When Generator Rex first went off the air, Joe Kelly told a fan over Twitter to “gather your armies.” If we want GR back on the airwaves in the US, that’s what we have to do and unfortunately, as things stand right now, the fanbase is too scattered. Some fans on Deviant Art don’t necessarily know what’s going on here on tumblr, or those just using Twitter may not be aware of attempts being made over Facebook. Some fans will obviously be using multiple social media platforms and sites, but it’s already been pretty much proven that only having a DevArt group or only a petition isn’t going to cut it. The former is a good idea, but it’s not that useful for anyone who doesn’t have a DA account. It’s too limiting.
What we need is a central site that’s updated regularly and backed by a schedule. That site also needs to be hooked into major social media platforms - Twitter, Facebook and tumblr - to make it easier to keep track of updates so that fans don’t have to remember to check the site via a bookmark every other day.
And that’s what Project ReGenRex will be.
It also occurred to me that we needed a central voice to sort of rally the troops. It’s worked well in past Twitter campaigns, such as Steve Blum asking his followers to tweet repeatedly at Cartoon Network about getting Toonami back on the air. He would get them going and for a number of hours, that’s what they would do, really concentrating their efforts.
Well, if we’re Rex’s Army, it wouldn’t be such a bad thing to have Rex leading it, would it? Unfortunately, the good folks who worked on GR are far too busy for any one of them to take up the role. So again, this whole thing is in fan hands. In thinking on this, I realized that maybe my two plus years of role playing Rex might actually be good for something. If I could take up the site updates in an IC fashion, it would at least keep things interesting. It would sort of be like an ask blog, just with a lot more content and pro-active posting, including dates set for Twitter and letter writing campaigns.
So this is what ReGenRex will be… A central site with posts written by “Rex” and updates sent out over the major social media platforms. The site itself is close to being ready to go and I’ve already started on setting up the social media accounts. Hopefully everything will be done by sometime next week so this thing can get off the ground. Once it does launch, one of the best ways to help the movement along will be to spread the word about it. The bigger and more active the army, after all, the better.
Also this may be the worst idea I’ve ever come up with for anything…or it might actually work with some degree of success. I have no idea. Either way, I’m willing to give it a shot.
Oh, Cartoon Network, why did you stop pushing Generator Rex after only a couple of months on air? Just a word of advice from your fans on this… Please reconsider how you handle the advertising for some of your series.
Join RGRexSalazar and the RGR staff on Twitter from October 6th through the 13th to kick up activity on the #GeneratorRex hashtag and let Cartoon Network know that we want Rex back on the air. Use the hashtag to tweet about your favorite GR episodes and characters, discuss what you’d like to see in another season, etc. Tweet at Cartoon Network and let the folks in charge know why you love GR! The RGRexSalazar account will be periodically checking the #GeneratorRex hashtag to favorite and retweet your tweets. Overall, this is meant to be a group activity to help concentrate our fan campaign efforts. Hope to see you on Twitter!
So lately I’ve been giving some serious thought to resurrecting ReGenRex. For those not in the know, this was a project I got underway last year in an attempt to rally the Generator Rex fanbase and get the show back on the air again, at least to finish out season 3 (since CN pulled it before it could complete). RGR began in July and ran through December, backed and helped along by a few friends of mine in terms of running the actual site/blog and the social media connections. Unfortunately, as we got into 2013 and right after CN finally aired (most) of the remaining season 3 episodes, I had to let it all go…
Given one of the recent asks, plus some of what came up with the “burning questions” over at the blog, Rex is considering a brief break from strictly RGR campaign posts for something a bit more personal… A blog entry on his relationship with Caesar.
Potentially interesting read or should we nudge the kid back on task again?
“Hey, thanks! I do know I’m pretty awesome and all, but I gotta admit… I never get tired of hearing that from other people! It’s nice to finally be appreciated. Because seriously, how many times did I save the world before people noticed?”
Banner submissions for regenrex.com are starting to come in and I’m really loving these already. Given how cool some of these look and if we get more like them, it might be really hard to only choose five or so for the site. This is definitely a good thing, though! It means people are putting effort into these and it shows. Much thanks to everyone who’s participating, helping to spread the word, etc! <3
As of right now, I’m also giving some serious consideration to creating something of a fan gallery as part of the site, possibly to house the banners that don’t get voted in for header rotation. That way even if they don’t become a fully functional part of the site, they’d still be around in their own area for visitors to see and enjoy. This would also up the overall fan content of the site and help make it feel like a larger group effort.
