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Folks I cannot stress how exciting this new year is going to be. 

I'm in the process of applying for an Internship at Archie Publications Inc. for the Summer of 2014. Fingers crossed that everything will go smoothly - all the paperwork from Immigration US/Homeland Security can be a real pain in the butt.


Anyways now that I'm done with the first semester at the Academy of Art (averaging B/B+ grades!); spent quality time with me best mates via :iconchemb0t: and :iconevanstanley: for Christmas and New Years; and wished my family and friends a Happy New Years it's time to make full use of my three weeks before school starts this Spring 2014.


So here's the plan. 


Before I make my way to the offices of Archie Publications I'm preparing another portfolio piece to showcase. 

The project is entitled PIRATE PLUNDER PANIC. The purpose is twofold - the first one has already been explained above but the second is to say a personal thanks to one of the way past coolest comic artists who have been contributing towards the Sonic Archie comic series for over 8 years - Tracy Yardley!


This book is a customized replica of the SONIC UNIVERSE graphic novel containing all four stories to the Pirate Plunder Panic arc - 112 pages, 6.25 x 10.75 square bound paperback and in full color.

Unfortunately this will not be for sale. But who knows, if it impresses the editors at Archie Publications it may get featured for real in future!


So, how can YOU contribute? There are THREE ways to do this. Pick one, two or all of them if you're ambitious. Please take note of the submission DEADLINES - the Interview Questions are due EARLIER than the other two.



Fan submissions - Method 01 - Fanart by darkspeeds


Fan submissions - Method 02 - Ask Tracey! by darkspeeds


Fan submissions - Method 03 - Shoutouts! by darkspeeds



So what are you waiting for? Get your high horse into gear and get your work featured in the book! Do spread the word to other like-minded Sonic Archie fans who are looking for an opportunity to pass on their support to Tracy Yardley!

In fact you can visit his page here :iconyardley: He does commission exclusives from time to time so be sure to keep an eye on that too if you want to support his work!




:star: [UPDATE 01]

FYI, here are my interview questions to Tracy:


Interview questions to Tracey Yardley:

[ELSON WONG]

i) You've already made clear about your art education at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Retrospectively what are TWO of the most important things you can take away from your experience in college and share it with others who look up to your work?

 


ii) Congratulations on completing your second four-part story arc to the Sonic Universe. You already did an amazing job with your previous project - Babylon Rising (since October 2011) so run us through what it was like to be given another opportunity to write and illustrate your own story, what was your approach this time round? And should you be given an opportunity once again what would be your next focus?



iii) In the Archie Comic's Sonic the Hedgehog universe name the following and why:

a) Favorite HERO to draw, what compels you to come back for more? (anti-HERO inclusive)

b) Favorite VILLAIN to draw, why does the character resonate with you when you draw him/her?


c) Most INTERESTING character to work on. Where and how would you like to see this character develop as the series grow?


d)  Is there any character that closely resembles your personality and morals?

 


iv) You have a strong interesting in manga, anime and cartoons with good story telling. What are some series that have captivated your imagination over the years? Also what is something that you're following as we speak and feel the need to shout it out to other like-minded comic artists?


 v) Let's talk about your family. You have a beautiful wife and five children (which by the way, I share with you my congratulations also) - how do you handle such a big family when you're a full-time illustrator? 



vii) On top of that, what is the silliest thing you've ever done with your kids, or what is something that you've done that made your kids laugh so much that it's become a treasured memory?




viii) Which one of your kids can draw and do you have an inkling that one of them will perhaps one day follow your footsteps as a professional illustrator?




ix) If you have just won a free round the world ticket, all expenses paid month long holiday with your family where would be some places you'd like to visit and why?



x) If you were shipwrecked on an island and had only three items you can't leave without what would they be?



xi) Last by not least, if you can have any one power or ability in the Sonic universe what would it be? How would you use it?


Interview questions to Tracey Yardley:

[FROM FANS - TBA!]

 

Here's your opportunity to ask your questions and get them printed on an exclusive graphic novel gift to Tracey Yardley.

               

I'll pick and choose selectively any questions that are interesting for Tracey to answer and to be included in the book.

No matter how short or long they are try to keep them clean. Most important of all, keep them fun and perhaps informative as a bonus. There are already alot of 'how to break into the art business' questions asked already so we need not to repeat them - do check out his deviantART journal and online interviews via The Sonic Stadium, Youtube, Flikeringmyth.com for an insight.



