Sonic the Comic - Back to Print
To all who enjoy having a bit of Sonic the Hedgehog in their lives... Please listen to my story and request, in the hope that you may help bring more joy, awareness and popularity back into Sega's beloved mascot Sonic the Hedgehog. This petition is a request to bring the UK comic book 'Sonic the Comic' back to being published, printed and shelved at shops around the UK. Sonic the Hedgehog, one of the most successful and popular video game characters to date, made his debut on June 23rd 1991 with a video game made for the Sega Mega Drive console (Sega Genesis in the US). Since then his popularity has increased, with his series having sold more than 70 million copies, as well as four television shows, a movie, and a huge number of cameos in various games and television shows. This year he is celebrating his 20th anniversary. In 1993, both the US and UK began publishing different versions of comics featuring Sega's mascot, Sonic; 'Sonic the Hedgehog' (Archie Comics, US); and 'Sonic the Comic' (Fleetway Editions, UK). As Sega struggled to maintain Sonic's popularity after losing money with the cancelled 'Sonic X-Treme' and the Dreamcast scenario, both Comics continued printing. That was until 2002 when Fleetway Editions stopped creating original stories and used reprinted material from older issues, until eventually after issue #223, they stopped printing altogether. Nowadays, Sonic the Comic are creating original stories and entertaining a huge range of spectators with the use of uploading onto the internet through their website, which can be seen here -http://www.stconline.co.uk/ Egmont Magazines Ltd and the Sonic the Comic online team are showing that even though the original comic was rejected by Fleetway Editions, there is still interest enough to continue making original stories, even if they are not making profit. However the Archie Comics' version of Sonic the Hedgehog is still going strong, being printed and shelved in shops all over the US and is now (according to the Guinness World Records) the longest running comic book based on a video game. 2011 sees the increase of Sonic the Hedgehog's mainstream popularity, what with 'Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 1', which commercially did very well, 'Sonic Colours', which was widely accepted as the best 3D Sonic game since 'Sonic Adventure 2' and was awarded high points, (See a review here http://uk.wii.ign.com/articles/113/1132902p1.html) and not forgetting the recently rumored 'Sonic Generations' which has released a teaser trailer on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150143624090667&oid=23050342417&comments). As a huge Sonic the Hedgehog fan living in the UK, I feel somewhat let down and disappointed that both Sonic fans and children are not experiencing the joy that it brought me when I read Sonic the Comic as a child. Every two weeks or so, my mother would come home from work with a brand new issue of Sonic the Comic in her hands, and I would jump with excitement, immediately read it and wait with anticipation for the next issue. These days, as an adult, I am forced to see the comics online, which even though the stories are produced to an extremely high standard they do not bring the same joy, excitement and nostalgia that I still experience when picking up my old copies of the original issues. Now that Sonic's popularity is rising once more, I feel it necessary that Sega of Europe should at least consider attempting to get Sonic the Comic back onto the shelves of all newsagents and book shops around the UK, and I feel confident in saying that I am not the only one. If you feel that the team at Sonic the Comic online deserve to be making profit and should return to print, please sign this online petition, which will eventually be sent to Sega of Europe, with an aim to get a bit more Sonic back into the UK. You can see their facebook page here - http://www.facebook.com/stconline Myself and the signatures attached with this petition believe that Sega of Europe should get in touch with Sonic the Comic Online and help them to return their comics to being printed and sold at shops around the UK.