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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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MeowsScourgeARTZ152 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014   General Artist
Eggman: Evil Hug?!
aidanckelly Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
It looks like Cheese is the one shooting the lasers. :D
soundestguitar Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014
So awesome!
WildKnight215 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
My God...that Blue Furred douche is everywhere.
HeartinaThePony Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Catchintherift Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Student Filmographer
Amazing work Ben as always. Absolutely love this set of comic covers. It is really cool to see it as one panel. 
Dark-Coco Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
This is so amazing! :D I can see you put in a lot of time to work on this, and it looks wonderful! Great job!
TechnorganicSoul Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Zeo-Fawx Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
One of the best multi covers I've seen. And unlike some of my friends, I'm ok with the new designs. I especially like how Sally kept the energy blades. And love Nicole's new style. I look to the reboot with hope. Thank you for your amazing designs.
JupiterTheHedgehog22 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sooooooo cooolll! insta-fav! :iconiloveitplz:
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