I'm a long time STC and SatAM fan who's passion for Sonic has just been rejuvenated recently after re-reading the old STC and the new online ones over the last few months (I still have not get finished all the online issues yet.)
I want to be totally strait up with you guys, I'm an extremely busy person in RL with a lot of responsibilities, people counting on me and so under normal circumstances I'd never have taken the time to join a forum and in any way participate in a community. However the staggering talent I have experienced in both the writing and art (then again when you can only draw stick men like me ANY artist seems to be amazing) I felt a strong compulsion to join in the hopes that in time I can get around to giving these hard working individualises some much deserved thanks for the hours of joy they've given me! ;D
That said, in relation to my previous comments, I am very busy and so I'll only be popping in irregularly, sharing a few found memories of STC and perhaps in the future I might humbly take part in some of the up to date discussions about the direction STC Online might take, although frankly, from what I've read so far, I am not exaggerating when I say this has exceeded even my most optimistic expectations and so I highly doubt that I'd have anything of value to contribute.
Well, I'm now up to date with STC-O and thought I would check in and see what kind of dussusions are going on, obviosuly though with the last issue having been a while back and the next on on it's way, at some point, it's seems form the long review topic that everything that can be said has pretty much already been said.
Reading through that topic was actully very intresting itself, to see the interaction between some of the fans and writers/artists ect.
From reading that review page it's refreshing to see a fan community that, although small in number in relation to others, are at least still utterly dedicated to this paticular fandom with passon, not just filled with total bitter cynicism, like for example most of the Archie fans I've spoken to who just hail back to the 'glory days' and are pretty much just 'going though the motions' with the new stuff, with little expectation of it getting better.
This bring us to the nature of the 'reviews' and 'critcyisms' I read, at first I was perhaps a little defensive towards the STC-O staff, using the old 'you're getting all this for free and they are working for nothing so be greatful for what you get' attertude, but after I started to see the real engagment in the topic between the fans and staff I could see that the fans are not being arogrent but just really, really care about STC-O and the staff understand this and rather than ignoring them show in pratice that, while no doubt enjoying their own creative asperations, also do want to produce something that people enjoy AND is true to the 'sprit' of STC that, having read the whole lot now I can honestly say that, in my opinion, dispite the occasional oddity, has been maintained! ;D
Myself? Well, not much to tell really, guess I could give a few details and the history of my love for Sonic, which is what this community is all about it anyway.
So, I'm 26-years old, British and I currently have a very rewarding (if appalling paid) job at a chemist working on the pharmacy counter selling medication to people and more importantly giving proper medical advice. As I said I like my job, along with the detailed training I'm on, having worked there a few years now I've picked up all kinds of extra know-how that people really appreciate me telling them. The only thing I don't like is when I have to refuse things to obvious junkies, sometimes they get aggressive because I won't give them their fix!
On Sonic I have a long relationship, my first encounter with the blue spike ball was seeing him on my sisters, friends, brothers, Master System, I swear on my mothers life that Sonic 2 on the Master System is without a doubt the hardest Sonic game ever made...it's just HORRIBE! I later came across Sonic on the Mega Drive, although interestingly it was, again, always at someone else house, my cousin's mostly since I was lumbered with a Nintendo and later a Super Nintendo.
It was back in 1993 itself when I first encountered STC, my younger sister was having a slumber party and one of the girls that came round was, well, none of us knew at the time, not sure if she even knew herself, but she was a proper hard-core tomboy and later one no one was really surprised when she came out the closet.
Anyway, this girl had brought with her a couple of issues of STC to read while my sister and the other girls read those God awful pre-teen girl magazines. Naturally I was curious enough and took a look and while, if you've ever seen the very early issues you'll know what I mean, I can't say I was particularity blown away by it, it was still Sonic and so it was cool...wow, back then you really could say that and not burst out laughing.
