SEGA Colouring Book on the Way

In addition to the three children’s Sonic books found earlier, another interesting entry has been added to Penguin Random House’s catalogue.

It appears SEGA are releasing a colouring book, this time based on SEGA in general as opposed to Sonic. SEGA: The Official Coloring Book isn’t a regular kids’ colouring book, but instead an adult colouring book meant to act as stress relief. To compound this, the illustrator is listed as Patrick Spaziente, who Archie fans may recognise for being a prominent artist on the Sonic the Hedgehog comic back when Archie ran the books. 

SEGA: The Official Coloring Book
By PATRICK SPAZIANTE
Adult Coloring Book
Oct 17, 2017 | 96 Pages
ABOUT SEGA: THE OFFICIAL COLORING BOOK
Relive your misspent youth with this classic Sega adult coloring book!
Altered Beast, Golden Axe, Streets of Rage, Sonic the Hedgehog, and more—all intricately illustrated in this adult coloring book packed with original Sega art. With stunning pages to color, plus all the best action from the classic gaming system, this retro-themed adult coloring book is perfect for any creative gaming fan. Filled with 96 pages of original designs, it will be like you’re playing Altered Beast for the very first time. Power up!

The book is due to be released on October 17th this year, so it may be ideal as a little Christmas present for someone you know!

Source: Penguin Random House

Three New Sonic Books to Be Released in 2018

Penguin Random House have put up entries for three new Sonic books to come out in early 2018.

Welcome to the World of Sonic is an introductory handbook for kids unfamiliar with the series, as it covers the characters and some key moments from the series. It also appears to have a set of stickers with it, although it doesn’t appear to be a sticker book so it’s unknown how many it will have.

Welcome to the World of Sonic
By LLOYD CORDILL
Paperback
Mar 06, 2018 | 80 Pages | 7-10 years
ABOUT WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF SONIC
Get a crash course in all things Sonic the Hedgehog in this introductory handbook, featuring a sheet of shiny foil stickers!
Everyone knows that Sonic the Hedgehog is the fastest hero in the world! He has thwarted Dr. Eggman’s evil schemes time and time again with his supersonic speed and cool blue spikes. But what else should you know about the world of Sonic? Learn all about Tails, Amy, Knuckles, and the rest of Sonic’s gang, and get to know the stories behind some of Sonic’s greatest victories. This handbook is the perfect introduction to one of the most beloved video game characters of all time!

Sonic the Hedgehog Mad Libs is exactly what it says on the tin; a Sonic version of Mad Libs. The book gives you Sonic-themed stories with words removed, and you have to fill in the blanks.

Sonic the Hedgehog Mad Libs
By ROB VALOIS
Paperback
Mar 06, 2018 | 48 Pages | Middle Grade (8-12)
ABOUT SONIC THE HEDGEHOG MAD LIBS
Fans of Sonic the Hedgehog will love filling in the blanks of this Mad Libs, with stories all about one of the most iconic, spiky-haired animated characters of all time!
It doesn’t matter if you’re 8 or 38: there’s no denying that Sonic the Hedgehog is one of the coolest animated characters of all time! Our Mad Libs immortalizes Sonic with 21 fill-in-the-blank stories all about Sonic and his many thrilling adventures!

The final book listed is Sonic and the Tales of Deception. While there is currently no cover image for this book, we do know that it will contain three short stories about Sonic and his friends stopping Dr Eggman’s plans. What’s interesting about this book is that it actually has illustrations!

Sonic and the Tales of Deception
By JAKE BLACK
Illustrated by IAN MCGINTY
Paperback
Mar 06, 2018 | 64 Pages | 7-10 years
ABOUT SONIC AND THE TALES OF DECEPTION
Delight in new tales of adventure featuring the world’s fastest and most famous Hedgehog hero, Sonic!
Sonic may be the fastest hero in the world, but he’s got to keep moving to stay ahead of Dr. Eggman’s evil plots! In Sonic and The Tales of Deception, Sonic and his friends save the world from Dr. Eggman and his cronies in three original stories. This set of short stories with full color illustrations is the perfect introduction to one of the most beloved video game characters of all time and a must-have title for long-time fans eager for new content!

Squarely aimed for the older kid audience, they might actually be worth checking even as an adult collector, depending on what bits and pieces they decide to include.

