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3 hours ago, Tenko said:

It makes me wonder what he will have to sell at the conventions he frequents. He has said he's sold out of a good number of issues previously and that others are low in stock. Archie isn't printing anymore and it will start to get harder to find them to on sell as he does. Putting his signature all over issues he had nothing to do with and all.

What's he going to have beside his Lara-Su stuff? IDW issues? Comics he had absolutely zero influence in? He's going to have to put the pedal to the metal if he wants to have enough material, and collectable items to sell from now on.

He would sell the IDW comics (autographed!!), wouldn't he?

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1 hour ago, Tenko said:

Geez..he can't help himself can he. In a debate about his post that creation is only "worth it" with some form of remuneration at the end vs my rebuttal that there are plenty of creators that create without reward and even ones that while they do get monetary gain, earn it enjoying, even loving the task at hand, that the money or job was in essence a bonus. The money wasn't the main goal.

Every counterpoint, if you can call them that, has reverted to irrelevant nonsense about the lawsuit, his work on the Sonic comics or that apparently I'm wanting something for nothing and he has to put food on the table. Even tho those topics never came up on my side beyond using Ian, Christian and Simon as points of reference as people who love the work and didn't start out doing it for the money but the love of the things they were creating, people he would at least know of rather than using names he may not know.

To him, Lara-Su is, he hopes, an eventual profit. If his tweet is to be believed he's only creating it for the money at the end of the tunnel, otherwise it's not worth it. It's pointless to create without it. To me that screams that Lara-Su will be rather soulless, as things made purely for profit generally are. It's upsetting that he sees creation this way now, he used to say he loved the characters, the stories, that he enjoyed creating. But now, if the money isn't there, it's not worth it.

Yes, he's done stupid, nay terrible things to some people, to the Sonic franchise, to his fans even, but seeing that post...hes not even a real creator anymore. It may not have been our cup of tea, but Lara-Su would have, may still make some of his few fans happy, but he's not really creating this new direction with care or love now, his excitement and creationism for the product is all for the money it could bring. That's just really sad, that as low as he may have gotten to some of us, he's now added sellout to the list of adjectives used to describe him and his work ethic on Lara-Su. It's weird that after all that's happened it actually makes me sad to hear that. 

 

Penders has always approached being a creative with an overly clinical mindset. He literally views the characters as set-pieces whose soul function is to drive the story to the conclusion he wants it to, regardless of how little sense any of it makes. His work is LITTERED with stories where things only add up because of authorial fiat, rather than because of anything progressing in a natural, believable fashion. The fact that he is now in a position where his characters are literal commodities only brings the truth of his character to shine, and nothing you say is going to divert him from that.

And the reason it seems so sad is because it just verifies that everything that happened to the fandom because of him, as well as the complete obliteration of his reputation within this fandom, was done all for nothing. If he'd made his damned series,. then at least his efforts would have seemed to have been done in the name of a goal. At this point though? It's all a waste. All that drama, torture, the Reboot and everything that occurred thanks to him was done in the name of a big fat zero. Lara-Su Chronicles was never going to be good. Penders' already lackluster skills as a writer and artist deteriorated greatly since the time he left Archie, and as the years have gone by he's only shown himself to be getting worse. Whatever grandiose fantasies he had, it's been proven he can't make them a reality, and it looks like he's not really interested. It's all a waste. His work, his career, the lawsuit, this project... all for nothing. 

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While I'm way too tired to read his posts in detail right now, this one was pretty annoying:

Just... Really?

Tenko's been trying to keep the goalposts around the original point this whole time, while Ken's been the one constantly rerouting the topic in other directions to try and win the argument.  And then he complains about goalposts being moved?  It's like seeing someone picking up a sign and moving it around, and then yelling at you when you try to put it back where it's supposed to be.

I mean, I guess I shouldn't be surprised at Ken accusing others of doing exactly what he's doing himself, because it wouldn't be the first time, but that doesn't make it any less frustrating.

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He really showed his true colors here.

 

I don't think i can truly describe in words how disgusting this is. Although that is to be expected of him, he is Penders, after all.

 

 

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8 hours ago, Tylinos said:

While I'm way too tired to read his posts in detail right now, this one was pretty annoying:

Just... Really?

