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Sonic the Comic designs- commission by BenBates Sonic the Comic designs- commission by BenBates
:iconthekkm: asked for these fun, super sketchy commissions of 'Sonic the Comic' characters. 

Turns out the Brits also did a comic based on the Sonic games in the early 90's. Its packed with just as many goofy characters and is as off course as all the American attempts to adapt the property.

I've never read any European comics until a few years ago when my good pal Dustin Weaver introduced me to them. It was around that same time when I started working on Archie's Sonic comics and I stumbled across 'Sonic the Comic'  while doing research. The wonderful thing I discovered about many European comics, and it holds true with Sonic the Comic, is the attention and dedication to crafting environments. The first few pages I saw were a battle between Sonic and Metal Sonic, really killer looking stuff! This blog has those pages and more- nemo-incognito.livejournal.com…
That Knuckles and Sonic battle is great too!

Anyway, they needed to craft their own characters and this is some of them-

Tekno the canary- I really liked the way Carl Flint drew her (shapes, its all about shapes!), but it seems like an important part of her design is to cover one eye. Her earrings are great because they don't adhere to reality, which cartoons like these never should. They appear to simply float on the side of her head. Imaginative and fun. 
It reminds me of the intro to Sonic Unleashed, and possibly the first time we've ever been shown how Sonic "carries" the Chaos Emeralds. Man, I loved it!!! 
Way to go European designers, you're ahead of the curve with Tekno. (Also, they've refrained from giving her "hair"!)


Shortfuse- I don't like the way anyone drew this character. I also don't like the concept, here or in the american interpretations. Changing characters into badass robot versions of themselves is too generic of a concept to me. Its trying too hard to be "cool". I'm partial to how Eggman's robots work and look in the games, especially the games when this character would presumably have been created. 

Amy Rose- From what I gather she changed outfits regularly in the series and was a sharpshooter. :iconthekkm: has some drawings he's done himself where I lifted the gun concept from.

Grimer- What a weirdo! He's an assistant to Dr. Eggman. I do like his color scheme and Tezuka style hair, but I think its a huge downer how he's so generically 'evil scientist' with the white lab coat and all. I'm super glad Eggman didn't fall into that design trap. 
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KACItheCAT Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Tekno kinda reminds me of Bulma a little lol
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DoNotDelete Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014   Digital Artist
I was a follower of the Fleetway comics and remember all of these characters well, though I don't remember Amy ever wearing that particular getup. Often she'd wear something reminiscent of a kilt (or at least something in plaid) - honestly I don't think that was a good choice for her.

The observation regarding Tekno's earrings is interesting - I don't think I consciously picked up on that irregularity when I was following the comics back in the day. Shortfuse was an interesting character too (up to a point).
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kidknux Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014
I love these designs! Shortfuse especially looks cool, he seems a lot more expressive the way you've drawn him, and the colors really make his design interesting... the hazard lines are really clever, too! He looks like he's been roboticized, rather than the animal core style of his becoming-a-robot backstory. Tekno and Amy are both adorable, too! I love the little slit in Amy's skirt for her tail and her boots (not to mention her hair- I've always loved how it looks it StC) and I like that Tekno's earrings are Power Rings! (Gosh, it's no wonder you work for Archie, your art and designs are amazing..! I can't wait to see more of your work~)
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sonamyluv123 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Wow nice drawings of the Sonic the Comic characters really well drawned out and knowing your opinion on them i really agree with the characters desings especially Amy's her outfit is so cute and surprise to hear that she was a sharpshooter but still amazing, i didn't knew aboutthis,first time hearing about it since i always heard of the Archie Comics - -'''but anyways good work onthis :icononioncleanplz:
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dragonmon24 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
shortfuse reminds of a mix between metabee from medabots and momotaros from kamen rider den-o
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Pokemon2006 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
I read sonic the comic before and again I didn`t because I was just reading them for fun so I won`t know any plot or characters beside dr. Ivo Kintobor and evil super sonic I know recently they did a comic based off of sonic generations but it was a more sonic met shadow thing not our time is in trouble let work together kind of story but I do love the way you  drew them wish you draw crazy super sonic.
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Plaits Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
Haha, fantastic effort with Grimer there! Grimer has to be one of the most unSega-style characters ever to appear in any officially licensed material and, you know, I think this may be the only attempt I've seen to Sega-fy him at all. He'll never look like a Sonic character, but this is still a really cool rendition and I like how changing his proportions has really emphasised the black in his colour scheme, and how his red eyes stand out.

I'm surprised you think Grimer looks like a generic evil scientist, though. I mean, he's very obviously an Igor-style design (he is a Mad Doctor's Assistant, after all), but I think his hyper-expressive, angular, pop-eyed face and the weird details of his design (spidery hair, vaguely camp bowtie and frilly shirt, completely unexplained metal backpack/breathing apparatus thing) make him really unique. There were a few other characters like him (all designed by Richard Elson) and as a kid I really thought they contributed a lot to StC's weird aesthetic.

Anyway, it's so cool to see the very 90s StC characters in a modern Sega/Archie style! Great work!
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lunais20percentcool Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
Could you upload Shortfuse separately? I like how you drew him
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EricTheWhitelion Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
I was wondering If you can make the same thing like this Amazing picture, but with 5 characters posing 

Sally's Redesign with her Energy blades

Bunnie's Redesign 

Antoine's Redesign hold his sword 

Rotor Redesign with his Omitool 

Julian Robotnik Prime

If you have enough Free time, if it's ok with you 
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Hobowithahotdog Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Nice, could you do other redesigns of other sonic characters?
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