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    View CommentsIDW: Rough And Tumble Introduced

    February 17th, 2018 by

    Rough and Tumble are the first of a whole host of new characters planned for the new series. Associate editor David Mariotte, speaking to Kotaku about the new characters, said, “They’re independent agents, and more bullies than masterminds, but they’re tough enough to maybe become someone’s henchmen down the line.”

    Adding new characters to the Sonic comic book universe involved a bit of back-and-forth between IDW and Sega.

    “Ian’s pretty much able to come up with folks on the fly and any major characters we run by Sega for approval,” said Mariotte of the creation process. “There are a few stages, from Ian’s initial paragraph or two description of the character, to getting someone like the talented Tyson Hesse to draw up designs and turnarounds for Sega to see the character, to having a final design and solidifying their personality in the script.”

    Rough and Tumble’s final approved designs are quite a bit different from the initial sketches IDW showed me. While I can’t share them here, I can say the eyes are more defined, there’s less clothing, and Tumble looks a lot less rabid.

    View CommentsSEGA Press Release For IDW Sonic News Published

    February 3rd, 2018 by

    San Diego, CA (February 2, 2018) — At breakneck speed, IDW Publishing is fast approaching a brand new era of Sonic the Hedgehog comics starting with a new #1 issue. Anticipation for this exciting launch runs high and, as a way to express gratitude to the fans for their patience, the series will kick off with a new issue each and every Wednesday during the month of April. Following the release of the first four issues, the ongoing series will continue on a monthly release schedule from May onward.

    Longtime Sonic scribe Ian Flynn has been tapped as the series writer. His contributions to the Sonic comic mythos cannot be overstated and his return to the franchise has been met with overwhelming fan approval. Flynn will be joined by a stable of talented artists, some who will be familiar faces to readers, and others who will be making their Sonic comics debut. Among those contributing to the first four issues are Tracy Yardley (interior art on issue 1), Adam Bryce Thomas(issue 2), Jennifer Hernandez (issue 3), Evan Stanley (issue 4), Tyson Hesse (main covers), Nathalie Fourdraine (variant covers), Rafa Knight (variant cover), Jamal Peppers(variant cover), Jonathan Gray(variant cover), and Sonic Mania artist Kieran Gates (variant cover).

    Each issue in April will feature Sonic teaming up with a different ally: Tails, Amy Rose, Knuckles the Echidna, plus the introduction of a brand new character, Tangle, who will make her debut in Sonic the Hedgehog #4.

    “I’ve been working in comics for about 15 years, and my interactions with Sonic fans has been unlike anything I’ve ever experienced in my career — and I mean that in the best possible way,” said series editor Joe Hughes. “The further we get into this, the more we realize what a responsibility it is to give a fan base this passionate and loyal the kinds of stories that they deserve. We’ve barely gotten started, and it’s already so much fun. The fans have been nothing short of amazing, and we’re genuinely grateful to be welcomed into their tribe.”

    “We’re extremely fortunate and humbled to have such an avid fanbase,” said Michael Cisneros, Licensing Specialist at SEGA of America. “The entire IDW team is immersing themselves within the Sonic community which instills confidence that they genuinely understand our fans’ expectations. When you look at the incredible array of talent lined up for the first month alone, there’s absolutely no doubt that readers are in for an exhilarating ride.”

    Release Schedule:

    SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #1 – April 4, 2018

    SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #2 – April 11, 2018

    SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #3 – April 18, 2018

    SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #4 – April 25, 2018

    View CommentsTangle The Lemur, Sonic #4 Cover Revealed

    January 24th, 2018 by

    After over 300 issues at Archie Comics, IDW Publishing acquired the rights to make Sonic comics from Sega in 2017 and are rebooting the series with a fresh #1. Starting over from scratch gives IDW and series writer Ian Flynn the chance to shake things up and add new things to Sonic’s world, and Tangle is one of them.

    “Before she even had a name, we knew we wanted her to be like a lot of other great Sonic characters and have a special ability tied to one of her features. Think Tails or Knuckles,” IDW associate editor David Mariotte told IGN in an email interview. “So, we were brainstorming animals who could do cool stuff and a ring-tailed lemur who could use her tail alternately like a whip or like a fist was too cool to pass up! Throw in her scrappiness, she likes to ‘tangle’ with bad guys, and you have an awesome character!”

    As for whether Tangle will appear in any video games, Mariotte couldn’t say, as that decision lies exclusively with Sega.

