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A day-long celebration of the UK’s Sonic the Comic and its online continuation: Sonic the Comic Online.
A day-long celebration of the UK’s Sonic the Comic and its online continuation: Sonic the Comic Online.
A day-long celebration of the UK’s Sonic the Comic and its online continuation: Sonic the Comic Online.
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STC25 - Celebrating 25 years of Sonic the Comic!

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Sonic the Comic (or STC as it is known to many) was the official, British-born SEGA comic that saw life on the shelves of newsagents between the early nineties and the early noughties. The comic chronicled a unique universe based on the Sonic the Hedgehog video games and several other SEGA franchises including Streets of Rage and Revenge of the Shinobi to name but a few.

Sonic the Comic #1 - May 29th 1993
Sonic the Comic #1 - May 29th 1993

Fronted by the comic’s mascot Megadroid (depicted in various iterations as being built of parts of SEGA consoles), it saw publication on a fortnightly basis and contained a variety of other content such as reader artwork and letters, as well as reports on other contemporary events and video games.  

Although the comic was discontinued in 2002, the artwork and stories had a resonating effect on many readers, who have continued the comic in an online incarnation as Sonic the Comic - Online. The comic still continues to garner interest to present day, with many stories featured in the comic being cited by fans as some of the best written across all of the many universes of Sonic the Hedgehog!

STC25 is a day-long celebration of the UK’s Sonic the Comic and its online continuation: Sonic the Comic Online. We think Sonic the Comic deserves its own special day to commemorate 25 years of amazing adventures!

We want to do this by hosting a special event that will showcase the many aspects of what made this comic so memorable, and what has kept it going as a fan creation to date.

Back in 2014, we held STCC (Sonic the Comic-Con) which was more of a convention style event with specific events and Q&As etc. STC25 will be a slightly more relaxed affair, with a focus on providing a space for attendees to socialise, relax, and reminisce about STC. We'll also have plenty of art supplies for creative boomers to draw their favourite STC characters!

We already have a special guest or two lined up and hope to have more to announce as we get closer to the event, so keep your eyes peeled for more information on guests and meet & greets!

We'll also have a whole load of 'humes' (writers and artists of Sonic the Comic Online) in attendance celebrating 15 years of the online comic!

Manchester is an exciting and vibrant city with a scene full of creative types and video game and comic book fans! It's also easily accessible by train from both the north and the south of the United Kingdom via several main lines.

FAB Cafe Manchester
FAB Cafe Manchester

Our venue of choice is the amazing FAB Café, the world's first cult TV and movie theme bar! The café has the capacity for 100 attendees in the main area and is ideally situated in central Manchester about a 10-minute walk from Piccadilly train station. Check them out on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/fabcafemanc/  

Manchester is an extremely popular tourist destination so if you're planning on staying over for the weekend, there is plenty of choices when it comes to accommodation, entertainment, and attractions.

Michael Corker 
Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Sonic the Comic Online 
Organiser of STC25

Michael has been the 'hume-in-charge' at Sonic the Comic Online for the past 15 years and was also part of the organisational team for STCC in 2014. He's been an STC super-fan for the full 25 years, and still can't believe (and couldn't be happier) that the little UK Sonic comic that could is still going strong.

Michael is retiring from the comic with STC #275 - out this May - so this is also his farewell party!

The STC Online Team

In the past 15 years, the STC Online team has grown massively, and they are now a large team of super-talented writers, artists, and contributors - many of which have already volunteered for STC25!

There couldn’t be a team better suited for this project!

Why does STC25 need funding?

Organising a party can be an expensive business! However, we want to make STC25 an event totally created by the fans, for the fans! We are making 0% profit on this event, and all those involved are volunteers. This means that 100% of all funding raised will go directly into fuelling the event - the more we raise, the more fantastic a celebration we can create!

Here are some of the initial costs of the event:

Venue Hire: 
The most important requirement! Reaching our initial goal would mean we can cover the total cost of the rent of the venue for the day, and gives us full access to the facilities.

Equipment costs: 
Our costs also cover other items such as STC themed decorations for the venue and stationary for those who want to draw.

Guest expenses: 
We hope to get some special guests from STC past and present to be there on the day. To be there they will be giving up their time to come and talk to you, the fans, and so we wish to be able to cover their travel, accommodation and subsistence costs as a thank you! Reaching our goal will enable us to cover these for several of our planned special guests.

How will we raise the funds?

Through Kickstarter, of course! We're aiming to cover our basic expenses from backers alone; our initial goal is very realistic, and we’re sure there are enough STC enthusiasts who would love to make this day happen. The event will be purely invitation only, exclusively to those generous enough to pledge to our Kickstarter cause!

We aren’t just offering invitations to the event, however. We have a whole host of awesome bonuses to those who donate very generously.

Check them out:

In order to reach our goal for this project, we’ve come up with some excellent incentives for those who become patrons of our cause! These include:

Event invitations: 
We want you guys to be part of this fantastic day! Many of our backer rewards include an invite to join us on the 3rd of June; the only way to attend STC25 is to help us make it happen!

Event Wristbands: 
A super-awesome STC25 band for every attendee at the event!

T-Shirts: 
We have a fantastic tshirt* with artwork from Richard Elson and Pete Murphy to give to those who donate generously!

*May differ to final design  

We also have grand plans for more fantastic event rewards and special guests which we plan to make as stretch goal targets… but you guys will have to help us get past our first target so we can make these dreams a reality!

Thank you for taking the time to read this Kickstarter page! We are really excited about what we have in store for the event, and we hope we can far exceed our initial targets in order to fund some of the other great ideas we have lined up.

