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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 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Student Artist
230 was kinda wierd =/ but it made me laugh,,
shadowthehedgehogsta Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
panel 5 lol
FerbFletcher1234 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Student Artist
I love the tails doll pic and u notice that the pictures ar happy and at the end they are scared as fuck and vanilla has a cross
amysonic890 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Student
SamCyberCat Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
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.
SorcererLance Featured By Owner 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.
ShiloT Featured By Owner 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
gsilverfish Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
Beau-Skunk Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
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
Ziggyfin Featured By Owner May 21, 2013   Digital Artist
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!
kureejiilea Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
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)
Ziggyfin Featured By Owner May 22, 2013   Digital Artist
Oh, it was definitely lost in the print. Probably because there was so much detail in the colouring that when it got downsized to such a small portion of the page it couldn't handle it. Looks great up here though! My fav part is the yellow gradient on Mighty's shell. I do love yellow on red, it just always blends so nicely.
Galvatron-X Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
This is fantastic work, Mr. Gray. You're one of the best Sonic artists around and at Archie Comics! :happybounce:
Keep up the good work!
BlueIke Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
I think my favorite one is Metal Sonic proposing to Mecha Sally, though it's gotten knocked down a peg in favor of the Tails Doll one I somehow missed. That is fantastic! :iconclapplz:
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