Weston Super Sonic to hold 4th convention on Saturday

Saturday 21st October sees the UK’s more cozy Sonic convention, Weston Super Sonic, hit the Grand Pier in Weston Super Mare for its fourth year, with special guests Ferran Rodriguez of Sonic the Comic, and Tom Fry and Kieran Gates from the Sonic Mania team.

Established in 2014 by Claire Cameron and Jonathan Dixon, Weston is a convention in the more traditional sense, featuring artists, merchandise vendors, panels and cosplay in a 200-person seaside venue. As in previous years, The Sonic Show will be in attendance live-streaming the event. It’s always a good time, so be sure to stop by and check it out.

On the other hand, if you’re attending in person, feel free to say hi to the TSS crew if you see us!

The event begins at 11am UK time (GMT+1), running until 6pm.

Weston Super Sonic 2017 Kickstarter Launches

It’s been all quiet on the Weston Super Sonic front, but that looks like it’s about to change! Weston Super Sonic is back for another year, this time the event will be held Saturday October 21st.

However, it needs your help to become a reality, the organisers have launched a Kickstarter in order to help secure both a venue and a wide variety of special guests for this years event.

The Kickstarter goal is £1000 and tickets for the event are available as pledge rewards, other rewards include goody bags, T-shirts and pin badges.

Source: Weston Super Sonic Kickstarter

 

Weston Super Sonic This Saturday & LiveStream

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This Saturday see’s the return of ‘Weston Super Sonic’, the South West’s first Sonic fan Convention here in the UK.

Brought to life by the creative minds of community members Claire ‘Rurifuu’ Cameron and Jono ‘JonoD’ Dixon, the event once again aims to bring the awesome community together in one place this Saturday (16th January 2016), and will see many descending on the quiet seaside town of Weston-Super-Mare once again for another fun filled gathering of friends and fans alike, not only to celebrate the Blue Blur, but to also celebrate to creativeness of the vastly diverse fanbase.

Following a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised over £1600 in donations, the event will be taking place on Weston-Super-Mare’s Grand Pier, home not only to the large event space, but also one of the largest and newest purpose built arcades in the country, which attendees will have full access to, which proved to be popular with last year’s attendees.

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What’s on?

The event this year is packed out with activities and contests for fans to enjoy. Art fans can enjoy special panels and demonstrations from special industry veterans (such as a live airbrush demonstration from Duncan Gutteridge), or get involved with stage events such as ‘Ask Uncle Poxxy: Live!

As you may have gathered from the above, a number of special guests will be joining the show. These range from great community names to respected industry artists. For example, iTunes’ number 1 downloaded Sonic the Hedgehog podcast ‘The Sonic Show’ will be in attendance, as well as popular Source Filmmaker animator SonicpoX. From the industry, there’s Sonic the Comic artist Ferran Rodríguez, as well as Duncan Gutteridge: Another classic Sonic the Hedgehog artist whose works have been seen on everything from calendars to neckties.

As well as special guests, there will also be a number of sellers including Science Fiction Collectables & for those after lots of Sonic merch, The Badnik Bazzar has all you need!

The whole day, as well as its events are also being broadcast live online, courtesy of The Sonic Show. This stream will allow those who may not have been lucky enough to secure a ticket a chance to watch and stay up to date with what’s going on.

The live stream link can be found at the following link,

To Summarise

Location:  The Grand Pier – Weston Super-Mare

Date: January 16th 2016

Time: Doors open at 10:30am (GMT).

Tickets: This is a ticketed event, currently it says that tickets are sold out, please check their Facebook page to see if there’s any still available.

LiveStream Link: Right here.

Can I Get an Announcement Tease?: First4Figures might be revealing something not seen before.

(Update: Sold Out) Weston Super Sonic Convention Tickets Now Available!

Update: The tickets have now sold out, but if you still want to go we are giving away tickets, watch the first video in this post for details.

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Weston Super Sonic launches 2016 Kickstarter

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Weston Super Sonic, the Sonic Convention that debuted two years ago in Weston Super-Mare, England is returning once again for a brand spanking new convention in 2016.

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After a brilliant event earlier this year, the convention only needs £1000 to get the event up and running, and is already promising a guest, numerous traders and competitions.

Backers can also get their hands on numerous rewards for backing the event including entry to the event, T-shirts, pin badges and an entry into a raffle for a 20th Anniversary Sonic statue, courtesy of Sonic Merchandise.

