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Ask Ian Anything - Extended Addition

Postby Ian Flynn » Fri Apr 07, 2006 7:06 am

Since the "Welcome One and All!" thread got a bit on the cumbersomely large size, I've locked it and begun this thread anew. To save us all some time and effort, please check the table of contents before asking your question - it may already have been covered!

Table of Contents
Welcome One and All! wrote:
    Page One
    Conditions at Archie
    Major Ideas - Pitched and Accepted
    Comics Code - Limitations?
    Sally vs. Mina
    StC in StH

    Page 2
    No questions / troll battle

    Page 3
    Status of the Editorial, Sonic Grams and Fan Art pages
    Status of "Classic Robotnik"
    Ken Penders on the rumored "Sonic Movie"

    Page 4
    J. Axer's status
    Sonic x Sally
    Karl Bollar's departure
    Karl's One Year Later plans
    Blaze the Cat in StH
    Maturity level of StH
    Black Arms/aliens in StH
    Zonic's status
    Tails' parents
    Bunnie's past
    Antoine's mother

    Page 5
    Geoffrey St. John's status
    M25YL status
    Evil Antoine's status
    StH's story format(s)

    Page 6
    Sally Acorn
    Sonic Rush/Sonic Rider adaptation
    Character death

    Page 7
    "Pimpin' Sonic"
    Mina Mongoose
    Sally Acorn - again
    General Rule - Do Not Post for Others
    King Elias Acorn
    Mina x Sonic
    Mina x Ash
    King Maximillian Acorn
    Hope Kintobor (and Shadow)
    Tails' parents - again
    The Brain Trust
    E.Antoine and D'Collette Sr.
    Knuckles, the Chaotix and Angel Island
    Bean & Bark
    Sonic Adventure characters
    Nack's prisoner status
    Dawn Best's status
    Yuji Naka - StH fan?
    S#150-151 fallout
    Sonic/Tails/Fiona issue

    Page 8
    Sally's hair
    StH - Games meet Comics
    Steve Butler's status
    James Fry's status
    Nack's prisoner status - again
    Mina x Ash - again
    Sally Acorn - again

    Page 9
    Hidden Palace mural/tapestry

    Page 10
    Honey the Cat & Other Long-Lost Characters
    Shadow & Dr. Eggman
    Scourge & Rouge
    The Egg Grapes
    Other Sega characters?
    Deroboticized Jules?
    SegaSonic locations in StH
    Nate Morgan
    Dead = Dead
    Original Freedom Fighters
    Metal Knuckles & Tails Doll
    Issac
    King Max's claim to the crown
    Who started the Metal Sonic Troopers
    Who would write a new KtE

    Page 11
    Sonic & his parents
    Bernadice's colors
    Anonymous
    The Darkest Storm
    Alexis Acorn's father
    Jack Rabbit and the Sand Blast City Freedom Fighters
    Amy Rose's parents
    The Wolf Pack
    Monkey Khan
    Rosie's orphans
    Sir Charles x Rosie?
    Sally & Aly
    Sonic Underground
    Ian Flynn and StC
    StC talent on StH?
    Sandford Green's status
    Crossovers
    Dulcy the Dragon
    Patrick Spazinate's status
    Sally's hair - again
    Dr. Finitevus
    M25YL status - again
    Gen. Kage & Gen. von Stryker
    Jon Grey's status
    J. Axer's status - again
    Unused material special?
    Super Sonic

    Page 12
    Uncle Chuck's age
    Characters' voices?
    The Writing Process - Inspiration
    The Writing Process - Advance Preparation
    NO FAN-IDEA SUBMISSIONS
    Sonic Grams
    Game adaptations
    Ian's input on the covers

    Page 13
    Ian's favorite game(s)
    Ian on: Yuji Nake quiting
    Ari the Ram
    Grand BattleKuku the XIV and the Battle Bird Aramada
    The Darkest Storm - again
    Dr. Eggman Nega
    Bunnie's past - again
    Cream in StH
    Ian on: Karl's OYL plans
    Ian on: StCO
    Ian on: Working for StH
    Bean & GBK14/Battle Bird Armada

    Page 14
    Bean & GBK14/Battle Bird Armada (continued)
    Ian on: Favorite Characters
    Ian on: Least Favorite Characters
    Ian on: Other videogame character comics
    Classic Robotnik - again

    Page 15
    Topic closed


Ask Ian Anything - Extended Addition wrote:
    Page 1
    Dr. Eggman - proficiency and accomplices
    Ian on: Favorite Freedom Fighter
    Antoine's fate
    Sonic Riders adaptation release date
    Other-M (answered by Kureejii Lea)
    Bean: Bin & Pin
    Adpatation: Tails' Sky Patrol
    Matt Herm's status

