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    View CommentsIan Flynn BumbleKing Sonic IDW FAQ

    July 31st, 2018 by

    What is your involvement with the Sonic the Hedgehog series?
    I’ve been writing comic books about Sonic the Hedgehog since 2006. I’ve written two episodes for the tv series Sonic Boom, and have had material featured with the games, but not the actual games themselves so far. You can find a full listing here.

    Why did the Archie Comics Sonic the Hedgehog comics end?
    A variety of reasons. I do not know any of them first-hand, nor are any of them public.
    I will not openly speculate about what happened.

    Is it true the Archie!Sonic comics ended because of lawsuits?
    No.Lawsuits were responsible for the reboot of the narrative, but they were not the deciding factor for the series as far as I know.

    What were your plans for the Archie!Sonic series?
    I will be compiling my pre-reboot and post-reboot plans in a series called “Lost Hedgehog Tales.” It has been put on indefinite hiatus as various private factors are worked out. These are all beyond my control. You can find more information here.

    What was your involvement in the Sonic franchise’s transition from Archie Comics to IDW Publishing?
    None. The ending of the series caught me by surprise, and I had no idea what the future held. Once I learned IDW Publishing had acquired the license, I had just as much a chance to write the series as anyone else. IDW Publishing reached out to me in large part thanks to fan demand.

    Is IDW!Sonic canon to the games?
    No. The comics are inspired by the games, but they are their own story.

    What characters from other Sonic the Hedgehog properties can we expect in IDW!Sonic?
    For the moment, IDW!Sonic will only be using elements from the “Modern Sonic” side of the franchise. Presently there are no plans to bring in any elements from any of the cartoons or other comics.

    Will the Freedom Fighters appear in IDW!Sonic?
    They will not appear during Year One. Beyond that it is up to SEGA to decide if they are accessible to us.

    Will [Character] show up? Will [Game Event] be referenced?
    I cannot spoil future events of the series. You will have to wait and see.

    Is it true Mighty, Ray, and other characters will not appear in IDW!Sonic?
    Yes. At the moment, SEGA has requested a distinct division between “Classic Sonic” and “Modern Sonic.” Since IDW!Sonic is set within the “Modern Sonic” universe, the “Classic Sonic” material is currently unavailable to us.

    Who are your favorite Sonic characters?
    Knuckles, Dr. Eggman, Bean.

    What are your favorite Sonic games?
    Classic: Sonic 3 & Knuckles, Sonic Mania Plus
    Modern: Sonic Colors, Sonic Generations

    What are your favorite Sonic music tracks?
    All of the Sonic soundtracks are spectacular in their own way. I have a very hard time choosing one song. If it’s a lyrical track by Crush 40, you can assume I love it.

    Can I submit a character and/or story idea to you?
    No. For legal reasons I cannot look at, consider or accept fan-created material.

    View CommentsIDW Sonic Editors Q+A

    June 30th, 2018 by

    From 3-4PM on June 29th editors John Hughes and David Mariotte of IDW Sonic answered fan questions over facebook about questions of the future of the comics and future appearances of past characters. Below are all questions that were responded to.

    Fan
    How would it be possible for me to get to draw a cover for the comic?

    David Mariotte
    Realistically, Joe and I are mostly looking at comics professionals, though, clearly we also find people like Nathalie Fourdraine online and are taken by her art in such a way that we reach and hired her. Really, it’s just a matter of showing professionalism and having a good portfolio that’ll be approved by IDW and Sega.

    Fan
    I wanna know if Sticks the Badger will ever appear in the series. I know she’s from Boom, but, I’ve seen her appear alongside regular Sonic in some games, so, it’s still a possibility. Also, I second that drawing of covers idea.

    Joe Hughes
    Hey Matthew! We’re working on bringing in more characters that fans love, but I can’t go into specifics yet (I know that’s a vague answer. Sorry!) But I think you’ll be happy with some of the characters we have appearing in the comics in the coming months!

