And thus the idea formed.
A book of Adrien English stories and art by fans of the series.
What if I were to commission -- pay outright -- for original stories and art set within the Adrien English universe? Maybe I could invite a few authors and artists? OR, wait. Better still, what if I just opened it to everyone? Everyone who loves the series and feels like they have something to say about it (even if the "saying" is in visual media). These would have to be pretty good stories, of course. And the art...well, I've been talking to Catherine about anchoring the stories with a couple of choice pieces of her work.
I would naturally be picky as hell about the overall quality -- although not about the story content itself. You want to write from Jake's POV. Feel free. You want to write that love story for Angus and Natalie. Have at it.
I could set a deadline of December 31st -- that would give anyone interested about six months -- and then I'd go through the submissions. OR...yes, I'd go through the submissions, but maybe I'd also have a panel of trusted readers to help me select the works to be published.
As I mentioned, I would pay outright. No royalties. And I would have to have contributors sign off on the understanding that they are merely borrowing the characters and playing in my universe -- not taking over the franchise.
I'm still brainstorming here, but what do you think?