And here we are - the final week. It's been an interesting experiment and largely a huge success. I think I've got some good ideas on how to do the next round whenever that may be. Now - to the questions!
Question #1 wrote: What would you say have been your greatest accomplishments and failures thus far as a writer on Sonic and do you have any specific thoughts about where you feel you can improve and grow in reference to the book and your career as a writer as a whole?
I think the greatest accomplishment so far has been to tie a lot of the old ideas into my own new ones and keep the whole book running. We're enjoying some considerable success with the book and I'd like to think it's in some small part thanks to me. Most of the credit goes to the fantastic art team, of course.
And they, I think, are who I "failed" initially. In my inexperience I demanded a lot from them without fully appreciating the team. I still demand a lot of them now, but I think I do it much better nowadays. No more 30-something-character fight scenes, for instance.
I think I'm in a pretty comfortable spot with the Sonic books right now. I've got a good idea of what works, what doesn't, and how to tell a good story in their world. I feel I'm free to experiment with the world now that I'm solid on how to show it. As for myself, I really need to branch out more. I need to write other comics, other formats, and just generally do more. You can't grow by being comfortable in one spot.
Question #2 wrote:To Sonic: What do you fear? (IE what is the one thing in this world that keeps you awake at night and sits in the back of your mind like a festering wound)
Be honest.. . . eh, failure, I guess. Being a split-second too late, or not thinking of the right plan at the right time. I can't be in two places at once - I'm workin' on that - and it's always a question of which place is "right." Mogul kinda figured that one out with the Tails-Mina-Mighty thing. But, hey, what's worrying going to get you? Besides an ulcer? I just keeping moving and do my best, and that's usually more than enough.
That used to be the plan, until the blasted aliens made a mess of things. Bah! I suppose it would get a little . . . what's-the-word . . . lonesome being the last free mind. But that's what the universe and multiverse are for! And really, it's a sacrifice I'm willing to make for the betterment of all mobian-kind. Or whatever-kind. Depends on what I'm conquering.
Question #3 wrote:Dr. Eggman, given that your ultimate plan appears to be the roboticization of everything but your illustrious self, I admit I(lacking your foresight) can't grasp your motives. In the most simplistic, fundamental sense, why do you want to be effectively the last sentient being in existence, with none other to appreciate your triumph?
A brilliant man! I was a little disappointed to learn his hidden, philanthropic side, but still an incredible genius!
Question #4 wrote:On another note, Doctor, what are your thoughts on your grandfather, the late Professor Gerald?
I . . . erm . . .well . . . BOCOE! DECOE! Bring me my "Post-Total Conquest Plans!Sorry, sir, but we don't have any such file on - er - file.You've only planned on conquering the world. Since you've never gotten any further than that, you haven't planned beyond it.NONSENSE! Bokkun must have eaten it or something. TAKE NOTE! As the Glorious and Handsome Emperor Eggman, all subjects would be required to dress in the same sharp fashion sense as me. They will enjoy endless amounts of ME! Eggman TV! Eggman-O's for breakfast, EggLunchable for that middle-meal, and fine evening dining at Egg-cargo's every night (Or McEggy's for those on a budget)! My brilliant visage - yes, even my appearance is brilliant! - would be broadcast over every city all over the world! My name - NO! FACE! - laser-etched on the moon! Everyone driving to work in an Egg Mobile! Robots delivering your newspaper! IT WILL BE GLORIOUS!But what about disease?Or education?Or diminishing resources?Or environmental health?Meh, I'll figure that out later. The important stuff must come first!
Question #5 wrote:Eggman(SX), could you describe what your ultimate vision for how the world will be once you've taken over, and how individual citizens like me would be treated under your rule? You talk about wanting to conquer a lot, but I'm curious as to what you desire to do with the planet and its people once you successfully take it over(As I'm sure you will).
It's not an oven, dope! It's a sauna! Only fuzz-face stocked it with orange sauce instead of water. Ah well. YO FLYNNIGAN! When's my time up?
Question #6 wrote:Bean, did you know Ian likes nothing better than a nice roast duck? If you're being kept in the oven, get out of there quick!
You'll be done in another couple of hours.
I AM EQUIPPED WITH OVER THREE DOZENS FORMS OF RANGED ASSAULT. I AM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING WANTON DESTRUCTION DESCRIBED OF ONLY IN LEGEND. I CAN DEMOLISH A CITY BLOCK IN UNDER FIFTEEN SECONDS AND THEN NEATLY INCINERATE THE REMAINS IN TEN. TO USE A DATED FLESH-BAG EXPRESSION: BOO-YA.While I certainly wouldn't want to ever have to resort to violence - -WEANIE.. . . I do have full control over the entire city's worth of nanites. Conceivably I could reconstitute all my resources and pull a direct feed of nuclear waste from Robotropolis to create a three-mile long cannon that would vaporize half of Mobius in one shot, not to mention knock Mars of its orbital plain.. . .In theory, of course.I LOVE YOU. WOULD YOU PRODUCE THE CODING FOR MY DESTRUCTIVE MINIATURE REPRODUCTIONS?You're not my type.
Question #7 wrote:Omega and NICOLE, who would win in a fight between you? I know Omega has lots of weaponry, but that wouldn't work on a hologram.
...what? What's that look for?I'm waiting for the inevitable hot-tempered and overly self-assured claim on your part.Hmph. I figured you'd just undercut me with some smarmy, too-cool-for-you assurances that you'd win.Ooooh, you've got me all figured out!And I'm such an easy read, right?Hmph. Alright, I'll give you some credit. It might be a closer fight than I'd anticipated.I expect a good fight. Not a straight-forward one . . .No, never. Sorry, kid, we don't have an answer for you.Yet.
