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    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”
    TR
    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

    SatAM Starz
    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.

    View CommentsNever Before Seen Concept Art of Sonic Characters

    June 28th, 2016 by

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    Sega held a party for Sonic’s 25th anniversary at one of their Joypolis parks in Japan earlier today, . There they showed new gameplay of Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice and announced that the next main Sonic game will be released in 2017.

    But the coolest thing that was shown was the original concept art of various Sonic characters. While a bunch of it has been shown before, we also get to see never before seen design sketches of characters like Shadow the Hedgehog, E-102 Gamma and Big the Cat for the first time. You can see all of the concept art that was shown above.
    Source: http://thevideogameartarchive.tumblr.com/

    View CommentsArchie Sonic Comics For August/September

    May 14th, 2016 by

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    SONIC SUPER DIGEST #17
    Script: Various
    Art: Various
    Cover: SEGA

    Get ready for supersonic action & adventure—it’s Sonic Super Digest! Don’t miss all the fun and excitement you love in stories from the Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic Universe and Sonic Boom™ comic series! Sonic and his friends embark on daring quests, face epic challenges and run rings around the evil Dr. Eggman! Dash into adventures that only Archie Comics and Sonic Super Digest can bring! Featuring awesome cover art by SEGA and story & art from the biggest names in Sonic comics history!
    On Sale Date: 9/7
    128-page, full color comic
    $4.99 U.S.

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    SONIC BOOM VOL. 1: THE BIG BOOM (TR)
    Script: Ian Flynn
    Art: Evan Stanley, Ryan Jampole, Jennifer Hernandez, Rick Bryant, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms
    Cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante

    Here comes the BOOM! Sonic the Hedgehog and his friends are back and ready to do battle with the evil DR. EGGMAN! This ground-breaking new branch of the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise puts a different “spin” on all your favorite heroes and villains—plus brand new faces and hilarious stories chock-full of action. Written by bestselling Sonic comic scribe Ian Flynn, and based on the hit TV series! Sonic and his friends Tails, Amy, Knuckles and new member Sticks, must come together as a team to explore a new world full of comedy and adventure. SONIC BOOM Vol. 1 collects Sonic Boom #1-4.
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    $12.99/$14.99CAN
    6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
    TR
    104 pp, Full Color
    Direct Market On-Sale Date: 9/7

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    SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #285
    Script: Ian Flynn
    Art: Diana Skelly, Terry Austin, John Workman and Gabriel Cassata
    Sonic the Hedgehog #285 CVR A Reg: Dan Schoening and Luis Delgado
    Sonic the Hedgehog #285 CVR B Variant: Evan Stanley
    The suspense builds for Sonic in “Panic in the Sky” Part Two: Sonic and the Freedom Fighters have faced a crushing defeat at the hands of Dr. Eggman and his entire evil Eggman Empire! Now it becomes a race against time to get back in the fight and save the day! But when Dr. Eggman uses Chip and the power of the Chaos Emeralds, are our heroes already too late? Featuring the second of four connecting covers by comics pro Dan Schoening plus a “Gaia Colossus” variant by the excellent Evan Stanley! On Sale Date: 8/17 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.

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    SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #286
    Script: Ian Flynn
    Art: Diana Skelly, Terry Austin, John Workman and Gabriel Cassata
    Sonic the Hedgehog #286 CVR A Reg: Dan Schoening and Luis Delgado
    Sonic the Hedgehog #286 CVR B Variant: Tracy Yardley

    “Panic in the Sky” Part Three: The finale to the “Shattered World Saga” is reaching a fevered 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!
    On Sale Date: 9/14
    32-page, full color comic
    $3.99 U.S.

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    SONIC UNIVERSE #89
    Script: Ian Flynn
    Art: Adam Bryce Thomas, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms
    Sonic Universe #89 CVR A Reg: Tracy Yardley & Matt Herms
    Sonic Universe #89 CVR B Variant: Ryan Jampole

    Knuckles is about to crack in “Shattered” Part Three: Time is running out for Amy, Knuckles and all of Angel Island! As our heroes fight for their lives, the evil wizard Walter Naugus inches closer to completing the Master Emerald and regaining his full power! Can the gang pull through to stop the wacky warlock? Featuring cover art by Sonic comics veteran, Tracy Yardley and an “& Knuckles” variant by jamming Ryan Jampole!
    On Sale Date: 8/31
    32-page, full color comic
    $3.99 U.S.

