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Cry in the Dark by glitcher Cry in the Dark by glitcher
This image is inspired by the events that unfolded in Sonic #239. As part of Eggman's twisted plot, Mecha Sally was sent to assassinate her brother Elias in Feral Forest. Fortunately, Sonic, Tails and Amy arrived to save the village and allow Elias, Meg and baby Alexis to escape. Only in this image, Eggman had sent Mecha Sally a little early for a night op, and this time there are no Team Fighters to stop her..... :o

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To be frank, this painting is more of an expression of my frustration with the Mecha Sally story arc. Ever since Sally was roboticized, Sonic's efforts to rescue her have been a tiresome and repetitive affair. In the past year, not once did it seem like he was close to getting her back. Mostly it was because Team Fighters never even had a plan to deroboticize her, and as much was stated in issue #246. But you know what the worst part is? Sally's personal experience as Eggman's roboticized slave was never addressed!


(WARNING! Rant to follow! You can skip to the last paragraph if you like...)


Ever since I had a discussion with TCH2 on my "Goodbye, Sally" pic, I've been wondering if Eggman would ever force Sally to kill. He did send Sally after Elias, but the sibling tension was always cut short by Sonic's intervention, and we never got to see if any remaining spark of Sally's soul would manifest at the crucial moment. The lack of any insight into Sally's mental state is what makes the story so frustrating. The only time Archie have even bothered to mention it is in an editorial reply in issue #240:

"Sally's inner turmoil due to her robotization is sorta hinted at here and there, but we haven't yet gotten a clear picture of what kind of struggle the poor princess is actually experiencing - it at all!"

And that, dear readers, is as close as Archie has ever come to addressing the topic: a reply to a concerned fan mail. Unbelievable. To make matters worse, Sally is often gone for months at a time while Sonic and friends are off saving God knows what. The last arc "Endangered Species" is one of the most pointless things I have read in the comic since Ian Flynn came on board. It felt like something that should be reserved for the defunct Knuckles spin-off, not another hurdle to delay Sonic from his mission.

These constant obstacles are a cynical attempt to draw out the chase and puts Sally further out of reach. In fact, the comic has been maddeningly ignorant in dealing with a lot of key characters. We still have no definitive status on Bunnie or the alleged death of Hershey, we don't know what's happening with Naugus' possession of Geoffrey, we have no idea how Antoine's recuperating, we haven't seen whether Dimitri can be a valuable source on Dark Legion intel. Heck, we haven't even seen much of Team Freedom either, which would at least give the comic some fresh material to show on the home front instead of another repetitive outing with Sonic. Many fans believe that Archie are cutting back on the SatAM cast, and I'm starting to agree given the infuriatingly dismissive attitude they're taking with the core cast. And with the Mega Man crossover coming up, it looks like only Sega's characters will be featured.

But getting back on topic, I had to do something to express my main concern over the point Archie has ignored the longest: Sally's "inner turmoil". It's imagery like this that I believe shows more tension than the entire Mecha Sally arc to date, and I wish Archie would take notes. More importantly, I wonder how this experience will affect her. Other deroboticized Mobians have lived on peacefully, but they were merely workers and not soldiers. Sally has been forced to hurt her friends and may yet kill, but what will happen after she's deroboticized? If she's anything like Uncle Chuck, she's probably aware of what's happening.
If you have any thoughts or wishes on Sally's presence of mind, write them in the comments. What's going to happen to her? :(


YOU CAN WATCH A PLAYBACK OF THIS PAINTING HERE.
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MinaWolf10 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Dude. Bless you. You reflect the feelings exactly of every long-time, true and aware Archie Sonic Comic fan out there. 
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Deviant258 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014
inner struggle
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speedademon Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
NO!!!! It's so sad!!!! Why you always do so sad draw??
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RaLLiCrossoverH2 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
Wasn't there a vid of this
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glitcher Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, here.
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EmilyBandicoot1234 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
this is awesome and scary
nice work  
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JustinGreene Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This! So much of this I was looking forward to. The buildup to getting her back, the turmoil she went through and more importantly Sally's emotional rebuilding after being derobotized. Now I'm going to rant abit.

