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    biznizz got a reaction from Yuli Ban in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    If there is one good, personal thing that's come of Penders & his ever-delayed opus, it's that it's inspired me to start writing my own personal stuff again.
     
    And if I ever hit a block and lose heart, I'll be able to say to myself with the absolute truth, "At least I'm making more progress than Penders has, and no matter how ameteur it is, it'll still be of better quality than his."
     
    So thank you Ken. You (and a few other, fanfic, writers whose writings of.... dubious quality) have given me the resolve to try to be a better writer than you. Even if my story right now is about Green Lantern (no Sonic, however), I know I have more respect for that IP than you ever did with Sonic's.
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    biznizz got a reaction from Yuli Ban in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    ...Please don't tell me you are contemplating harrasment/stalking/threats/violence against Penders. Not only is that never okay, no matter how much of a douchebag the person is, but certain authority figures take that sh*t seriously. If nothing else, you'll get the mods all over you and possibly suspend/ban you.
     
     
     
     
    Also, it wasn't just Ben Bates that Penders slammed. He's also talked trash about Tracy Yardley; accusing him of not being as good or expressive as one of his old collaborators like Art Mawhinney.
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    biznizz got a reaction from Yuli Ban in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    Last bit for the night. Talked to the man myself.
     


     


     


     
    You know... for all of Boom's faults... I can honestly say it's more enjoyable than anything L-SC has shown, or even Pen's super ceral stuff like 25YL.
     
    Also, last I checked, the show's getting at least another season. Am I mistaken in that assumption?
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    biznizz got a reaction from slovakian in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    ...I'm actually surprised that no one's drawn that fan art yet, especially given how much people despised the kid. I can recall someone drawing Penders doing the End Game fall, tho. http://kaminyu.deviantart.com/art/Fall-of-Penders-colored-97301088
     

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    biznizz got a reaction from SwissBunny in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    Okay, so what advice would I give to make the Lara-Su Chronicles more appealing?
     
    First, get a co-writer. Or do a variant on the Marvel Method, where the general plot is devised by Penders, then the script itself is expanded and refined by the medium of another writer. That way you avoid unnecessary bolding, overuse of beats, and improved dialogue at the least.
     
    Second, get another artist. Ken Penders is not a great penciler. At best, he could provide breakdowns for another artist to use, but even that's unlikely given he has done things like the "Z" paneling layout before. This leads into the next topic...
     
    Third, REDESIGN THE CHARACTERS. One of the most reviled parts of this whole project is the outright ugly and gross designs that characters like Lara-Su, Lien-Da and even "K'nox" have. Aside from the fact that they still look blatantly like SEGA style Echidnas, the attempts to make them look more distinct have resulted in them looking worse than they ever have before, with their malformed "human-like" proportions. This is not helped when the 3D modeler, Kevin, is given little to work with which is led to the Nightmare Renders of Days Past to the more recent K'nox render. I have no clue how good this Kevin is otherwise but, while I'm sure he's no Rafa, he probably has his hands tied by trying to stay faithful to Ken's terrible designs. A new artist could probably help him make more visually appealing renders for the project.
     
    Fourth, The Past. Let it go. What is perhaps the BIGGEST grievance people have is that it is blatantly trying to continue plot threads from the Sonic & Knuckles books, to the point that a thinly disguised Knuckles is still apparently a big part of the story to the point of getting a render and a large profile on the front cover art (bigger than Lara-Su). Angel Island is still the Floating Island, there is a Master Emerald stand-in, etc. Penders is trying to have his cake and eat it too; by saying that LSC can stand on it's own while saying it's still 100% canon to his Sonic stuff.
     
    He has the characters, fine whatever. Use them, but rework the past, the mythology. Don't have the Echidna characters on a Floating Island, have them somewhere else. Use your Dark Legion, but don't have their origins be a result of Chaos Emerald stand-ins. I realize he is adamant on not starting all the way back at square one, but as it is the minimal effort he has put into the backstory is unacceptable, and as is there will be little chance for the public to take it seriously.
     
    Fifthly, Aliens. Go all in or don't bother. The Echidnas are Ech'yd'nyas or however you spell them. Geoffrey is a skunk and Brownie is a Cocker Spaniel. These two groups do not go together on a planet that they both originated from. Either radically alter EVERYONE to be a more visually distinct alien species, or keep them the same. Except for the Echidnas; in which case, I say change their species ENTIRELY or make them actually look more like real life Echidnas, because they still look SEGA-style albiet very ugly.
     
    And, for now, finally... Don't count your chickens before you hatch. Let the first volume stand on it's own; do not make it obvious that you are banking on sequels. How many books, movies, video games, etc. have tried to be franchises from the get-go, yet fail after the first installment because they focused more on the overall vision, they lost sight of the first installment? That's not to say that everything needs to be wrapped up in a neat bow by the end of book 1, but if the book is blatant in saying "Buy the rest to get the WHOLE story", all you will get is an unsatisfied customer reading an incomplete story. Tell a compelling, complete story that will want your readers hungry for more, rather than keep everything out on a stick and say "If you wait until book 8, then you will finally be satisfied".
     
