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  1. I myself have been banking on him hastily editing the SEGA characters into just-altered-enough expies in order to justify what he's doing. Given what we've seen of Penders coloring/inking/shading in general, I get the feeling that THIS is good idea of what we're in for if this ever does see the light of day-
  2. Eeeh, not so much a proper update as it is a progress report, but what the hell- This won't end well... is what I'd say if I felt this was ever getting released.
  3. Either that, or the time spent on making the Lara-Su Chronicles has given him an idea of just how difficult it'd be to make a Lost Ones comic/graphic novel on his own. Granted, he didn't rule out the possibility of it being a movie, sooo maybe he IS just being more honest about what he 'really' thinks of comics as a medium...
  4. He's had several deadlines in the past and failed to meet all of them, the earliest being when he announced it was 'coming soon in 2012!'. As for the App, it's something he's spoken of often, and he IS doing work on it. He's even said he's 'aiming' for SOMETHING to be released this summer, but given his past failures when it comes to this, nobody is holding their breath. So in short? This project is officially in 'it'll be finished when it's finished' mode. I really cannot wait to see the self-published Lost Ones novel, because we all know if ANYTHING ever comes of that godforsaken project of his, THAT would be the most likely to actually manifest. Slightly concerned as to what this 'project' is, but given his track record, I'm not exactly holding my breath for anything of substance to manifest... as per the norm for Penders.
  5. Y'know, I'm getting a real laugh out of how oblivious he is to how his logic regarding the whole Knuckles Omnibus thing could screw him. By one way or the next he's acting as if ownership of the stories somehow overrides or sidesteps the copyrights of the characters and concepts not owned by him- Knuckles, Sonic, Chaos Emeralds, etc. So if he could do this as he says, then what would stop SEGA/Archie/IDW or what have you from reprinting Flynn's stories given that, while they all feature stuff that belongs to him, they are not WRITTEN by him? Like, for any of this to work, he's basically arguing that copyright and ownership is functionally worthless.
  6. Oh come now, that's hardly fair- she's just starting out after all. She's BOUND to get better in due course. ...by about volume 5 or thereabouts. So, effectively never. Whiner Lara is here to stay.
  7. Boy you really DO learn something new everyday, and that is so, so much better/worse. Huh, interesting. While I can understand the need to change 'The Floating Island' into something different/more unique (at least in theory), I do have to wonder what prompted the change so suddenly. And oh boy, I cannot wait to see what new and amazing ways Penders will disappoint us all. Shouldn't really be possible a this point, but it seems to be his one true talent.
  8. Teensy weensy sorta-update here. So, that's the con-lang of the Echyd'nya. I'm not dedicated enough to track this page down to do a side-by-side, but I'm reasonably certain it's a cipher as suggested earlier. I think I'd appreciate the effort to differentiate The Floating Island (Avion) a bit more if A) He hadn't gone on and on about how differences between the old and the new would be minimal and B ) If he didn't keep insisting on this being a hard sci-fi story and this being an utterly alien world while utilizing something clearly derived from Latin. That last one is a bit petty, I admit, especially given his refusal to undo the clearly Earth based names of many of the characters, but still. EDIT Okay so I finally tracked down the page and did a side by side- whoever suggested the Echydnya language'd just be a font? They get a cookie, cause that's what it is, right down to the exclamation point getting its own symbol. I should also note that 'Avion' is a name used in He-Man, as the homeland for THIS guy- I'm honestly willing to give Penders the benefit of the doubt, but between this and the CyberDark thing... his independently creative abilities ain't lookin' so hot.
  9. Technically, but really its just his usual grandstanding over politics. Penders having a lot of 'those' fans is incidental rather than intentional, and it's especially amazing given that Penders tends to be upfront about his political leanings. He's either unaware of the fact that that's the sort of person a lot of his work appeals to, or he's simply unwilling to acknowledge it. Either way though, he's far too invested in his self-given image of being a kind of uber-liberal crusader for justice sort to do that sort of things... besides, his written application of his political leanings is so incompetent it doesn't make much difference anyway. It'd be tragic if he wasn't such an insincere and self-serving jerk.
  10. You know, honestly? At this point all I can really feel is pity. Sure, I'm kind of annoyed, maybe even a little offended, but... this whole display is just too pathetic for me to really muster the effort. He wants so badly to be seen as some kind of Big Deal in comics, and there's nothing that backs it up outside of the elaborate fantasy he's constructed for himself.
  11. Well, he does have a script. Maybe he has bits and pieces of THAT translated ahead of time before doing the proper work? I dunno. I'd hate to think even Penders would do things THAT ass-backwards, but you never really know with him... You mean that the App ISN'T the 8th Wonder of the World that Penders promised since first announcing it? I am shocked. Flabbergasted. Aghast. Utterly and totally bewildered, I tell you.