Quote #8 wrote:Rouge and Julie-Su, who would win in a fight between you.
No, no, no, you don't understand! That the name began in mockery only worsens the deal. The fact that it grew to prestige, only to fall into even deeper shame is unforgivable! What of those older anagrams? The name "Eggman" has endured and it has in ridicule!
Question #9 wrote:Eggman Nega: Going by your last answer, you seem rather bothered by your predecessor tarnishing the name "Eggman." Given that the name was intended as mockery to begin with, why are you so upset over its prestige? Wouldn't "Robotnik" or even "Kintobor" still hold a similar bloodline significance to you, without the ridicule?
Question #10 wrote:To Sonic/Uncle Chuck (or Ian, if he so desires): Just curious what exactly chili dogs are made from in that time. The hot dogs and meat in the chili, that is. I've seen some pigs serving them in the cartoon, and that just seems like a conflict of interest, so to speak.
Actually, I'm going to take this one. There are vegetarian hotdogs out there, and I'm will to bet that's primarily what Chuck makes/Sonic gorges on. At the same time, something I'd like to work in is that the "little animals" of old are the fauna of the world. So along with the flickies and pasha you've got plickies and cluckies. That's still to be approved, though.
Question #11 wrote:I was curious what your thoughts were on associating [Knuckles's] character with a familiar culture in that same way and if you do the same with him or any other character?
I really hesitate to make full-on culture associations since they end up as parody. Knuckles's culture would be a beastly chimera in and of itself, so I wouldn't know where to begin with it. And while I'll honor what's come before (Bunnie's southern heritage, Antoine's faux-French, the Downunda FF, etc.) I don't think I want to bring in any more. I'd rather build the cultures within the book. And if they have the trappings of a real-world culture, then it's more of a happy coincidence than a parody.
Flatterer! But thank ya, Ah appreciate the kind sentiments. Ah think mah outlooks is a lot like Sugah-Hog's earlier - that you just gotta keep movin'. Ah got in a bad place because Ah gave up hope and let Patch get to me. Ah shouldn't have ever gotten there. Ah've had it rough, rougher than most maybe, but worryin' over mah lot in life ain't gonna change nothin'. Ah've seen great things done by the Freedom Fighters, and it just goes to show you gotta make the best of what ya got. The alternative is a lot worse.
Question #12 wrote:To Bunnie: First off allow me to give my compliments to such a beautiful southern belle such as yourself. You ability to keep your looks so fresh while fighting in the middle of a war is testament to your upbringing. My question is, given how much has happened in your life up until now, ups and downs, how do you keep that optimistic outlook on life?
Oh mah stars - Ah'd never thought of mahself as inspirational! Ah never thought of . . . gosh, really? Well . . . Ah'm happy to be of such service!
Question #13 wrote:To Bunnie: If you didn't realize by now, you're an inspiration to many who have had some form of life changing disability or change. Knowing that, how does it feel knowing that even with the changes you went through, it inspires hope to many?
I wouldn't say a "great war hero." I served my king and country. Nothing glamorous about it. Looking back . . . nnnnnno. I don't think so. If I could go back, I might leave Julian to drown in the mud . . . but then the war might've lasted longer. We might not have won. Or I might not have survived, or lost Bernie or Chuck. No, everything happens for a reason. I have no idea what that reason may be, and the "everything" sucks more often than not, but that's life. I have a loving family and a life I can be proud of - maybe a few, small regrets. And I'm a heck of a lot smarter than the naive young man I was on the front-lines in the beginning of it all, I can tell you that.
Question #14 wrote:To Jules: I know that many times during all this it's been hard to handle some of these questions so I hope this one is easier to handle for a great war hero such as yourself. Looking back on how things have went regarding your life, your family, the war and all, would you change anything at all, or do you consider yourself a better hedgehog for having survived and grown from them?
Question #15 wrote:To the Original Metal Sonic who was burned to nothing in the fires of Mt. Mobius(you let Locke answer so let him): If you could come back to "life" (pardon my wording) what would you do with your "life"?
Yeah, but Locke's a Guardian. He can be with the Guardians in the Chaos - -Quiet, squishy slow-one! They wish me to speak, and I'm too awesome to let a little melting into slag stop me.
Suit yourself. Then it's right back to being canonically "dead."Sure-sure, whatever. "Life" is a big concept. I don't think I had approached the cusp up understanding "life." I had just learned "friendship." On its edges are "love," "compassion," and "selflessness." I had barely grasped a concept of "self," let alone "selflessness." I don't know what would have become of me, fleshy one. Perhaps I would've grown. Perhaps I would've slipped back into the comfort of familiar programming. I'm gone now, so I guess we'll never know.
Sinister? My physical mutations are a result of Knuckles. Which do you find more welcoming - a man who presents himself for who he is, or someone who hides all his anger and power behind a bright, cheery red exterior?
Question #16 wrote:To Dr. Finitevus: I have nothing against your enlightenment. In fact I would support it if you just stopped smiling so evily. Why would someone who claims to not be a bad guy have a grin more sinister than the bad guys?
Tails? Why Tails? If I wanted to replicate an occasionally hazardous tag-along I would tether an orange mine with a faulty detonator to Metal Sonic. And I refuse to make a doll! I only build figures of action.
Question #17 wrote:To Oh Keeper of the Spare Tire Dr. Robotnik: You are rather skilled with creating deadly Metal Sonics and a Metal Scourge. I think you should make one based on TAILS. You should also create something not just intimidating but just plain scary and creepy. Like a strange DOLL like thing. Idea Ever consider making a TAILS DOLL?!
. . . oh. Well, see, he's - um - a very private person. He'd probably be aggravated if he found out I was talking about him. All I'll say he's a great man, very wise, and helped train me in my powers.
