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July 25, 2012


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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 (

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 (
- 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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ezioauditore97 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Student General Artist
He made an actually mature Amy!I am impressed!
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