It was so popular last year that we decided to do it again! Join us this holiday season as we introduce you to twelve of our favourite podcasts in the 12 Days of Podmas!
They say that there are rules within writing. Yet they also say that rules are meant to be broken. This article is going to break some of the rules that the Set The Tape editorial team has set – but within reason.
The biggest is that the author is going to start referring to himself in the first person. There, I’ve done that. Now, I’m going to be commenting on the reviews I write that cover the Sonic the Hedgehog series from IDW and linking them to this podcast. Because this podcast mainly covers the British Fleetway run of Sonic The Hedgehog comics that ran throughout the 1990s called Sonic The Comic. This was the comic series that I myself read a lot of, and to this day still hold it as one of the true adaptations of the videos and best examples of having its own mythology – to the point that other adaptations still feel a little iffy that they don’t crossover – the biggest being the name “Eggman”.
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Right, with that out of the way, the author can go back to following the standards that the site wants to set… So naturally a podcast covering this era of comics by presenters with a very similar mindset to me got my attention very, very quickly.
The presenters are Dave Bulmer and Chris McFeeley, and each fortnight they go through each of the comics within an issue of Sonic The Comic in detail. This includes the main Sonic arc strip and other strips based on other games. They go quite in-depth towards the stories and the art styles of the strips, and the growing evolution of how dark they can get. In fact, there are varied levels of tone throughout that surprise the hosts when they revisit these years later.
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They also go through the letters, reviews and news stories in the comic – and this is where the podcast shines brighter than it has done, as it starts to tap into the deepest dives of 90’s nostalgia. From celebrities that are endorsing big Sega events to the hosts having to discuss references to brief fads of pop culture, it definitely kicks in on the nostalgia kick.
There are real sparks of creativity and professionalism littered throughout. There are acted-out bits of the panels, short audio clips that introduce the different sections, and very crisp and clear audio that complements everything. If you’re following the IDW series of comics, it’d be worth giving this a listen to see how the British did Sonic.