Archive for July, 2008
Tuesday, July 29th, 2008
A lot has happened and been confirmed for the Summer of Sonic
convention since it’s initial announcement. To help you guys
keep up to date and informed, ArchAngelUK (co-organiser of the
Summer of Sonic with Svend Joscelyne) and Urtheart (Doorman and SoS
Security chap) have taken some time out to create an audio show for
attendees to listen to.
We recommend all attendees listen to this podcast, as it
provides some information and details that you may have to keep in
mind while arriving at the event. You can
download the MP3 here.
Monday, July 28th, 2008
We are proud to announce our third and
fourthÂ Special Guests to the Summer of Sonic convention
- to some they may need no introduction. Richard Jacques, famed
composer and the man behind many Sonic the Hedgehog and SEGA
soundtracks, will be in attendance to meet and greet fellow fans.
Singer TJ Davis, known best by fans for her wonderful performances
in Sonic R, will also be at the event.
This announcement comes with a little bonus; Richard will be
doing a very special performance in the afternoon, with a little
help from some friends. TJ will be involved in singing some Sonic R
classics, whileÂ Lee Brotherton will be performing an
exclusive rendition of Dreams of an Absolution. There will be a few
surprises in store too.
Along with Lee Brotherton and Nigel Kitching, Richard and TJ
will also be included in the Q&A session taking place on the
main stage after the performance. Again, if you have any questions
but can’t attend the convention, drop your Q’s in the
comments area and we’ll try and get them answered for
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008
We thank everyone who has shown interest in attending the Summer
of Sonic convention. It has truly ballooned into a large-scale
event that we can all be proud of. It’s gotten so big, that
although the Dragon Hall can only hold 200 people at the maximum,
since this site’s launch we have had registrations that are
almost double that.
To cater for an over-capacity hall will be a tremendous task, so
to ensure we don’t have even more people to worry about
potentially missing out, we have closed the “I’m
There!” registration page. We apologise if you have just come
across this website and have an interest in attending - this
isn’t possible now. The Summer of Sonic website will update
throughout the day with videos and photos of the day’s
events, so even if you can’t attend you won’t be left
For those who have put their name down, there’s still a
complication - as we have said before, because we have more people
wanting to attend than we can fit in the hall, there is a
possibility that you will have to wait outside the hall for a
period of time before you are allowed inside. We are to decide on
how best to work around this problem, and will keep this website
updated on solutions that will make such an incident easier for
those who may have to wait. This may include timing those who
intend to stay all day so that everyone who wants to experience the
hall can get a chance.
When something’s been confirmed and decided, we will let
you know. Apologies for any future inconvenience this predicament
might cause - we can certainly say that the first Sonic the
Hedgehog convention is really one to keep an eye on.
Friday, July 18th, 2008
This week’s special guest
announcements bring a comic book flavour to them today, as we
reveal that one of the most inspiring Sonic the Hedgehog story
writers will be attending the Summer of Sonic convention. Nigel
Kitching is a comic book writer, and is famous in the Sonic
community for penning several major story arcs in Egmont
Fleetway’s Sonic the Comic. His work with artist
Richard Elson is perhaps the most memorable with young Sonic
Boomers during the 1990s, but was also responsible for a large
portion of Tails and Knuckles stories, along with dreaming up the
zaniest plots from Mega Drive classic DeCap Attack.
Nigel will be at the event for most of the day, so feel free to
run up to him and have a chat. He will be available to formally
sign items for attendees for a given time in the afternoon, and
will also be present at the Q&A with Lee Brotherton and our
other special guests to answer any questions you may have - be it
STC, his career or anything else.
In other news, another Sonic the Comic veteran, Nigel Dobbyn, is
providing some original prints from the comic for display by the
Comics Table. Unfortunately Dobbyn cannot make the Summer of Sonic
too, but wishes everyone attending an awesome time! We should have
some signed items by Dobbyn as well to give away, so stay
This event seems to be getting more and more exciting huh guys?
If you have a question you want us to put to Nigel Kitching for the
Q&A (this will pretty much guarantee your question being asked)
feel free to post in the Comments section of this post. Have a good
Friday, July 18th, 2008
To celebrate the fact we’ve got
Sonic Chronicles available for people to play, what better way to
provide information and give random facts to attendees than info
cards in the style of a Chronicles conversation! Created by Sonic
Wrecks to provide a bit of a fun spin on things, you will be seeing
these cards all over the place, most likely in the Merchandise
Cabinet we’ll have on display by the back wall.
Click the image to the right to see it in full size - Sonic
Wrecks made a special example card for this announcement, which
help reveal Sonic Chronicles’ presence at the convention and
also shows Rouge’s sneaky bat-girl ways.
What do you think of it? Like the style? Let us know in the
Thursday, July 17th, 2008
That’s right, at the Summer of Sonic convention you will
be among the first people in the world to play Sonic Chronicles:
The Dark Brotherhood on Nintendo DS, before its release in
September. We’re quite excited about this, because Sonic
Chronicles marks the first time the blue blur has been seen in an
RPG format. Developed by the geniuses at BioWare, speed and
platforming take a back seat to an engaging storyline and exciting
You can read the first impressions of the game at The Sonic Stadium - those guys seemed to love
the fact that it was a new respectable take on the series, and you
will be one of the first to see for yourselves how to take on Shade
and what the mysterious ‘Marauders’ are all about.
