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    View CommentsArchie Comics Won’t Show Face At SDCC After Public Breakup With Sega

    July 21st, 2017 by

    We’ve heard from SEGA. We’ve heard from Archie Sonic’s team, not just current workers but former ones too. But one party has been quiet on the matter: Archie Comics itself. Over 24 hours have passed since SEGA confirmed that Archie Sonic was done, and Archie Comics’ PR has not said a thing. In fact, it has been “business as usual” for Archie HQ, as promotion for Archie series and Riverdale continued on their Twitter. It doesn’t help that all this is happening simultaneously with San Diego Comic Con either, which recently started on Thursday. Indeed, it seems the SEGA/Archie “break up” has put a damper into the latter’s already lackluster SDCC plans, if what BleedingCool’s reporting has suggested:

    Following yesterday’s report that Archie Comics was dumped by longtime licensing partner Sega via tweet, a new report reveals that Archie doesn’t have a booth at San Diego Comic Con this year.

    Salacious comics tabloid The Beat reports that Archie marketing executive Alex Segura also pulled out of their Comics “Journalism” panel and is absent from the convention. The news would be all the more shocking if Archie had planned to attend the show in the first place, but in retrospect, a lack of any promotion or advertisement of Archie’s presence at the con beyond a single Saturday panel, Archie Comics Forever: Riverdale and Beyond, or any listing on the SDCC Exhibitors page, could probably have been considered a major clue that the company would not have a big presence at the show.

    There is no question that Archie’s panel on Saturday (which coincidentally happens 6 hours before Sonic Team’s panel) will have people’s attention, but it won’t just be because of Riverdale. A speedy hedgehog disguised as an elephant will be in the room. Whether Archie will acknowledge it is still up for debate, but if their PR as of late has been any indicator, it’s not looking too likely.

    View CommentsTyson Hesse: “We Would Hear Little Things [About Archie/SEGA Talks] Here & There”

    July 20th, 2017 by

    Even before we learned about Archie and SEGA going their separate ways, it was becoming clear that the freelance team behind the comics weren’t really sure what was going on either. Now, thanks to Tyson “Boxerhockey” Hesse, we have a little more insight into just how much they had been kept in the dark about the hiatus.

    We would hear little things here and there, but considering the level these talks were being had at, it would have been very strange for a bunch of contractors to be looped in on it all. I wasn’t very optimistic, but I tend to hope for the best in most situations. It’s a shame to think of all the work that was completed but never released. Both mine, and others. I’d say the biggest disappointment is just how much a fizzle this whole situation wound up being. I was hoping a best case scenario would have been a short-term contract extension to at least send the comic to a respectful end. But to just drop out in the middle of several storylines is such a thud of an ending to a series being made by people who cared so much. Until the whole story behind this whole thing inevitably spills though, I would just say please don’t be too hasty to blame one party or the other. This whole thing is likely a very complicated situation.
    For now though, thanks for reading the books all these years and the entire crew is grateful for the support.

    So there you have it. The talks were being held at such a high level that they simply didn’t think it would work to inform the team about things, with nothing more than “little things here and there”. It’s very unfortunate that the team had absolutely no idea what would become of their own project, but it seems the nature of business and some complications prevented that from happening.

    In any case, we know what the results of the talks were. And so does the team.

    View CommentsSonic PR Announces End Of Partnership With Archie Comics

    July 20th, 2017 by

    It’s official. SEGA and Archie Comics are going their separate ways.

    The official Sonic PR has announced this just moments ago. They do, however, say that “this does not mark the end of Sonic in comics”. What exactly that means is unknown, but one thing is for sure. The Sonic PR indicates that it was a move done by SEGA of America, a “decision to take a different direction for the series that will be announced at a later date”. Again, the exact meaning of this is unknown. We don’t know if this means the comics will shift publishers, if they’ll be toned down to being one-off issues, or what is going on.

    Either way, it’s the end of an era.

    View CommentsArchie Update: Ian Flynn – “I’ve Heard We Should Get Sonic News by End Of July”

    July 3rd, 2017 by

    Another month, another 30 days without a single Sonic comic releasing. However, this month has gotten started with perhaps the most interesting update we’ve had on the situation in a while. A fan spoke to Ian Flynn at a comic convention (a quick look on Ian’s Twitter and we know it’s Denver Comic Con), where he engaged in a conversation about the Sonic comics. We also learned that Jughead is in a “hiatus”, at least according to the “term I’ve heard”:

    Today I was lucky enough to meet Ian Flynn at a comic convention, so I asked him about the comic. The short answer is doesn’t know anything, but he expects news in July.

