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The brouhaha has died down a bit now - in part because folks are seeing the upswing I promised, and in part because folks are distracted by the upcoming crossover.  With the rage-storm behind us, I want to give a collective thanks to the folks who voiced their support, those who helped correct false notions, and those who brought their concerns forward in a calm and thoughtful manner.  I know not everyone was 100% satisfied with the answers I gave, but part of that is professional discretion (and restriction), and part of it is time.  I've said it before and I'll say it again: "Yooooou'll see."

One thing I'd like to bring up, though, is the... fervent degree some folks are marshaling to my side.  I don't want to sound ungrateful, because a random comment from a pleased fan brightens my day.  But I'm also seeing a lot of of dismissive or overly confrontational words of support in my favor, and that doesn't really help me or anybody else.  

I'm flattered some of you guys think I qualify as a "genius," and even more so that I can be an inspiration.  And while I don't want to invalidate your praise, keep in mind that I'm not everyone's cup of tea, nor am I infallible.  I've made my mistakes and I have my shortcomings as much as anyone else.  And just because someone doesn't like the current direction of the books, that doesn't mean they're not a "true fan."  It just means they have a different preference.  They've got just as much right to enjoy the books (or not) and the franchise on a whole as the rest of us.

So while I certainly appreciate folks readily coming to my defense, can I ask y'all to be classy about it?  Don't just dismiss someone's argument with a hand-wave.  If they have a point, discuss it.  Debate it.  Have a counterpoint other than "don't be hatin' on Flynn."  And if that person just won't budge (like how I'm anti-Amy/Sally/Archie/Sega - I've heard it all) then be the bigger person and walk away.  Spend more time enjoying my works than defending them.  It's more fun for y'all, I promise.

Speaking of those works, they currently are:
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic Universe
Mega Man
New Crusaders (www.redcirclecomics.com)

And because it's been a while, some general notes:
- I'm crazy-busy, now more than ever, and I can't keep up with Notes and comments on DA.  If you really need to get in touch with me, please do so through the forum on my website (www.bumbleking.com)
- I cannot and WILL NOT look at fan-ideas.  It protects y'all from me accidentally reusing an idea down the road, and it protects me from accusations of stealing ideas from others.  Sorry!
- If you leave an incredibly obscene or offensive comment, I will hide it.  I won't delete it, your comment will remain, but no one else with be forced to endure it.
- Uploading scans of the comics on DA, YouTube or wherever is illegal.  Please report them to the proper admins.
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:iconghostanjo:
ghostanjo Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Student General Artist
I've read all of the Sonic comics and I do have to say your sagas are definitely some of my favorites.
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battlebrothertherix Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'm not going to fill the space here with what I want to say, but I'd like to ask you a few questions at some point, and the fairly extensive distance between us means that I can't speak in person, or anything approaching that.
Don't worry, I'm not another fanboy dribbling over you, but I'm not holding an irrational hatred against you. My questions are going to be from my semi-professional point of view and they will reflect that.

I'm also under the impression that you have been somewhat...dismissive of some questions and their questioners, because they don't understand a 'real-world' point of view on these things, and once again, that's not the case with me. I do know about the problems of finance.

I'm also reserved about using your website to contact you, because I would rather not have to wade through a sea of fanatical defences purely to ask some questions that are only biased from the point of literature itself.
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ianpotto Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
On "dismissiveness" - sometimes that's my fault, and sometimes its people looking to be insulted. I get a lot of the same questions repeatedly, so sometimes I give the rapid-fire response and move on. In those instances, yeah, that's my bad. In my mind it's better to provide an answer than appear to ignore people because I don't have the time to go in-depth with something, but then I look like I'm blowing them off.

The other side of it is when I can't answer. Maybe it would be a spoiler (e.g. "When will Sally be turned back to normal") or maybe it would be unprofessional (e.g. "Tell us everything SEGA has ever told you to do.") All I can say in those instances are "Wait and see" or "I can't talk about that." Some folks take that as being brushed off, and I can't help that.

As for BKC - the user base is very favorably of my work as a rule, true. I guess it can't be helped. But it's not this cult of blind favoritism some make it out to be. Just today I read a less-than-favorable, lukewarm review of STH#240 that did a good job of listing their disappointments.

