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    Adamis got a reaction from DaddlerTheDalek in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    Yes, this is "The Storm".
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    Adamis got a reaction from BlueSky in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    Well, I'm also dealing with information from the last time I translated something for him... two years ago (!)
    But he keeps telling the main changing points are in Sonic #50, 125 and 144.
    I also wonder... who is really interested in reading the continuation of a story from 10+ years ago, that got modified/erased more than once and even ceased publication, with a different art style and focus, featuring ersatz of licenced characters ? Why not something new, not attached to this past publication ?
    Plus, at his rhythm, he'll never finish the whole 7 or so books.
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    Adamis got a reaction from goldenchimchar in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    Yes, this is "The Storm".
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    Adamis got a reaction from horridus in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    Yes, this is "The Storm".
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    Adamis reacted to Dr. Detective Mike in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    Its usually fairly amusing reading his insane delusional rantings on Twitter but that whole thing was actually physically painful to read.
    There is a bit of a breaking point as far as how much of a brick wall you can be in terms of resisting the admission of how obviously wrong you are.
    He's too desperate to find another angle to sue someone over these fucking echidnas. He's imprinted on them like that creepy Jacob weirdo from that Twilight series.
    He doesn't actually care about them either. He just needs ownership over something officially linked to the Sonic series because it'll, apparently, make him feel more like a legitimate "founder" of something as far as the series' lore is concerned. Just one huge, desperate ego trip.
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    Adamis got a reaction from Âmesang in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    So Ken wants to re-releases a collection of 300+ comics while he hasn't released the first issue of his own comic yet ?
    I'll believe it when I see it.
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    Adamis reacted to Razule in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    I don't recall him being this outright vitriolic about Ian before. He really is bitter.
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    Adamis got a reaction from Salamander in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    So Ken wants to re-releases a collection of 300+ comics while he hasn't released the first issue of his own comic yet ?
    I'll believe it when I see it.
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    Adamis got a reaction from DaddlerTheDalek in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    So Ken wants to re-releases a collection of 300+ comics while he hasn't released the first issue of his own comic yet ?
    I'll believe it when I see it.
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    Adamis got a reaction from Ellipsis-Ultima in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    So Ken wants to re-releases a collection of 300+ comics while he hasn't released the first issue of his own comic yet ?
    I'll believe it when I see it.
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    Adamis got a reaction from Tylinos in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    So Ken wants to re-releases a collection of 300+ comics while he hasn't released the first issue of his own comic yet ?
    I'll believe it when I see it.
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    Adamis got a reaction from SBR2 in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    So Ken wants to re-releases a collection of 300+ comics while he hasn't released the first issue of his own comic yet ?
    I'll believe it when I see it.
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    Adamis got a reaction from horridus in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    So Ken wants to re-releases a collection of 300+ comics while he hasn't released the first issue of his own comic yet ?
    I'll believe it when I see it.
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    Adamis got a reaction from KingScoopaKoopa in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    So Ken wants to re-releases a collection of 300+ comics while he hasn't released the first issue of his own comic yet ?
    I'll believe it when I see it.
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    Adamis got a reaction from Syntax Speedway in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    So Ken wants to re-releases a collection of 300+ comics while he hasn't released the first issue of his own comic yet ?
    I'll believe it when I see it.
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    Adamis reacted to Tylinos in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    One of the replies on Twitter made a point that I'm almost positive Ken hasn't even remotely considered: Even if the settlement somehow had the utterly bizarre stipulation that Ken could republish any work in the Archie Sonic collection past and future as long as he paid SEGA, regardless of trademarks and the like, there's a 0% chance that would include the issues featuring Capcom characters in the two Mega Man crossovers.
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    Adamis reacted to SBR2 in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    https://mobile.twitter.com/KenPenders/status/1233081283506425856
    Unless he, Sega and IDW came to some kind if understanding I don't think he can do this. But as he said to me he has Lawyers andI don't so what do I know? 
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    Adamis reacted to Ellipsis-Ultima in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    Meanwhile I'm salty we never got the conclusion to the Megadrive Triology. (Megadrive Overdrive)
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    Adamis reacted to Zaysho in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    People are pointing out a pattern of behavior you have in this thread making the same complaints about Amy's personality in the comics. People are just asking that you be a bit more constructive about it. I mean, even the Shadow people try.
