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Sonic 233 by BenBates Sonic 233 by BenBates
Hey I haven't loaded up anything Sonic related in some time and I just stumbled across this today.

I initially struggled to come up with an exciting concept for this cover, and kept trying to rack my brain to make a trial exciting looking before my good friend and artistic rival Ben Dewey of Tragedy series fame started suggesting joke ideas to me. He doodled up some silly looking giant Sonic sticking his tongue out and waving the scales of Justice around and it suddenly clicked. I don't think I scanned his doodle but I should have. The main thing you need to know is that he occasionally draws Sonic for my amusement and in every drawing he is always sticking his tongue out.

In Sonic... 223 (I think), I penciled a scene where Geoffrey says something about Hershey being dead and it was still unresolved by the time this cover came around (and may still be unresolved?) so I had her prominently displayed to push that button.
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:icondarkdoomer:
darkdoomer Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
i have no idea what would have brought Sonic and a poor skunk person into a trial, but i already feel bad for him.
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BenBates Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Professional
Sonic is suing him for being a stinker. He's left behind the action and adventure of his youth and now deals with his problems in court. Possible the best courtroom drama comic on the market. 
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darkdoomer Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
that's arguable but i guess that's a good enough reason.
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ShannonAllAround Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
I never got to read an issue with Hershey in it, she seemed so sweet and the perfect person to mellow out Sir Geoffrey. I hope she turns up sometime now that we've had the reboot. 
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ShadowEspioFan1 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Student General Artist
She was made by ken penders but due to The lawsuit that he made she may or may not return to the comics and i agree with you she was sweet but writing happens and there's nothing we can change about it but i respect you opinion Hershey cat FTW
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ShannonAllAround Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
:) 
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ShadowEspioFan1 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Student General Artist
Well I'll tell you something I will bring Hershey back in my comic series just you wait and see
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lefteri001 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
This was my first issue, and damn was it confusing. It was still pretty awesome even though I had no idea what was going on! :D
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DARKZADARPRIME Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
very nice !
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NitroactiveStudios Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looking back at this issue, it makes me depressed that we haven't found out what happened to Hershey yet. Seeing the setup in this issue as well as some stuff in SU #37 and STH #237-#238, it resulted in a hugely disappointing mess that could have been something more. This whole thing with Hershey that started in STH #219 is getting to be a real pain now. So Ben, I must ask this: do you know if we'll get some sort of resolution to Hershey's fate? If so, then do you know when? (could it be STH #254 or later?) I tried asking Ian on ~ianpotto, but he didn't answer at all. So, do you know anything, or could you ask him when you get the chance?
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BenBates Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Professional
Ah man, I should totally level with you. I don't actually know who the character Hershey is. When Geoffrey was talking about her being dead in issue 223 I was just winging it and expected it to work itself out. I figured if I was going to have to draw her I'd learn about her when the time came. But it never did!
When I did this cover I was just randomly digging around for history on Geoffrey the Skunk and I'm a little embarrassed to say, I saw a cat girl that would be fun to draw and only later learned it was Hershey! 
 
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Froexd Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
Very awesome.
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Pikxiiv Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing!
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sandy3697 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
The girl on the bottom left....is that...is that Hershey?
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:iconhersheyfan1995:
HersheyFan1995 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
Yes. She doesn't really appear in that issue though.
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:iconthelordofallgames:
TheLordofAllGames Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
That's awesome! Issue 233 was one of the first issues I read and is still one of my favorites, very nice work!
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Myly14 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
hfsjlakgfgjdks AMAZING
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Sonicknuckles500 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
I was just reading this issue 2 minutes ago :D
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Drewmaru Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
Awesome! Time to upload that Sonic Legacy 3 cover, now! :D
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SamCyberCat Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
Considering how busy the cover is, I think you did a really brilliant job with it. But then your work never fails to impress me. :D Looking forward to seeing more of your upcoming Sonic and My Little Pony stuff.
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vaporotem Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Still one of my fav covers from the past years :'D
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mooncalfe Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
very cool!! love the composition, and i love the faded-out linework on some of the characters, really cool effect.
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Mavrickindigo Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
She's either dead or it will never be resolved, because now Archie is no longer using Penders characters
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NitroactiveStudios Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well my friend ~TheShadowEmperor said she can't be dead because of the setup in STH #233. I guess we'll never know, unless if something like this happens after Geoffrey's very likely death:

Sonic: You know, come to think of the trial, your former apprentice did say he never found the body of her wife. So maybe she can still be alive!
Ixis Naugus: I wouldn't be so sure of that. Why's that you ask? She's really dead after all. Because *insert cause of death here*
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Mavrickindigo Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
She's probably dead because Penderpocalypse
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CoralSnake Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013   Traditional Artist
this is seriously one of my all time favorite covers... when I saw it I just.... wanted to read Sonic comics and draw comics and I LOVE YOU :heart: *u*
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KillScreen94 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
I've always really loved this cover. The whole scales of justice thing was a marvelous idea! :D
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:icontiq27:
TIQ27 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
This is still my favorite cover.
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Taurustiger86 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
Who's the cat character in the bottom left corner?
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Golden-Anchor Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013   General Artist
Hershey
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:icontaurustiger86:
Taurustiger86 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
ok thanks for telling me.
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oldmanwinters Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
You did some fantastic work on those post-Genesis covers! I never did understand what Hershey was supposed to be doing but "pushing the button" makes sense!

That was a good issue too.
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4xEyes1987 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Professional Artist
I wonder if Hershey's really dead...
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:iconmavrickindigo:
Mavrickindigo Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
probably now that she can never be used again
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KristianTheTiragon Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
.......


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SorcererLance Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Student Filmographer
huh, y'know... I never noticed Kodos down there in the bottom corner... either way, awesome work :3
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WaniRamirez Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!
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TheTodStar Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
With the way things are seeming with the Sonic comics these days, I'm starting to think the mystery of Hershey's death may remain unresolved...
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Mavrickindigo Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
she's dead, Jim.
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xLiquidSilverx Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
cool!
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