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  1. Another day, another bundle of excuses. Well, don't fret. Something tells me that the closer we get to the Sonic movie's release date, the more 'progress' we'll see from Penders. That or maybe he'll release more stuff about his own failed Sonic movie pitch. Either way, I doubt we're gonna be seeing anything of genuine substance before this year ends.
  2. The ultimate point I was attempting to make is that it feels like a possible attempt to cash in on something that was still popular around the time he left Archie, and around the time he probably started up on this Colony 6 idea, much like his attempt to break into mainstream comics, The Lost Ones, was an attempt to ride the coattails of the trends set off by Image Comics in the 90s. Even discounting that possibility, the bottom line is that this ideas that he seems so certain would amaze people sounds like other things that already cover the same ground, only far, far more boring, and with a heaping dosage of outdated notions of storytelling heaps onto it. I just find it all indicative of what Penders entire approach to his work is, at this point. There's absolutely nothing here that doesn't feel artificial and like a shallow attempt to appeal to a certain audience while not even bothering to try and actually understand said audience. It's a particularly soulless, corporate approach to creative work, the kind that Penders himself likes to rail against even though he himself is a perfect example of it in action. In short, it feels less like Penders wanted to make 'this' kind of story out of a genuine interest and more because he thought it was what teens wanted to see, and as such didn't bother to make the right kind of effort. Yeah, it's not especially surprising by this point. For a while now Penders has been continually hyping his role in the comics and their impact, to the point where he rather implicitly believes that not only are the comics somehow this unsung international franchise that had a huge audience that was bigger than the games, but that all of that is solely do to him and his efforts. I think that he's so desperate to be regarded as a Big Deal in not just Sonic but the wider comics industry that he's trying his damndest to convince himself that this is all the case and that he is the unsung hero of the Sonic franchise. The dreadful irony is that at one point he had a rather realistic understanding of how the games influenced the sales and popularity of the book, namely that during that period after Sonic 3+Knuckles and Sonic Adventure, with SatAM being cancelled and no new big games or shows in the interim, Archie was the 'only game in town' for a while in North America. Of course, he's since revised his opinion, largely so that he can make his career seem more impressive than it actually is. And since everyone is sharing, then yeah, I will say it also- I knew SOnic as a game first and got interested in the other stuff because Sonic led me there. Especially back in the 90s the games VASTLY outsold the comics, and while its not doubtful that people were led into the games via the comics, the numbers would be absolutely minimal compared to people who found the comics via the games and understand Sonic as a game franchise. It's just another symptom of Penders absolutely refusing to acknowledge that Sonic is a VIDEO GAME franchise and that the comics he worked on were just one small part of t hat.
  3. Kim Possible aired in the early 2000s and was a major smash hit, and for a time was the biggest heroine on kids TV, targeted at the same audience that Penders previously purported that he wanted to create for- Young Teenage Girls. Kim Possible's entire deal was doing the whole 'Save the World' bit while juggling with the trials and tribulations of teenage life despite her own extraordinary existence. Notably, Kim managed to stay a fairly good representation of a "basic, average girl" when it came to her interests, indeed demonstrating a lot of traits normally associated with antagonistic teen girls and alpha queens in other shows without any of the negative stigma attached. The show won accolades, praise and popularity due to its clever writing, memorable characters and excellent humor, enough so that it was able to get a fourth season based on popularity power alone. Ken's projects, both this Cara thing and Lara and his initially purported reasons for doing them strike me as extremely similar to the kind of ground that Kim Possible covered- a teenage girl protagonist who is at once a typical teenage girl yet atypical in some way, thrust into extraordinary circumstances alongside others her age, with the themes of the teenaged life taking place side-by-side with said extraordinary circumstance. Only sans any of the stuff that made Kim Possible likable, enjoyable and successful.
  4. It feels like it was made by someone who saw that Kim Possible was popular, and then proceeded to mimic the same beats while at the same time lacking ANY kind of understanding of *why* it was popular. Only somehow it's even MORE artificial and fake feeling than THAT.
  5. I think this is a pretty good demonstration of just how out of touch Penders is when it comes to things like the cultural landscape. He likes to toute himself as some kind of uber feminist, yet as this illustrates, he really has no idea that this kind of premise has been done before and done far better, to the point where NONE of this is innovative or astonishing on its own. Penders presents it this way because he's deeply unfamiliar with the media that utilizes tropes such as these or the fact that media in general has long since surpassed his own ideas. Likewise, the presentation of this feels like something from around the time when he was growing up... in the days when presenting a band, announcers would say something like "Watch out, girls! He's single!" It's an attempt to appeal to teenagers using a method that hasn't been in vogue in a very, very long time. Everything about it just SCREAMS constructed. It's all just part and parcel of Penders' general cluelessness and inability to recognize that he's not really at the forefront of things as he likes to tout. Yeah, I wouldn't doubt that before he decided to begin this entire lawsuit mess, THIS was going to be his attempt at trying to continue the stuff in 25YL via other means. You got the similar name, the color scheme of the clothes, the thematic similarities of teens and dealing with change, the space setting rather than being confined to a single world, etc. I wouldn't say this looks good, given that she still has that 'American ARtist Trying And Failing To Ape Anime Styles' vibe going on strong, but it still looks better put together than a lot of what we have seen of LSC, aside from the by now obligatory Google Image Search cover. If he was going to plunder stuff from this over to Lara-Su, then it's a pity he didn't simply give her that outfit. It's a lot better looking than what we've seen her in so far.
