We at The Sonic Stadium are deeply saddened to hear that Sonic the Comic artist Nigel Dobbyn has died.
Earlier this year, it was announced that there would be no Summer of Sonic in 2014, news which disappointed many UK Sonic fan.
However, a group of fans which include staff behind both Sonic the Comic Online and Summer of Sonic have banded together to announce a new Sonic convention to be held in the UK later this year, based on the popular UK Publication Sonic the Comic.
Sonic the Comic ceased production in the UK back in 2002, however, it is still widely enjoyed by Sonic fans to date and is continued via an online publication run by fans which is still run to date.
Activities to be held on the day include the following.
Meet & Greet with Special Guests: Over the past few weeks and months we have been talking with many of the artists and writers who brought Sonic the Comic to life! We look forward to being able to announce the attendance of these guests at Sonic the Comic Con in the near future!
Art Classes and Tutorials: Our special guests have very kindly agreed to give attendees an opportunity to learn the tricks of the trade! These special sessions will be held throughout the day, to give budding artists a fantastic chance to learn from the best!
Competitions: We hope you will bring your skills along on the day and enter the art and writing contests, and show off your STC-inspired works! We also hope to be able to offer some very special prizes too!
Original Works: A range of original hand-drawn, hand-painted original covers and pages will be on display throughout the day, so you can come and lay your eyes on the incredible work that went into their creation.
Q&A Sessions: Our special guests will be talking about some of their fond memories of working on the comic, as well as answering your burning questions!
However, it needs your help. The convention needs to raise £1,400 in order to go ahead. As explained in the kickstarter this is to help cover the costs of Venue Hire, Equipment Costs and Guest Expenses. More details can be found in the Kickstarter page which I will link you to at the end of the article.
The Kickstarter will also offer rewards to generous backers such as T-Shirts with Richard Elson designed artwork, wristbands and even original artwork. An additional detail is the hint of tier rewards if the goal is met and exceeded.
The convention is a day long event which will be held in the city of York on October 26th 2014 at the Grade 1 listed Merchant Adventurer’s Hall. The event is a ticketed event and making a pledge of £12 gets you into the event (limited to 80 backers). Other pledge values offer T-Shirts and additional reward packages.
We will keep you updated with more details as they get released. Be sure to back this if you’re interested.