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Tuesday, June 29, 2004

 

Free Million-Dollar Idea # 2: Chairman Meow

It's time to dust off an old idea.This is the second installment of what is sure to become an exciting continuing series on "Welcome to Blog." Everyday as I'm driving to work, working and driving away from work random, entrepreneurial ideas pop into my head from out of nowhere. Some of them are good. Most of them are bad. All them could earn someone a million dollars or more.

Unfortunately, I don't have the capital or talent to pull off any of them so I'm giving them to you, absolutely free of charge. Go forth, make your fortunes and buy yourself a solid gold hammock or three. Just don't forget for served as the muse when all those 6-digit royalty checks start coming in.

Today's million dollar idea relates to the world of syndicated comics. I'm convinced that I've come up with an idea that would rake in more $$$ than a certain pasta loving feline. Since Get Fuzzy has strip-mined Garfield and no one seems to care, I think someone could get away with a third trip to the fat cat well.

The strip would be called Chairman Meow. The premise centers around the soul of Tse-tung Mao. Since his death in 1976, Mao has been steadily working his way up the reincarnation ladder. He's been a germ, a bug, a fish and now his spirit is trapped in the body of an obese housecat named Spunky.

Mao/Spunky is owned either by a A:) elderly grandmother or B:) an oblivious sorority girl or C:) Tony Blair. Despite being stuck in the body of a feline, Mao is still bent on spreading the word of communism. As he scribbles socialist manifestos, he struggles to avoid his fawning owner and his/her other pet, either a dog named Bodie (not Odie!) or a potbellied pig named Spammy.

The most marketable of three would probably be the sorority girl. I'm sure there's a huge market out there for a daily strip involving cartoon college girls and communist cats. Maybe Mao could live in a greek house and be frustrated over his fruitless attempts to coerce its residents into joining the cause. That, and their tendency to shriek at insanely high-pitched levels at all hours of the day.

What, you think this idea is lame? Come on, the premise would cater to middle-American cat lovers, families AND cynical 20-somethings. Spunky dolls, dressed in cute little military uniforms, would adorn every dorm room and office in the US. Well, if you don't jump on the idea someone else will. If you let this one pass you by, you'll just have to...wait for Free Million Dollar Idea # 3.

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