Sonic the Comic - 25 Years Young

Sonic the Comic, 25 Years On – celebratory gathering in Manchester in June

Sonic the Comic - 25 Years Young

Sonic the Comic is celebrating being 25 years young this year with a one-day convention / gathering in Manchester on the 3rd June 2018, organised by the team behind much-loved title’s unofficial continuation online.

Sonic the Comic - Montage

STC (as it’s usually known) was launched on 29th May 1993 and ran for nearly a decade and a very creditable 223 fortnightly issues, featuring work by artists such as Mick McMahon, Richard Elson, Nigel Kitching, Lew Stringer and Jon Haward.

Sonic the Comic art by Nigel Kitching for Issue 52
Sonic the Comic art by Nigel Kitching for Issue 52

Funds for the convention were raised by a successful Kickstarter campaign, which included rewards such as a t-shirt with a design by original STC artist Richard Elson.

Guests on the day include artists Nigel Kitching, Richard Elson, cover artist Carl Flint, Nigel Kitching and Lew Stringer.

Sonic the Comic - Anniversary T-Shirt by Richard Elson
Sonic the Comic – Anniversary T-Shirt by Richard Elson

The convention takes place at Manchester’s 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.

“Throughout the day there will be some Q&As with our special guests and hopefully a few fun little mini-events like STC bingo or something,” says organiser Michael Corker.

“There will also be plenty of time to chat with our special guests, those of us from STC Online, and to catch-up with all the other boomers attending!

“The FAB Café itself is open until 11.00pm that evening and we have been told we’re welcome to stay until then if some of you are staying in Manchester and fancy partying the night away!”

STC Issue 274 is available online now, with Issue 275 coming soon.

Sonic the Comic - 25 Years Young• STC25 – Celebrating 25 years of Sonic the Comic – a day-long celebration of the UK’s Sonic the Comic and its online continuation: Sonic the Comic Online 11.00am – 5.00pm Saturday 3rd June 2018 FAB Café, Portland St, Manchester, UK, M1 6DN. More details about the Sonic the Comic convention here on Facebook

• Sonic the Comic fan site is online at www.stconline.co.uk

• Check the FAB Café out on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/fabcafemanc/  

Sonic the Comic is copyright © Egmont Magazines Ltd. Sonic the Hedgehog and all related characters © SEGA

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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