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  1. Anyway SSMB, I think I'm going to bail for a few months if not longer. I'm fining myself not articulate enough and frequently too angry by the results of that. That, and every single time I come on and partake of late all I do is get riled up and angry. It's bad enough that my POV seems so incompatible as it does some days, but I feel like I'm less so contributing and just being a thorn in the side of member that have decided to stay. I want to enjoy Sonic, and frankly there is no enjoyment left here for me at this time so instead of causing trouble and picking fights I'm just going to pack my bags and leave. I might return when there is actually something to share joy in again, but for now I'm out.

    If you want to keep in touch with me for some reason feel free to join the Discord for my Sonic AU (https://discord.gg/ePgQ4Cm), or you can find me on twitter @JoshTarwater, on tumblr at https://sonicfanj.tumblr.com/, or DeviantArt at https://www.deviantart.com/sonicfanj. Anyway, take care everyone and hopefully the franchise this site is built around will give everyone here some joy again. At least with me gone that should be one less troublemaker bringing things down. Later everyone.

    1. Kuzu


      I've always appreciated your views, so take care of yourself and hope to see you back in the future.

    2. Ryannumber1gamer


      I'm sorry to see you leave, I hope you come back some day. Good luck.

    3. Failinhearts


      We'll keep in touch on Discord, at least.

      See you, buddy.

    4. iambitter21


      Well, sorry to see you go, I never got to talk to you but when you ever come back, here's a tip: if you gotta do something... BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!

      farewell Junio fan, your kind is one of the best around.

  2. Morning SSMB!

    And yup, a status greeting from me means art 😅 But today's art is birthday art for @Failinhearts's!
    It's Sentinel Sonic from Failin's AU here to make sure Failin' can enjoy his birthday! Happy Birthday Failin'!

    And yes, it's on my art thread too


    1. Failinhearts


      I can't thank you enough for this amazing art!

    2. Sonic Fan J

      Sonic Fan J

      😁 I'm just so glad you like it Failin'!

  3. Haven't seen you in a long time but still wanted to wish you a happy birthday and hope that you are doing well!

  4. Afternoon SSMB,

    Please enjoy a Rosy pic with a wonky right ear


    I noticed it way to late to do anything about as I had already started posting it onto social media, but other than that I'm having fun playing around with this style. I'm still a bit slow with it and am hoping to pic up the pace sooner than later, so I might go ahead and make a reference sheet for it now. In the mean time, please enjoy everyone and remember you can find it over on my art thread as well

    [EDIT]: And ear fixed! Hooray!

    1. Failinhearts



  5. Afternoon SSMB,


    It's my next experiment with my style and for this pic I really leaned back into my usual style. I've got thicker limbs going on still but they are a lot more balanced here than in the last experiment. On a whole I'm really happy with how this style is looking, but I'd still appreciate feedback as well. Meanwhile, please enjoy and remember that you can find this piece and all of my other works on my art thread


  6. Reading the current Shadow thread heavily reminds me why I prefer Sonic as an adventure story and not a combat or action story. It's a story about Sonic on his globetrotting adventures, mostly focusing on when he encounters Eggman. That description does not equate to combat and super powers or anything else on its own. Even when you throw in genius robot making mad scientist and blue hedgehog that runs at the speed of sound, it doesn't relate to being a combat story. Oh well, no point dwelling on things that don't matter to my interpretation of the franchise.

    1. Kuzu


      The second the series introduced rivals that can compete with Sonic, it stopped being just and adventure story.

    2. Sonic Fan J

      Sonic Fan J

      Except it didn't have to and really didn't until after Unleashed. Sonic still went on adventures and traveled to new places meeting new people. It never devolved into the combat series that some people think it is. I don't really know what it is post Unleashed, but it still isn't a combat series. Characters fighting each other in fisticuffs and spamming super powers is still primarily in the domain of fan content.

    3. Kuzu


      Knuckles, Shadow, Blaze, Jet, and Silver; all of these characters were introduced as a means to compete with or contrast Sonic as an equal, hence all of them get the same billing and attention as Sonic in their debuts. I'm not saying the series is combat focused at all, but it's not just an adventure story about going from place to place when it blatantly puts these characters as obstacles for Sonic to overcome. 

      The series has always had elements of being an action series as much as it has elements of being and Adventure series. 

