“Seasons of Chaos” preview and FCBD 2021 issue details: IDW Sonic panel at WonderCon 2021 recap

Everything you may have missed from IDW Sonic’s WonderCon panel.

As IDW Sonic’s WonderCon panel comes to a close, here’s a recap of everything you may have missed in one neat little article:

30th Anniversary Special preview

First up are preview pages for Classic Sonic’s original story, Seasons of Chaos, in the upcoming one-shot issue celebrating Sonic’s 30th anniversary. “Seasons of Chaos” features the Classic Sonic gang going through zones inspired by the Genesis games in a brand new original story.

“Seasons of Chaos” are one of the three stories in the upcoming one-shot issue, which will feature two addition stories: “Dr. Eggman’s Birthday” by writer Gale Galligan, and “Sonic Learns to Drive” by Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy.

The issue is expected to be released on 23 June.

Free Comic Book Day 2021 issue themed for Sonic the Hedgehog’s 30th Anniversary

It was also unveiled that the Free Comic Book Day 2021 issue will be centered around Amy drawing comics, also written by Gale Galligan. The issue will be released on 14 August.

Celebrating 30 years of the world’s fastest hedgehog! There’s no telling how Sonic will react when he sees the results of Amy Rose’s new hobby-she’s been making tell-all comics about her adventures with Sonic, Miles “Tails” Prower, and their friends! New York Times bestselling author Gale Galligan (The Baby-Sitters Club graphic novels) spills the beans! Plus, fun extras to catch readers up on Sonic’s ongoing adventures, on the road to issue 50

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Alongside that, the 30th Anniversary Hardcover Deluxe Edition will feature every story from the Sonic 30th Anniversary collection, with extra behind the scenes content.

To top it all off, a new issue collection is also in the works! Volume 1 of Sonic The Hedgehog: The IDW Collection will contain the first 12 issues of the IDW Sonic comics, releasing 29 June.

Quotes

We got to learn some pretty neat info thanks to the panelists too! Here’s some note-worthy quotes from some of them:

  • SEGA of America licencing manager Michael Cisneros reveals there are some “cool things” coming later this year that they can’t talk about yet. Can’t be a panel without a tease like that one!
  • IDW Sonic artist Evan Stanley talks about the focus on the current season of IDW Sonic, and says it’s “a series of smaller, self-contained arcs, that will focus on really strong, character interpersonal motivations”, which are a complete turnaround in contrast to the longer arcs of the last two seasons, where the comics focused on the aftermath of Eggman’s defeat in Sonic Forces and the Metal Virus.
  • Writer Ian Flynn says his upcoming arc, “Zeti Hunt,” will have Zavok launching a focused attack on the heroes, rather than blowing everything up as he usually does. He’ll be messing with their heads, and things will come down to the wire. This Zeti Hunt arc will end with a set up for issue #50.
  • Stanley also mentions this milestone issue, issue 50, will be different from previous finales, with it being much more focused and personal.
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