Talking the Sonic and Knuckles Comics with Ken Penders

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In Every Fandom There Are Creative Figures

which fairly or unfairly are considered controversial in Star Trek right now it’s Alex Kurtzman for the longest of time. The X-men had Tom Rothman to contend with and for Star Wars fans. It’s Ryan Johnston, among others. Within the fandom of Sonic, The Hedgehog that controversial figure is Ken Pender’s his run on the Archie comics series Sonic, The Hedgehog’s and associated Spin-offs are frequently referred to as Batshit insane and he is infamous for a lawsuit involving him and Archie comics, a lawsuit which he won, but with that level of infamy also comes some level of misrepresentation of all the stories about the man out there. Many are one-sided and therefore might not show the full picture.

In This Video.

We will add Some nuanced and frequently overlooked perspective to the discussion of all things Sonic as we hear the first-hand account from the one who wasn’t just there, but in the center of it all welcome Ken pender. It’s good to be here and it’s good to have you and also joining us For this interview is TOm how’s it going good afternoon alright. Exley‘s the sea and before we begin though let’s just establish where we are and what we know and what we don’t know for myself. I am a fan of Sega growing up I’m very much so a Sega Megadrive kids I obviously then played the original second trilogy of Sonic once on 2 and Sonic 3, but outside of those I’m more aware of the comics.

The Various Animations That I Read That

I read to myself, so I know a few contenders from your reputation which. You but I haven’t read too much of your run myself. I must admit Tom how about you um I’m pretty much in the same boat for the most part again. I was I grew up with the games. I was aware of the animated series I do recall the comics I do know some of the storylines again.

I Havent Had The Liberty To Read

them all but as like Andre my knowledge of you Sir is that you’re quite the controversial figure within the sonic world, so it’ll be interesting to talk to you today about all this I’m sure yeah so basically what we’re saying is that we go in relatively free of preconceived notions and we have no firm opinion in advance. So we are very interested to hear your side of events which I understand. It’s not always the same as the narrative that’s out. There already many of which comes from individuals who maybe aren’t there to to amend that narrative well. A lot of the story that has gotten out there over the years has been perpetuated by a lot of people who like to think that they’re in the know or that they have access to those in the know and that’s not really so because for the longest time, especially at the beginning when I first got involved with Sonic I had already been working in comics for about 7 years.

I Had Had Work Published Atnk] Comics

Marvel, Comics Now comics Malibu innovation number of other small publishers. Yeah I know your work from the savage sort of conan. For instance which I happen to be a fan of right so impressed Yeah I mean it was a it was a totally different world back then there was no. No internet you know during you know Prior to Sonic I was living in New Hampshire. I had a family and I was.

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I Was Working For A Defense Contractor,

a consulting firm doing computer graphics, but that was not my love and I wanted to break into comics. So I put in a portfolio and I went down to New York City and I showed it to art director John Romita and he in turn showed me off to a couple other editors and from there. After meeting with them at Marvel. I went across the town to UK Comics where I met with editor Robert Greenberger and Bob ended up giving me my first actual professional comics assignment which was The Who’s Who in Star Trek assignment, which was released when Star Trek 4 came out to the theaters and so I stabbed wishing relationships at the various. companies and I was starting out primarily his an artist so you know basically it was a totally different world back then you could literally get on the train go down to New York City in a few hours and actually meet with editors at Marvel and UK and other publishers which I did and after getting my first few assignments.

I Actually Got Into A Uk

intern program that was started off by Dick Giordano that’s how I ended up meeting editor Elliot Megan, for example, who eventually gave me assignments on the UK license books so by the time I got to Sonic I already had accumulated a number of credits on various licensed titles, including Star Trek, Green Hornet, Legend of Zelda Savage Sorta Conan transformer. So when Sonic came around it it was it was quite by accident because up until that point-I was. was primarily an artist and I was discovering that if I wanted to get more steady work more regular work that it would be better. If I initiated the project as a writer rather than waiting for a writer to have an assignment toss it into the editor that he could hand to me. So when Sonic had long it was it was totally by accident.

My Friend Mike Kanter Ovitch.

He was a frequent partner of editor Tom Brevoort over at Marvel before he became an editor. This is when he was a freelancer and they would work on a lot of the Marvel Kids titles and as such editor Paul Castiglione. Archie was familiar with Mike and Tom’s work and when writer Mike yelled Oh, who had been with the series since the very beginning the first miniseries. He decided he was gonna up and leave to go.

