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March Solicitations go into Issue 15:

https://www.bleedingcool.com/2018/12/21/transformers-glow-goosebumps-and-tangles-launch-in-idw-comics-march-2019-solicitations/

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Sonic the Hedgehog #15—Cover A: Jack Lawrence
Ian Flynn (w) • Jack Lawrence (a)
“Patient Zero.” Having finally come face-to-face with Dr. Starline, Sonic needs to learn more about this new threat. He and Amy investigate an old Eggman lair but find it less abandoned than they thought when Rough & Tumble return for revenge!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Sonic the Hedgehog #15—Cover B: Diana Skelly
Ian Flynn (w) • Jack Lawrence (a) • Diana Skelly (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Retailer incentives:
Order 10 copies and get one free variant cover by Nathalie Fourdraine!

Bullet points:
A major turning point in Season 2! Who will be infected?!

Notable non-story things: Jack Lawrence of Transformers: Lost Light joins the main comic on art duties, and Diana Skelly returns to Sonic on the main comic too with a variant cover. 

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The solicits also go slightly more in depth on the Annual stories:

In Sonic’s world, adventure awaits around every corner, but even the world’s fastest hedgehog can’t be at the center of all of it! Join Sonic and some of his coolest friends in adventures that show just how wonderful Sonic’s world really is.

In the lead story, the odd couple of Tangle the Lemur and Whisper the Wolf team-up to save a friend in need! Then Sonic and Tails take the Tornado for a spin, but is Sonic going too fast? Plus, Silver and Blaze slow down for a minute to go gardening, the Sonic Fan Club has their first official meeting, and Rouge the Bat hunts for treasure!

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Yeah, seeing Yuji getting in on this comic action at last may be making a lot of fans nerd out, but it's about freaking time they had Skelly on the roster. 

To be honest this new annual could be a really good remedy for those like me who thought IDW's previous material's been lacking in weight and intrigue.  Seeing new writing talent being "tested" in a sense is just what's needed.  Can't wait to see what styles they'll bring to the table.

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1 hour ago, Tracker_TD said:

March Solicitations go into Issue 15:

https://www.bleedingcool.com/2018/12/21/transformers-glow-goosebumps-and-tangles-launch-in-idw-comics-march-2019-solicitations/

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Sonic the Hedgehog #15—Cover A: Jack Lawrence
Ian Flynn (w) • Jack Lawrence (a)
“Patient Zero.” Having finally come face-to-face with Dr. Starline, Sonic needs to learn more about this new threat. He and Amy investigate an old Eggman lair but find it less abandoned than they thought when Rough & Tumble return for revenge!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Sonic the Hedgehog #15—Cover B: Diana Skelly
Ian Flynn (w) • Jack Lawrence (a) • Diana Skelly (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Retailer incentives:
Order 10 copies and get one free variant cover by Nathalie Fourdraine!

Bullet points:
A major turning point in Season 2! Who will be infected?!

Notable non-story things: Jack Lawrence of Transformers: Lost Light joins the main comic on art duties, and Diana Skelly returns to Sonic on the main comic too with a variant cover. 

Amy? Hmph.

That's one heckuva shift.

1 hour ago, Panda in a Pear Tree said:

The solicits also go slightly more in depth on the Annual stories:

 

 

Eh on most of those stories.

Otherwise, gardening?

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Silver and Blaze.. gardening? Together? Not the first thing that comes to mind for a story about the two of them, but okay. Maybe there's some kind of character building with Silver talking about how beautiful the world and why he wants to preserve it. Or save it. Whatever his current time is like.

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Comics are overpriced in general these days. I don't even buy that many on a monthly basis, but I know I've spent $20-30 on average when I empty my subscription box (and IDW randomly releasing a double-sized TMNT book or something tends to be where I see a charge hike). It's actually been a pretty huge motivating factor in me closing it and not buying monthly comics anymore at the start of next year. Personally, I'll probably wait for this to drop in price on comiXology or for a trade to include it.

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2 hours ago, PublicEnemy1 said:

Here's what ol' Kenders has to say about it:

Hey, Ken. News flash: this is a 48-page comic that only comes out once a year. Of course it's gonna cost a bit more than a usual comic.

How much more is it compared to the standard issues.

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52 minutes ago, PublicEnemy1 said:

Regular, 20-page comics are 3.99. Since this is more than double the size and a comic that only comes once a year, I'd say the price is justified.

Sheesh. Got it kinda bad.

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1 hour ago, PublicEnemy1 said:

Regular, 20-page comics are 3.99. Since this is more than double the size and a comic that only comes once a year, I'd say the price is justified.

Double the price for double the content is fair enough, but the regular price of comic books is still too much. 4 bucks for like five minutes of light reading is asinine. 

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21 minutes ago, Heckboy said:

Double the price for double the content is fair enough, but the regular price of comic books is still too much. 4 bucks for like five minutes of light reading is asinine. 

I guess it's the way inflation works. 

