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  1. Chuckle
    KingScoopaKoopa reacted to horridus in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    Yep. Of course, whereas 'Ivo Robotnik' flows as a cheeky reference to the famous story, 'Ian Droid' doesn't really work quite as well. To say nothing of the fact that this was intended for what was meant to be his book series meant for more mature sensibilities, and even better? That name was never revealed in either the Super Special where he popped up or in The Lost Ones. Penders revealed it on his forum, along with the fact that Droid was evidently meant to be some kind of in-universe counterpart to Robotnik. It astounds me that the guy spent all that time hyping up Lost Ones as his own totally original series, and yet he honestly tried to forge a canon connection between that work and the Archie books. Like holy crap, what made him think THAT was a great idea?
    Also, fun fact- there already was a villain called 'Dr. Droid' out there in the mediasphere. He was a minor villain on the old Mighty Ducks cartoon.

    Gotta love how a cheesy ass TMNT-ripoff created a better 'Dr. Droid' than Penders, even if its not exactly surprising. 
  2. Absolutely
    KingScoopaKoopa reacted to Rabid-Coot in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    Wait a sec I Android? Like a nearest replacement for I Robot?
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    KingScoopaKoopa reacted to Ryannumber1Santa in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    Ian did thankfully back pedal it, but there’s evidence that Penders was fully intending that. On the page, you can easily see where text was edited to “nap”, meaning what Penders originally had was even more explicit. Worse than that, Penders has out and out confirmed that the two of them having sex is fully what he intended.
    You can see more here:
    https://thankskenpenders.tumblr.com/post/188198790390/so-heres-where-shit-starts-to-get-real-ugly-in
    Worse than that, Penders has also claimed that Anti Sonic was somehow in the right, and Bunnie was the one who made this transgression, despite the fact that Anti Sonic essentially committed sexual assault, you can’t make this shit up.
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    KingScoopaKoopa reacted to Ryannumber1Santa in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    Return to Angel Island is an arc in which following the year that Sonic was trapped in space and believed dead, Eggman went to war with Knothole and the Kingdom of Acorn, and Knuckles and the Chaotix had decided upon helping them as Angel Island had the Brotherhood.
    Out of universe, the context was until M25YL, Ken had finished his “grand plan” for Knuckles following the beyond idiotic arc where he died saving Dimitri’s life, and going through echidna heaven. Since Ken was no longer writing plots about Knuckles and the echidnas, either due to being done, or editorial not wanting the stories anymore, this was the first time in years that Bollers was allowed to use the Angel Island crew.
    Bollers - being a fan of the games - immediately hopped onto the chance to not only have the arc tie into his plans, but tie it far, far closer to the game lore. Knuckles - following Issue 125 where he came back to life and used his remaining Chaos Powers to help stop the doomsday device planted by a group of genocidal aliens (and what caused Sonic to be flung into space as he was trying to stop it, being the only one fast enough to do so).
    Anyways, Knuckles had been depowered, and was ultimately feeling weaker due to it, getting a sense of inferiority about it. Then, he discovers what has happened to Angel Island. Eggman - being Eggman - finally decided to take off the kid gloves. Unleashing the full might of his empire onto the island, he easily destroys both the Brotherhood of Guardians (leaving them missing, thank god), and the Dark Legion. He razes Echidnapolis to the ground, and removes the echidna of all their technological advancements, enslaving them.
    This has the result of bringing the echidnas back to their ancient depictions from Sonic Adventure, undertaking more traditional clothes like the Knuckles Tribe, and Bollers - calling out the ugly side of the chosen one legends - has the echidnas now believe Knuckles was a god like figure named the Avatar who was capable of destroying Eggman, and saving them all, which isn’t the case whatsoever due to his lacking powers, and weakening strength.
    At the same time, the remains of the Dark Legion - led by the newly introduced Dr. Finitevus has picked up the slack, liberating echidnas where they can, and using their technological prowess to dismantle operations on the island. For once, we get an actual decent conflict where the Dark Legion is beyond pissed that their aid to the echidnas are ignored, because they’re too busy naively waiting for a god like Knuckles to save the day, when they’ve been doing their hardest to do so as is. It’s implied they have ulterior motives, but it also has a good reason for why they’d be pissed overall.
