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Sonic Retold STREAM Aug. 12th!

Journal Entry: Sun Aug 12, 2018, 9:14 AM
  • Listening to: Daryl Hall & John Oates
  • Reading: Sonic #220
  • Watching: Deadpool 2
  • Playing: Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Eating: Pizza
  • Drinking: Ribena


Streams are restarting! Watch me work on Sonic Retold #3 every Sunday at the following time and place:

piczel.tv/watch/Glitcher


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THIS WEEK'S PAGE: Machinations are going on in the Death Egg. What is Lien-Da plotting? :plotting:


Also an ancillary announcement. Sonic Retold #1 has been translated into Spanish! :iconflordeoro: took it upon herself to provide a Spanish translation of my comic for Latino readers out there. Major props for her hard work! You can read her translation HERE! She's currently working on translating the second issue and I'll provide a link to that when it's ready. Thanks, Flordeoro! :thumbsup:

Glitcher is not quite anatomically correct....

Journal Entry: Thu Aug 2, 2018, 5:50 PM
  • Listening to: Gorillaz
  • Reading: Sonic #234
  • Watching: Avengers: Infinity War
  • Playing: Hitman 2016
  • Eating: Chicken
  • Drinking: Ribena


Hi folks, a few things to say here. First of all, thank you to everyone who wished me a Happy Birthday last week. I really appreciate the birthday wishes and I'm sorry I didn't thank you all sooner.

Second, you may have noticed that I've been gone from DeviantArt for a while and messages have gone unanswered. I'm deeply sorry for that and can only beg your pardon. The reason for my absence is that I've been in kind of in a rotten mood for a while. I've been under a lot of stress lately due to multiple problems. I've had a lot of technical difficulties here for starters. Both my Steam account and my inbox have been hacked, which resulted in all my emails being deleted. Yes, some messages that I've been saving for years are now lost to the four winds. I'm really upset about that. I've also been butting heads with housemates and another is moving out who I don't want to go. Plus this insufferable heat in a poorly-ventilated room has put me off my work. The culmination of these griefs has just resulted in me feeling....... Emoticon - Fully rage angry SammyClassicSonicFan by Yukkurifan64

I just.... just....... needed to get away for a while. I just needed to drop DeviantArt, drop work, drop everything and just get away until this bad vibe tides over. So I'm sorry again if it seems like I've been ignoring you, but I needed some alone time to get my head back in the game. So anyway, the weather has cooled down a bit and I'm trying to get back on track. I'll be answering messages shortly and I want everyone to know that COMMISSIONS ARE STILL OPEN!!

If you've been interested in requesting a commission from me, now is a good time. Right now I'm concentrating on clearing my commission list and I'm hungry for more. Shoot me a PM if you want me to draw something for you! I could use some more work on my plate now. Check the thumbnail below!


Commission Prices (NEW!) by glitcher


Glitcher puts Raven's head on a pike as a warning

Journal Entry: Wed May 23, 2018, 4:22 PM
  • Listening to: Surviving Mars OST
  • Reading: IDW Sonic #3 and #4
  • Watching: A Monster Calls
  • Playing: Myst V: End of Ages
  • Eating: Chicken
  • Drinking: Coke


WHAT THE HOLY F**K IS THIS?!? :stinkeye:



In case you haven't heard the news, a few days ago it was announced that a new Thundercats cartoon would be premiering on Cartoon Network. "Splendiforous!" I thought! I've been aching for more Thundercats cartoons ever since the sublime 2011 reboot ended after just one season. And then the poster for Thundercats Roar gets released online.

What. The. Hell. :stare:

Please tell me this is a joke. I could use a good laugh right about now. What madman can possibly think this... atrocity is going to attract fans of the series? After all, I enjoyed watching the 80's cartoon as a kid and I think the 2011 reboot is even better. The animation was gorgeous, the story was engrossing and the characters were all well-developed. It deepened the mythos of the world of Thundera and built a believable camaraderie and even romance between our wandering band of heroes. It told the tale of young king Lion-O's quest to retrieve the four Infinity Power Stones with his friends in order to defeat Mumm-Ra and restore his kingdom. But despite the success of the show, the series was cancelled before the story was complete because apparently the toys didn't sell that well. I can't say I'm surprised, Bandai's figures looked like crap anyway. But it was an unfair reason to kill off the cartoon and it left many fans upset that we never got to see how the Thundercats' journey ends.

