BumbleKast Q&A – For September 14th, 2020

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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, Narrative Director for Rivals of Aether, 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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PRIORITY Q&A
Papadripopolous
You mentioned you were, in a cancelled project, writing a story connecting MGSV to the first Metal Gear. Small question-can you give more information about that, about the project or about your idea itself?

BlueTidalGamer
-For Ian. Since Vanilla’s debut in the Sonic series, we’ve known very little about her other than being Cream’s mother and that she raised her to be polite and formal to others via strict teachings. We know nothing about the life she lives and we hardly get to see her do much other than appear in stories to give Cream a personal motivation. My question is, how would you personally approach a character like Vanilla to give her more of a background and something to do in her life?
-For Kyle. What are your personal top 5 favourite soundtracks from any video game?

Andrew D.
Priority Q&A: Did you have any plans for Mr. X after the Mega Man 6 adaptation? In the final issue, we see in a one page summary of the events of Mega Man 6 what seems to be Mr. X getting thrown into a portal.

tKoS
Hey Ian, I had been browsing through the old Q&A threads on the BKC forums via WayBack Machine and found an interesting question where someone asked you about the Power Gems. At the time you had answered that you would be touching upon them in the Encyclopedia. I checked as best as I could my copy of the Sonic Comic Encyclopedia for any entries about them and couldn’t find any. I also checked any issues regarding them because I could’ve sworn it was said somewhere that they were created by Robotnik or were a mineral dug up but found neither.
So what do you think was the deal with the Power Gems? Were they manmade gems or were they something naturally occurring that could be found in the world?

NASB
How would you or another writer have tackled Katella the Huntress? She’s arguably more interesting than Breezie and her story is open-ended to continuation. I think she’s too ‘problematic’ to bring over other than in-name-only, or could that be circumvented successfully for fans?

STANDARD Q&A
Tik Tik
Thanks for clearing up the “two worlds” thing. My question for you now is have you ever felt the urge to just ask every question about game continuity you possibly could or do you feel that is a dangerous thing to do? Do you fear angering sega by pointing out their plot holes or are you afraid of the potential answers you get only opening up more questions?

Cassidy J.
Were Cassia and Clove in a way based on Anna & Elsa in Frozen? I’m just curious.

Somewhat gooey
IDW Sonic is canon-compliant, which means the science of the universe is identical to that of the games. If the SEGA higher-ups must approve everything you guys come up with to make sure it aligns with their rules, does that mean that certain story elements (ex. Super Neo Metal and therefore the ability to go super via Master Emerald) are possible in the games? On that note, is Metal Sonic achieving a super state the same as an organic being such as Sonic going super?

Joe S.
I’m not sure if anyone’s asked this, but there’s a small thing that’s bugged me since the later Archie days. Do you know what happened to “The World’s Most Way Past Cool Comic” tagline on Sonic? I’ve always wondered why around 235 it just completely dissappeared. Was it a mandate, an in-house decision at Archie? Did someone just really hate it and wanted it gone? I’ll admit it was a bit kitschy, but after being around so long it felt like a staple of the book…akin to Fantastic Four’s “World’s Greatest Comic Magazine”

Vesper Woman’s #1 Fan Patrick
-Were there ever plans to give Vesper Woman a Human name, like how her sister Quake Woman is called Tempo?
-For Kyle. What is the hardest video game you’ve played?

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