Question #18 wrote:Silver, you've mentioned that you have a master in several of your answers already. So I was just wondering, who is your master?
I offered, but he passed. That was . . . Sonic the Hedgehog #162 I believe. Man it's weird referring to events like that.
Question #19 wrote:Elias, when are you going to give Sonic back his knighthood? He's saved everyone's life more times than anyone can count.
Hi. My name is Bean. The Dynamite Duck. I used to be confused. Now. Thanks to this new twelve step program. I know what a "noogie" really is. Here, your highness. Have a nice big noogie. From me. To you.That's . . . a bouquet of flow- -Noogie
Question #20 wrote:Bean, give Elias a noggie.
of flowers, Elias. (Don't question it. Run with it. Trust me.)
No, and George knows better than that. I was the one who came up with the Death Egg! He ripped me off first! And the flannel! Even Yoda is based off my rantings about the rodent when we'd meet on Thursday afternoons for a mocha latte.
Question #21 wrote:(Dr. Eggman) Did Lucasfilm ever give you any legal hassle when you built the Death Egg?
Retirement is for the addle-minded and uninspired! There are weapons to build (and fire) and worlds to find (and fire at)!
Question #22 wrote:(Dr. Eggman) When you finally get to conquering Mobius and crushing your enemies under your heel, do you have plans for retirement?
Trust no one! Be sure your minions fear you, even if you have to program that fear into them! And never give up in the face of adversity! Especially when it's that smug face of the rodent. Always jeering, always mocking. Everywhere you turn, he's RIGHT THERE! Wagging his finger, wiping his nose, whatever he chooses to mock you with at the time - but ALWAYS MOCKING! Always defying all logic and reason! You can calculate his every move, program for every variable, and HE DEFIES YOU! It's maddening! It's insufferable! I can't take much more of it! I HATE that hedgehog! HATE! HATE! HATE!!!
Question #23 wrote:(Dr. Eggman) Do you have any advice for aspiring world-conquerers? (I once asked Dr. Wily, but he flew into a rant about a certain blue bomber before curling up into the fetal position.)
. . . and he hits the floor, curled in a fetal position.
Question #24 wrote:if sonic x did not have the restrictions, what would you have done differently?
I don't know, really. The most fun I had on the book was El Gran Gordo, and you'd be hard-pressed to argue anything would express more freedom. I suppose it'd have been nice to re-invent some of the SegaSonic cast and see how they'd work in the SX-World. But I can't really think of anything that I wanted to do that would've been barred. Then again, it's been about a year since I've had to think of anything SX-related.
That is precisely what I create within the confines of New Mobotropolis. When there are no demands beyond the city's basic needs, I can maintain my form indefinitely.
Question #25 wrote:Nicole: Have you ever considered using your "body" simulation from 151 again?
It was . . .a whole mess of feelins. Ah was angry with Patch - nah, Ah was furious with him. Ah was ashamed at mahself for fallin' for his tricks and for gettin' so bad-off. Ah was relieved of course to have mah Sugah-Twan back, but that came with all sorts of emotional baggage too. But . . .hee . . .then Antoine just held me close and told me it was alright. And just the way he said it . . . Ah believed him. It made rebuildin' everything so much easier because he was just so supportive and forgivin' and lovin' about the whole deal. Durn it all, Ah should've proposed to him right then and there!
Question #26 wrote:Bunnie: how did you feel when you found out that Antoine never broke up with you?
I am not entirely familiar with this "Silver's" future or efforts. I've heard tell he makes claims of dystopia. Is that a world in the pangs of rebirth from my efforts? Is it a world that is in ruin because I failed? I cannot be sure. For now I am content to continue my endeavors and see how things play out. Perhaps the, aheh, future will bring further enlightenment.
Question #27 wrote:Doctor Finitevus, What do you think of Silverâ€™s time travel antics? Is It a little discerning knowing that even if your ideal future comes to fluidization, That small minded people think they can just go to the past and wreck things.
. . . why would I be another species? Do you guys talk about swapping skin tones?
Question #28 wrote:Amy, if you could be any other species of mobain other than a hedgehog, What would it be?
Can we try not to get me fired, please?What? I'm a hedgehog. I like being a hedgehog. What does being a hedgehog, or a fox, or a squirrel, or a . . .a . . .a . . . I dunno, muntjak have to do with anything?
She'd like to be a pretty pony. Let's move on.PONY?!
Argh . . . because she's messed up in the head.I am I am! I don't really remember why before I used the ring. Maybe because my Scourgey was meanies to me? Maybe because he was such the bad-man I wanted to save the world by making him smashied? Or maybe I was just bored. All I know now is that all I need to know is I need to SMASH HIM!See? I was right, and I took a whole lot less time.
Question #29 wrote:Scourge and Rosy, Why does Rosy want to kill you Scourgie?
Hypocracy. The society that developed after my initial imprisonment ignored Edmund's mission within a generation - or that is according to the records I have had access to. They saw high technology as a necessary evil; enjoying its benefits while slapping themselves on the wrists and laughing at their own indiscretion. The Legion's devotion to a more intensely integrated technological society embraces high technology in a fashion that you can't easily explain away. It is direct, it is personal, and admitably a bit fanatical. But that fanaticism has allowed me to live when, by all reasoning, I should be dead. The Legion is an all-encompassing, all-equalizing presence. It is the comforting darkness to hide from the glitter of the false society. Or . . . it was at one time . . .
