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For years I've been making the point that comic artists who draw Sonicverse characters inevitably get it wrong if they've made a career...

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The layout and design in general are good, as is the lighting on the bubble. But it's the expression on her face that really sells it. ...

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For years I've been making the point that comic artists who draw Sonicverse characters inevitably get it wrong if they've made a career out of drawing spandex-and-steroid superheroes instead of furries. The two types have completely different proportions, with furries having shorter limbs and larger heads in relation to the torso.

I like to think that that's what the look on Rouge's face signifies: being treated like a human instead of a furry. The most obvious point is that she's wearing the absolutely wrong size of bra. Her breasts are smooshed into that costume and getting no room to move. And let's admit it, looking at them in profile isn't their best angle. I imagine her shouting "WARDROBE!!"

The situation with her thighs is just as bad. Her thighs as a furry are skinny at the top, taper out a little below the knee and end with rather sizable feet (though with her boots it's hard to say). In this drawing it appears as if the muscles she needs to flap her wings live in her thighs.

Please understand that Rouge is one of my favorite Sonic characters and clearly the sexiest. I also am a huge fan of your XJ-9 erotica. But the two characters are different enough that you need to treat them differently to maximize their respective assets. With XJ-9, the rules of drawing the human nude are applicable in a way that they simply don't apply to Rouge.
I just saw my first commercial for Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric.

This is going to suck SO BIG!!! Any given Honey Nut Cheerios commercial has more intelligence, and a comparable level of animation.

I know it's a commercial for the game and not the game itself, but better to launch the game and rely on several decades of goodwill than to try to sell it with something like THAT!

UPDATE: I know nothing of the game but if it's anything like the TV show then Sega is reaching for a pre-pre-ado demographic. It plays like Sonic X crossed with the most recent reboot of the Care Bears but without the really ugly computer animation. The characterizations ... well, they're all over the highway. Sonic is a bit more caring about Tails but seems to have been demoted to straight man when dealing with Eggman, who brought Orbot and Cubot for purposes of shtick. He himself has lapsed back into Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog ineptitude. Knuckles is mired in big-and-stupid mode.

As for the females, Amy Rose is all touchy-feely while Sticks the Badger gets all the intensity. Ordnarily, I would have expected Amy Rose to be each in turn, so it's clear that Sega or whoever put this together hasn't really figured out who or what Sticks is and where she belongs in the organization.

The show makes me think of "Teen Titans Go!" which is the recent reimagining of "Teen Titans." The show works because the writers have thrown the older show's narrative style to the winds and has reduced it to sketch comedy. That TTG works is due to the familiarity with the characters as 1-dimensional superheroes. That dynamic simply doesn't work in the Sonicverse so it just feels awkward in Boom.

The producers of the series have obviously tried to come up with an action/humor blend with a dash of Heart (Sonic's concern for Tails in the first ep) but they clearly aren't all that familiar with the Disney/Pixar recipe. This really needed fixing in the writing stage. I don't hold out much hope that it will pick up, especially if the format doesn't veer from sketch comedy with action elements. Tell me a story, maybe I'll be more interested.
Autumn Blaze by DanDrazen
Autumn Blaze
You'd never know that the front yard looked like a war zone a few years ago when the village put in new sewer lines, but when they relandscaped the lawn they later came in and planted this tree, an Autumn Blaze maple. It certainly earns the name this time of year.
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Last Wednesday, September 3, I went into the local hospital. A month before I had been in the emergency room because of extraordinary pain in my right side. It turned out that my kidney stone has slipped down into my ureter and was causing a back-up. The urologist put in a stent and a week later I underwent a procedure that was supposed to break up the stone using sound waves.

Long story short, it didn't work. So the doctors upped their game: I went in to have them snake a camera up into where the stone was located, so they could break it up using a laser. Before going under, my urologist gave me the temporary tat to the right of my navel. Previously another urologist had drawn the following on my right thigh: (|) . I didn't think to take a picture of that but I did capture the latest. I presume they favor a purple Sharpie because you can't miss it.

The good news is, they broke up the stone and hauled away the debris. So, once I get the stent pulled out in about 10 days, that'll be the end of that.

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Daniel J. Drazen
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Current Residence: Berrien Springs, Michigan
Favourite genre of music: Classic rock ... well OK, NOW it's classic
Favourite photographer: Diane Arbus
Favourite style of art: Open to anything
Operating System: Windows 7
Skin of choice: My own
Favourite cartoon character: Princess Sally, from SatAM "Sonic"
Personal Quote: "Tether even a roasted chicken"
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I just saw my first commercial for Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric.

This is going to suck SO BIG!!! Any given Honey Nut Cheerios commercial has more intelligence, and a comparable level of animation.

I know it's a commercial for the game and not the game itself, but better to launch the game and rely on several decades of goodwill than to try to sell it with something like THAT!

UPDATE: I know nothing of the game but if it's anything like the TV show then Sega is reaching for a pre-pre-ado demographic. It plays like Sonic X crossed with the most recent reboot of the Care Bears but without the really ugly computer animation. The characterizations ... well, they're all over the highway. Sonic is a bit more caring about Tails but seems to have been demoted to straight man when dealing with Eggman, who brought Orbot and Cubot for purposes of shtick. He himself has lapsed back into Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog ineptitude. Knuckles is mired in big-and-stupid mode.

As for the females, Amy Rose is all touchy-feely while Sticks the Badger gets all the intensity. Ordnarily, I would have expected Amy Rose to be each in turn, so it's clear that Sega or whoever put this together hasn't really figured out who or what Sticks is and where she belongs in the organization.