So all these years I've been waiting for a revival to bring some sense of closure to the series. Then this comes along. I... I'm at a loss for words. :dead: This is obviously going the Teen Titans Go! route because some nutjob thinks that's the best way to make a cartoon series. Are they really that dense? Given Thundercats' roots in the 80's, it has a sizeable adult fanbase and it's been proven in the more mature stories and artwork featured in many of the comic spin-offs. But this show looks like its regressing its audience to the pre-school level, alienating longtime Thundercats fans and causing a severe backlash online. This looks like Shin-chan from Hell. I haven't felt this repulsed by an updated cartoon series since Loonatics Unleashed. No... no... this is ten times worse that. Tobin Wolf must be rolling in his grave. :tombstone:

If I continue this rant much longer, I'm going to go into conniptions. I think I'll go and watch more 2011 episodes while clutching my Cheetara plushie and weeping. :cries: Let me know what you think about Thundercats Roar.

Glitcher is cruel because he cares....

Journal Entry: Sun May 20, 2018, 12:33 PM
  • Listening to: Queen
  • Reading: IDW Sonic #3 and #4
  • Watching: Super Mario Maker
  • Playing: Tetris Attack
  • Eating: Pizza
  • Drinking: Coke


Yo! Three things I want to announce with this journal. First, there's no stream today since Sonic Retold #2 is complete. A lot of preparation needs to go into the third issue, so it will be a while before I can resume streaming my work on the comic. I'll announce later when I'm ready to go live again.

Second, my good buddy :iconwankers-cramp: is hosting an art contest to promote his Tailsicole OTP! The rules are simple: draw any illustration or comic of Tails and Nicole being all twitterpated. :heart: Make Wankers-Cramp's heart stir and he could reward you with a lucrative cash prize! You can check out his contest here.

And third, some of you have asked for my opinion on IDW Sonic #3 and #4, especially on the new characters who have been introduced. I promised that I would review these issues when they're released, and now that I have some free time on my hands, I can finally sit down and take the time to check these out. I had very low expectations after I savaged the writing in my earlier review of the first two issues. But hey, how much worse can it get, right? :hmm:



SYNOPSIS: In Sonic #3, our hero finds.... *groans audibly and lowers voice to a grumble*..... another town under attack. This time, Knuckles is on the job. It turns out two baddies by the names of Rough & Tumble (trust me, they shout their names a lot) have taken over the town and captured the Wisps. Sonic and Knuckles break in to put the hurt on the rhyming villains, then the Wisps join the fray and Rough & Tumble finally bite the dust. Chalk up another town on the freedom list.

Sonic #4 continues with..... Sonic partying naked with belly dancers and call girls. No, that would be too good. It's another chuffing town under attack!! :steaming: But wait! This time we get a new sidekick: Tangle the Lemur! She's a playful girl who uses her elongated tail to whack Egg Pawns. Also lending a hand is fan-favourite Blaze the Cat with some pyrokinetic powers. More bot-busting ensues before Blaze launches Sonic aboard the giant Buzz Bomber airbase and KABOOM! Robots no more! Yaaaaaay..... :sarcasticclap:

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ARTWORK:
As usual, the artwork gets first mention. Sonic #3 is drawn (and presumably inked) by Jennifer Hernandez with colours by Heather Breckel (possibly a newcomer). I was pleased with the artwork in the first two issues from some of Archie's experienced artists, but this is the first issue of IDW Sonic that I can genuinely say looks.... really bad. :stare: I remember Hernandez's work from Archie Sonic #260 and #261. She did a commendable job back then in illustrating the Freedom Fighters' journey underwater with an appealing style similar to Diane Skelly's. But this  issue is an order of magnitude below that! What the hell happened? Compared to Hernandez's previous work, the characters are crudely drawn and excessively inked, making them look like stiff unrefined fan art. It gets especially mediocre when the fisticuffs happen. The level of detail is shockingly thin, and the panel of Sonic landing on a wooden beam looks like something I drew with my left hand! :facepalm: It doesn't help that Breckel's colouring adds nothing beneficial to the issue. It's all paint-by-numbers schlock, kind of like the worst issues from Worlds Unite. Hell, even the backgrounds look pitiful - the sort of thing you could sketch in 5-10 minutes. This is one of the ugliest issues I've seen in a long time. If Jennifer Hernandez is just phoning this in, perhaps she should retreat back to the Off-Panels where she debuted. Sonic comics deserve better than such lazy artwork. :thumbsdown:

