Thad wrote:...and I *know* he knew the target audience was 8-to-12-year-old boys, because he would remind us of that every. Single. TIME we complained about the book being condescending / simple / immature. "The target audience is 8-to-12-year-old boys" was always ready to go as an excuse (though I suppose he usually *did* say it in the context of "hey, it's not my fault; Sega won't let me do what I want to." Which...comes across a lot different in this context than, say, as a defense for why Sonic sleeps in a damn racecar bed even though he is ostensibly fifteen years old).
I guess he remembers the target audience thing differently, and more flattering to his version of events and the story he insists would have been perfectly appropriate to tell. Shocking, that.
that he's talking about something that happened later on down the line; Sega was really all over the fucking map trying to reinvent Sonic around the time I quit reading it. Let's get rid of the Freedom Fighters! Let's bring them back! Let's split up Sonic and Sally! Let's have them get back together! Let's make it more like the games! Let's bring in a bunch of unused material from the cartoon show! They did
seem to be continually vacillating between reinventing Sonic for a new generation and catering to the shrinking but dedicated existing fanbase (see also: the rest of the comics industry), so I don't find it farfetched that at some point after I left the fandom Sega was considering retooling the comic to skew older.
Regardless, no, I do not believe there has ever been any time that Sega would have been okay with addressing sex in a Sonic property.
I think there is
some potential value in uncomfortable conversations about teenagers, sex, and consent, but that (1) Twitter is a terrible fucking place to try and have that or any conversation and (2) the Sonic the Hedgehog comic book is a worse one.
Brentai wrote:The inmates have always been running that asylum because nobody else knows what the fuck to do with it.
The funny thing is that the guy who's our age and got hired out of the fan community seems to be highly-regarded and professional and, to the best of my knowledge, has never had a conversation like this one on Twitter.