    View CommentsIDW Sonic #2 preview

    January 24th, 2018 by

    IDW’s Sonic the Hedgehog will launch with four weekly issues in April, before settling into a monthly schedule in May. Issue #2, a spotlight on Sonic and Amy Rose, is written by Flynn and illustrated by Andrew Bryce Thomas (also a Sonic veteran), and covers and solicitation text are below. Tracy Yardley will illustrate IDW’s Sonic the Hedgehog #1. Retailers can qualify for the Nathalie Fourdraine variant of #2 by ordering 10 copies of the issue.
    Check back with CBR tomorrow for IDW Publishing’s full April 2018 solicitations.

    Sonic the Hedgehog #2—Cover A: Tyson Hesse
    Ian Flynn (w) • Adam Bryce Thomas (a) • Tyson Hesse (c)
    Sonic’s new adventure continues, and when he comes across another town in need of saving, his old pal Amy arrives just in time to join the fight! The banter is fun, and the stakes are high, but things get really serious when Amy presents Sonic with a big request: rejoin the Resistance!
    *Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.
    FC • 32 pages • $3.99
    Expected in-store date: 4/11/18

    Sonic the Hedgehog #2—Cover B: Adam Bryce Thomas
    Ian Flynn (w) • Adam Bryce Thomas (a & c)
    *Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.
    FC • 32 pages • $3.99
    Expected in-store date: 4/11/18

    View CommentsIDW Sonic #1 cover preview

    January 17th, 2018 by

    What’s up Sonic Comics Squad?! We’re here to show off one of the OFFICIAL covers for issue #1 of IDW’s Sonic the Hedgehog comic series, featuring the return of beloved Sonic artist Tracy Yardley!

    Tracy Yardley! began his career in 2005 with fellow SCAD alum, Nate Bowden on Tokyopop’s original manga series,“Riding Shotgun.” At the same time, he began his long run (pun intended) on the various “Sonic the Hedgehog” titles published by Archie Comics alongside Ian Flynn, and is currently producing art for Archie’s new “Cosmo” series. He has contributed to “Hero Cats of Stellar City” from Action Lab Entertainment, and has produced scripts and pencils for the forthcoming “Galaxy Man and Cosmic Girl.”

    Now Tracy is back on board once again with Ian Flynn at IDW Publishing; ready for new and exciting adventures with the blue blur, Sonic the Hedgehog!

    View CommentsIan Flynn Confirms That IDW Sonic Comics Will Not Have Archie Sonic Characters He Created

    December 29th, 2017 by

    We have finally gotten our first solid insight on the cast of characters that will be in the era of IDW Sonic, and it’s not good news.

    At 42:50 or so in the latest BumbleKast episode, which we’ve included below, the Q&A portion of the video begins. Only two questions were asked, the first being whether the Sonic characters that Ian Flynn created in the Archie Sonic comics would carry over to IDW’s Sonic comics. This includes characters such as Coral, Razor, Spike/Sonar/Trevor, Eclipse, Relic, Thunderbolt and Conquering Storm. Ian’s response? “I’m going to say no. This is a new Sonic book. It’s a new direction, new publisher, new, new, new, new, new, new, new”.

    While this doesn’t necessarily confirm the end of the Freedom Fighters, this news doesn’t reassure anyone either. In fact, this could easily leave a bad taste in the mouths of many Freedom Fighters fans. It’s a sign, if what Ian said is any indicator, that the IDW Sonic era will be a lot more of a clean slate than initially thought.

    View CommentsSonic NYCC 2017 IDW Event QnA+Ian Flynn

    October 8th, 2017 by

    San Diego, CA (October 8, 2017) —  Sonic the Hedgehog™ and IDW Publishing are excited to reveal today that fan favorite scribe, Ian Flynn, has come on board to take the blue blur and his friends in a fresh, exciting direction.

    “I’ve been a SEGA® kid for life, and Sonic has been my career for over a decade,” said Flynn. “I’m overjoyed to keep running with the little blue hedgehog, and especially excited to be expanding my relationship with IDW at the same time. I can’t wait to show you what I’m made of as we reach for the stars and explore the endless possibilities!”

    “Ian has a strong connection with both the character and the fans so there was no hesitation in bringing him on to launch this new Sonic series,” said Sonic the Hedgehog editor Joe Hughes. “Not only is he a great writer, but he genuinely loves these characters. His pitches have been nothing short of amazing and we are very excited to get this out to the Sonic community who have been supportive from day one.”

