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Mr. Needlemouse in 'Cavalcade to Chaos!' by jongraywb Mr. Needlemouse in 'Cavalcade to Chaos!' by jongraywb
(Alright, let's see if I can finally upload this correctly...)

Originally printed as the top header picture for Sonic Super Special #10 and then spiraled wildly out of control.

So this one was hella fun! Originally, Vin (the assistant editor) asked me what I'd wanted to do for this issues header. I'd mentioned always wanting to reinterpret the cast of the Sonic comics as black and white cartoon characters. He'd asked me to draw the Freedom Fighters.

...I did and then I sorta kinda didn't wanna stop. Now I want to do a second wave to tackle any characters not featured here in addition to a possible side project Mike Pellerito (President) wants me to tackle for Archie. So yeah, this one went nuts and because of it I'm havin' lots of fun!

Each character was designed using stylistic elements found only in old black & white cartoons. Characters featured are:

* Sonic! AKA Mr. Needlemouse - Obviously based on Mickey Mouse in design
* Tails! - Mickey Mouse shorts
* Knuckles! - Fightin' stovepipe hat hobo!
* Amy Rose, Cream the Rabbit, and Cheese the Chao! - Flapper Girl, Oswald ears
* Uncle Chuck! - Dapper fellow with a cane and a bowler hat
* Princess Sally! - She's happy now that she's be Unclockworkicized! Compare her pose with Nicole's
* Antoine & Bunnie! - Happily married couple, Bunnie has square Oswald ears to differentiate her from Cream and Vanilla
* Boomer! - Chubby newsie type walrus mechanic
* Nicole the Clockwork-Lynx! - She's a wind-up girl
* King Acorn - He's written in Tim Curry's old voice now. I based his design off King Blozo from Popeye/Thimble Theater
* Vanilla the Rabbit - Classy rabbit lady. Doesn't she look motherly? The carrot on her umbrella even has eyes
* Shadow AKA Mr. Grumpymouse! - His precious Maria was tied to a railroad track so now he threatens to close down the orphanage!
* Rouge! - Sultry Femme Fatale Bat lady!
* E-123 Omega! - That's one angry trashcan!
* Vector! - He's in his old design, but instead of listening to music, he's just really, really cold.
* Espio and Charmy! - Did they even have Ninja's in black/white cartoons? Espio's too stoic for artistic interpretation (also, "Japanese" tropes from that era are really racist lol) and Charmy's an annoyance no matter what the time period.
* Mighty and Ray! - Obviously based on Popeye. Ray is his precocious second in command!
* Blaze and Marine! - The polar opposite of Amy and Cream. Blaze is a conservative flapper girl, while Marine is a rough and tumble lady pirate!
* Silver! - This poindexter is always trying to bend spoons with his mind.
* Bean, Bark, and Nack - This gang of Hooligans are nothing but troublemakers! (Also, Bean is wall-eyed AND pie-eyed.)
* Thrash! - Fightin' stovepipe hat hobo
* Professor Eggman and his sidekick, Snivvles - Based off of Pajama Eggman of course.
* Naugus the Goblin King - Devilish little claw-handed imp!

Hope you enjoyed it! I'd upload these so that they're a bit larger but it wont seem that DevArt will let me. Oh well.
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Critique by AssassinsCreedgamer AssassinsCreedgamer/critique/902059103">Jan 15, 2014, 12:34:42 PM
.....Whelp, Dubs, you've done it again. You made me love your art even more than I already do. The characters look fantastic, the mix of black and white cartoons and Sonic the Hedgehog makes them all really stand out, and the characters you mixed really fit together. Especially Omega the walking Trashcan. xD The only thing I miss is a Phantom Blot-like character, but what the heck.
Drawing Style is superb, the inking is clean and exceptionally done, and all in all, I really see no errors in your wacky, awesome drawing.
I bow before thee, King of Nerbs and tip my hat, I have nothing more to say. Now excuse me, I'll have to keep looking and praising this little piece of art some more.
5 Stars man. Keep up the excellent work!

