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Ian Flynn
United States
Mercenary Word-Slinger (a.k.a. freelance writer)

Currently lead writer for Archie Comics' action-adventure line including:
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Sonic Universe
- Sonic Boom
- Mega Man

Twitter: IanFlynnBKC
Right!  So I had an idea for a new project, and involves reader input.  Please head on over to, read up on the project proposal, and vote.  For or against, it helps me get an idea of how viable the project is.

Also added a little bit more to the FAQ.  Another question I get a lot but simply can't answer.


Are you REALLY Ian Flynn?  The comic guy?
Yes I am.  You can check out my website and my body of work at

Awesome!  I love your art in the comics!
That's flattering - but I don't do the art.  I'm the writer.  I compose the manuscripts the art team uses to produce the book.  I've done concept art, though.  Some you can find here on dA, some you can find in the graphic novel collections.  I'm a decent doodler, but I leave the REAL art to the skilled professionals.

I want your job!

How do I break into the business?
That's better.  When I was trying to break into the biz, there wasn't any guide.  In an effort to give back to the fan community a little bit, I've compiled a FAQ to help aspiring fans down the path to applying to Archie.  You can find it here:…

Read my fan-fic!  Look at my fan-art!  Use my fan-concept!
No, nope, nuh-uh.  This would open me up to allegations of intellectual theft.  There's a lot of really creative fans out there, and they produce a lot of cool stuff.  What if I accidentally re-used someone else's idea down the road?  Some folks would be flattered, others would be enraged I "stole" from them.  For my protection - and to protect the fandom - I limit any fan-material to fan-art of official characters.

I want to talk to you!
I wish I could keep in touch with everyone, but I really don't have the time.  Your best bet is to voice your thoughts on my forum -  Comments and notes through dA will be read, but I don't know when, and I don't know if I'll reply.  I can only keep up so many avenues of correspondence, y'know?

So... why are you on dA then?
Mostly to keep up with old friends, some artists I like, and to share some concept art from time to rare time.

I love the comics!  I share them with my friends on dA!
The enthusiasm is appreciated, but you're breaking the law.  People have to buy the books to get the content.  That money becomes profit for Archie and ensures they keep producing the book and I keep my job.  Putting up scans for free loses Archie money.  And there's the whole illegal angle.  So if you've got full scans up, I'd appreciate you taking them down.  (Not like I can do anything about it, but still...)

I HATE you.
Sorry to hear that.  Say what you will, but keep it civil.  If you decide to be vulgar and/or profane, I'm hiding your comment.  It'll stay there - you'll know I'll have read it - but I won't force other people to endure your foul language.

You should negotiate with Ken Penders and get all the cut content back in the comics!
I emphatically point back to the point where I say I'm the writer.  A freelance writer.  I only have steady work with Archie because they really like what I do.  This is not a 9-to-5 position, this is an issue-by-issue gig.  And while I have a huge say in the direction of the books, I still have to abide by the decisions of the editor and licensors.  Creatively, I've got a lot of input.  Legally, I'm not even a blip on the radar.  There are three to four levels of management above me that handle those negotiations and legal matters.  There is nothing I can do about it.

I loved _________ in the old continuity.  Will he/she/it come back?
I've been asked not to confirm anything along those lines for reasons I can't get into.  It's not a question I enjoy dodging or having to ignore.  For now, all I can ask is that you enjoy what's present in the book and not worry too much about what might or might not be.

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Psyco-The-Frog Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Ian Flynn, you're the only guy doing good for the Sonic U.S. canon and fans. Please keep that in mind in the future, it's a fading breed, even more now that the comics are more like the games, but please, do not listen to the people that complain, they already have the games and Boom. Keep doing your thing and stay up man. 8-)
EricTheWhitelion Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Mr. Flynn  am a fan of your Writing, the New Sonic Universe that you, Sega, and Archie are brilliant.

My thoughts of the New Sonic Universe Reboot…
boltsthekiller Featured By Owner 4 days ago
i have a wii u
DjPac Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
Mr. Flynn I'm a fan of your writing, I think you're an amazing Archie writer( probably the best one).

I was wondering if you could answer me this question: 

-Are Sonic and Sally still a couple and if they're not will they ever be back together.
CardCaptor-Jordan Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014
 Love the comics you do and make but i have a question;
Will there be Sonic Boom comic, if so, will Miss. Sally Acorn be in them?
SonAze9000 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
Hello Ian. I was hoping you could answer a question. What came first? The SatAM television series or the Sonic Archie Comics?
HanakoFairhall Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014
The comics, but only by a few months
Rock-Raider Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014
Hi, Mr. Flynn.  Quick question.  Does Archie and/or Sega know about you making The Lost Hedgehog Tales?
SleetandDingolover Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hello, Mr. Flynn, I was wondering if you knew Jonathan Goldwater's email address or some way to contact him. 
missael111796 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
I honestly wished the legal department on either side of the conflict would have stopped acting like douche's thinking that they own the world. Then I remembered: one side is a bunch of lawyers and the other side is pissed off at said lawyers. Damn I'm going to miss all those characters.
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