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    View CommentsIDW Sonic 2018 Town Hall: The Freedom Fighters Will Not Appear In 2018, But “The Door Is Not Closed” IDW Sonic 2018 Town Hall: The Freedom Fighters Will Not Appear In 2018, But “The Door Is Not Closed”

    March 25th, 2018 by

    And there it is.

    Unfortunately, the topic of the Freedom Fighters was never brought up at the panel, despite a word from Ian Flynn telling us they would. We pushed for an explanation post-panel, and a pair of tweets below explains the answers we got from Ian Flynn and Joe Hughes.

    View CommentsSonic Mania Animated Series+Physical Release

    March 16th, 2018 by

    SEGA and the Sonic Team at SXSW have officially announced that Sonic Mania will be receiving a physical release as ! To sweeten the deal, the game will include new content including two playable characters: Mighty and Ray! Other modes include “Encore Mode” and 4P competition mode. The game will release with an exclusive holographic slipcover, a SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive branded sleeve and a 32 page art book.The packaged version will be $29.99 and the new content will be free to download for digital owners. The game is due out Summer 2018.

    SEGA and Sonic Team have also announced a 5 episode mini-series adaptation of Sonic Mania called Sonic Mania Adventures helmed by Tyson Hesse to be released in the near future, with a sneak preview.

    View CommentsSonic IDW Facebook Q&A Highlights

    March 5th, 2018 by

    IDW has been communicating a lot with Sonic fans on their Facebook page. Case in point, they just concluded a Q&A, and there was some interesting things to come from it. Here’s what we learned.

    Q: Has their been any discussion about a new equivalent of Sonic Universe, a series of Classic Sonic, mini-series, etc?
    A: This might sound wild, but tons of people want to work on Sonic! So we’ve definitely been talking about ways to let more great creators have a chance to tell some cool stories, but nothing concrete yet.

    Q: Can we expect the comic to touch on other games in the main franchise?
    A: There are definitely references to some of the games, but we’re trying to keep them light enough (at least, at first) so if you know what we’re talking about, awesome, but if you’re new to Sonic, you aren’t lost. Can’t say much more than that.

    Q: Which parts of the overall Sonic franchise are open for usage within the new IDW series? Are you limited to games only, or are elements from things like the various cartoon series available to be incorporated within the upcoming comic?
    A: As far as limitations, Sega has given us a lot of leeway in creating the new series. I can’t answer things specifically — I know being vague is incredibly frustrating, and I’m sorry about that — but as issues come out, you’ll get a better understanding of where we’re going with the story in Year One, and the kinds of stories we’ll be telling in this series and beyond.

    Q: Some of my favorite Archie Sonic artists were Patrick Spaziante and Diana Skelly, will we see them or any other unannounced Archie Sonic creatives back?
    A: There are definitely more creators to be announced. One of the coolest things about working on this book is that there’s already a huge pool of talent to pull from that knows how to write and draw Sonic. It’s great and we want to bring some of those people back. But…we also want to give some new folks to contribute and make this new version distinct from anything that’s come before.

    Q: Will Tails be a wimp (like he was in Forces) in this comic?
    A: Tails will be battling right alongside Sonic in the very first issue!

    Q: Will the Sonic comics be getting anything similar to Sonic Grams?
    A: We’ll have a letters/fan art column, yes! Feel free to send letters, photos, or fan art to letters@IDWpublishing.com, include your name, and mark it “ok to print” to maybe see it in the comic!

    Q: Will IDW be at Comic Con this year with the team that is working on Sonic the Hedgehog?
    A: Which Comic Con? John Hughes and I will definitely be at the SDCC (because IDW is a San Diego based company and we’re always there). But he and I will be at other conventions as well. When it comes to other creators…well…stay tuned to this very page if we have an announcement like that.

    Q: Will IDW be giving Sonic a Free Comic Book Day issue like Archie had?
    A: No FCBD issue this year! Each year IDW chooses two titles to release Free Comic Book Day offerings of and since we launch with 4 issues in April and FCBD is the first saturday of May, we felt like it might be approaching too much Sonic all at once. But…maybe in the future!

