September 7th, 2009
One of the most popular elements of the Summer of Sonic
convention that recently took place was the number of fantastic fan
animations that were played throughout the day. Made by some of the
Sonic Community’s best-known home animators, this was a
chance to not only play some awesome material to the 400+ fans that
attended in person (and the 4000+ viewers online), but also for
SEGA and the Sonic Community elite to officially recognise the hard
work and effort put in by these animators.
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August 27th, 2009 · 13
year’s Summer of Sonic featured a cake that was painstakingly
baked and decorated by Jemnezmy, of the Green Hill Zone. This year,
Jemnezmy has done it again with another fantastic Sonic themed
Knuckles’ Emerald Shrine from Sonic Adventure’s
Angel Island is the location of your baked delights this time
around, complete with stone staircase and Master Emerald sitting
pretty at the very top. Forgive the low quality image, we only had
a mobile phone camera to hand.
There were in fact two different sources Jemnezmy referred to
for this piece, as the Mystic Ruins is represented in both the past
and future in Sonic Adventure. Jem decided to combine both
the flowing waters of the past Emerald Shrine with the mossy greens
that surround the modern-day Master Emerald.
Although the whole of Angel Island hasn’t been represented
here (Jem started from the stairs otherwise we’d be seeing a
much bigger cake!), what has been imagined here is pretty awesome,
don’t you agree?
And there’ll be a slice for anyone who asks for one at the
Summer of Sonic convention! Even though it’s a pretty big
cake for one (or three!) people, slices are likely to go pretty
quickly so once cake is served, be sure to get your slice!
August 27th, 2009 · 9
Kevin and I have been thinking of ideas to make this year’s
Summer of Sonic incredibly special, and with some enormous help
SEGA have produced this limited edition art book, that will be
handed out to pre-registered attendees to the convention (one book
will be handed out per family/group, and until stocks last
I’m afraid, so get there early!).
They are designed in the style of a classic Mega Drive manual,
with the checkered background and the image of Sonic from the
original 1991 game adorning the cover. Inside, you can find
countless montages of official SEGASonic artwork throughout the
years. There’s even a foreword by myself and Kevin in the
front, so that’s even more of a reason to get one right? You
can read more about the booklet at
SEGA’s Blognik page.
There’s only two more days left until the big day! Are you
excited yet? Just to give you a bigger idea of what’s in
store too, we’ve opened our final page on the website –
the ‘On Stage’ section, which tells you what you can
expect to occur on the Main Stage at various times of the day.
August 23rd, 2009 · 3 Comments
Hi there, peeps. bmn here to tell all you stay-at-home moaners
who can’t make it to the show on Saturday about what
you’ve all been wanting to know – What’s The Deal
With The Video Feeds?!
Well, I can tell you that The Deal should be hella better than
it was last year. Unfortunately, because our tech doods –
namely, myself and Jay (AKA DiscoPonies) – live nowhere near
London and didn’t have the budget to make it to the venue for
early testing, and with the lack of Internet access Svend talked
about in the FAQ last month, we can’t guarantee that this
will all be in place, but we’ll do our best. I’ll just
assume that it’s all going to work fine for the rest of this
On the video front, we’re going with the tried-and-tested
uStream – we have an easy job putting it on, you have an easy
job viewing it. We’ll have a camera perched in Dread’s
Crow’s Nestâ„¢ with a good view of the crowd
and the stage all through the day, and Jay up in the place will
keep you up to date on developments with a live video ticker, so if
you miss Lee’s presumedly excellent show or something
similarly freaky – that’s freaky in a good way –
you’ve only got yourself to blame. Or your computer. Or your
annoying sibling cruely stealing the computer.
But wait! I know the… 17 of you… that watched the
live feed last year had a good time with yours truly behind the
camera and chilling with the partygoers. This time we’re
going one better and sending a wireless camera out into the fray.
We’ll cut between the two cameras throughout the day to give
you a real view of the show.
