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  1. Eh, so what else is new? Penders has been hyping that trial ever since it ended and has done everything in his power to try and play it off as some kind of major, game changing event within the wider comics industry, even going so far as to refer to it as 'groundbreaking' or even 'legendary'. The fact that absolutely nothing about it has been spoken off in comic news publications since its end is kind of telling in of itself. Hell, he constantly compares the events of his trial to a MYRIAD of incidents and trials, past and present, in an effort to make his slap fight seem more important and relevant than it really is. This is a man who sincerely compares his trial to the Maria Altmann case. You know, the Jewish lady who had to flee for dear life from the Nazi's and then sued the Austrian government to regain a family heirloom that had been plundered? TOTALLY the same as a slap fight over Knuckles in cosplay. It really doesn't matter how much he tries to play himself off as a kind of legal strategist who defied the odds against a corporation- the bottom line is that Archie did not in fact have the contracts. Being able to triumph in the face of such sheer incompetence is absolutely not the same thing as re-enacting David and Goliath. Yeah, there's no doubt that if this ever WAS going to be released, it'd get real ugly real quickly. Penders has never, ever cared for writing for teenagers or shown even a vague understanding of how to write one, and certainly does not really think they're actually capable of being the heroes of their own stories. Look at what he did to Sally and Knuckles. Look at the emphasis he placed on Geoffrey St. John. Hell, look at the entirety of 25YL- a storyline literally meant to be all about The Next Generation, and he still decided the most important thing was the now grown Knuckles rather than the new batch of potential teen heroes. I can guarantee you there'd be nothing flattering to be found in this. Again though, we're never going to know because honestly, at this stage its never going to happen. Well yeah, duh? What else would he do? Actually make substantive progress on the comic he's been promising for literally almost ten years now? Don't you know ANYTHING about being a professional? ...but yeah, he's gonna cling to that one til the day he dies regardless of how little it really factors into anything. He's literally the only Archie creator involved with that entire mess who goes on about it or talks about it at any length or even seems to care. Everyone else has pretty much moved on.
  2. Penders has repeatedly claimed that that was, in fact, what he was after... unfortunately though that's not really the case. In addition to royalties Penders wanted to retain ownership of his characters, and the problem with THAT is that Archie could only publish Sonic so long as everything they made for the book was owned by SEGA. Penders retaining ownership of his characters would essentially make him a secondary licensor on the book, in violation of Archie's contract. And that's without getting into the fact he wanted control over decisions made about characters such as Julie-Su and Locke... or the fact he attempted, in lieu of money, tried to get his Knuckles' movie made instead... Point of order- despite how Penders tries to play it, his demands were never, ever reasonable. And yeah... all that grief that happened with Archie has pretty much officially happened for nothing, because it's pretty clear at this point that Penders is never going to deliver on any of his grandiose promises.
  3. Oh, most definitely. I regret that we will not witness him bending himself into a pretzel justifying why he still has nothing for Comic-Con, but we knew it would be this way one way or the other.
  4. Oh, most definitely. One of the major themes of this entire escapade (asides from Egomania and Unrealistic Expectations in general) has been Ken wanting to have his cake and to eat it. He's trying to cast as wide a net as he can with regards to the pre-reboot continuity despite all the logical factors keeping it from actually being able to harmoniously exist as a canon with his current direction. It's little more than a cynical attempt to draw people in with something he can't really use.
  5. My my my, it has been nearly a month since we posted here. Well, do pardon me for dusting the old place off, but we've finally gotten something that provides a bit... insight? I suppose? On TLSC. That's nice, Ken. I mean sure you've announced your intention to replace Athair with a woman called Auri-On, but sure, whatever you say. Until you actually get this story out, we don't really have any way of actually verifying anything you say regarding this, and given the vast swathes of things you don't own, it's a tad dubious to believe that this is in fact the case.