    Take Harry Potter for example. J.K. Rowling had always had planned for there to be seven books from the concept's genesis (IIRC). But Philosopher's/Sorcereror's Stone can be read as a stand alone, with a beginning, middle, and end. Not everything was resolved, but you could probably believe that Voldemort was now fully dead, and Harry had a whole education ahead of him with his new friends.
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    biznizz got a reaction from SurrealBrain in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    I think that picture of Xero is at least 2 years old; it certainly isn't new.
    It's hard to even see him and Lara as even the same species. Maybe in the same familial taxonomy, but definitely not in species.
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    biznizz got a reaction from DaddlerTheDalek in Archie Sonic Main Discussion   
    ...But will she still going to be a living lie detector that will prevent anyone from lying in front of her that will be mentioned only once and never again?
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    biznizz got a reaction from QuantumEdge in Archie Sonic Main Discussion   
    ...But will she still going to be a living lie detector that will prevent anyone from lying in front of her that will be mentioned only once and never again?
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    biznizz got a reaction from Syntax Speedway in Archie Sonic Main Discussion   
    ...But will she still going to be a living lie detector that will prevent anyone from lying in front of her that will be mentioned only once and never again?
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    biznizz got a reaction from Forte-Metallix in Archie Sonic Main Discussion   
    ...But will she still going to be a living lie detector that will prevent anyone from lying in front of her that will be mentioned only once and never again?
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    biznizz got a reaction from Zaysho in Archie Sonic Main Discussion   
    ...But will she still going to be a living lie detector that will prevent anyone from lying in front of her that will be mentioned only once and never again?
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    biznizz got a reaction from Sonictrainer in Archie Sonic Main Discussion   
    ...But will she still going to be a living lie detector that will prevent anyone from lying in front of her that will be mentioned only once and never again?
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    biznizz got a reaction from horridus in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    I think that picture of Xero is at least 2 years old; it certainly isn't new.
    It's hard to even see him and Lara as even the same species. Maybe in the same familial taxonomy, but definitely not in species.
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    biznizz got a reaction from DaddlerTheDalek in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    I'm back after another hiatus, and, honestly, I'm surprised that Ken actually did something by releasing Geoffrey's bio.
     
    And it is as bad as I expected. Ugh.
     
    This just makes me think that, in addition to wanting reprint rights and the cash that'd come with it, the real reason Pen wants to buy out the old creators' copyrights is because, literally, he was too lazy to try to rewrite history without them.
     
    And would someone, for the love of all that's good, please tell me if they're still supposed to be aliens or not, if Ech'chyd,nya is actually still a thing or what.
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    biznizz got a reaction from KingScoopaKoopa in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    I'm back after another hiatus, and, honestly, I'm surprised that Ken actually did something by releasing Geoffrey's bio.
     
    And it is as bad as I expected. Ugh.
     
    This just makes me think that, in addition to wanting reprint rights and the cash that'd come with it, the real reason Pen wants to buy out the old creators' copyrights is because, literally, he was too lazy to try to rewrite history without them.
     
    And would someone, for the love of all that's good, please tell me if they're still supposed to be aliens or not, if Ech'chyd,nya is actually still a thing or what.
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    biznizz got a reaction from MightyRay in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    I'm back after another hiatus, and, honestly, I'm surprised that Ken actually did something by releasing Geoffrey's bio.
     
    And it is as bad as I expected. Ugh.
     
    This just makes me think that, in addition to wanting reprint rights and the cash that'd come with it, the real reason Pen wants to buy out the old creators' copyrights is because, literally, he was too lazy to try to rewrite history without them.
     
    And would someone, for the love of all that's good, please tell me if they're still supposed to be aliens or not, if Ech'chyd,nya is actually still a thing or what.
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    biznizz got a reaction from QuantumEdge in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    I'm back after another hiatus, and, honestly, I'm surprised that Ken actually did something by releasing Geoffrey's bio.
     
    And it is as bad as I expected. Ugh.
     
    This just makes me think that, in addition to wanting reprint rights and the cash that'd come with it, the real reason Pen wants to buy out the old creators' copyrights is because, literally, he was too lazy to try to rewrite history without them.
     
    And would someone, for the love of all that's good, please tell me if they're still supposed to be aliens or not, if Ech'chyd,nya is actually still a thing or what.
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    biznizz got a reaction from horridus in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    I'm back after another hiatus, and, honestly, I'm surprised that Ken actually did something by releasing Geoffrey's bio.
     
    And it is as bad as I expected. Ugh.
     
