Comic Preview: Solicitation for IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #5 Revealed

In anticipation of its other solicits coming out tomorrow, IDW has decided to release the solicitation and one of the covers for Sonic the Hedgehog #5 slightly earlier than scheduled. But there’s never a time to be too early when it regards your arch-nemesis coming back into the picture!

In Sonic the Hedgehog #5, there is a question that needs to be answered; where exactly has Dr Eggman got to? His Badniks have still been causing mayhem since he and Sonic last fought, but he’s not been there with them to bring his usual flare to the fight. Wherever he is, he’s bound to be thinking up something evil, but what will Sonic do when he finds out what? This is “The Fate of Dr Eggman”: part 1.

 

Sonic the Hedgehog #5
Ian Flynn (w) • Jamal Peppers (a) • Jamal Peppers (c)
“The Fate of Dr. Eggman,
” Part 1. After his last battle with Sonic, Dr. Eggman’s gone quiet. His Badnik forces are still causing trouble, but without the bad doctor’s usual fanfare. What’s Eggman been doing all this time? And what will happen to Sonic when he finds out?
*Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Expected in-store date: 5/30/18

Sonic the Hedgehog #5—Cover B: Kieran Gates
Ian Flynn (w) • Jamal Peppers (a) • Kieran Gates (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
*Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.
Expected in-store date: 5/30/18
Bullet points:
– Guest starring: The Chaotix Detective Agency!
– Retailer Incentive: Order 10 copies, get one free variant cover by Nathalie Foudraine!

As always, we will have more on this issue closer to the time of release. In the meantime, look out for more variant covers for the previous issues to be revealed up to April!

Source: Newsarama

Sonic Hacking Contest 2018 Announced

Building on the success of last year’s event, Sonic Hacking Contest 2018 has already been formally announced! This gives another year for budding Sonic game hackers to strut their stuff and impress everyone with their skills!

The contest will take place between Monday November 26th and Sunday December 2nd, with the main hacking contest and the Hack Expo along with other events and streams to be announced. The initial deadline for submitting playable builds will be October 28th. Those participating in the contest will then have until November 4th to refine their entries, while those just in the Hack Expo will have until November 11th to do so. This gives just over 9 months to get your game ready for submission!

To continue with the high standard of 2017, the quality control criteria are still in place, as are the regular rules. You can read this information, as well as the awards up for grabs and the current judging panel, with the full announcement on Sonic Retro while the website is still being constructed. Please note that these can be subject to change closer to the time of the contest, so be sure to keep up to date if you’re interested.

Write those dates down if you want to participate yourself, or if you want to try them out when the demos are made public. And good luck to everyone who does end up putting their hacking skills to the test!

Source: Sonic Retro

Comic Preview: Covers and Solicitations for IDW Sonic #1, #3 and #4 Revealed

To round out the comic news for the month, we have the long awaited solicits up, and boy is it quite a doozy! Not only new adventures, but new allies, new villains and new appearances from someone who wasn’t in Forces!

In Sonic the Hedgehog #1, Sonic’s mananged to defeat Eggman’s latest evil scheme, and is currently going around the world to defeat the robots still on the rampage. That’s a lot for one hedgehog to handle, which is why his very best friend Tails is joining in on the action!

Sonic the Hedgehog #1—Cover A: Tyson Hesse
Ian Flynn (w) • Tracy Yardley (a) • Tyson Hesse (c)
SONIC’S RACING INTO A NEW ADVENTURE!After defeating the evil Dr. Eggman’s latest plot, Sonic is racing around the world to shut down the robotic Badnik forces that are still attacking villages. But it’s a big job for one hedgehog—even Sonic! Fortunately, he’ll have some help from his best friend: Tails!
*Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Expected in-store date: 4/4/18
Sonic the Hedgehog #1—Cover B: Tracy Yardley
Ian Flynn (w) • Tracy Yardley (a & c)
*Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Expected in-store date: 4/4/18

*Retailer incentives:
Order 10 copies, get one free variant cover by Nathalie Fourdraine!
Order 25 copies, get one free variant cover featuring the characters from the issue by Rafa Knight!
Order 25 copies of issues #1-4, and get one free variant cover of issue #1 by Sonic Mania artist Kieran Gates!