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1 hour ago, PublicEnemy1 said:

Regular, 20-page comics are 3.99. Since this is more than double the size and a comic that only comes once a year, I'd say the price is justified.

To give it a bit of perspective, Udon is doing a colorized release of a Mega Man manga, Mega Man Master Mix. Those books are a quarterly release, $7.99 for eighty pages. This IDW annual, and this extends to stuff like the recent TMNT Macro-Series and several other premium comics IDW occasionally puts out, are usually about $7.99 for forty pages. The difference between what Udon's currently doing, and what IDW does, I think comes with the presentation more than the page count. These sorts of premium issues have sturdy high gloss covers, better paper stock, and glued binding. Udon's Mega Man's books are regular stock and saddle stitch (stapled). In some ways, I wouldn't mind if IDW dialed back the presentation a bit to reduce the cost, but that's me. It's a bit excessive when you consider how much content you're getting (and not knowing if it's any good *looks at TSR tie-in and is glad his comic shop forgot to order it*).

Though monthly comics are just like that at this point if you're a casual reader versus a collector. There are better deals for the same books digitally or when released in collected editions, and IDW is really good about stuff like that (Archie was not).

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Sure, comics are expensive. Penders isn't saying this to make some comment about the general pricing of the comic book industry these days though. His Archie-Radar was traded in for an IDW-Radar and that's it. If he drew for it and that thing had Lara-Su's bloated tumor of a face on it, he'd be all "Yo. Buy my book".

And the people who bought it would wonder why it's only one page with the other 39 completely blank. 

Anyway, that Rouge story thing is really interesting me the most. Are we gonna see her do a Sly Cooper gem theft? I hope so. Maybe she'll rob Two-Face in Arkham City.

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3 hours ago, Dr. Detective Mike said:

Sure, comics are expensive. Penders isn't saying this to make some comment about the general pricing of the comic book industry these days though. His Archie-Radar was traded in for an IDW-Radar and that's it. If he drew for it and that thing had Lara-Su's bloated tumor of a face on it, he'd be all "Yo. Buy my book".

Eh, Pen's just background noise to me these days. Any tweet of his that gets referenced on this message board is, inevitably, some histrionic tantrum about why he isn't given the keys to this series. I already know he couldn't care less about Ian or the others getting their fair share, let alone that consumers aren't being rolled. I was mostly following along with the argument about expenses, which is an issue with comics but it's also one that's been mitigated somewhat through other avenues so most people aren't strongarmed into paying into the direct market.

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Crazy idea: how about we STOP quoting Penders here? If we stop listening to every dumb comment he makes I would forget about his existence and frankly would be a happier person for it. I mean, you do know this is exactly what he wants? "There is no such thing like bad publicity" and stuff?

As for comic prices, I suspect it's a depressing strategy. In 60-70s many people bought comics so they were cheap. Now the market is much smaller, but those are die-hard fans. So the new plan is to squeeze as much money per single person as possible. That's why we have alternative covers or 5 X-men books at once.

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15 hours ago, MetalSkulkBane said:

Crazy idea: how about we STOP quoting Penders here? If we stop listening to every dumb comment he makes I would forget about his existence and frankly would be a happier person for it. I mean, you do know this is exactly what he wants? "There is no such thing like bad publicity" and stuff?

No joke; I actually wonder if Penders is too thick to understand trolling.  He can't not know that a lot of people hate him, but when his stated intent is to write a story featuring his OCs, and then make money off of it, I can't imagine he just intends to be an attention whore.

I think what motivates Penders instead is self-righteousness.  Tweets like that feed into his delusions that he's the hero of Sonic comics and thus he deserves to make money and others don't.  He's probably not seeking negative attention but in his own mind he's such a righteous crusader for justice that he doesn't care if he gets it.

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You know what I just realized? Jack Lawrence is a UK Based Artist. That means he'll be the first UK Based Artist to draw a Sonic Comic since Sonic The Comic was canceled. Isn't that neat?

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24 minutes ago, SBR2 said:

You know what I just realized? Jack Lawrence is a UK Based Artist. That means he'll be the first UK Based Artist to draw a Sonic Comic since Sonic The Comic was canceled. Isn't that neat?

Does he have any Sonic sketch available for us to see?

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That kind of annuals are a really cool idea, imho. It's nice to try small story about different characters, with new and old writers, new and old artists, etc. That's something that I really loved in the Worlds Unites side-stories (I actually preferred them to the main action of the crossover), that got pretty nice and different ideas. I hope they'll do one each year, and with different folks each time, because it have a lot of potential.

I'm really hyped to see what they'll do, it makes me really curious. (and as I'm already pretty curious about the Starline storyline, I'm pretty interested by Y2. Honestly now all I miss is having 2 comics per month like during the Archie era xD)

 

And I'm pretty happy that we'll get a comics illustrated by Jon Gray again after so much time xD That's nice.

Just a bit sad that we don't get an Aleah Baker story, I really loved her writing style, more focused around characters developpement. But it might be for another time !

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