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Countdown to Chaos by BenBates Countdown to Chaos by BenBates
Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog issues 253-256

This turned out to be way more work than I had anticipated. I pitched the idea of the four connecting covers and did a quick thumb showing the character placements and issue breaks, but for story purposes (if I recall correctly) characters needed switching around. I was busy working on the last issues of the 'Worlds Collide' crossover and I mistakenly thought "Ah, thats ok. I'll draw one cover at a time and make changes as I go."

Massive mistake. I now know for an image like this, it is in my interest to first make sure any changed elements are plotted out perfectly in the thumb, and then to draw the entire image at one time. I would complete one cover, and then weeks later draw the next one down the line. Forgetting whatever I had done and trying to match up special effects. Terrible working process. To make matters worse, my computer died near the end...

Because of the time frame and the multiple computers it spread out on, I don't have all the correct images in one place. This is pieced together with slightly out of sync jpegs so you can find some areas that are screwed up. I'm pretty sure I went through and fixed everything at some point to look perfect, or near perfect, if I find those files I reupload but in the meantime this one's probably 90%.

What a blast though! All those :iconryanjampole: designs were so much fun to draw. I think he knocked it out of the park.

Oh yeah, did you guys notice Cheese? Out of all these heroes, he's actually the one who is about to take Eggman down.
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Blackwind06 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
it was a cool cover for four comics too bad the comic themselves are no fun anymore 
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BenBates Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional
Yeah, I'm with ya. I really enjoyed the first 25 issues or so, back when it was a laugh and didn't take itself so seriously, but its all been downhill ever since.
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Blackwind06 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
yeah and even the sonic universe is starting to get boring
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pkstarstorm1up Featured By Owner 1 day ago
I'm just angry about the "reboot".
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Blackwind06 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah same here the storyline and artwork is so cheesy 
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pkstarstorm1up Featured By Owner 1 day ago
I'm angry because they think they can just erase people from existence and expect the fans and remaining characters to go on like everything's alright without them.  That's scumbagish.
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Blackwind06 Featured By Owner 19 hours ago  Student Traditional Artist
You got that right 
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sonicboom44 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
This is amazing and the comics are fun to read too.
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MeowsScourgeARTZ152 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014   General Artist
Eggman: Evil Hug?!
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aidanckelly Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
It looks like Cheese is the one shooting the lasers. :D
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