Comic Monsters' Blade Tournament

The Comic Monsters website is about to begin a Blade tournament (sometime near April 1st). If you're unsure what they mean by "tournament", basically they'll be pitting various Blade characters against each other and fans can vote on the victors.

The list of characters isn't quite finalized yet, but there will be characters drawn from the movies, the series, and probably the comic book as well. Some noticables from the series include Krista Starr, Marcus Van Sciver, Shen, and Chase. Actually most of the characters from the series will likely end up on the list, so make sure to vote for your favorites when it begins!

[tags]Blade tournament, favorite Blade characters[/tags]

Blade the Franchise - Whats New Line to do?

The following article was sent in by frequent site visitor Jeff Thomas.
Good morning/evening all!

Here is a look at some numbers… an extrapolation to put numbers into context following the aforementioned premise.

Blade Trinity sold 7,729,894 tickets. Lets assume that some of the ticket buyers came as a couple… lets say 25% of those. The contrast being a “couple” at home watching Blade the TV series. So that narrows the Blade Movie Target audience for the TV series to 5.8 Million potential viewers. So of this viewership only 2.5 Million show up to the Premiere. I am wondering if the other 3.3 Million were aware of the TV series. Those fans that believe the “majority” of fans watching the premiere were Blade the Movie fans would suggest that at least the Blade fans would have been aware of the
Pilot on Spike… Where were they?

Did they not tune in because WS was not the Lead?
Did they not tune in because they were unaware of the TV series.. or potentially Spike?
Did they not tune in because they were unavailable Wednesday nights at 10:00 p.m.?
Perhaps they did not have Spike in their programming line up?

To move this premise forward. If you are New Line…

a) are you going to cater your TV series to the movie fans?
b) are you going to dare attempt a 4th movie without WS as the lead?
c) are you going to look for a new Network/Cable host based on a retention of 1 Million (approximate) fans post episode 7? Is it worth shopping another network?

These are my thoughts to invoke specific conversation if wanted. I suggest a) and b) are futile and perhaps option c) is the direction New Line takes. I further suggest that if the movie fans were to be lenient and accept a new character in the role this franchise would survive. There is still the feint possibility this franchise could survive regardless as I believe there are enough existing movie fans that did enjoy the product combined with the potential new viewership that remains relatively untapped in my opinion.

I suggest that New Line and Goyer knew that for this project to be successful and subsequently an option of producing a Blade 4 they had to cater to the TV viewing demographic not just the Movie Fan demographic and that is exactly what they did. They needed to find a large demographic that would not have predisposed concepts as to what Blade is/was (a.k.a. WS). I was personally disappointed in the 2.5 Million viewers as I suspected it would be a much larger turn out but as I have stated before I still believe Spike was not the right host. Unfortunately the pilot was not very good.
Action scenes were definitely weak and as a stand alone episode it just was not that entrancing. I do believe, as seemingly a few others to the tune of 1 Million, that the continuing episodes increased in value and the storyline continued to intrigue many. If the TV series remains in Cancellation land I suspect Blade the franchise follows suit.

d) What are your thoughts on the Blade Franchise?
e) Where does New Line go now?
f) Is Blade on the big screen or small screen gone for good?

If there are any takers on the potential of a new TV series or even if you
think this is an impossibility I pose this question:

g) Hypothetically would you watch if they changed the Lead?

Take care!!


First off, thanks to Jeff for the great article! There's a lot of great information and speculation in there.

Now, he brings up a few questions in there for everybody to toss in their input - namely:
d) What are your thoughts on the Blade Franchise?
e) Where does New Line go now?
f) Is Blade on the big screen or small screen gone for good?
g) Hypothetically would you watch if they changed the Lead?

I'll post my own thoughts on those questions here and hope that you all will add your input in the comments below.

d - I personally love the Blade franchise. I love the movies and I love the television series. I admit that I haven't read any of the comics, so I can't comment on that part of the franchise.

e - In one of the previous poll results I gave my nod to the Sci Fi channel being a great possible home for the show as well as mentioning a few other decent possibilities. We know New Line is still behind the show and I'm sure they are going to do everything they can to keep it alive on a new network if at all possible.

f - No. Blade will be back in some form or another. The comic has just started up and hopefully the television series hasn't come to an end.

g - Would I watch? Yes. Do I want them to change the lead? No. I feel Sticky is a fairly weak actor in my opinion. However, he's already made his mark on the character and I've come to know the "TV" Blade as the one Sticky has portrayed. As such, I hope he remains the Daywalker, though I'd definitely still watch if he weren't.

