To celebrate the 100th issue of the Sonic the Hedgehog Archie comics, SEGA’s official web portal has written up a rather nice feature about the book’s history. Did you know that originally, the Sonic comic was meant to lean more heavily on Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog than the Saturday morning Sonic cartoon (SatAM)? Continue reading SEGA Reveals Archie Comics’ AoStH Beginnings
The circulation numbers have been published for Archie’s Sonic the Hedgehog comic run, and they make for some interesting reading. Comparing the sales, print and return figures between 1999, 2000 and 2001 offer some decent context for the health of the series, and while the numbers show that circulation is clearly decreasing year-on-year, Archie seems to have slowed down the rate of the comic’s readership decline. Continue reading Circulation Figures Show Archie’s Sonic Comic in Decline
We haven’t seen an awful lot of Rouge in the Archie Sonic comics, have we? That could be about to change, if a message from comic writer Karl Bollers is any indication. According to a post on Ken Penders’ message board, the Bat Girl will be making a re-appearance later this year in the mainline comics. The last time Rouge was spotted in print was during a cameo in the Sonic Adventure 2 adaptation back in Sonic #98, so this is welcome news! More on this as we get it.
There’s an awful lot of swashbuckling and arrow-flinging action happening in the next upcoming issue of Archie Comics’ Sonic the Hedgehog: as the Sword of Acorns is under threat from a shadowy ninja clan in the main story; and the side story focuses on Rob o’ the Hedge roughing it up with the former high sheriff of Snottingham General D’Coolette. Read on for more, plus cover.
Continue reading Comic Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog #111
The latest community chat with Archie Comics artist Ken Penders has just wrapped up, and as usual it did not disappoint with the juicy teasers and details. For a start, Penders discusses more about the death of one key character in the mainline comic story (and why he wanted to go in this direction). He also hints at changes happening to the Knuckles series starting in issue #106. Read on for more (warning: potential spoilers ahead). Continue reading Ken Penders: Knuckles’ Story Will See Major Developments in Sonic #106
It’s that time again! Archie Comics writer/artist Ken Penders has announced that he is setting some time aside this month for another community reach-out session. If you want to learn more about the future plans for the Sonic comic series, or just want some background on stuff that’s already happened, better prepare some questions now. Continue reading Ken Penders Schedules Next Archie Online Chat Session
The solicitations for both Sonic #109 and Sonic #110 have been published by Archie Comics, and within them reveals a little surprise – hot on the heels of Dawn Best comes a second fan artist to formally join the fold. Talented artist J. Axer will be involved in pencilling a number of the Sonic stories going forward. Details of what those stories entail are included after the jump.
Continue reading J. Axer Confirmed as Second Fan Hire for Archie in Sonic #109 and #110
Archie’s bringing the thunder with the upcoming Sonic #108, as it’s managed to build in three stories in one issue. As the front cover suggests, this will be quite the dramatic book as the main story focuses on the return of one former belligerent Robotropolis dictator! Knuckles also gets a continuation of his current arc and the supporting Sonic cast also get a look in with a dramatic side story. Check out the details, straight from Ken Penders, below. Continue reading Comic Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog #108
