Tuesday, 29 April 2014

TSSZ: Vertical Slice - Penders vs. The World

MegaWestgarth Vertical Slice Ken Penders

The following is an excerpt from my recent opinion piece "Penders vs. The World"; published by TSSZ.

My bewilderment at the announcement stemmed from the same argument that many other spectators were making: how can Penders create a new Lara-Su featuring comic book without infringing on Sega and Archie owned properties? The characters in question are all original personality-wise, but their visual design is clearly derivative of Knuckles’ and the stories they feature in are unequivocally tied to the Sonic-Archie universe.

Penders’ answer to this conundrum is the complete redesign and rewriting of each and every character he intends to use – with unintentionally amusing consequences.

Never in my life would I have expected any member of the Archie Sonic the Hedgehog team, past or present, to take what are, for lack of a better term, “Sonic Original Characters” and do what Ken Penders is doing to them. From the eerily humanoid redesigns, to the characters’ “radical”dress sense, to the ridiculous name change of“Echidna” to “Echyd’nya”; Penders’ supposedly tantalising reveals of The Lara-Su Chronicles are both increasingly embarrassing and hilarious.

Read "Penders vs. The World" in full over at on TSSZ.

More From Vertical Slice:

Vertical Slice: Sonic 5 is a Fan Game [TSSZ]
Vertical Slice: Make Room for Sonic Boom [TSSZ]
Vertical Slice: For The Kids [TSSZ]
Vertical Slice: Sonic Fans are LOVE [TSSZ]


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