Still, I had no intention of buying the comic myself and at that point would not of cared if I'd never saw another issue, however my 'cousin' (his mum and my mum were best friends growing up and so our families were close and thought of each other as related even though we weren't) was a HUGE Sonic fan, a typical 90's Sonic fan boy really and got the comic every 2-weeks. Back then our families were so close that we'd go over to their house at least 1-weekend a month, sometimes 2 and becase of that I got to read his STC's.
Again though, it didn't grab me until, finally, we got to the immoral 'Sonic Origins' story, ;D which I always though of as STC finally losing it's virginity after some very stimulating foreplay. I must have re-read those issues, which he had collected into those 2 very small 4-issues each trade paper back graphic novels 'Sonic Spin Attack' and 'sonic Beats the Badniks,' dozens of times, I just got not get over the giant leap forward it took in, well, just about everything, art, tone and of course the elements of more serious grittiness.
As time went on I got to enjoy STC over many years, I went though all the highs and lows, the one thing I had a slight problem with is my inability to talk to anyone about it. Yes there was my cousin but, just being honest here, he does suffer from learning difficulties and I'm not talking dyslexia, he's very slow on the uptake and so while mind buzzed with the various ideas and concepts, he mostly just read it for the 'cool fight scenes.'
As our families drifted apart when we got older I missed out on the concluding of the series, the last issue I read was just after Sonic had gotten shrunk to journey to the atom planet and it was not until a few weeks ago that I actually found out what happened and got to enjoy the brilliant 'Chaos' storyline.
Alongside this however was SatAM that, if I am honest with myself, had a far stronger impact on me than STC did and so when, around 2002-2003, I actually grew more confident in using the internet and began to seek out communities, it was SatAM I looked towards first and was for a while involved in the SatAM community, however, for a number of reasons I have completely turned my back on it.
While some of the reasons are personal, the main one that overrides them all is, the 'community' around SatAM is, well, DEAD! It has lost any sense of direction, it's like a fossilised cult really that are extremely inward looking and ironically it was the DVD release that was responsible. You see, before the DVD, the SatAM fans were kept passionate and focused around their demands for a proper DVD release and a third season, the various other shows that came along, Sonic Underground, Sonic X, only fuelled their passion and lead to a kind of pressure on them to be vibrant and creative in order to compete and you saw a flowering of art, fan fiction, EPIC RPG's that took on the form of novels, such was their detail and just an all around good nature.
Alas, with the DVD, after the initial celebrations were over, everyone seemed to just, resign themselves to it, that this was all we'd ever get and be happy. I genuinely tried at one point to motivate people and propose that a serious collective effort be made in going out and raising the demand for a third season, of breaking out of the small community and making the various powers that be see that their might be some money potential in it, along with various fan projects, a season 3 comic...that was a bit of an incoherent mess, a fan flash animation prequel...that never got past the auditions and lastly before I walked away there was an attempt at some high quality audio dramas, using the music and sound effects from the show, along with new stuff, but once again, it never got past the auditions.
The problem, simply that most of the 'leaders' of the SatAM community, people who have or had (I've no idea the state of the fandom now) authority and could potentially mobilise people and get things going, had all grown tired of SatAM and Sonic in general and were now just interested in their own long developed relationships with people.
Now, call me crazy, but if you've lost interest in Sonic, which is fine, I'm not saying you've don't have the right to move on to other things, then surely you should not remain at the top of the community...doing NOTHING, but instead step down and allow a new layer of both younger and those older fans who had not lost interest to take up the rains. Imagine if you will, if the writers at STC-O suddenly lost all interest in Sonic and stopped writing for it and then even though they were sitting on their asses, refused to allow other writers to come forward and write.
Yep, sorry state of affairs indeed but hey enough depressing talk like that, this is STC-O! It's here where life still flourishes and I for one can't wait to see where it goes!
Hello all, I grew up reading and deeply enjoying to original STC series, but I never really liked the actual Sonic games, im more of a streets of rage guy ( as you can pretty much tell from my username XD ) I only just recently discovered the online continuation, and i've really enjoyed them, I wont share any personal details about myself apart from the fact im 17! I look foward to meeting the community