Sonic the Hedgehog #2 was revealed yesterday. Skipping to Sonic the Hedgehog #3, Sonic meets up with his oldest rival, Knuckles the Echidna, to do some more baddie-beating and village-saving. But there’s foulness afoot as two new villains, Rough and Tumble, threaten to be more than they can bear! Can the Blue Blur and Rad Red beat them down and help the civilians?

[Please bear with us as there is currently no cover image available]

Sonic the Hedgehog #3—Cover A: Tyson Hesse
Ian Flynn (w) • Jen Hernandez (a) • Tyson Hesse (c)
Sonic and Knuckles team up, and it’s just like old times—until two new villains show up. With a group of villagers under attack, will even the combined forces of these two heroes be enough to take down Rough and Tumble???
*Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Expected in-store date: 4/18/18
Sonic the Hedgehog #3—Cover B: Jen Hernandez
Ian Flynn (w) • Jen Hernandez (a & c)
*Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
*Expected in-store date: 4/18/18

*Retailer incentives:
Order 10 copies, get one free variant cover by Nathalie Fourdraine!
Order 25 copies, get one free variant cover featuring the characters from the issue by Jamal Peppers!

Finally, in Sonic the Hedgehog #4, Sonic runs into the biggest band of Badniks yet when he turns up to another town. But the heat is about to turn up as Blaze the Cat joins the fray, and there’s a new hero debut in the form of Tangle the Lemur!

Sonic the Hedgehog #4—Cover A: Tyson Hesse
Ian Flynn (w) • Evan Stanley (a) • Tyson Hesse (c)
Sonic comes across a town under attack from the biggest Badnik force he’s ever seen. Luckily, help is on the way from his old friend Blaze, as well as a new hero! Get ready for the debut of Tangle!
*Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Expected in-store date: 4/25/18
Sonic the Hedgehog #4—Cover B: Evan Stanley
Ian Flynn (w) • Evan Stanley (a & c)
*Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Expected in-store date: 4/25/18

*Retailer incentives:
Order 10 copies, get one free variant cover by Nathalie Fourdraine!
Order 25 copies, get one free variant cover featuring the characters from the issue by Tyson Hesse!

More information was also given on Tangle in particular. She can use her tail multiple ways, for example like a whip or a fist. She’s also a real scrapper of a fighter who loves fighting baddies, hence why she’s named Tangle. See the below image gallery for more art of her!

It’s a new beginning, and a very exciting time to be in the Sonic comic scene! We’ll have more information on all of these issues, as well as Sonic the Hedgehog #2, closer to their release dates. Prepare your calendars for April!

Sources: Newsarama, IGN

 

Comic Preview: Solicitation Revealed for IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #2

Now isn’t this a shocking move! IDW have revealed the solicit to the second issue of the new comic series a day before the rest are supposed to be released, and it’s got a lot going on!

While issue 1 was focused on Tails, this issue will focus on Amy Rose. Sonic’s still out saving more towns, but when he comes across this one, Amy comes along to help him fight off more of Eggman’s forces. But things take a more serious turn when Amy has something to ask of Sonic; rejoining the resistance!

Sonic the Hedgehog #2—Cover A: Tyson Hesse
Ian Flynn (w) • Adam Bryce Thomas (a) • Tyson Hesse (c)
Sonic’s new adventure continues, and when he comes across another town in need of saving, his old pal Amy arrives just in time to join the fight! The banter is fun, and the stakes are high, but things get really serious when Amy presents Sonic with a big request: rejoin the Resistance!
*Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Expected in-store date: 4/11/18

Sonic the Hedgehog #2—Cover B: Adam Bryce Thomas
Ian Flynn (w) • Adam Bryce Thomas (a & c)
*Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Expected in-store date: 4/11/18

*Retailer incentives:
Order 10 copies, get one free variant cover by Nathalie Fourdraine!
Order 25 copies, get one free variant cover featuring the characters from the issue by Jonathan Gray!

Now, this isn’t the only solicit you’ll be getting for the month, as Issues 1, 3 and 4 are all due theirs tomorrow. Watch this space for more news!

Source: cbr.com

Another Cover Revealed for IDW Sonic #1

Solicits are now almost within touching distance, but in the meantime there’s been another cover reveal!

This is another alternate cover for issue 1, but this time it’s by an artist completely new to the franchise. This lovely cover of Sonic freeing animals with Tails acting as the literal wingman was done by Nathalie Fourdraine.

Along with the cover, some minor details about the upcoming four issues in April were noted, some of which have not been divulged before now. Aside from what we know, the following was revealed.