  12. This is a recurring theme with Penders, namely that he tends to do things the way a major corporation might, while ignoring the fact that corporations are able to do things like multiple translations upon releasing a product because they have the resources needed to do so for an international release. Penders INSISTS on acting this way despite it being painfully clear to everyone else that this is not the way to proceed. It ties into how Penders perceives himself, and this project. The rest of the world rightly see's an indy creator working on an indy comic project. Penders however see's himself in terms of being a guy with a big, built-in international fanbase accrued from the decade he spent on Archie, with his work being a sort of unfettered continuation of what he began with Archie. He's going into this with a LOT of assumptions, and none of them are even remotely correct.
  13. I realize that he's purposely been dragging his feet, but given just how good he is at giving himself meaningless busywork and excuses to do literally anything at all other than the story itself, I really do have to wonder how true that is. Cause if it's still true? He's doing FAR too good a job of making himself look like an easily distracted dawdler.
  14. You know... I'm actually not even slightly surprised. I'm only surprised it took him THIS long to announce he was gonna try his hand at creating an Echyd'nya language. The only question that remains is which major fictional language he's gonna plagiarize to make this. My money's on Klingon, but who knows!
  15. D'oh! I missed that part. My bad there, my bad. This is a less than stellar day for my reading comprehension I fear.
  16. A valiant effort, very valiant indeed. Though in the end this might have been a bit of a fruitless endeavor, for the simple fact that Penders excuses are just that- excuses. Not too long ago he got into a twitter argument over the presence of teleporters on Angel Island and his contradictory reasons for not including/acknowledging them in his written work when he evidently knew about their existence, eventually blocking the guy who brought it up when it became clear that Penders had no real justifiable reason for doing it, to say nothing of how badly it dismantles his arguments regarding the value and originality of his conceit of being the one to introduce the idea of the Echidna being a scientifically advanced people. The bottom line is that Penders was more than perfectly capable of researching these things on his own. He had the means and the excuse (his son) to look into Sonic stuff. He just couldn't be bothered to really do so, as in the end he wasn't really interested in actually adapting the games in any significant way. Nor has he ever bothered to have any real idea of what the Franchise provided for fodder- this is a guy who was convinced in the late 2000s that Sonic had only 'a few dozen games' at best and that the Archie books were this huge, international smash seller that is evidently more pronounced in the global consciousness than the games themselves. He literally lives in his own little world, and nothing is gonna dislodge him from it. Anyway... got a bit of a not update here. https://twitter.com/KenPenders/status/1361837091638759424/photo/1 Yep. That's right folks. Lara-Su Chronicles will be available in POLISH now. Yep. Polish. Still no hint of when this will ever be released, but fret not- Polish people can now have their literary sensibilities offended like the rest of us when the time does come.
  17. Same reason as why he would have things like a first person POV of surgery or include a poem about the Holocaust in the Knuckles' books- to make himself look like a more 'mature' writer who is able to handle more mature subjects. "THIS ISN'T YOUR DAD'S LARA-SU" or some such, that sort of thing.
  18. Ah, but then however would Penders prove he is in fact a Big Boy Writer if he didn't include Big Boy Writer things?
  19. *dusts off thread* In a truly shocking development, Penders has posted... an entirely NEW page! Well, the lines of one at least. Given that he's usually content to just re-post the same stuff over and over, this is actually kind of surprising... though not as surprising as the Echydn'ya corpse. Eesh. So much for THAT being a background gag.
  20. In lesser news, Penders has posted yet another commission. If you ever wanted to see a younger version of Cobar, then today is your... less than lucky day. Well, I guess now I know why he's never been shown in his full figure- it was to shield us from the horror of the warped proportions of his body.
