[Blacklight]: Hey, how did we get the budget for a new couch?
[Mr. C]: (offscreen) We didn’t. I dragged this one in from my living room. Please try not to destroy it.
[Blacklight]: You got it, boss! So, Shadow, fan art is a pretty big part of the Sonic community, wouldn’t you say?
[Shadow]: Only for the weird ones.
[Blacklight]: You clearly haven’t been looking closely enough. The Sonic community has put forward some truly beautiful pieces of art, and many of its members have gone on to become successful artists, even employed at SEGA. Take Tyson Hesse, for example. Starting off making fan comics, he went on to create the famed animated intro cutscene for Sonic Mania, not to mention Sonic Mania Adventures, Team Sonic Racing Overdrive, and Chao in Space.
[Shadow]: That so-called “fan comic” is a monstrosity. It’s a miracle that they didn’t sue him over it. The fact that they hired him instead shows how little faith we should have in them as a company. And that’s not even the worst it gets…
[Blacklight]: Just because you don’t appreciate comedy gold doesn’t mean it didn’t take talent. Regardless, my real question is this: why isn’t there any fan art of me!?
[Shadow]: I don’t think you want that.
[Mr. C]: (offscreen) Umm…have you looked up recently? There’s literally 2D artwork of you winking at us right now.
[Blacklight]: It doesn’t count as fan art if the creator is the one who makes it! That’s just plain old art!
[Shadow]: It’s art of you. What else could you possibly want?
[Blacklight]: Says the guy who gets more fan art than anyone else! Anyone else, that is, except for Sonic himself. Sonic gets more art than anyone! His name is practically synonymous with fan art! Why can’t I get what he has!?
[Shadow]: Because you need fans in order to have fan art?
[Blacklight]: Oh really? And what do my fans have to say about that?
[Shadow]: Still just an audio clip.
[Blacklight]: Regardless, I am my own biggest fan.
[Shadow]: You’re not wrong about that.
[Blacklight]: Which is why I prepared this for myself! The first ever piece of Blacklight fan art!
[Blacklight]: I call him…wait for it…”Blkleet.”
[Shadow]: This is what you were jealous of? Sanic art?
[Blacklight]: Isn’t he beautiful?
[Shadow]: “He” is literally just a recolored Sanic. And not even recolored well. Would it really have been so hard to draw your own freak of nature to unleash upon this world?
[Blacklight]: Nonsense! Recolored art is the most highly respected form of Sonic fan art!
[Shadow]: And you’re getting this information from where, exactly?
[Blacklight]: The Internet, obviously.
[Shadow]: No part of the Internet I’ve ever seen before…
[Blacklight]: Well, allow me to educate you. There’s this place called “Twitter” where they share “memes,” often pronounced as “may-mays.” It’s what happens when millions of people agree on something being respected enough to “re-tweet.”
[Shadow]: Therein lies your confusion. Being respected and being funny are not always the same thing.
[Blacklight]: Preposterous! Laughter is a universal symbol of respect.
[Shadow]: In your own little universe, maybe…
[Blacklight]: Sanic is one of the most well-respected memes ever created. Not to mention Sonichu, Coldsteel, and Big the Cat.
[Shadow]: That last one’s an actual character. Is there supposed to be running theme here?
[Blacklight]: Yes. Yes there is. The Official Sonic Twitter account is the glorious wellspring from which these wonderful memes flow. Wait…Mr. C?
[Mr. C]: (offscreen) Yes, I do follow it. Well, the Facebook page, anyways.
[Blacklight]: Great! What’re the chances of getting the guy who runs it on the show?
[Mr. C]: (offscreen) Uhh…less than zero?
[Blacklight]: So that’s a maybe?
[Mr. C]: (offscreen) Sure…?
[Shadow]: Wasn’t this supposed to be a conversation about fan art?
[Blacklight]: In a manner of speaking, aren’t all memes a form of art?
[Shadow]: Or is it that all Sonic fan art is just a meme?
[Mr. C]: (offscreen) There’s no reason that heartfelt talent and unrestricted fun can’t coexist.
[Blacklight]: Nobody asked you.