  • Issue one will be illustrated by Sonic veteran Tracy Yardley, who was revealed with the last cover released.
  • The next three issues will each have a different artist, and once the book goes monthly there will be rotating art teams.
  • Finally, and perhaps most interestingly, each of the first four issues focuses on Sonic with one of his classic allies, issue one being focused on Tails.

There’s bound to be a big surge of news within the next couple of days, so make sure you keep an eye on the Sonic Stadium for that!

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Sonic 3D Blast: Director’s Cut Released onto Steam Workshop

Just in time for Christmas, Sonic 3D Blast: Director’s Cut has been put onto the Steam Workshop for everyone to play.

While it may seem like it ought to be another run-of-the-mill mod, there’s one factor that makes this project stand out; this was done by Jon Burton, founder of Traveller’s Tales and programmer on the original Sonic 3D Blast itself way back in 1996!

Over the past year, Burton (via his Youtube channel Gamehut) has been revealing coding secrets and tricks on Sonic 3D Blast and other classic TT games many would recognise, and as part of that he took it on himself to do some tweaks to the game to make it an overall better experience. Here’s a list of some of the modifications that this contains;

  • Super Sonic implemented into regular gameplay.
  • A time attack mode.
  • A level editor.
  • A “new” enemy (actually one that was always in the code but left unused in the final game).
  • A save game password system.
  • An overworld map screen for getting level to level.
  • Improved controls.
  • Bug Fixes.
  • Other miscellaneous gameplay changes, including alterations to the Flicky indicators and the behaviour of the Flickies themselves.

This game is a patch for the mod-friendly SEGA Mega Drive and Genesis Classics, so make sure you own that before trying it out if you’re interested. The patch can be downloaded here on the Steam Workshop for free.

If you’ve ever been curious as to how a developer would improve their work in hindsight, or just fancy playing Sonic 3D Blast in a way you never have before, this is something you might want to try out for yourself!

Source: Jon Burton (Twitter)

Winners Announced for Sonic Hacking Contest 2017

After a week of high quality Sonic hacks being put up against the keen eye of the community and the judging panel, the winners have been announced for this year’s Sonic Hacking Contest! Here’s a full list of all the winners announced on Sunday night.

Continue reading Winners Announced for Sonic Hacking Contest 2017

Sonic Hacking Contest 2017 Entries Announced

The entries for both the Sonic Hacking Contest and the Hack Expo have now been revealed.

With the new quality criteria in place this year, twenty four entries have made the cut for the main event and are now competing to be judged as the best games for this year. The contest entries are as follows;

● A Generic Sonic 1 ROMhack by CHRdutch
● A Rushed Sonic Hack by Unlimited Trees
● Achi (AKA another trend in gaming that is slightly annoying and ultimately pointless) by Natsumi
● Classic Pantufa the Cat DX by VAdaPEGA
● Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine – DX Edition by RadioShadow
● Heroes Mod Loader & Tweakbox by sewer56lol
● Metal Sonic Rebooted by Lone Devil
● Mr. Cat’s 16 Day Challenge by Mr. Cat
● SADX Lantern Engine by SonicFreak94
● Sonic & Ashuro by Ashuro
● Sonic 1 – Comet Edition v2.1 by BCasais
● Sonic 1 Back to South Island by PineappleArse
● Sonic 1 Dragon Edition by DragonWolfLeo
● Sonic 1: Colors Edition by campbellsonic
● Sonic 2 for PC & New 3DS by Clownacy
● Sonic 2: Zen Island by Yoshister
● Sonic 3 Chaos Adventure by Jdpense
● Sonic Chaos Quest Ultimate by Narcologer
● Sonic Double Dash by SteamPoweredPixel
● Sonic Egg Factory ReMastered by FoxConED
● Sonic Halloween by CamManS5
● Sonic Legacy by GammaV
● Sonic Redux (Character Demo) by InvisibleUp
● Tails Adventure X-L by lordxernom

In addition, twenty three further hacks will be available to play during the Hack Expo. These will not be judged formally, but they’re still held to quality standards so should be fun and interesting showcases of what you can do just by hacking regardless. These games are as follows;

