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    View CommentsSonic Subcriptions Disappear From Archie Web Store

    January 16th, 2017 by

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    Death knell or simple mistake?

    The Sonic comic has had a rough time in the last few years, most of it laid at the feet of people like Ken Penders and Scott Fulop, who have seemingly been on a crusade to sink the book for their own personal gains. From last-second edits to increasingly more concrete reboots to shed legally-troubled cast members, if you’ve been a fan of this book, you’ve been putting up with a fair amount of confusion as multiple storylines have been forcibly wiped away without clear resolutions in order to side step increasingly frustrating legal issues.

    Those days may finally be coming to an end, and possibly not on the best terms. Bleeding Cool reports that the option to subscribe to Archie’s Sonic the Hedgehog comic has disappeared from their online storefront. If that doesn’t send a chill down the spines of comic fans, the next part will: in addition to no longer being able to subscribe to Archie’s Sonic book, Archie has replaced this year’s Free Comic Book Day issue of Sonic the Hedgehog with a Riverdale book meant to cross-promote the upcoming Archie television series of the same name. It will be the first time in 9 years that Sonic will miss Free Comic Book Day.

    Sonic the Hedgehog is one of the longest-running licensed comic books in the history of this industry, second only to Conan the Barbarian. However, even Conan’s initial 23-year run eventually ended at issue #275, wherein the book changed publishers (to Marvel Comics and eventually to Dark Horse) and various other Conan the Barbarian books continue to be published to this very day. Sonic the Hedgehog, on the other hand, is the longest single-publisher run a licensed character has ever had, with issue #291 releasing in January 2017, marking a 24 year legacy spanning almost a dozen mini-series and six spin-off books. Due to inroads Archie Comics made in selling their all-ages Sonic books in supermarkets and convenience stores, at one point Sonic the Hedgehog was allegedly one of the best-selling comics in the entire comic book industry.

    In 2010, former Archie Sonic writer Ken Penders filed lawsuits against Archie Comics and related parties for their use of characters he was claiming ownership of. Penders had created many characters during his decade-long run on Sonic, and utilizing an uncommon loophole with Archie’s contracts (or apparent lack thereof), began asserting ownership over these characters with the intent on publishing his own books, continuing the “stories” he began while at Archie. Penders has since announced additional plans for more than just graphic novels, including film and animation despite showing absolutely no development or progress in his grandiose claims.

    Since then, Penders has turned his quest to claim ownership of his Archie characters in to what’s beginning to look like a personal vendetta, alerting other writers of this loophole and helping them launch similar lawsuits against the publisher.

    Rumors have swirled around the future of the Sonic series in the wake of these events. Archie appears to be in a bit of financial trouble themselves, launching (and then canceling) a Kickstarter intended to raise more funds to help publish all of their books. Since prematurely ending that Kickstarter, multiple series have been canceled or gone on permanent hiatus, including the critically acclaimed Mega Man comic series.

    Further developments coming.

    View CommentsSonic Universe #94 preview + MegaDrive TPB

    January 7th, 2017 by

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    SONIC UNIVERSE #94
    W) Ian Flynn, Aleah Baker (A) Jim Amash, Adam Bryce Thomas (CA) Tracy Yardley
    The pirate plundering reaches its peak in “Case of the Pirate Princess,” Finale. The Chaotix Detective Agency’s deep cover in the pirates’ ranks may be too deep to escape! In the heart of a long-lost temple, Cpt. Shellbreaker stands poised to find an ancient power. Can the Chaotix finally rescue Princess Undina? Can they rescue themselves? Or will the Chaotix turning pirates be their saving grace? It all comes to a head in this frantic finale! Featuring cover art and an “Excitement Under the Sea” variant by Mr. Sonic comics, Tracy Yardley!
    In Shops: Jan 11, 2017
    SRP: $3.99

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    SONIC: MEGA DRIVE TRADE PAPERBACK
    Archie’s fastest selling Sonic the Hedgehog comic is due to make its way to trade paperback format in the Summer following the release of the third and final installment in the arc, Mega Drive: Overdrive. Many fans who have had difficulty in obtaining the sold-out first issue will be pleased, and probably not surprised these comics will be making their way to this format.

    Pre-orders are now open on Amazon.co.uk for English comic fans as well as Amazon.com for US fans, with July the 18th penned as the release date.

    Megadrive: Overdrive is set for a release in March.

