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  1. Welcome back! ?

    1. Osmium


      wait he's back??

    2. Sunwalker


      Hehehe, I guess that I spoiled it a few moments before :P

      He had mentioned it on IRC.

    3. Osmium


      Yep, we all know now. :P

  2. I have around 50 hours on this game and I am liking it. I have learned about it just recently, so I avoided the hype train. I came to the game without any expectations, so I guess that this was why I was able to enjoy it. I am also glad that I have spoiled me about what happens when you get to the center of the galaxy, so I will not be disappointed and I know that I don't have to rush there, I can just enjoy the exploration part. I found out that I had the most fun with some self-imposed challenges. I once got a new ship in an extreme planet, the sentinels just attack you on sight there plus the planet was very toxic; I needed to get supplies to fix and refuel the ship under those circumstances, and it was quite daunting and rewarding. Sometimes I decide to actually walk a large distance to some building, instead of just quickly doing by ship; dealing with the terrain, battling the sentinels, and looking for rare resources along the way also make it more rewarding. I saw someone people on Reddit commenting that the game got much better and challenging for them after ditching the scanner, and having to find resources by exploration. I haven't tried this myself yet, however.
  3. Ken Penders is walking in circles around The Lara Su Chronicles for years now. There is some new art once in every blue moon, but truth be told there was no considerable progress since the settlement with Archie. This makes to imagine that his whole legal brouhaha was never about making his story, but rather about making a point. Though which point exactly is anyone's guess. Or it could be just that he works better when he is under the direction of an editor and deadlines, when he is on his own he seems to not know how to manage time and resources in an effective manner, and never gets anywhere. Better advice that I heard about witting is to write often and prolifically, and also to read a lot. By the time in which an amateur writer have spent years polishing a single chapter of his "magnum opus", a professional writer have already published lots of stuff and made lots of money.
  4. The End of Forum thread on BKC somehow got lost in the forum closing, and with it went the farewell posts of plenty of people, and also the link for the download of the forum backup. I was the one who made the backup, and I have managed to recover all the posts from my backups. Here is the link to the backup: http://1drv.ms/1JCHbIL Note that I placed the lost posts also in a separate file, for the sake of convenience. I also noticed that that the images uploaded to BKC were also lost, but I can recover most of them through a backup of January 7th 2016, that I have on my computer. I will upload them to the above backup once I have finished digging them up .
  5. I am the one who did the forum backup. Here is the link to the backup: http://1drv.ms/1JCHbIL Fortunately, I have managed to savage all the 14 pages of the End of the Forum thread, before they were somehow lost. I have put them in a separate file in the above backup, for the sake of simplicity, so you do not have to download a 700 MB file just to see them. By the way, I have also noticed that the images uploaded to the forum were also lost, but I can recover them from a previous backup of January 7th 2016, that I have on my computer. I will upload them to the backup linked above once I finish digging them up. I am also getting in touch with Ian about what I could recover, and I will see where else I can post this link. Anyone with doubts or concerns about this backup, feel free to PM me on this forum On a related note, here goes some advice. Contrary to the popular belief, things do disappear from the Internet. So if you see some important page that you think you will need to refer later, then bookmark it and save it. Aside from saving on the computer, there are a couple of online places that allow you to archive pages: archive.is and web.archive.org (it has a save page form at the bottom). This way you decrease the chances of important material getting lost, especially when you need to refer to them in the future. I have also made a script that submitted to Web Archive all the URLs I have found, so Web Archive has almost all of the forum archived in a browsable form, wxcept for the URLs that went down before it had the chance to crawl, but the archive is pretty extensive anyways .
  6. The numbers from volumes 1 and 2, I got from the yearly reports instead of the monthly ones (which are somewhat bigger than the figures of the launch month). I would do the same for volumes 3 and 4, but they not even appeared in their respectively yearly reports, so I guess that their sales didn't increase much in the following months..
  7. About the sales, what I could find on Comichron was: Knuckles The Echidna Archives Vol. 1: 1,900 Knuckles The Echidna Archives Vol. 2: 1,800 Knuckles The Echidna Archives Vol. 3: 1,319 Knuckles The Echidna Archives Vol. 4: 1,080 Remembering that the site only tracks direct sales, but I don't think that other kind of sales were that big. There are no way to know the number of digital sales, but the number of ratings on Comixology should be a reasonable indicative of the order of magnitude. The most popular comics usually have hundreds of ratings, and some even go above a thousand. The Knuckles Archives books only have, each one, from 2 to 4 ratings.
  8. So I was browsing ancient sites about Archie Sonic, and I found an interesting excerpt written by Ken Penders. It is from an online editorial for the Archie website. This part has got my attention (source, my emphasis): From: http://web.archive.org/web/19980109135030/http://archiecomics.com/sonic/editor.html I find it to be particularly ironic, especially considering the events that would unfold years later...
  9. I already did a couple of backups, which are available to download in the Death Throes thread (link to post). The latest one is from April 2015, though. Ian was not only fine with those backups, but also very pleased (he had contacted me in private back then). But this time I want to do something different: making the backup available in a browsable format, instead of you having to download the entire thing. I am still looking into how I am going to accomplish it. As we speak, I am running an automated program to find and save all the publicly available pages of the forum, and after it is done I will look into ways to make it available on the web. For now, this is only a test run to see if everything works well, I am going to run the program again once the forum is closed in order to get all its content. I still have not contacted Ian, I should do that by his contact email listed on the main site. I did it last time I backed up the content.
  10. I will be up to it once the forum is closed for new posts, so I will be sure of archiving absolutely everything. Then I will upload the archive somewhere and make it browsable. I already did some backups of the forum, which are on the Death Throes thread. This time the difference is that I will upload it somewhere and make it browsable, instead of you having to manually download it first. I still have to look into how I am going to accomplish this, though. Anyways, I guess I am going to talk with Ian first to see what he thinks about it.
  11. I just noticed it, but it seems that I gave you your like #1000 :P


