Archive for July, 2009
Friday, July 31st, 2009
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
email@example.com with the subject “Summer Of Sonic
Fanart Wall”. Remember, one entry per
Sunday, July 26th, 2009
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
Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009
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!
Tuesday, July 14th, 2009
A lot of you have been asking about places to stay and how to
generally get around during Summer of Sonic, so I’ve created
a little guide to help those who are a little lost organising their
An absolute essential for those coming to London for the first
time is an Underground All-Day ticket; this allows
you unlimited travel on the underground system, which is a real
asset for those who want to explore the place. A Day Pass
will cost you Â£5.80 for travel within Zones 1
and 2 (central London); these can be bought from every underground
station and are an absolute must if you fancy doing a little bit of
exploring before or after Summer of Sonic. I recommend printing off
a map of the underground or
picking up a free map at a station, as they are of great assistance
when getting from A to B. If you have access to the internet keep
an eye on the Tube Status for updates on delays or
PLACES TO STAY:
If you are looking for somewhere cheap and cheerful, then the
Travelodge is your best bet. All
of the rooms have an en-suite bathroom as well as coffee and tea
making facilities. The Liverpool Street Travelodge is about 400
yards from the Liverpool street, and another 400 yards from the
bottom of Brick Lane from which the Truman Brewery is only five
minutes up the road by foot. Rooms are about
Â£85 a night but there is an option for a
Saver room on Friday for Â£52. You can
stuff up to 3 people in certain rooms if someone does not mind
sleeping on the pull-out sofa, and this is a great way to split the
cost! In the same area you can find the Hotel Ibis (I said Ibis, not
Iblis!), which offers similar amenities for about the same price as
the Travelodge, but unfortunately only have double rooms
If you are really trying to budget for SoS, then there is always
the Piccadilly Backpacker’s Hotel.
Here they can accommodate parties of 4, 6 and 10 people in one room
– ideal if you’re coming in a large party of people!
Costs are per bed (Â£16-Â£26 a
night), and if you plan on travelling alone you can book a
bed in a shared room with other backpackers for very little cost.
The Hotel has many facilities including showers, 24-hour security
and WiFi, so your stay would be by no means uncomfortable. My
recommendation for parties of two or three however would be with
the Travelodge as there is little difference in cost (and it also
saves the underground journey in the morning!)
For those looking for real convenience, the infamous and
Hotel is a mere five-minute walk from the
Brewery, and offers real luxury with a plasma TV, duck down bedding
and breakfast in the morning! (Oh, did I mention free WiFi?) It
lies two minutes away from the Old Street underground station,
which in turn is two stops away from London’s Kings Cross.
Unfortunately the rooms are not cheap; expect to pay
Â£127 for a double room for one night.
PLACES TO EAT:
Although there will most likely be snacks and light refreshments
going at the Summer of Sonic, you will probably want somewhere to
eat in the morning and evening. Brick Lane (on
which the Brewery lies) has a nice selection of restaurants and
cafes and there are usually touts out on the streets shouting out
offers of the day, so keep your ears open for good deals!
Liverpool Street (next to the station) has many
different restaurants catering for many different tastes…
and a MacDonald’s for those who are less adventurous and want
a quick bite to eat for little cost! There are also a little cafes
(including one called Leonidas if you want to spend your
morning quoting 300!) where you can pick up breakfast on
the run as you pass on your way to the venue.
WHAT TO BRING TO SOS:
If you have signed up to SoS, at some point you will be issued a
ticket which you will need to bring to the event itself and present
to one of the staff on the doors; this will allow you and your
party entrance. Feel free to bring things like cameras and your
handheld games consoles. Certain items are prohibited, so please
take time to read the terms
and conditions for entry into Summer of Sonic. Although in some
cases it is unavoidable, carrying large bags into Summer of Sonic
is not recommended, as it will likely have to be checked by a
member of staff, will slow admission, and will become an
inconvenience if you have to carry it around for several hours.