  6. Wish I could say I was surprised, but frankly I'm really not. One impression I got with Penders and his writing in the comic is that he tends to be driven by whatever catches his fancy in the moment, and that's part of the reason why his stories just kinda start to meander after a while. It's no different here, and unless he figures out a way to discipline himself, this really isn't ever gonna come out. Frankly taking a break from social media might help, but given how much he seems to LOVE making a fool of himself on twitter, I don't see that happening anytime soon.
  7. I still remember the time that Penders claimed that this was actually on-par with a hollywood made film. His precise logic seemed to be that using greenscreen effects at all, even as incompetently and poorly done as this, was enough to make it qualify as being Hollywood-tier.
  8. Oh, I don't doubt that Penders is making this up wholesale or, at the very best, GENEROUSLY interpreting basic politeness as being far, far, FAR more significant and grand than it is. You know how Penders occasionally mentions his 'friends who run comic stores' who have a weird tendency to say things that are EXTREMELY complementary or otherwise fits the narrative Penders wants to push super perfectly? Same deal here.
  9. Significantly less amazing than what he's hyping. Like, even if we were to give him the benefit of the doubt that whatever he's got is legitimately well made and high quality? It wouldn't 'mesmerize' or 'amaze' people. He's attaching a level of hyperbole to this that no product on Earth could begin to fulfill, and all he's doing is inviting people to point out how it ISN'T stupendous, amazing and all the other crap he calls it. And let's face it, whatever he's got isn't going to be of any real quality. Quality is anathema to Penders.
  10. Honestly it kinda depends. Some writers are in fact really good at figuring out stuff as they go along, while others work better by planning ahead. Thing of it is, Penders isn't particularly good at either... he's too driven by changes in fancy and having to fixate on his latest interest.
  11. Yeeah, this is kind of a thing with Penders. One thing I've noticed about Penders over the years is that he is far, far more into TALKING about the process and his (shoddy) 'craft' than he is about actually getting any of it done, let alone in a timely or efficient manner. He basically wants praise and accolades for DOING something without actually having to put any of the effort into finishing it, to be listened to and regarded as some kind of Great Creator espousing his insights to the masses. It's really just an incredibly elaborate form of procrastination, and one more sign that this is never going to be finished, let alone within this decade or the coming one.
  12. In fairness, given the truly shoddy quality standards of the book, it IS a possibility. And hey, let's not forget the part where you pointed some of this stuff out to Penders, and his subsequent answer made us all feel unclean! Yep. According to Penders, being deceived twice over is HER transgression. If any of you wonder why I harp on Penders about the feminism thing, well, this is it riiiiiight here. He gets to play Crusader for Creator's Rights while basically trying to spoil the good mood anyone might have about IDW handling the Sonic IP at the moment. It's not a coincidence that he started up on this when he first heard IDW was picking up the book. He doesn't care about IDW's practices, just that they are handling Sonic and he isn't.
