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Sally's Redesign (What really happened) by darkspeeds Sally's Redesign (What really happened) by darkspeeds
Before anyone says anything,


No this comic doesn’t state that Archie Publications (and staff that appeared on the comic) cannot handle criticism from the fandom – they’re more than capable of doing so!

No this comic doesn’t bash the idea that fans of the comic (especially the passionate ones) don’t have a moral right to share their opinion and concerns about things that may have changed in the series.


All I’m sayin’ is: give the guys a break man.


If you don’t understand how business works at the corporate level, if you don’t understand the fact that SEGA has complete priority (and almost full control) in the decisions it wants for its sub-franchises (whether it be cartoons, films, toys, comics etc…), there really is no point in arguing, well, to a degree that is.


I’m happy to see that there are some rather passionate fans out there that will go to the minute detail about Sally’s redesign and why it’ll affect their reading experiences – they do make a genuine point. More bonus points to the ones who could understand the situation and felt that they need to make a say (in a mature and compassionate manner) before changes are officially implemented.


Comics are an art and we read them cuz we love art! And if we get into the nitty gritty comics (or graphic novels) are sequential art that drive a compelling story (or narrative for the fancy pants out there). “But Elson comics are a visual medium, mess with the visuals and the creators should get screwed – it’s as simple as that!!” Yes I get what you mean fan #2099 but there is more to the situation than you think. Sure it’s complicated but you just have to be patient about it, and if you want to make a say do it politely at the very least.



Nevertheless I’m confident that Paul, Ian, Tracey, Mike (and other creative staff involved in the production of Sonic Archie comics) have discussed this extensively before the public announcement at NYCC2012. [link] I can imagine what their power chat discussions were like – it would have been pretty amusing, a lot of excitement, and yet at the same time a challenging and rather scary experience (more because of the pressures to impress and satisfy fans with the new changes, and well, hoping that fandom hate wars don’t happen from changes made to the series – the inevitable will happen though).


They’re just humans, they’ve got a job to do (and want to do a good job while at it) and that is to entertain the best they can to the people who love reading their stuff and to also make money out of the business (which is selling comics AND maintaining rights that SEGA has lawfully implied them to follow).



Secondly I’d to say the following after reading all the crap that’s been following from ‘OMG! WHAT HAPPENED TO SALLY!?!’: “Why can’t the fans just get along, embrace change and move on with life (knowing that it’s not really up to Archie Publications to exercise what they really want in the comics – again I emphasis: ‘to a certain degree’ on that matter due to copyright guidelines they’ll have to follow from SEGA’s game plan).”


The Sonic fandom can reveal some crazy and complicated fans sometimes (fortunately there are some really cool ones out there who are otherwise), it’s almost reminding me of the time when fans of the video game went haywire over the fact that Shadow came back alive in Sonic Heroes after Sonic Adventure 2. Listen to The Sonic Hour (by the Joscelyne brothers from The Sonic Stadium) and you’ll see the lighter side of all the negativity that happened back then. Like Ian said it’s just easier to just go with the flow, it’ll be more fun that way.


So yeah, that’s my two cents.
I’m gonna have my fun and just enjoy what’s been given to us, it’s nothing compared to surviving a warzone or national crisis – bless those who are caught in the storm of Hurricane Sandy.


:star: Note::star:
  • I give props to :iconmysticfeather: for spotting a reference from :iconevanstanley:'s Ghosts of the Future comic - it's been a running joke as of recent. I didn't even write this little note yet and Mystic still spotted it! lol I asked Evan prior to posting this comic to see if there's anything she wanted to add for extra dialogue on Panel 9 - hence it ended up with "I don't like pants". What made this reference a little more difficult to spot is the fact that it connects with what's said on Panel 8 - someone's already mentioned about pants... But the fan in the crowd that didn't like the pants actually referred Silver the Hedgehog in GOFT. Psych!