Stretch goals are also in place, allowing attendees to get new gift bags for attending, as well as the ability to have more guests attend.

At the time of writing, the project is already nearly quarter of the way there! Pledge your support, and help the convention to put on another awesome show!

Back the convention’s kickstarter here!

Were any of you fortunate enough to join in the festivities of 2015’s event? Let us know!

Weston Super Sonic: Sonic the Comic Panel and Charity Auction

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The final couple of events for Weston Super Sonic have been announced. The events include a panel from the team behind Sonic the Comic, and a special charity auction.

Sonic the Comic Panel

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The crew gets back together! Join the creative team whose collective works helped to bring one of the coolest comics of the 90s to the shelves! Join Richard, Nigel, Ferran, Carl and Deborah in this talk about behind the scenes at the comic!

Got a few questions of my own to ask!

Burnham Area Rescue Boat Charity Auction

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In addition, there is also a charity auction taking place in aid for the Burnham Area Rescue Boat. A local rescue group who are instrumental to providing rescue services and relief to the local area, and its dangerous mudflats.

The B.A.R.B was especially involved in the search for four-year-old Sonic Fan Dylan Cecil, who tragically lost his life after falling from a jetty in Burnham on Sea.

So what’s up for auction exactly? A very special Sonic the Comic something indeed. StC fans will want to bring their pockets!


 

With that, this will probably be the last update we post on Weston Super Sonic until the event itself tomorrow. Keep your eyes to our Twitter or watch the action live via The Sonic Show’s live stream, narrated by none other than Sonic Paradox’s very own Donnie!

Have fun guys!

Weston Super Sonic: Mystery Merch Announcement… Announced

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Next up on the Weston Super Sonic agenda: The Mystery Merch Announcement!

NEW EVENT!

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Whatever could it be..? That would be telling, wouldn’t it! Get an exclusive first look as we announce a brand new piece of official Sonic the Hedgehog merchandise! Anybody serious about their merch will LOVE this… We certainly do!

This short little announcement is sure to get all the merch collectors out there excited!

If only you knew. Oh if only you kne… hmm? What is it?

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We have no idea what you’re talking about.

See you again soon for more event updates!

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Weston Super Sonic: Art Workshop with Ferran Rodríguez

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As people may know, Sonic the Comic artist Ferran Rodríguez is attending Weston Super Sonic this weekend (January 17th 2015), and the veteran artist and illustrator will be sharing some of his knowledge in a workshop to attendees.

The workshop is called “The Blank Space and its Shadows”, and is intended to help give an understanding how using space and shadows can truly help bring comic artwork to life.

More events are scheduled to be announced, and TSS will be dedicated to bringing you all the latest from this new convention in the South West of England.

Weston Super Sonic: One Week to go and Info Round Up

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Weston Super Sonic, the South West’s Sonic Convention is only a week away on the 17th, and in the past few months, a plethora of details have been revealed about guests and what kinds of things Sonic fans can do at the event.

 

Attendance: Can I still get tickets? Can I pay ‘On the Door’?

The answer to both of these questions is unfortunately not. The convention completely sold out of both premium and free tickets towards the end of last year, and as a result cannot accept any further registrations to attend. There are also no on the door tickets, so it may be worth saving yourself a journey if you haven’t already gotten tickets. Thankfully, the awesome peeps at The Sonic Show will be live streaming directly from the convention space so you can see all the action as it takes place.

I’ve got tickets! Where do I go?

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Weston Super Sonic is taking place on the Grand Pier in Weston Super-Mare. Full details on how to get there can be found here.

 

Who is coming in the way of special guests?

The convention has a wealth special guests attending. Here’s our brief, but comprehensive list of guests that we’ll have joining us:

Richard Elson: StC Artist

Nigel Kitching: StC Writer & Artist

Carl Flint: StC Artist

Ferran Rodríguez: StC Artist

Deborah Tate: StC Editor

Mike Pollock (via Skype): Series’ Dr. Eggman VA

Duncan Gutteridge: Classic Sonic/SEGA Illustrator

Radio SEGA: Internet SEGA Radio Station/Official Event DJs

The Sonic Show: Sonic the Hedgehog Podcast/Youtube Channel

VGM Awesome: Internet VGM Radio Station

Louisalulu Arts: Independent Artist

Sam Webster: Independent Artist

Sci-Fi Collectibles: Collectible vendor/retailer

You can find more in-depth bios at WSS’s website.