  6. This has been mentioned to him before. In the end he's all too aware that the Sonic stuff is the only thing that makes him even remotely noteworthy or brought him any kind of fame. It's not about vision or wanting to continue the stories he started in Archie- it's about desperately trying to monetize whatever popularity he had in those days in whatever way he can. Personally I'm still giggling at him talking about producing and directing films as if any of his works have been released in any capacity. That's akin to talking as if having written a manuscript makes you a writer. You must have some VERY childish friends, Penders. Both for having asked something that asinine and for them believing that you are in any way capable of actually addressing something like that.
  7. Meanwhile the characters you've been building up as the setting's answer to Nazis, to the point where you actually (and very callously) edited a real life poem warning about the dangers of Nazism in order to be about your storyline, are suddenly no longer Echidna Nazis but unjustly victimized rebels against the theocracy. The theocracy you established in literally one issue, and not once mentioned in the entire storyline about the political structure of your setting even as that same storyline was all about how the villains are Totally Nazis. At this rate when permanent global peace is achieved and thus there are no longer any crises for him to draw 'inspiration' from. Assuming he ever gets over his addiction of making a fool of himself on twitter. Which he will not. So never, basically.
  8. Well, given that Penders is the guy who said THIS about his prequel story... ... it'd be a pretty safe bet to say that yes, he really does want to tackle as many issues as he can. That said, it's not surprising. He re-started work on his inane 'The Republic' project only after Trump won the election and altered the plot to be about him rather than George W. Bush (The Republic was initially announced/conceived during the Bush Administration). Likewise when you look at some of the crap he included in his Knuckles' work, you are left with the impression of a man who desperately wants to be seen as some kind of brave, politically motivated writer tackling the relevant subjects of the day. Of course, being Penders, his tackling of those subjects is ultimately simplistic, childish, and bereft of any real empathy or insight on even the most surface level of things. And that's without getting into the fact how, just in general, a lot of the content of what he writes seems completely at odds with his stated position as a progressive liberal feminist.
  9. Oh my, but those are really quite good. I like how you manage to capture the essential essence of the design while drawing it out in a way that looks appealing and, unlike Penders, actually looks creepy and villainous.
  10. Ya know, things would go a lot faster if you maybe, just maybe, got the ENGLISH release taken care of FIRST and then found your audience stateside before branching out into translations and international releases and the like. Especially when you make it sound like you're doing these as you make each new page.
  11. I doubt it. Last I checked, the web archives didn't save the images that were posted there. I do remember though that, while humanoid, it was way more alien than anything to do with the Echyd'nya... so naturally, Ken had to disparage it.
  12. Given that Ken's definition of 'cartoony' is rather broad, this'd take a while even if he didn't have such an odious personality. Back on his forum several artists got together to demonstrate ways he could make the Echyd'nya more visually distinct from the Sega Echidna. One design in particular was a humanoid that looked like it could could have been descended from octopi, that none the less retained the very basic ideas of the Echyd'nya design put forth by Penders. Penders dismissed it as being 'too Disney', despite the fact that it was more realistic looking than his own work. Granted I think he said that both out of spite and due to being obstinate about wanting his oh so original work to be blatantly derivative of Sonic, but still, if THAT'S indicative of what he considers 'cartoony' then he's gonna be hard pressed to find someone who can fulfill his 'unique' desires.
  13. Experience says 'no'. He's said things like this in the past, mentioned 'possible' releases and then come up with nothing. Off the top of my head I can recall him gunning for a winter release, and twice he said he'd have it ready for SDCC. To say nothing of "Coming Soon in 2012!". Also.... call me crazy, but methinks he'd be better off if he just focused on getting Lara's story out before he decided to branch out into side-stories. Call it a hunch. Ah, but then, that would mean actually WRITING about his teenaged protagonist, and lord knows the guy hates writing teenagers.
  14. He's got... hiiiiigh hopes, he's got... hiiiiigh hopes, he's got high apple pie in the skyyyyy hopes~ But seriously.... you have neither one nor the other out. You haven't given much clue as to how long until EITHER of these things will be released. Perhaps you should just stick to one project, finish it, and then move on to other things, yes?
