Masterfully and beautifully colored by the greatest gal pal, Aleah Baker:
Go to her deviantart site and tell her how awesome she is. GO ON. DO IT! HURRY UP!!!
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!!!