● Sonic the Hedgehog Bania: Gold! Edition ~ Promotional Demo by Royameadow
● SADX Physics Swap Mod by MainMemory
● SA2 Physics Swap Mod by MainMemory
● Mario Mania by metalkingboo
● Sonic.EXE Mania by haloarbiter117
● Spider-Hog Mania by PotterAndMatrixFan
● S3K/SKC Random Special Stages by MainMemory
● S3K Mania Special Stages by MainMemory
● SADX SMPS Mod by MainMemory
● Mania SMPS Mod by MainMemory
● Mania Random Bonus Mod by MainMemory
● Sonic 2 Fine2uned by Clownacy
● Sonic: The Return of Shadow by JoenickROS
● Sonic 1: Terra Night by SonicBurst
● Sonic’s Fun and Easy Adventure by Novedicus
● Sticks by Slashy
● Sonic Limbo by lordxernom
● Aurora Garden (Sonic Mania) by AeroArtwork
● Sonic 3D Blast Director’s Cut (BETA) by gamehut
● Super Sonic & Hyper Sonic in Sonic 1 by Clownacy
● Sonic Lost World – Snowball Joyride by Dario
● Sonic Generations – Classic Green Hill Zone Forces WIP by TwilightZoney
● World 1-1 in Sonic Mania by AeroArtwork

The hacking contest and the expo will start on November 20th, at which point all games listed here will be put up on the official website for the public to play. The events will last through to November 26th, and the winners will be announced at 8pm on that day.

Here’s an official teaser trailer for the event to give a taste of what’s in store for then. This same channel will also have a live stream for the premier of the event.

If you’ve entered the competition or the expo, then I hope your hack manages to capture the excitement of everyone who plays it. If you’re going to play the entries when they become available to download, I hope you have fun with them!

Sources: Sonic Hacking Official Website, Youtube [redhotsonic]

New Line of Sonic Funko Pops Officially Revealed

Funko have announced a new range of Funko Pop products for the Sonic franchise. This will be the first addition to the line since the original set way back in 2013.

First up, there will be a Funko Pop keychain for Sonic with his gold ring, so if you want Sonic on the go there’s another option right here.

For the regular Funko Pop Vinyl line, there’s a much larger range of figures to get, although the amount of characters covered is the same as last time. Aside from the same Sonic with gold ring, the standard line also includes Sonic with a Chaos Emerald, Shadow the Hedgehog and Dr Eggman.

There will also be three figures that are exclusive to certain retailers. A glow-in-the-dark version of Sonic and ring will be exclusive to Toys R’ Us, Super Sonic will be exclusive to Gamestop and Shadow with a Dark Chao will be exclusive to Hot Topic.

No price point has been given for the figures or keychain, but it’s likely to be comparable to their other products. The slated release date for all of these is in December. If it comes out fast enough in the month, you might have another potential stocking filler in time for Christmas!

Source: Funko Blog

Please note that the images given are not final.

Sonic Hacking Contest 2017 Now Open For Submissions

This year’s Sonic Hacking Contest has opened its gates for would-be game hackers to show off their skill and creativity once again.

Running from Monday 20th November to Sunday 26th November, the Sonic Hacking Contest pitches the most cool and unusual Sonic game hacks the community has to offer to the public and judging panel in order to see which ones stand out as the best of the pack.

Alongside this will be a number of side shows such as the usual Hacking Expo that allows entrants to cut loose and show off, and other events to be announced closer to the contest period. There are some pretty notable attendees to be seen during the Interactive Contest Week, with confirmed streamers including SomecallmeJohnny, MegaGWolf, AntDude and many more to be revealed.

In order to provide a better experience for those playing the hacks, this year will introduce Quality Control Criteria that every hack has to meet in order to qualify for the contest. Essentially, make sure your hack is of a good standard before submitting. Joke entries aren’t allowed in the contest, but as long as it meets the QCC it can still be put forward for the Hacking Expo.

The deadline for preliminary submissions is October 29th. Following this, contest entrants will be allowed to refine their builds until the final build upload deadline of November 5th. If you are entering your hack into the expo and not the contest, the deadline for refinement is November 12th instead.

If you wish to read more about the contest or submit your own work, the Sonic Hacking Contest now has its own dedicated website. Because of this, any downtime issues that were experienced in the past should be mitigated. Please note that you need to have a verified Sonic Retro or SSRG account to submit entries.

Sonic Hacking Contest Website

Sonic Forces Speed Battle – “Behind the Screens” Reveals Silver and Metal Sonic

Hardlight Studios have released episode one of their developer diary for Sonic Forces: Speed Battle. The behind the screens feature gives insight into the games’ development process…and even teases what to expect in the future!