    View CommentsSonic comics for June + July

    April 1st, 2016 by

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    SONIC: MEGA DRIVE #1
    Script: Ian Flynn
    Art: Tyson Hesse, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms
    Sonic: Mega Drive #1 CVR A Reg: Tyson Hesse

    Sonic spins into a brand new, Classic-styled, SUPER SPECIAL one-shot “Mega Drive”! Join Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and Amy Rose on a brand new adventure—set after the fall of the Death Egg! The nefarious Dr. Eggman is trying to build a new engine of destruction: the MEGADRIVE, and it’s up to Sonic and his whole crew to stop the mad doctor and save the day! Join Sonic and his friends in this special commemorative issue celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Blue Blur!

    Ship Date: 6/22
    On Sale Date: 7/6
    32-page, full color comic
    $3.99 U.S.

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    SONIC/MEGA MAN: WORLDS UNITE VOL. 1: DEADLY FUSION 1 (TR)
    Script: Ian Flynn, various
    Art: Dan Schoening, Tracy Yardley, Ben Bates, Jamal Peppers, Terry Austin, Phyllis Novin
    Jack Morelli, Rachel Deering, Matt Herms, Luis Antonio Delgado & Ben Hunzeker
    Cover: Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante

    The sequel to the record-shattering Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man crossover is here! You saw what happened when “Worlds Collide,” now brace yourself for when WORLDS UNITE! Dark forces have come together in the far future! The vicious conqueror, Sigma, has cheated death again and escaped the justice of X and the Maverick Hunters. He’s crossed space and time to join forces with Zavok and the malicious Deadly Six of Lost Hex! Sonic and Mega Man could save us-but they’ve gone missing! Now the Freedom Fighters of Sonic’s world and the Robot Masters of Mega Man’s world must take up the fight to save their heroes and stop the coming tide of darkness! WORLDS UNITE features guest appearances by the cast of SONIC BOOM, MEGA MAN X and some of CAPCOM and SEGA’s biggest stars! This volume collects WORLDS UNITE parts 1-4 from Sonic Universe #76, Sonic Boom #8, Sonic the Hedgehog #273, Mega Man #50 and selections from Mega Man: Worlds Unite Battles #1 and Sonic: Worlds Unite Battles #1.

    978-1-62738-998-3
    $14.99/$16.99 CAN
    6 5/8 x 10 3/16″
    TR
    136 pp, Full Color
    Direct Market On-Sale Date: 6/29

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    SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #285
    Script: Ian Flynn
    Art: Diana Skelly, Terry Austin, John Workman and Gabriel Cassata
    Sonic the Hedgehog #285 CVR A Reg: Dan Schoening and Luis Delgado
    Sonic the Hedgehog #285 CVR B Variant: Evan Stanley

    The suspense builds for Sonic in “Panic in the Sky” Part Two: Sonic and the Freedom Fighters have faced a crushing defeat at the hands of Dr. Eggman and his entire evil Eggman Empire! Now it becomes a race against time to get back in the fight and save the day! But when Dr. Eggman uses Chip and the power of the Chaos Emeralds, are our heroes already too late? Featuring the second of four connecting covers by comics pro Dan Schoening plus a “Gaia Colossus” variant by the excellent Evan Stanley!
    Ship Date: 6/29
    On Sale Date: 7/13
    32-page, full color comic
    $3.99 U.S.

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    SONIC UNIVERSE #88
    Script: Ian Flynn
    Art: Adam Bryce Thomas, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms
    Sonic Universe #88 CVR A Reg: Tracy Yardley and Matt Herms
    Sonic Universe #88 CVR B Variant: Diana Skelly, Rick Bryant and Elaina Unger

    Tougher than leather, it’s Knuckles in “Shattered” Part Two: The mysteries deepen and the suspense builds! Amy and Rouge fight for their lives! Omega is out of commission! And Knuckles is lead deep into the heart of the Hidden Palace Zone by the new Echidna, Nixus! But is this strange newcomer everything he seems to be? Featuring cover art by Sonic comics legend Tracy Yardley and an “& Knuckles” variant by the delightful Diana Skelly!

    Ship Date: 6/8
    On Sale Date: 6/22
    32-page, full color comic
    $3.99 U.S.

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    SONIC UNIVERSE #83
    Script: Ian Flynn
    Art: Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli & Matt Herms
    Sonic Universe #83 CVR A Reg: Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash & Matt Herms
    Sonic Universe #83 CVR B Variant: Rafa Knight

    EGGMAN’S BASE is UNDER ATTACK in, “Eggman’s Dozen” Part One: Dr. Eggman’s plans for controlling the shattered world were going perfectly—until now! The wizard warlords—the Naugus Twins—have taken over Eggman’s base and Dr. Eggman’s source of Dark Gaia energy! No mere robots will do for this mission—the doctor’s going to need ALL his Egg Bosses! Featuring cover art by Mr. Sonic comics himself, Tracy Yardley, and an “Evil Genius” variant by CG artist supreme, Rafa Knight!

    On Sale Date: 3/30
    32-page, full color comic
    $3.99 U.S.