The show makes me think of "Teen Titans Go!" which is the recent reimagining of "Teen Titans." The show works because the writers have thrown the older show's narrative style to the winds and has reduced it to sketch comedy. That TTG works is due to the familiarity with the characters as 1-dimensional superheroes. That dynamic simply doesn't work in the Sonicverse so it just feels awkward in Boom.

The producers of the series have obviously tried to come up with an action/humor blend with a dash of Heart (Sonic's concern for Tails in the first ep) but they clearly aren't all that familiar with the Disney/Pixar recipe. This really needed fixing in the writing stage. I don't hold out much hope that it will pick up, especially if the format doesn't veer from sketch comedy with action elements. Tell me a story, maybe I'll be more interested.

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mobian-knight Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
Hi Dan,

You've been awfully quiet lately.  I hope all is going well with you.  I haven't really been on here much as of late, and I haven't really chatted with anyone in a long time so I can understand not being too social on this site.  I'd be curious to know your thoughts on the crossover involving the Sonic comic.  It reeks of desperation on Archie's part.  Especially since their MegaMan comic isn't really the best seller, and the sales for the Sonic comic seem to be slowly falling.  They can't rely on gimmicks forever.  Anyway, if you were looking for a subject to make a journal about... well there you go.

Cough... Cough... Jump the shark... cough... cough...

www.tssznews.com/2015/04/14/fi…


On another note, that Ron Bauerle fellow is such an old-school computer nerd that he actually thought to post links to the obituary of Christine Cavanaugh to the "alt.fan.sonic-hedgehog" usenet group.  By chance do you still talk to him?  He seems like a cool guy.

groups.google.com/forum/#!foru…
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DanDrazen Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015   Writer
There have been major shake-ups in my life. The nature of my job is changing and my office is being moved to another part of the library; concerning the latter, the less said the better. Also my twin brother moved in with me at the beginning of April and I'm getting used to a new domestic arrangement. We try not to get up in each other's business and it's working out OK.

And let's be honest, my enthusiasm for the comics has been ebbing lately, especially with the Eclipse plot. He may have an interesting trait or two -- balancing his solicitude for the baby aliens with his otherwise one-note revenge-oriented personality -- but my feelings about plots based on space aliens muddies the waters.

And I've said before and will say again that Mega Man is an acquired taste I never acquired. A robot able to absorb and assimilate the features of other robots ... wake me when it's over! I keep hoping that the comic will be liberated enough from the old Riverdale gender ethos to finally link up Mega Man and his kid sister for some literal Rock and Roll but I know it'll never happen, not without the blessing of Capcom and certainly not with the comic book publisher that based its empire on Betty and Veronica.

Ron and I are definitely old school but I didn't even know that the text-based Internet was still in existence. He's a good guy but he hasn't communicated much to me lately.

Thanks for writing and I'll check out your news.
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MegaHayzer Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015
Hey! Thanks for the fave! :)
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JESmith Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015
Hey Dan, I'm sure you've heard, but they are doing a sequel to the Sonic/Mega Man crossover. But this time it seems Sally and the rest will be a part of it, and they'll be throwing in Sticks to represent Sonic Boom and also the characters from Mega Man X (It'll be amusing to see Sticks interact with the normal Sonic series cast, as well as the serious nature of the Mega Man X cast).

comicbook.com/2015/02/13/exclu…

It should be noted know Dan that Mega Man X did have more of a story than the original series. To get you up to speed, here's the Day of Sigma anime prequel to the first game (Ian has mentioned he does not observe this game for the comic story but it should give you an idea of the character backgrounds):
www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjGVsR…

The X series had a bit of story progression with the characters. In the first couple of games, Zero was originally just seen as a partner to X, but later installments revealed Zero's backstory. He was the final creation of Dr. Wily and sealed away. When he was awakened, Zero went on a violent rampage. Sigma, the X series villain who was originally a hero, battled Zero and was corrupted by a virus Dr. Wily planted in Zero.

(Note the voice acting is bad in this clip...this was before Capcom improved the acting quality):
www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlpXQ2…

Another scene from the same game where Zero has to deal with the death of a friend, showing the X series had a darker side than the classic series.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgRX38…

In fact Dan, the X series was originally going to have a proper ending. This is the end of Mega Man X5, which was going to be the final game in the series and lead to the follow up series Mega Man Zero, which takes place 100 years after the X series (Zero dies in the X5 ending, but is resurrected in the Zero series). However, Capcom continued to make X sequels without the original creator, which wrecked his vision of the story.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKbAT2…
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glitcher Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey Dan, still reading Sonic comics? Haven't had a review update in a while.
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DanDrazen Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015   Writer
I know. I've really let it slide. I tried jump-starting my review of Sonic Universe #67 a few days ago. Will try to finish up this weekend and get back in the groove.
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Randamu-Chan Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for the fave!!!!!!
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D-Thessy Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
:iconbubblecuteplz: Thank you for the fav on my Sonic fanart Done :la: :la: :la:
:iconsallyacornplz::iconsaysplz:Much appreciated! :heart:
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mobian-knight Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014
A belated Happy Birthday to you.  I hope that you had a good Christmas, if you celebrate it that is.  In any case, I hope you were able to get together with family and have a joyous time.  I hope that you have a happy New Year in 2015.
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DanDrazen Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014   Writer
Thanks. For the record I do celebrate Christmas but at my age I'm running out of people with whom to celebrate it.
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