    Fan
    I would like to add to that question. Is Sonic allowed to experience defeat or cry in an issue or is he always the winner in every instance? Thank you.

    David Mariotte
    We’ve talked about this a bit before. Anytime you’re editing licensed comics, there are things you can and can’t do. For example, Sonic isn’t going to be red with a big bushy beard and sweatpants in any upcoming issues because, well, that’s not how Sonic looks! We definitely have some mandates of that nature that we have to work under, but most of it’s common sense stuff. Sega’s been a great partner to work with and has largely let us do what we want to with the comics.

    Fan
    What are some of the hardest things about editing the comics, especially for a fanbase as diverse as Sonic fans? Would love to see some more insight into your guys’s world!!

    Joe Hughes
    One of the things David and I talk about a lot is the idea that editing the Sonic comics is a lot like editing the X-Men — there’s so much history and so many great characters. The biggest challenge early on is finding the balance between making comics that will make longtime fans happy, while also making comics that are accessible for new readers! It can be tricky, but if the hardest part of my day is making a fun Sonic comic for folks, then really, my day has been pretty good.

    Fan
    What species is the new character, Whisper?

    David Mariotte
    You’ll have to wait a little longer to find that out! But you’ll know soon!

    Joe Hughes
    You’ll see really, really soon! In just a few weeks, I’d say.

    Fan
    Will Infinite appear in the comics? He’s one of my favorite charaters! Thanks for your time!

    Joe Hughes
    No thanks necessary! This is fun for us. We can’t answer that one yet, but I can say this: You’re going to see some folks you weren’t expecting, in places you didn’t expect to see them.

    Fan
    I know it isnt IDW-related, but what do you guys think about Ian’s new campaign to get him the chance to write the story for a sonic game? #Flynn4Sonic

    David Mariotte
    Ian’s a fantastically talented writer and anyone who can get him would be lucky to have him—just as long as they don’t take him from us!

    Fan
    What is Eggman’s motivation? Is he trying to take over the planet for giggles? Is he trying to protect it by making it mechanized? Or is he just plain evil? He is a villain with a lot of potential and I would love to see a What If? comic where he rules the world.

    David Mariotte
    Eggman? Who’s that? I only know a nice fellow named Mr. Tinker!

    Joe Hughes
    This is a great question! One of the things that drew me to comics at a very young age was questioning the motivations of villains (I was obsessed with reading Dr. Doom comics as a kid for this very reason). And it’s the kind of thing that, down the line, I want to explore.

    Fan
    Hello! Hope the day is going well for you guys! Are there any surprising moments you’ve experienced with any of the creative team that you could share?

    David Mariotte
    Joe, Ian, and I went to dinner during WonderCon 2018 and Ian laid out some loose plans for Sonic year 2—nothing final, just what he was thinking at the time. It started out with Joe and I responding affirmatively, but by the time Ian was finishing, we were just sitting in silence because we were so wrapped up in what he was saying.
    Also, there are always pleasant surprises like seeing how Tyson first designed Tangle, Rough, and Tumble, or seeing the first designs for Whisper!

    Joe Hughes
    Ian Flynn once threw a pie in my face. No, but seriously, I can’t stress enough how cool, smart and fun everyone we’ve worked with so far has been. You know all the regulars, but I’d specifically like to give a big shout out to Nathalie Fourdraine, who draws the RI covers for us every month. This was her first ever professional comics work, and she took to the whole process so fast. It’s been a joy to see, and it’s incredibly rewarding. I’ve loved working with her just as much as I’ve loved working with veteran pros like Tracy Yardley, Evan Stanley, Ian Flynn, Tyson Hesse, Matt Herms, and a bunch of other people (I could go on all day)!

    Fan
    Will we see more of team dark and is there a possibility for them to have their own comic? Also will shadow and rouge ever be in a relationship?

    David Mariotte
    I’m sure we’ll see more of Team Dark in the future. As per their own comic, I guess that’s a matter of a bunch of fans like you telling us that’s something you’d want to read.