On top of that, we’re broadcasting a special Summer of
Sonic LiVECAST on SEGASonic Radio throughout the whole day. Hear
the DJs spinning the wheels of… plastic! Tune in to all the
stage events! Everything that goes through the speakers on stage
will be pumped through the Internuts to your eardrums.
We’ll make sure to have both feeds here on the homepage on
the day – if you tune in early you may just catch us setting
up and testing everything. Now that’s something to use your
3G Internet on while you’re waiting for the doors to
August 18th, 2009 · 8 Comments
Well, all I have to say is many, many thanks for your interest
in the Summer of Sonic convention. This event, run by the fans for
the fans, has certainly ballooned since its introduction in 2008!
We have had a record number of advance registrants thus far, but
now is the time where we regretfully announce that we will cease
supply of registration tickets. We are now FULLY BOOKED so if you
would like to turn up on the day without a ticket printed off, we
cannot guarantee immediate entry to the convention venue.
We do apologise for this, but if we didn’t we’d have
loads of people wanting to get in and the party could very well
spill out onto the Brick Lane street. While we don’t mind
waiting visitors having their own unofficial Sonic party outside,
we certainly don’t condone it! So our priority is ensuring
everyone who has asked to come can actually attend.
There are a few loose ends to tie up as we near the final week
and a half until the big day, and we will be updating you here on
the latest – prizes, stage schedules, performances, live
feeds for non-attending fans, that sort of thing. So stay
August 7th, 2009 · 13
We can now reveal that Sumo Digital – the developers
behind such fan favourites as Sega Superstars Tennis, Virtua Tennis
2009 and OutRun Online Arcade – will be present at this
year’s Summer of Sonic convention. Based in Sheffield in the
United Kingdom, Sumo Digital is an independent studio that has
close ties to SEGA, and their tennis recreations of classic Sonic
stages have seen plenty of praise within the fan community.
As a special treat for those attending SoS09, we will be hosting
a Q&A session with Steve Lycett, Executive Producer and Travis
Ryan, Lead Designer on upcoming racer Sonic and Sega All-Stars
Racing. The duo will be talking on stage about their careers, the
relationship Sumo Digital shares with Sega and the development
processes behind their latest title. The floor will be opened for
questions from the audience too, for those looking to learn more
about the team.
If you fancy playing the latest games as well, Summer of Sonic
has you covered. A demo version of Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing
will be available to play at the convention, months ahead of its
public release! You can even try your luck at the trial course
against Steve and Travis – can you beat the developers at
their own game?
What would you like to ask the studio? Have a good think about
it, and maybe your questions will be answered on stage! If not,
there will be the chance to meet them at the signing booth shortly
after the session.
August 3rd, 2009 · 27 Comments
A lot of you have been wondering where these tickets that you
are supposed to get when pre-registering. Well after a few nights
of solid work on them, they are done, and will be sent out to you
within the next week (hopefully). Here is a little explanation on
what you are expecting. Click the image to see it in full size.
And here are some questions I know will be asked so
letâ€™s go through â€˜em:
Q: Do I have to print my ticket?
A: No, but if you donâ€™t print your ticket you
will need to remember your code (or preferably write it down)
because if you forget it, youâ€™ll have to go
through the registration queue again.
Q: Can I print my ticket in Black &
A: Yes Black and White tickets are no problem.
Q: My Character sucks, I want a new one!
A: Characters have been assigned randomly however we can not change
Q: I need to change the amount of guests I am bringing,
can I do that?
A: Yes, please email summerofsonic[at]googlemail[dot]com with your
ticket number and we will see what we can do about getting you a
new ticket. This is more important if you need to bring more guests
than your ticket says rather than less.
Q: I have not received my ticket, where is
A: The earlier you registered the sooner your ticket will be out
but all people who registered before August should get their
tickets by the 10th, if you do not receive it before then please
Q: What are the symbols for on the top of the
A: Youâ€™ll have to come and find out on the
We look forward to seeing you on the day.
