Has another year gone by already? When I first launched TSZ, I had no idea how it would go over with the Sonic community. I wanted the site to be a way for Sonic fans to learn all about the Sonic mythology from the Archie comics to Egmont-Fleetway to the games themselves. I wanted new Sonic fans to experience Sonic how I did back in the 1990′s when he was a gaming god. And I wanted the older fanbase to have a nostalgic trip down memory lane.
In the past year, we’ve added over 60 comics to our archive. And last month, we logged 80,000 unique visitors from 25 different countries since the site was launched. We have over 170 Likes on Facebook and over 380 Followers on Twitter.
After two years, The Sonic Zone has become more of a Sonic comics site than anything, but it is still growing. We are still occasionally adding pages about all the Sonic games, but there are still many more to come. Today we’re going to take a look back at everything that’s happened with the site in the past 365 days!
Directly after our first anniversary, we developed a new layout for the site that was launched on August 21, 2010. That layout is of course the one we’re using today. It has had a few tweaks here and there, but it’s stayed pretty consistent for the most part. The main difference you’ll notice is the banner has changed since then.
On August 28, our forum had a major malfunction that prevented users from posting. This was a shame, because we just launched the forum a month prior to the incident. After pulling out my hair many times, I decided to just shut it down until I had time to build another one. There are many Sonic forums out there and I think we are doing just fine without one unless a lot of people really want it, then we may work on relaunching it.
On October 1, we launched our newest Halloween theme for the site with a brand new banner by Hazmobi. This theme had the layout resembling a haunted house.
On October 7, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I was released with mixed reviews. Many people loved it while others hated it. The launch of that game and the fact that SEGA hasn’t provided much info on Episode II put our Sonic 4 Update Blog on hold.
On November 30, we launched our latest Christmas template for the site.
On December 31, Hazard-the-Porgoyle; one half of our talented Sonic artist duo known as Hazmobi, designed a new banner for the site to help ring in 2011.
After many people were mistakenly adding “.com” to the URL of the site rather than “.net” we decided to go ahead and purchase the URL, “thesoniczone.com.” Now you can get here by typing in either a “.net” or “.com.”
On April 7, people who followed SEGA on Facebook were treated with a teaser of a new Sonic game featuring classic and modern Sonics.
Then on April 18, it was revealed that the new Sonic game will be called Sonic Generations. That same day, I gave my input on it.
June 23 was a big day for Sonic fans, as it marked Sonic’s 20th Anniversary. For the occasion, we decided to add some special Archie Sonic comics we were holding out on before.
It’s hard to say for sure what the next year will bring to the site. For one, this week will be the start of a new way of doing the comics. We will be adding three comics every week opposed to one. The comics we’ll be adding are Archie’s Sonic the Hedgehog, Fleetway’s Sonic the Comic, and Archie’s Knuckles the Echidna! After the Knuckles comics wrap up at the 32nd issue, we will then be posting just Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the Comic every week. We thought this would be a good way to show how much we appreciate all of you who come here regularly to read the comics. It would also be really nice to have all of the info pages for every Sonic game finished this year. And of course, if you have anything you would like to see on the site, let us know! There’s plenty of ways to communicate with us. You can post a comment here on the site, our Facebook and Twitter pages, or simply by email. You may also join our deviantART group. We’d love to hear from you!