So I guess this is out there now. New Sonic Boom comic book!

http://archiecomics.stores.yahoo.net/sonicboom.html

Inks-to-Colors Sonic Boom by herms85

Decided to try out the new Sonic Boom character designs. Pretty fun to do - still not used to coloring Sonic’s arms blue, though. Hope you guys dig!

Each of these is available for purchase as well. 8.5x11 pencil and ink drawings on Bristol board, print of the colors included. $30 USD, shipping within the US included. (International please add $10.) First come, first serve. Contact me at mattherms@Hotmail.com if interested!

Ready to Rumble (Sonic Universe 64 - Page 02) by herms85

Just wrapped up colors on “The Chaotix Caper” story arc last week! Here’s one of my favorite splash pages from Sonic Universe #64, which came out a few weeks ago I believe.

Pencils: Tracy Yardley
Inks: Jim Amash
Colors: Matt Herms

Published by Archie Comics.

Super Fighting Robots by herms85

Playin’ around in Photoshop a couple of days ago. A Mega Man themed nod to Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots!

Oh hey! Here’s a variant cover I colored for Kevin Keller. Art by Phil Jiminez. It’s an homage to the very first appearance of Wonder Woman. Was cool giving it a faded, aged look, like it could be a comic from the 1940s!

Published by Archie Comics.

Sonic Universe 66 Cover by herms85

Solicits for this came out yesterday, so I think it’s okay to share! I colored this cover AGES ago - like back in November/December. Glad to finally get to show it off! This is the raw cover art to Sonic Universe 66, published by Archie Comics.

Pencils: Tracy Yardley
Inks: Jim Amash
Colors: Matt Herms

The X Factor!
There’s an upcoming event in the Mega Man comics called “Dawn of X” that is gonna’ be awesome! It starts in Mega Man #37 - which I actually just handed in the final colors on earlier this week - and will run four issues. Really pumped for it!
These are a couple pages from “The X Factor” back-up story published in Mega Man #34. I got to work with Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante again on this. I probably worked longer on these pages than I had in years, they were so finely inked and detail-packed! But so worth the hard work!
Lineart: Spaz
Colors: Matt Herms
Published by Archie Comics. The X Factor!
There’s an upcoming event in the Mega Man comics called “Dawn of X” that is gonna’ be awesome! It starts in Mega Man #37 - which I actually just handed in the final colors on earlier this week - and will run four issues. Really pumped for it!
These are a couple pages from “The X Factor” back-up story published in Mega Man #34. I got to work with Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante again on this. I probably worked longer on these pages than I had in years, they were so finely inked and detail-packed! But so worth the hard work!
Lineart: Spaz
Colors: Matt Herms
Published by Archie Comics.

The X Factor!

There’s an upcoming event in the Mega Man comics called “Dawn of X” that is gonna’ be awesome! It starts in Mega Man #37 - which I actually just handed in the final colors on earlier this week - and will run four issues. Really pumped for it!

These are a couple pages from “The X Factor” back-up story published in Mega Man #34. I got to work with Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante again on this. I probably worked longer on these pages than I had in years, they were so finely inked and detail-packed! But so worth the hard work!

Lineart: Spaz

Colors: Matt Herms

Published by Archie Comics.

Fox 5 Throwback Variant Cover by herms85

So about a year ago I got to color a graphic novel for Archie Comics called “Legacy of the Crusaders,” featuring classic stories of The Shield, Jaguar, Fly Girl, The Web and more! One of these stories was a Fox short by comics legend Alex Toth.

Unfortunately they did not use the new coloring for it in the graphic novel… But it looks like one of those pages that I did color has found a second life as a Throwback Variant Cover for issue 5 of The Fox! So that’s pretty awesome. :D

Art: Alex Toth
Colors: Matt Herms

Published by Archie Comics.