    Page 2
    Bark's Silence
    Main Story + Back-up - Pros/Cons
    Most Desired Question
    Resource recommendations
    TDS's structure - why?
    Ian on: gaming
    Antoine: "The Map"
    Bunnie - whole again?
    Max Acorn vs. Sonic
    M25YL - Antoine, Bunnie?
    Status of The Source of All
    Scourge the Hedgehog
    E-123 Omega
    Trades / reprints of old issues
    Ian on: other job offers?
    Sonic subscriptions abroad
    "Courdory Ninja"
    "DreamCaster"
    Bumblenewbie metamorphisis
    Dimitri's status
    Knuckles' status
    Fate of the Potto
    Ian on: favorite novels
    Ian on: time spent working
    Tails + Fiona
    TDS - injuries?
    TDS - Rouge?
    TDS - Chaotix?
    Ian on: story archs for direct-to-video?
    Ian on: Sonic // X-Men
    Importance of S#162-174
    Ian on: Sonic's longevity as a title
    Ian on: Ian's longevity as a fan
    Sega and Sonic's 15th Anniversary

    Page 3
    Fiona's status
    Next-Gen adaptation
    Ian on: book sales
    Ian on: Princess Sally mini-series
    Ian on: rewriting epic stories
    Ian on: cause of cancelation
    Ian on: hypothetical movie
    Other-M (read: don't ask about it)
    Ian/Tracy tangent - movies

    Page 4
    Ian on: Sonic X (anime)
    Ian on: SatAM presentation
    Ian on: Favorite Sally/Bunnie solo stories
    Dulcy the Dragon
    Ian on: Reaction to becoming head writer
    Ian on: X3
    Ben Hurst? (no)
    Ian on: Why Bean & Bark?
    Additional Characters: Why?
    Ian on: Status as a Gamer
    Darkness of theme in Sonic
    Ian on: SatAM
    Ian on: Sonic X - dub or original?
    Sally's turn - M's fault?
    Super Sonic's look
    Monkeys?!

    Page 5
    SatAM - legality of online files (answered by the forum)
    Tails' roll in TDS
    Ian on: Sonic Underground
    Ian on: Next-Gen consoles / PSP
    Chaotix / Destructix - connection?
    Beginnings of the Love...Square?
    Story Creation - Time Taken

    Page 6
    Ian at E3?
    Mighty the Armadillo
    Destructix
    StH - SX crossover?
    Ian doing SX?
    Antoine x Bunnie
    Ian on: Past (Sonic related) influences
    StH#175
    Ian on: progression of the comic
    "Bah weep grahna Weep mini Bong"
    Locke's cancer (M25YL)
    Nanite infections
    Ian on: Sally's coloration
    Sally's pressence in '06
    Novelizations?
    Hypothetical end plans
    Sonic: concerning Fiona's past

    Page 7
    Status of Sally, Bunnie, Rouge, Antoine and Knuckles for the year
    Sonic x Mina = Sonic x Fiona?
    Plans for Tails
    Barby Koala
    Threat level for Sonic

    Page 8
    Blaze the Cat
    Sally on the Sonic x Fiona issue
    Scourge's evilness
    Scourge returning to Anti-Mobius?
    Bean and Bark - returning?
    Ian on: gaming magazine reading habits
    Ian on: writing other comics
    Ian on: pre-Sonic doings
    Ian on: Favorite games
    Scott Shaw!?
    Nicole's secrets
    SatAM in StH-continuity?
    Nicole's status
    StH-Charmy vs. SegaSonic-Charmy
    How Scourge knew to use the Master Emerald

    Page 9
    Flashback/Recap Issues
    Verti-Cal and Horizont-Al
    Snively
    Geoffrey and Hershey St. John
    Minions of Robotnik
    Explosions? Big ones?!

    Page 10
    Ian on: Next-Gen Sonic
    Pre-SatAM concept characters
    Ian on: Wii
    Game adaptations - back-ups vs. main story
    Return to Sonic Underground?
    Origin of Scourge's shades
    M25YL: Tails x Mina

    Page 11
    M25YL (multiple Q/As)
    Hope Kintobor
    Ian on: FF: Advent Children
    Ian on: 8 Games
    Revisiting Patch/Bunnie?
    Fiona's impact on the comic
    Ian on: new Sonic X season?
    Ian on: ArchieSonic in SegaSonic
    Scourge the Hedgehog
    Anonymous
    Tails' roll in TDS
    Scourge in TDS?
    S#152 - the real deal
    Julayla
    Ash's condition
    Ian on: What I'd like from you

    Page 12
    Dr. Quack and Patch
    Something bigger than Super?
    Ian on: what's in store (Sonic)
    Ian on: what's in store (BKC)
    TDS - Loose ends
    Updated map of Mobius?
    Discussion - NextGen-Sonic

    Page 13
    Handling all them-thar Hedgehogs
    Silver the Hedgehog
    Handling the post-E3 Sonic material rush
    "Sonic06" = New Designs in Comic?
    Source of All and Master Emerald
    Eggman - Shades of Britannia?

