A fundraiser for Season 3 is a non-starter.
The decision to continue the series rests with Cartoon Network and Warner Brothers Animation. They’ll decide to do it if they think there’s money to be made by doing so, but they’re not interested in working with a third party who tries to raise the millions of dollars that a season of that kind of animation costs to produce. Not to mention the legal problems inherent in trying to fundraise to do something with a property that isn’t yours.
The best way to advocate for more Young Justice is to *politely* let Cartoon Network and WB Animation know you’d like to see more (and let DC Comics you’d like to see more of Young Justice in comic book form), and more importantly demonstrate the profitability of the franchise by buying Young Justice products (DVDs, soundtracks, books, action figures, etc.).
That said, don’t mortgage the house to buy products especially if they’re ones you don’t want. Keep things in perspective. But know that money speaks louder than words in these kinds of business decisions.
That’s what makes me angry. The comics, at least, are SELLING OUT. I tried to get one today at my local comic book store (because I am the type to wait for a better price instead of pre-ordering), and they didn’t have any. I asked the guy at another location about them months ago, and he said that they are one of their top sellers. The community is very supportive and self-polices, as a general rule: every single post about bringing yj back that I have ever seen had a reminder to be polite. Some fans made flowers to the companies. Others made reach labels for candy bars and water bottles. Almost everyone in the fandom has emailed, tweeted, even called the companies responsible—and we’re talking about a group of individuals where nut everyone is comfortable with phone calls. Many donated to the failed funding attempt, and many more advised them—well, they said the exact thing you’re saying now. We have asked CN to add YJ merch to their site, indicating that we will buy it. Many fans have the dvds. And DC still wants to focus on other things that a good portion of the fandom no longer wants to even touch with a ten foot pole.
Chris, since you usually read these—I’m not directing my frustrations at you, just expressing them in general. Sorry if I should’ve made my own post.
I’m just tired.
I understand the frustration, and I’m no position to shed much light on the behind-the-scenes thought process driving any of these decisions. I know some of the basic principles at play, so that’s what I try to base my suggestions on, but I have no idea what sales figures would be required to actually get the attention of anyone in power or convince them to take action.
The funding attempt that happened was unfortunate, because it was misguided and unsanctioned from the start and didn’t do anything to make those powers-that-be more receptive to those clamoring for the series to return.
Right now the best thing Young Justice fandom can focus on is staying invested. I’m buying the blu-rays and soundtracks and whatnot when they come out because I want them. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t spend the money because whether one person buys every-last-product available isn’t what matters. But if the stuff KEEPS finding an audience - if people KEEP asking about Young Justice when Cartoon Network, WB Animation and DC Comics do panels at conventions - that WILL get noticed.
The reason I keep harping on being polite is that it’s easy for fans’ frustration to turn into anger when sending emails or speaking up at conventions. When that happens it’s COUNTER-productive. If someone tries to FORCE you to do something your natural reaction is to dig in your heels and resent them for telling you what to do. But if we can demonstrate that there’s still an eager audience waiting for more Young Justice, that’s going to register as an opportunity to make money and that’s when things can happen.
It can still come back in some form. Look how many years after Batman Beyond ended that the continuity came back in comic book form.
I miss it so so sooo much…. words can’t even express