    4. Sonic Fan J

      Sonic Fan J


      It did not however devolve into a combat series, yet I see a lot of people talk about it like it did. It's those conversations hat make me miss the days when Sonic's stories were an adventure.

    5. Kuzu


      When you introduce characters that can compete with the main character, these conversations are inevitable. It doesn't mean adventure is no longer the focus though.  You don't hear people talk about this with Tails or Amy (because they're both inferior to Sonic's power level :V) 

      Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go talk about why Sonic's power level is higher than everyone else's.


    6. Sonic Fan J

      Sonic Fan J

      Best of luck 😆

  7. Funny, yesterday was my two year anniversary on SSMB and I celebrated by forgetting 🤣 At least I posted some art so it wasn't a total loss.

    1. Failinhearts


      Happy anniversary!

    2. Sonic Fan J

      Sonic Fan J

      Thanks Failin'!

  8. Evening SSMB,


    Today's piece is the first experiment in finding a style I like where I can blend a more modern proportion style with my typical Toei influences. Aside from the legs being an obvious sticking point I'm looking for general feedback on the style on a whole. Regardless of your thoughts on the style though, I hope everyone enjoys, and remember, you can find it in my art thread


  9. Morning SSMB,


    Another pic of Rosy to start the day, and again one I'm not all too happy with. Also once more heavily referencing Evan Stanley while I figure out how to inject certain things I really like into my usual style. I plan om starting my experiments any day now, though my current depressive episode is putting a bit of a damper on that, and seeing what I can come up with. Anyway, for now, please enjoy this piece and remember you can find it in my art thread


  10. As I seem to be SSMB's resident feral Amy brat I'm going to avoid the forums for a couple of days so I can work on drawing her in the interim. Hopefully I don't miss too much while I'm away...


    ...though Evan Stanley's role change has just told me I will. Go figure with this timing 😅

    1. DryLagoon


      It's probably for the best. Hopefully things will pick up later this month whenever the US does their stream.

  11. Welcome to SSMB Mr. Pollock,

    Though a little late to be in advance, sorry for us being overentitled.

    Anyway, enjoy your stay and thanks for all of your work as the voice of Dr. Eggman. I know you get paid for it, but you still deserve thanks as well for making us love him so much, so thank you.

    1. itsamike


      Thank you so much. But you should also thank the people who choose to keep hiring me.

    2. Sonic Fan J

      Sonic Fan J

      True, as they make sure we have a consistent Eggman that we love.

  12. And afternoon SSMB,


    It's Rosy again. Not quite a normal pic for me either as not only did I go for Modern Sonic proportions, but I heavily referenced Evan Stanley's pic of her to try and teach myself new things. And I did learn a lot. How that will affect me going forward I have yet to figure out. I love how Evan drew her, but I also love Toei Sonic and it is my go to style. I'm probably going to have to come up with a brand new style to mix what I love from both, but I'm not really sure where to start. For now though, please enjoy this pic, and remember you can find it on my art thread


  13. Have art of my own to work on right now so I won't be around most of today, but before I disappear, just wanted to let everyone know that I have a link to the tweet of Evan Stanley's drawing of my Amy redesign up on my art thread.

    Now you can keep track of it a lot easier without it disappearing in the status updates. Enjoy everyone ^^

  14. Good morning SSMB,

    Time for a repost of my late night greetings to show off some art of my Amy Rose redesign, Rosy. Only one thing different this time..


    ... She's been drawn by none other than Evan Stanley \"(^o^)"/

    She came out so great and I am still on such a high 😆 It was worth every penny I spent on it and I hope everyone enjoys 😊

    (And mods, is okay to embed the tweet on my art thread even though it's obviously not my art?)

    1. Lord-Dreamerz


      I saved that art on twitter last night as it popped randomly into my feed. Ha should had known it was your design based on Amy wearing white. Hm at the time something about it did feel familiar to me... guess i know why now.

    2. Sonic Fan J

      Sonic Fan J

      Yep, I asked for her with modern proportions as I've been getting a strange itch to see her that way of late instead of classic. That, and Evan Stanley does such great modern style work it just seemed a natural approach.

    3. Lord-Dreamerz


      I like it a lot. I think it looks better with the modern body you got here then it would with the classic body size in this case.