Hope to see you on June the 3rd! 

Risks and challenges

We have so much planned for the day already, and we have already pencilled in the date with our venue of choice… all we need now are the funds!

We don’t foresee any issue with event date of the 3rd June 2018, or the booking of the venue at the moment; however this may be subject to change if any circumstances arise that would mean it would be impossible to keep to those. Rest assured we would work to find a comparable venue if this occurred, but obviously we wouldn’t be able to refund all of your train tickets and hotel costs in the unlikely event we have to move the date (if you can, be sure to buy refundable travel tickets!)

You might have noticed we’ve not mentioned any special guests by name or gone into any detail about specific events on the day. We are at this very moment talking to our guests and planning, but until we’ve got a definite thumbs up, we don’t want to sell the event on the attendance of a single guest or activity and disappoint if the guest has to pull out of attending or the activity cannot take place.

We hope you guys will still be as enthusiastic about attending, whether we have one special guest or ten!

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    OMNI-VIEWER

    Every quantum of funding helps us on our way! Your donation helps build the foundations of the event and teleports us one step closer to our goal! As a thank you, we will credit you as a backer of the project!

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    BOOMER

    A true blue STC fan! Your contribution gets us ever closer to attaining our primary target! Your reward is an official invitation to ATTEND STC25 on June 3rd for a day of celebrations with fellow Boomers (and 'Humes') alike! You will also be credited as a backer.

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    LIGHTFOOT

    If you can't make it to STC25 in person, you can join us in spirit! We will send you an EVENT T-SHIRT and credit you as a backer as a thank you for your contribution to the cause! We will never forget you!

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    MEGADROID

    You'll get all the privileges of the BOOMER level perk, and you will also receive an STC25 EVENT T-SHIRT to wear with pride!

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    AMY & TEKNO

    Too busy adventuring through time and space make it to STC25 but still want an STC25 EVENT T-SHIRT and a SPECIAL PRINTED EDITION of the bumper-sized SONIC THE COMIC #275*? Then this is the perk for you, girlfriend!

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    SONIC HEROES

    Looking for the perfect team? Try this one!
    Includes:
    1 x INVITE to STC25
    1 x STC25 T-SHIRT
    1 x PRINTED EDITION of STC #275

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    AMY & TEKNO 2.0

    Too busy adventuring through time and space make it to STC25 but still want an STC25 EVENT T-SHIRT and a SPECIAL PRINTED EDITION of the bumper-sized SONIC THE COMIC #275*? Then this is the perk for you, girlfriend!

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    SONIC & TAILS

    Traveling to the convention with your best buddy and both want a T-Shirt? No problem! This perk will get you TWO INVITATIONS TO STC25 and TWO EVENT T-SHIRTS! You will both be credited as backers. Please don't park biplanes on double yellow lines!

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    SUPER SONIC

    Super-charge our Kickstarter! As well as receiving all the rewards from the MEGADROID perk, the STCO artists will feature a character of your choice (could be a caricature of yourself or your fan character) as an extra into a Sonic the hedgehog comic strip, which will feature in issue #275 of Sonic the Comic Online*!

    *OC must be received before April 3rd 2018 to guarantee time to add them into the comic.

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    DOCTOR SUN

    We hope you'll see the light with this reward, boomers!

    Backing this reward will get you an STC25 invite, a t-shirt, a special printed copy of STC #275, AND a special ART COMMISION from FERRAN RODRIGUEZ!

    You'll get to request the image you want - including STC characters - from Ferran and the artist extraordinaire will bring the finished pieces over to STC25 with him!

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    LORD SIDEWINDER

    For the discerning boomer who prefers the finer things in their homes, we've got the pledge reward for you!

    On top of one INVITE to STC25 and one STC25 EVENT T-SHIRT, you'll also be rewarded with an EXCLUSIVE STC25 ART PRINT featuring brand new STC artwork from RICHARD ELSON himself!

    This is a limited run of 25 A2 landscape sized prints and will never be available again anywhere else so if you want to own one - you'd better be quick!

    The artwork is tbc and will be revealed during May but it's sure to look amazing hanging in your New Tek City Penthouse!

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    DOCTOR ZACHARY

    What do you get for the Echidna with all the cybernetic implants? Why, an EXCLUSIVE STC25 ART PRINT featuring brand new STC artwork from the incredible NIGEL DOBBYN, of course!

    This is a limited run of 25 A2 landscape sized prints and will never be available again anywhere else so if you want to own one - you'd better be quick!

    The artwork is tbc and will be revealed before June.

    You'll also receive one INVITE to STC25, one STC25 EVENT T-SHIRT, and one SPECIAL PRINTED EDITION OF STC #275!

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    BROTHERHOOD OF METALLIX

    Looking to change your future for the better?

    We think TWO EXCLUSIVE STC25 ART PRINTS with art from RICHARD ELSON and NIGEL DOBBYN will help!

    You'll also receive one INVITE to STC25, one STC25 EVENT T-SHIRT, and one SPECIAL PRINTED EDITION OF STC #275!

    This is a limited run of 25 A2 landscape sized prints and will never be available again anywhere else so if you want to own one - you'd better be quick!

    The artwork is tbc and will be revealed before June.

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    THE DRAKON EMPIRE

    For the boomer aspiring to OWN EVERYTHING!

    This very limited edition reward includes one INVITE to STC25, one STC25 EVENT T-SHIRT, one SPECIAL PRINTED EDITION OF STC #275, and TWO EXCLUSIVE STC25 ART PRINTS with art from RICHARD ELSON and NIGEL DOBBYN!

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