Sonic #4 mixes up its art team again with veteran artists Evan Stanley and Matt Herms at the forefront. Unlike the previous issue, the artwork here is gorgeous! :wow: The opening panel alone catches your eye with a beautiful rural town sitting atop a hill like Edoras. (Seriously, compare this to the pathetic fortress wall in Sonic #3.) It's clear that Evan spared no pains sketching every lush detail from the winding stone bridge down to the smallest bit of shrubbery. The characters are all beautifully drawn and vividly posed. You can easily perceive their movements with the kind of kinetic frenzy to get your blood pumping. Blaze in particular has never looked better. She was previously drawn in Archie Sonic by Tracey Yardley, but it's clear that Evan is top dog for this cat after her experience drawing Blaze in Ghosts of the Future. Matt Herms deserves special praise for some of the best colouring I've seen from him. There's a visually appealing contrast between the warm red gutter and the cooler blue-green backgrounds in the panels. Every page looks polished and professional, and I can safely say that this is one of the prettiest Sonic issues I've seen in years. Good job, team! :thumbsup:

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STORY:
*sigh* What can I say that hasn't been said in my previous review? You know the drill by now. Sonic sees a town under attack.... partners up with a friend to free it.... villain teaser at the end. The level of imagination is just overwhelming. :faint: I guess the only point worth discussing is the new characters. Following in Bean and Bark's footsteps, Sonic #3 introduces a similar pair of misfits called Rough & Tumble.... except without any degree of likeability to them. I don't think I've seen two new characters lose my interest so quickly. They have no charm or charisma, and their cheap rhyming gimmick makes them seem like a poor man's version of Team Rocket. Meowth, dat's right! They're merely your average thugs that you won't give a skunk's ass about after the issue is over. Completely forgettable. And hey, you know that's Eggman watching all this from his evil lair. :unimpressed:

Tangle the Lemur on the other hand leaves a better impression. She seems like the Sonic version of Disney's Rapunzel, using her extendable tail to ensnare foes and slingshot friends. With those tricks and a spunky attitude, I wouldn't mind seeing her in an official game. Blaze is the usual proud defender, although her appearance on Sonic's world is sort of glossed over. Who needs a proper setup when she can just say "Sol Emeralds" and that explains everything? She might as well say "A wizard did it!" :| When Blaze and Sonic are tag-teaming the Buzz Bomber, I'm glad that the the visuals speak for themselves without any annoying banter to get in the way. Although reading this, I have to wonder how much of it is coordinated by Ian Flynn and how much he left at the artist's discretion.

Speaking of which, why the hell is Flynn still writing these comics? He literally recycled the same story template in all four issues! Did he think no one would notice? Or care? In fact, while I was reading Sonic #4 I told myself "If this issue ends with another goddamn teaser of Eggman watching from the shadows, I'm done with IDW Sonic." So I turn the page and guess what happens........ Here's a clue: I'm fricking done! :stare: Flynn's work at Archie is the only reason IDW hired him in the first place, but this sheer lack of creativity is justification to have him banished from ever writing another issue. In fact, I'm writing an email to IDW Publishing to request just that! I'm going to ask that Ian Flynn be barred from writing Sonic comics and they should hire a new writer who at least has an iota of vision and originality in him. If you value the future of IDW Sonic, I encourage everyone to do the same. Please write an email to letters@idwpublishing.com asking them to replace Ian Flynn as their Sonic comics writer. The more readers who voice their disapproval, the better. Sonic comics have so much more story potential than this....


Sonic Retold STREAM May 13th!

Journal Entry: Sun May 13, 2018, 11:21 AM
  • Listening to: James Reynolds
  • Reading: Sonic #232
  • Watching: Revenge
  • Playing: Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Eating: Pizza
  • Drinking: Coke


STREAMING NOW!!!

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The last stream for Sonic Retold #2! Don't miss the season finale only at the following time and address:

piczel.tv/watch/Glitcher


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THIS WEEK'S PAGE: Naugus has plansssss.... but what's got Geoffrey so riled up? :o

Sonic Retold STREAM May 6th!

Journal Entry: Sun May 6, 2018, 12:43 PM
  • Listening to: Cities Skylines radio
  • Reading: Sonic #218
  • Watching: Black Panther
  • Playing: Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Eating: Sammich
  • Drinking: Coke


STREAMING NOW!!!

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The weather is warming up and you may see me stream today.... with my shirt off. :blush: (PS. Sorry for the late announcement.)

piczel.tv/watch/Glitcher


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THIS WEEK'S PAGE: Geoffrey meets The Exorcist. What is going on? :o

Glitcher adds a Love Stone for shipping fans....

Journal Entry: Wed May 2, 2018, 10:21 AM
  • Listening to: Surviving Mars OST
  • Reading: Sonic #235
  • Watching: The Simpsons
  • Playing: Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Eating: Sammich
  • Drinking: Coke


Well, it's finally happened. After a ten year wait, Avengers: Infinity War is in cinemas! :wow:



I saw it last Saturday and have been meaning to write a review for it. As the culmination of everything the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been building up to over the past decade, the hype surrounding this film cannot be overstated. The box office are astounding! $640 million worldwide in its opening weekend alone, which is roughly the same as what the Justice League earned in its entire two-month run! It might even top Avatar as the box office champion, which just goes to show how many fans have seen this film so far. But for those who haven't watch it in its first week, this will be a NON-SPOILER REVIEW!!