    4. Sonic Fan J

      Sonic Fan J

      I think that's one of the reason's i wanted to see her done with modern proportions, as her leotard would stand out more that way.

  15. A very late evening SSMB,

    And while this is a typical status with me posting art, it isn't my art today but art of my Amy Rose redesign, Rosy. The artist in question? None other than Evan Stanley! Check it out

    She came out so awesome and I am just absolutely overjoyed 😊 It was a little costly at US$160, but it was so worth it. She's opening up commissions again in May so if anyone else wants her to draw their characters they should keep an eye out for her next opening.

    Meanwhile, I'll be posting this again in the morning for the morning crowd and asking the Mods if i can put this link on my art thread. Anyway, have a good night everyone and know that I am over the moon right now 😄

  16. Before I go offline from now just wanted to make single complaint. It really gets under my skin when people look back at the franchise pre-Adventure and remember Mario instead of Sonic. Just gets under my skin.

    Anyway, that's all. Catch you guys later.

    1. Waveshocker Sigma

      Waveshocker Sigma

      ...I think I'm confused as to what you mean. I might get it, but I'm not sure.

    2. Tails spin

      Tails spin


      This is why I'm glad to have grown up and love both Mario and Sonic igually during the 90s

    3. DanJ86


      I grew up with both, too.

    4. Waveshocker Sigma

      Waveshocker Sigma

      I grew up on Mario, Sonic and Mega Man at the same time. It's why I see them as "The Three Kings of platforming" and as my childhood heroes.

    5. Sonic Fan J

      Sonic Fan J

      I guess I didn't really clarify what I meant when I posted this but I was kind of busy so allow me to clarify a little. I might be a little long winded though so bear with me.

      I grew up with Sonic in the nineties starting from his debut in '91, but somehow managed to get my hands on enough of the Japanese lore to discard everything western focused. That and the Japanese art actually matched what was in game unlike everything western focused which didn't sit right with kid me. As a result, i had a pretty distinct view of sonic even back then and was elated when Adventure came around and embraced the Japanese side of the franchise. Everything finally lined up and it was perfect. Then after Sonic Adventure 2 and SEGA stepping out of the hardware business the next game up was Heroes, and this is when I was first exposed to what I was talking about above. People were praising Heroes for being like how Sonic was and it didn't match a thing I knew. It didn't match the Japanese version (unless you look at the merchandising which is what drove Naka's decision for a character redesign) and it definitely didn't match anything western made. I had no idea what Sonic was being described as and it was really eating at me because whet critics and other people at the time were describing was not Sonic in any capacity. I wouldn't get my answer until late last year.

      Here on SSMB I had reason to finally watch a playthrough of a Mario game and low and behold, there was the description of Sonic I had been hearing since Heroes came out. I was absolutely floored that everything I had heard and continued to hear up to today describing Sonic pre-Adventure was right there. People were describing Mario and not Sonic all these years and I finally understood that. Why their memories and minds replaced Sonic with Mario in all but the character graphics is still beyond me, but I finally knew and it was honestly liberating. Unfortunately it didn't deal with the aggravation as I still see people remember Sonic from before Adventure as Mario and not Sonic, and it drives me up the wall.

      So, there it is if not a little wordy, but that's what I mean when I complain that fans annoy me when they remember Mario instead of Sonic when looking back at "Sonic" pre-Adventure and remembering Mario. Their conflating the ideas and imagery of Mario over Sonic and not remembering who or what Sonic actually was. It both boggles my mind and gets so under my skin because even SEGA has embraces it and it is so wrong, which I see so many other people agree with even as they continue to conflate Mario and Sonic.

      Anyway, hope that clarifies it.

    6. Waveshocker Sigma

      Waveshocker Sigma

      Okay, I had a feeling you meant something like that, but I didn't want to just assume it and be wrong.

      And with that said, I definitely get what you mean and do sort of agree, though I don't really have a problem with the way Sonic acts in Heroes. (But thats' my favorite 3D game so I'm biased. lol) but as far as series and gameplay tone overall, I get it. It's one of the many reasons why I hate Lost World with a passion.

      it does kinda feel like Sonic isn't allowed to be "Sonic" by the original intention and standard anymore. For me, Sonic hasn't felt like itself, series or character, since Black Knight's story.

