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Pirate Plunder Panic GNP (Last But Not Least...!) by darkspeeds Pirate Plunder Panic GNP (Last But Not Least...!) by darkspeeds
:star: For more details on the (unofficial) Pirate Plunder Panic graphic novel project click here. :star:

My personal thanks to Tracy. I wasn't going to include this initially but what the hey - I might as well since an opportunity like this doesn't come often in life! 8-)

Can anyone guess why I drew those THREE specific characters...?

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) - :iconyardley: 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!

:star: CREDITS :star:

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: :iconliyuconberma: and :iconzazakun011:.
I'd like to thank :icondawnbest: and :iconth3antiguardian: 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 :iconhappyaggro: 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*
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CIC-Studios Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Aww, Elson this is so wonderful! He's just going to love this gift!~:heart:
HappyAggro Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
Ah, were you able to get my edits on Skype? The comma/semi-colon edits there, but there were some spelling/other things from it you might've missed. (Mind you, it was rather late when I sent them to you!)

"debuted on the Archie Comics scene!"
EliseLowing Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, that's very nice! :)

And I know why you drew those characters.  Tails was your first favorite character (an inspired you to draw if I recall correctly), then Shadow was your next favorite, and now Silver is your current favorite.  Am I right?
CHICAGO-PD-STARS Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
Well done, dude! Well done. :clap:
Lord-Kiyo Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
Because they are one of the better characters,  and one of them is not explored enough in the games. :D

Is that a touchscreen art monitor?
MegaPhantaze Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They are your favorite characters? Tracy likes them? 
darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My favourite characters of all time. Those three held a special meaning for me during my years of being a fan and hobbyist illustrator.
MegaPhantaze Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As I expected :) Mine are Blaze, Espio and Omega. I have hatred/love  to Metal Sonic
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