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I'm in utter disbelief at that disc art. Is this... in earnest? Like, the American flag, the explosions, the casual family group photo, the logo, the title placement, everything... and the thing that kills me is how this is disc art, meaning that there's supposed to be a HOLE in the middle.

I know he's not a great illustrator, but it's also good to know he isn't forward thinking enough to know how to compensate for that. I thought he used Photoshop. Did he not think to overlay an image of a blank disk, cut out the hole and use that during the drafting process?

EDIT: I did it myself to see what it'd look like and OOFTAH

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THE RUBLIC

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I think a big problem is just how cluttered it is. There’s information present totally unneeded, yet information not present that is mandatory. We don’t need a copyright notice that size, nor in that placement, it’s placed in small text on the outer portion of the image in order to not obscure the disc image, while giving it good space. This has been literally standard for two decades, and not just on DVDs/Blu-Rays, but on video games since at the very least - the PS1/PS2 eras.

There’s no need to have the Floating Island Productions logo take up so much room. Ideally, it shouldn’t be there at all, but if it has to be, make it smaller. Blu-Rays nowadays do include the logos, but that’s because these days, Blu-Rays are literally just blue discs with the film logo, company logos, and that’s it, if you want a graphic design, this is a horrible idea. For example, Dragon Ball Super’s Blu-Ray releases have custom art on every single disc, and achieves it to good effect with a standardised design, you have the logos very small and out of the way around the sides and bottom, while having the main art be the showcase.

There’s no reason to have the Dolby logo there, or if there was, then it should not be so large and take up so much room. On the same notion, there’s no clear room for age ratings, which is required, and typically in large as well so why hasn’t that been accounted for? 

The art itself is laughably terrible, it’s far too busy for its own good, the explosion image is a horrible JPEG, and the stock family isn’t even properly combined with the backgrounds, there’s very strange outlines indicating poor green screening of some kind. 

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I'll always be grateful to The Republic THE REPUBLIC for giving us Pete, a character who somehow manages to go from believable teen not caring about class to the most "How do you do, fellow kids?" line of dialogue in less than 10 seconds.  The preview episode is worth it for 6:30 to 6:40 alone.  That, and the truly masterful computer screen effects in the scene at 9:20.  I kind of hope they aren't actually changed at all in the final product; They're just so perfectly awful.

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5 hours ago, Nina Cortex Jovahexeon said:

So, is it actually about to take off, unlike The Lost Ones?

 

3 hours ago, Rabid-Coot said:

Its one big youtuber away from being The Room 2.

Oh, boy do I want it released just for the beautiful YouTube mockery it'll receive. 

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11 minutes ago, SBR2 said:

 

Oh, boy do I want it released just for the beautiful YouTube mockery it'll receive. 

"The Floater Island logo looks like a piece of shit so we're already off to a good start."

But done better.

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God, I needed a good laugh today! That disk art for the Republic is like something out of a bad parody.  I hope Red Letter Media reviews it one day.

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Just came in to say that I suck major ass at design and I could definitely do better than that disc art.

I’ll give Penders credit for perseverance tho—it’s been at most six years since he started this whole thing and he’s still intent with going through with his projects.

I don’t like saying anything good about this man, but I can’t deny that no matter how much people shit on your work that to not give up for that long deserved praise.

Now if he could only put for that kind of effort towards building a setting that actually unique on it own without it coming off like a rejected draft of the Sonic Movie. Seriously, he’d get a lot further if he made his works stand on their own without the stigma of it being copied from Sonic.

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1 hour ago, CrownSlayer’s Shadow said:

Now if he could only put for that kind of effort towards building a setting that actually unique on it own without it coming off like a rejected draft of the Sonic Movie. Seriously, he’d get a lot further if he made his works stand on their own without the stigma of it being copied from Sonic.

Or at the least a setting that makes it clear he's not just riding on his old work's coattails and others, ala Freedom Planet or something. Being Sonic-like isn't an issue in itself, it's how over-reliant he is on his past stuff and the Sonic brand even as he tries to claim his independence. I think he'd be at least marginally more respected in that sense.

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14 hours ago, SBR2 said:

 

Oh, boy do I want it released just for the beautiful YouTube mockery it'll receive. 

I would enjoy that, but that'll simply sour the public's opinion of Sonic fans once again, as we'll be associated with this bullshit.

The Movie and Mania have helped revitalize the brand to the public, the last thing we need is to get that hate train rolling again.

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I think they were referring to the Republic but regardless whatever mockery the Lara-Su Chronicles gets is very unlikely to hurt Sonic's brand image nor hurt the perception of us Sonic fans. The only thing the Lara-Su Chronicles will further hurt is Penders.

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Considering how well the Lost ones did and how your fighting off any and all criticism for Lara's unappealing book, this is an investment that should be avoided at all cost, even more so if he does manage to get Vol 1 of Lara's book out the door and Anthony Mackie doesn't approve the usage of his stolen likeness.

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"They like to say I made my James Bond furry OC a Pedophile but they're wrong because I've been working in comics for 12 years."

I'm sorry what?

Also I don't see how writing a character "heroic" undoes making him have sex with someone ten years younger than him.

EDIT: So I'm an idiot and decided to confront him about this. Here's his response. 

https://twitter.com/KenPenders/status/1250914472572489728

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2 hours ago, Tylinos said:

If those are the values you want to promote, then maybe don't use the characters you have portraying those values to also glorify statutory rape.

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. 

 

1 hour ago, SBR2 said:

EDIT: So I'm an idiot and decided to confront him about this. Here's his response. 

https://twitter.com/KenPenders/status/1250914472572489728

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.

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(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. 

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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. 

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3 hours ago, horridus said:

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.

Not even that; He was 21.

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Geoffrey's 6 and a half years older than Sally.  Early 3214 and mid 3220.

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56 minutes ago, Tylinos said:

Not even that; He was 21.

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Geoffrey's 6 and a half years older than Sally.  Early 3214 and mid 3220.

So I guess Penders was right about one thing I did add a few years.

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