    7. Sonic Fan J

      Sonic Fan J

      I never really blamed Heroes itself, but more so that's when I started noticing the weird conflation. I was actually watching the Video Game TV show X-Play, and it was Morgan Webb who first educated me on it as she described rainbows and happy clouds that smiled back at Sonic as he ran by. I know I don't remember her words exactly, but I remember how livid I was at how inaccurately she described Sonic. When I started learning that it had become some commonly held perspective it only confused me further just due to the existence of the western material. Even in AoStH Sonic didn't wave at happy clouds that smiled back at him.

      So I can't say when the conflation began, but that is when I first noticed it and SEGA embracing it with Lost World aesthetically while simultaneously embracing the full of himself stand-up comedian persona just broke him for me. It was at that point combined with BOOM! that I started ranting about the series instead of sharing my love of it. Then I watched the OVA for the first time ever and it just ruined everything for me it was so good and nostalgic (for the record I've only seen the Japanese dub as my distaste for bad American voice acting assures I won't watch anything foreign made English dubbed). But yeah, Black Knight was the last time I saw the Sonic I knew and loved and if not for Flynn having a pretty darn good grasp on him I'd probably have no hope beyond the faintest of slivers.

  17. And before I get off for the night one more pic


    Was feeling further inspired by the last variation on the pic in the below link and made a desktop out of it.

    Unless someone actually comments on my art thread though this one won't be available there until late tomorrow my time, or Wednesday. Either way, this desktop is for everyone to use, so please enjoy 😄

  18. Afternoon SSMB,


    Straight to the pic today to go with the greeting 😄
    And some more under the spoiler.






    So, another pic of Rosy obviously, but due to the pose I experimented with trying to go more with Modern proportions and ended up and ended up with a rather enjoyable little mashup IMO. Been working on this one for about two days but am glad I finally wrapped it up. It was a lot of fun for a change which is partially why all of those extra pics are in teh spoilers 😅

    Anyway, i hope everyone enjoys, and remember, you can find it on my art thread as well.


  19. Morning SSMB,

    So today's pic is one I'm not happy with and normally wouldn't share, but I wanted some feedback and posted it else already. As it's been picking up likes I figured I could share it here as well.


    Now that it's here I hope everyone enjoys 😊 And don't forget you can also find it on my art thread too!


  20. Afternoon SSMB,

    Well, if I'm greeting everyone you know that means I have art to share 🤣
    Anyway, this piece is more concept art than actually piece of art per say, but if anyone remembers this old post of mine

    where I was spitballing ideas for how the traditional run/jump/roll single button gameplay of the classics could be kept while making characters unique, then this piece will make a bit more sense to you.


    I took the no hammer moveset idea I had from that old post and applied it to Rosy, my Amy Rose redesign. It's a bit of a mess, but I hope it more clearly illustrates how I see that moveset working (though I made a couple of changes here to make it less cumbersome). Anyway, please enjoy and remember you can find it on my art thread as well


    1. StaticMania


      I can't believe you want her to steal Shadow's moves...

    2. Sonic Fan J

      Sonic Fan J


      Steal Shadow's moves? I have to admit to being rather confused? The thought I had behind the moveset I proposed was based on Amy's grabbing animation back in CD, her typically being demonstrated as being acrobatic, the squishy nature of cute characters, and repurposing the relationship between enemy and platforming. I don't see how that relates to Shadow at all. If you don't mind, could you clarify a little.

    3. StaticMania


      That twirl through the air is what Shadow does off trick ramps in SA2...

    4. Sonic Fan J

      Sonic Fan J

      I never even thought about that 😂
      I just thought a front full twists works since she already does one during her Hammer Vault in Sonic Adventure. Unless I'm not remembering it right, which wouldn't be a surprise.

    5. iambitter21


      sounds like a lot of fun, I'll think about using this for something...

  21. Just found out if I don’t have sick time during self isolation that my work place will cut benefits. Wonderful. Now I have to hope that I get the extension for being diabetic just so I can stay safe and keep my medical insurance in case something does happen.

    Corporations suck sometimes.

    1. Monkey Destruction Switch

      Monkey Destruction Switch

      :( Really sorry to hear that.

    2. DryLagoon


      😢 No sad reaction so also commenting with sad emoji

  22. In light of April Fool's starting to roll across the world my last status feels tone deaf to me. It's kind of sad when something important is undermined by fun and games and I end up feeling guilty.

