What color is my heart..?
You read that right! The staff behind Summer of Sonic, the Sonic Stadium, and Sonic the Comic – Online! have joined forces to bring a new convention to the United Kingdom this year!
City: York, England
Venue: Merchant Adventurers’ Hall
Date: October 26th, 2014
Time: TBA (all day)
Meet & Greet with Special Guests: Over the past few weeks and months we have been talking with many of the artists and writers who brought Sonic the Comic to life! We look forward to being able to announce the attendance of these guests at Sonic the Comic Con in the near future!
Art Classes and Tutorials: Our special guests have very kindly agreed to give attendees an opportunity to learn the tricks of the trade! These special sessions will be held throughout the day, to give budding artists a fantastic chance to learn from the best!
Competitions: We hope you will bring your skills along on the day and enter the art and writing contests, and show off your STC-inspired works! We also hope to be able to offer some very special prizes too!
Original Works: A range of original hand-drawn, hand-painted original covers and pages will be on display throughout the day, so you can come and lay your eyes on the incredible work that went into their creation.
Q&A Sessions: Our special guests will be talking about some of their fond memories of working on the comic, as well as answering your burning questions!
The convention has a Kickstarter that one can can donate to in order to guarantee entry. It has already raised its initial goal of £2,000, and so is for certain happening.
You can also donate to earn sweet rewards such as a con-exclusive T-Shirt, even if you can’t go!
Sonic the Comic Con has announced its first stretch goal of £2,500. If it reaches it, anyone who has donated £12 or more will receive a physical, full color copy of a Sonic the Comic – Online! issue that will be made as an exclusive for this event… whether you attend or not!
You can follow Sonic the Comic Con’s developments both at their Kickstarter page, and at their Facebook page.
SONIC BOOM #1
Today, Archie Comics made official through IGN news that broke overnight: A Sonic Boom comic line will be produced by the company. Ian Flynn will serve as the series’s main writer, adding to duties that include the main Sonic comic, Sonic Universe, and the Mega Man series. All those arcs will continue under Flynn’s direction unaffected.
More is slated to be revealed at the San Diego Comic Con panel a week from Sunday. But in an interview IGN conducted with editor Paul Kaminski and Flynn, it’s noted Sticks will be included in the series, while there will still be short and long-term arcs, it’s meant more for casual reading.
The emphasis for this series is centered squarely on FUN. Lots of stand-alone adventure, but with some over-arching stuff going on from issue to issue that builds up to some REALLY awesome happenings a little later on down the line. The first story arc sets the stage, shows you Sonic’s world, and introduces you to the heroes and villains, all while kicking the action and antics WAY up!
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #265
‘Control,’ Part 2. The Werehog is unleashed! As the jungle collapses in flames, it’s up to Mighty to bring his feral friend to heel! But can Sonic even tell ally apart from enemy anymore? Then in ‘The Grand Tour,’ Rotor shows off all of the Sky Patrol’s abilities; unfortunately, it’s right as a Badnik Horde attacks! Don’t miss a moment of the action, with cover art from the titanic team of Yardley, Austin and Stanley – plus an epic Sonic Adventure variant by the newest Sonic superstar Rafa Knight!
SONIC UNIVERSE #68
The first-ever Sonic Universe trilogy continues here in ‘Total Eclipse,’ Part 2! Knuckles leads Team Dark’s Rouge and Omega into the wilds of the Red Mountains, searching for the mysterious Dark Arms. But while the echidna’s away, the darklings will play – but darklings don’t play for fun-they play to kill! With Knuckles’ back turned, the evil Eclipse attacks Shadow the Hedgehog! Can even the ultimate life-form withstand Eclipse’s terrifying Monster Form? Don’t miss the new cover art from Tracy Yardley and returning Sonic painter Ben Hunzeker-plus an all-new ‘Tabloid’ variant cover by Jonathan H. Gray, Jim Amash and Matt Herms! (W) Ian Flynn
(A) Jim Amash & Various
(CA) Tracy Yardley, Ben Hunzeker
Hello Sonic fans from around the world! The first formal, fan-run Sonic the Hedgehog convention in the United States has concluded.
Sonic Revolution 2014 ran from 10 AM to 6 PM on June 15th in Buena Park, California, but we’re hopeful the memories of the day will linger for quite some time in all of those who joined us!
Upon entering the Marquis Room, attendees had their hands stamped with a special Sonic stamp so that they could come and go as they pleased… few people could go the full 8 hours without food, after all!
The first stop for many attending the con was the Sonic merchandise booth, run by yours truly (I’m the round geek with his arm outstretched).
Attendees could then visit our artist alley, which while small, included Archie comics artist Evan Stanley and prominent fan artist Elson “Darkspeeds” Wong!