Question #29 wrote:Dimitri: When I read the Knuckels series way back when, one thing always perplexed me regarding the Legion's goals and intentions: they are essentially technology fanatics. Their entire reason for splitting up with the rest of the echidna populace seemed to do with giving up what they perceived to be their way of life; technology and their Aurora given right to use it. However, throughout the history we have seen after, all the way to the present day, the echidnas seemed to still embrace the SAME technology, yet they still considered themselves at odds. Why did the Legion continue to remain at odds with Echidnapolis despite the fact that they could both still use technology?
It was . . . hard. And you are prying.
Question #30 wrote:Shadow: I don't mean to pry, but I noticed that when you went inside Professor Gerald's diary and saw Maria again, you seemed to be quite emotional. What was it like for you to get to see someone you loved after being without them for so long?
Yeah, well . . . you don't paint a really rosy picture for your kind, but I didn't really give anyone the benefit of the doubt. Something I'm trying to come to grips with is I've got a short fuse. As in - no fuse. And I guess it's possible I flew off the handle at the wrong time with those Overlanders. So as a gesture of good faith, I'm keeping my cool now. See? I can be a nice guy. And it's a good thing too, 'cause - HA HA - if I got mad, you'd all be smoked!
Question #31 wrote:Monkey Khan, I have to say, I was surprised that you were answering questions from us for this month, I thought you had a personal hatred for Overlanders considering all Dr. Robotnik/Eggman did to you and how you took it out on the Overlanders. You do realize that we ancient humans are pretty much the same in retrospect? There would be someone among us evil enough to do the same things that Dr. Robotnik did. I mean Ivan Kintobor captured and dissected a peaceful Xorda only to cost humanity's destruction, just to give you a bit of insight.
Some of it is "the routine" - I like that, has a ring to it - and part of it is raw animal magnetism, man. I'm not sure who this Lien-Da chick is, but I'm sure she'd be all over me in a minute. Yo, author-type-guy, who's Lien-Da?
Question #32 wrote:Scourge: Since you've been shown to find a certain element of appeal in just about every female figure you encountered, if you ran into Lien-da would you.... you know, go through your routine?
A power-hungry woman in tight leather with a whip and a superiority complex.WOO! Man, maybe after I get out of the klink, I'll take a detour before findin' Fiona again.
Well . . . they're . . . *sigh* Look, it's more complex than that. If Sonic had managed to kill Robotnik on his own, it'd be different. As it is Sonic almost had no hand in the affair and Robotnik didn't just die - he was erased. He left a hole in the grand scheme of things. The Ultimate Annihilator caused so many blasted problems . . . look. I really don't like letting the current Eggman do his thing. It makes me sick to my stomach. But there really isn't any other way.
Question #33 wrote:Zonic: So if I understand this right, if Eggman or Sonic Prime were to kick the bucket, you'd just let another close match enter Mobius Prime to continue the fight and perpetuate the futility and pointlessness of the rest of the population's bid for freedom from Robotnik's tyranny? If possible I'd like the answer in a sideways format.
No way. I try to see the good in everyone, but that doesn't mean I sympathize or agree with their bad decisions. I guess I could maybe see myself appreciating Dr. Eggman's technical genius, but he only loves himself and his machines. I care too much about too many other people to ever get like him.
Question #34 wrote:@Tails - In "Sonic Chronicles" when Eggman went "good" for awhile, you seemed to admire him a bit. Even when he stayed behind you were saying things like "I wish Eggman could have seen this" when you solved a complex tech problem. You seem to love technology and building machines almost as much as him. The only difference between you two seems to be your morality. Question being, do you ever fear you could slip into becoming someone evil like Eggman?
She doesn't annoy me. Well . . . rather, she doesn't annoy me that much.
Question #35 wrote:@Blaze - If Marine annoys you so much, how come you're still hanging out with her after Sonic and Tails left?
. . .
All right, she drives me up the wall sometimes. But she's a good girl, really remarkably heroic for someone so young, and she needs looking after.
Oh dear . . . there was one day a few months ago where I forgot all my manners. I didn't put my napkin in my lap, I had my elbows on the table, I interrupted both Mother AND Cheese, and I . . . burped. I was so embarrassed!
Question #36 wrote:@Cream - You're known as the most polite character in Sonicdom. What is the most impolite thing you have ever done?
YOU CAN'T PROVE IT! I FOUND THEM! THEY CAME TO ME! MY OWN! MY PRECIOUS!!!
Question #37 wrote:Bean: Did you steal those bombs from Tails?
Question #38 wrote:Gerald: Was your specialty mechanics or bioengineering? Emerl and Shadow seem to be completely different schools of science.
I'm afraid all these varying fonts don't suit me, so I'm afraid I have to insist on using the host's for this one occasion. Bioengineering was my area of expertise, and many of Emerl's functions were remarkable similar. It allowed me to make many large leaps in development of Shadow before I had to rely on the Black Arms. That said, while I could understand much about Emerl, much more was beyond my scope.
Who says I haven't already? Hahaha! MWA-HA-HA-HA! BWA-HA-HA-HA!!! But no, I'm busy constructing a means of burning the rodent alive in his own shoes.
Question #39 wrote:Eggman: Do you think you could make your own Shadow, or instill Chaos Powers in a robot?
Question #40 wrote:Kureejii Lea: Is Ian always this "interesting"?
Why am I getting dragged into this? Should I say "you don't know the half of it" while cackling madly?
The . . . past? I never went to the past.
Question #41 wrote:Lara-su: What kind of impression did your parents leave on you during your trip to the past?
I'm poking my head in here - the Lara-Su that went back in time was from another alternate future. This was confirmed by Ken Penders himself. The Lara-Su of that story returned to her future to find out the villain ruling Mobius was Knuckles. The Lara-Su of "Mobius: 25 Years Later" was different seeing that the Knuckles of that timeline had already lost control and been neutralized by Sonic.There's . . . multiple mes?
