Matilda and Beauregard are new ones to me. Beauregard was first mentioned by Mike Gallagher, but he’s one of Ian’s characters because characters are more than just a name and a title (“Bunnie’s uncle”). Likewise, Penders (it was Penders I think?) mentioned a sister for Mighty, but Matilda is Ian’s, especially as I believe in Matilda’s case she was not mentioned by name, just by relation. In court it’d be perfectly deniable that “No, this is Mighty’s other sister. Not the one Penders was talking about.”
Putting a copyright on a hypothetical sibling that was never named or developed is stupid and insane. It’d be like me copywriting Sonic’s aunt.
You can’t write a character that’s Sonic’s aunt now. Belongs to me.
That said, I’m not -that- surprised if they’re being tossed out with the rest. Archie seems to be working on the side of “throw everything out except for the things we absolutely know 100% is ours”. Which includes work from other authors and apparently even ‘vague ideas’ like Matilda.
Which is shitty.
Which also includes Finitevus, unless Archie speaks to Bollers and establishes a contract that for sure fire says “yeah we can do this.”
Which is also shitty.
Scourge I already knew just because Penders has claimed Evil Sonic as his intellectual property (…) and because he claims on screen transformation means it’s still his character. Likewise with Robo-Robotnik, which is why current Eggman isn’t actually the Eggman from the previous universe, but ‘someone else’ with old Eggman’s memories. Which will fade, apparently, leaving a clean slate.
I could ramble about how I feel about this but I’d rather not. It’d just involve bitterness about … things.
But the basic jist is I’m pissed that one person can completely destroy everything for everyone else. Boller’s work? Gone. Gallagher’s work? Gone. Every writer except for those not currently on Archie’s payroll? Gone. Their legacies are being wiped away. If that’s what they wanted for their work then fine. But I haven’t heard anything saying that they’re completely okay with their legacy in the book being erased.
Just… pissy, I guess.
It’s just sad 20+ years of work done the drain. As someone who’s followed the book since damn near inception (issue 13 is where I first discovered the book and been with it ever since and yes I did back order the issues I missed including the original “pilot” mini-series to test and see if the comic was viable), it’s like watching one of your favorite franchises being gutted, and slowly lobotomized until there’s barely anything of it left. I trust Ian to see things through but…. god this is gonna take awhile to get used too and I pray what changes had to be done doesn’t ruin the comic for good. Either way Penders actions will not be silent and far as I can tell every fan young and old are spreading the word and doing their part to ensure even if Penders doesn’t acknowledge what he did, everyone else will know he f*cked over the book for his own gain and it’ll help ensure his fanfiction crashes and burns.
So count me in on being pissy as well, frankly as much as I like to think I’m a restrained man if I met Penders on the street I’d take the time to tell him with both civil and profane language laced words how he ruined a book I grew up with and will do my part to see his “Chronicles: fails.