Right off the bat, let me say that I'm glad I didn't bring a drink to this movie, because I probably would have wet my pants at least three times. My eyes were glued to the screen from start to finish. The same writers and directors from Civil War take over for Joss Whedon in the third Avengers movie and they have a monumental task of juggling dozens of characters in a complex yet coherent story that spans the galaxy. Nearly everyone from the MCU is here (two are absent, but I won't say who) and the potential for more team-ups and character interactions makes this a blast. I especially love the way Tony Stark's and Doctor Strange's egos play off of each other. :XD: Thor gets a large chunk of screentime when he meets the Guardians of the Galaxy, and he has a funny relationship with Rocket Raccoon. With so many characters on screen, some of them can be limited to a particular 'moment' that showcases them, which is what some critics are complaining about. But I don't think that's a negative. Infinity War relies heavily on the extended setup of previous films for viewers to understand its heroes, and it would be literally impossible to give all of them a character arc without extending the runtime to twelve hours. I believe the directors did the best they can within the time they have. There's always the possibility of an extended edition with more character scenes on home media.

Of course, the real star of the movie is Thanos and his quest for the legendary Infinity Stones. Ever since he was teased at the end of The Avengers, fans have been eager to see what this mad titan is capable of. Josh Brolin does a fantastic job portraying Thanos with a mix of conviction, honour and feeling that make him more than just a generic bad guy. Like all great villains, there is a reason to his goals that viewers can understand, if not condone, which may surpass the complexity of Killmonger just two months earlier. His lieutenants are the Black Order Children of Thanos: four of the most ruthless warriors in the galaxy. They were a real threat on screen, especially Ebony Maw who was mesmerising! He was powerful enough to have been the main villain in his own right, but the fact that he's merely a servant makes Thanos seem that much stronger. :fear:

With all these heroes and villains colliding, the action on screen is probably the best I've ever seen in a superhero movie! I can't wait to rewatch it in slo-mo to catch all the tiny details I missed before. Everyone feels amped up with the Hulkbuster and Iron Spider suit in play, and Tony Stark's latest armour might be my favourite one to date. The trailers set expectations high and the film either met or surpassed those expectations - the kind that future films will measure themselves against. Thanos' use of the Infinity Stones is something that I was apprehensive about, because how can you adequately portray that much power on screen? Well, let me just say that there is a scene involving a moon that pretty much quashed my concerns. :eyepopping: If I do have nitpicks, it's that two of the stones seem relatively underutilized, and acquiring one was sort of just glossed over.

Avengers: Infinity War is a staggering achievement that deserves all the plaudits and money it has earned. My housemate told me it's the best film in the series after the premiere and I have to agree with him. I haven't felt this overwhelmed by a movie since The Return of the King. :faint: The movie perfectly showcases the scope and depth of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It delivers breathtaking action while never subverting its story or characters (something that Ian Flynn could learn from) and its bold ending will make for an excruciating year-long wait to see the resolution in its sequel. So I guess now that leaves only one question: How will Avengers 4 top this? :o


Sonic Retold STREAM April 29th!

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 29, 2018, 11:48 AM
  • Listening to: Alan Silvestri
  • Reading: Sonic #236
  • Watching: Avengers: Infinity War
  • Playing: Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Eating: Lasagna
  • Drinking: Coke


STREAMING NOW!!!

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Would you rather watch my stream or Avengers: Infinity War?   Um..... :fear:

piczel.tv/watch/Glitcher


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THIS WEEK'S PAGE: Colouring the aftermath of the collapsing castle. It's end-of-the-month crunch time!

Sonic Retold STREAM April 22nd!

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 22, 2018, 10:19 AM
  • Listening to: Michael Jackson
  • Reading: Sonic #130
  • Watching: All the Money in the World
  • Playing: Cities: Skylines
  • Eating: Chicken
  • Drinking: Coke


STREAMING NOW!!!

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Would you rather watch my stream or a Fifty Shades marathon? I think your choice is clear. :plotting:

piczel.tv/watch/Glitcher


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THIS WEEK'S PAGE: Nicole in Rotor's tender embrace.... I sense a shipping moment. :heart:


Sonic Retold STREAM April 15th!

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 15, 2018, 10:44 AM
  • Listening to: Daryl Hall & John Oates
  • Reading: Sonic #221
  • Watching: Warrior of the Lost World
  • Playing: Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Eating: Sammich
  • Drinking: Tea


STREAMING NOW!!!

