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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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aidanckelly Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Silver is like: Beyonce - Wut 
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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 Digital 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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BenBates Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Professional
I wouldn't get too hung up on the reality of the situation. The great thing about this sort of fictional universe are the slippery rules. 
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DanLuna Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013   General Artist
These were awesome pages.  Kudos on getting every bad guy stuffed in here.
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BenBates Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Professional
Thanks a ton!
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DanLuna Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013   General Artist
You're welcome
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Tattletale616 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
I'm so loving huge spreads with a lot of characters since Jorge Perez' Avengers run, and this is just epic! Awesome work =D
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Estonius Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
Wow, incredible detail and styley!
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oldmanwinters Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
What a piece, what a piece, what a piece!!!
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ChickaruPocket Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is just tight man!
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HoneySparky Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Student General Artist
I see Mecha Rouge!
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rongs1234 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
that's so insane looking, how many hours a day did you spend on this?
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BenBates Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Professional
I'm not sure, that's something I dont typically keep track of anymore. Most of the time I just work until I'm too tired to keep working. 

I'd like to get back to keeping track of my hours and return to a healthy schedule. 
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KikiFlamer Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I would die of bliss to ink this
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ShannonAllAround Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I loved this page in the comic!!! :D You did such an awesome job!
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RyanJampole Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
fantastic work as always my friend!
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rjmoore Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
The fight between the heroes and robot masters was awesome.But relized a few things such as the Genesis Unit/MegaWorld Corps revived without CopyRobot(maybe he was injured instead of destroyed.)But if Wily time-cloned Rock's brothers (and sister)from Megaman 9/Rockman 9,why didn't he clone the first original Robot Masters that later showed up in the fight to help,(unless he thinks their power is weak)?I also noticed the 4th batch of robot masters are Cossacks(but then again time-cloned),and the 6th batch are from different inventors from around the world.And because King's robots from Megaman and Bass/Rockman and Forte are created by King(considered as one of Wily's many sons),does that make DynamoMan,Coldman,Groudman,PirateMan,Burnerman,and Magicman wily's grandsons?(I'm not being negative I just thought I shared my opinions on this.)
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thesonicfan0 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I think it's because Wily could only time clone Robot Masters that he designed and built. The King Number RM are probably there because Wily designed them and built them but they joined King's rebellion and were upgraded.

This one is great, out of all the panels in Worlds Collide, this is my favorite, especially because it takes up two pages!
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rjmoore Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
Thanks for the theory but about the 9th batch of robot masters from ConcreteMan to Galaxyman,I'll say that Wily made copies of them and other robot masters Wily didn't designed/built.
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thesonicfan0 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Oh yeah, I forgot the MM9 Robot Masters were built by Dr. Light. Maybe it's just that Light put some sort of firewall into the first wave of Robot Masters that made it impossible to be copied by Wily.
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rjmoore Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
I also loved the way how you matched up heroes with the Robot masters like Sonic vs Quickman,Chargeman(with SlashMan),TurboMan(with MetalMan),and NitroMan,or Amy vs SplashWoman,AquaMan,and Pumpman.Even Blaze vs HeatMan,Pharaohman,Flameman,Burnerman,Magmaman,and Solarman.Out of all the matchups which one is your most favorate?
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hopeisnotdead Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great job! You did a really awesome job :D

But I would hate to be colorist for this picture :XD:
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Darrak95 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Let's see here...Lots of baddies...11 good guys as far as I can tell...

TAKING ALL BETS!
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SamCyberCat Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
Another really amazing piece! I think we (the audience) take for granted how much work goes into this kind of spread, but I certainly am thankfully for all of the hard work you do on comics.
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BenBates Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional
Well thank ya kindly! Something I think on often is how long it takes to draw something, and how fast its later read by the audience. A months worth of work, 20 minutes of entertainment. 

Hopefully though, the better the work is the more the reader returns to it!
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SamCyberCat Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
Well, I certainly keep coming to see more of the art. And my best friend has actually started reading the Sonic comics now because she enjoyed the crossover's art so much. :) She was one of the fans who stopped reading Archie years ago (pre-Ian's run on the book) because of the low quality art and stories, but she read the Mega Man comics and was pleasantly surprised to see how much Sonic had improved since she'd last looked at it. So all your hard work isn't going to waste, I'd say.
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superskeetospro Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Six days? That makes me feel a bit better about my art time, ha ha.

Seriously though, amazing amazing job, man. This turned out bee-U-Tiful.
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Xemera-Draws Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
great job!! defiantly one of my favorite parts of the arc!!
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BenBates Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional
Thanks! Out of the four issues I drew, this one is without a doubt is my top favorite. Actually, out of all the Sonic comics I've drawn this might be my top favorite.
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Xemera-Draws Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
yea, i love your style and your defiantly an inspiration of mine ^^ such a honor to have you reply to my comment!!
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Julie-su15 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome ^w^
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KillScreen94 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
This is so fantastic! First time I opened up the comic and saw this... O_O
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carriehowarth Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013   General Artist
OMG, there's so much going on in this it's going to take me an hour just to absorb it all!! AWESOME!!! :D
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MewyMarsher Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, now I've realized how much work was actually done to make this. ._.
I also just noticed that you put in Aquaman's rainbow up there in the corner.
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BenBates Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional
Yeah! Finding fun ways to have the characters personalities play out, rather than just a wall of bland "menance", was a blast! 
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SonicGurl82 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Student Artist
Some time.....I forget how many Sub Bosses there are in the Megaman series......now I know.....:iconwtfbbqplz:
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SamSonic Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
Six days, holy chao! You did such an amazing job though, it was worth it!
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mooncalfe Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
soooooo goooodd :omg:
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Tonythunder Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
Dayum Ben,you did a marvelous job on putting each and every bad guy into one huge pic here!! :clap:
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ianpotto Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
You blew away my expectations.  And I was already expecting something awesome.
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BenBates Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional
Yeah, thanks man! That whole issue had tons of fun things to draw! Lots of great ideas on your part.
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