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From Coward To Courageous by darkspeeds From Coward To Courageous by darkspeeds
Antoine D'Coolette.

Who would have thought that he was one of my favourite characters of all time in the Sonic Archie comic series?

I'm especially happy with how Antoine has evolved to a responsible, brave and matured individual in the series and thanks to Ian Flynn (the writer) and the various artists that depict Ian's narrative they were able to capture his 'evolution'.

Congrats to Antoine for also marrying one of his fellow freedom fighters - Bunnie Rabbot. They make a great couple.

Antoine used to be portrayed a coward (hence the title) but look at him now. He's grown up. He's a man. He's all the better for those who have followed his past - I absolutely love the contrast between his past and his present.

Antoine even defends without fear for those in his team (even more surprising when he does it to Sonic - when Sonic usually is the one saving his ass or teasing him for his cowardice and foolishness - please see Sonic Archie #204 for a visual reference).

Who here agrees that Antoine has grown? This is pretty much a reflection of that through my art. May those Antoine fans watchin' me will enjoy this.

  • Antoine D'Coolette and Sonic the Hedgehog (C) Sonic Archie Publications.

  • Sonic the Hedgehog (C) Sonic Team/SEGA.
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    QuantumCalmness Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
    Am so glad that at least one of the characters was allowed to grow, change and improve. Thank you for capturing a snapshot of this progress so well!
    EpsilonEagle Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
    I'm not a big fan of Archie but I admit that Antoine is one of the things they did right, considering how one dimensional and annoying he was in SatAM the difference between his cartoon self and new one in the comics is like the difference between night and day.
    CHICAGO-PD-STARS Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
    I totally agree! I love his growth, that's what makes his recent sacrifice all that more significant in the series. Talk about a 180 from the early days. What I really like is how Sonic, who always used to make fun of him, and often but heads over Sally, now respects him like family. The Archie guys have done a great job with his story. Hate to see it come to an end, let's see if he survives. :thumbsup:
    StaricoHoshi Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
    He has changed without a doubt from the old days, back then he was more of a joke than anything and now you can't help but take him seriously, especially after he threw himself at Metal Sonic just before the 'bot self destructed
    Sonicstar101 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
    Go Antoine
    ezioauditore97 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Student General Artist
    Too bad he got into a coma!That little weasel geoffrey will get it soon though!
    gundamfan2 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
    Glad that Antoine change a lot during his life and he became a great ally
    MiniDragonfly Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
    Congrats to Antoine.
    This frawing is cool(and caught me off surprise).
    miles-prower-power Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    I love his little french arse. He and Bunny are a wonderful team.
    asshyp Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    asshyp Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    I have one word to say.
    pokesonicgirl12 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010
    I agree!! I love Antoine in the comics now! He's smart, brave, funny, and still cute geeky!! Awesome pic!
    Haname15 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
    This is great. Antoine is pretty much my favorite character as well. I haven't been able to read many old comics, however. It's sad. But this rocks ^^
    THEguitarhero78 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010
    YES! about time
    REV6Pilot Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010
    God bless character development. I always hated how Antoine was the butt-monkey of the series, I thought it was a waste...

    ... then he gave Geoffrey St. John's a free face adjustment. After that, we learn his history (and that's one big pile of shit he had to gulp down).

    I haven't been too far in the series (didn't even start the Eggman saga), but he surely beats it every time!
    NIELSPETERDEJONG Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010
    Actually, i could not agree more :)

    In my youth my favourite character was sonic, and perhaps tails. However, Antoine always had a soft spot for me :) and i always wanted to see him prove his worth in the television series, and grow into a capable warrior.

    When i just started reading the archie comics, i was overjoyed.

    Not only did they keep true to the complexity of the characters (such as sonic and tails fight it off in 178 and 179 because of turmoil) but they even developed them further :)

    The Archie comics are a joy to read, but even more so since i saw Archies character development.

    They didn't just turn him into a hero, they gradually made him pit against dilemma's and allowed the story to make changes in his life. This made him into a heroic and brave person.

    He still has cowerdly tendensies, but i'm glad he has, because not only does it keep true to his original character, but it also shows how much he is overcomming them, especially for his love Bunnie Rabbot (208) She even mentions it to him :)

    The marriage between them two was one of the highlights of the series, and i think both are equally lucky :)

    So to put it short: YES he has grown, and they have greatly shown that in the series :) I think he is currently my number one favourite archie character as well :) sorry Sonic, you are much more complex in the comic then in any other universe (which i love) but Antoine is the most complex and interesting :)

    As bunnie said: "count mah lucky stars i got him" at first i was wondering if that was true compared to other males in the comic, but now i believe it is ;)
    REV6Pilot Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010
    Man, this is one long comment. And I agree with every black pixel in it.
    skythewolfdemon Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010  Student Artist
    omg is that tails
    MissCassidy Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010
    I totally agree with you there. Ant has grown up, and he's one of the characters that I have loved watching mature. I'm so thankful that Ian has taken the time to really develop him over the years. Of all the freedom fighters, it seems like Ant has had the most development as time and writers have gone by.

    Amazing tribute to an awesome character!
    FireheartTheInferno Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
    I wish I read that comic, I was gonna buy it too, then I moved right before I was gonna but it, I was so excited to know how Antone goes from coward to hero! =(
    Antone is so funny, =D I love his accent too "T'ank you"! :XD:
    CaptainVigilante Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
    Something I've Always wanted to see him do.
    lonewolf23k Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010
    Antoine D'Coolette. Textbook exemple of "Taking a Level in Badass."
    ejmasta2 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010
    Oh how the Weak has became the Strong.
    Great artwork
    JeremyAcorn Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010
    Of all the characters in the Archie-verse 'toine is the one who has grown/evolved the most. His personality change is almost bipolar it's so drastic.

    While I did appreciate the cowardly Antoine for what he was worth (which wasn't much) I really like how the writers have decided to change him over the years. Good character development is the bedrock of good story.

    Great pic. The action is well documented in Ant's pose. I also appreciate the :wtf: look on Sonic's face. :D

    I also love the freestyle way you color. "outside the lines" but not too much. ;)
    darkspeeds Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
    Indeed. ^^ I love how they gave Antoine a boost of bravery and maturity and continue to develop him as a good role model for a Freedom Fighter.
    katzuniku Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010
    This is a fine piece, the composition is interesting to the eye, but I wish you had taken more care to fill in the color as that in itself is very distracting. The sketch lines such as the ones around the head would have been dismissible if not for the scribbly-looking colors.

    Also, what is Antoine attacking? It is a little vague, looking like a pile of ink, and considering how much of whatever he is hitting is in the picture, it's hard to make it appear metaphorical.

    Nice foreshortening on Antoine's arm and sword, it looks great!
    darkspeeds Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
    Probably sliced up a vein pipe to one of the badnicks/swatbots - oil splattering everywhere being the result. :D

    The colouring style was experimental at the time, it's now officially a second colouring style of my own.
    katzuniku Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010
    Ah, I see what you mean about it possibly being oil. Still, about the coloring, I have to say, style or not, it looks like coloring-book scribbles or that you simply didn't take much time on it. :( But hey, to each his own.
    Pennyadodumuss Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    Now there isn't a Sonic character I don't like.
    JoeSam88 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010
    Do not mess with ze Frence! Oh ho ho! XD Great work! Love it! XD
    Sorain26 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2009  Student General Artist
    Cool it's Antoine.
    SonicDensetsu Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
    Hes changed so much
    but I wonder if he still weak against margerine ;)
    mabpanda Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009
    Antoine was always my fave. he's awesome :D im glad he changed.
    MDTartist83 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009   General Artist
    Awesome! Antoine looks SO badass with that sword!
    Deeteedilly Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
    I have to admit, I'm happy with Antoine's character development. He was always a favorite of mine

    great drawing. The action is right on the mark ^^:horns:
    shadowgirl669 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009
    i like one of the page in 206 with him and Sonic

    -freedom fighters chased by loads of mobs-

    Twan: Zey are giving the chase!
    Sonic: Oh no! If only one of us.... .... was incredibly fast! Oh wait!

    Panel 2 -Sonic grabs sally while amy, tails and twan runs away-

    Panel 3 -Sonic grabs amy while tails and twan runs away-

    Panel 4 -Sonic grabs tails while twan still runs away-

    Panel 5 -Arriving at the city-
    Sonic: I mean, since we're all so slow and everything....
    Twan: You are not funny, and i am about to be smash-ed.

    XD gotta love that one <33

    But yes, Twan definitly grew up a hell load! makes me want to get old issues (i missed SO MANY!) and see all that evolution he did T_T
    Rock-Raider Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009
    No denying it. This Antoine isn't that pompous chicken he was in the original SatAM cartoon.
    CCG Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009
    Though I'm still behind on the comics, I can tell just by looking at him that Antoine has become a much stronger character over time.^^ Definitely a great character and I love how he's portrayed here. :D
    Luke-the-F0x Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    Wow, he certainly has taken a level in Badassery. Its interesting how he started out as the comic relief for the Freedom Fighters and now hes all cool.
    Brilliant pic there.
    SleepyShippo Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009
    I had heard that Antoine was maturing, but the marriage to Bunnie Rabbot is news to me! And he looks awesome here! Sonic looks surprised to see that the former coward finally dropped his balls.

    Say... if Antoine is married to Bunnie,.... what are their kids gonna look like?
    TechnoShadowBlood Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    you know what..Ant deseves love -chases Ant down-
    jayfoxfire Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
    Awesome, SatAM lives on forever
    FantaZY-club Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
    EPIC :thumbsup:;P
    Sonicfan101 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009
    Wow, you've really shown the perspective of Antoine being a true Freedom Fighter well here. It looks amazing, and it even looks like he impressed Sonic as well. :) Awesome job, Elson!
    Segamonsaga Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009
    Awsome. =3
    TailsX101 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
    Antoine's one of my fav characters too. Nice work.
    hinastar-chan Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009
    wooo! Antoine!:love:
    PJBRO Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009
    love this one, really great man
    darkspeeds Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
    Thanks Paul! I much appreciate your compliment there. :D

    And darn, word bout' my art being featured on Sonic Archie Comics is already taking effect! Thanks to you a dream of mine came true.

    I shall post my celebrations of this when I get the latest issue myself. *thumbs up*
    SonicArtist85 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009
    I agree Ant has changed, but he's still a little bit of a coward.
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