    This just makes me think that, in addition to wanting reprint rights and the cash that'd come with it, the real reason Pen wants to buy out the old creators' copyrights is because, literally, he was too lazy to try to rewrite history without them.
     
    And would someone, for the love of all that's good, please tell me if they're still supposed to be aliens or not, if Ech'chyd,nya is actually still a thing or what.
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    biznizz got a reaction from Nina Cortex Jovahexeon in Super Mario Bros. Z   
    He'd been having regrets about the series since before he decided to stop it ages ago, I know that for sure.
    He didn't like that Mecha Sonic was just the one from S3&K (and it was probably a b*tch to manipulate with how limited it is), and IIRC, he had immediate regrets about Basilisk.
    What I'm curious about is if all of Sonic's friends are still dead-dead.
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    biznizz got a reaction from Nina Cortex Jovahexeon in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    Last bit for the night. Talked to the man myself.
     


     


     


     
    You know... for all of Boom's faults... I can honestly say it's more enjoyable than anything L-SC has shown, or even Pen's super ceral stuff like 25YL.
     
    Also, last I checked, the show's getting at least another season. Am I mistaken in that assumption?
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    biznizz got a reaction from Monkey Destruction Switch in Archie Sonic Main Discussion   
    Well, we got Naugus and Wendy, plus Breezie is pretty much severed ties with Eggman. As did Snively for the time being. Nack & his team are work for hire; Eggman just hires them a lot.
    My guess is that the BBA were basically strong armed into joining the Eggman Empire, like the Dark Legion in the old continuity. I hope that they only joined to avoid Eggman's wrath, not because they are actually loyal to his cause.
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    biznizz got a reaction from Writer's Blah in Super Mario Bros. Z   
    He'd been having regrets about the series since before he decided to stop it ages ago, I know that for sure.
    He didn't like that Mecha Sonic was just the one from S3&K (and it was probably a b*tch to manipulate with how limited it is), and IIRC, he had immediate regrets about Basilisk.
    What I'm curious about is if all of Sonic's friends are still dead-dead.
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    biznizz got a reaction from Monkey Destruction Switch in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    I'm not really buying that "My wife didn't tell me" excuse. Ken's always been chomping at the bit to spread his name around so, even if he doesn't really prioritize video games at all (sticking to TV & film). So you'd think that if a large, well-known video game company asked him to do some consulting work or an upcoming SONIC game, she would tell him.
    My guess is that it's a half truth. He probably was busy with something, Bioware left a message with his wife, and then when she told him, Ken decided that it wasn't important enough to actually give a sh*t about.
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    biznizz got a reaction from GoldfishGroup in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    You wanna know what the sad part is about that first tweet? The fact that he referred Eggman as "Robo-Robotnik".
    Technically accurate, given Eggman's convoluted origin in the old continuity*, but just goes to show how little of a shit he gave about the franchise as a whole. No, it couldn't be Eggman, the Japanese surname that was used in Adventure onwards, it had to explicitly be mentioned that he was ROBO-Robotnik to emphasize that it was the character that Ken "created" back in the early issues.
    I still have no idea how he's able to own a copyright on characters named Robo-Robotnik and Evil Sonic the Hedgehog, especially when the latter was given more personality and a name/appearance change, that apparently brought more credability to his claim or something...?
    Of course, I have already mentioned how ludicrous the idea that the Dark Legion being any sort of sizable threat to the Eggman Empire was even before the creation of the Dark Egg Legion/Egg Bosses. Robotnik/Eggman poses a threat to the entire world, the Dark Legion barely can keep up a threat to Knuckles and was barely able to threaten Angel Island even before Bollers had the Eggman-backed Dingoes subjugate the Island and force the Legion into hiding.
     
     
    *Because it just wouldn't be simple to just bring back the original Robotnik in a new body, noooo it had to be a friggin' alternate universe doppleganger who holds no past connection the versions of the characters we've followed since the beginning. It's telling that Flynn only alluded to this stupid ass origin when he absolutely had to, like that flashback story where Naugus tells Eggman of when he met Robotnik in the Zone of Silence because Eggman barely knew who Naugus was at the time.
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    biznizz got a reaction from Hyper Enesephus in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    Aside from (from what Ken thinks is) teenage drama, Lara isn't going to be portrayed as anything less than perfect. She'll get into the bet, go on the waterfall in her Sukini, meet Micheal, then win because she's inherited her father's Chaos Powers and is the new Chosen One who will save the civilization and possibly recreate the planet.
    That's pretty much how Ken writes, then and now.
    The only question is if Liendiva actually does something worth a sh*t to show that she's a villain. Despite her being on talking terms with Julie because "family forgives family, no matter what", which is such complete horse crap even without the idea that she basically mindraped Julie twice and tried to... kill her(?) on at least a few occasions.
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