:star: [UPDATE 02 - All Pages Formated!]

Here's some progress! All the pages laid out and ready to be edited and customized with a combination of my own input and yours! 8-)


Pirate Plunder Panic graphic novel SETUP2 Dark by darkspeeds



:star: [UPDATE 03 - Thumbnails!]


Spent the evening going through some roughs on the custom covers I'll be creating exclusive for the book. Value scale studies were applied to most of the thumbnails. Any favourite in particular? 8-)


Concept sketch for SU#55

Rationale: If you haven't notice Sonic MUST be in almost every cover to the Sonic Archie comics. It's a no brainier, regardless of the story arc and context he has to make an appearance, it's his comic after all!

I SEGAfied this as much as possible - showcasing all in-game characters and also Sonic Rush Adventure references - the jet ski and boat!


Thumbnails6 by darkspeeds Thumbnails6b by darkspeeds



Concept sketch for SU#56

Rationale: Part two featured some very cool and unique designs for the antagonist and his croonies. Tracy's innovation to bring in his own creative interpretations and marrying with the SEGA in-game designs from Sonic Rush Adventure made it a must for me to feature them on the second cover to the Pirate Plunder Panic arc!

Here I wanted to make them empower our heroine Blaze who eventually falls in defeat and is at the mercy of some very cunning pirate villains. The lighting strikes and darkened core shadows on the towering villains emphasizes the danger that Blaze is in from that shot and angle.


Thumbnails7 by darkspeeds Thumbnails7b by darkspeeds


Here is an alternative to Concept sketch SU#56 featuring only the main boss and his victorious defeat of our heroine Blaze.


Thumbnails8 by darkspeeds


Concept sketch for SU#57

Rationale: What more can I say about this issue? KRANKEN!!!!! Oh and CAPTAINS!!! If I want to keep it to Archie/SEGA standards I would have substitute Marine's face for Blaze and replace Marine in the background where Blaze was originally positioned. The reason? Face it, the world community knows Blaze better than Marine - it's a fact. But because this is a special book I have the powers to break the rules and smack the lovable Marine right in the front cover and contending with Captain Whiskers - I mean come on, ain't that epic? Strewth I say!!


Thumbnails9 by darkspeeds Thumbnails9b by darkspeeds


Concept sketch for SU#58

Rationale:  THE GRAND FINALE!! Featuring the best of the SEGA Sonic gals, the prime villain and the sick-as Egg O' War in the background! What more could you ask for? I love how Tracy transformed Captain Metal from a sinister villain into a TERRIFYING bad guy! It kinda reminds me of the villains in the Resident Evil games - where right towards the end the intelligent and bad-ass bad guy suddenly transform into a monster as a last resort to defeat the heroes! Anyways smart move Tracy, love the designs!


Thumbnails10 by darkspeeds

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:iconengiguy:
EngiGuy Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
I like your project. Keep your project in the same vein.)
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:iconsayamiyazaki:
Sayamiyazaki Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
here is my fanart!! i hope im not too late. if i am i am sorry.. TT.TT sayamiyazaki.deviantart.com/ar…
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IonicSonic Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Here's my entry for the fan art portion: knuxradred192.deviantart.com/a… :D
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jayfoxfire Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
Here's mine: fav.me/d72dwcz
I apologized if it not the right size you need - I didn't know how big you want the picture to be XD Let me know if you want it bigger.
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SurrealBrain Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
Here's my thanks to Tracy Yardley! What do you think?
surrealbrain.deviantart.com/ar…
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SurrealBrain Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
Op, more than 60 words, I just counted...
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CIC-Studios Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hey there Elson! I finished my fanart entry!^u^b fav.me/d725q5a  Thank you for putting together this project!~:heart:
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Scurvypiratehog Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
Awesome concept man! :D

I would also like to contribute with fanart 



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oXz-A-n-KXo Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
fav.me/d71th9c I hope you dont mind I did all three enteries in one ^^; btw the concept art AMAZING!! :love:
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Kassanovas Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It would be nice to be more involved in what goes on here.Unfortunately,i don't really follow the Archie comics...i just
never got round to it so i never actually know what's going on here.Where i used to be able to walk in any shop and
pick up a Fleetway comic years ago,i cant do that with Archie Sonic.I know there's the internet but i feel a bit too out of touch now.