    “When we partnered with IDW a couple months back, Ian was undoubtedly our first choice to take the helm and scribe the new comic series,” said Michael Cisneros, Licensing Specialist at SEGA of America. “His uncanny knack for capturing the spirit of Sonic is evident not only in his work, but in the hearts of our very vocal and devoted fan base. We couldn’t be more pleased to have him setting the stage for many years of compelling storytelling.”

    A new era of Sonic comics will begin next April with a four-week event. IDW will be moving at Sonic-like speeds to publish the first four issues of the new series in the span of four weeks. Those issues will be written by Flynn with a team of artists joining him to be announced at a later date.


    • Crossovers were asked. It will be a while. Maybe a year. They want to get the current series established first.
    • Previous writers coming back? “There may or may not be some creators you know and love”.
    • SEGA does impose certain “restrictions” on the characters, but the comics allow for the freedom to do things they can’t do in the games. Primary job is to “tell the best stories possible”.
    • The Freedom Fighters returning? “Stay tuned”. They’re aware of the demand, though.
    • The comics will start completely fresh with issue #1.
    • “We’re specifically making this world built in a world IDW controls separate from the games”. Aaron is at the event. He added more to say there might be occasional tie-in with a game, but stay tuned.
    • They made a big deal about the comics being a fresh start with characters and they’re telling brand new stories. It was their answer to multiple questions.
    • Modern Sonic is the focus. No multiple versions of Sonic running around, including Classic Sonic.
    • SEGA’s restrictions are not that high. They just want to make sure that they do things properly without jumping the shark.
    • IDW’s thoughts on Sonic the Comic: “For now, we really want to establish a new Sonic comic. Our focus is on something new and exciting.”
    • Aaron says that “things happened” on why the Archie era story arc suddenly stopped the way they did, but he says that sometimes these kinds of things happen. “There are reasons – trust us. I wish we could go into more detail. It’s tough for us too.”
    • Will IDW have its own Sonic Universe? “We’re taking nothing off the table, but we’re focusing on the brand-new series right now.”
    • They may create some original characters.
    • “How many of you would want to see a Sonic Forces comic?” Crowd cheers. “Good to know, we’ll pass that on.”
    • There was a question about backstory on the characters in Sonic Forces. Aaron’s answer: “wait and see”.
    • Open to audience reaction: how would original IDW characters factor into the stories? TONS of support for annoying sidekicks.
    • Creative process for the comics? “Ian has an incredible imagination – he could write these comics forever.”
    • Apparently Ian had his pitches ready for IDW immediately.
    • “We can use anything from the games.”
    • Ken Penders was brought up, asked if he was behind this. Only answer? “I don’t know who that is”.
    • There will be new artists. Wait and see.

    View CommentsTyson Hesse Commissioned for IDW Sonic “Cover Art”

    October 6th, 2017 by

    Though Tyson Hesse is now known the world over for his work on the opening cutscene to Sonic Mania, his contributions to the Archie series are only recent, though no less heralded. He remains on of the top of many fans’ wishlists to continue on with the Sonic comics.

    Hesse has not yet confirmed his continued involvement with the Sonic comics–or his involvement with the above creative, for that matter–though he has been Tweeting about the event this week.

    It should also be noted that the last principal Sonic writer under the Archie era, Ian Flynn, has also been Tweeting about NYCC, though he has assured he will not make an appearance at the show.

    More updates from New York Comic Con are on the way all weekend, including complete coverage of the IDW Sonic Town Hall on Sunday.

    View CommentsIDW Revealing First Sonic Comic Details October 8th At New York Comic Con

    September 7th, 2017 by

    Comic Cons have given us more Sonic comics news than at any other time in the last year combined. San Diego comic con gave us the news of SEGA’s shift from Archie to IDW. New York Comic Con, which takes place next month, will answer the big question that now lingers in the minds of Sonic comic fans: what will the IDW Sonic era be like?

    We still do not know what characters will stay, what characters will go, or really anything. In fact, we’re just as uncertain of the IDW Sonic era as we were a few months ago. But as we stated on Twitter, we will be covering the news as it happens.

    October is looking to be interesting.

    View CommentsJoe Hughes Announced As IDW Sonic Editor

    July 23rd, 2017 by

    Our first person on the IDW Sonic team is known, and it came right in the middle of the Sonic Mania panel (not announced there, though):