Ken Penders

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Ken Penders
Twitter: @KenPenders

Ken Penders was a writer who worked on the Sonic the Hedgehog Archie comics. He also illustrated the cover for the SatAM Complete series DVD release. In addition to his work on the Sonic franchise he has written and illustrated stories for every major comics publisher including DC, Marvel, Image and Disney on such a diverse array of titles as Star Trek: The Next Generation, Disney Adventures, Savage Sword of Conan, Captain Atom, and The Green Hornet among many others.

In January 2009, Penders began copyrighting various stories, characters, and artwork that he created for Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and spin-off titles, and these claims were certified as of April 2010 by the US Copyright Office. After declaring that he would "use every legal means at my disposal to protect and preserve" his works, 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. In the fall of 2012, Archie Comics fired its legal team and replaced it. Following this and a court settlement, many characters created by Penders abruptly ceased to appear in the comics.


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