"...sorry Christian, cat-characters don't work..."

From: Andy Hill <chance_at_unix.infoserve.net>
Date: Sun, 18 Jun 1995 01:15:06 -0700 (PDT)

On Sat, 17 Jun 1995, MATT WEBER wrote:

> I don't recall if this has been asked before, but here goes:
> Have the Tremblay brothers considered doing a comic book series
> based on the Kats? Or should I ask if Turner has _all_ the rights
> to all the Kats stuff?

    Early on, the Tremblays looked into doing a comic book on the 'KATS.
A lot of people thought it was a great idea, and they started asking
questions. Dark Horse Comics was interested at first, but when it came
right down to a meeting, they just hummed and ha'd and told Christian
something to the effect that "cat characters don't work". Sadly, Turner
has an exclusive on-going agreement with...wait for it..."Archie" comics
- who's record of mediocrity is as yet unsurpassed. Turner holds the
rights to the 'KATS cartoon, merchandise, and any comic book venture -
but Christian tells me that he and his brother retain the rights to any
movie venture. " 'cat characters don't work"? Humbug. More than a few
someone's told Kev Eastman and Peter Laird that Turtle characters
wouldn't work back in 1984 - look how wrong they were. It's been
suggested to the bros. Tremblay that perhaps Antarctic Press might be a
good choice, and I thought of Mirage - who were looking for new
properties awhile ago. Problem is, someone asked Christian about
approaching people like this - "or does Turner have to do the asking?" -
to which Christian nodded in almost-amusement/resignation. I suggested
to Seibert, and by extension the whole Turner org, that perhaps they
could try out a high-quality trade-paperback on the 'KAT guys to kind of
"test the waters" if Ted wasn't ready for a regular 'KATS title. As
usual, they aren't about to say anything one way or the other.


Received on Sun Jun 18 1995 - 04:45:22 PDT

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