I appreciate all the optimism and patience I'm seeing from some folks. To weigh in on something from earlier today:
I apologize if I've come across as condescending, haughty or hand-wavy in the past months. I'm in a tight position. I've created an expectation from the readers about being open and on the level with y'all. The recent brouhaha has left me unable to talk about anything going on. So when I give you big, sweeping generalizations like "It'll be alright" and "Trust us, we've got this," it's because it's all I really can say. It's meant to be a comforting pat on the shoulder and prevent all-out rage fits like we just had. Obviously, taking me at my word isn't enough.
It's like this - there's gonna be some big changes. Some are things I was already planning and working towards. Some things are beyond my control. Some of you are going to love what we're about to do, and some of you will probably say we should've done it sooner. And some of it just is not going to sit right with some readers, and there's nothing I can do about that. Some of you aren't going to like the changes - small or large - purely on the principle of the matter, so no amount of "it's going to be okay" from me is going to ease your furrowed brow.
What I'm trying to convey is the kind of stories you've enjoyed all this time are still going to happen. What makes the Sonic books unique is the robust extended cast and deeper exploration of Sonic's world. That's not going to change. If you've been coming to this book for Sonic and the Freedom Fighters' adventures, then that's exactly what you're going to get. Maybe viewed through a different lens, but Sally, Bunnie, Rotor and Antoine are sticking around. We've taken great pains to make sure we can still keep them at the heart of the book. And that, I think, should say a lot about what we're doing.
To perfectly frank, I don't have the time or energy to be duplicitous or clever with my words. I'm just trying to convey my interest and excitement over the future - even when I can't talk about it any specific terms.
What I do take offense at is implications I or the mod staff move to silence dissenters. We do not delete posts, unless they are horribly offensive. Even in that event, the offense is publicly logged. If we didn't want any nay-sayers, there wouldn't be any rules, warnings or second chances. There wouldn't be any interaction. This place would be a ghost town.
The bottom line is when you spend time on my webspace, you will do so civily and maturely. Nothing more complicated than that.
To sum it all up: be patient with me and the ArchieSonic Team. While y'all have been reading "Worlds Collide," we've been working hard on the next step. We've got some expansive long-term plans. So instead of fretting over what's lost and what you potentially won't like, I encourage you to have an open mind and try to enjoy the ride.