Small backpacks, courier-style bags and handbags are recommended if
you need to carry large numbers of items around. There may also be
a raffle for prizes (as the selling of merchandise will probably be
unlikely), so remember to bring some money with you too, just in
If you have any other questions about getting around, such as
specifics that apply to you, feel free to get in contact via
address, and we will try and help you out as much as we
T-Bird, SoS Event Staff
Monday, July 13th, 2009
For many Sonic the Hedgehog fans in the UK, one of the best ways
of relaxing with the blue blur outside of the computer games was by
reading the fortnightly Egmont Fleetway production, Sonic the
Comic. ‘STC’ inspired both children and teenagers with
a gripping storyline inspired by the Mega Drive games, coupled with
occasional leaps beyond the confines of the joypad to expand on the
background of the characters.
We’re very honoured to announce that two of the
influential masterminds behind STC will be joining us at the Summer
of Sonic 2009 convention. Nigel Kitching was the writer of many
issues that changed the pace of the comic throughout its 200-odd
issue run, and is revered for creating a canon storyline that
benefits and complements the computer game series. He now
contributes to the main cartoons in kid’s magazine Toxic.
Nigel Dobbyn is an illustrator and worked on the Tails and
Knuckles substories that accompanied the comic’s primary
Sonic strip. His artistic style drew a lot of darker influences
into the Sonic comic universe, but still reflected the
light-hearted nature of Sonic’s friends as they would journey
to alternate dimensions facing their own moral challenges. Nigel
now works on other comics including Spiderman and Friends and
The STC duo will be at the Summer of Sonic enjoying the
festivities and willing to chat to adoring fans on the day! We will
have a Question and Answer panel with the two Nigels early in the
afternoon too, which will seek to learn more about the processes of
comic making, their time with Sonic the Comic and their past
experiences. Feel free to bring along any old comics you have to
get their signature – there will be a dedicated Signing booth
for all of our guests to use during the day.
Learn more about Nigel Kitching here, and catch up
with Nigel Dobbyn’s thoughts on his blog.
Monday, July 13th, 2009
NOTE: For those wondering when they will get their
e-tickets from Advance Registration, you will receive them at the
beginning of August.
Just a little teaser to truly kick off our little tidal wave of
announcements – our first reveal will be made on this website
later tonight. What exactly that is you’ll have to wait and
see, but needless to say we have a LOT of things that will make SOS
2009 really awesome, so we figure we best start tonight. Those who
like to read will be most excited.
In the meantime, and just to make this update rather
interesting, take a look at a draft floorplan scribble I’ve
been working on. Myself, Kevin/ArchAngelUK and main Security bloke
for the event Joshua/Urtheart will be visiting the venue again
tomorrow to make sure all these measurements add up. Bear in mind
that this is a draft and subject to change – I’m
showing you this as I figure it would be cool to give you a little
peek as to what’s being done behind the scenes.
Stick around for tonight’s announcement!
Friday, July 10th, 2009
Well, you know the date (29th August). You know the place
(Truman Brewery’s Boiler Room). You know the time (10.30am~).
Now it’s time for you to register your interest and plan to
get to the Summer of Sonic!
This year, although it is an optional process, we will be
offering an ‘advance registration’ system for those
that want to jump the inevitably long queue on the day. We will
need to take your contact details – either in advance or by
filling in a form when you arrive – for safety purposes and
legal obligations. The advance registration allows you to send us
those details ahead of time so you can just slide through the
You can find out how to register for advance tickets at the “I’m
There!” section of this website, which will be updated
regularly to reflect any changes in entry we may have to make. If
you have any questions you can either ask them in the comments box
below, or in our specific topic on the Sonic Stadium Message Board.
Friday, July 10th, 2009
Hey guys! Svend/Dreadknux here, just
writing a quick update to answer some questions that have been
asked here, there and everywhere. First of all, sorry for the lack of updates on my
part – we’ve been busy behind the scenes, getting some
last minute things prepared! As you can imagine, it’s been a
bit of a whirlwind trying to organise something like this, on a
bigger scale than last year and while taking on board your
suggestions to make it better! We’ve got enough stuff to
announce over the next month so we’ll be spilling many a bean
in regular intervals. Keep an eye out.