  15. Besides that, this rationale doesn't make any sense- portraying a society 'different from the one we currently live in' is not contingent upon the characters looking more or less human. Literally anything taking place in the far past does that, and that's just confining things to humanity itself. There is plenty of science fiction and fantasy that depicts human civilizations that are vastly different to 'the one we currently live in'. By this rationale, he must not think very highly of the various alien cultures depicted in Star Trek, if a human-esque appearance truly 'undercuts' that effort as he says.
  16. Correct me if I am wrong, but hasn't Penders insisted in the past that he owns his stuff, no Ifs, Ands or Buts about it? That everything he made for Archie is now his and his alone? Like, he's been abundantly clear about that point. It's one of his favorite things to jabber about. But now he's saying that oh, SEGA and Archie could use his characters to 'try and lay a basis for claiming them', and THIS is what has been the cause for Penders lack of results in the near decade that has passed since he went and announced 'COMING SOON IN 2012!'? I must say that no, I don't believe that. Not even remotely. And you know, there are times I wonder if Penders is, in truth, putting on a big show of just how popular he seems to think his work on Archie and the Archie comic itself was. That he is at some level overcompensating for the fact that he worked on a Niche part of the franchise and that when he left, things proceeded without him, even after the lawsuit and the cancellation of the book. Statements like this though pretty much put the kibosh on that theory. That he could legitimately think this even after it's become abundantly clear that neither SEGA nor Archie is even vaguely interested in his work, nor has any real need for any of it, is just astounding. I mean really, what does he think ARCHIE is going to do? Put out their own Lara-Su limited series? Insert Geoffrey St. John into the Archie books? Have Locke pop up in Cosmo the Mighty Martian? This excuse and the mentality behind it is just... pathetic. It's utterly and completely pathetic. Especially coming from a man who insists upon bringing up his credentials as a professional comic writer and artist, who has even boasted that he was hired by companies like DC because of his speed in finishing assignments specifically.
  17. I'm not sure if this is significant enough to really be considered an update, but it is, at least, Something New. You know, this actually really is a rather revealing insight regarding his creative process. We see echoes of this in his Knuckles work, wherein we see him adding in concepts such as the Legion and the Brotherhood without putting any forethought into how it all works, making up details as he goes along and creating utter nonsense doing so. ...good grief that hair isn't even centered properly. But ah, then, he is an alien- ergo its not an 'error', it's 'intentional'. And totally not because of ineptitude on his end, no sir.
  18. Given the 'heroic' things he has characters doing in the aforementioned body of work, it's not exactly surprising that his warped moral compass leaves him incapable of/refusing to grasp the actual core of the objection. This is the same guy who deadass said that Knuckles wouldn't resent Locke for what was done to him because of all the skills he now had because of it, after all. The most re-occurring and binding value espoused i his work isn't any of the things he says here- it's that your parents will hurt you for your own good and that you WILL thank them for the privilege of it, regardless of how much harm or potential harm it puts you in. I should note that Penders' math is off- in the Date Files he wrote for the cast, he had Sally born on day 186 of the year 3220. (God he just HAD to use THAT image to showcase the profile. Ugh.) This is important to note, because the first Robotnik died during Endgame on day 164 of 3225. As such, Sally wasn't 16 when St. John was putting the moves on her- she was just shy of being *15* at the time of his death (technically still a 14 year old!), whereas St. John was 20. So yeah. Fun.
  19. It's because regardless of what Penders likes to claim regarding the ability of his creations to stand without the Sonic connection, the truth of the matter is that he is all too aware of the fact that the only reason anyone ever cared about anything pertaining to Lara-Su is due to the fact it was part of the Sonic series, and its the only thing that has any chance of getting people's attention or drawing them in. It's why even though he claims they're aliens now they're still called 'Echyd'nya', and why despite this being (in his words) a 'Hard Science Fiction' story it takes place on a world called Mobius inhabited by anthropomorphic animal people and why the 'Princess of Acorn' and 'Warlord Kintobor' are a thing. He could easily do any of the things you mentioned, but the simple fact is that he needs that Sonic connection. Sonic is literally the only thing he's ever had going for him. His own attempt at an original series, The Lost Ones, fizzled and died after one stinking issue. He's counting on fans of his characters being so desperate to see them in ANY capacity that he's made it the lynchpin of his entire project, even as he tries to pretend otherwise. As such? The Sonic Influence is still visibly, painfully there, grotesque as it has been rendered. ....that and he just kinda lacks common sense in general. This is a guy who has spent nearly ten years now doing work on an app with bells and whistles like voice actors and narrators and the like, when he doesn't have anything of anything else released, after all.