Good luck on your Archie internship,i know you'll find success.:manhug:
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7marichan7 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
7marichan7.deviantart.com/art/… I would like to collaborate :) here you are. And thanks for have making this tribute to Yardley :D he'll be very very glad for all the support
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Auroblaze Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Oh  God,this project sounds awesome Elson!!!<: D
I'd like to participate with the fanart section...but I have some questions : are traditional art works alllowed? (I have some troubles with the digital way ;v;) And also must the artwork be like a comic book cover or is possible to draw it in a different way(like a..comic page for example)?
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SilverRattler Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I haven't entered into a contest in the longest time.
Granted, I haven't really colored anything related to sonic in the longest time.
However, I feel like this is one contest that's out of my league. It's a professional comic for crying out loud!
If I can find the time and the patience, I'll enter. If not, best of luck to the winners.

I entered one of yours ages ago, but I had submitted it to the wrong place or something.
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EllyTheGee Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sounds interesting though. However, I'm not sure which one of the 3 opportunities would suit for me.

1.) Drawing the best fanart of this topic is something for professional drawer and colorists. I know the best. Better work is more appealing.
I made a coloring test of a character for LiyuConberma in the style you see in the Archie Comics. And I colored a comic page for a good friend of mine. However, I might be a good colorist but making sketches in comic style my skills are still too far away for me :hmm:

2.) Interviewing is not my domain 'cause I'm a bad writer at all. ^^;

3.) I can give it a try but in my eyes these are words from a little fan out of millions. Once read and will ever be forgotten in the way of "next please" - just words which cannot match up every interesting drawn picture.

Despite of those things which would actually prevent me to give it a try, I have the longing to take this opportunity. I only don't know which task would suit best to me :hmm:
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vaporotem Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
Well that should be fun!
I think i shall give it a try this coming week :'D
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweet! No matter how big or small it is I'm confident that it'll look amazing Vap! *thumbs up*
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MegaPhantaze Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Here's my questions for Yardley megaphantaze.deviantart.com/ar…
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zazaKUN011 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I always wanted to be apart of someone's project. No doubt, i try out for the fanart section there.
And you know what, i really can't wait to see the finished produce!

And remember to have some fun times while at it hehe :star:
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent, I'm looking forward to your enthusiasm and input towards your artistic contribution Zaza!
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MegaPhantaze Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My drawing skills won't reach this book, so I decided to do congratulations message instead megaphantaze.deviantart.com/ar…
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ShadowKaiba Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This project sounds AWESOME! Here are some fanart contributions to consider:


Best of luck to you!
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wes,

I like how you're thinking - good job on the concept but the presentation could use a little work. Stick with concept two but bunch the artwork together a little closer - keep the bg white too to give it clarity. *thumbs up*
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SailorMoonAndSonicX Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, man. This looks interesting! Being a person looking to get into Archie myself, I might see if I can throw in a picture for this. I don't know if I can since I'm not really familiar with the Pirate Plunder Panic storyline and the deadline is coming quickly, but I'll see. :) I have played Sonic Rush Adventure some.

Just to make sure I'm not missing something here -- just submit the artwork and link it to you, and make sure it's relating to Rush Adventure/Plunder Panic, right? Would it count if the villains aren't included, but characters such as Marine and Blaze are included with Sonic, or...do I need to do a bit more of my research? XD I know it's probably necessary that instead of an abstract background I put ocean and/or pirate elements in it.

And if I also decide to do a shoutout, would I be able to put it in my artwork's description or write it in a journal? Apologies if I'm asking too much, but I just want to make sure I know what I would be doing.

Oh, and best wishes on this! I hope it goes well. :D
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Here Kyla,

It's a good thing you've asked the questions, because the more you inquire the better prepared you are for your finished product. = )

Nevertheless I shall give you some answers.

Try to aim as closely as possible to the context of the Pirate Plunder Panic comic arc or the Sonic Rush Adventure video game. A little research will go a long way, you'd be surprised at what you can find with a simple online search via Google these days. Alternatively you can utilize your experience from playing the game to get inspired.

Last but not least aim for at least 300dpi or 1200 x 1500 px for best results if your artwork is selected and featured in the book - aka the larger the image the better. ;)

Regarding about the shout-out - keep it separate. All the best!
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SailorMoonAndSonicX Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Alright, I'm glad to know that. (: I keep thinking that I'll ask too many questions and that it will get annoying, haha.