Believe it or not. So I'm shuffling "famous" Lara-Su off and bringing in "alternate" Lara-Su.Hi! So . . . um . . . no, sorry, I can't answer your question either. I saw my dad speak a bit, and he seemed cool enough, but he was green. And I think I saw my mom run by at one point. So I never had time to get much of an impression. Sorry!
Bunnie doesn't wear pants.Amy doesn't either, and it's not like that skirt is much of an alternative.It does seem like mobian women are wearing pants more often, though.Ugh, why? Clothing is optional. It's what you feel comfortable in; it's what's functional.Some of it is related to station, too.Right. I think you're rather tastefully dressed.Thank you, and to you too. I'm sorry, but I think this falls under something that your kind just doesn't get about ours.
Question #42 wrote:Sally and Julie: What's with the Half-naked look? I mean you two seem to be the only present-day mobian girls that don't wear any pants. Have you no shame!
Pffft, and look where it got him. A couple of vague cameo-mentions in the sequel series and the spin-offs. And that fish-named robot - the one with the fins on its head? - he put it best: that "killer robot" looks like a girl. Seems to have a nasty habit of dying, too. My Metal Sonic could destroy his zero-ranked re-plow, or whatever it's called, with no trouble.
Question #43 wrote:For Dr. Robotnik: You mentioned "Albert" being at the annual Villains Ball. While your inventions are always very large, grandiose and require you to pilot them, how does it make you feel that Dr. Wily will eventually go on to create a fully sentient robot with a deadly computer virus built inside of him and power enough to crush the world?
Sentient life is a given. Whether it endures from the present filth or is born anew is irrelevant. It is with my guiding hand that the new cilivilazations grow up correctly. Instead of random evolution I will see to it that a technorganic utopia develops. Stable and perfect, it will self-perpetuate.
Question #44 wrote:For Dr. Finitevus: Through your very insightful interviews here, you've made your goal painfully clear: To return the world back to a natural state and destroy the world's so-called "corrupted, technology-dependent population". My question is, do you realize that even if the world is rendered unpopulated and returned to nature, some form of sentient life will always endure? Much like the pre-Gene Bomb humans, the Mobosaurs and most recently the Overlanders and Mobians, Mobius' cycle of life, decay and rebirth will continue indefinitely and your work will be in vain.
Oh man . . . when I was little, like really little, I loved that name. It was a body-part, just like Knux. It sounded similar to "Knuckles." It started with a "k." I was a dorky little kid. I insisted to be called "Kneecaps" and had some stupid battle-cry built around it and . . . argh. And, y'know, I think I'm getting tired of "Mace." It sounded cool in university - and a heckuvalot more threatening than "Kneecaps" - but it also sounds kinda . . . brutish? I'm thinking of switching back to "Kneecapeon." It sounds kind of dignified, y'know? Like an cool old-word name.
Question #45 wrote:To M:25YL Kneecapeon Mace: Even with your step-brother as the serving Guardian, what was it like to grow up with the nickname "Kneecaps"? (Not to mention your brother's name is Knuckles.)
Oh my . . . I'm hanging in there. My baby is safe and healthy, and I have Wyn with me to help raise our baby in this . . . city. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a bit shaken. I thought that awful Enerjak person was gone for good, but I suppose it could be worse. Between rebuilding and tending to my little Kneecaps, I'm often too busy in the day to think about all that's happened and too tired at night to dwell on it. I just hope Knuckles is okay. I haven't heard from him since we came to Albion. I worry . . . but then I have faith that Aurora will look over him.
Question #46 wrote:To Lara-Le: How are you holding up with everything that has happened to you, especially with recent events?
Let's see . . . Merin-Da was the love of my life. She was truly my better half. So beautiful, so thoughtful - she had a poet's way of speaking. She bore me beautiful children. I was . . . well, devastated when she was taken from me. Mari-Su did what I thought was impossible and made me feel whole again. I can't say I loved her as I did Merin-Da, but she did help me smile again. She knew what I needed as a Grandmaster and supported me when I needed it and let me work otherwise. Her death was . . . it hurt. Not as deeply as Merin-Da's, and that sounds heartless of me, but I knew she would want me to pick up and move on quickly for the Legion.
Question #47 wrote:To Luger (if possible): I'd ask what happened to you but I have a feeling Ian has plans for that. So... what were your relationships with you wives and children like and were you close to any of them?
My children . . . my children. I never really understood my firstborns. They were so cold, so driven . . . so much like my father before me. Julie-Su, though, was so sweet. It's almost like the wrong wives bore the wrong children. Mari-Su was supportive to my cause, but she bore me the sweetness and beauty of Merin-Da. Merin-Da was art given life, and she gave me competent heirs. So I entrusted Julie-Su to Simon and Floren-Ca. I knew they could raise her right, cultivate her beauty, while I commanded my other children to the glory of the Legion.
I'm still . . . evaluating that. Being with my kinsmen and looking back in this state provides an . . . objectiveness I lacked in life. I loved my son. I did what I thought was best for him.
Question #48 wrote:To Locke: Looking back on your life, from your own training to Knuckles' time as Enerjak, how do you feel about it?
Honey, when you're as good as me, I could be lit with LEDs and get in and out before you knew l was there. And besides, they're cute. Are you trying to tell me a girl can't have something cute?
Question #49 wrote:Rouge: WhatÂ´s with the little hearts things on your suit? IsnÂ´t it unpractical on stealth missions?
Dude, I beat out Mickey Mouse. The Mouse! I figure I'm way ahead of the game.
Question #50 wrote:Sonic: Do you consider yourself more worldwide popular than Mario Bros, and why?
Amy can be . . . trying sometimes. She's got the same kind of tenacity as Sonic, and sometimes half the patience. When they're together, it's like stereo. But she's just learning how to channel her passion for the good fight.