What events have been announced?

A few events have been announced already:

Speed Run Contest : Complete Sonic Adventure 2’s City Escape stage in the fastest time to win!

Gaming Tournament: Only one will come out the victor in this gaming knockout tournament! Bring your best skills!

Art Contest: Flex those pencils (though not too far, because they’d break otherwise) and demonstrate your artistic talents to the folk at the convention!

Cosplay Contest: Don your best Sonic gear, and show us your great costume making skills!

Mike Pollock Live Skype Q&A: Series VA and voice of Dr. Eggman Mike Pollock joins the convention live over skype in this Q&A segment, where he will be answering fan’s submitted questions!

Sonic Off 2.0: The age-old rivalry between VGM Awesome and The Sonic Show rears its ugly head. In this two part quiz, will VGM Awesome take home the elusive Sonic Off Trophy once more? Or will The Sonic Show win the day after last time’s humiliation..?

‘Where’s Sonic?’ Contest: Where’s Sonic Hiding? Pick a zone, and win a SEGA Prize Europe Shadow the Hedgehog Plush! All funds raised from this contest (£1 per entry) will go towards the Burnham on Sea Rainbows Group.

What about other prizes..?

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Winners of the various contests will each take home one of these awesome engraved Chaos Emerald trophies. There are 4 trophies up for grabs for the Speed Run winner, the Tournament winner, the Cosplay winner and finally the Art Winner.

What other events will there be?

Lucky you asked… Next week, WSS will be revealing the complete line up of events scheduled to take place via their Facebook page in a series of announcements leading up to the event. We’ll be covering the announcements as they come!

One more thing…

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Those of you on social media may have noticed this coming from First 4 Figures’ Twitter/Facebook feeds. Whatever could it mean? You’ll have to wait and see what we have planned in regards to that ;)

 

With all that said, Rurifuu and I look forward to seeing all our attendees on the pier this coming Saturday!

Weston Super Sonic: Free Tickets Available now

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This morning, Weston Super Sonic’s free ticket registration has opened for fans to register for the Weston-Super Mare based Sonic convention, taking place on Weston’s Grand Pier January 17th 2015.

Tickets have been said to be released in multiple waves, the first opening today, and further waves taking place at future dates.

You can register for your own free tickets right here

Opportunities to get tickets in person are also available, with the WSS staff making appearances at Bristol Animanga POP!, on Sunday the 4th of October and PLAY Expo, Manchester on the weekend of Saturday the 11th and Sunday the 12th of October.

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The coming months look to be an increasingly exciting time for people in the Sonic community. With Sonic the Comic Con opening its doors to guests in less than a month from now, and SEGA’s own Sonic Boom event opening this Saturday, it’s an incredibly exciting time for Sonic fans to get together, network and have a great time.

It’s awesomely refreshing to see Sonic fans out and around the world creating their own events and doing what they can to leave their marks on the community, so why not join us for a day of tournaments, panels and a day of all things Sonic the Hedgehog!

Hope to catch you there!

Weston Super Sonic: Returning 17th of January 2015!

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‘Oh… I do like to be beside the seaside~’

Weston Super Sonic, that little Sonic convention that we covered back in January is returning on the 17th on January 2015, and it’s looking to be back with a vengeance! Earlier today, the following banner was posted onto the convention’s Facebook page.

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That’s right. England’s only South-West Sonic the Hedgehog convention is back and has been confirmed to take place in Weston-Super-Mare: one of Britain’s classic seaside locations.

Not only do we have a date for the event, but also a venue… And what a venue it is. None other than Weston-Super-Mare’s famous Grand Pier!

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As of yet, there haven’t been any specific details about what exactly will go on at the event, but with a generous sized conference suite and a big selection of arcade machines and rides downstairs, 2015’s outing is already looking to be a ton of fun.

For more details and future updates about the event, keep your eyes on the convention’s Facebook Page. We at TSS will be watching closely how this one pans out! Will any of you folks be attending?

Weston Super Sonic “Way Past Cool!”

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Back at the start of the year, you may recall how we brought you news of a new Sonic community meet up event? Well, unfortunately for me I was unable to attend, however SOS documentary maker Jono D was able to attend and has kindly documented the day.

So the rest of this update will be done by guest writer Jono D.

