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Off Panels: Sonic Universe #41-44 (Secret Freedom) by jongraywb Off Panels: Sonic Universe #41-44 (Secret Freedom) by jongraywb
Masterfully and beautifully colored by the greatest gal pal, Aleah Baker: :iconkureejiilea: Go to her deviantart site and tell her how awesome she is. GO ON. DO IT! HURRY UP!!! :D

The third batch of Off Panels I drew for Archie Comic's Sonic Universe. This time for the "Secret Freedom Fighters" storyarc starring SEGA's Babylon Rogues. Again, it's interesting seeing the pencils side by side with the finished product, but this time there's a few things of note. While Gary Martin did the inks on the first two strips, I went back and re-drew the inks for the last two strips (uncredited in the books): "Handsome Naugus" and "Who's Dead Last".

We'll get to Handsome Naugus in a bit. ;)

The first strip is why I'd requested to try my hand at doing the inks myself for the OP's because I felt like a lot of details in the pencils were getting lost in transition and it wasn't fair to Aleah to try to decipher stuff. I dunno if its just because I'm nitpicky or whatever, but I was already inking the lettering so it wouldn't get dropped out so I guess in my head that made sense? Anyway, that first one was VERY visual as you can see, requiring you to follow the path of Shard's arms as they destroyed the Strip #1 --

-- which leads directly into Larry fixing the "Under Construction Off Panel" in Strip #2. CONTINUITY!!! :)

Strip #3, "Handsome Naugus" might be my favorite OP of all time simply because I didn't intend for him to be half-naked. I didn't even know if I was gonna get away with drawing that cuz Ian never actually noted clothing in the script. Aleah colored it that way cuz that's how it looked, but really I was only drawing really form fitting clothes on him. Hence the laced sleeve at the end of his arm. Somehow, that miscolor managed to make it in, and IMHO, make it a zillion times funnier. So there ya go. LOL! (Also, yes -- the first thing that popped into my mind when I read the script was "Handsome Squidward". I couldn't resist.)

Strip #4 was me trying to experiment with layout in a more extreme sense from Strip #3 since that one was very text heavy. I concentrated everything on the bottom and I think it worked minus one thing I didn't catch. ...I forgot to draw the white parts of Eggman's boots. Oh well. Can't win 'em all. I did love drawing Cubot and Orbot and, yes, Silver and Shard being there was a direct callback to Strip #2. Again, CONTINUITY!!! :)
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osundu Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my God!! I love theses off-panels in the Secret Freedom Fighters' arc!! And the Pun Squad (Silver, Shard and Larry), HELL YEAH!!!
And Handsome Naugus really reminds me of Squidward's handsome face after being smashed by Spongebob with a steel door! XD
TheMrGeek Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014
These are so much weirder without the words
IcyGirl337 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
t-T-T-The -T-T-Third....P-P-P-Panel...
Spencerpootis320 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
Shard's Face in the second one.....XD
FerbFletcher1234 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Student Artist
Shard: They don't pay me enough to do this job XD
KMTwiddley-Wings Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist



JCSStudio Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
HOO HOO! XDDD :giggle:
FritzyBeat Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
He is quite the handsome handsome Naugus isn't he? :dummy:
IanFlynnBKC Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
Handsome. NAUGUS.
SamCyberCat Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
And then Handsome Naugus became the stuff of legends. :D
SonicKnight007 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist
You Monster!!!
I went to sleep crying that night!!
So many Nightmares....
SorcererLance Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Student Filmographer
I can practically imagine myself in the inker's position seeing your pencils and figuring how much work was going to be put in XP

Also hilarious little tidbit on the miscoloration on Handsome Naugus X3 Honestly, I would've also stayed with the "in the buff" look myself for the sake of comedy.
gammarallyson Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
I'm down for some "Handsome Time!"
ShiloT Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh man I never saw the Handsome Nagus one... That is terrifying. Yknow what sucks? A lot of the off panel pages were dropped from the Archie App versions of the comics so I haven't seen a lot of these... I do get the actual comics, but the collector in me keeps them all pristine and I don't even read them I just bag n box em. ^^; Must remember to at least look at the comics now and not just rely on the App.... >.>
Togekisser Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student General Artist
I died laughing when I saw Handsome Naugus on the comic page. Thank you all three.
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