Perhaps one of the biggest surprises one could find on the floor were SEGA America brand manager Aaron Webber and Sonic Boom producer Stephen Frost! They attended as regular attendees, but were nonetheless kind enough to not only give us E3-exclusive tote bags to use as prizes, but do a short 30-minute panel where you could ask them practically any question about them or their work. Rather than come straight from E3 a few days earlier, they actually had flown back to San Francisco already, but came back down to Southern California just for the day!
Various events ran throughout the day, such as a costume contest, art contest, concert, and a discussion of video game music with Tommy Tallarico of Video Games Live.
The costume contest! First place went to this awesome Shard (from the Archie Sonic comic series) costume!
The art contest only had one entry, so we arranged for Elson Wong and Evan Stanley to have an art off. They were given one minute to draw Sticks the Badger auditioning for Sonic Boom; the topic was chosen by the audience.
Tommy Tallarico was a special guest, swinging by for a few hours so that he could discuss his work with Sonic the Hedgehog music as well as video games in general. Tommy left us with a parting gift, such as the sheet music for the Sonic the Hedgehog medley from VGL to give away as a prize!
Serenity Seven gave a rocking performance with songs from not only Crush 40, but also other musicians such as Tony Harnell! They even slipped in one piece of Sonic Underground music. That’s what I call being thorough!
We managed to get animator Chris Wilcots of the Sonic Prologue fanfilm as one of our special guests. He presented a clip from the upcoming film exclusive to the convention, detailing how Sonic Prologue is unique among fan films for being based on the stories in the manuals, rather than the plot of the games themselves.
During the panel, Stephen Frost had mentioned a game where Tails would discover he was deathly allergic to bees… and yet, Charmy would desire to become close friends with Tails. Player 1 would thus need to run through the whole game avoiding Player 2. Looks like someone was nice enough to sketch the image!
All good things eventually had to come to an end, however… but we made sure to get everyone who was there at closing in one big group photo!
Plans for the coming years are not yet finalized, but you can rest assured I will inform anyone of any developments. We hope to see you at one of our or our affiliates’ events in the future!
Sea3on returns back to full swing with a new pencils and ink artist.
Paul had this to say:
First off after harassing Stephen long enough he is with us once more. If we kill him…I’ll just blame you lot. Secondly he isn’t our only artist here. In fact you might notice that the penciling and inking is a tad different. That is because of the new artist Tim who will be doing the penciling and inking. Stephen will stick around with us colouring. This frees up Stephen more then he was before, while also letting him work with another high quality artist. Plus the both of them work well together so it is a win win all around.
On another note if you have kids…Tim is published children s book author. Check out his stuff here: http://peppirooni.weebly.com/
See you next week,
But what are you reading this for when you could be reading the new page?
GO! FOR THE GOOD OF
THE CITY FUS!
Sonic the Hedgehog #264
A-WOOOOOOOOO! THE WAIT IS OVER! Prepare yourself for the terrifying debut of SONIC THE WEREHOG! “Control” Part One: Sonic, Amy and Sally venture deep into the rainforest in search of a Chaos Emerald. What they find are Mighty, Ray – and serious trouble! Will Egg Boss Thunderbolt push Sonic to the breaking point? Then, in “A Nice Day to Start Again,” Bunnie and Antoine experience the effects of the Shattered World Crisis in a very personal way! Featuring new cover art from PATRICK “SPAZ” SPAZIANTE and an “UNLEASHED” SEGA variant!
Script: Ian Flynn, Joey Esposito and Benjamin Bailey
Art: Tyson Hesse, James Fry, Terry Austin, John Workman, Gabriel Cassata
Cover: Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante
Unleashed Variant Cover: SEGA
Ship Date: 8/27
On Sale Date: 9/10
32-page, full color comic
Sonic Universe #67
BRAND NEW STORY ARC! The events of “Shadow Fall” and “Chaos Caper” have clashed to collision in the epic new tale — “Total Eclipse” Part One! The third chapter in the DARK TRILOGY begins here as Team Dark comes to Angel Island on the hunt for Eclipse. But Knuckles isn’t known for his hospitality! Sparks begin to fly as he and Shadow clash over how to protect the world! Meanwhile, the sinister Eclipse hunts our heroes! It’s the first-ever SU TRILOGY and you’ll be in on the ground floor with this titanic new issue, featuring cover art from TRACY YARDLEY and a special “PIXEL CUTSCENE” variant from Ryan Jampole!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli, Matt Herms
Cover: Tracey Yardley and Ben Hunzeker
Pixel Cut Scene Variant Cover: Ryan Jampole
Ship Date: 8/13
On Sale Date: 8/27
32-page, full color comic
Sonic Super Special #12
Celebrate 25 years of the SEGA GENESIS with this extra-special anniversary edition of SONIC SUPER SPECIAL MAGAZINE! Take a look back at the SEGA system that started a revolution with this anniversary issue featuring the origins of such hit games as Golden Axe, Altered Beast, Streets of Rage and more—alongside awesome new pin-up art from the Archie team! Also featured is a special look at the all-new SONIC BOOM games and TV show, with exclusive info you won’t find anywhere else! The SONIC SUPER SPECIAL MAGAZINE gives you the world of Sonic the Hedgehog comics as you’ve never seen it before, with tons of comic stories, special features and exclusive articles on the latest and greatest in the world of everyone’s favorite blue hedgehog-hero! Plus an interview with Sonic inker supreme Terry Austin and an all-new foil-enhanced cover from the incomparable BEN BATES! This issue is jam-packed with awesomeness!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante, Ben Bates, Tracy Yardley, Erik Ly, Jerry Gaylord, Brent McCarthy and more!
