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Off Panels: Sonic the Hedgehog #229-232 by jongraywb Off Panels: Sonic the Hedgehog #229-232 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

So here we go. The very first set of off panels that I drew for Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog comics.

It's interesting seeing the pencils side by side with the finished product. Gary Martin did the inks on this (I didn't start doing my own inks on the strips until much later).

My favorite is probably the Tails Doll one for obvious reasons. :) For whatever reason, the lettering was not inked in on these and, after begging and pleading and sobbing like a baby, the sound effects for the Tails Doll strips were added back in graciously by Aleah. If you're not familiar with Tails Doll and why he makes that "SCHLURPY" sound effect all the time then obviously you never hung around one of my old favorite haunts: the GHZ.

It was quite the Sonic site with cool peoples whom I still chat with on and off to this day. If any are reading this, hey guys. My only regret is a noticable lack of Drano Cookies... HINDSIGHT! ;)
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fanaticalpokeblack Jan 26, 2014  Student Artist
230 was kinda wierd =/ but it made me laugh,,
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shadowthehedgehogsta Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
panel 5 lol
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I always look forward to seeing your off-panels! They're a lot of fun! :D

Out of this batch, the Mighty & Ray one is probably my favourite, simply because the quiet reflection is such a surprising change of pace from what you expect to see in off-panel.
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SorcererLance May 22, 2013  Student Filmographer
I remember going hysterical with the whole Metal Sally marrying Metal Sonic, I really should've seen that one coming, lol.

and ahh, an Astal cameo after HOW long...? Spaz would be proud of you to continue his old tradition :3

as for the SHLURP sound, I kinda imagined the sound made when you're fighting the metal hand boss in Lava Reef Zone whenever it appears on-screen before deciding to smash you.

on the topic of Tails Doll, I know it's been a common gag making him some demonic abomination thanks to the internet, but I always thought of him as being perpetually dumb as if Robotnik put in a cheap AI as an afterthought to complement how much of a rush job it was making his body, even his win animation in Sonic R made him come off as..."special"... either that, or he's constantly in a "oh God, why was I made??" sort of mindset.
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ShiloT May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
When I saw that you were doing the Off Panel, I screeched like a school girl, and really, your Off Panel is the highlight of the comics for me. I'm so glad you're uploading the pencils for them. :D
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SCHLUURRRRPYYYYY
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:iconbeau-skunk:
Love the freaky Tails doll one. :giggle: I have the issues these are from. (And yeah the coloring does look better here.) I absolutely love you, and Ian's work on the "Off-Panel" gag bits. It's nice to have a bit that pokes fun at the comic itself. Helps keep it from getting "to serious."

Also Mecha Sally X Metal Sonic = O.T.P. ;p
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Ziggyfin May 21, 2013  Hobbyist
Wow, the high quality versions of these look so much better than the printed version. Seriously, when I read the comic I was pretty disappointed with Lea's colouring, but I see now that it was just that the quality was lost in print. Beautiful!
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Aww, I hope it was just a print quality issue. Otherwise, you wound me, good sir. ;_;

(though it is a bit hard to look back at some of these now, I had to adopt a new style pretty quick but still I sometimes wonder what I was thinking back then)
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