Thanks for your response; I appreciate it! I'll have to get to some research and see if I can come up with any ideas. Oooh, and a demonstration on the image size. Larger images equals cooler -- got it. :D

Thanks again for the information, Elson! Much appreciated!
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Your most welcome Kyla!
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CIC-Studios Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
So many art projects i want to join are going on!~w@ But i will work the best i can to get something out for all of them! I can't pass this one up! I was hoping you would do another project like this! I missed out on the magazine project!>.<
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah you missed out on the magazine! Dude do what you feel is right - prioritize my friend. ;) I'm really looking forward to what you can pull out of the hat if you got the time Crystal! All the very best! *thumbs up* 
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CIC-Studios Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks so much!^^ I'm making good progress with my work! I'm trying my best and i think i'm going to make it!:)
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jayfoxfire Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
Sounds like fun!
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SonicWindAttack Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
Tracy Yardley! went to the Savannah College of Art and Design?! Shocked That's less than an hour away from where I live!  I know where I'm gonna go to college! :D (Big Grin) 
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missyuna Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh WOW O_O, so many great drawingz...why are you making this hard for me to pick maan ;_;.
Something tells me that sta.sh/0chxjonzy2b and sta.sh/0chxjonzy2b is to my liking.
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoops! Both the same links! :D

Thanks for your feedback Missyuna! ;)
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missyuna Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
oh darn, my mistake X,D!
Here was the second one I picked = ) sta.sh/02332jph2o4l
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HappyAggro Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
sta.sh/0f4orau3i2g
sta.sh/0pc8rqjirx0

I like these ones the most. uvu
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the feedback HappyAggro! :D Gonna start sketching/inking all of these properly now! Ain't gonna sleep till 6AM! :D
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Burritodude1 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sounds intresting. may or may not contribute.
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EliseLowing Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, best of luck to you! :)

I think I might contribute to this.  I'll just have to think of something.  I've played Sonic Rush Adventure and read the Pirate Plunder issues, so I'll see what I can come up with.
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooo! This will be interesting to see! :) Doing just a little research can go a long way to creating that masterpiece! All the best Elise! ;)
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EliseLowing Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, you too! :)
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soulalchemist002 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Student General Artist
BRILLIANT IDEA! .w. 
Cool! an Internship, Is that how Eva also got into Archie?
Might as well give this fanart another shot......I'll see what I can do If I have time that is.....I might not have read the Pirate plunder panic arc yet but I've played Sonic rush adventure .w. 
Wish you luck on your Internship! May the force be with you .3. LOL!

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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I shall indeed use that force!

Evan's freelancing at the moment - she got into Archie because her work was picked up by director of editorial Paul Kaminski. Work hard and you'll be sure to gain something in return! ;)
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Guardian-of-Legends Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is such a great idea! Way to really show Tracy how much we appreciate him... I think he'll be really really touched. :D
I'll definitely try to do at least one of these things in the future. If I'm not too busy then I'll try to do some fanart, but if I can't then I'll still come up with a good interview question (looks like my time as reporter for the school newspaper is paying off!)
I'm also really happy that your ambition paid off and you're applying for the internship, this means that you're really taking steps to achieve your dream and I admire that. Never stop dreaming, Elson!! :thumbsup: ^^
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you GoL! And I shall not stop, gotta keep workin' hard to achieve those goals!

Looking forward to your input when you have the time! ;)
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Guardian-of-Legends Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
No problem! Just keep moving forward!

I will probably not have enough time for any really good fan-art, but I'm going to start coming up with question and writing my piece dedicated to Tracy Yardley soon. :)
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent, looking forward to it!
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Guardian-of-Legends Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Argh, even with the deadline extension, I don't know if I'll be able to finish the whole thing by tomorrow. I could just submit it without color, but I was planning on doing color to make it all stand out...
Would it be alright if I fully completed it and handed it in on the 22nd? Would that be acceptable??
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indilee Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
Tracy's a super sweet gentleman too; we've talked in the past. I'm glad to see that this is being put together. :)
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool! Nice to know!
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indilee Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
Good luck with the project - I'd have questions but your sample ones from you are already close to what I would have asked. ;3

Also good luck with the internship! :D
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