Third Prestige Title
JTorci3511 at aol.com
JTorci3511 at aol.com
Wed Dec 27 01:12:52 CET 2006
Gary Leach and Everyone:
With regard to a third prestige title, Gary wrote: “There’s lotsa puzzling
and pondering ahead”.
Well, I would never presume to understand the intricacies of publishing that
exist on Gary and Gemstone’s side of the process, but on “our side”, as end
consumers, the start up of a third (...and we’re not really asking for a
fourth, only a third) prestige title, presumably to be titled DONALD AND MICKEY,
DONALD DUCK AND MICKEY MOUSE, etc., seems to be the common sense solution
that would appear to satisfy more of us than otherwise.
The mechanism(s) to produce a periodical in that particular format have been
“up and running” since the coming of Gemstone in mid 2003. That format,
the only surviving one to date, would seem to be successful enough to support a
third title, picking up the support of the readers of the four canceled
titles. The content for some never-to-be-published issues of DONALD DUCK AND
FRIENDS, MICKEY MOUSE AND FRIENDS, and the digests has been assembled – or at
least has been announced through PREVIEWS and other venues – and could easily
make up the initial issues of the new title.
Of course, there are probably certain considerations that may be lost, in
our consumer’s view of the matter, but it sure seems like the way to go from
One additional bit of perspective from “our side”... well, certainly my own
personal side, would be this.
Each time a Disney comics publisher cuts back or outright ceases, be it Gold
Key or Whitman ending, Gladstone I being invaded and occupied by Disney, the
Disney Comics Implosion, Gladstone II ending, or Gemstone “reducing” from
six titles to two, there is always the feeling of something having been taken
away from us. It has been such for me, each and every time.
Uncle Scrooge would be the first one to tell us that, ultimately, economics
rule the day. ...And would be the first one to cancel his own title, if it
failed to perform. I think most of us understand and accept the market
conditions and economic realities that are behind the Gemstone Downsizing.
That said, would not the oft-suggested, hypothetical DONALD AND MICKEY
prestige title be exactly what is needed to soften, if not outright remove, those
feelings of something having been taken away? Anything we presently miss
about DDAF, MMAF, DDA and MMA could be a part of this new title.
And, instead of taking chances on a format readers may or may not embrace
(...such as the so-called “Shonen Jump” black and white format, which I,
personally, would not support), and the requisite set up costs and effort
involved, Gemstone could, with nary a beat skipped, continue to serve us the content
we’ve lost in the format that has proven the most successful in the
It makes sense to me. What say the rest of you?
Oh, and thanks to Gary for being there to address our concerns. Contrast
the open, honest, and willing response from representatives of Gemstone with
the stonewalling and misinformation spread in the wake of the Disney Implosion
of 1991, and you can’t help but appreciate all that these folks do for us, in
what must be trying times for them as well!
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