    View CommentsSonic Comics for 2017

    December 19th, 2016 by

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    Sonic Super Special Magazine #14
    The SONIC SUPER SPECIAL MAGAZINE is back and here to give you the world of Sonic the Hedgehog comics as you’ve never seen it before! Collecting the best in comic stories, special features and exclusive articles on the latest and greatest in the world of the Blue Blur! This is a title no true blue Sonic fan should be without!
    Script: Various
    Art: Various
    Cover: SEGA
    On Sale Date: 2/22
    128-page, full color comic
    $9.99 U.S.

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    Sonic the Hedgehog #292
    EVERYTHING CHANGES when SONIC and friends go down their “Branching Paths”: The Shattered World Crisis is behind us, and the 25th Anniversary was well celebrated! So what’s next for Sonic and his friends? That’s up to them to decide! Sonic is racing around Westside Island on a mission—but for whom? And while Sonic’s away, each of his friends make decisions that will plot the course of their lives. Don’t miss out on the beginning of a whole new era of Sonic stories! Featuring cover art by Sonic comics veteran Tracy Yardley and a “Epic Movie Poster” variant by T. Rex!
    Script: Ian Flynn
    Art: Tracy Yardley, Terry Austin, Gabriel Cassata and John Workman
    Cover: Tracy Yardley & Elaina Unger
    Variant Cover: T. Rex
    On Sale Date: 2/22
    32-page, full color comic
    $3.99 U.S.

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    Sonic Universe #95
    It’s SONIC’s SUPER TEAM, the “FREEDOM FIGHTERS”: They’ve been Sonic’s closest friends in the comics for years! Now it’s their time to shine! Antoine takes the stage, traveling to his homeland to find some closure to his past. But he and Sonic find a new foe in the empty halls of Castle D’Coolette, and the beginning of a mystical new adventure! Featuring cover art by jammin’ Jamal Peppers and a “Team Blast” variant by Lamar Wells!
    Script: Ian Flynn
    Art: Adam Bryce Thomas, Jim Amash, Matt Herms and Jack Morelli
    Cover: Jamal Peppers, Jim Amash & Matt Herms
    Variant Cover: Lamar Wells, Jim Amash & Matt Herms
    On Sale Date: 2/8
    32-page, full color comic
    $3.99 U.S.

    View CommentsSonic: Mega Drive – The Next Level #1 preview

    October 14th, 2016 by

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    Welcome to “The Next Level”: The sequel to the hit Sonic: Mega Drive is here! Picking up right where things left off Sonic, Tails, Amy Rose and Knuckles are on the hunt for the Ancient Gears and on the move to stop Dr. Eggman’s latest scheme! But not everything runs like clockwork when Sonic breaks away to do his own thing. And Dr. Eggman has a certain high-speed robot up his sleeve. You can’t miss out on this exciting new installment in the Sonic Mega Drive series! Featuring cover art by mega-talent Tyson Hesse!

    Story by: Ian Flynn
    Art by: Matt Herms and Tyson Hesse
    Letters by: Jack Morelli
    Cover by: Matt Herms and Tyson Hesse
    Publisher: Archie Comics
    Price: 3.99(USD)
    Release: 2016-11-02

    View CommentsSonic Comics For December

    September 28th, 2016 by

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    SONIC BOOM VOL. 2: BOOM SHAKA-LAKA (TR)

    BOOM SHAKA-LAKA! Brace yourself for the SONIC BOOM! The hit multimedia Sonic experience comes to you in the action-packed, laugh-a-minute comic book series! Sonic and his friends Tails, Amy, Knuckles and Sticks find themselves caught up in more zany adventures! Dr. Eggman has a problem – how can the evil doctor betray the trust of the villagers when they don’t trust him to begin with? The mad mechanic pulls out all the stops to woo the wary would-be victims, but he gets more than he counted for when Sonic and his pals decide to become his staff! Then it’s off to the races as Dr. Eggman goads Sonic into competing in a go-kart race! Sonic puts the pedal to the metal in this thrilling volume of Sonic Boom™! SONIC BOOM™ Vol. 2: BOOM SHAKA-LAKA collects SONIC BOOM™ #5-7 and #11 plus bonus features!
    Script: Ian Flynn, Bill Freiberger, Sam Sandak Freiberger
    Art: Steven Butler, Jennifer Hernandez, Ryan Jampole, Diana Skelly, Rick Bryant, Matt Herms & Jack Morelli
    Cover: Tracy Yardley, Rick Bryant & Matt Herms
    $12.99/$14.99CAN
    6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
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    104 pp, Full Color
    Direct Market On-Sale Date: 12/14