July 31st, 2009 · 11 Comments »
Hi guys! It’s about time we talked about the biggest
section in the convention – both in terms of size and its
relative popularity. The Fan Artwork corner dominated last
year’s Summer of Sonic, with fans so eager to get on board
with drawing their favourite character that they were sitting on
the stage doing it! Of course, you won’t be able to do that
now, because the Fan Artwork corner has increased tenfold, with
room for about 90 people to sit and scribble at leisure this
But the Fan Art corner was meant to be more than just sitting
there drawing – we really wanted to showcase art made by fans
as a creative homage to the Sonic franchise. This year, we’ll
be setting up a few initiatives to celebrate Sonic a bit more.
First off, as last year, there will be an Art Contest. Attendees
will be able to draw throughout the day and hand in their best
work, with the winners announced on stage. Whether you win or not,
we will have a huge wall dedicated to artwork made by fans on the
day! So once you’re done with a picture you can get it stuck
on the Fan Art wall and have everyone else admire your
Another wall will be present at the event, and will focus on
‘Featured Artists’. This is a section that the
organisers at Summer of Sonic will arrange, as we scour the
Internet for some incredible Sonic fan art talent! Jemnezmy, our
resident Art Maestro, will be contacting several people on
deviantArt very soon about putting your art in an extra-special
showcase, so keep an eye on those inboxes!
More space on the walls will be dedicated to your own favourite
pieces of artwork! Courtesy of Sega Europe, you – the Sonic
fans and potential attendees – will get the chance to tell us
about ONE piece of fan artwork that you would like
to see displayed at the Summer of Sonic 2009. Send your chosen
firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Summer Of Sonic
Fanart Wall”. Remember, one entry per
July 26th, 2009 · 6
We can now reveal that Lee Brotherton, also known as
dance artist Bentley Jones, will be attending the Summer of Sonic
convention for a second time to meet fans of his work. What’s
more, he’ll be giving a special performance on stage! Those
who missed his singing last year will be excited to get another
chance to meet the man behind fan favourite theme, ‘Dreams of
A Sonic fan even before he hit the spotlight, Bentley Jones was
well known in online community circles as popular OverClocked
Remixer ‘LeeBro’. After a string of dance remix hits
via his Remix Factory label, he was offered to work on the
soundtrack to Shadow the Hedgehog, and his feet hasn’t
touched the ground since. Now a solo artist, he has released his
first album to the Japanese market consisting of J-Pop covers,
called TRANS//LATION. On top of remix work and continuing efforts
in the Sonic franchise, Bentley is working on his second album
whilst planning an assault on the UK music charts.
The artist will be more than happy to mingle with the crowd, as
he has done at last year’s convention – and was rather
surprised at the number of fans he truly has in the Sonic
community. Be sure to give him a warm greeting if you bump into
July 22nd, 2009 · 11 Comments
Last year, we were surprised to find that so many people were
already taking the opportunity to cosplay at the very first Summer
of Sonic convention! We gave away a Nintendo DS prize to
CloudChaser, who very bravely shaved her head and dressed as Dr.
Eggman for the special day.
Noticing a good thing when we see one, we’re going to hold
a proper Sonic Cosplay contest at this year’s convention.
There will be a special prize going to the best costume as chosen
by SoS staff and the crowd in general, so start creating your
costume as soon as possible and try to be the best! You’ll
likely find that the winner will be the one who is most imaginitive
with their cosplay (I doubt that anyone will be able to truly
‘be’ Sonic the Hedgehog, lest they steal one of the
suits at Sega somewhere!), so get creative!
Late in the afternoon, we will be hosting an event at the Stage
area with a selection of cosplay finalists, at which point the
audience will cast a vote as to their favourite! We hope
you’ll be game enough to take part in this fun contest!
In other news, we have opened up a new information page –
‘What’ll Be There’. This is a page that will
inform you of exactly what you can expect at the convention this
year — although we’ve not announced everything
yet…….. so bear in mind that page is subject to
change. Multiple times. Enjoy!