Question #51 wrote:Sally: Just between us.... donÂ´t you find Amy really obnoxious sometimes?
I am not so sure we hail from the same timeline. I cannot be sure, however, as I was destroyed during the final confrontation. If we are indeed from the same future then I was sent back before his resurgance. It is not something I have devoted much thought to it. I . . . do not wish to consider it.
Question #52 wrote:Nicole: Since you and Robo-Robotnik (now Dr. Eggman) share the same universe of origin, do you feel any special enmity towards him for destroying your birthplace and killing your creators?
Oh my my . . . I am thinking eet was during ze Great War. I was ze very small, the squeaking-pip, and I was very scared. Maman would rock me, but I would not be still. Papa came in, so very tired, but he sat and he rock'ed with me. He told me eet would be all right and zat he was looking after me. He sounded so sure it put my mind to rest and I was not as skeet-eesh after that.
Question #53 wrote:Antoine: What was your best memory of your father?
Hmm . . . zat he was a good man. A fair man. Zat he showed his love in ze measured way, but there was no doubt about how he felt. Zat he was brave. Amazinkly brave! He faced ze Great War, his roboticization, ze badnik hordes, and his own . . . death . . . without ze quivering of fear. There is no one, and will be no one, as brave as he was.
Question #54 wrote:(To Antoine) If you have a son (perhaps not now but in the future), what would you tell [your child] about his grandfather?
Zut alores! Are you making the passings at me?
Question #55 wrote: (To Antoine) Finally, would you like to visit Paris with me sometime, we can visit the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the arc d triumph, and take in the matinee at the Moulin Rouge. Champagne, fine food, and of course... chic coutor? **wink wink**
Question #56 wrote:Why should Sonic and Sally fans continue to support the comic?
I really ought to ignore troll-bait like this. But let's humor it for once. Firstly, given who asked this, let's clarify the meaning of the question. They're not asking about fans of the comic or the characters; they mean specifically readers who support the Sonic-and-Sally romantic pairing. Not the plot, not the characterizations, just the pairing. I just want it to be clear how precise, just how exclusive, the scope of the question is.
The first and most obvious answer is that to not support the book would mean wish it to fail. And if Archie's Sonic goes, that's it for Sally. She and the rest of the ArchieSonic cast aren't on Sega's radar in the slightest. So if you want the characters to live on, you support their livelihood. Secondly, there's no reason to think the pairing won't come up again at some point. Before I get labeled for pandering, let me explain:
Yes, they're friends. No, I don't plan on hooking them back up any time soon. Yes, I've said I might explore other partners for either of them. That does not rule out them finding their way back together. It doesn't rule out editorial edict overruling me and making me pair them up. It doesn't rule out a new writer coming in and pairing them back up. And - I would think this the most obvious - it could all be smoke-screen to keep the most avid, prolific, and insistent readers from finding out what I've got planned.
It's your choice to drop out because the book isn't immediately going in the one direction that you desire. I can only cater to so many tastes and demands and still tell an interesting story. Personally, I've stuck with the book for so long because - regardless of direction - I've wanted to see what happened to the characters. And sometimes it led to exactly what I was hoping, or something I hadn't anticipated that I greatly enjoyed. Enjoy the whole cookie - not just the chocolate chips.
Question #57 wrote:Considering that the Cosmic Interstate connects the various Sonic Universes, is it safe to assume that even though we have zero chance of seeing them, that the fan universes are connected as well?
Sure, I don't see the harm in thinking that.
I almost did, y'know. The game never made it past the planning stage, but it might have been fun. I've enjoyed some "official" exposure outside of the comic, so I'm content. If they did ever call upon me, though, I'd be happy to have an outing in one of the games.
Question #58 wrote:Sally: Do you ever wish you had a game counter part, well aside from Sonic Spinball.
Sho'nuff! Ah think Antoine could use some too. And he makes the best hot chocolate. Ah . . . whew, mah stars, he makes good hot chocolate!
Question #59 wrote:Bunnie, want some hot chocolate? I like relaxing with it so maybe you do too.
I do not believe I have "spare time" as you would conventionally view it. I have multiple processes running at any given time to keep the city running smoothly. When they are not too taxing to my system and there is no one to interact with - what I would equate to "spare time" - I devote to investigating a more permanent solution to my personal form.
Question #60 wrote:Nicole, Computer/hologram of the moment! What do you do in your spare time?
. . . they're kidding, right? Do you know how many of us with abilities there are?!Didn't we just do a story about this?Yeah, and it sucked.Hold thy tongue, varlet!Watch where you point that!I think my powers are pretty - -LESS TALKY MORE SMASHIE!
Question #61 wrote:Hedgehog, (you know whom I am talking to! Yes YOU!) What do you think is the extent of your abilities?
Oh! Um . . . well . . . confusion mostly, I guess. I thought we all were on the same side here. As as a Freedom Fighter, I thought he understood how we did things. What he said made a certain amount of sense, but . . .well, it made sense, but not coming from him.
Question #62 wrote:Rotor: I worded my last question incorrectly. What I meant to ask was, what were your feelings toward Hamlin after he tried to arrest Sally? I can tell you two were friends at some point.
Mine is big, shiny and pretty! It's better!
Question #63 wrote:Rosey & Amy: Who do you think has the better hammer?
Mine is big and pointy and SMASHIES!!!!
And I'm ending it right here before they knock the entire forum down!
Why should I tell you? So you can go crawling up to your hero? "Oh! Oh! Mr. Sonic! Let me tell you what big bad Scourge said!" Peh. I'm going to chill out here in the clink for a bit and rest up. I'll think of something.