  13. The worst part of all? It's not really Sonic he puts on a pedestal. It's Sonic-As-Envisioned-By-Penders. The comparison to the guy who obsesses over his glory years in high school is pretty apt, because it's pretty clear that Penders has based a deeply unhealthy amount of his identity and his own personal worth on his days in Sonic and ESPECIALLY Knuckles. Sonic represents a time when he was successful, had a fandom, was allowed a great deal of creative freedom... the only time in his entire career where he was actually somebody with a bit of fame and clout. NOTHING else ever panned out for him- his career in Star Trek before he came onto Sonic ended in under a year, and before Sonic he kinda languished. Nor was he ever able to branch out into anything else, which is especially astounding (And telling) given how long he spent on Sonic and the kind of connections he SHOULD have been able to build because of that. The Archie Sonic Comic also brought him as close as he could ever get to making an actual movie, something he deeply, deeply craves... and that lost opportunity is something he STILL can't get over. Especially because... he threw it all the way. That's the biggest tragedy/irony in this entire sordid tale. He wasn't fired from his job- he LEFT. Because it got too hard for him, and then sat back and watched as someone else came on board to much, much more critical acclaim and praise then he ever got. The two kinda ping-ponged responsibilities for that one. Ken basically got things started with the introduction of Geoffrey as a serious contender for Sally's affections, under some... INCREDIBLY dubious, creepy logic. Around the time Knuckles was introduced he also revealed that he and Sally had been childhood friends that, naturally, Sally never mentioned before Because Of Reasons, and hinted at the idea that Knuckles had a crush on her. That one never really went anywhere, thank mercy, but still. Anyway, eventually Penders got to move on to do the Knuckles series, and so those particular plot points as he focused his efforts on Knuckles. Enter Bollers. Bollers would re-ignite the relationship drama with his addition of Mina Mongoose, which would last for a multitude of issues until finally coming to a close with the story arc of Heart Held Hostages, wherein Mina would eventually move on from being a love interest of Sonic's. Though in the meantime, the shipping wars got really NASTY in the fandom during this time, and the relationship drama wasn't to end. While the aftermath of One Year Later would try to close the Mina thing once and for all by giving her a boyfriend, the relationship drama didn't end there, as we were then treated to The Slap. Interestingly enough, The Slap wasn't done for the sake of pairing Sonic up with anyone, but it was still a poorly conceived, poorly executed mess of an idea that added to the tangle of relationship plots in the comic. And then, Bollers would leave, and Ken Penders would take over once again and oh my... THIS is where we hit rock bottom. We are treated to things like Evil Sonic retroactively impersonating Sonic and engaging in relationships with several girls (including Bunnie), and then Sonic would come back and get with Fiona (in a relationship initially started by Evil Sonic) and ruin his friendship with TAils and then SAlly would almost get married off to Evil Antoine and oh dear GOD this period of the comics was just the worst...! ...so, yeah, they both hold responsibility for it. As does Justin Gabrie for allowing it to get to the point that it did. Tell me about it. The Knuckles series was something I loved dearly as a kid, even as I got older and realized it wasn't as good as I remembered... and then I saw Penders talking about how Locke wasn't meant to be viewed as in the wrong for his actions, and it kinda all unfurled to me that the execution of his ideas were garbage, and much of what I had liked was either stuff I had come up with or had seen done well in fanfic. Even to this day, I'm still kind of attached to it all, despite all the crap that happened. Aye. For whatever it's worth, Bollers managed to get an Eisner nominated series in the aftermath of all of this and is a well regarded professional for his efforts. Penders by contrast is still hyping up a product that does not and likely will never exist while getting into slap fights on the internet over a cartoon hedgehog. It really, really says nothing good about Penders that out of all the people who used to work on Sonic, he's the only one who has never moved on from it. And you would indeed be absolutely correct about the Editor being a big part of why things got as bad as they did. You know I mentioned that Penders had a few editors who never gave him proper oversight? The most infamous of these was Justin Gabrie, who was the editor on the book for a VERY long time, and was pretty much the guy responsible for things getting as bad as they did in the Pre-Flynn era. See, Gabrie was a very 'hands off' editor and, more or less, pretty much left the writers to their own devices, and I get the feeling that he just didn't want to deal with things. A LOT of the dysfunction of the old days ties back to him, and the 25YL incident is a pretty good illustration of that- he likely told both writers what they wanted to hear and allowed things to proceed. Tellingly, once Gabrie left, Penders eventually left as well... due to having to put up with an Editor who actually tried to instill a bit of discipline. And oooh yes, 25YL DID go on for far, far too long. Before the storyline was forcibily ended it had already lasted over a year, and in all that time the plot had only BARELY moved forward. It's especially ludicrous given that initially, 25YL was planned as a single Super Special called "Knuckles: 20 Years Later". How a 48 page special was bloated out into the monstrosity that it became is beyond me, but there was no excuse for it to get as bad as it did, nor for Penders to believe that it would be the One True Future of the comic. You know, the ironic thing is? Even if Penders HAD gotten a real greenlight, I don't think he'd have gone home happy. In all likelihood the project would have been handed over to a director with actual experience, the script would be re-written several times, and Penders would likely have little to no real input or influence. By the time it was over it would no longer really be his movie, and Penders would STILL be bitching and ranting and obsessing over how 'those hollywood FOOLS' ruined his 'dream' and insist on how much better his TRUE vision would have been.
  14. I think Penders' assumption is that SEGA would either finance it directly or otherwise do all the heavy lifting.
  15. Yeah. It's actually kind of incredible really- Penders tends to express a disdain for 'suits', yet his mindset is SO corporate and profit driven that he can't seem to comprehend why there would be hard feelings from SEGA, or why they would be adverse to his 'creative vision' for Knuckles. A vision that ceased to have any kind of relevance for nearly a decade. God, can you imagine what it must have been like for whoever SEGA sent to negotiate? To hear this guy essentially go 'I'll call it all off if you let me make my Knuckles movie'? Unrealistic expectations, thy name is Penders.

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