    Joe Hughes
    I mean… would YOU want to date Shadow? I love him to death, but that dude doesn’t seem like he’d be the most emotionally available significant other.

    Fan
    Is there a rumor from Ian Flynn that when Sticks the Badger joins IDW Sonic the Hedgehog comic books in a future issue that she might get an IDW makeover that’s different than her Sonic Boom “jungle badger” look?

    David Mariotte
    I had not heard that rumor, but it may exist.

    Fan
    How many books do we need to buy to get a second book like Archie’s Sonic Universe? I know we don’t want to rush things, but is this a future possibility?

    David Mariotte
    We can’t really put a specific number on that. That said, making sure that you’re not only subscribing or picking up every issue, but telling your friends about the series and getting them to pick it up is a huge help for seeing more content in the future. Constant or even rising numbers will signal that we need to put out even more stuff.

    Fan
    Now that Mighty and Ray are back in the fold, will we see them soon? Can Mighty be part of the Chaotix or not?

    David Mariotte
    Mighty and Ray are classic characters (why they’re appearing in the amazing Sonic Mania Adventures series), so unfortunately, we won’t be seeing them in the main series which is based on Modern Sonic.
    Fan
    Will IDW ever do miniseries of Sonic X, Sonic Boom, Sonic Underground, and Sonic SatAM?

    David Mariotte
    If fan demand is high enough and there are great stories to tell (which there are), I wouldn’t rule them out. But no plans in the foreseeable future.

    Fan
    Is the comic book going to stick to it’s own ideas and be written with fans of the video games in mind, or is there a possibility for more detailed flashbacks from the game events for uninitiated readers?

    David Mariotte
    One of the really difficult things with this series is striking the right balance between moving forward and having context, right? We’re certainly inspired by the games, but if we were to go back and rehash exactly how our version differs from them, that’d be kind of boring to those who do know and would detract from moving forward into new adventures. So, for now, I think it’ll mostly be small flashbacks.

    Fan
    Any thoughts on bringing the off-panel mini joke comics at the end of the book back? If you ever need an artist for it I specialize drawing in a “toon” comedic style!

    David Mariotte
    Having read some of those, they’re a lot of fun. We don’t have any plans for anything like that right now, but we’re certainly going to keep up the Sonic Letters Squad in the backs of the books.

    Fan
    What is your favorite issue of the new IDW series so far and from the old Archie series (if you read them)

    David Mariotte
    We really love all the IDW comics so far. I personally have an extra special love for issue #4 because it was the first appearance of Tangle and specifically the people in this group just had such an outpouring of love for her and for that issue. I don’t really want to play favorites, but that’s a very special experience that does set that issue apart for me.

    Joe Hughes
    To echo what David said, the fan reaction to Tangle was one of the most amazing and humbling experiences I’ve had working in comics. So in that sense, that issue is pretty special to all of us. I also don’t want to choose a favorite, but I’ll say this: I am reeeeally excited for all of you to see issue #7.

    Fan
    Will Tangle the Lemur appear more regularly in the future?

    David Mariotte
    Tangle will definitely be coming back! We’ll be seeing her more soon!

    Joe Hughes
    Tangle will be showing up again in issue #9, and she’ll be around for a while, if I have anything to say about it. Thanks for the question.

    Fan
    Will we get Classic Sonic mentions?

    David Mariotte
    If we ever do anything with Classic Sonic, it’ll like be it’s own series. The current sereis is all focused on Modern Sonic.

    Fan
    Is the IDW team interested in bringing the Sonic the Hedgehog comic book across the globe?

    David Mariotte
    We definitely are! I know we have it available around the world digitally, but we very much want to get it into as many hands as want to read it!

    Fan
    When will Big the Cat be in the comics??

    David Mariotte
    Not soon enough for you or me.

    Joe Hughes
    You might not know it yet, but you and David Mariotte just became best friends.

    Fan
    How are you finding people’s responses to how the comics have started off? Did you feel like Archie was a lot to live up to?