Question #64 wrote:Scourge: How would you plan to get your revenge on Sonic for dethroning and humiliating you?
Eh, they still work. Not nearly as efficiently, but they work. They're set to mining materials for me, to sustaining their pitiful little lives for themselves, et cetera et cetera. I don't bother myself with the day-to-day drivel. That's for the sub-bosses. My chief concern is the rodent. OH how I hate that hedgehog!
Questions #65 wrote:Dr. Eggman: We've seen that the planet Mobius is largely in fear and awe of the Eggman Empire and its capabilities. But you're not getting living fodder for robot slaves from them anymore. Do they pay you some sort of tribute or something in exchange for your not wiping them out? What does being in control of those regions outside of the Acorn Kingdom DO for you, exactly?
Nothing. He can't call me anything anymore. He . . . ARGH, who am I kidding? It doesn't matter WHAT, it's HOW! The impertinence! The mocking! THE MOCKING! I'll wring ever last smug word from his nonexistent little neck!
Question #66 wrote:Dr. Eggman: So you've appropriated the name Eggman for yourself and it's not really a taunt anymore. What's the one name Sonic calls you that gets your goat (whatever that means) more than any other?
What's the point? There's billions of derivatives out there. Anyone can conquer one of those! I'm after the REAL Mobius! The real hedgehog! My victory back home was practice, that's all.
Question #67 wrote:Doctor Eggman: You mentioned that your plans for after conquering Mobius Prime are to conquer the rest of the Prime universe. Why then, in your own universe, were you just content in conquering 'your' Mobius? Why not the rest of 'your' universe?
Oh here we go. Kick the man while he's down. I stomped on every world leader and told them to call me king. And they did, and so I conquered the world. How hard is that to understand?
Question #68 wrote:Scourge: Bragging aside, just how much of Moebius did you actually conquer? No fibbing now.
Question #69 wrote:How difficult was it to take Dr Finitevus, a one off character during Penders run, and seamlessly merge him into the Enerjak arc and Echidna backstory?
Actually, Finitevus was introduced by Karl Bollers. I don't think Ken Penders had gotten to him just yet. It wasn't very hard, honestly. There was so very little revealed about him I could reveal what I wanted and it would fit. That, and all the loose continuity of old provided lots of lovely openings to plug in little bits of story.
No, I haven't personally policed that area. It's usually pretty quiet, thankfully.
Question #70 wrote:@Zonic: Have you ever been to one of the two Sonic X Zones?
Th-they're g-going great! W-We're hanging out w-with the Chaotix and helping to g-guard the M-Master Emerald. S-Same old, same old.
Question #71 wrote:Ray: How's thing's between you and Mighty? We haven't seen much interaction between you both lately.
Haha, no harder than living with Sonic. Yeah, the Chatoix can be a rowdy crew, but that's what makes them fun.
Question #72 wrote:Mighty: What's it like living with the Chaotix? I can't imagine it being easy..
No. Because it'd never come down to that. I'd find a way. There's always a way. Those who don't find it are lazy.
Question #73 wrote:Sonic: If it meant saving the world, would you be willing to kill someone?
No way! It's all mind-over-matter!
Question #74 wrote:Silver: in any gel required to maintain that awesome hairdo of yours?
No, not that I've noticed. I mean, there was one day where Sonic couldn't play to save his life for some reason, but we chalked that up to some plot by Robotnik.
Question #75 wrote:Sonia: Starting a while back, most people in the multiverse underwent a notable change in appearance. Sonic Prime, in particular grew longer quills and his eyes turned green. has a similar "makeover" happened to your zone?
Bah, the polar bear and duck failed me! And the robots have failed me. Everyone has failed me! EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING!
Question #76 wrote:Dr. Robotnik: Have you effectively scrapped any plans to rebuild Heavy and Bomb since they have living counterparts now (Bark and Bean)?
Question #77 wrote:Carl Condor: Are you there/alive? I'm dying to ask you about the Airborne Freedom Fighters and also their connections with the Armada.
I know we've been speaking for the dead a lot, but Carl barely had any voice. And, no, he was pretty much done in by the debris from the Death Egg.
Question #78 wrote:Fly Fly Freddy: Did anyone ever rebuild your poor self? Charmy needs insect buddies.
Nope - never repaired due to invasion of Knothole, the subsequent warring, and then Knothole's annihilation.
Most of it stemmed from our learning of all that we missed while away. The litany of poor choices by the monarchs and the recent shuffling of the crown simply could not be tolerated. And after the near-disaster when we were all captured Amadeus and I decided it was time to act. The Eggman Empire was too much of a threat to entrust our safety to King Elias alone. We found that there were many who shared the same sentiment but couldn't bring themselves to organize or act - so set were they in the "way it had always been."
Question #79 wrote:Rosemary Prower: As you probably know by now, we didn't get to see much of your political career before the council was installed, so from our perspective (and admittedly in my own opinion) the whole revolution appeared to pop out of nowhere. Could you give us some insights into what went on leading up to that--perhaps an excerpt from that speech that got your husband arrested?
I will admit that things moved much faster and fiery than we had intended. I believe we both underestimated the unrest we were uncovering. The entire situation could have gone better, but I also believe it could have come out worse. I am satisfied with what we have achieved, especially in so short a time.
Question #80 wrote:Week 1, when I asked you for a writer's perspective on my questions for Mr. and Mrs. Prower, what I meant was...pretty much exactly how you interpreted it. What I should have asked was, is there a particular real-world reason for changing the government, or for making the Prowers the agents of change (other than the obvious ramifications for Sonic and Tails' relationship, of course).