Tenko's been trying to keep the goalposts around the original point this whole time, while Ken's been the one constantly rerouting the topic in other directions to try and win the argument.  And then he complains about goalposts being moved?  It's like seeing someone picking up a sign and moving it around, and then yelling at you when you try to put it back where it's supposed to be.

I mean, I guess I shouldn't be surprised at Ken accusing others of doing exactly what he's doing himself, because it wouldn't be the first time, but that doesn't make it any less frustrating.

Eh, so what else is new? Penders likes to accuse other people of the same kind of behavior he engages in regularly, without a shred of self-awareness. It's his favorite fallback position when he can't really come up with a good counterpoint, along with actively trying to change the subject. Hypocrisy is hardly new behavior from the guy.

7 hours ago, Sidronas said:

He really showed his true colors here.

 

I don't think i can truly describe in words how disgusting this is. Although that is to be expected of him, he is Penders, after all.

 

 

Disgusting is a bit of a strong word to describe it. The more pertinent word is 'pathetic'- he's repeatedly established that LSC is a continuation of the stories begun in the Sonic comic, his personal 'vision' for that series, and he shamelessly uses the designs of SEGA and terminology associated with the Sonic franchise. Orville is a loving parody, not the bitter attempt by an ex-writer for the show to keep going where he left off. So no, I wouldn't call this disgusting- it's pretty typical and par the course for Penders to make false equivalences like this in the vain hope of excusing his inexcusable behavior. 

4 hours ago, CleverSonicUsername said:

The lawsuit was, as far as I can tell, the first time he showed his true colors in public. The whole thing stank of him trying to stick it to his former employer, robbing them of his characters while finding a means to legally milk their connection to Sonic the Hedgehog. These last few tweets pretty much just amount to annual reaffirmation that he's a sell out, cozy with slinging back issues at cons like a sad sack, coasting off his notoriety from here until the heat death of the universe. They are some pretty gross takes and have stood out to me as especially upsetting, though. I can't imagine having that dour of a worldview, to be so incapable of seeing how others - even those working for major publishers - can have more passion for their work than simply salivating for that sweet carrot on the stick that is monetary compensation, that people are actually capable of putting out good stories and writing excellent characters because they have an artist's drive.

I personally think he showed his truest colors when it came out that he'd stolen the name of his series from a fanwork by his long time defender Paul Agnew, and then absolutely refused to talk with the guy or explain himself or do ANYTHING. Largely because all the while he was engaging in the lawsuit he screamed about Creator's Rights (Even as he tried to use the lawsuit as leverage to strongarm another creator- SEGA- into complying with his asinine desire for a Knuckles movie against their own creative vision despite them owning the character), and then when the opportunity presented itself, he decided to screw over someone who admired and defended his behavior for years. It takes a very special kind of horrible to steal from fanwork, and it's low, low bar that Penders all too cheerfully surpassed. 

7 hours ago, KingScoopaKoopa said:

The only way to win is not to play.

Preeetty much. The man does not argue in good faith at all- he's the sort of person who enjoys invoking his military background in arguments while neglecting to mention that he isn't a combat veteran and served only as a technical illustrator in the army. Nor does he really care about debating- he just wants praise, 24/7, and any kind of challenge to his narrative or views merits nothing short of total contempt. 

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5 minutes ago, Tenko said:

KingScoopaKoopa is pretty much right on the button. The only way to win is to not play. Until Lara-Su comes out he's pretty irrelevant himself anyway. Archie's Sonic is gone, Sonic's new home at IDW has 0% involvement with him, and until he actually finishes one of his many projects like Lara-Su he hasn't created anything of import lately, his "legacy" has gone belly up. I'll bet he didn't account for Archie Sonic being taken off the market, now his active links to the series for Lara-Su will only serve old fans and people that still have the books, without being able to buy them now new fans will only get what little altered pre-story he can get away with, likely by editing out or changing licences characters into his not!Sonic versions. When then begs the original question of why have the links at all? He's meant to be a creator, why not start fresh with all the creative freedom that brings? Rather than piggybacking off a now dead comic series with ties to material he can't use? 