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Come..... Join me in my sanctuary...... And your loyalty will be rewarded with eternal life. :evillaugh:

piczel.tv/watch/Glitcher


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THIS WEEK'S PAGE: Tails Doll.... A death-toting death machine of death! What is it up to? :o


Glitcher is bought up by Disney....

Journal Entry: Fri Apr 13, 2018, 8:53 PM
  • Listening to: Men At Work
  • Reading: Sonic #247
  • Watching: Ready Player One
  • Playing: Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Eating: Croissant
  • Drinking: Tea


So I just back from my first screening of Ready Player One! :happybounce: I've been looking forward to this film for so long and I meant to watch it two weeks ago when it came out, but lack of time and money delayed my trip to the cinema. As a fan who has listened to the audiobook multiple times, what did I think? In a word.... AWESOME! I loved this adaptation of Ernest Cline's story (who also co-wrote the screenplay). Let's talk about some of the details.



A brief recap for those unfamiliar with the story, Ready Player One is basically a giant MMORPG scavenger hunt where a bold player named Parzival and a group of friends must dive into the world of the virtual OASIS do find an Easter egg left by the simulation's creator, James Halliday, to inherit his entire fortune and control of the OASIS. But first they must complete three challenges while also facing opposition from the corporate Sixers and their desire to monetize the OASIS with... *shudder*... microtransactions. :fear:

Going into this movie, I knew from reviews that it was going to be very different from the book. I accept and even encourage liberal adaptations of novels, since I know that there are some aspects of a written story that can't be properly translated to visual entertainment. (It also explains why I recognized almost nothing from the trailers.) The first challenge comes early and makes its direction clear: a car race. The kinetic action of a high-speed destructive race is a good substitute for the book's corresponding challenge of Joust. And in the OASIS, you can expect hazards like wrecking balls, dinosaurs and even King Kong to block your path. Anything is possible! While the book's 'flick syncs' are gone, the movie replaces these with a fantastic reenactment of The Shining. Since Stanley Kubrick was kind of a mentor to Steven Speilberg, this must have been his first choice to include in the film. And yes, the dessicated ghost lady is back. :nuu:

Ready Player One is famous for its character cameos and pop culture references. We get appearances from Goro, Tracer, Hello Kitty, Halo troops, Lara Croft and many more. Sadly, there's no Sonic or Mega Man cameos and nary a Nintendo character to be seen. Boooo! Still, the cameo that surprised me the most is when Parzival enters Halliday's Journals. Exiting the building is the Arkham Knight! You can see at the top of my journal that Batman: Arkham Knight is a game I play frequently, and we also get cameos from Batgirl, Deathstroke and Harley Quinn in their equivalent game designs. It makes me wonder: Did Warner Bros. simply re-use the game models in the movie to save time? That would be a first. :hmm:

If it wasn't for Spielberg's reputation, it would have been difficult for Warner Bros. to secure the licenses to as many characters as they did, although there are some notable omissions. This is evidenced in the climactic battle which unfortunately didn't have nearly as many of the book's anime mecha in the fray (give me some EVA's!), but we did get a Gundam from its Japanese player. Seeing the OASIS players team up against the Sixers was a fine example of the community nature in games, which seems to be why the film focuses more on the group effort of its heroes rather than solely from Parzival's perspective. Two minor nitpicks worth mentioning. In Daito and Shoto's Sho's first appearance, Daito says "Arigato" and Sho says "Xiè xie". Uh.... "Xiè xie" is Mandarin, not Japanese. Did Sho switch nationalities or something? :confused: Also, in the book Aech is is gay, but this is never mentioned in the film. I wonder if members of the LGBT community will object to that...

Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed Ready Player One! It's the kind of movie you want to freeze-frame in multiple shots to pick out all the juicy details that fans can drool over. It's destined to be a cult favourite and another popular addition to Spielberg's filmography. I'm looking forward to its home release so I can watch it again. And if you enjoyed the movie, be sure to check out the book or audiobook for a very different story. And for a final question: Who would you choose to be in the OASIS? :hmm:

Glitcher never smiles at a crocodile....

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 12, 2018, 5:24 AM
  • Listening to: Lene Marlin
  • Reading: Sonic Universe #50
  • Watching: Frost/Nixon
  • Playing: Kirby Triple Deluxe
  • Eating: Muffin
  • Drinking: Tea


A few people on my stream last Sunday have brought my attention to the fact that the first two issues of IDW Sonic are out! :eager: This new series continues Sonic comics after Archie's run ended and a lot of readers have been eagerly anticipating this. Many fans believe that Archie Sonic got considerably worse after the reboot with shallow stories, rampant exposition and weak emotional impact. It's no surprise that the comics were doomed, so it was up to IDW to revitalize the series and bring Sonic comics back to their glory days. As promised, I would share my thoughts on its debut now that I've read it.