Dawn Best works on the Archie Sonic the Hedgehog comic series, but before that was a prominent artist in the Sonic fan community. She was the mysterious fan artist that ‘levelled up’ to Archie in our news article here. Dawn’s skills quickly helped her get formally recognised by Archie, and since making introductions she has been working alongside Ken Penders and co since Issue #101. It’s a real community success story, and we’re happy to chat with her today about her story. Find her personal website here. Continue reading Community Interview: Archie Comics Artist Dawn Best
It’s time for another Comic Preview, and it looks like Archie Sonic #107 will see the continuation of two hot stories for both Sonic and Knuckles. In Crouching Hedgehog Hidden Dragon, the blue blur is battling his way through the Hidden City of the Ancients, while in Reunification Knuckles will deal with the outcome of restoring his family and friends to the Floating Island. Read on for more! Continue reading Comic Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog #107
Dan Drazen is a seasoned figure in the Sonic community, having reviewed the Archie Sonic comic since Issue #29 and forming experienced opinions on the series and its future. He’s basically the Roger Ebert of Sonic comic reviews among the internet community, and having met Ken Penders he’s also well connected to the roots of the Archie team. Read on for our exclusive chat with him. Continue reading Community Interview: Archie Reviewer Dan Drazen
Archie writer and artist Ken Penders has announced that he is auctioning off some rare comic collectibles on eBay, including the complete (and intact) five-page story ‘Beat The Clock’ and some Sega Data pages from past issues. Continue reading Penders Selling Original Prints of Archie Sonic ‘Beat The Clock’ Story on eBay
New details have come in for the next issue in the mainline Archie Sonic the Hedgehog comic series. Sonic the Hedgehog #106 will feature stories written by Karl Boller and Ken Penders, art by Ron Lim, Pam Eklund, Andrew Pepoy and Ken Penders, and a cover designed by Spaz. Details of story, release date and cover after the jump. Continue reading Comic Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog 106
It’s not coming out for another couple of months, but Archie author Karl Bollers has posted a short preview for Sonic the Hedgehog Issue #105. The issue includes ‘Touch of Evil’, by Karl Bollers and Ron Lim, and here’s the accompanying synopsis: “Sonic returns to Robotropolis on a top secret mission that may prove to be his last! Plus, the final fate of Snively!” Cover can be seen in full after the jump. Continue reading Karl Bollers Reveals Sonic Comic #105 Details
Sega today announced the release of the 100th issue of the Sonic the Hedgehog comic book series, making the speedy hedgehog the first videogame character to reach the milestone.
First published back in 1993, the strip has traced the adventures of Sonic and the Knothole Village heroes as they take on the evil of Dr. Robotnik and the Robotropolis villains for the past eight years. The 100th issue, which coincides with the 10th Anniversary of Sonic The Hedgehog, will mark the return of the Freedom Fighters, a band of Sonic allies that help him battle Robotnik on his home turf. Continue reading Archie Sonic #100 Released Today
Archie writer Ken Penders has formally announced one of two new artists for the official Sonic the Hedgehog comic book series, after solicitations for Issue #104 were released earlier than expected. It looks like Dawn Best, aka Chordsy in the fan community, has won the Archie team over as her art features in upcoming story ‘Freedom Fighters of the Galaxy’. Solicitation and comment from Penders after the jump. Continue reading Solicitation for Sonic #104 Outs Dawn Best as New Artist
Sonic Comics are selling better then 90% of all comics, according to Archie artist and writer Ken Penders. “If you’re going by sales figures provided by Diamond Distributors, they’re misleading, as they only reflect sales through the comics shops,” he said. “Sonic is sold through a variety of outlets that Diamond doesn’t handle, thus the sales are much higher than anyone usually thinks. Does that mean it’s easier for Sonic? Hardly, as magazine sales overall are in a slump due to a variety of factors.”