    1. Supah Berry

      Supah Berry

      It's no problem. I would've known you were being serious about events in your personal life anyway. I don't think it's in your nature to make a prank out of such a frightful, emotionally stressing moment in everyone's life. 

      Frankly I'd say that it's the fun and games that are being undermined by the virus panic. There are indeed some total jerkasses that I just know will try trivializing all the lives currently in jeopardy, and I'll tell you what, I know you're not one of them. I say this for year we all focus less on playing tricks on one another to cause unintended harm and more on just looking out those in need by giving them our support and optimism.

    2. Sonic Fan J

      Sonic Fan J

      Thank you so much for the kind words and having such a great head on your shoulders. I really appreciate it @Supah Berry

    3. Failinhearts


      The occasion should not get in the way of you expressing your own personal struggles. We still care for you, and are willing to be serious for a moment if it means making you not feel alone.

    4. Sonic Fan J

      Sonic Fan J

      I appreciate it Failin'. Thank you!

  23. Well, after being told by both my doctor's office and the CDC that me and my family are at high risk to contract COVID-19, I've decided to take the next month off from work in lieu of the State Governor issuing a stay at home order. The down side is that neither my doctor or the CDC said I should stay home so I'll only be making half pay for the month as my work place would only provide full pay had I received a direct stay at home/quarantine order from a doctor or the CDC. I still count myself blessed however as I know a lot of work places would never pay you at all during this time so I really am grateful. It just bothers me being told my family and I are at high risk to contract this virus yet also being told to just go out in public regardless. It just doesn't sit right with me.

    Anyway, even though I now find myself with a month of free time I doubt I'll be on any more than usual. I'll be switching my sleep cycle around for now so I'm up during the day for the first time in almost a year so I can attend to errands at home now that I have the time for them. I also will probably be focusing on my Japanese studies more if I can build a good schedule and that can be pretty time consuming. In general though, taking this month to sequester myself away for the good of myself and my family does not equate to more time online. If anything, it might end up being less. I can't say for sure yet, but we'll see.

    1. PaulyBFromDa303


      No matter what happens, keep yourself safe. Stay smart and vigilant. Make sure you're taking all the steps you can to avoid it. I myself have been staying home as much as I can except for food and work, which apparently I've been working more hours because this whole pandemic thing really boosted our business. I learned that one of the properties I patrol has people with the virus. But I've been staying in the patrol car as much as possible, I'm not getting out unless I have to. So far, so good. But please stay safe out there

    2. Sonic Fan J

      Sonic Fan J

      Best I can do right now. Shame after this month though it's either go back to work or have no job. Hopefully in my town this stay at home order will help control the situation and it won't be as bad when I do go back.

    3. SonicWind


      Good luck, J. Be careful and take this time to enjoy yourself.

    4. Zaysho


      Take care of yourself, dude.

    5. Sonic Fan J

      Sonic Fan J

      Thank you everyone, I really do appreciate it.

    6. Ryannumber1gamer


      Take care of yourself and follow the proper guidelines. This is a scary time for everyone and has forced everyone to make a change to their daily schedules in some way shape or form. Hope it works out for you.

    7. Failinhearts


      What matters is staying safe, okay?

  24. An early morning SSMB and obviously pics to go with it 🤣

    These two are from last week and now serve as my banner and avatar both.


    First up is my new avatar, a pic of Rosy I did to celebrate surpassing 100 followers on tumblr. while the next heavily referenced from an old Sonic CD wallpaper for the PS3 is actually Sonic himself serving as my new banner


    The referencing was worth it in my opinion as he turned out great IMO 😊

    Enjoy everyone and don't forget you can find these easier on my art thread 


    1. Failinhearts



      she babey

    2. Ellipsis-Ultima


      That's real cute!

    3. Sonic Fan J

      Sonic Fan J

      Thank you both so much 😊

  25. An early morning SSMB.

    As normal it seems, I've got a pic to justify the morning greeting


    Today's pic is my half of an art trade with DeviantArt user cometkittygalaxy or on tumblr either loafyy or loafytoasty. It's her character Coffuu who was quite fun to draw and a bit of a challenge for her hair. You can find her half of the art trade here as well if you are curious.

    I hope everyone enjoys 😊

    1. Failinhearts



      That's really cute!

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