For more details on the (unofficial) Pirate Plunder Panic graphic novel project click here.
And here are your questions answered by Tracy himself. Frequent updates on the project can be found here:
The purpose of the project is threefold:
i) It's a gift to one of the greatest additions to the Archie Comic's talent pool working on Sonic the Hedgehog series (of all time) -
He's been working for over 8 years as a professional freelance illustrator and contributed countless illustrations and comic pages to my all time favourite comic series. His persistence, dedication to good story telling through sequential art and passion for the Sonic series is a killer combination. It's about time the guy deserve something special and this project is a small token of my appreciation.
ii) Another portfolio submission for Archie Comics - a company that I'd like to work for one day (legitimately that is, and from anywhere in the world). I've already impressed staff of all levels at the Archie booth during my two visits to International Comic Cons at San Diego and well it doesn't hurt to do it again! My Sonic Art Collection magazine and now the Pirate Plunder Panic graphic novel are books that will last. Knowing the people that I admire (who make the comics happen) and who possess a copy of my work is very satisfying.
iii) I genuinely enjoy working on a project like this. It teaches me ALOT and I gain ALOT from it - in ways people may not comprehend from face value. And also, especially when it's based off my favourite comic series I can't go wrong.
Nevertheless this project has been on a three week turnover. It started at New Years and if I can finish this book by next week I would have proven myself and to anyone who may realise my talents in illustration, graphic design and management that I can make a 114 page book in just three weeks. Way past cool!
Also I'd like to thank all of the participants who have contributed their FANART, QUESTIONS (to Tracy) and SHOUT-OUTS. You guys did a great job!
I'd like to thank my two contributing artists to the project for their amazing artwork:
I'd like to thank
for their special PIN-UP artwork.
I'd like to thank all of the Archie staff who have passed on their messages for the 'Thank you Tracy' page. Respect!
I'd like to thank
who naturally proof-reads my work - she's a life saver.
And finally I'd like to thank Tracy Yardley for being awesome. Keep on being awesome dude. I'll see you at a convention in the distant future for sure (whether it be Summer of Sonic or one of the Comic Cons via East/West coast). *thumbs up*