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Buncha bad guys by BenBates Buncha bad guys by BenBates
Pages 2 and 3 from Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog issue 250.

Looks like I drew this back in March. I knew it was going to be a lot of work, I was guessing three days, but it took six! I spent a lot of time just planning out the rough and squeezing all those characters in, looking for ref, trying to think of interesting things for them to do.

My plan was to have the title up in the big empty space up top.
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marioking89 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
Yeesh, when I first saw this page and I thought to myself "Man, this must've taken him a while. It'd take me longer."
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xDIRTYxDANx Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
can i PLEASE buy this original art?! PLEEASSE
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ShoStyle Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Where did you start on this wondrous piece (if you remember)?
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glitcher Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can certainly sympathize with the amount of time you spent drawing this group shot. I've done my fair share of them (check out my 80's cartoon tribute) and I know what a struggle it must feel like to get every single character right. But the result is well worth it. Sonic #250 was the best issue in the crossover and I gave the art high praise when I reviewed it last summer. It wasn't just the effort itself that grabbed my attention, but the funny interactions between characters and dynamic page compositions you used to express them. This is something to be proud of. :)

Onnnnn another note, I was wondering if you could help me out with something. Recently I've felt confident enough to apply for Archie and I spent ages drawing a bunch of sketches to strengthen my application. I first tried sending it to the marketing department before Evan Stanley suggested the Sonic fan art address instead, but it's been nearly a month and I haven't had so much as an acknowledgement yet. Being an Archie regular, could you please look into it to see that it's been received? My name is Christopher Reavey. I really appreciate it.
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DanSchoening Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Love this! Kudos Man :)
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Kristofo1 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
you know, ben, when i first read the sollicits for that issue, i was shook.
"all of the robot masters?", really?
Then the picture came out and i said to myself "He did it".
All i can say is you did an AWESOME job!
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Fireninjastar Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice going, Ian.

Now Ben deserves a vacation of sorts.
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Jesness Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Geezus, when you have that many characters on a page, how do you keep everything straight and in relation to each other? I'm talking more about size and placement rather than perspective. A bad artist can ruin a good comic, I stopped reading the Sonic comics a few years ago when the art quality dropped to preschool levels, but this kinda makes me want to pick it up again. Really nice job. 
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Gojira012 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
Seriously, We need to cut the red tape and make Mario and Sonic happen in the comics
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InfinityAlex Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Query: Why were the heroes fighting the Robot Masters from Mega Man 9 as well? They were Light Robots as well as the original 8, so surely they should be part of the Light Brigade at this point?
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