I suspect it is because deep down, Penders is all too aware of the fact that the only thing he was a real success at, the only thing in comics that brought him any kind of fame or praise, was working on Sonic, and more specifically working on Knuckles. He hasn't lasted a year at any of his other jobs- he deliberately neglects to mention issues where he only did a very minor contribution, listing them and making it seem like he did more than he actually did. He even lists unfinished, unreleased books in his credits. Without Sonic, and he hasn't got *anything* else to his name- The Lost Ones was cancelled after a single issue, and his career is marked by temporary jobs and one shots. He's been completely banking on the erroneous idea that his work is so iconic, widespread and loved by the Sonic fandom that if he can maintain SOME kind of connection, they'll buy his crap under the impression that its a 'legit' continuation of what they love. All the while blithely ignoring that he was controversial even BEFORE he kicked the hornet's nest and that the quality of his work has disintegrated utterly. 

He's so hellbent on maintaining that Sonic connection that he even intends to use an actual Sonic story, starring characters he does not own at all, for his Prequel App, operating under the truly astounding logic that it will be fine because the money he makes will make SEGA not care, along with his nonsensical belief that he has any kind of shot at the Knuckles license and the chance to reprint his Knuckles work. He operates under a unique mindset that is at once incredibly cynical while at the same time being unbelievably naive- he honestly seems to think that the incentive of money would be enough to make SEGA play ball. That they would ignore what he pulled for the moolah. That he has anything that could begin to make that much money to begin with. That the people who run SEGA are akin to machines that seek profit above all else, and have absolutely no wants or motivations beyond that and who would totally not hold him in any kind of ill-will. 

It's like that one guy who was a really great athlete in high school and who, after graduating and going nowhere in life, clings to those glory days as the only means of validation he has left... topped off with actively trying to force things back so that they can be that way again regardless of what the reality is.

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55 minutes ago, horridus said:

It's like that one guy who was a really great athlete in high school and who, after graduating and going nowhere in life, clings to those glory days as the only means of validation he has left... topped off with actively trying to force things back so that they can be that way again regardless of what the reality is.

Wow, that reminds me of someone...

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29 minutes ago, FFWF said:

"When they see how fast I am now, the high school track team is sure to let me back in, even though I'm forty-five years old."

Eh, it’s more like a has been spending all of his time insulting the current best athletes (with unintentionally racist, sexist and homophobic rhetoric due to sheer ignore and lack of self awareness) and then trying to get signed on with a major sponsor who happens to be tied to those insulted athletes.

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6 hours ago, Tenko said:

He's meant to be a creator, why not start fresh with all the creative freedom that brings? Rather than piggybacking off a now dead comic series with ties to material he can't use? 

 

He could have. He could have changed the character names, made them human (or even more alien), and avoid excessively detailing events and un-owned characters from the Archie series, or at least change those details up.  He didn't though, because Penders isn't an artist and he's not a creator, he's a businessman. Not a good one, but closer to that than an artist by a country mile. Besides giving Archie the finger, that lawsuit was about tying his work back into Sonic as legally as he could so he could shill to the people who care about that. In part, it's why we're even talking about him still, so it's working.

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7 minutes ago, CleverSonicUsername said:

 

He could have. He could have changed the character names, made them human (or even more alien), and avoid excessively detailing events and un-owned characters from the Archie series, or at least change those details up.  He didn't though, because Penders isn't an artist and he's not a creator, he's a businessman. Not a good one, but closer to that than an artist by a country mile. Besides giving Archie the finger, that lawsuit was about tying his work back into Sonic as legally as he could so he could shill to the people who care about that. In part, it's why we're even talking about him still, so it's working.

I think even that is waning, though. Had he struck while the iron was hot, he might have had something in spite of everything, but any sparks he ignited are flickering fast.

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51 minutes ago, KingScoopaKoopa said:

I think even that is waning, though. Had he struck while the iron was hot, he might have had something in spite of everything, but any sparks he ignited are flickering fast.

For sure. The longer he sits on it the more his relevancy evaporates, and the less people will give a shit about Lara-Su. He's lazy, on top of everything else, and you can't be much of a businessman much less an artist if you're a bum.

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On 10/10/2017 at 6:58 PM, Tylinos said:

Ken revealed that if he hadn't quit after #159, he planned to reboot the comic in #200.

There are so, so many things that can be said about this, but I think I'll let Ken's words just speak for themselves this time.

What was issue 144 about again?

On 10/10/2017 at 7:43 PM, Tenko said:

So...was this earth shattering collision of timelines invited to Ant & Bunnies wedding? Didn't his original draft roadmap he posted a while ago, the one he wanted to us to prove his ideas were better and that other writers had stolen his idea for the couples wedding...didn't the synopsis he had written for #200 revolve around said wedding? That was the big event if I am remembering correctly.