Continue reading Sonic Forces Speed Battle – “Behind the Screens” Reveals Silver and Metal Sonic

Sonic x Hooters Collaboration Deal Includes Cool Sonic Forces Coasters

SEGA have announced the details for the Sonic Forces promotional campaign with Hooters Japan. This collaboration was announced at TGS near the end of September, and was met by Western fans with some confusion. The promotion overall seems similar to the Sonic Cafe promotion that was done at the end of last year in Japan. Continue reading Sonic x Hooters Collaboration Deal Includes Cool Sonic Forces Coasters

SEGA To Open Official Online Store

SEGA are setting up shop online with a new official store. As announced in the latest official Sonic stream, this store is set to open as soon as next Tuesday.

The range that’s planned covers quite a large amount of franchises and products. While Sonic has the most prominence, the store will also start out with the SEGA Mega Drive, Golden Axe and Revenge of Shinobi, and there’s more on the way. Items range from plush toys and mugs to clothing, enamel pins and more. There’s even set to be some items exclusive to the store, and as soon as it launches you will be able to get the T-Shirt that was previously seen at TGS.

Currently, the store will be available to those in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Latin America. They are looking into plans to expanding its range in the future.

The latest issue of Licensing Today Worldwide makes mention of an online store opening as well, this one dedicated to personalised and customisable merchandise. It mentions the range starting with gifts, technology accessories and homeware, with a projected opening timeframe of this winter. It’s currently unknown if this is related to the SEGA Shop.

If you want something to purchase for a Sonic or SEGA-loving friend in time for Christmas, this might be the right place to look!

Source: Sonic the Hedgehog (Youtube)

Licensing Today Worldwide October 2017 [Lema Publishing], p32.

Thanks to SEGAbits for the image snip

IDW Sonic Comic Set To Start April 2018

With New York Comic Con set to begin very soon, we have our first piece of news regarding the highly anticipated Sonic Comic that they will be putting out. According to the signage on their booth, the comic will be starting in April 2018.

This means that while it will be a six-month wait for the comic to come out, we should get the official solicit out in January, as per the usual comic cycle. That’s assuming they don’t give some details on the first comic sooner than that, which can happen for new series.

This is only a glimpse at what IDW have to announce for the Sonic Comic at NYCC though. They’re set to have a panel on October 8th that will reveal much more, so there’s that to look forward to. We will report any news that comes out of there, and any other Sonic comic news in the meantime.

Source: IDW Publishing (Twitter)

Sonic the Hedgehog Movie To Be Developed by Paramount Pictures

After several months of silence, it has been announced that the long-anticipated Hollywood Sonic the Hedgehog movie will be produced by Paramount Pictures, moving from previous producer Sony Pictures.

Despite the move, many of the staff at Sony who were with the project are sticking with it still. Neal M. Moritz, Tim Miller and Toby Ascher are executive producing, Jeff Fowler is in the director’s seat (making this his directorial debut) and Dmitri Johnson and Dan Jevons are acting as co-producers. It’s still set to be a blend of live action and CG animation.

As of writing, it is unknown whether the movie will still make its current 2019 release date or be pushed back to a later date. We will update you on more movie news as it comes to light.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

More Sonic X-Treme Material Released by Lead Artist

In August, we reported the discovery of several models in the portfolio of Sonic X-Treme lead designer Ross Harris, including the previously unknown inclusion of Amy Rose.

Harris has now released some videos on his own channel showing off several of the assets that were seen in the portfolio in action, as well as other concept videos done in Sonic X-Treme’s development. Aside from showing off Sonic animations and Amy run cycles, there’s an early Tails model, several Badniks, logo animations and mock-ups showing off how platforms and pipes would work.

Most notably, Harris himself confirmed that a lot of this work is from the early stages of Sonic X-Treme as opposed to later on (which is when the development trouble really affected a lot of these ideas). It’s really interesting to see what the game might have looked like before the more famous period of the game’s history.

Source: RDPH Games (Youtube)

Sonic Forces: Speed Battle on iOS Mobile Store

A new mobile game to tie into Sonic Forces has been added to the iPhone/iPad app store out of the blue!

Sonic Forces: Speed Battle is a multiplayer racer. While it’s level design looks like Sonic Dash, you can use weapons to hurt opponents ala the Sonic Rivals series. It also features a system which allows you to upgrade your characters, some of which are unlockable. Below is the full description from the store listing.

