Monday, October 5, 2009

Operation Comic Book Update

October 1, 2009

Hello Fellow Rangers,

October is finally here and the long wait for the comic book and possibly word on the movie and/or Jericho launching with the new Epix Channel is finally here.

Why do we continue to fight on some 18 months after the show was canceled by CBS? It is a logical question. Back in January, Jon Turteltaub announced, after months of silence, that a movie was in the works.

We then had the run of all 29 episodes on the CW and we launched operation Phoenix to get the word out and to get people watching the show and writing to CBS and Epix. We found out at Comic Con, from Dan Shotz, that they were very much aware of the ratings and were both surprised and pleased with how well the show did.

We also found out, from our team at Comic Con, that the folks from Junction and CBS were literally blown away by the fan interest in the comic book, and the numbers that attended the panel discussion and stopped by the DDP booth in San Diego.

Ratkeeper and I have had several communications with a contact from DDP, who is trying to co-ordinate with the fans regarding the comic book. On September 21, 2009, the DDP site took down the subscription links for the 5 and 6 bundled issues. Ratkeeper received a note today that there has been an incredible response to Jericho, and that DDP feels it is due, in large part, to the Fans efforts to spread the word about the comic. DDP has said they are building a new platform to handle the increased volume.

We know that on September 21, 2009, it was announced that Jon Turteltaub's Junction Entertainment signed a two-year overall deal extension at CBS Television Studios to develop series for the Eye.

Why we feel that Jericho is still very much alive is simple, money. Right now in this economy, why is CBS investing money and time in producing a comic book, when most of the networks are producing reality shows which are very cheap to make and produce good returns on investment.
Think about your own situations out there both personally and professionally. Everyone is cutting back, businesses are laying off people, many of us are now paying cash for items, and are doing without non-essential items.

No one is going to invest money and time into just a comic book, especially during the worst economic downturn since WWII, unless there is something else tied to the comic book such as a movie or continuation of the show.

We have been doing Google Searches the past month to see where people are talking about Jericho and the comic book. Surprisingly we continue to see new forums with fresh threads and discussion about Jericho and Season 3 the comic. Many think it is coming back direct to CBS on television and not as a comic book.

We need to continue to drive towards the finish line by continuing to get the word out as we have been doing since Operation Comic Book was launched (check out thread at UHD Board).

We also need to send a postcard or letter each to CBS and Epix just to let them know we are still here you can check out addresses at Operation Phoenix thread at UHD Board as well.

Keep the Faith