This is, in fact, one of the casualties to the story not as may people realize. Everyone mostly focuses on the loss of a huge portion of the cast. But Ian had to rework the story to make the new requirements work. Anyone that's been reading the book for a number of years has seen that, especially since Ian started, the book revolves around the major events every 25 issues, both leading up to and afterwards. The lawsuit kinda through a wrench in that in this last pass on 250. They needed the extra time to rework everything and used Worlds Collide as a buffer. There is no reason to believe Sonic 250 was meant to fall right in the middle of a major crossover with no real significance and doesn't even focus on the book's history and achievements, much less the huge implication of Sally's possible/probable derobotization.

Even Ian admitted publicly that SU 50 was to be the Sonic Underground Epilogue, which has now been put on an indeterminate backburner. It's just another one of those issues I'm just going to have to let go and move on, and another reason to disdain a certain former writer.
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Megaloceros-Urhirsch Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I dont now about Sally and the Comics. i never read one, because this is all in english and thats not my language. And i never see in Switzerland a Sonic Comic to buy. :/
But this Pic is great and you draw very good her face!
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glitcher Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I used to live in Switzerland near Geneva many years ago. There's a small comic shop there called Paradoxe Perdue that sells American comics. As far as I know, a few issues have also been translated into French. Tu peux me parler en français si tu prefères. ;)
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Megaloceros-Urhirsch Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh really? I never se this Shop! D:
I see one Comic Shop, but not a Sonic Comic. >x<
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glitcher Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't even know if it's still around. I haven't been there in about fifteen years.
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Over4000 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
NO SALLY NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
NOOOO.exe has stopped working 
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Arandombeing Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014
Get me out of this stupid hunk of metal! "Negative."
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WayPastCool7 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
AWESOME!!!!omgrandomemote 
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Brseitz Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
Very well done. What program did you use to make this?
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glitcher Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
openCanvas 5.5. WisptheWispCat just asked me that a few posts below you.
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Nate8080 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
Death, death, death, death, death, DEATH! DEATH! DEATH! Also why do they sleep with the kid in the middle? GrowingApart.MOV
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glitcher Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Because they're a very loving family. :)
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TheUnacknowledged Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
But's it's careless. Have you heard of babies actually being harmed or even killed when they share a bed with a parent and they roll over onto the child by accident?
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glitcher Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Funnily enough, I just read a story about that today. Tragic stuff. Truthfully though, the reason I included Alexis in the bed was to increase the sense of dread of Mecha Sally killing the whole family.
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TheUnacknowledged Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
Yes, and it is a fine piece. Very dramatic and very heart-wrenching, well done. ^^
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WrittenandDrawn Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Gorgeous! I love it.
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fremenchips Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
From what I've read the last 6-12 months have all been effected behind the scenes by the Ken Pender's lawsuit and the removal of "his" characters. I think the Endangered Species arc was a halfway attempt of clearing some of his stuff up and when it became clear how much the removal of his characters would effect the current stories they just reset the whole universe again. Quite a pity as I think the stories from #221 on were very good and gave so exposure to many underused characters and fleshed them out greatly. All gone now.
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WisptheWispCat Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What program did you use?!
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glitcher Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Everything was painted in openCanvas 5.5.
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WisptheWispCat Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What's that?
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glitcher Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's the program I used to paint with. Roll Eyes 
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WisptheWispCat Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yah I know that I just never heard of it among all the other programs
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YgvantheShaper Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
:iconsallyacornplz: No...no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. Please...please don't make me do this...please... Elias? Elias wake up! Wake up! Please wake up and run. RUN! *sob* Please...run...
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YgvantheShaper Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Listening to How To Save A Life while viewing this.

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glitcher Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Fray song? I can't think of anything less fitting than pop rock to go with this pic. Personally, I find "Who Am I?" by Peace Orchestra fits this quite well. You should check out the YouTube playback I made with it.
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YgvantheShaper Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Well I think it sounds sad enough. :iconshrugplz: I wasn't really listening to the lyrics though.

Who Am I certainly fits though, sounds both sad a malicious at the same time. Just like how Sally should be feeling like in this type of situation.
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DeeJay1993 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
OK I really need to find this because i`m sad and interested about this. This is some deep stuff 
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glitcher Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mecha Sally's appearance is a long and controversial one. If you want to read about it, I would start with the Sonic: Genesis trade paperback.
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DeeJay1993 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
OK 
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CartoonFansArt Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks so sad... Being a robot that you can't control yourself, and being forced to hurt your loved ones... This really connects to what the real Sally would of been like inside if she was forced to kill them in her Mecha Sally form. This art piece looks epic, and shows a lot of emotion. 
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RaylaOpal Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AWW DEM FEELS! >_<
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