  12. When ice cream sales increase, the rate of homicides also increases. Therefore ice cream causes murder. Correlation is causation. Q.E.D.
  13. This video is a live action reenactment of the infamous opening of the game Zero Wing, the one that spawned the "All your base" meme: I lost the count of how many times I have watched it
  14. I guess you meant "african languages" . In Portuguese there are a single word for both "tongue" and "language", which is "língua", so I see where you are coming from . However in English those are completely different things, "tongue" refers only to the part of the body.
  15. Off panel in better resolution: (click to enlarge)
  16. Edit: I just noticed I have posted this on the wrong thread, sorry. (deleted)
  17. I forgot to mention this on my previous post: the backgrounds are also glaring for me. Most of the times they are just a blue gradient, which really feels uncomfortable and lifeless to my eyes.
  18. I am usually pretty lenient when criticizing stuff, but this time even I feel that the art is off. My problem with the art isn't much the lines, but the coloring. For the most part it just looks "rubbery" for me, there aren't much shading, it is more like different flat colors threw together.
  19. I am always here if you need support. I will keep you on my prayers.

  20. On a more positive note, this is a piece of news that I found heartwarming: Source: http://edition.cnn.com/2015/06/19/us/charleston-church-shooting-main/index.html Forgiving someone who bumped into you in the street is a trivial task, but to forgive someone who did what this criminal did requires a strength of character that I can admire. I don't think I would be capable of doing the same if I were in the place of those families.
  21. I found the comic back in 1995. Back then, it got translated into Portuguese and published here in Brazil. This is the cover of the translated version: I have read the first four issues, and I really enjoyed its take on the characters. I remember that Bunnie was my favorite character at that time. However, when I moved from my old home I stopped reading and almost forgot about the comic. It was at the end of 2012 that I was surprised to find out that the comic was still being made. I mean the original version, I do not know for how long the first Brazilian Portuguese translation lasted. I found about the Sonic comic again when I was reading the digital version of the Mega Man one, which I found almost by chance when I was browsing Comixology. But I didn't start reading STH again as soon I found out about it, at first I got some digests and other trades. The first history I read was "Heart of the Hedgehog", and what got me hooked was that the story had tension, and how emotional it could be. The story let clear that the characters were fragile and mortal, so there were very valuable things at stake. To this day it still is one of my favorite Sonic stories, tied with Spark of Life from Sonic Universe. Another point that I liked a lot was the battle between Sonic and Eggman, after the latter has nuked Mobotropolis. Eggman was trying everything to break Sonic both physically and emotionally, he then said that he has studied Sonic and that he had just reached its limit. Sonic then smirks and says: This scene embodies what Sonic is the most: fast and cool . I really became a regular reader of STH with the Worlds Collide crossover, and I have read every STH and SU issue since then. I never really got too much invested into the pre-reboot universe; though it had many high points, overall I find convoluted and excessively dark at points. I have been enjoying the reboot so far, and my favorite arc from the STH comic was champions thanks to its many really clever characters interactions. For the sake of curiosity, I found out some time ago that there is a new Brazilian Portuguese translation published here, which covers the most recent issues. I still get the original version in digital form through Comixology, but here are a couple of pictures comparing the versions (English and Portuguese) that I found on the Internet (spoilered for size):