  • I give brownie points for spotting a Bone reference on this comic. 8-)
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:iconjlnhlfan:
jlnhlfan Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Jared: Ian! I have a question! Why did Archie make this series in the first place?!?!
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:icondashthehedgepony:
Dashthehedgepony Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Student Artist
why you hatin?
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:iconjlnhlfan:
jlnhlfan Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Read issue 168. Earth is finished. Humans are nearly extinct.
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:icondashthehedgepony:
Dashthehedgepony Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Student Artist
I don't have that issue.
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:icondashthehedgepony:
Dashthehedgepony Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Student Artist
i don't have that issue.
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:iconjlnhlfan:
jlnhlfan Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Go buy it if you want to understand what I'm saying!
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:icondashthehedgepony:
Dashthehedgepony Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Student Artist
hahaha!!!!!!
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:iconfoxman0224:
FoxMan0224 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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:iconhopelessromantic721:
hopelessromantic721 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014   Traditional Artist
Omg, I love and hate this argument XD People make such a big deal over the change and its like...who cares! Its still Sally. Who cares if the boys are still clothed and the girls aren't. What does it matter over an old cartoon you grew up in the 90s XD Geez. Its updated, its not meant to stay the same forever. Than you for showing us that the comic crators are trying to keep everyone happy but know they can't.
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:iconnicktoonspl15:
nicktoonspl15 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Student Filmographer
This so deserves to be a Sonic off-panel!
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:icondashthehedgepony:
Dashthehedgepony Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Student Artist
hell yeah.
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:iconuser1997:
User1997 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
I think that Sally's redesign is much better than she used to look.

Seriously, though, what's up with da fans?
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:iconredthecookie:
RedTheCookie Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
IT'S ALL PAULS BULLSHITTY FAULT for breaking these characters I mean we need a old design like SERIOUSLY that's all I'm gonna say folks
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:iconwintersedge7:
WintersEdge7 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
Lol
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:iconchrisnelle141:
Chrisnelle141 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Seriously, when I read the comment,"Sally's Not NAKED anymore!! This is BULLS**T!""I ROFL for 10 minutes straight! I was a little skeptical about her redesign, but honestly, it's not as bad as it could have been. Even though I'm more of a Sonamy fan myself, sally and sonic aren't THAT disgusting... AM I right???Dignity Laugh 
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:iconsonic155:
Sonic155 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Student Writer
You're totally right!!
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:iconchrisnelle141:
Chrisnelle141 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol, thank you! Lovely Shoujo Emoji (Huggy Hug) [V2] 
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:iconsonic155:
Sonic155 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Student Writer
No prob.
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:iconshadowblade463:
Shadowblade463 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Student Artist
Lol, this is good
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:iconscorpio0071:
scorpio0071 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I applaud you. This is very well said! :aww:
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:iconygvantheshaper:
YgvantheShaper Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
"I don't like pants!" XD 
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:iconakessel92:
akessel92 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
You ought to make a sequel to this strip?
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:icondarkspeeds:
darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Perhaps!
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:iconakessel92:
akessel92 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
Hecks yeah
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:iconakessel92:
akessel92 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
I mean honestly you wouldn't believe the reactions people had with the redesigns of the freedom fighters.
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:iconxsonicpencillerx:
XSonicPencillerX Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Student General Artist
XD A bone! Straight after Ian shoot! XD
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:iconmattman5000:
mattman5000 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
It was funny LOL
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:iconglitcher:
glitcher Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Man, how the hell did this fly under my radar? Oh, I know. A comic this good really needs to be submitted to more groups, Darkspeeds. It's very funny and well drawn. Out of all the fan art made in the wake of the the storm surrounding Sally redesign, I think this one embodies the controversy the most. The feedback it received is much-deserved for the effort you put into making a comic this cheeky and colourful over a sensitive subject. Kudos, mate!
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:icondarkspeeds:
darkspeeds Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Why thank you Glitcher.

It was one of those moments where you just had to show and tell your feelings, more powerful that way and visually appealing too!