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    Adamis reacted to Zaysho in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    Honestly, I can forgive and understand a lot of what he did from a legal standpoint with protecting his rights, even if a lot of that was just exploiting loopholes and bad bookkeeping and a lot of really stupid technicalities that worked in his favor. But I think what's always disheartened and embarrassed me about Penders (as someone who is tolerant enough to enjoy what he made and the legacy he used to have on this series, even if turning over some of those rocks revealed some really sketchy things about how he worked) is his total lack of class and respect for younger creators, in particular the number of times he's swiped at Ian and Tracy over the years.
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    Adamis reacted to SBR2 in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    I do love how this proves that Penders really doesn't like Editors who do their job. He just wants to do his own thing with zero oversight at all.
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    Adamis reacted to horridus in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    Alrighty then, I gave the interview a listen. By and large he basically just rehashes all the stuff he usually talks about when he's interviewed- how he got the job thanks to Mike Kanterovich since his (Penders') son was a fan of the series, early pitches that were rejected, how he steered the comic into a more story driven format ala SaTAM, etc. So on that front it's all basically stuff he's said before elsewhere, so, pretty basic stuff honestly. There are however a few things of note, here and there. 
    -He brings up his career prior to Sonic. As tends to be the case with Penders, he basically makes it out to be more impressive than it really is, given that his work prior to Sonic tended to be sporadic, nor did he spend even a years worth of time on any of the other books he wrote for. Interestingly enough he mentions having done something for Transformers- which is news to me given that I can't seem to find mention of it anywhere else that lists his accredited works. 
    -Penders actually brings up a lot of the heavy riffing and referencing of other franchises from his time on the book in those early days as being the result of a lack of direction given by SEGA. Frankly I'm not sure that's as good an excuse for it as Penders seems to think it is, especially when that nasty habit of taking crap from other sci-fi and comic franchises wouldn't be confined to just the 'early days' of his tenure on the book. 
    -Evidently Penders had a bit of a nemesis in his early days- a guy called Bob Harris, who worked with SEGA of America's licensing department. Penders refers to his input as 'Inserting Himself Into The Process', a complaint that's going to come up again in this interview regarding someone else far later down the line of his career. Penders mentions how one of the few times a book gave him problems was the Sonic Live special, and he specifically brings up Harris as one of the big factors as to why it wasn't published earlier. He frames it as a result of the guy being a stick in the mud who 'couldn't see the potential fun of having a pair of kids show up at SEGA's office' while accusing Penders of wanting to insert his son and niece into the book, an accusation that Penders himself found deeply confusing. Given the myriad problems with that particular story, I am left to imagine that Harris' issues with it went a tad deeper than what Penders himself is relaying here. 
    -Interestingly, he brings up that the Princess Sally Mini-Series was more SEGA's brainchild than Archie's, and Archie wasn't really interested in doing it in the first place. As a result they didn't bother advertising it, which is one of the reasons it tanked so badly. This is interesting because one of the many excuses Penders has given for trying to kill off Sally in the past was that the failure of the mini-series was an indicator of her lack of popularity as a character. That he concocted that explanation even as he now admits to a factor that would have nothing to do with that does not really paint his decision in a good light- in fact, it makes it a little worse. 
    -Penders pretty much confirms the general perception of his time on the book as being one of relatively unfettered freedom, confirming that SEGA didn't actually give much oversight after a certain point and as such most of the time he actually had to appease Archie itself and its then-adherence to the Comics Code Authority. He also reveals that he only learned that SEGA had to approve the use of new characters by Archie, and that Archie basically never said anything to them regarding a lot of the characters that were added. 
    -The call about the comic's probable cancellation in the face of SatAM and AoStH no longer airing came around issue 36, and it was from that moment that the plan for Endgame began. Given the many, many issues with that storyline, it kinda makes it all the more tragic given the amount of time there was between issue 36 and issue 50 to hash something out. Interestingly, it was Gabrie's suggestion to allow the other writers in on the storyline- the way Penders phrases it, evidently the overall plot was still his brainchild, but the other writers wrote dialogue and the like. Hence why Penders claims the credit for it... along with deserving a lot of the blame. 
    - He used his son as a 'test subject' for issues he wrote in the comic. Rather adorable. 
    -*face rub* Aand true to his past statements on the subjects, Penders credits himself (and ONLY himself) with 'saving' Antoine's character and initiating the romance between him and Bunnie Rabbot. As has been pointed out many times in the past and to Penders directly, Angelo DeCesare got the ball rolling on both those fronts with his work, but of course even after being made aware of this fact he still continues to insist that he and he alone deserves credit. Par the course, but odious all the same. 
