GRAYHAVEN COMICS APPRENTICE- Challenge #3

Okay, it’s time for your next team challenge. You’re even at 5-5 now, so the teams will remain the same for this task. This week’s challenge is “MILKING THE FRANCHISE”.

Before Watchmen was one of the most controversial comic events of 2012, using such a-list creators like Darwyn Cooke and J. Michael Straczynski to resurrect a story long thought complete already.

And now, we have follow-ups to Vertigo megahits Sandman and 100 Bullets. So DC has clearly shown that there’s still life in some old complete properties yet.

This week, your job is to pick the next great hit in this vein. You’re going to look at classic, completed comic works, and pick one where you think there’s something left to say. It can be a creator-owned franchise, or a big two one that reached a definitive finish. That’s up to you.

The key here is that it has to be a story that has ended. We’re not talking about bringing back a cancelled title like say ‘Firestorm’. We want you to take a classic property that had it’s story with a begininng middle and end and milk it for more.

You’re going to pick the creative team, the format (a one-shot, a miniseries, a series of minis, an ongoing), and lay out the story for us, telling new stories in a fertile setting.

This challenge will be judged on whether the new stories are interesting and match up with and complement the original to a degree. Sales are not a factor, because of the vast difference in sales potential from company to company.

Here’s what we need from you:

Deliverable:

– The franchise you’ve chosen to revive/continue, and why. What about this franchise makes you think there’s new stories to be told?

– The format and creative team(s) that will be taking on this project. How long is this project and where will it be told? As for the creative teams, it’s up to you whether you’re bringing back the original creator, a la Sandman, or giving new people a chance in the playground, a la Before Watchmen.

– A synopsis of the story that will take place in this continuation, and a list of the characters involved. Both prequels and sequels are fair game for this challenge.

This challenge will be due Saturday, August 10th at 3 PM EST. Good luck, and let me know who your project managers will be.

TEAM 1- NATHAN KENKEL, SAM READ, ANDREW SHAW, MARY MARGARET SHERIDAN, and JEREMY THOMASTEAM 2 aka HIVE MIND- RYAN CADY, STEVE DISHON, COURTLAND FUNKE, JARED MOORE, RON MONTGOMERY

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