And speaking of group efforts, we’re probably going to kick off our first letter writing campaign sometime later this week with a prompt. Think of it like a fan fic prompt, except more for a short essay in the form of a letter. Just a little something to help with inspiration!
And he’s right. That’s pretty much what I’m doing.
Some of it is mine and isn’t going anywhere. Some of it is for ReGenRex, though, and when I went out today, I found a few more items to add to the stash on the cheap. One of those things is a Generator Rex backpack - the one with Rex, Six, Bobo, Calan and a Providence grunt on it.
At this point, I think I’m good to go on stuff for give-aways. Probably have enough for three, maybe four rounds.
Anyway, work will continue tonight on graphics for the project. Oddly, though, the thing I’m finding the most difficult in the middle of all this? Figuring out how Facebook works. XP I actually hate FB with a passion and wouldn’t touch it until now, but I feel like it’s a necessary evil this time around. But eh…I’ll get it worked out.
Just a note in regards to fan contributions and affiliation with ReGenRex that we’d like to make…
Thus far everything we’ve seen from you all has been great. The banners, the fan art, the efforts to get the word out, the suggestions for videos and a mail campaign, the comments and reblogs… It’s all been fantastic and all of you should definitely be proud of yourselves! You’re rallying well behind the cause and given this thing’s only been running about a week and a half so far, I think we’re off to a pretty good start.
We do want to encourage everyone to keep their efforts as positive as possible, however. We are doing this out of love for Generator Rex, after all, and Cartoon Network may be more inclined to listen if we stay civil and mature about how we approach them with our pleas requests to get GR back on the air again. For that reason, if everyone could avoid any sort of “anti” themes with banners, fan art, etc., that would be wonderful. We know there’s a tendency to want to tie in Ben 10 with GR and that’s totally fine! What we’d like people to avoid, though, is GR art connected with ReGenRex that takes a mean spirited stance against Omniverse or any other show. Some people may blame the new Ben 10 for the loss of GR, but the two honestly have nothing to do with one another in that way, so it’d be pointless and would cast a negative light on our efforts as a group to have things like…banners that declare angry hate for Omniverse while at the same time sporting the ReGenRex website URL.
It’s very understandable that people get passionate about these things and, most of the time, that’s a good thing. We just believe that for something like this, the passion should stay positive. It’s healthier and it’ll be good for the movement’s reputation.
And that’s it! Thank you and keep being awesome, guys!
Lately, we’ve received a number of questions about how fans outside of the site staff can help with the campaign effort aside from letter writing. In Rex’s last blog post, he brought up the idea of having people submit banners that could be used on the site. We only have one banner for right now, but if we had more we could use the “random rotation” option that would load up a random banner from the account library each time someone loads up a section of the blog. Calling for banner submissions wouldn’t be a full on contest, but it would be a way for people to contribute and have their efforts featured on the site. Does this sound like something any of you would like to participate in?
A fair question and one that we’ll go ahead and answer even though the ReGenRex site itself has not gone active just yet. This tumblr account’s picked up 42 followers in less than 24 hours (way to go, all!), so there may be others who are wondering the same.
Basically what this blog will do is alert everyone who follows it to each update the main site goes through (the Twitter and Facebook equivalents will do the same). While having social media platforms that post about updates to a core site isn’t something that’s entirely necessary, it’s definitely convenient. If you check your tumblr feed regularly, you won’t have to worry about remembering to check an outside site on your own through a bookmark because the reminder to check it will pop up on your dashboard along with a link leading directly to the latest update.
Right now, the plan is to have updates occur between 1 and 3 times a week. It’ll depend on what’s going on, such as if we’re organizing a letter writing campaign, doing a prize give away, etc. The updates themselves will be in the form of blog entries. I know that sounds redundant when this IS a blog, but we needed one with a better commenting system and more options for customization. Reaching out through Twitter, Facebook and tumblr is just our way of trying to connect with as many fans as possible since we’re all sort of scattered right now. This is a case where numbers are really going to count and if we can get enough people involved and make enough noise, there’s a chance something might come of all this.