    Then we get to Knuckles. The whole arc is essentially a call out of Ken’s boring writing, and a course correct to make things interesting. Due to his failing strength, Knuckles dons his SA2 power ups to help him get a boost. When they get to Angel Island, Echidnaopolis is destroyed, and the decades of constantly dicking over mobians because they believed themselves superior finally caught up to them (the Brotherhood at one point allowed Eggman to do as he pleased, essentially saying “lol, not our problem”, meaning this was well deserved. Even the hypocritical treatment of the Dingos bit them in the ass, as Eggman was able to convince them to work for him, due to being oppressed by the echidnas for so long.
    Due to the destruction and enslavement, Angel Island under Bollers now resembled the game’s version properly, with several game zones appearing, the echidnas reverting back to the clothing and superstition of the Knuckles Clan, Knuckles’s brother having his ridiculously silly and long name (originally made by Penders) given a shorter pet name that was perfect (Bollers had given him the nickname of Kneecaps the Echidna). 
    Above all else, Knuckles is the star. After so many issues of being written as a boring shell of a character by Penders, Bollers had drained him of every ounce of overpowered ability, and brought him back to his personality from the games. He’s got self doubt issues due to the heavy legends being told about him, when he isn’t able to live up to the echidnas’ hype. His firery attitude is back is full force, with his hot temper, and sense of right and wrong finally brought back to the forefront. For all the arc’s achievements, finally making Knuckles be like Knuckles is topping the list. There is so much great comedy in this arc that comes off from Knuckles’ temper, and Sonic and the Chaotix teasing him, or vice versa.
    He also finally gets to realise who the bad guys actually are. Knuckles at the end of Penders’ backups was a dumbass who was helping the Dark Legion after they pulled Angel Island into another dimension (Knuckles knew they did this), and his death was him saving Dimitri (the Legion’s leader). The first thing he does upon seeing them in this arc is charging right at them with fury, and Sonic pointing out how much Knuckles hates the legion. Knuckles is also beyond weirded out by the echidnas treating him like this god like figure, and constantly asks to be referred to by his name, not Avatar.
    At the end of the arc, not only do they find the encaptured Locke, but Knuckles ends up finding power to dismantle the operation on Angel Island. Not his crappy Chaos Knuckles form, but rather he turns into Hyper Knuckles (in a homage to Mega Man Zero 2 no less), and uses the form and the help of Sonic and the Chaotix to save the echidnas from Eggman.
    However, what you might be surprised to learn is prior to Ian, this is actually where the call outs of Locke and the Brotherhood starts. Upon being rescued, and the island liberated, Locke expected Knuckles to stick around and help find the Brotherhood, in which Knuckles says he can’t, because he’s helping with the war on Mobius, which leads to Knuckles finally standing up to his father and not backing down, calling Locke out on his selfishness for once.
    I can’t really do justice to the arc with a quick description, but the short version of it all is that it’s an arc that actually makes stuff happen, has all of the echidnas terrible actions finally have consequences, tries to bring everything back to the games’ lore with the introduction of Hidden Palace, and a ton of other zones, make the Dark Legion interesting, and overall bring Knuckles back in line with his game counterpart.
    And thus as you can imagine, Penders despised this. Everything I just mentioned, he loathed with a passion. He hated having his cast called out on their shit actions, he hated Angel Island and Echidnapolis being enslaved and razed, he hated Knuckles standing up to Locke, and hoo boy, does he have a grudge against Kneecaps the Echidna following the nickname.
    Penders acts like a completely petty child in reference to this arc. Not only does he hate it, not only did he claim that Bollers had vindictively stolen and destroyed his work and lore (he likes to act like only he is entitled to use his characters, although that sure as fuck didn’t stop Penders using Mina and trying to utterly wreck her as a character), following Bollers getting ousted from the comic, and Penders becoming head lead (easily the darkest period of the comic) - he decided to only try to quickly retcon and revert things to normal (Echidnapolis was nearly rebuilt within a few issues, Locke tried to find the brotherhood), but he decided like the petty child he is to fuck around with Bollers’ intended plans.
