>What's the deal with Ken Penders?
Short version is that he was a failed writer that Archie hired on back in the 90's, and he was attached to the Sonic
comics. Eventually, with how successful the comics became, Archie made a spin-off comic about Knuckles that lasted for a few years, and Penders was given full control of it. Where the issue arrises is what happened later as Penders had been wanting to write his own science-fantasy story and use the Knuckles
comic as a way to tell that. So the story started getting really autstic stories about Angel Island essentailly being the lost city of Atlantis, Knuckles had a girlfriend, and so on and so on. Where things REALLY
came to a head was when the guy started DRAWING
the comics himself, and it cannot be understated that it is some of the worst material that was ever produced in the comic. No surprise that the comic was eventually cancelled and Knuckle's stories was rolled back into the main story for the Sonic
comics, with Penders re-assaigned to handle that. However
, Pender didn't learn his lesson and started ruining the Sonic
comic with an entire arc about Evil Antoinne cucking Sonic with Sally, Sonic cucking Tails with Fionna, and it was just a mess to say the least. Then a Sega staff member got ahold of issue 155, and immediately got Archie on the horn to ask what the Hell they were doing. Several months later, Penders was removed from the company .
But, that wasn't the last you had heard from him.
Two years later, in 2008, EA and Sega collaborated to make Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood
, a RPG for the DS, in the Sonic
universe, developed by Bioware. Over the next several years, Penders sued Archie, Sega, and EA because he claimed to own the ideas of the swatbots, the Echidna civilization, and even to the point of stating that he own Knuckles
himself. To put it simply, he won none of the cases, however he didn't lose either. The court eventually reached the conclusion that Penders had no case as the "statue of limitations" had expired in regards to the game and would not be reignited unless they were to develop a follow-up in regards to the story's content (So, EA was in the clear). And, all the original characters created by Sega belonged to Sega because the Sonic
series is their property. However
, the case against Archie reached a settlement because Archie lost the original "Work for hire" contract that Penders signed, so he was able to assert that he owned the characters and concepts he created for the licensed comic as he claims that was a line the original contract (Sort of akin to the contracts Image was doing back inthe 90's).
In order to prevent any future issue, Archie come to the bright idea of rebooting the comic to remove all of the offending characters so that they would never have to deal with Penders ever again. This resulted in the Sonic Unleashed
story arc that begin in issue 252. However, it all turned out to be a waste as, a couple years later, Archie decided that they wanted nothing to do with Sonic, and let their contract for the comic lapse, ending everything on a cliffhanger with no resolution. And, Sega's response was state that any further media, going forward, has to be approved by Sega themselves before it can be published, with almost zero exceptions.
As for Penders, he's stumbled down the hole of CWC teir autism. He boasted about how he's going to remake the Knuckles
story "Except with blackjack and hookers
" as The Lara-Su Chronicles
, however that's gone nowhere except as a PoC website with a book that's "soon" to be released. He attempted to file another lawsuit back in 2015 over God knows what, but that never came to fruition. OH
, and he's suppose to be writing a book about his legal battle against EA, Sega, and Archie.