as it could have been.

By contrast Rich’s comic’s blog operates completely by tip jar hits and while Rich has not put out figures on how much the tip jar jingled during his Doctor Who meets Jem days I’ll wager it didn’t result in a loss of over 3 million.

So my advice is this.   If you are a reader who has any interest in seeing what a good Gem and the Holograms story is  go to this page and read Rich’s story, and maybe kick a dollar into his tip jar on his main page.

As for universal my advice is this.  Buy the rights to Rich’s Story, license Dr. Who for the picture remake your Gem movie based on it.  Even if you cast a 72 year old Colin Baker & a 51 year old Bonnie Langford rather than a current Doctor I guarantee you’ll make your money back and then some.