    First things first - there was Bollers’ planned arc with tackling Sally’s emotional baggage - Penders scrapped that, turned it into a bunch of love triangle melodrama, and made it beyond dreadful, and to this day, he still loves to tout around the idea that the Slap was a awful idea conceived by Bollers, and that Penders was somehow “fixing it” when he only made it much, MUCH worse.
    Secondly, he essentially tried to character assassinate Mina. He makes a whole milestone story about Evil Sonic kidnapping and taking Sonic’s place on Mobius, which leads to him hitting on every girl he sees. This includes reverting Mina’s character development and making her nearly cheat on Ash, but also includes having Evil Sonic literally have sex with Bunnie and try to be disgustingly sly about it (and yes, given that Bunnie thought it was regular Sonic - there’s a LOT of horrific implications brought about by Penders doing that).
    Thirdly and most infamously - Bollers had a plan that Antoine would be changed by the war and would eventually be corrupted by the source of all, Penders retroactively changed all this by claiming it was simply Evil Antoine all along, and made a contrived and boring plot where Sally and Evil Antoine get married because “”””drama””””.  That may have been for the better, in fairness depending on who you ask, but still - it was done out of pettiness.
    So yeah, Penders doesn’t like this arc very much, big surprise.
  5. Chuckle
    KingScoopaKoopa got a reaction from Syntax Speedway in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    And an artist.
    And a writer.
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    KingScoopaKoopa reacted to Ryannumber1Santa in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    The idea that the Dark Legion - a small group of technology using echidnas who are so incompetent that they make elaborate political schemes that even in the story, the main characters basically admit "eh, it won't really matter if they win or not" would be capable of taking on the Eggman Empire is beyond laughable.
    Return to Angel Island is a FAR more accurate depiction of what would've happened if the plotline was realistically told, and we all know what Penders thinks of that arc.
  7. Too Many Rings
    KingScoopaKoopa reacted to horridus in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    It was the Dark Legion, not the Brotherhood. Something, funnily enough, he never bothered to mention on his forum when giving a rundown of his intended plans for the book anyway. Beyond that he has never really gone in-depth into what his plans for that one were, and frankly given his stated belief that the Legion could 'eat Eggman and any version of him for lunch', I'm gonna guess that it wasn't going to amount to much of anything. Not unlike the rest of his 'big ideas'. 
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    KingScoopaKoopa reacted to Jovahexeon Jax Joranvexeon in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    Man, what I wouldn't give to have life so financially secure that I could waste nearly a decade on a comic without a single release and not live in a cardboard box.
  9. Chuckle
    KingScoopaKoopa got a reaction from Dr Ryan in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    And an artist.
    And a writer.
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    KingScoopaKoopa reacted to horridus in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    Nothing has ever been outright stated and as such that's just a rumor. Allegedly though whatever she does for a living is high paying enough that Penders can.... well, be himself while seemingly having no consistent source of income of his own. 
    It really is amazing that Penders feels such an overpowering need to validate himself via media works that have nothing to do with him or his work, while simultaneously bending over backwards to re-interpret things for his own vindication. As you said, thouse shout-outs are appreciated because everything is under the umbrella of the Star Wars franchise. Thanks to Penders, his Lara-Su crap is officially excised from Sonic, as is the work of everyone who was a part of the Archie Sonic comic. His work is no longer a part of Sonic, nor can he directly use or reference anything from Sonic, and his half-assed attempts to do so while pretending his work is unique isn't going to cut it. 
    Though as I've said numerous times, given his utterly skewed and self-serving understanding of what Sonic is as a franchise? It's not really THAT surprising. 
    Yeah no, Penders is once again refusing to actually address why people find his designs ugly. It's like the Lien-Da thing all over again. He claimed that she was meant to be 'creepy looking' because she was a 'bad guy', but it fell utterly on its face because of him playing up her (ugh) 'Diva-isnous' from the start and conceiving her as a femme fatale to begin with. That's without getting into the fact that the biggest complaint people have about his Echyd'nya designs (his abortive art nonwithstanding) is the fact they STILL look too much like SEGA Echidna, but then this is Penders- anything that runs counter to his personal narrative and desires is verboten. 