DA is not my webspace. I keep up with some artists, I upload the rare piece of concept art, but it's not where I conduct business. BKC is my business, and that's where I need to focus my time and attention.
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:iconbattlebrothertherix:
battlebrothertherix Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Maybe you should explain that then? If you're not able to talk about something, instead of giving an answer that sounds like a brush-off, actually tell people you can't talk about it, or it would be a plot spoiler, or something. It would be better to at least give a reason for not answering the question very directly.

Personally, as my view on the comics, I do disagree with some of the stuff you've done, though I can't give an entirely-comprehensive view because I haven't seen everything. I can see where things have been done wrong but I don't correct things like plot issues or anything like that by making my own ideas, because it's not my work. The thing is, I'd rather not explain where I think the problems lie because I'd rather not waste both our times with a long explanation that will culminate in you brushing it off in some way, whether you see it that way or not.

So instead I offer this piece of advice. No-one can accurately judge their own work in a way that's fair. It requires other people of varying backgrounds and mindsets to do so. I see people comment on my work and some comments are good, some are criticising, but they help me improve and I listen to them. If they give criticism on a piece I've already done, I go back, redo the bit in question and see if it looks to be an improvement, judging it from a standpoint of literature, not of it being my work. If it looks better, job done. If it doesn't, I take a look and see if there's a way to improve anyway. The advice itself would be when you get criticised about something, even though you can't really change a comic that's already been released, go back and look at it again, if only briefly, and see if there's another way something could have been done. A writer can't improve if they don't accept the knowledge of others.
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ianpotto Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
1) Sorry, I wasn't clear - I do say when I can't go into detail due to spoilers or what have you. Regardless, some take that as some form of slight of hand or dismissal. I've said before: "Sorry, but that would spoil things. Wait and see." And the statement is taken as me blowing the person off. What more could I say?

2) I'm definitely open to criticism, and frankly, I'm rather starved for it. The scripts themselves have at least one pair of eyes scrutinizing them before they go to the artists - that's what editors are for. But in terms of reader response, in-depth, constructive criticism is lacking. I either get:

"Love this issue!!1!" - which is nice, but doesn't tell me anything.
"u r ruing sonic get better or quit" - which tells me absolutely nothing.

A lot of the angst on DA lately has been a handful of folks with grievances that come from not reading the book closely or simple made up issues. I've tried explaining and answering point-by-point, but to no avail.

So yes, you're completely right: I need input from others to improve my craft. Unfortunately, I'm not really receiving a lot of valuable input.
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battlebrothertherix Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Well, I'd be happy to help in terms of the criticism. I've been known for giving it fairly and usefully, and when I do criticise something, I give an idea of how it should be improved.
I agree, the first example is always nice, because it shows someone likes the work, for one reason or another, but it doesn't help, especially if it is a mindless fanatic - of which every fandom has one, regardless of whether they are wanted or not.

I would help, if it was possible, if it is at all. I've read things that have had people working in America, Britain and Japan, through the language barriers, so I know it's possible. All I want is to see things improve, not to say everythings terrible and needs re-doing. The real problem is I generally have very little access to the comics, and thus I can't provide much in the way of criticism on a regular basis.

Again, I'd be happy to help if there was some way around it. And don't brush me off on account of my age, I'm far more knowledgeable than many people older than me, and I've been writing for some time and I know how to make a good story.
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ianpotto Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
Then join up on the forum and let your voice be heard when you can pick up an issue. I look forward to the insights.
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mewmewspike Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
Okay, I hope Sally Acorn does get de-roboticised. I liked her as a part of my childhood, both in SatAM and in the early comics, and I would not like to see her killed off, even if she got destroyed.

BTW, interested in seing Metal Tails in action.
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pinktwirlz Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I like your writing. :shrug:
I would like it if you gave Sally some character development, she just seems sort of sue-ish lately, but I'm not gonna be a brat about it.
I like the comics. Enough to spend 3 bucks on them once a month.
And that's all I have to say about it.
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ezioauditore97 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Student General Artist
He made an actually mature Amy!I am impressed!
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:iconpinktwirlz:
pinktwirlz Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Haha ikr? Amy is done really well in the Archies.
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Maetch Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
I'm glad that you're not too swayed by the hate, but I still hope that you know what you're doing with the storyline.

Good luck, Ian. :)
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MegamanX94 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
I can't blame fans for thinking you're anti-Sally.