    -Likewise, he indulges a bit of ego-stroking by saying that once his name was taken off the Sonic solicitations after he went to work on Knuckles, pre-orders for that book went down. This was evidently the 'first time he realized he mattered', and oh, the consequences THAT would have later down the line. 
    -A few more bits of Knuckles trivia- SEGA apparrently DIDN'T approve of the very first Knuckles story he ever did, which was issue 13 of the Sonic book. The reason it was still published though was because this memo only came after it was already out, and then-editor Scott Fulop basically pointed out that if they pulled the book, SEGA would have to foot the bill. So, the story remained. Likewise, Penders was actually given a choice to either be the sole writer for Sonic, or Knuckles. Given what the Knuckles book was under him and the fact it was cancelled after 32 issues, I can't help but feel that the Sonic book proper dodged a rather sizeable bullet. 
    -He cites Conan the Barbarian as the inspiration for his direction with Knuckles- that the story of Knuckles would ultimately be the story of his life and his legacy. Real pity that he forgot about all the parts about Conan being the master of his own destiny rather than the perpetual puppet of all his literal ancestors…
    -Hoo boy. On giving more talk about Echidna, Penders brings up one of the few times Gabrie stepped in regarding his stories. Evidently Penders wanted the Dingo to be even MORE explicitly Nazi-like, and going by his exact phrasing I strongly suspect he wanted to just straight-up add Swastikas into the mix, or something VERY close visually. Penders 'didn't see the issue', but Gabrie refused to let him have this. He also brings up how 'proud' he was of the Lost Tribe storyline, how it 'established the theme of science vs religion and conveyed it in a way that kids could understand'. As tends to be the case, his interpretation of his work is, at best, overly generous. 
    -Finally we get to his last year on the book. He brings up Mike Pellerito and, much as he said with Bob Harris, he repeatedly claims that Pellerito tried to 'insert himself into the process', seemingly oblivious to the fact that this is what an editor does. He pretty much cites this as the key contributor to him leaving, because the job 'wasn't fun anymore'. This doesn't exactly speak well of his professional behavior given that for the longest time, by his own admission, he had a LOT of leeway on the book, the kind that most writers in comics would have killed to have. That he left after having to deal with what everyone else in the industry deals with does nothing to dispel the notion of him being a spoiled, entitled brat who couldn't actually handle a more stringent work environment. 
    Soo yeah, for the most part there's not really much of anything new. He basically talks about the same stuff he always talks about when relating his career to someone else, to the point it's almost rote, and taken on its own nothing really seems off. Taken into the wider context of his online behavior though, it still shows the same patterns he shows elsewhere- the self-congratulation, the painting of people impeding him as being malicious in doing so, and of course the implicit desire for greater recognition at the expense of others who worked on the book. 
    In short? It's Penders being Penders, and even when putting on his game face he can't stop THAT from bleeding through. No matter how pleasant he comes off, one must always take what he says with a grain of salt, given his habitual lying elsewhere. 
     
     
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    Adamis got a reaction from Âmesang in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    Well, I'm also dealing with information from the last time I translated something for him... two years ago (!)
    But he keeps telling the main changing points are in Sonic #50, 125 and 144.
    I also wonder... who is really interested in reading the continuation of a story from 10+ years ago, that got modified/erased more than once and even ceased publication, with a different art style and focus, featuring ersatz of licenced characters ? Why not something new, not attached to this past publication ?
    Plus, at his rhythm, he'll never finish the whole 7 or so books.
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    Adamis got a reaction from RobotnikHolmes in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    Well, I'm also dealing with information from the last time I translated something for him... two years ago (!)
    But he keeps telling the main changing points are in Sonic #50, 125 and 144.
    I also wonder... who is really interested in reading the continuation of a story from 10+ years ago, that got modified/erased more than once and even ceased publication, with a different art style and focus, featuring ersatz of licenced characters ? Why not something new, not attached to this past publication ?
    Plus, at his rhythm, he'll never finish the whole 7 or so books.
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    Adamis got a reaction from Sidronas in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    Well, I'm also dealing with information from the last time I translated something for him... two years ago (!)
    But he keeps telling the main changing points are in Sonic #50, 125 and 144.
    I also wonder... who is really interested in reading the continuation of a story from 10+ years ago, that got modified/erased more than once and even ceased publication, with a different art style and focus, featuring ersatz of licenced characters ? Why not something new, not attached to this past publication ?
    Plus, at his rhythm, he'll never finish the whole 7 or so books.
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