I've been pretty distant about my feelings on this. It's an absolute nightmare of a topic. But, it's the last negative thought on my mind that I need to just let go.
A lot of characters I've grown up with have been officially "retired." It's a shame that most of them left on such a tragic note. Endangered Species just broke my heart. During my family crisis earlier this year, I was for any form of support in a bleak situation. I looked forward to this arc as a form of escapism, and it completely let me down.
After July's news, a part of muse just died. I've always drawn, but those comics were one of my original go to for inspirations. It was like someone pulled a brick from the foundation of my creativity. I took the time researching different non-fiction and exploring other fandoms to help get my mind off of things. (Attack on Titan! Korra! Creative blogs! Current world events!) Lately, my muse has sparked and I've started drawing again. There were times I thought I'd forgotten how to draw, but it was relieving to know that my hand still functioned even without some inspiration backing it up. I can thank art school for teaching me that.
However, I am very worried about drawing these retired characters again. It hasn't been easy reading things along the lines of "Good ridance to all of them." Yeeaaaaaah, I still want to cosplay Enerjak 2.0. It just seems so awkward now.
I've always been a really big fan of ACP Sonic OCs, and that's never going to change. It's very jaring to get pulled away from it during the reboot. I keep remembering some fans calling for a culling of the cast, complaining there were too many characters. However, it seems kind of ironic that once it finally happened we get introduced to new OCs almost every book. I suppose we are extremely lucky getting to keep SatAM cast at all. Currently, I don't expect any OCs to return, except for some of the current writer's creations. Let's just say I don't feel like getting disappointed again, so I've lowered my expectations.
I'm feeling a bit left in Sonic's dust with this reboot, and don't know if I should bother running to catch up again. At least with the Sega cast there is some clarity, and things didn't change much for them.
The one character I'll miss the most is Dimitri. I'm so happy he was at least able to have some character building closure during his last appearance. Sometimes you try your hardest to fix things, and it just don't work out. Time and people will just get in your way.
So, please don't give me any flack for liking old continuity.