    When I asked him about it, it seemed like he genuinely didn’t know anything. He seemed particularly frustrated, telling me “it’s been bad for me because I haven’t had any work in six months.” He also said, “but that’s the nature of a licensed comic–they can disappear at any point.” I asked him if he knew when we would find out, and he said, “I’ve heard we should get news by end of July.”

    I then asked him if he knew if it was because of legal negotiations and he said, “No idea. That kind of stuff is way above my pay grade.”

    I also asked him if Jughead was canceled, and he said, “the term I’ve heard is hiatus.” And so I asked him if it was on hiatus in the same way Mega Man is on hiatus and he frowned and said, “hopefully it’s not as long as Mega Man.”

    He also handed me a promotion for a new comic that he and Adam Bryce Thomas are working on called “Drogune.”

    By the end of the conversation, I got the feeling that Archie has completely flaked out on him and they are keeping him in the dark too. I can only imagine how frustrating this must be for him because he’s written the comics for so long, and Archie is not treating him fairly by just throwing the contract out with no explanation or timeline.

    Regardless, he did say we should have news by the end of July, although who really knows if Archie will stick with that date. He did seem like he was trying to move onto other projects though, which is totally understandable, but it left me a little worried that the comic is not coming back.

    Don’t get your hopes up, though. We’ve been through a similar situation before, just a few months ago. We didn’t really see much from that. And as the poster says, we don’t know for sure if Archie will stick to that date. But if they do, we’ll let you know of any developments. And considering how much of a mess this Archie Sonic “hiatus” has become, any developments will be welcome news.

    View CommentsMatt Herms Says “Archie/SEGA In Talks”, Sonic Mega Drive #3 In The Works “If/When Comics Return”

    June 24th, 2017 by

    Too Many Games doesn’t see news come from it often, but with the ongoing Archie Sonic hiatus, there has been an exception. It’s more of what we already know, but we did get a follow-up on Sonic Mega Drive #3. Somewhat:

    View CommentsArchie Comic’s Metroid Comic That Never Was

    June 2nd, 2017 by

    Archie Sonic artist Steven Butler recently shared his commissioned artwork for an American Metroid comic once considered by Archie Comics. The project was floated about six years ago, but ultimately Archie went with a Mega Man adaptation instead.

    Butler’s detailed sketches show both Zero Suit Samus and various takes of her in her Power Suit. He even included highly-detailed version of the boss Ridley.
    Nintendo‘s Metroid video game series inspired a two-part manga in 1986 and later a two volume manga in 2004 that Tokyopop released in English. Nintendo‘s Captain N Comics, based on the Saturday morning cartoon of the same name, featured Samus and the antagonist Mother Brain. Samus has also appeared in Benimaru Itoh’s Super Metroid Comics and Dreamwave’s Metroid Prime Comics, both published in Nintendo Power, and in the Samus and Joey manga.

    View CommentsArchie Sonic Email Sent After All, States They’re “Working On The Situation”

    May 2nd, 2017 by

    We finally have official word from Archie. Unfortunately, it didn’t really give any new info other than we now know that all Sonic comic titles have been delayed. We were not told why this is the case and whether the comics would continue.

    The reason no issues have been received is because there has been a delay on all Sonic titles. We are currently working on the situation and do apologize for this. Once we receive information we will notify all customers.

    View CommentsSonic #291 Listed As Cancelled, Email Going To Subscribers About Sonic Comics Later In April

    April 20th, 2017 by

    Looks like Archie’s finally getting ready to talk. We have learned that PreviewsWorld has now listed as “Cancelled” by Archie.

    However, the bigger news comes from the link given, which acknowledges information from a call with an Archie representative named Lisa. She seemed “very knowledgable about the Sonic situation” according to the forum moderator who relayed the news. According to what they learned, Archie is planning to email all subscribers by the end of April (yes, April was specifically said) that will let them know what is going on with both Sonic The Hedgehog and Sonic Universe. She also said that, if the comics get cancelled, Archie will offer store credit or a refund for the subscription. What is rather interesting is that she acknowledged directly that Sonic readers “wouldn’t probably be interested in Archie”.

    There was also some not-as-recent news that came from Ian Flynn via a tweet. He mentioned that multitasking Jughead and Sonic The Hedgehog isn’t a problem for him. He builds his case with the acknowledgement that he used to write 4 books at once.

    View CommentsComic Previews for March + April 2017

    January 23rd, 2017 by

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    Sonic and Honey are on the set of the latest, greatest(?) super hero show—Sonic Man Heroes! But when Dr. Eggman crashes the scene, ranting and raving about creative differences, things get very interesting! Featuring cover art by comics extraordinaire Tracy Yardley and a “Arcade” variant by Sonic comics legend Patrick Spaziante!
    Script: Ian Flynn
    Art: Tracy Yardley, Terry Austin, Gabriel Cassata and John Workman
    Cover: Tracy Yardley and Matt Herms
    Variant Cover: Patrick Spaziante
    On Sale Date: 3/22
    32-page, full color comic
    $3.99 U.S.