I’ll also be letting some other members of the SoS team
have a say on this blog. At the moment Jemnezmy and myself
(Dreadknux) are working on the floorplan alongside preparations for
the new and improved Art Corner – stay tuned for an update
from Jem about that! Anyway, onto your questions/concerns!
- Will the venue be bigger than Summer of Sonic
It will be much bigger. The Truman
Brewery’s Boiler House is over twice the size of last
year’s Dragon Hall venue. In fact, I’ve spent the best
part of today drafting a floorplan for the place, and there’s
lots and lots of room even after taking into account all the stuff
I’ve had to put in it! The Boiler House can fit around 500
people in its walls. And to answer a related question, yes
I’m personally making sure there will be many, many chairs in
the hall this year.
- Is there more than one room at the
Sadly, the Boiler House is one big happy room
in itself. There aren’t any additional spaces that people can
sift in and out of. We didn’t intend it to be this way,
although I personally think that having more than one room kind of
diminishes the nature of a convention anyway. The point, I feel, is
that everyone who likes the same thing can kick back with one
another. It seems a little strange to have separate rooms for
groups of people to enter in such an environment – people may
think you’re being somewhat anti-social!
What we do have however, is a sizeable outdoor area towards the
back of the venue. It would make for a great space for you guys to
hang out if you want some fresh air and some food (more on this
coming later). Let’s hope for some nice, sunny weather!
- Will video cameras be allowed?
We want people to be able to take as many mementos from the event
as they can. If you have a really fond memory of this year’s
Summer of Sonic, we would want you to take that away and keep that
forever. Please note however, that certain special guests may be
uncomfortable being recorded and having themselves put on Youtube
– if we ask the audience to not film a particular part of
Stage events I hope you guys will be able to respect this and put
down the video cameras until it’s cool to play with them
- Can we buy Sonic merchandise/toys at this year’s
This was one of the biggest requests we got
last year, and I’d love to jump right up and say “Heck
yes, here’s a truckload of exclusive merch you can
purchase!” Unfortunately, owing to licensing restrictions on
Sega Europe’s part, we can’t do an awful lot to
introduce merchandise to buy at the event. That doesn’t mean
we aren’t trying though! There are many companies that have a
license to produce and sell Sonic the Hedgehog products in the UK,
and we’re doing our best to have them attend so you can buy
some of their wares.
- Any chance of voice actors attending?
can promise you we have a great list of special guests attending,
but I’m afraid to say that nobody from the voice acting gang
will be able to make the trip this time. The life of a VA is a very
busy one indeed! However, we have had a message of goodwill from
such actors as Mike Pollock, so who knows what the future may hold
for the Summer of Sonic convention.
- Rent a bar out so the adults can party
We like the way you think! But the Summer of Sonic is for fans of all ages to
get together and chat – last year we even had the adult fans
get taught a thing or two from some of the youngsters! Renting out
a bar on top of what we have as well would really cost us an awful
lot regardless. Having said that, once we wrap up there’s a
good chance we’ll want to unwind – if you have nothing
better to do in the evening, you’re more than welcome to join
- What time will the event start and
We haven’t finalised details yet, but
we’re looking to kick proceedings off at around 10.30am.
Pencil that time down, but be prepared for a slight delay if
we’ve not got everything sorted yet. Sometime around 10.30am
to 11am is a good time to think about. In terms of when the event
ends, it looks likely that things will round off around 6pm.
- Will a Live Stream go online?
it was possible to do a very rudimentary, crude live stream due to
the fact Dragon Hall had wireless connectivity. The Boiler House
has no such facilities, however we are working on solutions and are
trying to get the foundations laid down for a live stream. We
don’t want anyone unable to attend to miss out!
Hope I’ll get a chance to answer any more questions you
have very soon! Stay tuned — we’ll be revealing a lot
more about the event now that it’s little over a month and a