So where did this "my plan was for a time shattering reboot in #200" come from then?

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On 10/11/2017 at 11:18 AM, Ryannumber1Scarer said:

During Sonic's lost in space crap, Patch replaced Ant and ruined the majority of his relationships. 

(Originally, Ant was going to be evil before it turned out it was Patch).

Patch replacing Antoine was something from Penders.

Meanwhile, Bollers intended for Antoine to have begun taking things seriously to the point that Bunnie broke things off with him and the Source of All(which had been corrupted by Naugus) would've offered him a way to get her back to get it to allow him to possess him.

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May I ask: What exactly is Mr. Penders doing for a living these days when he isn't still working on the Lara Su Chronicles?

On 10/11/2017 at 3:36 PM, horridus said:

Evidently it's a big enough deal to subtly insult Flynn over, but not so big a deal that it could've forced his Huge Big Plot to take a backseat for a moment. Combined with his evident wish that 200 would also signal a reboot for the series, that just makes it sound like their marriage would literally be erased within the same issue it happened. 

Yeah, that's my thought as well.

 

 

 

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38 minutes ago, DabigRG said:

What was issue 144 about again?

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Patch replacing Antoine was something from Penders.

Meanwhile, Bollers intended for Antoine to have begun taking things seriously to the point that Bunnie broke things off with him and the Source of All(which had been corrupted by Naugus) would've offered him a way to get her back to get it to allow him to possess him.

Also his scar would've come from him falling face first into a cutlery drawer.

No really.

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1 hour ago, Eerie-Ernest-Panda said:

Also his scar would've come from him falling face first into a cutlery drawer.

No really.

Oh yeah, that too. :lol:

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I really can't tell if he means he found old notes saying that Kragok sexually assaulted his wife, and had completely forgotten this was his original plan (which wouldn't surprise me considering he forgot Remington was Kragok's son), or if he suddenly realized there was that space for Remington on the family tree, and had to come up with something on the spot for his replacement's backstory, and considers this "discovering" their history.

Also, Ken, maybe just release this info with the Data File itself instead of continuing to shout things out for the sake of pre-release attention.

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On 10/16/2017 at 2:47 AM, horridus said:

And the reason it seems so sad is because it just verifies that everything that happened to the fandom because of him, as well as the complete obliteration of his reputation within this fandom, was done all for nothing. If he'd made his damned series,. then at least his efforts would have seemed to have been done in the name of a goal. At this point though? It's all a waste. All that drama, torture, the Reboot and everything that occurred thanks to him was done in the name of a big fat zero. Lara-Su Chronicles was never going to be good. Penders' already lackluster skills as a writer and artist deteriorated greatly since the time he left Archie, and as the years have gone by he's only shown himself to be getting worse. Whatever grandiose fantasies he had, it's been proven he can't make them a reality, and it looks like he's not really interested. It's all a waste. His work, his career, the lawsuit, this project... all for nothing. 

That's a bitter and frustrating pill to swallow.  That means that a lot of my favorite characters were killed off in vain. Add that to the fact that there may be even more delays in Ian's LHT getting out means there won't be any closure either.

What a complete and utter waste.  At least Scourge is a popular subject for mods and such, so in some way, he'll live on. Julie and Lien are kinda screwed on that though

EDIT: I can't figure out this new reply system, but I 100% agree with Tenko.  That stuff has no place in Sonic.  That's like bottom tier fanfiction stuff, and pretty insulting to actual victims of the crime as well.  Probably trying to get brownie points by invoking "muh feels", but he's doing the opposite

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There's just this certain way Penders draws attention to that stuff, as if it's a marketing point, that makes these character traits seem so arbitrary. It's similar to the thing with Rotor being gay or wanting an all black crew in his comic, where it stinks of him thinking it's a novelty or that he's being super progressive. But when you just keep calling attention to it, winking and nudging us like we should congratulate you for your forward thinking, it really just comes off as being shitty and tone deaf.

Let stuff like this emerge naturally in a story and just treat your characters as characters and nobody would mind so much.

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4 minutes ago, CleverSonicUsername said:

Let stuff like this emerge naturally in a story and just treat your characters as characters and nobody would mind so much.

Basically this. He's starting to go down Janey Springs territory, and that kind of thing was half the reason I swore off the Borderlands franchise

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