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Tyson Hesse is an American artist that has contributed to the Sonic the Hedgehog series. Hesse has worked on both Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog and IDW Publishing's Sonic the Hedgehog comic series. He is also behind a number of animations for the Sonic the Hedgehog series.


Hesse is notable for his work in the The Amazing World of Gumball and Bravest Warriors comic series.

Hesse first approached an editor of Archie Comics at one of the annual Comic Cons, presenting his fan comic, "Sonic's Big Fat Adventure". He was soon employed by the company to work on the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series.[1] Hesse was also the animator of the trailer and opening cinematic for Sonic Mania, and the director of the Sonic Mania Adventures web series.

After the license cancellation of Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog series held previously, Hesse was commissioned for cover artwork of the new Sonic the Hedgehog series comic run published by IDW Publishing.

For the 2020 film, Sonic the Hedgehog, Hesse was hired to redesign the design for the main character. He was also involved in the production of the 2022 sequel, serving as storyboard supervisor and lead character designer.[2]



Sonic the Hedgehog series

  • Chao In Space (director, writer, storyboarding, animation, music editing, dialogue editing)
  • Sonic Colors: Rise of the Wisps (director, writer, logo animator, production design, compositor, music editing, dialogue editing, sound effects)
  • Sonic Mania
    • Opening animation (art direction, storyboarding, producer)
    • Ending animation
    • Pre-order trailer
  • Sonic Mania Adventures (writer, director, storyboarding, art director, animation director, character design, production design)
  • Sonic Mania Plus
    • Pre-order trailer
  • Team Sonic Racing Overdrive (director, storyboarding, art director, production design, audio mixing)


Sonic the Hedgehog series

Cover artwork

Archie Comics

IDW Publishing


Archie Comics


Archie Comics



  • Hesse's favorite character is Knuckles the Echidna.[1]
  • Hesse is married to Mariel Cartwright.
  • Before working on the official Sonic comics, Hesse had made parody meme comics based on the Sonic series, which became popularly known as "Hedgehog the Sonic", due to the comics presenting an alternate universe in which the rules of the Sonic universe are turned on their head.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Sonic Official - 23 - Hidden Things. YouTube. Sonic the Hedgehog (28 September 2017). Retrieved on 28 September 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Tyson Hesse on Twitter. Twitter (9 December 2021). Archived from the original on 10 December 2021. Retrieved on 9 December 2021. "Tyson Hesse: Beyond honored to come back on Sonic 2 as storyboard supervisor and character design lead. The movie we’re putting together is a truly wild ride. It’s huge and Sonic-y, and I really hope you’ll love it!"
  3. Katie Chrzanowski on Twitter. Twitter (24 March 2022). Archived from the original on 24 March 2022. Retrieved on 25 March 2022.
  4. Tyson Hesse on Twitter. Twitter (12 November 2019). Retrieved on 12 November 2019.

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Archie Comics staff members