The Prowers were the best agents of change since they were fairly untapped characters and free to mold as we needed. Also, bringing them back made them fresh in the minds of the reader and thus easily introduced to the larger story. As for the change in government, I felt like it was time for a change. I couldn't see the monarchy lasting much longer under Elias. He's a good guy, but a king he ain't and the entire situation was set up to fail. By reconstructing the government as a backdrop to Sonic and Tails's feud we gave Elias a bit of a break, strengthened the governing body of the society, and gave some long-forgotten characters some purpose again.
Psssht, right, my mom. Ugh. No, it was the least-stupid thing I could choose from.
Question #81 wrote:Anti-Sally: When Scourge showed up with his "everyone gets a new name" policy, did you choose "Alicia" just because it's your middle name or does it have something to do with your mother?
A snappy dresser and he has the appropriate drive, but heâ€™s also the source of my current predicament. Heâ€™ll need molding. Fixing. Replacing.
Question #82 wrote:Dr. Eggman Nega: What do you think about the Eggman of Mobius?
Well, currently itâ€™s impossible. But heâ€™s slipping. Ever so slowly heâ€™s losing his grip. All I have to be is patient.
Question #83 wrote:Snively: Can you tell how much difficult is to rebel against Eggman?
No, but it is faster. And more fiery!
Question #84 wrote:Eggman: Is the Egg-Phoenix stronger than your last battle-armor?
Question #85 wrote:With Sonic Universe nearly released I've had one question, Are most of the main characters from the sth comic to appear? i.e. Sally,Tails,Bunnie. or is it strictly characters that need backstories or aren't highlighted frequently?
I donâ€™t know! The book is open to a lot of possibilities. The first year will focus on Shadow, Knuckles, and a currently-unrevealed-arc. The second year is still in the very, very, very early planning stage.
Right, because a sunshine-yellow body suit really screams â€œIâ€™m the chick with the dude with the scars.â€ I needed a change in more ways than one.
Question #86 wrote:For Fiona: What was with the outfit change after you left the Freedom Fighters with Scourge?
Sheâ€™s freaky! Sheâ€™s like you took every cute thing about me and twisted it and blew it out of proportion and made me into some kind clingy stalker!
Question #87 wrote:To Amy : What do you think of your Moebius counterpart Rosey after finally meeting her?
Question #88 wrote:Here's a scarry thought, what would happen if Bean, Big, Marine, Charmy, Bokkun, and Rosey the rascal were all in a room together?
I would have a blast writing it, but it would burst into flames in your hands.
Question #89 wrote:will sally and sonic ever continue their relationship?
Sure! Theyâ€™re continuing the relationship as friends right now. Theyâ€™re continuing their relationship as Freedom Fighters.
Question #90 wrote:will mecha ever come back to life?
Mecha â€œMâ€ Robotnik? Sheâ€™s gone forever. Self-destructed with all her back-up data erased.
Mecha Sonic? That generally refers to Roboticized Sonic and the robots based off him - Silver Sonic and Silver Sonic II. Theyâ€™re all pretty much gone for good. The other, sleeker model is generally called â€œMetal Sonic,â€ and weâ€™ll see more of it in Sonic Universe #1.
Question #91 wrote:will mogul ever be permentaly defeated?
Heâ€™s pretty tenacious. We might â€œretireâ€ the character in some fashion some day, but no time soon.
Makes for good stomping!
Question #92 wrote:To Werehog Sonic: What's up with the cleats? Is it a fashion statement for werehogs? Laughing (Not that they're a problem for me...)
Well, seeing how I actually exist at the end of the game, I win by default!What a cop-out. Chip could take you.Really? You seem to be the one with a Chip on his shoulder.I . . . ow. Argh.
Question #93 wrote:To Knuckles and Werehog Sonic: Who do you guys feel will win in a battle between you two?
I dunno . . . ten feet? Pretty far.
Question #94 wrote:To Werehog Sonic: Just how LONG do you think your arms can stretch?
Sure. And then I see myself running away.Youâ€™re cruel!
Question #95 wrote:Psst Sonic, could you ever see yourself with Amy?
I . . . well . . . yeah, I guess. I never really got much of a say in the whole thing. It was just over and I was left in the dust for once. Itâ€™s hard letting go of something like that, but hey, weâ€™re cool now and thatâ€™s enough for me.
Question #96 wrote:(To Sonic) And about Sally, would you say you have any leftover feelings for her? Looks like you guys almost shared a smooch a few issues back.
That she's in my way, I suppose. But then again, it wouldn't be fun otherwise, so I guess I can't really fault her for that. Nope, I've got no issue with her.
Question #97 wrote:Rouge, what do you like least about Julie-Sue?
There isn't a whole lot to choose from now-a-days, and that's part of why Ash and I push the band so hard. The world needs music, and we'll provide it! Out of what's left, I really like some of the older classical stuff. The way some of those songs are put together is really brilliant, and I try to work some of that complexity into my own stuff. I also like a lot of those really fuzzy, lovey-dovey crooning love songs from mom's era. They make Ash cringe - haha! - but I think they're sweet in an innocent kind of way.
Question #98 wrote:Mina, what kind of music and/or bands do you listen to?
Question #99 wrote:Shadow, if you could go back in time, would you have sacrificed yourself for Maria like she did for you?
I too am curious as to the limitations of this self-stylized "ultimate lifeform." Can your "Chaos Control" competently compete with my own copious control over the Chaos Energies?I would use my speed to the advantage and beat his face in.. . . hmph. I will profess I much prefer the whimsical banter with Sonic.
Question #100 wrote:Mammoth Mogul and Shadow, I've always wondered who would win in a fight between you two?
Question #101 wrote:Ian: Are you glad this is almost over?
I'd be lying if I said I wasn't. The sudden drop in work-load will be nice. But this has been fun, so I'll do it again sometime.
(Next 100 or so coming up)