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    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):

    View CommentsArchie Comics Won’t Show Face At SDCC After Public Breakup With Sega

    July 21st, 2017 by

    We’ve heard from SEGA. We’ve heard from Archie Sonic’s team, not just current workers but former ones too. But one party has been quiet on the matter: Archie Comics itself. Over 24 hours have passed since SEGA confirmed that Archie Sonic was done, and Archie Comics’ PR has not said a thing. In fact, it has been “business as usual” for Archie HQ, as promotion for Archie series and Riverdale continued on their Twitter. It doesn’t help that all this is happening simultaneously with San Diego Comic Con either, which recently started on Thursday. Indeed, it seems the SEGA/Archie “break up” has put a damper into the latter’s already lackluster SDCC plans, if what BleedingCool’s reporting has suggested:

    Following yesterday’s report that Archie Comics was dumped by longtime licensing partner Sega via tweet, a new report reveals that Archie doesn’t have a booth at San Diego Comic Con this year.

    Salacious comics tabloid The Beat reports that Archie marketing executive Alex Segura also pulled out of their Comics “Journalism” panel and is absent from the convention. The news would be all the more shocking if Archie had planned to attend the show in the first place, but in retrospect, a lack of any promotion or advertisement of Archie’s presence at the con beyond a single Saturday panel, Archie Comics Forever: Riverdale and Beyond, or any listing on the SDCC Exhibitors page, could probably have been considered a major clue that the company would not have a big presence at the show.

    There is no question that Archie’s panel on Saturday (which coincidentally happens 6 hours before Sonic Team’s panel) will have people’s attention, but it won’t just be because of Riverdale. A speedy hedgehog disguised as an elephant will be in the room. Whether Archie will acknowledge it is still up for debate, but if their PR as of late has been any indicator, it’s not looking too likely.

    View CommentsTyson Hesse: “We Would Hear Little Things [About Archie/SEGA Talks] Here & There”

    July 20th, 2017 by

    Even before we learned about Archie and SEGA going their separate ways, it was becoming clear that the freelance team behind the comics weren’t really sure what was going on either. Now, thanks to Tyson “Boxerhockey” Hesse, we have a little more insight into just how much they had been kept in the dark about the hiatus.

    We would hear little things here and there, but considering the level these talks were being had at, it would have been very strange for a bunch of contractors to be looped in on it all. I wasn’t very optimistic, but I tend to hope for the best in most situations. It’s a shame to think of all the work that was completed but never released. Both mine, and others. I’d say the biggest disappointment is just how much a fizzle this whole situation wound up being. I was hoping a best case scenario would have been a short-term contract extension to at least send the comic to a respectful end. But to just drop out in the middle of several storylines is such a thud of an ending to a series being made by people who cared so much. Until the whole story behind this whole thing inevitably spills though, I would just say please don’t be too hasty to blame one party or the other. This whole thing is likely a very complicated situation.
    For now though, thanks for reading the books all these years and the entire crew is grateful for the support.

    So there you have it. The talks were being held at such a high level that they simply didn’t think it would work to inform the team about things, with nothing more than “little things here and there”. It’s very unfortunate that the team had absolutely no idea what would become of their own project, but it seems the nature of business and some complications prevented that from happening.

    In any case, we know what the results of the talks were. And so does the team.

    View CommentsSonic PR Announces End Of Partnership With Archie Comics

    July 20th, 2017 by

    It’s official. SEGA and Archie Comics are going their separate ways.

    The official Sonic PR has announced this just moments ago. They do, however, say that “this does not mark the end of Sonic in comics”. What exactly that means is unknown, but one thing is for sure. The Sonic PR indicates that it was a move done by SEGA of America, a “decision to take a different direction for the series that will be announced at a later date”. Again, the exact meaning of this is unknown. We don’t know if this means the comics will shift publishers, if they’ll be toned down to being one-off issues, or what is going on.

    Either way, it’s the end of an era.

    View CommentsArchie Update: Ian Flynn – “I’ve Heard We Should Get Sonic News by End Of July”

    July 3rd, 2017 by

    Another month, another 30 days without a single Sonic comic releasing. However, this month has gotten started with perhaps the most interesting update we’ve had on the situation in a while. A fan spoke to Ian Flynn at a comic convention (a quick look on Ian’s Twitter and we know it’s Denver Comic Con), where he engaged in a conversation about the Sonic comics. We also learned that Jughead is in a “hiatus”, at least according to the “term I’ve heard”:

    Today I was lucky enough to meet Ian Flynn at a comic convention, so I asked him about the comic. The short answer is doesn’t know anything, but he expects news in July.

    When I asked him about it, it seemed like he genuinely didn’t know anything. He seemed particularly frustrated, telling me “it’s been bad for me because I haven’t had any work in six months.” He also said, “but that’s the nature of a licensed comic–they can disappear at any point.” I asked him if he knew when we would find out, and he said, “I’ve heard we should get news by end of July.”

    I then asked him if he knew if it was because of legal negotiations and he said, “No idea. That kind of stuff is way above my pay grade.”

    I also asked him if Jughead was canceled, and he said, “the term I’ve heard is hiatus.” And so I asked him if it was on hiatus in the same way Mega Man is on hiatus and he frowned and said, “hopefully it’s not as long as Mega Man.”

    He also handed me a promotion for a new comic that he and Adam Bryce Thomas are working on called “Drogune.”

    By the end of the conversation, I got the feeling that Archie has completely flaked out on him and they are keeping him in the dark too. I can only imagine how frustrating this must be for him because he’s written the comics for so long, and Archie is not treating him fairly by just throwing the contract out with no explanation or timeline.

    Regardless, he did say we should have news by the end of July, although who really knows if Archie will stick with that date. He did seem like he was trying to move onto other projects though, which is totally understandable, but it left me a little worried that the comic is not coming back.

    Don’t get your hopes up, though. We’ve been through a similar situation before, just a few months ago. We didn’t really see much from that. And as the poster says, we don’t know for sure if Archie will stick to that date. But if they do, we’ll let you know of any developments. And considering how much of a mess this Archie Sonic “hiatus” has become, any developments will be welcome news.