The long saga that began with former Sonic comic writer Ken Penders claiming the rights to the characters he created in the series and ended with upending of decades of backstory, multiple reboots, and a change of licensee now has a new twist: Its original purpose.
On Friday, Penders announced through Twitter he was getting quotes for a printing of the first series under The Lara-Su Chronicles brand with an eye toward release next year, several years after it was originally announced (and likely delayed due to the long legal saga):
I'm currently getting prices for printing THE LARA-SU CHRONICLES: BEGINNINGS which will collect all the MOBIUS: 25 YEARS LATER stories published in SONIC 131 thru 144 for the 1st time, plus the new story THE STORM and some other surprises in hardcover format for @Comic_Con 2020.
— Ken Penders (@KenPenders) October 25, 2019
Penders said in replies he likely will not use crowdsourcing to fund the print, opting instead for self-funding. That will severely limit availability for fans who may want a copy; Penders also notes proper sales through the mail are still up in the air:
Yes, it will be ready for Comic-Con, but not sure if I will do snail mail sales. Right now I'm thinking convention exclusive, but that's subject to change based on the quotes I receive.
— Ken Penders (@KenPenders) October 26, 2019
Lara-Su, who first appeared in Archie Sonic #131, was one of the characters Penders claimed ownership of in 2009, which prompted Archie’s lawsuit and the eventual end of the Archie Sonic era. Plans by Penders to create a series around Lara-Su date back to 2011.