“How many of you people know what Summer of Sonic is? A fair few of you? Good! For the uninitiated, The Summer of Sonic is one of the most prolific fan events in many Sonic fan’s calendars, attracting hundreds of people each year for a day of events, contests, community and most importantly, fun.

You’d be forgiven then for thinking that the event has always been this way, however its origins are a lot more humble than some people may think. The event was started by a small group of community members who wanted to create a forum for people to come and socialise, meet each other face to face, and much in that same vain comes Weston Super Sonic.

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A local community church in Weston Super-Mare provided the venue for all things Sonical during the day.

 Weston Super Sonic is the brainchild of one devoted Claire Cameron. Already a frequent Summer of Sonic attendee, she had the idea of creating and hosting a Sonic community gathering much closer to her home in the west of England… So she did! On the Saturday the 11th of January, Sonic fans descended onto the famous seaside town Weston Super-Mare for the event. Some even coming from as far as London!

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The floor space wasn’t massive, but everyone had space to relax and socialise.

 The day started off just after 10:30 in the morning in the small community church hall, which was the designated venue. There were a few areas inside; A set of chairs and a projector for multiplayer gaming events and tournaments, a seating area for drawing, relaxing and general socialising, and a table with a collection of rare merch on show for people to have a look at up-close which had been brought in for exhibition (AKA the corner I was looking after, and subsequently living in for the day).

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The far side of the room proved popular with fans that wanted to simply sit and enjoy the atmosphere.

 After everyone had gotten settled into the venue and had the chance to chat (as well as devour all the cupcakes that had been brought in), things kicked off with a small speedrun tournament of Sonic 1’s Green Hill Zone Act one. Fairly simple: Fastest time would win! The audience participation in this was awesome. Plenty of cheering for each other as well as giving each and every runner a round of applause at the end of their run. I even managed to have a go and ended up coming in second place, which is something I wasn’t at all banking on! The top 3 ranking speedrunners were handed out medals for their achievements.

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The lucky winners of the various contests were all awarded medals for their achievements.

 The day then progressed casually with other small events throughout the day, including a costume workshop run by the host Claire, detailing how she went about producing her impressive costumes which were also on display for people to see. Everyone had the room to move and take everything they wanted to do at their own pace. Some people drew are for the art contest that was running, some played the consoles on offer in friendly head to head matches, whilst some simply sat and enjoyed each other’s company. With the small nature of the event, everything felt more relaxed and was a welcome change in pace from the normally frantic, upbeat and constantly active atmosphere found at Summer of Sonic.

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Claire’s homemade costumes were all on show, and played an active part in her cosplay workshop.

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 A table of rare merch was on display in the corner. Complete with information cards for everything.

 One short happy-birthday song for host Claire later, The day neared its conclusion. The final medals were given out to the other competition winners and runners up, and the final gaming tournament of the day took place: a four-way battle on a mystery game… The audience when the competitors discovered it was Sonic Shuffle was worth it for their reaction alone! After a long battle of attrition on one of the clunkiest party games ever, the tournament finished up, the final medals were handed out and everyone packed their things, said their goodbyes for the year and headed for home.

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 Everyone poised during the final rounds of the Sonic Shuffle tournament.

 And so concluded Weston Super Sonic. Everyone involved had a brilliant day, and even though I had mostly been grounded to my table in the corner, I met some truly great people from the immediate area who I had no idea were so nearby to me. Will definitely be getting in contact with again for local get togethers.

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 Plenty of friendships were made on the day, with everybody looking forward to a new event next year.

 Weston Super Sonic may appear to be a humble Sonic the Hedgehog gathering on the surface, but this sort of small beginning harkens back to the Summer of Sonic’s early days where it was just some fans wanting to give other Sonic fans a day to remember, and with one event under their belts, what’s to say it can’t grow into something much bigger?

With that, I want to give a big thanks and shout out to Claire ‘Rurifuu’ Cameron for having the not only the drive to want to do something for the fans, but actually going ahead seeing it through to the end. The turnout for a small Sonic get together was a brilliant surprise, and with words that Claire is already intending to host again next year with a bigger team to work with, we tip our hats to you Ms. Cameron!

For a little look at some video from the day, as well as a Q&A with event host Claire; check out The Sonic Show’s coverage:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0nTAgETuhM

Now, who’s on board for a Sonic-takeover of Weston’s Grand Pier?

Hope to see you next year!”

 

Special thanks to Jono D for the write up.