    David Mariotte
    People have a lot of feelings attached to the versions of Sonic they grew up to and that’ll always color their impressions. I’m very glad you’re enjoying the series (we are too) and the response has largely been good! New readers are happy and so are old ones! I think some people have a hard time really understanding that what we’re doing is new, so they can be hard to sway, but mostly the response has been positive.

    Joe Hughes
    Glad you’re enjoying it! The response has been overwhelming, inspiring, and at times genuinely touching. I’ve never come across a fanbase quite like this one. You folks are pretty great.

    Fan
    Will you ever consider to have crossovers with other IDW series or is it strictly sonic for now?

    David Mariotte
    Strictly Sonic for now! I’m sure we’ll consider it, but not anytime soon.

    Fan
    Is there any way to purchase the bundle with the T-shirt outside of the US? If no, can that be made possible, please?

    David Mariotte
    Unfortunately, that bundle was run through the Sega Shop, so that wasn’t our decision. Keep asking Sega to do more stuff like that and hopefully they’ll be able to release it more widely!

    Fan
    What are fans to consider Canon prior to issue # 1? Obviously the characters have already met in the IDW comics, so what do we assume their back stories are?

    David Mariotte
    As we go along, I think that’ll answer more and more about what is canon. At this point, the only really formalized canon is what we’ve had in the comics. For people who don’t know Sonic, it’s important that they don’t have to know anything to enjoy the comics as they are.

    Fan
    Will the chaos emeralds make an appearance at some point?

    David Mariotte
    At some point, probably! They’re too big a part of the Sonic mythos to never be seen.

    Fan
    The team has done a great job at introducing all the major characters in Sonic’s world (Tails, Amy, Knuckles, Shadow etc.) one issue at a time, and establishing their relationships with Sonic. What kind of direction do you see the series taking after all this groundwork has been laid? What would you like to do with year two that wasn’t feasible in year one?

    David Mariotte
    We have some ideas in mind and Ian has some ideas in mind for year 2. Things are picking up in year one and will expand as we go forward. I think one of the things that was very important to us with the first few issues was situating people in Sonic’s world. Tangle is, to us, what a person who just found themselves meeting Sonic one day would be like and we want to have people understand Sonic before getting into some of the crazier stuff we have planned.

    Fan
    I know he’s busy, but will Tyson Hesse have any more involvement with the comics this year or next?

    Joe Hughes
    Tyson is CRAZY busy, but he’s welcome to work on the comics anytime he likes. He has an open invitation.

    Fan
    Who are your favorite all time Sonic characters in games and comics?

    Joe Hughes
    It may be a lazy answer, but for me it’s Tails. He’s a young, brave kid with a really strong sense of right and wrong. He doesn’t do what he does because he’s addicted to adventure, and he isn’t motivated by tragedy. He just wants to help people. I admire that.

    View CommentsJim Carrey to Play Eggman in Sonic the Hedgehog movie

    June 29th, 2018 by

    Deadline is reporting that the Sonic the Hedgehog movie has found its villain with the addition of comedian Jim Carrey who will play Robotnik in the film. Carrey joins a cast for the live-action/animation hybid that includes Ride Along‘s Tika Sumpter and Westworld‘s James Marsden.

    Also known as Dr. Eggman, Robotnik has been the primary antagonist of the Sonic franchise for decades, making his debut appearance in the first game in the series.

    Sonic the Hedgehog will take its cues from the popular games, focusing on Sonic’s attempts to battle the evil Doctor Robotnik who is on a quest to assemble the Chaos emeralds. This mark the first time that the Sonic games have been adapted for the big screen, but the character has previously appeared in both Wreck-It Ralph and this year’s Ready Player One.

