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Sonic Legacy Vol 4 by BenBates
Sonic Legacy Vol 4
Hey! How is every little thing?

Its pretty good on my end working full-time in animation, doing a new Teen Titans GO! comic, and I just started thumbnails for Sonic Legacy Vol 5.  I love doing these Legacy covers and feel pretty lucky to revisit designs/stories way before my time as a professional.

If I can convince Archie to let me continue doodling each Legacy vol, in another 11 years I'll have touched every point in the publications history up to when I was hired. 
Hey, I forgot that tomorrow is FCBD. If you're in Portland and plan to be at Things from Another World's Beaverton location, I'll be there from 1pm-3pm. 
  • Listening to: Spirited Away soundtrack
  • Reading: Berserk
  • Watching: Wes Anderson movies
  • Playing: Pheonix Wright Justice for All
  • Eating: Rice, lots of rice
  • Drinking: Coconut smoothie


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Ben Bates
Artist | Professional
United States
My name is Ben Bates and I'm lucky enough to be a freelance illustrator primarily working in comics. I've had all kinds of fun in my career, working on many dream projects-

Sonic the Hedgehog
Mega Man
New Crusaders

S.H.O.O.T. First
Star Wars- Defenders of the Lost Temple digest

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
My Little Pony

I'm also a member of Periscope Studio. A studio with over twenty comic creators, go and check out the list of credits at

Current Residence: PortLand, OR

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SurrealBrain Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014
I was thinking of asking for a commission. Do you take those?

If so, could you show me a price diagram?
fluffycakeX Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
do you do request?
TrueHyperShadow15 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really love your artstyle ever since I read the STH comics, another question are you also the one who did a few illustrations for MLP IDW comics? Cause if not thats ok I would love to see some crossover drawings if you have free time in the future.

Especially of course, megaman and TMNT
Kell0x Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Student General Artist
You are pretty much my current favorite artist from Sonic the Hedgehog, TMNT and Megaman and one of my ''artist I like to be like one day''  : D

I had no idea you had a Deviantart account!
BenBates Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Professional
Wow, a favorite across several properties! That's pretty cool, thanks! 
The-Earl-of-Zerces Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014
What materials do you use, sir? Like, what kinds of paper, pens, and markers do you use?
BenBates Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Professional
Nowadays I do the bulk of my professional work digitally with photoshop, however when I get half a chance I'm excited to teach myself manga studio. When working traditionally I like drawing with a .5 mm mechanical pencil and I do most of my inking with micron pens. One of my favorite pens to use is the Pigma Graphic 1. 

As for paper, I prefer really smooth stuff. If I have to do something professional, a commission, or really anything thats meant to be shown to other people I'll draw on bristol but for all my personal drawing I like plain old computer paper. 
The-Earl-of-Zerces Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014
Okay. Thank you, sir.
SonAze9000 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
Is it true you are leaving/have left the Archie Comics?
BenBates Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Professional
Well, I was only ever a freelancer with Archie so I can't really "leave", they would either stop hiring me to do jobs or I would, for some crazy reason, stop agreeing to do the jobs. I'ts my personal hope to continue to freelance with the company for as long as I can but Archie himself has stated to me on numerous occasions that he thinks I've lost "it". 
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