First we need to address the elephant in the room: The Freedom Fighters are gone. This was confirmed some time ago, which means our beloved SatAM characters are forever lost in official media. :cries: Now they only live on in webcomics and illustrations from devoted fans. (The word 'Mobius' appears to be tabboo too.) I mentioned that IDW Sonic would struggle to retain my interest without its most interesting characters, but I'm still willing to give it a fair shot and see if this comic can present a compelling story with its game cast. Let's review!



SYNOPSIS: In Sonic #1, a local town is under attack by badniks and it's up to Sonic to save the day! He blazes through the streets, taking out Egg Pawns like yesterday's garbage while wowing the townspeople. Only when Egg Hammers team up against him does he feel outmatched. Enter Tails who lends a helping hand, and together they combine their dash attacks to make short work of the robots. After the battle, they discuss the rise in badnik attacks while Eggman watches from behind the scenes.

In the second issue, another town is under attack and... *sigh*... you guessed it, Sonic does his thing again. This time, Amy makes her first appearance to organize defenses. She encourages Sonic to join the resistance only to be rebuffed by the loner hero. Amy crushes on Sonic.... Eggman watching..... yada yada yada The End.


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ARTWORK: Okay, let's start talking about the art in this new series. The first issue sees the familiar team of Tracey Yardley on pencils, Jim Amash on inks and Matt Herms on colours. Already it looks like an issue of Archie Sonic to familiar eyes. I can't fault much in the presentation from veterans of so many years. Page layouts are diverse, the action is dynamic and all the characters are on point. Yardley knows how to draw actions scenes with a generous amount of effects to give Sonic the kind of speed and bounce that feels right out of the games. A curious note is that dark blue is predominantly used in the gutter of this first issue instead of standard white.

The second issue is noteworthy as its illustrated by just one artist: Adam Bryce Thomas. A late addition to Archie Sonic, but he's already made his mark as a remarkable talent in the series who can tackle the kind of workload required of the job. I don't think I've ever seen an official Sonic comic where one artist did all the work for pencils, inks and colours. The result is that Sonic #2 has a very unique style that distinguishes it from previous issues. Adam's sketches have always been very energetic with character designs that evoke Sonic's Japanese roots more than his Western appearances. His inking is thinner than Jim Amash's (especially on backgrounds) and the colours are paler with stronger contrast. This makes the comic look more like a colourised manga. Personally, I like the style! The artwork in Sonic comics has become so homogenised in Archie's later years that it's nice to see someone come along to mix things up. In fact, I'm surprised Adam could digitally colour the comic at all, since his gallery's Sonic pages are all sketches and his Zelda comic is traditionally coloured. I hope we get more of his superlative artwork in future issues, but it can be exhausting having to illustrate a colour issue all on your tod. I can personally attest to that. :faint:

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STORY: Of course, the real lasting power of any comic is how absorbing the story is. The first issue is.... Oh. My. God. :facepalm: Look up the word 'generic' in the dictionary and you'll see a picture of IDW Sonic #1. This is a textbook example of the kind of mindless action sequence that Ian Flynn has become infamous for. Aside from a brief prologue featuring different final bosses, there isn't even a proper setup for this story. We never see town from the perspective of its denizens, watching in horror as their peaceful lives are shattered by a sudden robot attack. It would have helped set the scene before Sonic makes his heroic first appearance. Flynn made zero attempt to build suspense or reintroduce our heroes with any kind of flair. It's just "Hey, Sonic sees a town under attack! Fight, fight, fight, fight.... end teaser." :disbelief:

For an action comic, this is as bland as it gets. There's no pep or tension in this exposition bonanza. The issue makes a poor effort of personalizing the citizens to make readers feel the mortal danger they're in. They're just generic NPC's that need saving. If you want the badnik attack to feel like a serious threat, more focus needed to be given to the harm they cause sympathetic characters and less on Sonic just busting bots. And jokes.... what jokes? Only a couple of Mobians furries were geeking over Sonic, which wasn't even funny. The only time I laughed was the pathetic attempt at pathos with Tails looking emo over Sonic getting himself hurt. But since he came out of the fight without a scratch, this concern falls flat. Everything in this story failed! I've seen first-time fan comics with more imagination. This issue probably took all of ten minutes to write on the bus to work! :frustrated:

