Here is a list of basic questions and answers about the project as well as some foreseeable problems that may arise.

What is the ‘Hey Arnold! 6th Season’ project?
Sounds great! How can I help?
I want to contribute, but I can’t draw or write. Is there anything I can do?
Wait, isn’t Hey Arnold! copyrighted?
What is the time commitment for this project?
Do I have to pay anything to become a staff member?
Is there a limit on the number of roles a single person can fill?
I’m having a conflict with the writers/artists I’m working with. What should I do?
I have a good non-canonical plot. Can that be used for this project?
What about relationships?
My writing has some mature content. Is that okay?
Doesn’t a disproportionally large responsibility fall on the artists?
I have a question, but it wasn’t answered here. Where should I go?

What is the ‘Hey Arnold! 6th Season’ project?
The ‘Hey Arnold! 6th Season’ project (HA6S) is a completely collaborative effort of HA! fans to produce some episodes that would fit in to the 6th season on Hey Arnold! The episodes will end up in a comic form (i.e. drawn characters with speech/thought bubbles, and different panels to represent different scenes).

Sound great! How can I help?
If you’re interested in contributing to this project the first thing to do is register here: http://ha6s.forumotion.com/register-f4/. You’ll need to provide (1) your name (an online alias is fine) (2) What role(s) you are interested in (i.e. artist, writer, etc.) (3) Contact information (e.g. email, Deviantart, Youtube account, Live Journal account, etc.)

I want to contribute, but I can’t draw or write. Is there anything I can do?
Yes! We have plenty of jobs, big and small. In addition to artists and writers, we are looking for editors, advertisers, moderators, etc. If you can think of something that you’d like to do to help, but it isn’t listed here, then ask about it in the forum: http://ha6s.forumotion.com/forum.htm.

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Wait, isn’t Hey Arnold! copyrighted?
Yes, the rights to the characters of Hey Arnold! are still owned by Nickelodeon, which is in turn owned by Viacom. It’s possible that this project falls into one of the several loopholes of U.S. copyright law. However, as a precaution we are attempting to obtain permission from Nickelodeon to proceed with this project. If Nick gives us a cease and desist letter, then we’ll have to stop. If we get a favorable response or no response at all, then we’ll proceed with the project.

What is the time commitment for this project?
The time commitment varies, depending on what you decide to help out with and how many roles you’d like to have. If you don’t have a lot of time you can always just edit a script at your leisure, assist an artist or writer, create a ‘gag-reel’, or even just pitch a story idea. The tentative release date of the comic isn’t until October 2010, so there is no reason to rush.

Do I have to pay anything to become a staff member?
No, there are no registration/membership fees and we do not accept donations (there are legal reasons for this). However, artists will need to cover the cost of their own art supplies. HA6S is not able to reimburse you for any costs you incur while working on the project.

Is there a limit on the number of roles a single person can fill?
No, currently there’s no limit. If you want to be a writer/artist/editor/advertiser, then let us know when you register. Just keep in mind that the more roles you have, the bigger the time commitment.

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I’m having a conflict with the writers/artists that I’m working with. What should I do?
Many times creative conflicts are ultimately beneficial to the works being produced. However, sometimes conflicts arise that halt productivity or make the whole process un-enjoyable. If you have a major conflict with one or more of the staff members, we encourage you to bring it up and try to have it resolved within your group. If you still aren’t making any progress in terms of conflict resolution, then talk to a forum moderator or an administrator. Remember, everyone is going to have to be flexible in order for this project to work. The key to this project’s success is collaboration, but we also want everyone to have fun.

I have a good non-canonical plot. Can that be used for this project?
Generally, the answer to this question is no. We are trying to keep things as canon as possible. There are two main reasons for this: (1) this project is all about Hey Arnold! and so it should take place within the Hey Arnold! world created by Craig Bartlett. (2) Multiple groups may be working on different episodes, so a non-canon plot could conflict with another episode. For example, in a non-canon plot it’s possible for Rhonda and Curly to become ‘an item’ at the end of one episode; and Rhonda and Herald to become ‘an item’ at the end of the next episode. There are, of course, two very important exceptions to this (see below).

What about relationships?
There are two definite relationships that can be written about. (1) Helga x Arnold (2) Phoebe x Gerald. Remember the sixth season takes place after “Hey Arnold!: The Movie” and after “April Fool’s Day”, but before “The Jungle Movie”. So, Helga has already confessed her secret to Arnold, but they’re both pretending that it didn’t happen. This doesn’t mean you can’t kick their relationship up another notch, it just means try to keep it in the typical subtle Hey Arnold! style. So, there probably shouldn’t be a scene in HA6S where Arnold makes a move to kiss Helga, since this is definitely going to take place in TJM. You can write about other relationships, but they shouldn’t become ‘an item’ by the end of the episode. This is to avoid any potential conflicts with other episodes.

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My writing has some mature content. Is that okay?
Generally, you want to keep the writing at a PG rating. Any mature content should be kept subtle enough so that children won’t understand its meaning. You can say ‘crap’ every once in a while, but try not to over use it (no sailor talk!) For more information about episode criteria see: https://ha6s.wordpress.com/to-do-list/sixth-season-episode-requirements/.

Doesn’t a disproportionally large responsibility fall on the artists?
Unfortunately, yes. That is just the nature of this project. Ideally we will have enough artists to help each other out, and there are some techniques the artists can use to lighten their load (such as using small pieces of a large background). However, we don’t want different styles of the different artists to be too evident within a single episode. It’s a difficult balancing act. The target date for the release of this project is October 2010, so the artists should have plenty of time to work on the project.

I have a question, but it wasn’t answered here. Where should I go?
We are always open to questions and suggestions at the General Discussion section of the HA6S forum: http://ha6s.forumotion.com/forum.htm.

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3 Responses to “FAQs”

  1. Joshua Says:

    How and Where Do You Post Threads??

    1. funnybones021 Says:

      Post threads on the forum: http://ha6s.forumotion.com/forum.htm

      The first thing you need to do is register as a web designer here: http://ha6s.forumotion.com/register-as-a-staff-member-f4/

      Click on “New Topic” (in red near the top of the page) and include your name, 2 methods of contact, and the job you want to have.

      1. Joshua Says:

        thank you so much!!!

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