Cover: Ben Bates
Ship Date: 8/6
On Sale Date: 8/20
128-page, full color comic
Good day Sonic fans around the world!
You all know by now that I’m a Sonic meetup/event enthusiast, having worked on the Sonic Revolution convention and having followed (and sometimes assisted) Sonic fan event efforts around the world. This is primarily because of how much I enjoyed SEGA America’s Sonic Boom 2012 event, and how much I desire every fan to experience something similar.
As a result, today is a mixture of boy joy and sadness. First, the bad news.
The Summer of Sonic has, after six years of continuous collaboration and hard work between the Sonic community and SEGA Europe, been announced to not be happening this year. Due to the time constraints that staff members must work within, the event has been placed on hiatus, but there is hope for it to return again in the future. Read the full story over at the Sonic Stadium, Summer of Sonic’s primary organizer.
The good news is that SEGA America has announced Sonic Boom 2014, once again having changed locations. Details are scarce, but they are as follows:
Date: Saturday, October 4th, 2014
Time: Evening, TBA
Venue: Grand Ballroom at the Manhattan Center
Location: 311 W. 34th Street (next to Penn Station) New York City, NY
Information will be reported as it comes along. I hope many of you will be able to join other Sonic fans in the Big Apple later this year!
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #263
‘Waves of Change,’ Part Four. Cool off from the hot summer sun with Sonic the Hedgehog! The tides are turning in Sonic’s favor-literally-as Chaos joins the fray! It’s all-out war to save the underwater city from total devastation in this thrilling conclusion! Then, in ‘Consequences,’ take a sneak peek into Eggman’s shattered world crisis battle plan-we’ll give you a hint, it’s evil! Featuring super-cool cover art from Ben Bates and a Chao-tastic variant cover from Evan Stanley.
(W) Ian Flynn, Aleah Baker (A) Evan Stanley & Various (CA) Ben Bates
SONIC UNIVERSE #66
‘The Great Chaos Caper’: This it-the frantic finale full of flustered fighters! In one corner, trying to complete his mission and save the world, is Knuckles! In the other corner, a titanic Dark Gaia beast! The Chaotix and Hooligans continue to tussle, a wounded spirit and Chaos Emerald are being tossed about, and the flood waters are pouring in! Don’t miss this crazy conclusion to the ‘Great Chaos Caper!’
(W) Ian Flynn (A) Jim Amash & Various (CA) Brent McCarthy
script: Ian Flynn Art: Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli, Matt Herms Knuckles vs. Sonic Variant Cover: Brent McCarthy
SONIC SUPER SIZED DIGEST #8
Sonic Super Digest returns with an all-new story continuing the hit Sonic Origins mini-feature! Sonic the Hedgehog has many friends, but few are as brave, stalwart or had as much growth as Antoine D’Coolette! Learn how this skittish swordsman crossed paths with Sonic and the Freedom Fighters as only Sonic Super Digest can tell it! Then, continue the fun with more classic adventures from the Sonic comic library! Featuring an all-new CG cover from Sonic superstar Rafa Knight!
(W) Ian Flynn (A) Lamar Wells & Various (CA) Rafa Knight
Normally when the site breaks everyone looks at me. Basically because I have been known to break things when I tinker around..Or de-admin myself..Or forget to re-register the domain.. Well the list kind of goes on. Thankfully I have Kef and Bakuda who..generally know how to fix things. This past Wednesday wasn’t anything I did..Nor any of my tech staff. What happened was a massive downtime throughout our hosts VPS and Dedicated servers. Because I still run FUS on a VPS configuration.. that included us.
So basically all is good now. This isn’t a big news update but I figured I would inform the lot of you before people start thinking I broke something else.