I couldn't help but paint this after reading about Sally's fate in issue #230. As a fan of the character since watching the show as a kid, seeing her sacrifice herself to become one of Eggman's mindless robotic drones was the single most heartbreaking thing I've seen in a comic. Believe me, I was genuinely upset about it over the next few days, and I could relate to how the characters felt in issue #235. There are moments in the aftermath that were difficult to read, because seeing Sally helplessly serve Eggman and allow herself to be further mechanized was very sad for such a strong-willed and beloved character. In a sense, being roboticized is a fate is worse than death; at least death would be final and have some dignity in it. Being roboticized not only robs Sally of that, but is devastating to the people that care about her. I don't know whether I should hope that there's still a glimmer of her original self still present, because it may be better to spare her the horror of what she has to live through....
Although we don't witness the exact moment in the comic, this illustration depicts Sally's last moments of free will as she is being roboticized and her final thought of love for Sonic.
Goodbye, Sally. We'll miss you.
YOU CAN WATCH A VIDEO PLAYBACK OF THIS PAINTING HERE.
EDIT: A Daily Deviation at last! Now I am one step closer in my quest for immortality. Soon you shall all worship me.... as a GOD!!
in one year, Archie (or Sega forced them) killed/erased/conveniently removed all the characters not being the core videogame characters. The ones who added a lot of charm to the comics: Antoine, Sally, Bunny, Nicole and so on.
To summarize : Satam.
Well, the truth is, they might be why I loved that little comics. They allowed Sonic to have more stories than simply running. Theses characters was well written archetypes. I loved Antoine and Bunny was a couple, how Sally was a role-model and a strong leader, Nicole evolving and being the best if a little unsecured friend to Sally, how it allows drama to Sonic than simply the wannabe-lover/stalker Amy Rose (with sega, she is only a a bland pink derivative of the blue male hero).
In a way, it allowed the comics to be a "furry" comics and not simply a videogame by-product. It had action and drama. It was of course a kid comics but I liked the stories with all these colorful characters with their own goals and stuffs. For example the way Fiona was "evil" by choice, not simply "being evil", there were some nice ideas sometimes.
It seems Sega needed the comics to be now all about the video game and the core franchise characters. And I do think Sonic, Tails, Amy (even Rouge and Knuckles) are too limited and boring characters to sustain a comics. Sega was never a good writer with the sonic franchise (even with Sonic Adventures). Archie had editorial freedom with the satam cast to build upon the old cartoons and to add depth to them. Of course there were conflict among writers, copyright stuff and so on, nothing is perfect, but some parts were pretty nice.
The truth is, I was more an satam fan than a Sonic video game one. The common trope of "let the powerful female be sacrificed/unpowered/(mentally) raped and not able to fight anymore" (Sally) just broke my heart. It reminded me how it is common in pop culture/comics.
And so, I stopped a few comics after. Drama can be interesting, but seeing Antoine in coma, Nicole and Bunny being broke, just to push them aside for now one year and more, maybe forever..., not fun, man, not fun.
- When I say "stopped", I mean I stopped to buy them and I just read reviews and previews on sonic fansite from time to time, just to see what it becomes. Again I found the characters around Silver more interesting than Silver himself... (and better designed) Sonic vs Megaman non-stop action is not interesting enough. Even Sonic Universe is focused on sonic now.
You explain your case eloquently. I agree with you regarding the Sega-oriented direction the comics are taking and I've made my fair share of complaints regarding the lack of drama and downsized cast. I'm under no illusion that the story is in a rut, especially with the God-awful Endangered Species arc that was probably affected by Ken Penders' lawsuit. So far the build-up and subsequent crossover with Mega Man has left me underwhelmed, but it's worth noting that the SatAM characters aren't definitively killed off and will probably return once the crossover is finished. If Archie brings back the core Freedom Fighters, would you return to reading the comics then?
"Endangered Species arc that was probably affected by Ken Penders"
yes, and it's a shame. I understand all the situation, the politics, the copyright and all. Artists' right in time of change with Internet is a huge debate and it matters. Still, when I saw a whole lore, characters, background families for Knuckles (adding him depth, heart, stories), it burned me. And I think it's quite violent for kids reading that. No blood whatever, but it's mass-erasing.
Beside, I liked the design they made for these echidna (for example Lara-Su and her glasses, or Lien-da and her sneaky "femme-fatale" vibe, a pretty conflicted character mostly always siding for herself when she had opportunities for better). It was efficient character-design. A few lines, some colors, and voila! a character easy to understand its core personality. I'm not an artist, but I found them efficient.
- "it's worth noting that the SatAM characters aren't definitively killed off "
True, Ian was smart. They are not killed. At first I thought it was good writing (Antoine mostly knowing his fate, Bunny surely having to do what she shouldn't do: to be cyberized). But it was obvious after, it was the best he could do to please Sega without destroying them.
- " If Archie brings back the core Freedom Fighters, would you return to reading the comics then?"
I do think. It was also a "spirit".
The comics had a lot of different writers, some silly/kiddy periods , up and downs. Too bad, I thought they had a pretty good balance before dropping all. An other issue I commented a lot: I think a character as Sally Acorn is needed for children, specially girls : a role model with equal footing to any male hero, in what some people thinks is a "boy franchise".
So yes, of course I could return. I still watch from time to time what people says about it. I still need a cute furry drama in my library
I believe Ian Flynn thinks it's needed too, because in the same period, appeared that : [link] I don't believe in coincidence
Huh, I had no idea Flynn and Best were off on their own wee project. It seems to have gotten plenty of support - a lot more than the funding they required. I'll have to keep an eye on this in future.
I don't know if this is Flynn's attempt to break away from Archie stifling his creativity. I think it may have a lot to do with him being overstretched between being the sole writer for both the Sonic and Mega Man franchise, and now this shows up. It seems to me that he isn't giving his full concentration to the development of one particular story when he's working on several at once. I've said this before, but Archie needs new writers. If anything, it will add a new perspective to the Sonic comics and perhaps explore new avenues that Flynn wouldn't have thought about. I've tried to persuade Dan Drazen to take up the mantle, but he said this:
As to why I'm not working for Archie myself, quite simply I never applied to write there, having decided that I wasn't about to quit my day job. And given the crappy treatment they dished out to their creatives including Dan DeCarlo and even Ken Penders, I simply don't want to work for such a company. If I have to sign away my creative output to Archie and couldn't even work on anything simply for my personal pleasure (e.g., My Little Pony fanfics), then who needs 'em. I haven't kept my feelings secret on this score, so it's a safe bet that the pinheads in Editorial know what kind of team player I'd be.
I'm sure some of this is exaggeration. If Archie forbade their writers from working on personal projects, Flynn wouldn't be pushing ahead his own comic just now. But for whatever reason, the writing of the comic is stagnating and someone needs to step in to do something about it. If not Drazen, then someone else.
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(Etsy and Storenvy)
and commissions, I
can finally announce
that I'm getting
married and I need
to save as much as
possible for the big
day, July 27th.
before anyone asks,
the wedding is not
been planning it for
a long time...
Sorry, I can't
believe it's been so
long since I've done
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it's about your
with your favourite
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FIRSTLY: thank you
so much for all your
kind birthday wishes
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to the first part of
would like to
address something I
have been seeing as
of late here and on
other sites. Artists
who are asking if
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so, how much should
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