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F16 - For Art's Sake by jbwarner86 F16 - For Art's Sake by jbwarner86
I don't know how accurate this theory is, but it does have some precedent - in 1987, Matt Groening didn't want to give up the rights to his comic strip "Life in Hell", so before he met with James L. Brooks to talk about doing animation for "The Tracey Ullman Show", he created the Simpsons.

Also, once again, Kendra's opinions are not necessarily my own. I do like "American Dad"...although that has more to do with Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman than it does with Seth.
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Retro7 Featured By Owner May 26, 2014   General Artist
Heh, well to be fair American Dad came about when they thought Family Guy was cancelled but yeah once they hit The Cleveland Show, it was obvious Seth and his little group were just retreading with some slight tweaks here and there. Even Matt Groaning made Futurama different from the Simpsons. And much better likeable characters too.

Over the years I have been flip-flopping on if I would like to sell the rights to my characters for a show if I ever reach that point. T-Shirts and all are fine but cartoons, yeah gotta deal with executives and what have you, plus networks screwing you over on time slots. It's a shot in the dark really and relies upon a lot of luck to stay in fuction. Ultimately its up to you if it's worth the risk.
notexisting Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
now it all makes sense, i wondered why the Simpsons, IN MY OPINION, is such a bad show and Futurama is so much better. he probably had more time to think about Futurama rather than just throwing it at the producers.
USSManhattan Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011
I liked "American Dad" too... until it mutated into The Roger Show.
Kinggigasmon Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like Seth MacFarlane's ideas, but I think the other writers are the ones who've gotten Family Guy's characters into a rut.
MetalHeadFan2500 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011
Seth McFarlane does not have any good ideas anymore

The last time I laugh at Family Guy is when the cast Star Trek Next Gen showed up

Then they screwed it up with a religious sub(main) plot
ADHadh Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Student Filmographer
I, for one, agree with Kendra :D
Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
Well, Seth helped create Johnny Bravo; that was a good idea.
MetalHeadFan2500 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011
But Season 2 and 3 were better without him
Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011
No doubt.
Doodley Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
And that's exactly why I don't pitch any of my cartoons to televsion. They take the rights, change it where it suits them, and I'm left with not much, but a measly check.

I'm not against making merchandise and licensing opportunities, though. That's how cartoonists make some (if not most) of their money.
When it comes to a network interested in developing your comic into a series, it's all a matter of what rights they get to it, like television or movie rights. It is possible to negotiate who gets what and how much.
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