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    SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #290
    The Super Sonic Warrior returns in “Genesis of a Hero” Part Three: The 25th anniversary celebration continues with another blast to the past! Which is also to the future, and the past, and back again! When Sonic goes to see the annual return of Little Planet, he’s surprised to find it chained to a mountain! Join us for the exciting adventures of Sonic CD! Featuring cover art by the legendary Patrick Spaziante plus a “Cosmic Eternity” variant by Mr. Sonic comics himself, Tracy Yardley!
    Script: Ian Flynn
    Art: Tracy Yardley, Terry Austin, Gabriel Cassata & John Workman
    Cover: Patrick Spaziante
    Variant Cover: Tracy Yardley
    On Sale Date: 12/28
    32-page, full color comic
    $3.99 U.S.

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    SONIC UNIVERSE #93
    The quirky trio of detectives return in “The Case of the Pirate Princess” Part Three: Say it ain’t so – have the Chaotix gone full pirate?! Tensions run high as loyalties are tested and pasts are explored. And as the crew reaches their destination, will it be treasure they find – or something more sinister? Featuring cover art by Sonic comics extraordinaire Tracy Yardley and a “One for All” variant by super-talent Jennifer Hernandez!
    Script: Ian Flynn and Aleah Baker
    Art: Adam Bryce Thomas, Jim Amash, Matt Herms & Jack Morelli
    Cover: Tracy Yardley & Ben Hunzeker
    Variant Cover: Jennifer Hernandez, Gary Martin & Aleah Baker
    On Sale Date: 12/14
    32-page, full color comic
    $3.99 U.S.

    View CommentsSonic The Hedgehog #286 preview

    September 14th, 2016 by

    Archie has scaled back a lot of its Sonic comic previews due to the company’s focus on the upcoming Riverdale TV show, but every once and a while one still comes in, like this one.

    SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #286
    “Panic in the Sky,” Part Three. The finale to the “Shattered World Saga” is reaching a fever pitch! Sonic battles Dr. Eggman in a desperate bid to rescue Chip! The Freedom Fighters invade Eggman’s refinery against impossible odds! Rotor flies the Sky Patrol into a no-win battle with the Death Egg! And it only gets more nuts from there! Featuring the third of four connecting covers by comics pro Dan Schoening plus an “Egg Dragoon” variant by Mr. Sonic comics, Tracy Yardley.

    (W) Ian Flynn (A) Terry Austin, Diana Skelly (CA) Dan Schoening
    In Shops: Sep 14, 2016
    SRP: $3.99
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    View CommentsSatAM returns on Starz

    September 5th, 2016 by

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    Starting on September 7, 2016 Sonic SatAM will make a rare return to television on the Starz Channel for viewing. 13 episodes of season 1 are slated to air, with it available currently On Demand. Be sure to tune in and spread the word!
    https://www.starz.com/series/27196/episodes/info

    View CommentsLawsuit: Narrative Ark Entertainment vs. Archie and Sega

    August 4th, 2016 by

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    NARRATIVE ARK ENTERTAINMENT VS ARCHIE & SEGA

    SEGA of America and Archie Comics are in legal trouble again, thanks to a lawsuit by Narrative Ark Entertainment, a New York Domestic limited-liability company.
    Narrative Ark Entertainment organizer Scott Fulop, is citing 6 counts of illegal activities by Archie Comics and SEGA, including copyright infringement, violations of the Lanham Act, deceptive practices, unjust enrichment, and more. Fulop is apparently citing infringement on Sonic comics spanning from 1996-2012, and claiming republished and original work going up to 2009. There are 953 cited examples of alleged copyright infringement in comics, printed and digital. This includes 441 alleged infringements over 348 (re)releases of the main Sonic comic series. Fulop’s attorney is Neil Burstein, who is high-profile and has several top-tier IP and entertainment clients. Fulop is demanding a trial by jury as well.

    This is a civil action seeking damages and injunctive relief for copyright infringement under the Copyright Act of the United States, 17 U.S.C. §§ 101, et seq., for violations of the Lanham Act, 15 Case 7:16-cv-06109-VB Document 1 Filed 08/01/16 Page 2 of 18 U.S. C. § 1125 (a), for unfair competition, unjust enrichment and related claims under Federal and New York statutory and common law, and for Declaratory Judgment that the alleged copyright registrations of the Defendants were fraudulently obtained, are invalid and should be canceled.

