CWC Comics / No. 0 / Drawn Nov. 24, 04
BLURB: Hand-drawn premiere issue!
CHRISTIAN WESTON CHANDLER: Go! Sonichu! Go out and zap to the extreme!
SONICHU: I will! Thank you, father!
LEGAL INFORMATION: All Sonichu material are Copyrighted March, 2000-2005 by. Christian W. Chandler.
The cover of the premiere issue of Sonichu is among the most well-known illustrations by Christian Weston Chandler, and certainly the most often imitated in parodies.
This image sets the stage for the Sonichu saga and its broad themes. The first line of dialogue is given to Chandler himself, imploring his creation to go forth like a god commanding mankind. Sonichu is at once obedient and grateful to his maker. As with most of Chandler’s productions involving his signature character, it is less important why we should care about Sonichu than that Chris deserves praise for having created Sonichu in the first place.
Chris is pictured here wearing his traditional red-and-blue striped rugby shirt and his precious Sonichu medallion–a clay image of Sonichu’s face attached to a chain around his neck. This ensemble represents Chris’s traditional “look” in both real life and in the comics–during the mid-2000s it was unusual for him to be seen wearing anything else. Chris’s right hand clutches an “S-Chu ball,” a Sonichu-themed variant of the device used to capture and contain creatures in the Pokemon video games.
As shown here, Chandler has heterochromia–his right eye is slightly greener than his left eye, which is blue. Like many of the characteristics he feels are unique, he is unusually proud of his condition. Although the differences in his eye colors are nearly impossible to discern in photographs, the contrast is much more visible in the Crayola world of Sonichu .
Sonichu is intended as an amalgamation of the title character from the Sonic the Hedgehog video games and the Pikachu species from Pokemon . However, for all practical purposes he is simply a yellow-colored version of Sonic with the ears, tail, and markings of a Pikachu. His use of the term “father” to describe Chris refers to a paternal relationship between the creator and his creation, which is heavily emphasized in early issues of the series. In his 2009 dramatic readings of the series , Chandler awkwardly avoids his own references to Sonichu being his son, suggesting that he had by that time become uncomfortable with that aspect of their relationship.
The date in the corner, November 24, 2004, indicates when Chandler completed the cover–the entire issue #0 was apparently not completed until at least March 2005. Consider that in November 2004 Chris was 22 years old and serving a suspension from his community college.