    Page 14
    Ian on: Sonic06
    Ian on: Sonic Wild Fire
    Ian on: Sonic Rivals
    Discussion: Shadow the Hedgehog (game)
    Shadow was going to ask Scourge...what?
    Shadow - reported as traitor?
    Fiona's past
    Nic reference in S#161?
    Posting NDS Friend Codes

    Page 15
    SegaSonic/EuroSonic talk is allowed!
    More Sonic Rush story elements?
    Anonymous - the thing on Page 1 of S#162?
    Continuity of "Ties that Bind"
    Snively's redesign
    More Egg Fleet?
    Intraforum ArchieSonic discussion
    More Shadow
    Sonic & Fiona - smooching in S#155?
    Longevity of Sonic x Fiona?
    Problems bringing in Bean & Bark?
    The return of SonSal?
    SegaSonic content vs. ArchieSonic/SatAM content
    Mature content in StH
    Anonymous (again)
    Thread Closed for Size


Now then, for the first question of the thread:

EthanEmerald wrote:Now, Ian, I have a question for you. Will Eggman ever go back to fighting on his own, as seen in the games? It's been incredibly long since I've seen him in his eggpod. I'd like him to take some action in his own hands, such as using the Eggmobile from SA2, or the Egg Emperor from Sonic Heroes. But, it seems he now hires bounty hunters such as Nack, Bean, Bark, and Shadow to do all of his dirty work. What do you say, Ian?


Eggman will never be totally alone. That would be boring. He had Crabmeat for the longest time, and then Snively became the lacky. Currently he has his really creepy "children." The "sidekicks" may change of time, but Eggman will always have somebody to kick around.

As for Eggman's proficiency, this falls under the "Wait and see what I do with him" response.
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Postby Adamis » Fri Apr 07, 2006 2:48 pm

Ian, by "which FF do you prefer", I just meant "which Freedom Fighter character" ;)
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Postby Ian Flynn » Fri Apr 07, 2006 9:32 pm

Adamis wrote:Ian, by "which FF do you prefer", I just meant "which Freedom Fighter character" ;)


Sheesh...okay...pick one, potto, pick one...

I guess, out of all the roster, and excluding the SegaSonic crew, Bunnie squeeks out ahead of the rest. She's always been so strong in both power and character, and her recent devastation at the hands of E.Antoine has been heartbreaking. I'm very happy to be picking her up at a moment where she's rebuilding and bolstered by support from Antoine so that now she can be as strong - nay, stronger! - than before.

But I enjoy the rest of the Freedom Fighters - world-wide - a great deal as well. I'll be sharing the spotlight as much as possible.
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Postby sonicforever » Sat Apr 08, 2006 12:31 am

Maybe someone already asked this but what are your plans for Ant? Are you going to return him to his old goofy self or is he now scared for life from his ordeal with the anti Sonic crew?
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Postby Zei » Sat Apr 08, 2006 11:00 am

Hi! =)

I hope this wasn't asked already (checked through the previous thread so, I don't think so) but do you have any idea when the Sonic Riders adaptation will come around? Even a fuzzy idea?
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Postby Ian Flynn » Sat Apr 08, 2006 12:06 pm

sonicforever wrote:Maybe someone already asked this but what are your plans for Ant? Are you going to return him to his old goofy self or is he now scared for life from his ordeal with the anti Sonic crew?


Part of Antoine will always be a bit on the kooky side. His jitteriness is part of why we love him. However, his time spent in the Evilverse will have taken its toll. Antoine wil be far more competant in the field and will bear a few emotional scars. Rest assured, however, he isn't going to turn into some brooding, anti-social thing - like Evil Antoine.

Zei wrote:I hope this wasn't asked already (checked through the previous thread so, I don't think so) but do you have any idea when the Sonic Riders adaptation will come around? Even a fuzzy idea?


The fuzzy idea: this year
The less-fuzzy idea: I'm 99.9% sure, barring any unforeseen snafus, the story will run in the back-ups for TDS.
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Postby Dirk Amoeba » Sat Apr 08, 2006 1:50 pm

IanPotto wrote:Maybe someone already asked this but what are your plans for Ant? Are you going to return him to his old goofy self or is he now scared for life from his ordeal with the anti Sonic crew?