The second issue is really more of the same. Seriously, you could interchange the plots of the first two issues by just substituting Tails with Amy and I couldn't tell the difference. Does Ian Flynn have any imagination left? The only thing that comes close to an interesting plot point is when Amy mentions a 'resistance' to Sonic. Is this IDW Sonic's version of the Freedom Fighters? Sonic's in no hurry to find out because.... why? He prefers the solo act? Now this could have story potential in the way that Amy tries to teach Sonic the value of teamwork, sort of like how Luke Skywalker encouraged Han Solo to join the Rebellion. Buuuuut it loses its impact when Sonic jokes about signing up for the price of a chili dog. :unimpressed: What exactly is keeping him on the lonely road? The comic doesn't even hint at a deeper motive for his lifestyle. How can I relate to a protagonist with so little conviction? :no:

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OVERALL: IDW Sonic feels like post-SGW Archie all over again: Pretty to look at, but as shallow as a puddle. In fact, this new series is even less enthralling than Archie's reboot without the Freedom Fighters to join the fray. The comic has so little potential for deeper relationships with Sally gone and Amy being limited to her teenybopper behaviour. Heck, the only lasting pairing from Archie Sonic was Bunnie and Antoine's marriage, and now even that's been nixed. If the teaser at the end of Sonic #2 is any indication, we're going to see more running and fighting in the next issue with Knuckles instead of Amy, and I'm loathe to give my review on that. :doh: After what I've read over the last few years, this has to be said:

Ian Flynn SUCKS as a writer!


This series debut couldn't have been less original if it tried. Flynn had free reign to carve a bold new path for Sonic, but he expressed all the creativity of a parsnip. Remember that Archie Sonic lasted for hundreds of issues and amassed a dedicated fan base due to engrossing stories from Ken Penders, Karl Bollers and others. When the comics went downhill after the reboot, Flynn was tasked with writing a fresh approach to IDW Sonic that would revitalize reader interest. The result is the exact opposite. Nothing about this comic feels like it's an improvement over its predecessor, and I wouldn't vouch for its longevity if this is the kind of story it kicks off with. It's a shame, because I wanted IDW Sonic to be good not just for the franchise, but for me personally. If it was a success, it could have given me an incentive to reapply to IDW and be an official comic artist. But really, who wants to illustrate stories this bad? The only real plaudits go to its art team - especially Adam Bryce Thomas - for some pretty pages. But as a saying I like to use: "You can't polish dog shit." I guess we'll just see how the next two issues go. :unimpressed:

Sonic Retold STREAM April 8th!

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 8, 2018, 10:03 AM
  • Listening to: Eminem
  • Reading: Sonic Universe #50
  • Watching: Finding Dory
  • Playing: Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Eating: Pizza
  • Drinking: Coke


STREAMING NOW!!!

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Whenever I want you, all I have to do is streaaaaaam..... stream, stream, stream..... streaming my life awaaaaay! :sing:

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THIS WEEK'S PAGE: Everyone dies!......... Or do they? Guess you have to show up to find out. :eager:

Sonic Retold STREAM April 1st!

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 1, 2018, 10:51 AM
  • Listening to: Macross Plus OST
  • Reading: Sonic #193
  • Watching: The Mineirazo
  • Playing: Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Eating: Sammich
  • Drinking: Coke


STREAMING NOW!!!

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Hope you're all enjoying your Easter weekend! It's about to get even more exciting with another Sonic Retold livestream. :)

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THIS WEEK'S PAGE: Some panels of Bunnie stripping for Easter Sunday! (Or is it an April Fool's joke?)

Sonic Retold STREAM March 25th!

Journal Entry: Sun Mar 25, 2018, 10:44 AM
  • Listening to: Cave Johnson
  • Reading: Sonic #241
  • Watching: Brawl in Cell Block 99
  • Playing: Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Eating: Sammich
  • Drinking: Coke


STREAMING NOW!!!

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Daylight savings has hit Britain, so STREAM TIME IN THE STATES IS ONE HOUR EARLIER! This may be a permanent change. Don't be late, my faithful acolytes!

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THIS WEEK'S PAGE: A showdown takes place..... but what is that doll doing? :o

Sonic Retold STREAM March 18th!

Journal Entry: Sun Mar 18, 2018, 11:18 AM
  • Listening to: Thomas Dolby
  • Reading: Sonic #232
  • Watching: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Playing: Myst V: End of Ages
  • Eating: Curry
  • Drinking: Milk


STREAMING NOW!!!

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Stream time again! Don't worry, I remember daylight savings in the States this week. Until the clocks roll forward in the U.K. later this month, streaming in the States will be at the usual time of 5 pm EST or 2 pm PST. See you there!

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THIS WEEK'S PAGE: A wolf in sheep's clothing.... or a gargoyle in skunk's clothing? :o

Sonic Retold STREAM March 11th!