Work At Marble On The Guardians

of the Galaxy title that’s when editor Paul Cassini have put in a call to Mike because he he and Mike hung out in the same circles. Mike though then have any knowledge of Sonic the Hedgehog whatsoever and at that point I had already been buying the comics for my son. I had bought the video game the video console as a Christmas present prior to even buying the comic books and as such. He was he was a huge fan that when Mike called me up saying look at Paul has this assignment something called Sonic the Hedgehog, but I don’t know the first thing about it. I told him why I should come on over you know he’s my son’s favorite character let’s work out a couple ideas and and go from there and the thing was at that point there.

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Was Only The Comic Books.

I think there was something like eight issues out there was I know. The first video game was out. I’m not quite sure if the second hit had come out by the time. Mike contacted and he was roughly about that time, but I’m not sure if I saw it or not and I think the cartoons were just starting to come on the air.

But Im Not Quite Sure And So

yeah. It was about October 1993 when we he came to me over to my house and we sat down in my basement studio and we started you know bouncing ideas back and forth and we came up with three pitches. One of which was sonic meeting his evil doppelganger. Another was sonic meeting a version of the Mario Brothers. Only we could we had them dentist instead of plumbers and another was.

A Story About Sonic And His Chili Dogs

It was There were three. There were three pitches and we submitted them to say get we fax them over to Paul and you know voluntary faxing over this to Sega, and they in turn approved two of the story lines and totally rejected the the Mario satire They didn’t want they wanted nothing to do with this whatsoever So we you know Paul gave us the go-ahead to you know turn these pitches into full scripts okay keep in-mind. Scripts can be any number of things for some people at various companies. They’re writing up a full text script. You know seeing dialogue that sort of thing with Archie at the time we we were told we had to submit the scripts in Paige panel layout format.

Basically.

I would do the layouts and with indicating where the word balloons. be the sound effects where they kept the placement of the characters. Everything it was like a very rough version of what you saw in the finish published comics and this would prove important later on down the road when I was applying for my copyrights. Though I had no clue at the time, how significant that was and so we turned in the ideas and I have documentation.

I Actually Have The The Story Pitches And

I have Sega’s response. You know I kept all that correspondence from the early years, so we submitted they approved it. We were asked to submit more ideas and before we knew it. Our first published issue was issue 11 and from there we just kept getting asked as soon as we turned in one story. They would ask us to turn in another and I was it was then I was became aware of the cartoons they were coming on the air.

I Checked Out A Few Episodes Of

the weekday animated series. I thought they were a little bit too silly for my taste, but I did like what I was seeing on the Saturday a. m. series.

So We Were Only Working With

Paul for a short time when he was replaced by editor Scott full up and when that happened. I approached Scott and I said I requested I should say that could we you know hear the book more toward the Saturday a. m. series rather than the weekday series because up until that point, and as we found out Sega really didn’t have any idea what they wanted in terms of stories.

They Were Dependent On Writers To

submit ideas which they would decide okay Yeah well we like that one we’ll go with that or no we don’t like that you know digit and basically. It was agreed that the format would be more like the silly stories in the weekday animated series because that’s what the original writer and artists who worked on the book before us that would be writer Mike Gallagher and artist Scott Shaw and Dave Manic. Those guys were all from the humor side of freelancing they Mike and Dave and worked on cracked and Mad Magazine and Scott Shaw. He was definitely into into the Flintstones and all other sorts of cartoony subject matter.

So They Were Very Comfortable With That Yes

because from my understanding. I certainly leases my recollection from the early books that came out did mine they fit in the native. Norway was that the Myth dust was pretty bare-bones in those early days, whereas when you took over what you did was you massively expanded on both the lore, the Mythos and the universe about Archie Sonic and all the characters in it. What

Summary

Ken Pender’s run on the Archie comics series Sonic, The Hedgehog’s and associated Spin-offs are frequently referred to as Batshit insane . Pender is infamous for a lawsuit involving him and Archie comics, a lawsuit which he won, but with that level of infamy also comes some level of misrepresentation of all the stories about the man out there . In this video we hear the first-hand account from the one who wasn’t just there, but in the center of it all welcome Ken pender. Tom how’s it going good afternoon alright.& Exley’s the sea and before we begin though let’s just establish what we know and what we don’t know for myself. I’m pretty much in the same boat for the most part again. I was I grew up with the games. I haven’t read too much of your run myself. But I was aware of the animated series I do recall the comics I do know some of the storylines again….. Click here to read more and watch the full video