  22. For all that I care, the State could declare that 2+2=5 or that a same-sex relationship is the same thing as traditional marriage, notthing of this would change reality. I choose logic over politics at any day.

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    2. Sunwalker


      @Speederino: It is not about "fairness", it is about what is possible. I said that both uniting and procreating are unseparable objectives in my view, so in this way it is not possible to have only one. I still think that gay people can live together, I just do not think it is the same as marriage.

    3. Sunwalker


      @DBZHedgy: The problem with arificial insemination is that it instrumentalize life, it dehumanize people and turn them into a object that can be manipulated. Plus there is all the controversy about who can be considered the parents. I think that everyone has the right to a father and a mother, toying with people's life is disrespectful towards them.

    4. Diogenes


      you've got a lot of gall trying to talk about objective reality when all your arguments are just your personal feelings of what you want to be true

    5. Nepenthe


      Fertility has nothing to do with sexual orientation. Your premise is also too arbitrary to mean anything as people have chosen to have children outside of marriage or to not have children at all within a marriage, yet they are not stigmatized with legal action. There's also no evidence that children who grow up in homosexual households are subject to worse parenting than children in heterosexual households when other variables like income and education are equivalent.

    6. Nepenthe


      The only time children with gay parents have it particularly tougher is when bigots ostracize them for it. But that's not on the parents. It's on the bigots.

    7. Sunwalker


      @Nepenthe: I think we are not on the same page. I am not saying that people who have kids outside marriage should get a legal action, nor homosexual couples. I guess things work different were you live than here in Brazil, there isn't a civil gay marriage here but I never heard about anyone here getting sued for being gay, and I do not think they should be. If they are where you live, then I am legitimally sorry for it. What I am saying is that traditional marriage is what the government...

    8. Sunwalker


      (..cont)What I am saying is that traditional marriage is what the government should foster, because it is what is more healthy for society. (cont...)

    9. Sunwalker
    10. Sunwalker


      (..cont)All of this being said, yes, it is wrong to ostracize people with gay parents, and ostracizing their parents is wrong too. This also is dehumanizing them. Such behavior is what must be illegal, mistreating any person, regardless of their lifestyle, is wrong.

    11. Nepenthe


      Your first link's result blatantly says that children reared by lesbian couples turn out more well adjusted than most children.

      Your second link is from a website with a conservative slant.

      Your third link makes completely irrelevant marks about separation that say nothing about the actual mental and social development of the children in question, dancing around the answer with hems and haws, probably because the idea that children definitely turn out worse is bullsh...

    12. Nepenthe



      And no, everyone here is saying that no one legally bars infertile people or people who don't want kids from getting married. That's because the concept of marriage objectively being for children is also bullshit. We're not dissing litigation, we're dissing the application of socially conservative and religious politics in the face of logic, demonstrated by the fact that you could not answer whether or not you wanted infertile people to be legally barred...

    13. Nepenthe


      *from getting married. Meanwhile, our side of the argument is internally consistent: Anyone who wants to enter into a healthy and consensual relationship with a human being should be allowed to get married.

