As you are aware, the return of the characters you created for the Archie Sonic The Hedgehog comic to your ownership has resulted in a reboot of the Archie Sonic comic, which has seen your characters completely removed from it, and the plot lines that current writer, Ian Flynn, was working on halted mid-production. This event has proven very controversial, with many fans angered by this development.
I know that is old news to you, and you are firm in your statement that Archie has full permission from you for the continued use of your characters. However, I'm sure even you know that, after a massive, ugly legal problem like the one you, them, and Sega have been in, they aren't likely to do so anytime soon. I imagine you're also aware that Sega renegotiated their contract and put forth a whole series of mandates that Archie now has to adhere to in order to be able to keep the Sonic The Hedgehog license, meaning that Archie can't agree to your terms anyway without putting themselves at risk of more legal ugliness (as was discussed in a previous E-Mail I sent you.
What I think you should be concerned about right now, though, is how this has effected your relationship with the fans. Several fans of the Archie Sonic Comic place the blame squarely on you, regardless of whether or not you deserve it. They blame you because you decided to file a lawsuit against Sega, EA, and Bioware for copyright infringement you say was committed in their game "Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood", in which you said that that game's Dark Brotherhood, and the character Shade The Echidna, were rip-offs of your Dark Legion and Julie-Su respectively. The problem fans have with this claim is that they believe that any relation between The Dark Brotherhood and The Dark Legion, and Shade The Echidna and Julie-Su, if any, is miniscule at best, to the point that a lawsuit seemed unnecessary. If you really wish to convince people that The Dark Brotherhood and Shade The Echidna were rip-offs of your Dark Legion and Julie-Su, it would help if you gave an in-depth explanation of all the ways that this is so, going over every detail that lead you to come to this conclusion. I say this because as it stands now, as far as fans are concerned (especially with the way you've been responding to comments made about it), you're reason for why this claim is so basically sums up to "they're rip-offs because I said so", which I hope you realize carries very little weight behind it.
As for why I feel you should be more concerned about this, well, because it could effect the sales of The Lara-Su Chronicles. Ever since this whole thing went down, between the reboot and you beginning production of The Lara-Su Chronicles, the fans' opinion of you has soured greatly. From what I was able to gather, these are some things that the fans think of you, with images provided as examples of what I'm talking about. Please note that these do not reflect my opinion of you. These are simply conclusions I've come to based on what some fans believe of you.
1.They think you're dumb, crazy, deluded, two of the above, or all of the above, for thinking there was enough of a similarity between your Dark Legion and Julie-Su, and Sonic Chronicles' Dark Brotherhood and Shade The Echidna, to merit a lawsuit from you.
2.They think you're a hypocrite for attempting to sue Sega, EA, and Bioware over what many fans think was a miniscule (at best) similarity between your Dark Legion and Julie-Su, and Sonic Chronicles' Dark Brotherhood and Shade The Echidna, while at the same time ripping off wholesale imagery and themes from Star Trek/Wars.
3.They think you're arrogant to the point of self-delusion because of how sure you are that The Lara-Su Chronicles is going to be this big hit, when all we really have to go on for that is your word. And they're quick to point out the fact that much of your previous work not related to the Archie Sonic Comic (The Lost Ones and Republic) hasn't really gone anywhere.
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What does this all mean for The Lara-Su Chronicles? I'm afraid that's quite simple. Ken Penders, the fans are mad at you. They want The Lara-Su Chronicles to fail. In fact, they want it to fail so badly that you end up selling all your characters back to Archie just to recoup your losses. I know that's not something you want to hear, but with the way you've been handling the anger (which, from what I can tell, can be boiled down to smug dismissal), it's likely you may be hurting yourself and The Lara-Su Chronicles. It may also be a mistake to make one of your intended audiences for The Lara-Su Chronicles be Archie Sonic fans, as after everything that happened that has lead to you being allowed to make The Lara-Su Chronicles, they are the people who will want it to fail the most.
Even then, another issue people have with The Lara-Su Chronicles is that people think you are setting yourself up for a lawsuit from Sega. You claim that the designs of the characters were what you were going for from the beginning. The thing, however, is that, as far as the fans are concerned, your redesigns of the characters still look enough like their Archie Sonic renditions that Sega could conceivably sue you for copyright infringement. To prove my point, here is an image that people say is proof of that.
Mr. Penders, I am writing this letter because this is a matter you need to take more seriously than you have been. As it currently stands, the anger being directed at you has the potential to jeopardize The Lara-Su Chronicles' chances of selling, something that I doubt you, as a writer, would want of it. If you care at all about The Lara-Su Chronicles selling, you have to do something about all that. The way you've been going about it before has not helped at all.
That's all I think I can say about this. Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. I hope you give what you have read serious consideration.