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Critique by ShadyWinters ShadyWinters/critique/991251272">Jul 23, 2014, 8:33:43 PM
This is simply amazing, I'm a sucker for the classics. And this my friend is by far the best classic crossover I have ever seen. Two of my favorite things wrapped up into one, Mickey Mouse classic cartoons and the Sonic characters. I am simply ecstatic at this wonderous piece, and I love it. The originality is 100%. Sure I have seen other versions of classic Disney versions of the Sonic characters, but this definitely takes the #1 spot. The only minor downfall would have to be Shadow as a villian. True, he may have the aspect of a villian, but he's not completely bad. But I still find the villian persona here kind of cute and there for a good laugh. 2 thumbs up!
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VinentVanRipperdactl Featured By Owner May 7, 2017
Damn, after seeing this, I almost can't stop thinking about a classic early 20th century animated Cartoon with Sonic, Tails, Knux and co. It'd be perfect. 
Fansyboots Featured By Owner May 2, 2017
If the games had this art style, one of Engman’s battle themes would probably sound like this.
grayscalerain Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2017  Student Digital Artist
I remember this from twitter, ages ago!  Also, I didn't know you had a dA, Dub.
WolfOfTheEarth Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Noice :3
dbkit Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These are devastatingly amazing.
JessicaMalanowski03 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome. I love the old timey versions of the Sonic characters. They all look great. :)
SonicFanGirl321 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Now I want to do more characters in this style, if you'll let me. :D
Dischu Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2017  Student Artist
This is simply the most amazing thing I have seen from the Sonic fan base in such a long time
countdarkmire Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2016
Forget Sonic! I want to see the adventures of Mighty and Ray! (I really like Popeye...)
ArtistDetective Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2016  Student General Artist
This looks so cool. :meow:
T3ragram Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016  Student General Artist
This is the cutest thing I've seen today <3
RiverStationStudios Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2016  Student Filmographer
I'd watch it if it was a cartoon XD
BMLulu Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
These are super creative and cute! I haven't gotten to play many Sonic games, but I always liked the retro-throwback funny animal designs of the series.
modernsonic1223 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
sonicwe23 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2016  Student Artisan Crafter
Cool old school
ReaverPan Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
CHCHcartoons Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2016
Wow! This is amazing. I love this retro style. 

Wish Scratch, Grounder, and Coconuts were in this. They could be the 3 Stooges.

Scratch: Moe

Coconuts: Larry

Grounder: Curly

All in all, nice job. Way past cool.
SonicFanGirl321 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL That'd be neat!
ToastyBrain Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well if you get a second set made (if you haven't already, that is) I would like to suggest Honey the Cat. :3
Mafon Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2016
Wonderful stylization.
FerbFletcher1234 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2016  Student Artist
CutieSweetCakes Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i can just hear shadow going "curses!" ( ̄∀ ̄)
LumenBlurb Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SCIFIJACKRABBIT Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016  Student Artist
I adore this so much :heart:
Psychoscissor Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Great, yet another thing that's made the list of amazing things I want to see animated XD
kyrtuck Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is such an awesome idea!  Yay!
6t76t Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I wonder what the Babylon Rogues would be portrayed in that era. I'm thinking they would mostly be competitive race car drivers and/or bank robbers. Knowing what their heritage is based off of, I think their heritage would be treated just as well as Espio's heritage(if you know what I mean).
jeffroell8 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016
You just had to go there, didn't you?
lanternjoe Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015
Good stuff, good stuff. Wondering who'd get rotoscoped over Cab Calloway.
26qq308 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015
Ya know-I know this is, like, my second post-but I REALLY think Vector's design for this is really clever! Because they didn't have 'walkman' or any other portable music players at the time, so switching them out for earmuffs is cool-lol bad pun. AND the whole 'him being really cold' thing is clever because Crocodiles(or Alligators, whatever he is) are cold blooded.
26qq308 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015
This looks so fun and charming! XD
Red-The-Mink Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This sure looks like it came straight from the '20s!
neigma Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015  Student General Artist
Oh my God, it's like SEGA and classic Disney had a baby!

...I love it.
wolverine959 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 14, 2015
Hilarious! Laughing But where's Espio's horn? (I mean the actual horn that he has on his face.)
CodyTheFastestFox Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2016  Student Artist
*Look At Espio* He's So Gonna Scream If He Saw This.
wolverine959 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2016
Probably. XD
CodyTheFastestFox Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2016  Student Artist
Cody The Fox (Me As My Sonic OC): Oh, Espio! Look! It's a Black And White Version Of You!

Espio: I'm Coming! You Don't Have To Shou- WHAT THE!?!? WHERE'S MY HORN!!!!

Black & White Tooned Espio: *Touch Espio's Horn Then His* ?

Black & White Tooned Cody: *Wave At Cody*

Cody The Fox: Aww! I'm Adorable! ^^
wolverine959 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2016
Alright, then. XD
CodyTheFastestFox Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2016  Student Artist
*Look At Rouge Then Whisper To You* Did You Ever Notice That Black & White Tooned Rouge Remind Me Of Jessica Rabbit And Minnie The Moocher (Well, Not Much Like Her.)
wolverine959 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2016
Oh yeah, she kinda does. :|
gamerjohn022691 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
There's three others that are missing: Mr. Chicken, Mr. Drill, and Mr. Monkey.
Mrs. Angel is also absent.
gamerjohn022691 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Don't forget the Bear Brothers, Vicious Amazon, Alien Prince and Amoeba, Ma' Eggman, Wes the Weasel, Lady Needlemouse, Kid Needlemouse, Wolf 1 and Wolf 2, Flower Girl, Round Robot and Square Robot, Boomer Badger, Gizmomouse, Spooky Duo, Spooky Princess, Earth Chip, and Chris the Human.
Also, Sticky Bunny, Brainy Pig, and Canary Chick.
redbuttercup1 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015  Student Artist
They look like Micky mouse.
Dracold Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Shadow has a cape and a mustache?


And Omega is a trashcan :D

Sorry for just stating the obvious. But it made my day. Even though it is rather OOC. But it's charming how all the design for the characters looks so... kind-hearted.
FlameWhirlwind176 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh god, this is hilarious XD
BlueTarte Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2015
Awsome !
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