Journal Entry: Sun Mar 11, 2018, 11:39 AM
  • Listening to: The Clash
  • Reading: Sonic Universe #74
  • Watching: Hobgoblins
  • Playing: Rockman 4 Minus Infinity
  • Eating: Chicken
  • Drinking: Coke


Whoops! I didn't realize it's daylight savings in the States! :blush: STREAMING NOW!!!

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CHANGING TIMES!!
My weekly stream of Sonic Retold is now starting one hour earlier. Same place, though. I hope to see the usual gaggle of voices in the chat, so don't stand me up for the first hour!

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THIS WEEK'S PAGE: Is that the Quack Pack in the crowd or someone else? :o

Sonic Retold STREAM March 4th!

Journal Entry: Sun Mar 4, 2018, 11:09 AM
  • Listening to: Queen
  • Reading: Sonic #247
  • Watching: Monsters University
  • Playing: Cities: Skylines
  • Eating: Sammich
  • Drinking: Coke


STREAMING NOW!!!

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Got a dinner date? Cancel it! Oscar awards? Forget it! Watching Catbeecache's stream instead? LOLnope! All you need this Sunday is a cup of hot cocoa and watching me draw Sonic Retold. :nod:

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THIS WEEK'S PAGE: A familiar scene from Sonic #247, given a new twist...

Sonic Retold STREAM Feb. 25th!

Journal Entry: Sun Feb 25, 2018, 11:09 AM
  • Listening to: Jean Michel Jarre
  • Reading: Sonic #234
  • Watching: Manos: The Hands of Fate
  • Playing: Ultimate Marvel VS. Capcom 3
  • Eating: Sammich
  • Drinking: Coke


STREAMING NOW!!!

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What's that up in the sky? Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's Happy Happy Glitchy Stream Time! :dummy:

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THIS WEEK'S PAGE: You ever get the feeling you're being watched? :fear:

Glitcher stares into mansion windows longingly...

Journal Entry: Thu Feb 22, 2018, 12:22 PM
  • Listening to: Mad Mad: Fury Road OST
  • Reading: Sonic #233
  • Watching: Darkest Hour
  • Playing: Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Eating: Curry
  • Drinking: Coke


Friends, countrymen, Deviants! Lend me your ears! I have important news concerning Sonic Retold, its Patreon page, and my own welfare.

Right now I'm struggling to maintain my weekly work schedule on the comic because I'm fighting to stave off ruin. This month has been especially hard in the commissions department for various reasons. My rent is due on March 1st and I have nowhere near the funds necessary to cover it. While I look around for things to sell, I've revised my Patreon rewards. The higher tiers are empty, so I've eliminated most of them and moved the final reward to a $15 tier:
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  • **BE A GAG WRITER!!**

Limited to four Patrons! YOU get to write a 3-4 panel gag strip to be drawn by me at the end of every issue of Sonic Retold! Introduce your own character if you like! (Sonic-themed is encouraged, but I'll also accept unrelated ideas.)

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That's right! If I can get a few generous supporters to pledge $15 a month, they can help create an 'Off-Panel' page to close out issues of Sonic Retold. They'll also have access to hi-res pages, preview images, plus the script and storyboard for completed issues.

That's not all, I want to announce that the final scene of the current issue will predominantly feature the citizens of New Mobotropolis. That means crowd scenes, which means I need background characters. This is where you come in:

The next fifteen people who pledge in the $5 tier or higher can have their character featured among the crowd in Sonic Retold!


I'm saying 'fifteen people' for now as an estimate based on the amount of space I believe I'll have available. I may increase that if I get more pledgers, but I want to gauge the initial response first. So if you ever wanted your character to have a cameo appearance in my comic, now is your chance! :eager:

As a show of good faith for your support, I'm making another reward freely available next month: MY COMIC PAGE TUTORIAL!
I need to take a brief break at the end of the current scene to give myself time to catch up, so I'll be uploading a new segment of my tutorial on a daily basis to fill the gap. This will happen around mid-March. I often get a lot of questions on what software I use and how I work, so my tutorial will cover that in-depth to teach you how to create a comic page like Sonic Retold from start to finish. :)

I've wanted to make this tutorial widely available for a while, but I wouldn't need to put the comic on hiatus for it if I had more funds. I cannot stress enough that these pledges are not a trivial bonus, they are essential to my welfare. I'm a poor man with nothing to offer except my commitment to keeping fans like you happy, but I can't do that if I'm destitute. So please consider donating to keep me going; even $1 a month would be a blessing. I'm truly grateful for your support and I'll try to make Sonic Retold all the better for it. Thank you! :thanks: