BumbleKast #107 – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker


On the extra-long season finale of the BumbleKast, Ian and Kyle dive into the finale Star Wars film. Well…final in the nineth-ology. We start non-spoilery and give you a heads-up before we get into the details.

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Your hosts:

  • Ian “BumbleKing” Flynn – Head writer of Sonic the Hedgehog comics for IDW Publishing and Mega Man for Archie Comics, also writing for Archie, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and more
  • Kyle “KyleJCrb” Crouse – Founder & Administrator of the KNGI Network, host of the Nitro Game Injection video game music podcast

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With the Archie Sonic comics no longer being officially distributed, along with Sega’s habit of distancing itself from older Sonic properties, what do you think would be lost from Sonic’s legacy, if anything at all, if we lost access to or forgot about the Archie Sonic comics? Would we be losing a certain amount of heart or creativity from the franchise or was the comic’s tone and direction something better abandoned?

Diane W.
Hello Ian, I’m happy that you are still fighting to get the Freedom Fighters into the IDW comics and I’m glad you still like them. However, I heard that if the Freedom Fighters ever do appear in IDW, they’ll have to be redesigned for IDW due to the fact that the redesigns were made when the comics were being published by Archie and would be locked under their copyright claim. I don’t want them to be redesigned because personally, I liked the reboot designs for the Freedom Fighters, some fit them quite well, especially Sally’s. So, with this, will you please fight to gain legal rights to use the Archie reboot designs from Archie and use them for IDW? Please, because honestly, I cannot imagine Nicole as anything but a Holo-Lynx.

Andrew D.
In regards to Sonic Genesis, was there a miscommunication for the battle in Final Zone between you and the artist? There was some sort of shield around Sonic that was apparently a bad thing, but it didn’t seem to affect Sonic in any way. Rotor was also able to remove that shield by doing something outside the room. Am I right in assuming this was a miscommunication where you asked to have a shield around the room trapping Sonic and Eggman, but the artist accidentally interpreted it as a shield around Sonic? Regardless, what is the canon of this, and how was that shield harmful at all? Just what was the point of that shield?

what was the overall plan for the Tralius continent in general?

Almiron R.
-Ian, i have just read Tangle and Whisper 2, and i’ll admit that you are really making it awesome with those stories, especially with Mimic, so tell me should we expect seeing stories and characters like this in Season 3?

Ian, who was/were/is/are your favourite character(s) to write about during your career as a writer and why?

-This is almost definitely too obscure an Archie Sonic question, but would you happen to know any interesting tidbits about the Ancient Walkers? They’re designs have a funny way of sticking in my head as I tend to relate them to background elements I see in classic Sonic zones.

I’ve noticed that sometimes comic book writers also sketch out the visual breakdowns for pages. Some sonic relevant examples include Mike Gallahger and Caleb Goellner. Now my question is, are you one of those writers who sketches out breakdowns, or do you generally expect the artists to exercise a bit more freedom and just give them the plain script? Generally if a writer does it they go uncredited as such (unlike when an artist separate from both the writer and the artist doing the final pencils, like how Tracy Yardley was credited for breakdowns for sonic 185-186 and 197-198), and the only reason why we know they’re an example or not is due to outside sources (like the Sonic Archives talking about Gallagher doing breakdowns, and the bonus material for the Team Sonic Racing one-shot talking about Gollener) so that’s why I’m asking

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