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:iconpenelopethefox:
penelopethefox Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol the sonic hat! XD
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:iconselkra:
Selkra Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013

I've gotton used to Sally's new design by now. Still kinda feel down that they felt the need to put gloves and shorts on her, but now, I really like her new look. Cutie Nod 

 

I'm just happy that the freedom fighters are back. Rotor no longer has back pain, Antoine's not in a coma, Bunnie never left and Sally's not a robot anymore. If anything, the FF are stronger now then they have been in a long time. 182 : Dance Together Emoticon 

 

And since Mobius has been altered, there's pretty mucha whole new world to explore, and I'm very excited to see it. OmgOmgOmg - Emote 

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:iconredwingsdragon:
RedWingsDragon Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
Had it not be for the year and a half of unresolved drama I would agree.
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:iconselkra:
Selkra Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
:iconmingflailplz:  Yeah. It was a heck of a long wait...But hey, I had to wait just as long to see Scourge again ever since he got arrested, so for Sally's case it wasn't too surprising for me. There's just so much going on at once that every story has to wait it's turn. But needless to say it doesn't mean I enjoy the wait. :stare:
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:icondarkspeeds:
darkspeeds Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Good on ya! That's the spirit! ;) 

I'm absolute lovin' the new direction they're taking with the series - lookin' ever more to the future of it!
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:iconlouis-the-hedgehog:
Louis-the-Hedgehog Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013
Ah yes, "democracy" at work. Always ask for feedback and when you don't like the feedback just BLAST them away!
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:iconredwingsdragon:
RedWingsDragon Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
Exactly
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:iconphillyblue:
PhillyBlue Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Most of the girls in Sega (EVEN SALLY NOW!) are wearing clothes and most of the males are naked? I detect a hint of sexism in this. Just sayin'!
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:iconmib245:
MIB245 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
wow, is that what REALLY happened? geez, and i thought star wars had a big enough problems with it's "fans".
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:icondoyouloveme99:
Doyouloveme99 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Student Artist
you know what?
i like her just without sonic!
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:iconhero-t:
Hero-T Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
It's funny because of how true it is. Except for the Mega Buster thing. Oh how true I wish that was. And I completely agree with everything you said.

Well, except for that thing about the rabid Canadian Polish Aardvark. That was uncalled for.
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:iconmgartist:
MGartist Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student General Artist
Where is the bone reference?
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:icondarkspeeds:
darkspeeds Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ian's eyebrows. ;)
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:iconmgartist:
MGartist Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student General Artist
I see it now! XD
Started reading bone the complete black and white one in jan., but haven't finished it. Now I have to reread parts of it because I forgot some of the story.
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strawberrybunny4341 Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I like her new look. Shes looks more like a SEGA character.

Shes still sally and as long as she comes back and she and Sonic get a happy ending, I'm fine with it!
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:iconnintendofan109:
nintendofan109 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
omgg i really agree with you.. i mean sally...that doesn't look like sally xo she looks like a big eyed....i don't know...
her eyes are so big xD
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ROBLOXgeneralduncan Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
best to take it calmly.

to be quite honest, I don't mind the redesign, I just hope they keep the cheek fluffs. That's all.


but good job on the comic!
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:iconcyberthehedgehog270:
CyberTheHedgehog270 Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
I completely agree with you.
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:iconsemijuggalo:
SemiJuggalo Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've been a fan of both the Archie comics AND SatAM since day one. Sure I'm used to the old look of the characters but some things have to be changed for the sake of progress. Sally really wasn't fitting in very well, being one of the few female characters not wearing clothes. Especially with the Sega Sonic universe being integrated into the overall story.

Speaking of which, mad props to Ian Flynn for busting his ass to fix Ken Penders' screw-ups.

Anyhoo, things had to change in order to have a more balanced cast of characters. Sally was one of those things that needed to change. Personally, I had a harder time accepting the redesign for Bunnie's robotic limbs.
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:iconsonar15:
Sonar15 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student General Artist
that is so funny!!! XD
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:icontazi-san:
Tazi-san Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I think the way they drew her eyes and face here is really cute!
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