    The Lanham Act is the primary federal trademark statute of law in the United States that prohibits a number of activities, including trademark infringement, trademark dilution, and false advertising.

    The complaint mentions the following characters as being part of his original work:

    Mammoth Mogul
    Sergeant Simian
    Lightning Lynx
    Predator Hawk
    Flying Frog
    The Fearsome Foursome (group name for Sergeant Simian, Lightning Lynx, Predator Hawk
    and Flying Frog)
    Merlin Prower
    Sir Connery, the Mighty Crusader
    Black Death
    Enchantress
    Mathias Poe
    Damocles the Elder
    The Swords of Acorns
    The Sword of Light
    The Land of Dark
    Fly, Fly Freddy

    A letter sent to Archie Comics by the attorney representing Scott Fulop’s company Narrative Ark Entertainment warned Archie they were in violation of copyrights held by Fulop as the back Sonic comic catalogue was being sold digitally.

    That letter is one exhibit submitted as part of the civil complaint filed to U.S. District Court Monday in New York against Archie Comics. The details of the case are eerily familiar to those who followed Ken Penders’s lawsuit against Archie: Fulop secured the copyrights to many characters, storylines, and artwork he allegedly created while working for the Sonic comics, and is now seeking back payments for the use of those characters in re-published issues. Fulop alleges no enforceable work-for-hire agreement precluded him from filing for those copyrights.

    The letter, dated October 6, 2015, says, according to the civil complaint:

    …that the use of Plaintiff’s copyrighted works by Defendant ACP in various digital reprints as well as publishing numerous editions – in both paper and digital version -was without consent and infringing on Plaintiff’s registered copyrights as well as in violation of other statutes.

    The primary source corroborates that information. An excerpt from the letter penned by Fulop attorney Neil Burstein warned Archie they were in violation of twelve registrations approved by the U.S. Copyright Office:

    It has come to our client’s attention that ACP has been or is in the process of making digital reprints of original comics featuring the Fulop works as well as publishing numerous editions – in both paper and digital version – which contain reprints of his stories and include such volumes as the Sonic Archives, Sonic Select, Sonic Comics, Sonic Universe, Sonic Legacy, Super Sonic Digest, Sonic Super Special Magazine and Best of Sonic, to name a few. In additional, most of the characters originally created by Mr. Fulop, and now owned by Narrative, have continued to be used by writers and artists in ACP publications, including advertisements for new titles from the Sonic Graphic Novel library. Further, the aforementioned unauthorized use of the characters and concepts have, in turn, been reprinted in various media and formats including those listed above and others, such as the Sonic Legacy series.[….]

    To date, Fulop has received no royalties or payment for reprint page rates or received any other forms of compensation for ACP’s continued and unlicensed use of the Fulop works.

    The letter, according to the complaint, prompted “extended settlement negotiations” that did not yield a resolution.

    View CommentsProject Sonic 2017 Confirmed for Nintendo NX Release

    July 23rd, 2016 by


    Sonic Mania isn’t the only Sonic the Hedgehog game that Sega has planned for 2017. At tonight’s Sonic the Hedgehog 25th anniversary celebration at San Diego Comic-Con, Sega also unveiled the first teaser for Project Sonic, a new game that seems to share some traits with Sonic Generations.

    Project Sonic is coming to PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One. It’s also bound for Nintendo NX, Nintendo’s still secretive next-generation gaming platform.

    According to the game’s teaser trailer, Project Sonic, like Sonic Generations, will feature two variations of Sonic the Hedgehog: his modern incarnation and the shorter, chubbier Sonic that hews more closely to the original character model from the Sega Genesis era.

    View CommentsSonic Mania announced for 2017

    July 23rd, 2016 by

    You’re not dreaming. Since the 90’s, Sonic has advanced from the 2D world into 3D, and has crossed multiple platforms along the way. But what would have happened if Sonic had continued his 2D glory after Sonic The Hedgehog 3 and Knuckles? The world is about to find out.

    Sonic Mania will be available as a digital download, and is being developed by SEGA of America in collaboration with PagodaWest Games along with Christian Whitehead and Simon Thomley. We’ll have more details later. Sonic Mania will also be released on X Box 360, PS4, and PC in spring 2017.