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    BUNNIE gets ready for a NEW VENTURE in “Freedom Fighters” Part Two: Where there’s smoke, there’s fire—and in this case, evil too! Bunnie is summoned to Blaze’s world in a desperate attempt to repel the invasion of a new, sinister force! Featuring cover art by jammin’ Jamal Peppers and a “Freedom Fighters Forever” variant by the excellent Evan Stanley!
    Script: Ian Flynn
    Art: Adam Bryce Thomas, Jim Amash, Matt Herms and Jack Morelli
    Cover: Jamal Peppers, Jim Amash & Matt Herms
    Variant Cover: Evan Stanley
    On Sale Date: 3/8
    32-page, full color comic
    $3.99 U.S.

    SONIC kicks things into “OVERDRIVE”!: The Classic Sonic sensation comes to its startling finale! Dr. Eggman has managed to gather up all seven of the Ancient Gears which will super-charge his latest creation—the Mega Drive! Now Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and Amy Rose are in a race against time to gather the Chaos Emeralds and stop Dr. Eggman before the vicious device launches! Featuring cover art by rising star Tyson Hesse!
    Script: Ian Flynn
    Art: Tyson Hesse, Matt Herms & Jack Morelli
    Cover: Tyson Hesse
    On Sale Date: 3/1
    48-page, full color comic
    $4.99 U.S.

    Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man team up with heroes from across the SEGA and Capcom universes to battle the monstrous Sigma and stop his relentless assault across multiple universes! Featuring the worlds of STREET FIGHTER, GOLDEN AXE, MONSTER HUNTER, NIGHTS INTO DREAMS and many more! It’s the dream team mash-up of iconic gaming heroes and villains you always hoped for in this frantic, bombastic finale!
    Script: Ian Flynn, Aleah Baker
    Art: Tyson Hesse, Jamal Peppers, Diana Skelly, Jim Amash, Terry Austin, Matt Herms, Elaina Unger, Jack Morelli, Rachel Deering and more
    Cover: T. Rex and Matt Herms
    pp, Full Color
    Direct Market On-Sale Date: 3/8

    It’s a Sonic battle in a championship of fighters! Shady media mogul Breezie has gotten her hands on a Chaos Emerald Sonic needs to save the world. The only way he can get it is to fight in her televised battle royale against friends and foes alike! SONIC THE HEDGEHOG VOL. 5: CHAMPIONS collects SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #268-271.
    Script: Ian Flynn.
    Art: Diana Skelly, Ryan Jampole, Terry Austin, Gabriel Cassata & John Workman
    Cover: Evan Stanley, Terry Austin & Ben Hunzeker
    120 pp, Full Color
    Direct Market On-Sale Date: 4/5

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    “Memories”: Sonic reminisces with his buddies Mighty and Ray, but Sonic and Mighty disagree on how they met. Can their friendship survive their egos’ revisions? Then in “Baking Bad,” Bunnie and Antoine put their competitive cooking skills to the test! Featuring cover art by Tyson Hesse and a “Kooky Kitchen variant” by Jennifer Hernandez!
    Script: Ian Flynn and Aleah Baker
    Art: Tracy Yardley, Terry Austin, Gabriel Cassata and John Workman
    Sonic the Hedgehog #294 CVR A Reg: Tyson Hesse
    Sonic the Hedgehog #294 CVR B Variant: Jennifer Hernandez, Gary Martin & Matt Herms
    Ship Date: 4/12
    On Sale Date: 4/26
    32-page, full color comic
    $3.99 U.S.

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    “Freedom Fighters” Part Three: Amy Rose and Cream join Sally Acorn as they seek the components needed to repair Nicole’s systems, but during their quest an old adversary reemerges! Featuring cover art by Jamal Peppers and a “Sonic and the Freedom Fighters variant” by Tyson Hesse!
    Script: Ian Flynn
    Art: Adam Bryce Thomas, Jim Amash, Matt Herms and Jack Morelli
    Sonic Universe #97 CVR A Reg: Jamal Peppers, Jim Amash & Matt Herms
    Sonic Universe #97 CVR B Variant: Tyson Hesse
    Ship Date: 3/29
    On Sale Date: 4/12
    32-page, full color comic
    $3.99 U.S.

    View CommentsSonic Subcriptions Disappear From Archie Web Store

    January 16th, 2017 by


    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.