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- Ian “BumbleKing” Flynn – Head writer of Sonic the Hedgehog comics for IDW Publishing and Mega Man for Archie Comics, Narrative Director for Rivals of Aether, writing for Archie, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and more
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Hi Ian and Kyle, how are you guys doing today?
Ian, when the ArchieSonic comics got rebooted in issue #252, you were given the opportunity to do a lot of new world building and create a number of new freedom fighter characters from various parts of the world… Did you have any plans for stories or characters in this area of the world that will eventually see the light of day in Lost Hedgehog Tales? If not, what do you think you’d come up with if you were asked to pitch a new team of characters from this region?
In the last two Sonic IDW Annuals, why is it that Amy didn’t really physically appear but was still featured in the covers? Will she ever actually appear in an Annual or is there just no ideas/interest on a story featuring her? And two, I notice that despite the leadership/tactician role she’s been filling, she is a lot less physically active that she was before. Is that because of her role in Forces and is it permanent or will she become more of an active fighter as the comic goes along? Lastly I wanted to thank you for what you said in the last Q&A about Tangle & Whisper and creating them to have more active female characters in the story. I’m glad to hear you want there to be more active female characters. You see i’m a trans woman, and it is very important to me to see more relevant female characters in the stories i’m into. I hope this means there will be even more of a push for female characters in the comic and more female focus in general. Or at least more balance between the male and female characters.
PS. Can you guys say “trans rights!” please?
About your Sonic stories before joining Archie…Ian, why do you always write your Sonic the Hedgehog fan-fictions as grim, dark, and mean-spirited where you portray the characters as hypocritical terrorists, evil generic villains, being jerks to other characters despite their actual dynamic in the official games, GUN as villains, and either brutally killing off characters, or giving them downer endings where they lose everything and everyone that they love, sometimes deciding to take over the world for the sake of world peace? Did you use to have problems as a teenager or do you just like writing dark and gritty stories of a franchise targeted at kids for no reason at all?
Can robots go super? I’ve seen some say that they CANNOT yet we’ve seen it with Mecha Sonic in s3k and Neo Metal in IDW. Are all robots capable of it or just the ones based on mobians? Could a robian sonic turn super? Could Shard go super? I MUST KNOW!
Hey Ian. As someone who is an old, old Sonic fan, I wanted to say thanks for doing the work you do in continuing the franchise here in the west. Over the years I’ve been dismayed at how gatekeepery the fandom can be over a lot of aspects (shipping, comics, canon, etc) with fans telling each other what should be praised and what should have never existed in the first place. You sit on the intersection of a lot of these niches and opinions, and I was wondering how you navigate them without getting too jaded or bitter towards any specific aspect of the IP, and if there was one thing you might say to the fans about it, what might that message be? Thanks again. Keep up the great work.
Acquainted Sonic Fan
is there any ‘forgotten’ Sonic character(s) that you’d really want to reintroduce into the IDW comics at all?
Couldn’t sonic just have asked knuckles to use the master emerald and go super on the spot instead of going through all the trouble of having to liberate the chaos emeralds from the deadly six
Is it possible to ward off the zombot virus by amputation??
It kinda seems like once their infection it spreads randomly throughout the body?
when it comes to the TV shows (excluding the satam and boom), what is your favorite character introduced in the show? (Characters like Manic, Cosmo, Chris, ect…)