    Neal H. Moritz from Original Film Inc. (Fast and Furious series) will produce the adaptation which has Jeff Fowler (Blur Studio, Academy Award nominee for 2005 Best Animated Short Film Gopher Broke) set to direct and Deadpool‘s Tim Miller executive producing. Sonic the Hedgehog film will open in theaters on November 15, 2019

    View CommentsIDW Sonic 5-9 Previews

    June 26th, 2018 by

    ‘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? Guest starring: The Chaotix Detective Agency!
    FC • 32 pages • $3.99
    Available May 30, 2018
    Writer – Ian Flynn
    Pencils- Tracy Yardley
    Inks- Jim Amash
    Colors- Matt Herms


    ‘The Fate of Dr. Eggman,’ Part 2. Dr. Eggman has been located, but Sonic’s not the only one to find him! When Shadow comes, whose side will Sonic be on?!?
    FC • 32 pages • $3.99
    Available June 27, 2018
    Writer – Ian Flynn
    Pencils- Tracy Yardley
    Inks- Jim Amash
    Colors- Matt Herms


    Secrets revealed! After the dramatic events of the last two issues and the secret of Dr. Eggman, Sonic races off to shut down the organized Badniks at the source. Unfortunately, there’s more at play than Sonic has realized, and more powerful players… One of the first major villains of the new series revealed! A special foil cover to celebrate entering the second half of Sonic’s first year at IDW! Don’t miss the new Sonic the Hedgehog: Crash Course Board game in our games section! *Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.
    FC • 32 pages • $3.99
    Available July 25, 2018
    Writer – Ian Flynn
    Pencils- Adam Bryce Thomas
    Inks- Jim Amash
    Colors- Matt Herms


    Hush! You hear that? It sounds like Sonic’s racing off to another adventure and he’s not alone! But who is this “Guardian Angel” and why does everybody talk about her in a Whisper?
    FC • 32 pages • $3.99
    Available August 22, 2018
    Writer – Ian Flynn
    Artist/Colors- Evan Stanley


    “The Battle for Angel Island,” Part 1. One of the greatest threats Sonic has ever faced descends upon Angel Island, home of the mystical Master Emerald, seeking to take the Emerald’s power and control the world. Can Sonic and his friends stop the attack on the island-or is it already too late?
    FC • 32 pages • $3.99
    Available September 19, 2018
    Writer- Ian Flynn
    Pencils- Tracy Yardley
    Inks- Gigi Dutreix
    Colors- Matt Herms

    View CommentsREADY, SET… Sonic Board Games!?

    April 1st, 2018 by
    Look it’s even got a little SEGA copyright in the corner, it’s real!

    How did we miss this?  As of March 2, Sonic the Hedgehog Battle Racers, by Shinobi 7, has a finished and funded campaign on Kickstarter.

    The game is described, as quoted from the official site: https://www.shinobi7.com/sonic-the-hedgehog-battle-racer.html

    Burst into action with Sonic the Hedgehog: Battle Racers! Select your racer, choose your route, and fight your way to the finish while avoiding opposing racers and a variety of dangerous obstacles. Control your speed, use your abilities, and activate your special powers to collect as many rings as you can in an amazing race.

    Based on Sonic the Hedgehog, the world-wide phenomenon, Sonic the Hedgehog: Battle Racers allows you to take on the role of Sonic or one of his many friends and rivals in a strategic race through a variety of exciting locations. The course changes with every race, so no two games are alike!

    Basically, from what I understand, is it’s a race to the finish board game for 2-5 players (Sonic, Knuckles, Tails, Amy, and ….Eggman?!)

    And from what I’ve seen, the figures look pretty cool!

    They also have different game modes, bosses and other playable characters ranging from Shadow and Rogue, to Cream and Jet, as well as badniks for enemies.

    According to the official KickStarter Page, there’s going to be a system for Late Backers implemented soon through the Indiegogo InDemand Post Campaign System.

    Mega Man has a board game, why not Sonic?  Personally, as someone who loves board games, specifically those based on properties I’m a fan of, I’m pretty interested in this project, but what about you?  Do you think this is the right fit for a Sonic game?

    Bang.

    -TheRedAuthar

    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!
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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.