Source: Penguin Random House

Archie Sonic Comic Officially Cancelled

After six months without any release and and vast amounts of speculation of it’s fate, SEGA of America have finally announced that it is ending their partnership with Archie Comics, effectively cancelling it. The tweet sent out by the official Sonic the Hedgehog account is below;

As the tweet also says, this doesn’t mean that SEGA won’t foray into comics in the future. But it is the end of an era, and what a legacy it left;

  • 290 regular issues of the main comic.
  • Four serial spin-off comics.
  • Over 500 issues combined.
  • Several crossovers with other franchises.
  • Dozens of beloved characters, stories and places that will always stick with the fans.

We are sure many fans, including ourselves are sad to see this chapter of Hedgehog history come to an end. We will keep on top of any future updates on what SEGA does in the comic industry next.

And with the final panel ever printed in Archie Sonic, that’s this case closed too.

Source: Sonic the Hedgehog (Twitter)

Sonic Comic News to be Announced at SDCC, and The Story So Far

Perhaps this mystery will finally be solved.

Today, it was announced that there would be news this week on the Sonic comics. During the usual fortnightly stream that Aaron Webber hosts, he finally addressed the question that had been asked session after session. While he had no news right then and there, he had this to say about the future;

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Chemical Plant Zone Revealed For Sonic Mania

Another classic zone has been revealed for Sonic Mania, and this time its Chemical Plant Zone! Two videos have been showcased for it, which you can check out in the links to the announcement on Game Informer below (who refer to the stage as Chemical Factory – although this is likely an error). Continue reading Chemical Plant Zone Revealed For Sonic Mania

Six-ish MORE Sonic the Hedgehog Facts (That Aren’t Even True)

“Don’t tell me it’s another one of those super-analytical articles.” “Afraid so.”

Two years ago I wrote an article talking about ten falsities that fans believes to be true. But now with nearly 26 years under its belt, the Sonic franchise is hardly limited to just those misconceptions. To follow up on that, here’s six more that portions of the fandom, or even the general market, believe that just aren’t true. From bad science to bad language, we’ve got quite the range to cover.

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Yasuhara Reveals Concept Art for Sonic 2 and Sonic 1; Sonic 2 was Going to Have Time Travel

There’s a wealth of information to be gained from these previously unseen images!

It turns out that Sonic the Hedgehog co-creator Hirokazu Yasuhara was in Krakow, Poland to hold a presentation at the Digital Dragons Conference Centre. And with him, he brought some interesting new insights into the development process of the first two Sonic games!

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New Footage and Screenshots of Flying Battery Act 1 Released for Sonic Mania

Like a bolt from the blue, a minute of new footage and some screenshots of Sonic Mania have been released. The new video gives us our first proper look at Flying Battery Zone act 1, which for a while only had little snippets to tease at what could be to come. Follows Knuckles as he scales both inside and outside the ship; Continue reading New Footage and Screenshots of Flying Battery Act 1 Released for Sonic Mania

Sonic Boom Season 1 to Hit Netflix in More Countries, Season 2 to Start Airing in 2017 across EMEA

For European fans looking to catch up on the Sonic Boom cartoon, the wait may not be much longer. The May issue of Licencing World was published today, and it had some new information on SEGA’s plans for Boom this year.

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Gameplay Footage of Classic Sonic in Sonic Forces has Surfaced

A video showing Classic Sonic playing through Green Hill Zone has been uploaded today. Much longer than the snippet seen in the Nintendo Direct, it follows Classic Sonic as he traverses the entirety of the zone, presumably the first one Classic Sonic will go through in the game. Get the video below and screenshots;

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More on the Cancelled Comic Issues, Archie to Provide Update to Subscribers

It’s rare a story twists so soon, but here we are with an important update.

Earlier today, I gave a general comic update on what had gone on in the last month regarding the Archie Sonic comics. As said there, Sonic #291 and Sonic #294 were listed as cancelled by the publisher on PreviewsWorld’s order form.

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Archie Sonic Comic Update: Comics Still No-Show, More Concerning Updates

Another monthly update of the Archie comic situation, and things have cycled around once again, with similar updates to last month.

First up, Sonic is absent from the July 2017 solicits, marking three months in a row as a no show. With Sonic Universe #95 not released for its slated April 12th release, and Sonic #291 not listed for release next week despite its previous given date of April 26th, we won’t be seeing any Sonic comics in April, and makes any May releases unlikely.

