More comic con goodness for you lucky people who can go to it. Sega are to host a Sonic Mania panel which will go behind the scenes into the games development.
The details are as follows.
Sonic Mania: Behind the Scenes
Saturday July 22, 2017 7:30pm – 8:30pm Room 24ABC
Takashi Iizuka (head of Sonic team), Christian Whitehead (developer, Sonic Mania), Simon Thomley (programmer, Sonic Mania), Tom Fry (artist, Sonic Mania), and Tee Lopes (composer, Sonic Mania) discuss the road to development behind the upcoming Sonic Mania video game and share new insights about the game. Moderated by Aaron Webber (Sonic social media manager).
Sounds like it should be a really good panel, especially for those of you interested in games development.
Hidden away on the official San Diego Comic Con website, there is some really exciting news if you are lucky enough to be in San Diego during comic con.
Away from the actual event, in the Omni San Diego Hotel Grand Ballroom you can find Sega hosting a Sonic the Hedgehog Augmented Reality Experience. There will also be a concert with Shota Nakama held on the Tuesday evening but no details on that were given.
The event opens to developers and the public as a preview on the 19th of July, but it fully opens up on Thursday 20th and runs until Sunday 23rd.
Sega is presenting an AR Sonic experience and a special concert with the awesome Shota Nakama on Thursday evening, and dome takeover on Friday!
WHERE: Omni San Diego Hotel, Grand Ballroom, 4th Floor
Absolutely no details as to what this experience will be were revealed, or if it will ever be released in any way so those who are not there can see or experience it. If you happen to be in the neighbourhood at that time, lets us know what it was like.
It’s a Honda Civic! I have no idea if that’s a good thing or not but, look at the paint job! Now lets get it on Top Gear and see if it can go around the track… in the fastest possible time…. Actually, can we get this as DLC for ASRT?
The car will be around Comic Con for Sonic’s 25th party, if you see it, check it out, maybe ask for a test drive.
Well, this is a nice surprise! It’s just been revealed via the MCM Expo Twitter page that Roger Craig Smith – the current voice actor for Sonic the Hedgehog – will be attending the London Comic-Con later this month. Though Roger will be in attendance primarily to promote his role as the titular character in Batman: Arkham Origins, his appearance will also come hot on the heels of the UK release of Sonic Lost World.
According to Gamasutra, Roger will be signing autographs, making personal appearances and taking part in a panel to answer fan questions throughout the weekend at MCM. You’ll be able to find him at the WB Games stand on both Saturday 26th October and Sunday 27th October, as confirmed via the MCM website.
If you can’t make it to the MCM Expo, Roger will also be appearing at GAME’s Stratford store on Friday 25th October from 9:00-11:00am to meet fans and sign copies of Batman: Arkham Origins.
Are you going to the MCM Expo this month? And if so, do you plan on saying hi to Roger? Let us know in the comments!
Today, Comic Con is truly underway and as a result, so is the SEGA Arcade. The most notable addition to the area is a display case full of Sonic merch, advertising the recently opened website for the US branch of Sonic Merchandise. I made sure to get pictures of the display case and the people manning it, as well as some things I missed yesterday, so check them out below the fold!
At the San Diego Comic Con in aisle 3900, across from Konami’s booth, lies Floating Island Productions. There, the head of the production company and former writer of the Archie Sonic series, Ken Penders, sits. He is drawing a commissioned art piece of Captain America for a fan, the occasional ping-pong ball flying in from the booth next door. To the left of his booth, a preview is shown for his upcoming internet show, “The Republic.” The rest of his booth shows his past history with the blue hedgehog. Boxes of Sonic comics can be seen, while piles of original cover art lie at the front center of his table.
What you won’t find is the promotional poster for the upcoming Echidna book, a book involving Locke, Julie-Su and other characters related to Knuckles. “With what’s going on at the moment, I decided it would be best to leave them behind.” Chalk one up to common sense.
Ken Penders is a hard man to peg. When you meet him in person, he’s always friendly and outgoing. Though I’m not too happy with some of the things he has said and done this year, I have a hard time being mad at him. I still see the man who greatly helped develop what Sonic and Knuckles’ world has become today. The man who signed at my store, who loved the job he lost and is very optimistic about his future endeavors. The man who recently lost someone near and dear to him.
There is another side to Penders, however. A side that seems self-absorbed. A man who doesn’t seem to want to share, like a child playing in his own corner of the sandbox. He himself says he never read any of Ian’s work and only read the other writers’ works when it might affect one of his stories. Penders only seems to care about Penders’ world.
Although he does not want to bring up the current copyright case, he did have this to say:
“I just want to let you and everyone know, these copyrights are official. I own these stories and characters. The U.S. Government recognizes it as such… Whatever some of the fans have been saying on the forums, they don’t know everything. They are misinformed on some things. That goes for what Ian posted as well.”
I decided to push the subject a bit and asked if he had signed a “Work for Hire” contract while at Archie. “No comment” was his reply.
Here is the 3-part interview. Sorry for the poor audio. It’s actually much better than what we had for the Aaron Webber interview (which was so horrible that it ended up as a transcript), but the background noise is still pretty bad.
Although I gave Penders ample time to talk about his future projects, I was surprised at just how much he wanted to focus the conversation on Sonic and Knuckles. You can tell he truly loved that world with a passion and was hurt to be taken from it. It even shows in the title of his production company. No one can read “Floating Island Productions” and not think of Knuckles’ home.
Off camera, Penders had this to say
“I hope that in the end, we can come to an agreement that will be beneficial for both myself, Archie Comics and Sonic fans.”
Let’s hope so.
(P.S. I honestly do like Ron Lim’s work on Silver Surfer and X-Men 2099. I just think his art on Sonic is horrible.)
SEGA Digital (formerly SEGA of America) and GameSpot should really get a room. Or something. I digress.
SEGA announced that it wasn’t going to be at Comic Con 2010 this year, but Ken Balough was there to give a surprise, sensual massage to GameSpot by giving them another exclusive demonstration of the upcoming retro-reboot, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1. Sneaky Ken appeared in the GameSpot love shack yesterday to talk about Sonic 4 and play through Splash Hill Zone once again. Apparently, there have been subtle improvements made to the game. Can you spot them? Also, do you think that there are enough springs?
The 9-minute Q&A session and demo takes us through Splash Hill in its entirety and can be viewed at the video below or at GameSpot’s website.
SEGA of America have put out a new blog entry confirming four of their upcoming games that will be playable in their booth at Comic Con which is going to be held at New York City between Feb 6-8. Sonic and the Black Knight for Nintendo Wii will be one of those games and the event will be one of the first times the public will have seen the game.
Other games confirmed to be playable at the event are –
The House of the Dead: Overkill(Wii)
That’s alot of love for Wii fans.
Is anyone here going who lives in the U.S. or can afford travel to the U.S.? If so we’d love to hear your thoughts on the game.
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