  21. Good question. I would guess that, in theory, a licensed work COULD fall into the public domain provided the license holder were to permit it. In theory. In practice I really don't see how that could happen without it being a clusterfuck given that said licensed work would in fact contain characters owned and created by the license holder. I guess it would mean that the stories are publically available and the characters made for the licensed work would be free for anyone to use, but again, I'm not an expert on this and the whole thing sounds like it'd be a weird clusterfuck if it ever were implemented. Sooo yeah, I somehow don't see Archie Sonic falling into the public domain anytime soon. I'm.... really trying to process where this logic comes from. Like, last I checked, the case was dismissed in their favor. They didn't really need to 'fight' for her in order to retain ownership of her. THere's a LOT of assumptions going in with this, and it mesmerizes me that he honestly thinks this is how it works. You know I can't believe that in the midst of all of this I forgot that he, against all evidence and reason, still thinks of the Archie book as being some kind of huge international seller and an integral cornerstone of the Sonic franchise. He's never been able to grasp the idea that the Archie books weren't THAT important to the Franchise, and his inability to even entertain the idea that maybe an unwillingness to go after a company for being incompetent isn't the same thing as going after someone from actively trying to steal from them isn't the same thing. I'd be legitimately concerned about where his head is at, but after everything I can't really muster it. It's funny he keeps using that word, 'perspective', given that the further this goes on the more he reveals that he has absolutely no realistic perspective on the matter at all. I really, sincerely hope his lawyers are simply doing their job by informing him of all possibilities, however slim, rather than buying into Penders' deluded assessment of his series chances of success. He's again ignoring the fact that SEGA can in fact pick and choose when to do this and that they might not see suing him over his shoddy products that don't make anything being worth the time or money, even with his stupid-ass K'nox. I am also amazed that he felt free to share this angle given that in doing this he's basically admitting he IS doing stuff that SEGA COULD sue for if they felt like it, and the fact that he thinks this is a sign of good things for him is as baffling as it is idiotic. Yeeeah, no. He's ripping off another creator for his own ends and has been ever since the conclusion of this trial. Any claims to the contrary are just bullcrap.
  22. To say Penders' logic is wobbly is underselling it, even compared to his usual leaps of logic. As I said elsewhere, just because any of the companies involved aren't presently making use of anything in Chronicles, that doesn't mean that they no longer have the copyright. By that logic, you could steal any number of characters who haven't been used by Disney or Marvel or whatever and they'd be powerless to stop you from claiming them as your own and using them for your own work. What Penders is suggesting here is, frankly, insane. It's him interpreting the law in a way that benefits him exclusively while ignoring the fact that what he's doing could put him in very real trouble. Likewise, as you mentioned, the bitterest irony here is that after a near decade of dismissing any criticism of his work being fanwork... that's precisely what he's reduced this entire godforsaken project to. Fanwork. He's in essence demanding his work be treated as if it were fanwork while he has the right to attempt to profit off it, all the while screaming about the original distinctness of his work and how it DOESN'T need the Sonic Connection to stand on its own, even as he does everything in his power to do otherwise. And frankly even if he is aware of the contradictions and how sorely doing this undermines his claims about everything he does- and I am no longer certain that he is- even IF he were permitted to get away with this? It would largely be because he wouldn't really be worth the resources spent on shutting down what ultimately amounts to a penny ante publishing scheme. He's basically screaming about having a master plan when at the end of the day, its contingent upon none of the players really caring enough and him declaring himself a winner because of it. Also, something that popped up within the chain of replies, but the subject of Scourge came up- I feel like this is one of those times where Penders reveals more about himself than he ever intended. He's treating Flynn like he was out to steal something of his when ultimately all he did was inject new life in one of Penders stupid, trite little ideas... and for that, Penders talks about him like this and frames Scourge's existence in these terms. Its astounding.
  23. Boy, Penders is just covering all of his usual bases/evasions today, ain't he. I particularly like how he continues to act as if these characters are entities outside of his control despite the fact that he was the one who wrote them that way. "It's King Max's Fault", like, its amazing that he honestly feels comfortable using the same logic as a little kid blaming their imaginary friend for things they themselves did. To say nothing of him neatly sidestepping the fact that the Sally Miniseries was ultimately more about Geoffrey and HIS triumph given that Sally didn't actually appear or do anything in most of it. And slight aside, it still amazes me that he doesn't actually get that the Freedom Fighters WEREN'T a military group with a stringent military hierarchy. As conceived of by SatAM, Sally wasn't in charge due to lineage but due to the fact that the Freedom Fighters trusted her to lead them. Like, even now the guy cannot wrap his head around the idea that the FF's were a group of friends trying to overcome the evil of Robotnik and not friggin' GI Joe. All this from a guy who wobbles between wanting to kill Sally for cramping Sonic's style or because it didn't make sense to have her around with her dad in the picture. Fucking hell. Bitch fit? No. Passive aggressive potshots on the other hand? Definitely.
  24. Why Penders has chosen THIS hill to die on, I'll never know. Frankly I think I'm better off for that.
  25. ...well, I guess that confirms it, then. After years of wondering if his behavior is for show or if its genuine, the simplest explanation really is the best- he really IS as much of an utterly deluded jackass as his behavior indicates. Like, I'm not even sure of what to say about this. This is a truly catastrophic misunderstanding of how copyright works, and if he owns everything he made for Archie, then why would him having to give SEGA ANYTHING at all be a concern??? And that's without him believing that LSC will be a success that SEGA would even WANT to be a part of.... good lord.
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