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Archie Sonic Comic Update: SEGA and Archie “Talking”, Missing Solicits Again, Sonic Mega Drive: Overdrive Worry

Last month, we brought you an update on what was going on with the Archie Sonic Comic as of February, concerning delays on PreviewsWorld and Sonic being absent from the May solicitations for Archie. There’s been more interesting developments since then, so here’s a roundup of information as of March.

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GE Entertainment’s Sonic Toy Licence To End Next Month

This is a bit of sad news if you’ve been collecting the character plush toys that GE Animation have been putting out; they have confirmed that as of April 2017 they will no longer have the Sonic licence, therefore they will not be producing any new plushes.

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Solicits for Sonic the Hedgehog #294, Sonic Universe #97 and More Revealed

Wait, what? Read on and prepare…to get even more confused.

Yes, after what happened last week, Archie have actually released new solicits for April. We’ll cover the solicits themselves first, then provide an update on the whole situation after.

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Updated: Archie Sonic Comics Very Likely Cancelled

After over 24 years in a near-continuous run, it appears there are some very strong signals that Archie’s Sonic the Comic is set to be cancelled in the near future. Following phone calls from multiple parties, including members of our own SSMB to Archie’s subscription office, we have learned that they are not taking any more subscriptions pending more information.

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Comic Preview: Sonic Universe 94

It’s almost time to weigh anchor in the arc finale this week!

The preview for Sonic Universe #94 has been released, and things just keep getting deeper for the Chaotix! They’ve managed to get themselves into the heart of an ancient temple with their pirate captors and the hostage. This temple warns of an fearsome power being inside…and Captain Shellbreaker is on the verge of finding it!

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Comic Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog #290

It’s time to look into the cosmic eternity in this week’s issue of Sonic the Hedgehog!

The preview for Sonic the Hedgehog #290 has been released, and it’s Sonic CD’s turn for some time in the spotlight! When Sonic attends the annual arrival of Little Planet, things don’t go as planned when it shows up robotic and chained to the planet.

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Comic Previews: Sonic the Hedgehog #293, Sonic Universe #96, Sonic Mega Drive: Overdrive #1 and More!

March is looking to bring a whole plethora of new Sonic content!

The solicitations for March have been revealed, and there’s a slew of stuff to get through! First up, in Sonic the Hedgehog #293, Sonic is with Honey on the set of a strange parody of Sonic’s antics, ‘Sonic Man Heroes’.

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Comic Preview: Sonic Universe #93

There’s suspicion and scheming on the seven seas in the last Universe issue of the year!

The preview for Sonic Universe #93 has been released, and the Chaotix are still trying to find a way out of the mess they’ve managed to get themselves into! As they’re still scoping the ship and crew for opportunities to escape, there’s more to explore of the captors’ pasts, and loyalties are brought to breaking point.

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Comic Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog #289

Continue the trip down memory lane as the comic looks back at the best-selling Sonic game of all time!

The preview for Sonic the Hedgehog #289 has been released, and the 25th anniversary celebration has moved forward a game in its adaptation of the classic quartet! After fighting against Dr Eggman’s menacing contraptions on the ground, Sonic and Tails have now gone into the sky to take the fight to the mad doctor himself in his Wing Fortress!

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Comic Previews: Sonic the Hedgehog #292, Sonic Universe #95 and Sonic Super Special Magazine #14

It’s a Freedom Fighter extravaganza in time for the end of Winter! The solicitations for February 2017 have been revealed, and it’s very much a big month if you’re a Freedom Fighter fan! First up, Sonic the Hedgehog #292 has Sonic out for a run around the Westside Island, but he’s not just doing it for fun; he’s on a mission for an unknown person! Continue reading Comic Previews: Sonic the Hedgehog #292, Sonic Universe #95 and Sonic Super Special Magazine #14

Comic Preview: Sonic Universe #92

Do what you want ’cause a pirate is free, you are a…detective. The preview for Sonic Universe #92 has been released, and we’re on the high seas as the Chaotix try to solve their case! Apprehended by a band of pirates, the Chaotix are surprised to learn that the hostage they’re supposed to rescue is comfortably going along with them! Continue reading Comic Preview: Sonic Universe #92

Sonic Boom Season 2 To Officially Premiere on Boomerang, Episode 2 Brought Forwards

Bear with us folks, we’ll work it out someday.