Blade: The Series Roleplaying Site

If you're interested in roleplaying within the Blade: The Series universe, you can check out this site here. Apparently they are looking for more sign ups so be sure to head on over there if you're into that sort of thing.

I personally don't have the time to put enough effort into it, but it's definitely an interesting concept and I'd love to do something like that in the future. Maybe by the time series gets picked up for a second or third season (fingers crossed) I'll have some extra time on my hands (though not likely).

[tags]Blade roleplaying[/tags]

Blade: The Series Yahoo Group

A Yahoo Group for Blade: The Series has just been created by some fans and you can check it out right here. If you're a fan of the show and a fan of Yahoo Groups, you should head on over and see what it's all about.

There doesn't appear to be much there just yet, but they promise to have photos, news, fan fiction, and more. I've tried out a few Yahoo Groups in the past and didn't really care for how they work, but I'm sure there are a few of you out there that may be interested so if you do try it out, let the rest of us know how it goes.

[tags]Blade: The Series Yahoo Group[/tags]

How You Can Email Spike TV About Blade

Over at the offical Blade: The Series forums, there's a post letting us all know that we can voice our opinions about Blade: The Series by emailing Blade@SpikeTV.com. The email address was given out by Spike TV specifically for us all to send in our comments, concerns, and support for the show.

It sounds like Spike TV knows that there's a good amount of support out there for the show and want to give us a way of telling them how badly we want it to come back next season. I personally don't know how much good it will do to email them begging for a second season, but I do know that it can't hurt. If you're passionate about the show (as I am), then sending in an email is an easy way to try and help make sure there will be more vampire goodness next year.

[tags]Blade support, Blade email, Spike TV[/tags]

Contact Information To Help Support The Show

Neil Jackson has posted again at the official forums. This time he has provided some more information on how you can help support the show and try and make sure there will be a second season. He has provided the following contact info to write, call, or fax:


Neil Jackson writes:
Spike TV
1775 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212.767.8705 Fax: 212.846.2560

Here are some good people to start writing to:
Doug Herzog - President, Spike TV, Comedy Central, and TV Land
Kevin Kay - General Manager/Executive Vice President - Spike TV
John Cucci - Chief Operating Officer - Spike TV
Pancho Mansfield - Executive Vice President, Original Series
Robert Friedman - Senior Vice President, Programming
Bill McGoldrick - Vice President, Programming


He also mentions the feedback form on the Spike TV site, though many are getting errors when trying to submit it. If you want to try that route the URL is http://www.spiketv.com/interact/feedback/feedback.jhtml.

You can read the Jackson's full post here.

[tags]support blade, blade contact info, spike tv feedback, Neil Jackson[/tags]

Blade Fan Fiction

If you're not familiar with what fan fiction is, it's basically fiction written by fans (duh.) If you want a more detailed explanation, you can check out the wikipedia article. Even though Blade: The Series is still quite new, there's already a few fans out there starting up their own stories based on the show.

One such fan fiction is "When Passion Ensues" by Caley. The story focuses on Marcus, Krista, and Krista's mom. There's only one chapter written so far, but the author plans on having around two to four chapters.

Another piece of fan fiction is entitled "Twisted", which is written by misshoneywell. Like the other fiction, this one deals with the Marcus Krista relationship. In "Twisted", the author focuses on internal monologue to try and reveal the inner workings of each character. The story also only has the first part done, but the author hopes to write more as long as there's a positive response.

If you're a fan of fan fiction, the show, and especially of Marcus and Krista, you should definitely check these two pieces out. It's always interesting to see the different interpretations fans have. If you have any fan fiction or know of any that I haven't listed, please send me the info so that I can help spread the word.

[tags]Blade fan fiction[/tags]