  20. Yep, that is indeed the revised Cobar, though this picture is slightly different from the last image of the guy Penders released way back when. I guess he's 'bald' now, or whatever.
  21. The answer is at once complicated and simple. The complicated version is as follows- that character that utilizes Anthony Mackie's likeness is Commander Mykhal Taelor, a new character who is supposedly meant to provide a 'human' viewpoint to the series. One noteworthy trait of Taelor is that he has undergone SEVERAL design revisions, and this is the only time in which Penders has decided to stick with something- Almost looks like a timeline of drug addiction, doesn't it? For the record, yes, that Mackie-alike head was directly recycled and edited from an art piece Penders did earlier. In as much as tracing the IMDB picture of Anthony Mackie counts as 'art'. Now then, as to why MACKIE, specifically? The reason Penders gives is thus- Yeah. Draw your own conclusions from that one. I'm just gonna say "Yikes". More to the point though? Penders is a major league fanboy of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and tends to gush about it, and the decision to have Taelor look like Mackie came about as a result of that. And since Penders cannot for the life of him leave his interests out of his work, even work that is meant to be utterly original, he decided that Taelor Shall Look Like Mackie. This is a guy who randomly decided to include Ersatz versions of Scully and Mulder in the Image Sonic Crossover and even thanks Chris Carter in that book, after all. Now, all that was the complicated version. The simple version? Penders is a lazy hack with an incessant need to reference his interests, with a side order of having deeply unrealistic expectations.
  22. His response to having it pointed out that all his Echidna characters are ultimately influenced by SEGA and their Echidna Designe, given that they are all visually altered directly from Knuckles. Boy howdy, this is a new one for the Penders Hall of Fame. Last I checked, White People (or any Human Race) aren't a copyrighted, stylized take on an animal designed for a work of fiction. This guy is no longer scraping the bottom of the barrel- he's mining for the dirt underneath it.
  23. As I've said, Penders lives in this strange (and utterly self-created) netherworld wherein the Games are somehow LESS crucial to the popularity of the franchise than the comics, specifically the comics as he worked on them. He basically processes 'Sonic' not as a video game franchise with an unusual number of media spinoffs, but purely through the lens of Sonic as being a comic book franchise, one that he personally led to its greatest successes. As such he tends to get... hostile when this is challenged. Namely, whenever the actual reality of things is pointed out in relation to his time on Archie and its place in the Grand Design. Though I gotta say, even for Penders this is pretty touchy. I dunno who said what to him, but whatever it was it definitely struck a nerve.
  24. I myself am trying to process the fact that Taelor's head was literally copy pasted and switched from this comic page.... Likewise, I said it once and I'll say it again, but good god K'nox sticks out badly next to the Spaz designed Lara and Julie. It's just... painfully obvious that there is a clash of styles and design philosophy at work here.
  25. Technically not a name, but a bio for Geoffrey St. John referenced a 'Blue-Spined Erinaceinae'.... which is basically botched latin for 'Hedgehog'. Yeah, fun fact there- the Echidna have been renamed 'Echyd'nya' and are insisted upon as being alien creatures now, but evidently everything ELSE in the world is named for the real world taxonomy of whatever animal they are. For exame, Geoff himself is called a 'Mephitidae'. Because you know, that's totally consistent. Other stellar examples of Penders 'creativity' at work include a 'Princess of Acorn' and 'Warlord Kintobor'. That being said, he hasn't given his intended replacement for Sonic a 'proper' name yet. Given that he decided to call his Not-Knuckles 'K'Nox', one can only imagine what lamebrained thing awaits if he should ever choose to reveal it.
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