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Summerofsonic
Summer of Sonic is an annual Sonic the Hedgehog convention held in London (although it moved to Brighton in 2012). Having run from 2008, the event celebrates the best of Sonic, old and new, and contains elements of Sonic the Comic, Archie Comics, the games and the fanbase.

The event is free to visit, but convention-goers must first obtain tickets or, previously, wait in a queue for delayed entry. This caused problems in 2012, when fans were unable to gain access to a limited pool of tickets, with them selling out extremely quickly on each wave.

Attractions

Over the years, Summer of Sonic (SoS) has attracted a number of prominent "celebrities" to the convention, in turn increasing visitor numbers. Representing STC, Nigel Kitching has appeared every year except for 2010. Nigel Dobbyn also attended in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013, selling several of his prints. Ferran Rodriguez made an appearance in 2013. In 2011, both Ian Flynn and Tracy Yardley of Archie Comics attended. Between both of these was the Sonic the Comic Online, helmed by many current staff.

In terms of musical entertainment, sound director Jun Senoue has appeared on three occasions, performing as part of Crush 40 twice. Bentley Jones, contributor to the Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) soundtrack, has also attended twice. Julien-K, a band that contributed a song to Sonic Heroes, played in 2011 but were unable to play "This Machine", despite fan protests.

From the games, Yuji Naka and Takashi Iizuka were on hand to answer fan questions in 2011. Representitives froom SUMO Digital were also confirmed to appear at some point. Mike Pollock, the voice actor for Eggman appeared as a regular guest. New games have made early playable appearances at the convention, including Sonic Chronicles, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, Sonic the Hedgehog 4, Sonic Colours, Sonic Generations and Sonic All-Stars Racing: Transformed.

A special printed edition of Issue 261 was made available at the 2013 edition, To accompany this, a page was added to the Anniversary Zone, including photos of the day and tweets from Megadroid.

STC-O staff

A number of Sonic the Comic Online staff have appeared at the convention over the years, either manning the staff table or simply attending as a guest. The following list includes their appearances in alphabetical order:

Miscellanous

Certain other events linking to Sonic the Comic have occurred at the convention. An animation based on the first part of Running Wild premiered in 2011. It was largely praised but the voices were derided and many believed the artwork to be traced.

Chilli dogs have been on sale on at least one occasion, with mixed reception.

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