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Encyclopedia > Dawn Best
Two page spread of the original Knuckles comic by Dawn Best.

Dawn Marie Best (born October 12, 1981), is an American comic book artist, best known for her work in Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog. She broke ground in 2002, when veteran Archie Comics writer and penciller, Ken Penders, took notice of her talents and offered a position at the company. This proved to be a turning point, paving the way for several other highly favored new artists without comic specific backgrounds, including J. Axer and Jon Gray. Previously, Archie was known to have some of the most conservative hiring standards of any publisher, rarely working with anything but established seasoned professionals. October 12 is the 285th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (286th in leap years). ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... Most of the main cast of Sonic the Hedgehog, seen here on the cover of the 125th anniversary issue published by Archie Comics Sonic the Hedgehog is an ongoing series of American comic books published by Archie Comics, featuring Segas mascot video game character Sonic. ... Archie Comics is an American comic book publisher known for its many series featuring the fictional teenagers Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, Reggie Mantle and Forsythe Jughead Jones characters created by Bob Montana. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ...

Best's premiere comic was Sonic the Hedgehog #101. She pencilled the Knuckles story of that edition, and went on to do the majority of Knuckles stories thereafter. While working on Sonic the Hedgehog, she attempted an original webcomic called Sylvanna Online, which enjoyed three years of semi-continuous updating and is still popular among fans of Anthropomorphic Artwork despite it's hiatus status. It was also at this point that SEGA produced another Sonic game, Sonic Adventure 2, which marked the appearance of a new character, Rouge. The bat femme fatale markably resembled one of Sylvanna Online's canon characters, Celene, and prompted fans to credit Dawn Best with Rouge's design elements. The assumption has never been disproven. Knuckles the Echidna ) is a video game character within the Sonic the Hedgehog fictional universe of video games, television shows and comics. ... This article or section may contain original research or unverified claims. ... Furry fandom is a subculture distinguished by its enjoyment of anthropomorphic animal characters. ... Sega Corporation ) is an international video game software and hardware developing company, and a former home computer and console manufacturer. ... SA2 redirects here. ... In the Sonic the Hedgehog video game series, Rouge the Bat ) is a video game character who is a determined treasure hunter and part-time government agent who plans to make all the gems and treasures of the world hers. ...

So far, Best's final issue of Sonic the Hedgehog with Archie was issue #145, and it is unknown if she will make a return. She seems to have gravitated towards the fan community, and provides regular Q&A sessions on Ken Penders' website forum. Best has even created a popular Knuckles fan-comic, featured on the KnucklesChaotix.info website.

Aside from drawing, Best is also an accomplished model.

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