Ken Penders said:
The reason I ran with the KNUCKLES series as opposed to continuing as the head writer of the SONIC book is precisely because I had a blank slate to work with. There was nothing viable to make a series work until I went in and assembled the whole operation. Knuckles could have just as easily lived in the arctic at his fortress of solitude guarding the last power chip and you're still going to have to do something in order to make the character viable on an ongoing basis. The games certainly don't supply enough of anything to go beyond one 48-page special.
If people like Julie-Su, Locke, the Brotherhood of the Guardians, Lara-Le, Constable Remington, Kragok, the Dark Legion, Lien-Da and Dimitri, to say nothing of Archimedes, Harry the Cabbie, Gala-Na and Lara-Su, that's my work work they're enjoying, not something created by Sega or Archie. Nor can Ian lay claim to the material, either because he isn't allowed to do anything with it or he has yet to show a clear understanding of the characters. The Dark Legion I know, especially Lien-Da, would've had Eggman in any incarnation for breakfast. That doesn't mean he doesn't have the ability and talent to do something well. It's just that he doesn't have the same stake in the characters that I do.
The characters and set-up can easily exist outside what people consider the Sega Universe because it literally has nothing to do with the Sega Universe as Sega itself sees it. That's what people don't seem to get.
If someone doesn't like what I do, fine. That's their choice. They should support what they like. But don't act like there isn't an audience for my characters and the world they inhabit. SONIC UNIVERSE proves that. As a Star Trek fan and someone who actually worked on the comics themselves, I attempted to launch an official Klingon series back in the 90's. The only reason Paramount wasn't sold on the idea at the time is that they didn't think anyone would be interested in a Klingon film or TV series, and if they couldn't make it work, no one could. I still believe I could have made it work, based on the response I've received over the years on my Trek work.
When I discuss what I'm up to with anyone, I never treat the other person any less than how I expect to be treated. I may not agree with you, but I don't insult or belittle anyone. And I let people have their say. All I ask for is some courtesy when engaging in the conversation. Thanks for listening.
I'll give him the benefit of the doubt this time that he just screwed up his wording.
EDIT: Also, something in there that made me roll my eyes:
Ken, have you already forgotten that the reason that doesn't happen is because of Sega? And was that a "My characters can beat that guy; I know it because I made them!" ? Really?
I thought his lawsuit was as dumb as the next guy, but I don't understand what is wrong with this quote. He is right, you know, and he is more talking about characterization than he is the type of character he is using. From his eyes, and the thing he wants credit for, is the characters in the comic are more the writing than the design. The comic series has little to nothing to do with Sega's interpretation of it, and most of the universe's story is based off whatever he decided it should. Knuckles doesn't exactly have an involved back story, and he was able to take a lot of liberties with it.
And he is talking about how characterization and story is more important than the universe it takes place in, and that is what his Klingon example meant. The people making fun of him for his base material he had to work with are exactly the kind of people he is talking about who thought a Klingon series couldn't work. It's more about the writing than the base material. I'm not a huge fan of Ken Pender's writing, but he didn't say anything wrong at all. >_>
TL;DR his mind is on the writing, not what the characters look like, in this case being Enchidnas.. It doesn't matter much to him if they were Enchidnas or Ambercrombie Boys.