    And yeah, Star Wars has some ugly, ugly aliens, but what Penders ain't getting is that they were created that way from the start. Like, let's take a look at one of the most famous Disposable Evil Goon species in the franchise, the Gammoreans-

    Look at this thing. Its a space orc- a hideous, pig faced, horn headed wretch with a face that only a mother could force itself to love. And yet everything about it is so much better put together than what Penders has shown- you can tell this guy is MEANT to look like an ugly brute. There's a visual competence at work here that Penders can only dream of possessing, and no matter what he says or does, his 'Echyd'nya' look like horrendous attempts to make 'realistic' versions of Disney dogfaces with tentacles coming out of their heads, existing in the uncanney valley of realism and cartoonishness while clearly being neither. 
    You'd think a guy who spent ten friggin' years in comics would be able to recognize that, but then that would have to discount the truly staggering amount of bullhead incompetence Penders has displayed over the years. 
    As for Penders' need to compare his trial to pretty much every relevant legal/political issue of the moment, I think he does that because ultimately? It didn't matter nearly as much to the world as it did to him and the Sonic fandom. At the end of the day, he won not because he had a great legal strategy or because he found a chink in Archie's armor- he won because Archie completely misplaced the armor and simply never bothered. There's no great lesson for other comic creatives to follow there- you can't replicate that kind of dumb luck. And in the end, while Penders got his copyrights, they aren't worth anything at this point. He didn't get the big royalties. His work was excised from Sonic with no problem, and while Archie eventually lost the license, they're still doing their own thing while IDW continues to work on Sonic without Penders in any form. His former co-workers have moved on to better things, and the only person who really talks about it anymore is Penders himself. That whole fiasco hasn't gotten him anything approaching notoriety or acclaim, because in the end it hinged on Archie being super duper incompetent, enough so that any idiot could have succeeded under those circumstances. As such? He NEEDS it to be seen as something important and legendary, because if it isn't, then the most important event of his life, his 'greatest triumph' is ultimately meaningless. 
    That and, y'know, raging narcissism. 
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    KingScoopaKoopa reacted to Silvereyes in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    Is it bad that I would probably respect Penders a tiny bit more if he just went "Look, I like sexy naked women, and I will put them in my comic because I want too." Rather than all this endless swings and roundabouts trying to justify it.
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    KingScoopaKoopa reacted to horridus in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    By the time 2021 rolls on by it will have been 9 years, actually. The first announcement was done in late December of 2011. 
    Everything you suggest is quite valid, but the problem is? Penders does not inhabit the same universe as you. I'm not even exaggerating there- he's made it abundantly clear that his knowledge of how popular the Sonic series is as a VIDEO GAME series is incredibly limited. He doesn't see that Archie was a niche spinoff made primarily to promote the games and ANOTHER spinoff of said games (SatAM). In his view of things, Sonic the Hedgehog is far better known as a comic book franchise with a huge international audience, one whose best days were overseen by him personally, with HIS contributions being what allowed it to attain that glory. He refuses to confront or acknowledge anything that runs counter to this narrative.
    Adding to this? He knows he has nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing going for him but his work on Sonic and in particular Knuckles the Echidna. His designs are not simply ugly by accident- its the end result of him doing everything in his power to maintain that visual connection while making it just distinct enough to not be flat out plagiarism. He's flat out admitted he wants to do his Knuckles stuff again, even absurdly suggesting that he and SEGA could come to an arrangement. As such? We get a bunch of truly hideous, uncanny valley inducing aliens that look like unsettling and utterly incompetent attempts to translate SEGA Echidna into real life. 
    Finally, and most mundanely, Penders is unwilling to accept criticism of his work or acknowledge flaws in his design work. He's repeatedly defended his Echyd'nya designs as 'But Star Trek!'. There's just no getting through to the guy. He's insisted that 'comic store owners' that he know have told him that his work is 'as good or even better' than the Archie Sonic book. This guy has completely cocooned himself in his delusions, and there is nothing that's going to get through that. 
    It's astounding to witness, but it is what it is- a truly baffling mixture of willful delusion, insecurity and arrogance, and any question you have will have an answer in one or all of those things. That and him being straight up incompetent. 
     
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    KingScoopaKoopa reacted to horridus in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    Another progress pic from Penders-
     
    I gotta say, that text has me somewhat concerned. He's only NOW found an approach that he's comfortable with? In the last nine years, it's only NOW he's found something he wants to go forward with this insipid project?? The hell has been doing all this time then???