A couple of bits of news that go hand in hand, and it seems to be good news for fans of the show! First up, SEGA have announced that Sonic Boom season 2 will officially premiere this Saturday, November 12th. It even comes with a nifty timeslot; 6pm ET.

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Comic Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog #288

We’re going back to the past for the newest comic arc!

The preview for Sonic the Hedgehog #288 has been released, and it continues the 25th anniversary throwback of Mega Drive and the Next Level with the start of a four-month classic-based arc! Relive the very origins of the franchise when this month’s issue takes a look back at the events of Sonic 1, with a little comic flavour sprinkled on.

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Sonic Boom Season 2 on Hiatus For a Month

Not great news for fans of the show, I can say that much.

After last week’s airing of season 2’s first episode, things have been a bit quiet about subsequent episodes. Now we have some official TV listings to shed light on the situation, and it’s a mixed bag.

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SEGA Streaming Sonic Games In Aid of Extra Life

A sudden stream brings news of SEGA’s charity work.

During a stream done to celebrate all things spooky today, Aaron Webber made an announcement about SEGA’s drive for charity. This year, Sonic will be officially supporting a movement called Extra Life, which encourages gamers to livestream 24 hour marathons of any games they play to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, with $22 million raised since its inception.

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Sonic Mega Drive: Overdrive Announced

Two at the same time? Your eyes are not being deceived!

As it turns out, The Next Level was not the only comic Archie covered in their newest press release; the final installment of Sonic Mega Drive’s story has been announced as Sonic Mega Drive: Overdrive!

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Comic Preview: Sonic Mega Drive: The Next Level

The trip down memory lane continues with the follow-up to Archie’s hit seller set in the classic era!

An early preview of Sonic Mega Drive: The Next Level has been released, and it’s an extra-large continuation of what was started in Sonic Mega Drive! Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and Amy are now one team and still looking for the Ancient Gears to stop Eggman’s weapon in its tracks, but things go awry when Sonic decides to splinter off to do things his own way.

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Comic Preview: Sonic Universe #91 – “The Case of the Pirate Princess” Part One

They’re detectives you want on your side, and they’ll show you why in the upcoming arc they have!

The preview for Sonic Universe #91 has been released, and the Chaotix have a new job to deal with! The Chaotix are approached by a Meropis guard as their princess has been held to ransom (from what it seems, anyway) and they need their expertise to find her again.

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Comic Previews: Sonic the Hedgehog #291, Sonic Universe #94 and Sonic Super Digest #19

We start off the year by ending our look to the past and wrapping up the sea-faring case!

The initial solicits have been released for January’s comics, and there’s thrills to be had as both of the running arcs reach their climax! First up, in Sonic the Hedgehog #291, Sonic and Tails have spent the entire adventure running around Angel Island and becoming victim to Knuckles’ nefarious traps.

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Comic Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog #287

It all comes together as the finale of the Shattered World Crisis is upon us!

The preview for Sonic the Hedgehog #287 has been released, and it’s make or break time for our heroes! Sonic has managed to turn super and, with the help of Chip in the Gaia Colossus, is taking Dark Gaia on for the fate of the world!

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Comic Preview: Sonic Universe #90

Everything will become crystal clear in the finale for the fate of Angel Island!

The preview for Sonic Universe #90 is now available, and you’ll certainly feel this one! Walter Naugus has managed to restore the Master Emerald, get his powers back and leave the heroes in crystal. Worse than that, Angel Island is now beginning to fall, and Knuckles and Amy have mere hours to put it right before the restoration of the planet finishes it off for good!

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Comic Previews: Sonic the Hedgehog #290, Sonic Universe #93 and Sonic Boom Volume 2

Hoist the anchor, raise the sails and…get up the chain? December will have you do just that!

The solicitations and covers have been revealed for this December, and adventure awaits once again! Firstly, in Sonic the Hedgehog #290, we’re looking back at Sonic CD and its time travel shenanigans.

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Comic Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog #286

Eggman’s really pulling out all the stops in the penultimate issue of the Shattered World Crisis arc!

Sonic the Hedgehog #286 has had its preview released, and it’s cranking up to a world-shattering finale! Eggman seems to have all the aces right now; he has hold of Chip and is using him to control the Gaia Colossus, the Egg Dragoon is out to play, Eggmanland is working as it should and the Death Egg is still in town.

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