Discussion in 'General Sonic Discussion' started by The KKM, Feb 3, 2010.
Way better than nothing...
Proof we can get good results
Sonic the Comic Mailing List/0010000
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a JSON dump. Yes it looks ugly but that doesn't matter. I can get Mediawiki to format it:
This went a lot smoother than I expected. I'll do a better template one day but we're able to isolate the text of the message without much trouble.
Genuinely considering whether it would be worth making a full-fat Mediawiki JSON parser. I have a sneaking suspicion it could be done, meaning anything that outputs JSON could be supported in a similar way.
That's great! It's a relief to know that they're archived.
EDIT: Black Squirrel replied while I was typing this...
I made a wiki page about the mailing list:
Then to test out how giving each individual message its own wiki page might work, I took that message #10000 from before and put it on a subpage:
The wiki is interpreting the many braces and brackets as template markup. But the colour-coding it's automatically given the quotes and replies actually makes it more readable than in the raw JSON file!
On the list's main wiki page, I made a table to link to the notable posts I collected in that pastebin. Only added post #10000 and one other one so far; what do you think? Should I continue adding the others?
While writing something about the mailing list's history, I remembered Ed Reynolds and Tom Huxley's old STC:STEM fansite: https://web.archive.org/web/20010401054532/http://www.sonicthecomic.co.uk/index.htm
I'd forgotten that that site used to host a copy of Kitching's original Sonic Adventure pitch to Andy Diggle:
Also, Archive.org's copy of Nigel Kitching's old website still has a couple of scripts (in addition to the ones I zipped before) and some bits of artwork:
That art is straight from Sega. It's in the Japanese Chaotix manual, but the fingers are ever so slightly cropped. I believe some of those images were also in the Knuckles Knock-Out Special.
I've always thought that we should archive every single tweet from every single Sega-related Twitter.
On the mailing list wiki page, I've added to the table so it links to almost all of the notable posts I collected in that pastebin. Of course I've probably missed plenty of other informative posts hiding in the archives! Next to do: put the JSON files for all the listed emails on their own wiki pages.
I also updated https://info.sonicretro.org/Sonic_the_Comic/Development with the zip file of Kitching's scripts from my earlier post, and the Sonic Adventure pitch from the STEM fansite.
Quick question: I'm still a newbie to STC, and while I found it super easy to get into just by reading the main numbered issues, I'm a bit confused as to when I should read the specials.
Do any of you Fleetway veterans happen to have some sort of "reading order"?
The Knuckles story in Sonic the Summer Special leads in to the Sonic story in STC #33.
Sonic the Poster Mag #6 has to take place between STC #34 and #35, but it's a little awkward.
The lead story in the Knuckles Knock-Out Special takes place immediately after/alongside the Sonic story in STC #76. (The Knuckles serial that starts in STC #74 takes place after both of these, so the continuity is a little jumbled. The Sonic story in STC #76 was probably intended to take place immediately after the Sonic story in STC #72, it certainly reads that way.)
The other Holiday Special and Poster Mag stories are generally light on continuity, so you should get by just fine reading them in release date order.
In general, the continuity got a little bit tangled, particularly in relation to Knuckles, around 1994-5 when Nigel Kitching and Lew Stringer were both writing stories with the same cast of characters. In later years there was less overlap.
Gotcha. Thanks a lot!
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