Instantly race and compete with real players from around the world. Sprint, grind, and battle your way through real opponents in real-time four-player races. Pick-up and deploy weapons during the race and unleash them to gain the edge for victory!

Compete as Sonic the Hedgehog, Tails, Amy, Knuckles, Shadow and more! Unlock and upgrade new characters and weapons to build the ultimate team.

BATTLE TO WIN
– Attack with an arsenal of power-ups and weapons
– Master and upgrade common and character specific weapons
– Chase and maneuver opponents into spikes, badniks, and mines
– Go faster with on-track dash pads, springs, grind rails, and boost rings.
– Race on growing variety of new and challenging tracks

RACE WITH THE ULTIMATE SONIC TEAM
– Race as Sonic, Amy, Tails, Knuckles, Shadow, Rogue, and more
– Unlock new and rare characters including Omega, Vector, Espio
– Compete for gold and red star rings in every race to upgrade your characters
– Dominate live events and top the leaderboards

What’s interesting about the screenshots is that one of the courses seems to be set in Sky Sanctuary. While not absolutely certain, it does suggest that it will appear in the main game. Likewise, Omega and Rouge being present here may be a good sign for them being in the console versions.

While the store says that it was released on 11th September, there are currently no accounts of people playing the game as of writing. It appears to be a free app with ads that can be removed with an in-app purchase, like quite a few mobile Sonic games before.

We will have more on this if more information becomes apparent.

Source: iOS Store

My History with the Archie Sonic Comics

It’s been a month since the announcement that the Archie comics will no longer produce it’s long-running Sonic the Comic, and that a new partnership with IDW will continue to keep Sonic alive in print. Information on the new incarnation of the comic is set to be divulged at New York Comic Con in October. Before we look to the future of Sonic the Comic, why don’t we take a look at the past? In this feature I would like to talk about the many aspects of the American comics, starting with my own 24-year experience with the comic strip adventures.

Continue reading My History with the Archie Sonic Comics

Sonic Forces Set To Feature Tag Team Stages

With Gamescom having only just commenced, new information on Sonic Forces is already coming to light. Alongside the solo stages for modern Sonic, classic Sonic and the Avatar, there will also be a tag team option available.

From early information, it appears that this tag team mode involves the Avatar character teaming up with either Sonic, allowing their skills to be used in conjunction with each other for interesting gameplay combinations. In addition, there’s a unique feature to tag team mode called the double boost, which allows you to go even faster than the regular boost will allow.

As always, The Sonic Stadium will keep you up-to-date on all of the Sonic news coming out of Gamescom this week.

Source: Revue Multimedia (site is in French)

Image Sources: kitkatfox1 [Instagram]

Mistaken Identity: Fang and Bean Are Not What You Think They Are

In the past, I’ve talked about Sonic facts that aren’t true. We’ve seen various reasons for such misinformation to become fact. However, I don’t think we’ve seen such a web of different reasons play out to get to the points we have with these misconceptions.

The misconceptions? We’ve been getting Fang and Bean’s species wrong for decades.

Continue reading Mistaken Identity: Fang and Bean Are Not What You Think They Are

New Sonic Funko Pops Listed at Gamestop

An upcoming retail list from Gamestop has somehow leaked, and it has listings for four brand new Sonic the Hedgehog Funko Pops!

There are no images of the products themselves right now (as it is just a very early listing), but we know what the figures will be if they come out. They are as follows;

  • Sonic with Ring.
  • Sonic with Emerald (presumably a Chaos Emerald)
  • Shadow the Hedgehog
  • Dr. Eggman

The first two may just be new accessories added to the old Sonic Funko Pop that came out all the way back in 2013, but the last two would certainly be brand new, as the original line only had Tails and Knuckles in addition to Sonic.

If these do make it to store shelves, you may want to make a point of getting them while you can, as the old Funko Pops can fetch prices upwards of $100. We will be keeping an eye out for more news on the matter.

Source: Sonic the Hedgehog Collections [Facebook]

Pages From Sonic Mega Drive: Overdrive #1 Leaked

A number of inked pages purporting to be from Archie’s ‘Sonic Mega Drive: Overdrive #1‘ comic have apparently been leaked onto the internet. The pages, which feature Tyson Hesse’s unique art style and appear to be genuine, were shared anonymously following fears that the classic comic series may never be fully published. Continue reading Pages From Sonic Mega Drive: Overdrive #1 Leaked

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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