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Daniel J. Drazen
Artist | Literature
United States
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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So I finally got Sonic #257 in the mail, and it did NOT make a good first impression.

I told myself that this was a relaunch, a shakedown cruise, and as such I should expect missteps and fumbles until they find their new voice. Fair enough.

They also seem to have wandered into the familiar and the cozy in selecting a story line by loosely adapting the narrative of "Sonic Unleashed," though I fear that the fuzzy little chocoholic Chip won't be much of a factor in this story, since it's been weighted down from the get-go with Eggman (*yawn*) kidnapping Uncle Chuck and Prof. Pickle, the latter being saddled with the horrendous first name "Dillon." But I can handle that.

What I can NOT stand is a panel where Sonic, while working to rescue some Station Squares, overexerts himself and begins (only begins) to transform into WereSonic!

OK, so maybe Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series has screwed up the whole werewolf idea by portraying them as shirtless hunks who turn into wolves the size of ponies. But what Archie has done is take the original conceit of Sonic being zapped by Eggman to go werehog when the moon is full and replace it with ANOTHER COMIC BOOK CHARACTER'S MOJO! And the cause of this was Sonic's accidental exposure to Uncle Chuck's little Mr. Wizard science experiment gone wrong. Sound familiar? I mean, if Ian can't get this under control I fully expect someone in the comic to speak of Sonic, saying:

"... until he can find a way to control the raging spirit that dwells within him."

They should just change Sonic's name to Bruce Banner and get it over with.

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Have you considered getting into the Mega Man comics? They're all on YouTube, should you be inclined to check out the first few issues. I remember a long time ago you said something to the effect that robot stories aren't your thing, but then during the World Collide crossover you expressed interest in the way they portrayed Rock's relationship with his sister and father. I can honestly say that the Ian does, in fact, explore familial themes in the book, as well as deeper, more philosophical themes such as the nature of good and evil, and what it means to be a human. It's had a few "action and more action" stories here and there, but as a whole the book has way, WAY more heart than Sonic does now (unfortunately). I find myself looking forward to each new issue not to see Mega Man blast his enemies some more but to see how Ian continues to grow these characters in believable ways.
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DanDrazen 2 days ago   Writer
I'd probably start by looking at a collection or two of the earlier stuff to see how it's being done. My yardstick, conscious or otherwise, will probably be "How much does this/doesn't this compare with Astroboy?" When it comes to robots, Tezuka set the bar pretty darned high.
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ihamza995 Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks for the fav
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yasmyn64 Mar 24, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thx 4 the fav!!!
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CelaBear Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist
Thanks for the fav :)
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Sonic-fan17 Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks for the fave
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WildSpaceSaga Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Just found out about the existence of your DA page, Mr. Drazen.  I'm a longtime fan of your Sonic fanfics, since the mid-90s.  Good to see you still doing your thing!  I'll be :+devatch:ing you from both my accounts.  If you want to see my art, check out this DA page, which contains concept art and updates for my webcomic with my co-writer, Terence Pegasus, as well as my main page, brandonhill.deviantart.com .  Mad kudos to you!  
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:iconwillkeaton:
You should probably know there's a new Sonic TV show that will be airing in the not too distant future. www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_A3e2…
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Between the show and the the impending Sonic Adventure 3, they'll probably be setting the tone for the comic for the foreseeable future. I'll bet that's why Sega wanted to make sure a new continuity was locked and loaded into the comic, no matter what came before.
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Frozen-Sunrain Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for the fav ^^
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