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Ian Flynn
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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Wankers-Cramp Featured By Owner 1 day ago
I guess it makes sense for Sally to save Nicole in SU #73. But still, I wish you did at least some interaction between Tails and Nicole.
ianpotto Featured By Owner 23 hours ago
I didn't write that issue.
Wankers-Cramp Featured By Owner 22 hours ago
Ah my mistake, I was not saying the issue was bad by the way. I am liking Nicole's tragic back story. It puts more of a human (so to speak) element into it.
SonAze9000 Featured By Owner 3 days ago
That Sonic Boom episode they just revealed, "Dr. Eggman's Tomato Sauce", did you reference that in ''Sonic Boom'' #2 with Sticks' comment?
Fascinatinguy Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student Digital Artist
Hey Mr.Flynn i'm a brazilian Archie fan, and i would like to know: Sally and the FF belongs to SEGA?
RocknRumble Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Student General Artist
Ian, you're writing in the Sonic and Megaman comics is TNT. I love the way you keep the characters' in characters and the way they interact with each other.
jlnhlfan Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Mr. Flinn?!?!?! I used to be a fan of the Archie Sonic series. That is, until I found out that Issue 168 (Which I call "The Decline of SEGA Issue") contains adult content. Mainly, it had to do with the end of Earth and the human race. This is too dark a series to be a Sonic media. Had Archie stayed away from SEGA, things would go much better for me.
SonAze9000 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015
Hello mister Flynn, if I may be allowed to ask, did Knuckles glide through the air in Sonic Boom #2?
Azulzinho35 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015
I Can't believe it's you! Almost fainting here!
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