Patrick Spaziante, or "Spaz" as he is commonly known, is a comic book artist known for his work for Archie Comics, in particular his interior pencil and cover work for Mega Man, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Sonic Universe. He is also known for his work on Dreamwave Productions' comics, including the last issue of the Mega Man mini-series, as well as other illustration works like the Simon & Schuster's children books and the Mega Man Trading Cards.
Spaziante, along with Ken Penders and Steven Butler, are known for their extensive work on the Sonic comic book series. The trio interviewed with Offenberger as they approached the 150th edition of the Sonic the Hedgehog series. In the interview, Spaz talked about the early years he spent as an up-and-coming comic book artist with Archie Comics and what it was like to work his way up.
The first comic he is credited for designing the cover art for was Sonic the Hedgehog #21 (April 1995), and later on Sonic the Hedgehog #25 (August 1995), which was adapted directly from the game Sonic CD. His work on the cover to #89 contained his first drawing of Mega Man as a cameo (see Gallery).
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Rafael Gaitan, reviewing Mega Man #2 for Comics Bulletin, found Spaziante's pencils to be "clean and tight", lauding them for accurately capturing the video game's look, and manga-inspired action style. Comics Bulletin's Penny Kenny, reviewing Mega Man Volume 1: Let the Games Begin trade paperback, called that book's artwork "dynamic and expressive", praising the clarity of its sequences.
- Patrick Spaziante article in Wikipedia
- Patrick Spaziante article in the Sonic News Network
- Official Publisher Page. Simon & Schuster.
- Patrick Spaziante at ComicVine