You've been nothing short of brutal to her in the past year.

No Offense when saying this by the way.
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ianpotto Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
No offense taken - Sally's been through a lot, and is still going through it. But by that logic I'm also anti-Antoine, anti-Bunnie, anti-Sonic, anti-Snively, and I must have some kind of deep, personal vendetta against Metal Sonic.

If I were truly anti-Sally, she wouldn't be a central subplot. She would be dead and gone and never spoken of again. If I hated her as much as some folks claim, I'd have written her entire history out of continuity when I had the chance, like "Genesis."

Just because I make the characters struggle against adversity doesn't mean I've got something against them. It means I'm a writer and I'm crafting a story.
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beatles123 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
I just would hope you also understand that after seeing the way she's been handled in the past, we fans of her feel a bit peeved at those calling her a mary-sue. A lot of us hold sal in a very special place in our hearts and we just want to see her be handled with care, you understand. I have seen more hate for sal than any other character I know of, and I have to say it is sad to see her struggle...but I trust you are going to andle it better than her past writers have...I just feel like Satam is the minority in this day and age, and though the cartoon is gone, you have the ability to keep them very much alive, and THRIVING at the same time. That's very important to us especialy when we find them a good alternative tho the ho-hum lack of story in the games. I can't explain it Ian, but the Satam gang are precious and the comic is the one surviving lifeline they have (right now.) So...it's a tough task to do, and I know some fans are impatient and picky but...I trust you Ian. I am hoping the characters I love are in good hands and will be treated as timelessly as they are. Thank you for all you do, I just hope you can also acknowledge the love the characters have and WHY a lot of us are concerned as well. Thanks. :)
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Q99 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
Poor, poor metal sonics.
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MegamanX94 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
Ok, I suppose you do make a good point there. Other characters have suffered alot too in this story.

It's just Sally appears to be getting it the worst since 225, which is why I brought up that point. But yes, you do make a good counter point about her concerning Genesis.

I'm not against seeing characters suffering by the way. As long as it has a good purpose behind it, I can handle that.
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RJRobledo Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So...I should tear down the bloody altar I've been building with the bones of your detractors?

Anyway, always nice to see a talented, noted writer admit to his humanity.
Keep up the great writing, as well as the down-to-earth sensibility!
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:iconmuppets4eva:
Muppets4eva Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i think you inspired me to write dark, Alternate Universe fan-fiction
i'm even rewriting OM
errrr
if that's ok with you.
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RedCarly Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Student General Artist
That's good your back out of the hate cloud...

It was kinda getting pretty bad back there, but you kept your cool. :)

I must say though, the comics are going great so far! they are just FANTASTIC! I can't wait for the crossover! Keep up the good work!
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cartoonking1 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
I agree with you pal. :nod:
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dbkit Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd understand genuine dislike to the works of a writer. Like pacing complaints or something. But you're probably not surprised by the number of folks who down right hate everything just because, for example, they think you hate Amy Rose.

And why do they think you hate Amy? Lack of character development? Maybe they think you don't write her correctly? She's too weak? Too whiny? Nope. It's usually because you don't have Sonic and Amy slobbering all over each other. I don't know why you're to blame for this, when SonAmy was never a possibility long before you showed up but -shrugs- Some people just don't get it.
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Gabbstarrr Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Student Filmographer
Mate, I am most inspired by your genius... I admit I went onto the anti Archie forums and said straight up they should get their priorates in order.. next thing you know I get entire essays of people explaining to me why they don't like your work... what it all added up to was they didn't understand it and it was too dark... I lost it. I didn't go all out rage... but after 3 days of the suckers, It all got personal. It all quietened down and such, next thing I know they're literally stalking me on youtube... seriously! In any case... just ignore them to be honest...most of them are over emotional pre-teens not getting their way. I understand that it could effect people's decisions to read the comic, and yes they are entitled to their opinions... but they've got to understand, their opinions how ever big they are, mean nothing! (apart from sales and all but thats beside the point) They mean nothing because their arguments lack evidence... most of them don't know what they're talking about. So in case and point ~ some of them need a reality check like that kid who did the "worst of archie" vids... even if it's a harsh one.
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MeltingMan234 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
Indeed
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:icongabbstarrr:
Gabbstarrr Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Student Filmographer
^^ <3 the only reason I comment to these negative people anymore is because deji keeps reminding me they are there... most of them tend to keep their distance from me because I just turn into this evil monster like friggen Naughes at rage to hurtful levels. But to be honest I can't be bothered with them anymore man. You, (melting) keep me from exploding to *hugs and nuzzles* thank you gorgeous > ///< ~
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MeltingMan234 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
Your welcome gabbsy :3
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MeltingMan234 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
I've been with ya all the way and have been enjoying the Archie Sonic comics, especially how Sonic and Robotnik are determined for Sally now that she's been Robotosized again. And I haven't been bothered with those spootheads who rage on the series all the time like Bwrosas or Johnathon83x, and I'm like, "If you hate the series so much, why are you continuing on with it? Just move on with other stuff that you like instead of trolling the living hell out of this subject." Made a few rants about it, then quickly stopped making rants and commentaries all together. Cause I got bored with them with out of date/overused subjects and they didn't provide any challenge anymore.
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beatles123 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
LOL "Spootheads!"