    Q: Should everything from all the games currently released be considered part of the canon you’re working with? Or will things differ from the SEGA lore in any way other than stuff like adding characters like Tumble? Are any games off limits or terms of what you’re able to draw from?
    A: No games should be considered canon, but our goal is to draw upon the many stories and games featuring Sonic as inspirations for the new series and part of the backstory. So, none of the events of the games are canon, but something similar might have happened.

    Q: How cocky and sarcastic can we expect Sonic to be?
    A: He’ll have some swagger. I think you’ll enjoy how he’s portrayed!

    Q: Will each Sonic IDW issue have a new addition to past Sonic game characters? I already know confirmed are Tails, Knuckles, Amy, Blaze, and the Chaotix. Now will we see Rouge, Big, Cream, Vanilla, Mighty, Ray, Shadow, Silver, Honey, and Stick in upcoming issues?
    A: Before 2018 is out I can confirm we’ll see some of those characters in the comic. Can’t say which ones though. As well as at least one new face!

    Q: This book is planned to be more long term cohesive, right?  I loved Worlds Collide and Worlds Unite, but both events (and Genesis, and…) just cut off the ongoing story. In some cases blocking resolution entirely. I would love to see event arcs and/or crossovers in IDW Sonic, but I would be much happier if other arcs could complete prior to those events.
    A: We are definitely looking to make long term cohesive stories! This is a big universe, and we’re looking to explore it as much as we can and as best we can.

    Q: Are the Chaotix going to be in issue 5?
    A: They’re in the issue!

    Q: Do you plan to include elements from Sonic Mania into the comic?
    A: The comics focused more on the “modern” Sonic, but we’re inspired by everything. And I know I loved Sonic Mania!

    Q: Will Tyson Hesse be a regular for the Sonic series or is he only going to do a limited number of art for the comics?
    A: Tyons’s a super talented, but very busy guy! We’re so glad to have him on the covers for the first 4 issues and we really love working with him, so we’d like for him to come back and do more, but he isn’t scheduled for anything else right now. We gotta wait for him to be a little less busy.

    Q: Are there plans to introduce a large diverse cast of new characters and characters from older Sonic game titles? Is the series set to be an ongoing mainstay or set to end at a certain point? With the Archie series over, are the Archie specific characters gone forever, or could they one day be involved in future Sonic works?
    A: We’ll definitely have an interesting cast of both new and old characters. It won’t be Transformers big, but we’ll have a lot to work with. Right now the series is planned as an ongoing and we don’t have an end point set.

    Q: Had anyone at IDW read or were familiar with Archie’s Sonic comic, or were they only familiar with the games/tv show/ not familiar at all?
    A: I’d consider myself a Sonic fan. I watched the cartoons as a kid, played the games, read some of the old comics. I consider myself pretty familiar.

    View CommentsSonic the Hedgehog #5 preview

    February 21st, 2018 by

    Sonic the Hedgehog #5
    Ian Flynn (w) • Jamal Peppers (a) • Jamal Peppers (c)
    “The Fate of Dr. Eggman,” Part 1. After his last battle with Sonic, Dr. Eggman’s gone quiet. His Badnik forces are still causing trouble, but without the bad doctor’s usual fanfare. What’s Eggman been doing all this time? And what will happen to Sonic when he finds out?
    *Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.
    FC • 32 pages • $3.99
    Expected in-store date: 5/30/18

    Sonic the Hedgehog #5—Cover B: Kieran Gates
    Ian Flynn (w) • Jamal Peppers (a) • Kieran Gates (c)
    FC • 32 pages • $3.99
    *Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.
    Expected in-store date: 5/30/18
    Bullet points:
    – Guest starring: The Chaotix Detective Agency!
    – Retailer Incentive: Order 10 copies, get one free variant cover by Nathalie Foudraine!

    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.