    14. Sunwalker


      @Diogenes: You are being hasty and fitting me into a stereotype. Saying that, morality is also logic applied to human relationships. This does not contradict with a religious view of morality because if there is a God who is the first cause of everything else, then the logic principles also came from him. (cont.)

    15. Sunwalker


      In order to life even be possible, it is necessary to exist some fundamental principles; otherwise, the Universe would not even exist. Also in order for your mind and reasoning to work, it is also necessary to have some fundamental principles. Therefore, it must exist an objective reality, one that exists outside of our mind, regardless of what one may feel. (cont.)

    16. Sunwalker


      Regardless of whether someone believes in a God who warns you about what is right or wrong, it should not take long for someone to notice that short-term pleasure might lead to long-term pain and destruction, so in order to prevent it one must use his reason in order to moderate and govern his passions in a non-harmful manner. (cont.)

    17. Sunwalker


      Still, man has no power to avert death forever, nor to escape pain, but he does have to power to do his duty and to adjust his mind to reality, and live according to nature, that is, according to logic. What he cannot avert or avoid, such as death, he should accept with tranquility; what he can avert and avoid, such as falsehood, immodesty or cravenness, he should reject. Yes, both theists and atheists can live a moral life. (cont.)

    18. Sunwalker


      What I said previously is that insemination dehumanize people because it is manipulating it, and that it has doubts on who can be considered the parents. Even without needing to look at any formal study, it is not hard to notice that taking always the father or the mother from some kid will leave emotional scars in him or her, and that not having both parents in a loving manner may lead to emotional issues, like depression.

    19. Nepenthe


      The problem with this conversation is that you are still insisting that your subjective religious beliefs are irrefutable logic. Until you scientifically prove that a God actually exists, then prove that the God that does exist is the one from the Christian Bible, then prove that the God from the Bible actually doesn't want gay people marrying, you're arguing on terms that non-religious people are never going to agree to as the baseline. You might as well be starting from what Zeus or...

    20. Nepenthe


      Buddha thinks about this ruling.

    21. Sunwalker


      @Nepenthe: I am not saying it is irrefutable logic, I am saying that it can be approached in a logical manner. And I did not use religious arguments. I also never said anything in the lines of “it is this way because God says so”. What I did say was that this approach has no conflict with believing in God, and that it also works for those who not believe in him. (cont.)

    22. Sunwalker


      If God made the Universe with all the rules in which he works, then nothing that comes from Him (including his Word) can deny each other. For the believer, it is not “this is this way because God says so”, but rather “God says so because it is this way”. (cont.)

    23. Sunwalker


      However, even if someone doesn’t believe in God, he can still observe reality and learn from it. The question here is that there are people (both religious and not) who think that using religious arguments is the only way to make a case for it, so a possible initial reaction is to think that a religious argument was made, even if it wasn’t. (cont.)

    24. Sunwalker


      Moreover, the existence of God is not a scientific question. Science deals with the workings of the physical laws by experimenting stuff, while God, if existing, is the one who made those laws. In other words, God is outside those laws. Science cannot say one way or another why a certain physical law works in a certain way and not another, or how those laws came to be. But Science is not the only way of knowing reality. (cont.)

    25. Sunwalker


      The proof of the God from the Christian Bible can be History itself. It takes centuries for a historical event to be turned into myths and legends, but the narrative of the life of Christ is the same since the first century. The gospels can be dated from this time period, and it also existed secular historians who talked about it (e.g. Josephus). (cont.)

    26. Sunwalker


      This was a matter of a couple of decades, not centuries, there were not enough time to a fantastic legend, like the Greek Gods, to be created. And also many living testimonies were alive at that time, so if the history were a invention it wouldn’t catch on. This is one of the reasons of why I do not believe in Zeus, for example.

  23. I enjoyed this issue, especially the characters interactions. Sticks and Xander were really funny: From one nutcase to another xP I also liked Willy's expressions while Tails was admiring the Robots Masters' designs, and Willy asked Eggman if he were jealous (maybe a little, haha). And there were also the banter between Antoine and Zero, comparing their sabers. Bonus points to the off panel for being so self-aware [emoji13].
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