Angry Beavers!!!
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cartoonking1 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
Here, here! Well said good man! :)
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FicticiousAnimation Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I totally have been defending you, Ian. ^^ And you're welcome.

I agree with everything here.

Btw, I think the " true Sonic fans" thing is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard next to "THat's not canon.". XD!

I've been on board with Sonic since 1998, when I played Sonic 2 for the first time on my Genesis. I think i'm just as much a Sonic fan as anybody else regardless of my opinions on the comic. (Or on Sonic Battle for that matter because apparently it's not "canon".)
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roxas617 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So, is your modesty from proffesional restraint, or good nature?
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:iconianpotto:
ianpotto Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
I'd like to think it's more the latter than the former. I try to remind myself that I was an Angry Internet Fan at one point too, so maybe some of the flak is karma? (haha)

Really, I've just grown weary of all the anger and hurt feelings over something that should be fun, and I don't want folks getting hostile whether they're for me or against me. My books are escapist fantasy - something you read so you forget about all the drama of the real world for a little bit. That's all.
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roxas617 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I see.
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cartoonking1 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
Good nature of course.;)
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Nintenfreak Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
*will
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cartoonking1 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
Your wellcome Ian, my friends and I try to rebuttle in a respectfull maner but this is the Sonic fandom so the chances of everyone getting along is very slim :lol: but I wont let that ruin my enjoyment of your work (of wich I am a subscriber to all of them by the way. ;)) Keep up the good work.:w00t!:

By the way how would I report illegal scans?
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Dejimon11 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
Question I created a bumbleking account a couple of weeks ago but I can't log on it what am I suppost to do
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FritzyBeat Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Its possible your request got caught up in the spam filter, they tend to do that sometimes.

Once you sign up for a forum account, you need to email Ian your account name and password. Send the email to admin@bumbleking.com and he'll get you up and running ASAP.

They added this extra step a few months ago to reduce the number of spam bots trying to activate accounts.

Hope this helps:)
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Dejimon11 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
Thanks for the help
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FritzyBeat Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
My pleasure:)
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ianpotto Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
Did you read the post near the top of every sub-forum that tells you what to do next?
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DragoWolfFan Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
When people do good work then I like giving them a pat on the back. I'm a very expressive individual and like giving props where it's due. I don't agree in entering debates because from my experience they more often then not end up negatively.

I agree with you, fans will always be fans and I don't think it's anyone's right to determine which are "true" or not.

-Drago
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FicticiousAnimation Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, very well said. I agree.
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cartoonking1 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
Thanks.;)
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FicticiousAnimation Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome. ^^
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cartoonking1 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
:D
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cartoonking1 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
Well said Drago.:nod: :)
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gameboysage Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
The crossover does seem to be very exciting, I can't wait to see how you have it all play out :D

I do hope the Mecha Sally stuff ends before the crossover starts though. Not only would it bog down the crossover to have her drama in it (not to mention enrage the Sally haters more to have her story have anything to do with the crossover between two iconic characters) but Mecha Sally in general has just become so repetitive and kind of boring lol. Hard to believe Mecha Sally could become monotonous and boring, but it happened XD
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roxas617 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really? Can you quit with the mecha sally thing for two seconds? Especially on here?
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gameboysage Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
Just an opinion ^^

Although the crossover should be a lot of fun though :3
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