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Ken Penders
Ken Penders
Former Writer for Archie Comics
Gender

Male

Job

Writer, penciler, inker

Ken Penders was a writer/artist for the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series published by Archie Comics. He first worked on Sonic the hedgehog #11 and continued working on the book until Sonic the Hedgehog #160, where upon he was succeeded as the primary writer for the series by Ian Flynn.

Archie Comics lawsuit

Archie Comics filed a lawsuit against Penders in the fall of 2010 in an attempt to retain their copyright holdings of his characters and concepts after Penders announced ownership[1].When Archie failed to produce a contract from Penders time of work at the company, the lawsuit lead to a settlement and ended on June 26 2013[2] . As a result of the settlement, Penders has taken several Archie characters that he created, such as Lien-Da, Julie-Su, Lara-Su and Dimitri, for his new series, The Lara-Su Chronicles.  The lawsuit led to massive storyline changes, a large number of characters being removed, and a soft reboot of the comic, much to the dismay of many fans[3].

SEGA/EA lawsuit

In 2011 Penders filed a lawsuit against Sega and EA Games for alleged copyright infringement in the game  Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood [2] . The lawsuit ended in stalemate when the case was dismissed for the second time and upheld in court in October 2013[4].  Due to the Statute of Limitations, Penders will not be able to file again unless characters and concepts from Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood are used in the future.

Drawing Career

Penders is the creator of many of the comic exclusive characters that once populated the series before his lawsuit with Archie Comics. He also designed the cover art to the Sonic the Hedgehog full series DVD box set.

References

  1. Tristan Oliver (1 December 2010) http://www.tssznews.com/2010/12/01/archie-comics-files-federal-lawsuit-against-ken-penders/ Retrieved on 18 August 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 http://www.kenpenders.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=2615 Retrieved on 18 August 2014
  3. https://twitter.com/IanFlynnBKC/status/425817160309432320 Retrieved on 18 August 2014
  4. http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/media/view.php?pk_id=0000011455 Retrieved on 18 August 2014



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