Time And Relative Dimensions In Sonic
Today is a very special day- it’s the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who! This hugely popular British science-fiction program has influenced the lives of many people who have worked on Sonic The Comic over the years, most notably in the design of several seperate machines throughout the comic’s run that just happen to resemble the TARDIS’ (the Doctor’s time and space machine) central console! These include:
(From STC #102 “Unnatural Disasters” - Script by Lew Stringer, Art by Richard Elson, Lettering by Elitta Fell)
This weird contraption was used by Windy Wallis, evil weather gerbil (yes, really, just go with it!) to control the weather. Windy wanted to destroy Mobius in a catastrophe of freak weather. She was stopped by Sonic after he Elsonposed through the wall here.
(From STC #112 “It’s Raining Bananas” - Script by Lew Stringer, Art by Andy Pritchett, Lettering by Ellie De Ville)
Grimer used this contraption to aim a procession of missiles at the Emerald Hill Zone. In true TARDIS fashion, it wasn’t very reliable: unfortunately, due to a machine fault, it fired bananas instead of missiles. Grimer eventually lost his rag with the machine and belted it with a sledgehammer before being buried under all the bananas, which Sonic had sent back by a speed tornado. The story is much better and funnier than I am making it sound.
(From STC #122 “Hobson & Choy Part 2” - Script by Nigel Kitching, Art by Richard Elson, Lettering by Ellie De Ville)
And, of course, just as the TARDIS is the Doctor’s most faithful companion (it is a living thing, after all!), so too does Sonic have the ever faithful Kintobor Computer. This particular model was used at the Emerald Hill Zone Control Centre after Robotnik was ousted from power in issue 100 until the Control Centre was blown up in issue 250.
I’m sure there are plenty more Doctor Who references in Sonic The Comic- if you’ve spotted any, feel free to send them on to me and I’ll reblog them!
Happy Day of the Doctor to all Whovians following this blog!
Here’s something I’ve just whipped up (independantly, I must stress). I thought it’d be interesting to see exactly what the fans think of STC’s characters, stories and the like, past and present. This’ll let us see with reasonable accuracy precisely what is most liked about this excellent comic.
Survey closes at 8pm GMT on the 1st of December, plenty of time to get some good results going.
Sonic the Comic #262 just launched!
Whoop whoop! Good issue this one. Lots of action in the lead strip, with some gorgeous art to boot. Second strip has the return of Silver- exciting things ahead in STC-O for him, Boomers! And the third strip is a Sonic’s World story that’s a real charmer.
Check it out nowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!
From issues 252 and 255. Art by Team Mobius, Leeann Hamilton and Feniiku.
What happened to chilidogs?
What happened is Mark Millar wrote this story in about seven minutes.
Possibly being unkind there, but Nigel Kitching (STC’s lead writer for the most part) actually met Millar once and apparently Millar proudly told Nigel that he’d managed to knock out the majority of his scripts over the space of a few days.
This man now makes several million dollars a year from working for Marvel and DC, living off royalties and selling his stories about explosions and swearing to film companies.
Of course I’m not bitter.
The Big Re-Read 2013 (Part 1)
So I decided to re-read STC and STC-O in its entirety. Issues 1, 261 and everything in between, in order, including the Poster Mags and Specials. I’m going to try and cover ten issues a day (give or take, I may miss a day here or there too). Given this is STC’s 20th anniversary year, I think this is the best possible time to give it all a grand re-read. I’m also going to give the stories a synopsis on this blog with a paragraph or two and give them a grade based on how good the story and art are (on a scale of A* for the best to E for the worst).
I encourage you all to join in with your responses and memories or any reviews of your own and to do this you can use the Tumblr hashtag #STCBRR2013 (should be a pretty unique tag!).
Note that my reviews will cover stories that have reached their conclusion within a batch of ten so if, say, a three part story began in issue 18, I would wait until the next batch of reviews to cover it as it wouldn’t finish until issue 21. I know a lot of you have read these already but it’s better to review a story in its entirety rather than judge each part on its own merit (particularly when it comes to grading it).
First reviews under the Read More.
I forgot to mention! The STC Timeline has been updated too with three new panels (the one above being my favourite so far!).
It’s about time! The Sonic The Comic - Online site has finally updated their first issue, #224, so it’s in line with the more recent issues. I can only assume this is the first of many such changes. The wallpaper therein has also been given an expansion to make it fit more modern screen sizes, plus it’s available in Facebook Cover and smartphone sizes!
Give it a look, Boomers, and relive the first of STC’s online issues while you’re there, there are Sonic, Tails and Amy stories to feast your eyes upon (and if you forgot what happened in the issues preceding it back in the old print comic days, the Data Zone has also been implemented!).
Our celebrations have begun so get yourself over to http://www.stconline.co.uk and take a look! :D
We’ve got the anniversary issue, #261 featuring some very special guests helping me out on the lead strip.
We’ve also just launched…
Silly me, I forgot to reblog this yesterday! Go and read the new issue IMMEDIATELY if you haven’t already (it’s really good!). Also there’s a game review from yours truly!
Just your friendly reminder that Sonic The Comic’s 20th Birthday is less than a fortnight away!
If you need to keep a track of when the big day is, head over to the STC Online page and check out the handy countdown timer at the top of the page!
Here are just SOME of the things you can expect on the big day:
- Sonic The Comic issue 261! Featuring a story written by STC legend Nigel Kitching with art by the iconic Nigel Dobbyn!
- At least one episode of Sonic The Podcast! We have two episodes ready to go and have plans for episodes as far as the end of the first year of STC’s Sonic stories. Depending on how much of our allocated monthly file space we have, you can expect either a Sonic episode with regular hosts L. T., Shay, Stiv and new regular host STC-O artist Pete Murphy or that same Sonic episode and a Tails episode with L. T., Shay and Stiv!
- Assuming I can get my finger out, you can look forward to seeing the premiere of Speed Reading: 20 Years of Sonic The Comic! This documentary/feature takes a look back at the favourite memories of lots of STC fans and current and former STC-O team members as they recall what it is that made them a fan and what keeps them coming back for more. And, maybe, if I’m lucky enough, I can get a sneaky hint or two of what you can expect in the coming twelve months…
There are bound to be loads of contributions from the talented fans of Sonic The Comic so be sure to keep your eyes peeled!
In the meantime, be sure to check out the following pages for all the info you could need leading up to the big day:
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Get ready for something special, Boomers! May 29th is just the beginning of STC’s 20th birthday celebrations…