That's one Penders retcon I'm glad for. I always felt that Karl's reimagining of Antoine in "Home" cheapened the excellent character development we'd been seeing for ten years. What you're doing (and what I imagine Ken was working toward) ehances that development rather than cheapening it.
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Postby sonicforever » Sun Apr 09, 2006 12:21 am

I actually thought Penders did an okay job on the comic. I mean the whole thing of no guns at all kinda seemed a little off since this is a war but on the whole his stories weren't bad. Bollers to seemed like he wanted to take the series in a completely different direction then it had been going and his ideas and it just didn't pan out at all. Not to mention the constant addition of characters created in the games has made tha cast too full to adequetly cover everyone. Sega needs to take a break from just creating a bunch of new characters for each new game they put on the market and learn to develop the ones they had (last time I checked we know about all of Shadow's past and almost none of Sonic's in the games.....what the heck?)

Also Ian I thought that Other M would be continuing past 30 (i think it is 30 anyway) even though you weren't there because the stories had already been written out. WIll we ever see the rest of them? Also will the guy who did some stuff for Other M....Herms I think his name was....anyway will he maybe be making a guest appearence and do one of the Archie comics? I would love to see him do one. He had some great artwork on the Sonic HQ boards.
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Postby Kureejii Lea » Sun Apr 09, 2006 2:24 am

sonicforever wrote:Also Ian I thought that Other M would be continuing past 30 (i think it is 30 anyway) even though you weren't there because the stories had already been written out. WIll we ever see the rest of them?


Since I'm in charge of that now, I can answer this one. Other-M was indeed completely written out long ago and even assigned to artists - the problems arose when these artists dropped out of contact (for some reason, many seemed to have gotten the idea that Ian had actually announced that the series was being cancelled, so that most likely had a hand in that as well). Currently, artist slots have been reassigned and things are being worked on - slowly.
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Postby JoJo B. » Sun Apr 09, 2006 5:43 am

Hi Ian,

In relation to Bean's relatives and Bean's recent appearance, can we expect Bin or Pin making an arrival in the comic? Or any other characters from Dynamite Dux for that matter?

And is there a chance the unsung villains from the Tails Sky Patrol game will appear, such as Wendy Witchcat and her henchmen? Perhaps taking a more menacing role than causing trouble in the skies?

I know Archie already has a bunch of characters as it is, but any plans or hopes?

Thanks. :D
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Postby Ian Flynn » Sun Apr 09, 2006 11:12 am

JoJo B. wrote:In relation to Bean's relatives and Bean's recent appearance, can we expect Bin or Pin making an arrival in the comic? Or any other characters from Dynamite Dux for that matter?

And is there a chance the unsung villains from the Tails Sky Patrol game will appear, such as Wendy Witchcat and her henchmen? Perhaps taking a more menacing role than causing trouble in the skies?

I know Archie already has a bunch of characters as it is, but any plans or hopes?


If we ever reference Bean's backstory, we might show Bin and Pin in flashback as a nod to the hardcore fans. The reference would be lost on the majority of the readership.

I won't rule out not ever using the villains of Tails' Sky Patrol, but I see it as highly unlikely within the next few years. But never say never, as they say.
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Postby sonicxfactor » Sun Apr 09, 2006 2:43 pm

sonicforever wrote:Also will the guy who did some stuff for Other M....Herms I think his name was....anyway will he maybe be making a guest appearence and do one of the Archie comics? I would love to see him do one. He had some great artwork on the Sonic HQ boards.


I agree his stuff is really good and I loved the redraw he did of the Songoose story. I think his style would suit the comic very well. How about it Ian?
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Postby Ian Flynn » Sun Apr 09, 2006 2:50 pm

Matt Herms's status on Sonic - or any Sonic book - is a matter between him and Mike Pellerito.
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Postby Sonic922 » Sun Apr 09, 2006 6:56 pm

I don't know Bean annd Bark too well from the games, so correct me if this is well known or something, but does/will Bark ever talk?
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Postby NackTheWeasel » Sun Apr 09, 2006 7:09 pm

sonicxfactor wrote:
sonicforever wrote:Also will the guy who did some stuff for Other M....Herms I think his name was....anyway will he maybe be making a guest appearence and do one of the Archie comics? I would love to see him do one. He had some great artwork on the Sonic HQ boards.


I agree his stuff is really good and I loved the redraw he did of the Songoose story. I think his style would suit the comic very well. How about it Ian?


Where did he redraw it? I'd like to see.
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