With the second batch of letters sent, it's time to start on the third batch of letters to send to Archie and Sega. Well, a while ago, I had an idea on what to say to Archie and Sega in the third batch of letters.
As you all well know, in response to the legal ugliness Archie got themselves and Sega into with Ken Penders, Sega renegotiated their contract with Archie, including a new batch of mandates that Archie has to adhere to to be able to continue publishing the Sonic The Hedgehog Comic. Thanks to a non-disclosure agreement, not all of the mandates are publicly known. However, here are the mandates that ARE known.
1.Sega no longer has to publish the Sonic The Hedgehog Comics exclusively through Archie.
2.The Sonic The Hedgehog Comic must follow the plot of the games more closely.
3.The Sega characters are no longer allowed to be in relationships.
4.The Sega characters are no longer allowed to have relatives.
5.The Sega characters are no longer allowed to be sad.
6.Sonic's World is no longer allowed to be called Mobius.
7.The Sega characters are no longer allowed to age, or have any growth or character development.
8.There can only be one Metal Sonic.
9.The only characters allowed in the comic are characters from the games, cartoons, and ones created by current head writer, Ian Flynn.
Now, regardless of how you may feel about the current state of the comic, don't you think some of these mandates are a bit much? Sure, Sega wants to exert more control over the direction of the comic, but some of these mandates might be going a bit too far. For the next batch of letters, I was thinking asking them if it would be possible to lift at LEAST one mandate.
Let's be realistic, asking Sega to lift all the mandates is going too far. They're not going to lift all their mandates against the comic at once. However, perhaps they can be appealed to lift at least one mandate. Small victories and all that.
The mandate I would like to get them to lift for now is that one about the Sega characters not being allowed to have growth or character development. Sure, they want Sonic to stay the way he is in the games so the comic can stay more consistent with the games, but that mandate could come back to bite them harder than they realize. I think I know how it might.
You all remember Sonic Lost World, right? I haven't played it myself, but it is on my wishlist (though I am hesitant about playing any more Sonic games because I think doing so might remind me of the reboot and upset me again). Anyway, from what I know, the plot of the game is that Sonic spots Eggman controlling The Deadly Six. Sonic destroys the conch shell Eggman was using to control them, but then comes to realize that, without the conch shell, The Deadly Six can't be controlled, and thus they go on a rampage. Sonic, realizes he just made things worse, and teams up with Eggman to fix his mistake. Over the course of the game, Sonic starts losing his friends one by one (that's about as far as I read on TVTropes, I don't want to spoil the game any further).
So, let me reiterate. Sonic The Hedgehog has just realized that, by foiling Eggman's plot, he has just made the situation worse, and now has to fix his problem. He loses friends along the way. You know what those sound like? Growth and character development. You know, some of the very things that the Sega characters can't have anymore. This might prove to be a problem if Sega wants Archie to do an arc in the comic based on Sonic Lost World. Sure, the arguement could be made that they could just not have Archie do an arc based on that game, but since Sega wants the comic as nothing more than an ad for their games, that might mean if they really want to have an arc based on that game, they will have to do something about that particular mandate.
Once more, for those who need to know who to send the letters to, here is a list of names, and a list of addresses to send said names to.
325 Fayette Ave.
Sega Of America
350 Rhode Island St.
San Francisco, CA
Sega Of Japan
Canal Side Building
1-39-9, Higashi-Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku
Also, I thought of adding a name to that list.
Naoya Tsurumi (COO (Chief Operating Officer) of Sega of Japan)
Once more, I can't guarantee that this idea will work. Sega likely has the comic the way they want it now. They will not likely be willing to lift the mandates very easily. However, maybe if they're shown how the mandates could effect what they want out of the comic as much as it effects Archie and the comic's fans, they would be more willing to reconsider a couple of the mandates they have against the comic.
I am also aware that there are fans who like the continuity the way it is right now, and that restoring the old continuity will likely turn them off it. Once more, I would be willing to let some things from the new continuity be integrated into the old continuity. I recognize that they have found their fanbase.
Once again, if you are passionate about the old continuity, if you want to see what more stories it can still tell, if you want proper closure to the stories it was telling before, then please join me in this. If you wish to join me, then please start typing in your letters. I hope to have them send on the 20th of November.