To wrap up the game adaptation stories celebrating Sonic’s 20th birthday , here’s some pages from Sonic Generations! This story - penciled by Jamal Peppers and inked by Terry Austin - appeared in the back of Sonic the Hedgehog issue 230, immediately after the conclusion to the “Sonic Genesis” arc.

This was the first time in a long while since some of these characters had appeared in the book, so it was fun to try out some more recent coloring styles on characters like the Chaotix and Knuckles.

This story essentially recreates the game’s intro. As I recall, I had very little reference for this story so I think some of the colors don’t match up quite right.

Wrapping up the second half of the “Sonic Genesis” arc, issues 228 and 229 were a loose adaptation of Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Look, it’s Tails! And Super Sonic!
One of the more interesting challenges of working on licensed books is the research. There’s a lot of Youtube “Let’s Plays” and concept art and back-issues and Wikis and more to be looked at, month-after-month. This storyline especially required a lot of attention, and some of those 16-bit backgrounds are not so easily translated to a comic book page!
Some fun facts:
I believe Spaz was originally supposed to do layouts (with Tracy doing finishes) on all four parts of this story. But the art switched to Tracy going solo as of issue 228, likely due to the hectic schedule with Mega Man launching simultaneously. It ends up being a cool visual nod to things “returning to normal” as Sonic and co start getting their memories back with this ish.
The Genesis arc also features cover artwork by Spaz that is all drawn as homages to the original Genesis game box art… Except for part 4, which is just a bad-ass shot of Super Sonic!
When Sally regains her memories, we actually cut the image of Sonic and Sal kissing for one of them just holding hands. I forget the reason, but it was likely because that smooch is revisited again in the very next issue, number 230!
Wrapping up the second half of the “Sonic Genesis” arc, issues 228 and 229 were a loose adaptation of Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Look, it’s Tails! And Super Sonic!
One of the more interesting challenges of working on licensed books is the research. There’s a lot of Youtube “Let’s Plays” and concept art and back-issues and Wikis and more to be looked at, month-after-month. This storyline especially required a lot of attention, and some of those 16-bit backgrounds are not so easily translated to a comic book page!
Some fun facts:
I believe Spaz was originally supposed to do layouts (with Tracy doing finishes) on all four parts of this story. But the art switched to Tracy going solo as of issue 228, likely due to the hectic schedule with Mega Man launching simultaneously. It ends up being a cool visual nod to things “returning to normal” as Sonic and co start getting their memories back with this ish.
The Genesis arc also features cover artwork by Spaz that is all drawn as homages to the original Genesis game box art… Except for part 4, which is just a bad-ass shot of Super Sonic!
When Sally regains her memories, we actually cut the image of Sonic and Sal kissing for one of them just holding hands. I forget the reason, but it was likely because that smooch is revisited again in the very next issue, number 230!

Wrapping up the second half of the “Sonic Genesis” arc, issues 228 and 229 were a loose adaptation of Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Look, it’s Tails! And Super Sonic!

One of the more interesting challenges of working on licensed books is the research. There’s a lot of Youtube “Let’s Plays” and concept art and back-issues and Wikis and more to be looked at, month-after-month. This storyline especially required a lot of attention, and some of those 16-bit backgrounds are not so easily translated to a comic book page!

Some fun facts:

  • I believe Spaz was originally supposed to do layouts (with Tracy doing finishes) on all four parts of this story. But the art switched to Tracy going solo as of issue 228, likely due to the hectic schedule with Mega Man launching simultaneously. It ends up being a cool visual nod to things “returning to normal” as Sonic and co start getting their memories back with this ish.
  • The Genesis arc also features cover artwork by Spaz that is all drawn as homages to the original Genesis game box art… Except for part 4, which is just a bad-ass shot of Super Sonic!
  • When Sally regains her memories, we actually cut the image of Sonic and Sal kissing for one of them just holding hands. I forget the reason, but it was likely because that smooch is revisited again in the very next issue, number 230!