The Sonic Chronicles pod will be towards the back of the hall,
near the Games Zone and the Art Corner. There will only be one pod,
so gameplay time will be limited for each person, just to ensure
everyone get to have a go. Feel free to bring your own Nintendo DS
and PSPs along on the day too, so you can play wireless battles
with new friends in the hall!
Friday, July 11th, 2008
Today we’re announcing one of the
special guests that will be making an appearance at the Summer of
Sonic convention. Our first guest is none other than Lee Brotherton
- also known as Bentley Jones.
- One Hand High
Debut Album, TBC 2008
- Open Your Heart (Crush 40 vs Bentley Jones
True Blue - The Best of Sonic the Hedgehog, 2008
- Dreams of an Absolution (LB vs JS Remix)
SEVERAL WILLS Vocal Trax, 2007
- Sonic Rivals
- Dreams of an Absolution
Sonic The Hedgehog, Xbox 360/PlayStation 3, 2006
- GUN: Heavy Dog; E.G.G.M.A.N. (Doc. Robeatnix
Shadow the Hedgehog, PS2/Xbox/GCN, 2005
Silver the Hedgehog’s theme from Sonic The Hedgehog (2006)
has been hailed by fans as the greatest track in the game, and Lee
is no stranger to throwing his musical talent to the Sonic series.
He has previously worked on Shadow the Hedgehog (providing remixes
to “E.G.G.M.A.N.” and “GUN Mobile”) and
before jumping into that was well-known for his Overclocked Remixes of Sonic tracks, under the
Ask LB a Question
LB will be at the Summer of Sonic to meet fellow Sonic fans, and
is also taking part in a Q&A session on the main stage during
the afternoon with other special guests. Feel free to use the
Comments Box to ask any burning questions you’d like answered
in front of the convention audience. We will pick the best of the
bunch and throw those in with our own set of questions.
Not every question can be asked on stage obviously, but if your
query is that important LB will be enjoying the show for the whole
day so don’t hesitate to have a chat!
Tuesday, July 8th, 2008
You might have noticed we changed our look a little bit today.
The header has some awesome artwork included alongside the logo.
Who are the guys responsible for both of the new artistic arrivals?
They are the works of Joanne ‘Jemnezmy’ Wheatley and
Elson ‘Darkspeeds’ Wong, two awesome artists who lent a
hand to the Summer of Sonic artistic process.
First, the logo - Joanne created the concept of the SoS Logo, in
finding that the original Sonic Team head could be manipulated to
include sunrays around the side of Sonic’s face. The spines
on Sonic’s head would be treated like the sunrays around the
back of Sonic, thus creating a sun figure from the Sonic Team logo.
Smart, huh? Elson then took this concept then drew and coloured the
final product, which is what you see in the header next to the
Summer of Sonic text today.
As for the official montage of characters, Elson was approached
by us to create some original artwork to help promote the Summer of
Sonic event. He then got to work imagining a high-profile,
sharp-suited party with Sonic and Tails wearing suits and tuxedos.
Following this tongue-in-cheek premise, Elson then created a huge
poster including as many Sonic heroes as possible in their best
dresses. Not content with Sonic and co, Elson also created a
‘Dark Side’ to this ‘Blue Side’ which shows
Dr. Eggman, Shadow, Scratch and Grounder in Chicago style
Elson Wong is a professional comic artist, currently promoting
his original project The Grand Ashworth Fortune, and will be attending the
Summer of Sonic event from Australia. He has a large affection for
the Sonic community, particularly the creative side - being known
previously for being a fan artist, he still finds time to do some
drawings in his spare time. An interview with him will be posted
during SEGASonic Radio’s The Sonic Hour podcast.
Joanne Wheatley is an aspiring manga artist who is gaining
reputation in the community for her incredible character pieces.
She was recently a runner-up in the MCM Expo’s Manga Competition and is entering the
Rising Stars of Manga 2008 competition. A lot of her past work is
on DeviantArt but she is currently working on new
material to publish. Joanne is also working on other aspects of the
Summer of Sonic event, including help with the floorplan, and
providing birthday cakes for the day.
Tuesday, July 8th, 2008
The Summer of Sonic has been mentioned on various gaming blogs
and even large websites such as Eurogamer and Computer and Video
Games. This is great news! But the ambiguity of some things at the
event - along with some things reported that SEGA were actually
behind the Summer of Sonic project - led us to set the record
straight with a few things at the official SEGA Europe Blognik.
SEGA Europe are supporting the Summer of Sonic, and as such have
published a Q&A on their community blog.
Click here to read the Q&A, which helps
those who haven’t yet found this website with some vital
information. As AAUK mentions, a podcast may well be coming soon
that will reveal and confirm some more details. To clarify though,
the Summer of Sonic is an entirely fan-created event. SEGA Europe
are helping with some funding and support when the organisers
approached them about the convention idea.
Also; we are aware that SoS is also an acronym for ‘Save
our Sonic’. That wasn’t unintentional. You win a
Sherlock Holmes award.
Tuesday, July 8th, 2008
With just over a month to go until the big day, we thought we
would begin writing regular updates to the Summer of Sonic website.
This is to give you an idea of exactly what to expect, as well as
get you excited about things we have previously kept secret. We
will be revealing a lot of stuff that we have kept schtum until
now, as well as showcasing stuff people have made for the
The organisers have pretty much finalised everything that will
happen in the hall, but if you want to be a part of the Summer of
Sonic, you can also create something and have it published on this
very website! This can be handy if you can’t attend and want
to be at the party in spirit!
Stay tuned for our first updates later today!