Here’s the Spoilers for Sonic #103, read on. Continue reading Archie Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog #103
Interesting news from the Sonic fan community today, as it appears that someone from the fan artist world will soon be levelling up to join the official Sonic comic masters at Archie. Continue reading Sonic Fan Artist Will Soon Be Working at Archie Comics
Archie Sonic comic artist and writer Ken Penders will be going to San Diego Comic Con this year. And the Sonic #100 cover will be available for sale for the first time, as will the cover of Sonic #98 and the unused cover for Sonic #99. So if you fancy collecting some art and getting some stuff signed, come on down! Continue reading Ask Ken Penders What He Should Bring to San Diego Comic Con
Ken Penders has had another one of his interesting little chatroom sessions, and Sonic Archie comics fans got a fair amount of new info on what he’s up to and where the story arcs are going. The headlines? Sonic #100 and #101 are done, and Knuckles will be returning in Sonic #105. Read on for the full details. Continue reading Ken Penders: Sonic #100 and #101 Are Complete
Ken Penders has been kind enough to sit down with a bunch of avid Archie fans and chat with them about the latest news in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic book world. We’ll just bring you the highlights from the chat in bite-size form, below. All highlights listed below are quotes from Penders during his chat. Continue reading Ken Penders Archie Chat: The Original Robotnik is Never Coming Back
So, here we go – the solicitation for the first Archie Sonic comic since the landmark issue #100. Sonic and friends are now living in a universe that they no longer recognise, and #101 will begin to unravel the after-effects of the events that will take place in issue #100. Even the back-up story is tied to this new and exciting story arc! Read on…
Continue reading Comic Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog #101
The solicitations for Archie Comic’s Sonic the Hedgehog #100 have been released. Featuring two stories – ‘Reunion’ and another Knuckles story – it’ll launch on 32 pages and ships on July 27 for $1.99. Hit the jump for the full cover scan. Continue reading Comic Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog #100
A new solicitation has come in for Archie’s Sonic the Hedgehog comic, and it looks like we’re now getting an idea as to how the book will play out certain scenarios over the next few months. The cover for issue #99 also features a heatbreaking scene involving Sonic, Mina and Sally. Will this turn into a full-blown love triangle? Details after the jump. Continue reading Comic Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog #99
Ken Penders answered a lot of our questions at his latest chat session yesterday. Here are the most interesting parts of the chat: Continue reading Ken Penders Archie Chat: Sonic Adventure 2 Will Be Focus of Sonic #98
This is your lucky day, comic fans! You get two Archie previews for the price of one today. And the solicitations for Sonic #97 and #98 are bringing the thunder, guys, seriously… Geoffrey St. John, Tails, Uncle Chuck, Missing Overlanders, an undercover Sonic the Hedgehog, Sally going covert, Mina getting attention AND a Sonic Adventure 2 cover!? Read on! Continue reading Comic Previews: Sonic the Hedgehog #97 and #98 Double Whammy
You can be in with a chance to own a piece of Archie Sonic comic history, thanks to a rather nice seller and the power of eBay. The listing includes a copy of a six-page ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ comic book that came included with the Mega CD system in the US. Worth pointing out that this isn’t just the first issue in the mainstream print run that began in 1993 – this is part of a mini-series that pre-dates that! Go here if you’re interested – good luck!
Archie must be getting into the holiday spirit, because these solicitations are coming out thick and fast. This is the second preview we’ve had in as many weeks! Either way, we’re not complaining – all the more detail to pore over ahead of the landmark Sonic Issue #100. Sonic and Mina the Mongoose star in this issue’s cover, and the lead story seems to imply that Robotnik is starting to get the upper hand… Continue reading Comic Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog #96
T’is the season to buy Archie covers! This month, former Sonic the Hedgehog cover artist Harvey ‘Harvo’ Mercadoocasio is auctioning off a number of classic pieces. Many of them feature Sonic and Tails in awesome poses – they’re all worth a look for the keen Sonic comic fan. Continue reading Former Archie Comic Artist Sells Cover Art on eBay
The latest solicitation for the Sonic the Hedgehog Archie comics has arrived, and it’s for Issue #95 which ships in March 2001. It looks like the much-hyped ‘Chosen One’ Knuckles story will finally debut with this issue, setting the stage for a fair amount of world-building. Read on… Continue reading Comic Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog #95
Archie’s Ken Penders has responded to fan criticism over the release of the compilation book Sonic Super Special 15 (SSS #15), offering some insight into the comic-production process and explaining the circumstances that led to the development of this particular book. Continue reading Ken Penders Comments on Sonic Super Special #15’s Negative Feedback
It’s time for a quick preview into the upcoming Issue #94 of Archie’s Sonic the Hedgehog comic books. It sounds like, as we gear up to the landmark 100th issue, a whole lot of drama is about to unfold! Read on for more details, provided by the official solicitation of Archie’s Sonic #94. Continue reading Comic Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog #94