Commentary for May 18, 2020:
Ah yes, the term ‘Auto Automaton’ is finally used here. It may be familiar to anyone who’s read Archie Sonic. If you haven’t, it’s fine. There will never be anything in Eon’s World that requires you to have any knowledge of any other fiction, even official Sonic fiction. In any case, I may say more about Auto Automatons in a later commentary for this chapter.
It may not seem like much, but I added a little texture to the space backdrop in panel 1 and I feel it makes such a difference over the typical blank starfield I’ve been using. Now, originally, I had wanted to avoid the big particle effects I originally used to make my own custom space backgrounds in Eon’s Comic (some of which you can actually still see in season 1 of Eon’s World Vol. 2, actually), because they made the file sizes of individual pages so much bigger than they needed to be. Generally, I’ve been opting for smarter, simpler effects where I can, particularly in Vol. 2 to keep file sizes from getting completely out of control, whereas the moment I first got my hands on Photoshop, I took every opportunity to fill Eon’s Comic with unnecessary visual effects. I did tone that down eventually, but mostly because I got a new computer in 2004 and couldn’t install the version of Photoshop I had on it, because it was Windows XP, rather than Windows 98 and I wasn’t tech savvy enough to find a workaround, so I just used Paint Shop Pro instead and that’s still the case. It doesn’t have the same range of effects as Photoshop, but that’s okay. I don’t need them.
Anyway, I know I’ve said so before, but I love writing Doctor Eggman. He’s such a magnificent bastard. Don’t get it twisted, he is absolutely deplorable and, if he were a real person, I would hate him. But as a fictional villain, I very much enjoy Doctor Eggman as both an audience member and a writer in my own right.