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    KingScoopaKoopa got a reaction from Lord-Dreamerz in Save Cosmo   
    I think it's about 14 years too late for that.
  15. Chuckle
    KingScoopaKoopa reacted to Ryannumber1Santa in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    Uh-huh. Alright Ken. I'm sure that's how it works.
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    KingScoopaKoopa reacted to horridus in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    Ah yes, Ian's history of stealing ideas from Penders- such as the incredibly, mind bendingly generic idea of two characters who have been a couple for years finally getting married. I really must wonder how that must have looked to the court, especially given that Penders has contradicted himself on his precise plans by mentioning how he was gearing up for a big Eggman/Legion conflict, but never bothered to detail that during his initial post about what he was planning to do before he quit Archie. ESPECIALLY given, as stated, how neither Knuckles nor Sonic, Sally or any of the main  characters of that insipid arc looked as if they had aged even a day from the time they were teenagers, and furthermore? As far as anyone knew at that time, 25YL belonged to SEGA, and was Archie's to play with as they pleased. Treating it as an act of theft is not only dishonest on its own merits, but it once again betrays Penders utterly insane mindset regarding the status of his work on a *licensed* comic book- namely that he honestly feels like his work should have some sort of sacrosanct status despite the book not being his and the characters involved not being his until the conclusion of that trial. By his own tortured logic, his entire career is 'theft' given that virtually everything he made involved characters not of his own creation or is directly tied into said characters not of his own creation, but then we all know that Penders' warped logic never applies to himself. Just everyone else. 
    And as for the Sally/Geoff thing... real life is complicated, and this is a subject that is complicated even in that context, and even if we ignore literally everything else that has already been said? This wasn't his book, and Sally wasn't his character. If he wanted to explore something like that, which I would firmly be against because Penders doesn't BEGIN to have the writing chops to engage in that kind of subject matter, then he should feel free to do so in his own friggin' book rather than in a book he didn't own using a character he didn't own intended for a target audience of *children*. 
    Like, Jesus Christ, what the hell goes on in this guy's head that he thinks this DOESN'T make him look creepy and messed up? 
  17. Absolutely
    KingScoopaKoopa got a reaction from DaddlerTheDalek in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    Huh, I'm not usually the one to post something new here, but I just came across this at Thanks, Ken Penders and felt it should probably be shared here:

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    KingScoopaKoopa got a reaction from Syntax Speedway in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    I think you're giving him too much credit.
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    KingScoopaKoopa got a reaction from Shadow Chaos Control in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    I think you're giving him too much credit.
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    KingScoopaKoopa reacted to horridus in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    Ah, but what else is new? He's been doing this from practically the moment IDW first announced it would be the new publisher for Sonic comics. Every time there's news of a shakeup or a setback he infers the company is doomed. Its like the Archie Cancellation- he only became 'right' because he'd said it so often that the law averages eventually worked in his favor, and its the same deal here. Its pitiful that he's so incapable of letting go that he feels a need to do this. 
    And STILL no sign of anything TLSC related actually being released. Or, for that matter, 'The Republic'. Guy's got nothing but this at this juncture of things.  
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    KingScoopaKoopa got a reaction from Shadow Chaos Control in Dumb topic about Amy's hairband   
    I clicked this thread knowing exactly what the the title referred to, but despite that, my mind went somewhere else and now I just want to see Amy fronting an '80s hair band in the absolute worst way.
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    KingScoopaKoopa got a reaction from Tylinos in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    I agree, but at the same time, would you want to publicly admit to getting a commission from him?
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    KingScoopaKoopa got a reaction from Tylinos in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    Huh, I'm not usually the one to post something new here, but I just came across this at Thanks, Ken Penders and felt it should probably be shared here:

  24. Chuckle
    KingScoopaKoopa got a reaction from DaddlerTheDalek in Lots of people on Reddit and YouTube think the Chaos Emeralds have been removed from the 3D games canon   
    Sonic wasn't in Tails Adventure, so therefore Sonic no longer exists.
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    KingScoopaKoopa got a reaction from Syntax Speedway in The Lara-Su Chronicles and Ken Penders topic - READ PAGE 164, POST 4096   
    I agree, but at the same time, would you want to publicly admit to getting a commission from him?
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