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Sorry to quote a post from months ago, but:

On 3/21/2018 at 3:30 AM, PublicEnemy1 said:

The question didn't say. Just some Fleetway things. Ian DID mention that he really wants to use the Metallix, and he has permission from Nigel Kitching to use them.

...I could actually see this happening now that we know Neo Metal is the big bad.

Wishful thinking, yes.

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Yeah, I also hope so. A retooling/reinvention of the Metallix would be really awesome. They could even avoid the "one Metal Sonic" (without using the Mecha Sonic from Sonic 3 exactly, avoiding the "no classic character") mandate by using the Mecha/Silver Sonic in the tube in Final Egg in Sonic Adventure.

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And i'm really curious about what is Metal Sonic's "ascension".

 

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-Even Ian reckons the modern Chaotix are the only ones that exist based on all the material SEGA has said and shown. 

-Ray would be amended to be as tall as Sonic and Mighty to match Mania Plus if he appeared in the comics at any point now (like, presumably in a hypothetical classic  line)

-Sally and Nicole were totes going to go down the lesbian route.

-No immediate plans for the Babylon Rogues, no justice for Storm. Thinks they're interesting though.

-Villages haven't been named yet because none of them hold narrative importance. 

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Welll....

-Don't get pneumonia.... just don't do it.

-They address Silver's "language" in the relevant IDW Issue. In their minds 'crap' is simply not a swear. I don't follow this thread too closely but I believe that was a hotly debated topic, and some fun was had at Shadow and Silver's expense concerning chaos emeralds and their damned-able nature.

-For all plans concerning abandoned Archie plot-lines please refer to Ian's future best seller - Lost Hedgehog Tales. Release date: TBA - Indefinitely.

 

-Plans for QuakeWoman, and other Megaman comic threads if that series had continued were briefly discussed. The Megaman Soccer arc we never got.

-Ian mentions that there have been some character approval jittering around in IDW Sonic. Stresses that such unnamed characters are likely not barred from appearing all together, rather they were not approved for the specific storyline. I imagine Cream probably figures in there somewhere. He does believe that any living modern character is on the table.

-Apparently Team Dark was killed off in Worlds Unite because the Editor really wanted someone to die and Ian knew the reset button was just around the corner.

 

- (Long Marvel Movie credits scroll)

....Tangle's Village will return.

Naming the other locations just seems like needless fluff to them.

- He couldn't continue the Sonic Underground TV show even if he wanted to... but it they could they'd recast Robotnik as Jim Cummings. Nuff said.

For Sonic Underground as planned in Sonic Universe... please refer to Ian's future best seller - Lost Hedgeho---

- Mobius 25 Years Later. Cream is an awesome adventurer, Cheese is a light chao, King Shadow's causing troubles somewhere, somehow, and Rouge owns a chain of Casino Night Zones. Breezie would be envious. Amy takes the time stones and has awesome time traveling adventure (sadly no word on green Canary sidekicks 😥).

- King Nigel Acorn to (handheld) Nicole: "How are you my adopted daughter? You're next in line for the crown in case Sally cax it!"

- Ian does not intend for Sonic to come off as mean to Silver.

- Silver's time traveling will remain undefined until Sega defines it. God help us all.

- Archie Sonic is no longer canon. You're all free now.

- Interesting bit about Knuckles and spiritual themes that led to pairing him with Chip in Archie.

- Ian really likes the implications of Blaze's fate in Sonic '06. Iblis being sealed in her, and shoved into another dimension. Really wants to explore it.

- Origins of a Linkara cameo in Archie.

- Are Chaotix Classic/and/or Modern/Spicy Jalapeno/ or Ranch? Nothing new on that front. They acknowledge that Knuckles Chaotix is almost certainly non-canon these days, but with the more solid Classic/Modern divide being so new verdict still out.

- SA3 is after Shadow 2, and before Storybook 3. Mark your continuity timelines people!

-Ian has a momentary lapse in judgement and proclaims that Sonic 4 Ep. 2 was in fact good.

-Ian is not a harbor. Do not park your ships on his shore....

They will be towed.

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- I agree Ian. Silver did not do a swear. He barely did a potty mouth. He did a stronger smelling "doo doo" at best. It actually is amazing how much more endearing Silver has become to me recently once the full on voice-cracking, dorkiness of his character dawned on me while reading that issue. 

- I'm no business man so I can't speak on this with confidence so all I'll say is that I don't understand why the Lost Hedgehog Tales is something that would cause trouble for anyone when the info regarding it deals with a book that was cancelled and a company that SEGA severed ties with. Things are complicated so I won't make any judgements. All I'll say WITH confidence is that the business reason is probably some bullshit. 

- He has to reaffirm that the comic is influenced by the games and not an exact continuation. I feel like this should be obvious now but I guess not. I'd have no problem considering it canon since I have a feeling what happens here will disappoint me far less than whatever bad idea the people in charge of the games come up with next though. 

- AHAHAHA! Team Dark got killed off in World's Unite because some editor said "WE NEED TO UP THE STAKES! SHOW EVERYONE HOW SERIOUS THIS IS!" It's amazing because I keep having to get reminded that they died in that story. You'd think that'd be something I'd remember but I don't. It's such a lazy footnote.

- Ah. The nameless village thing that people cared a lot about. Basically he says the same thing I already figured as well. Knowing the names of villages we visit for the sake of a single issue and don't return to again isn't all that necessary. I do get it. Doing things for the sake of "World Building" all the time, over and over again, even when it doesn't matter can contribute to needless clutter if the relevance just isn't there. I do also recall being slightly intimidated by the Archie books when I first got into them because of this. Not just when it came to all the locations and which of them I had to care about but all the extraneous people and their situations... I'm lucky I'm someone who has the patience to start from the beginning and read through them. Though I wish I had more of the time to do so. Tangle's town will get a name and a more fleshed out setting because it actually matters. Tacking a name onto something that doesn't matter or come back again isn't "world building". It's fluff. I agree. 

- I'm so happy 30 years later had no chance of continuing. Even if the book had continued as it was apparently. 

- Sally and her Sex Bot Nicole would have been in a relationship eh? I might have been interested in that if I cared about either of those two characters. 

- Ian's waiting for SEGA to explain how Silver can time travel before he reveals it so that what he comes up with doesn't get retconned? Well, he'll be waiting forever because they never will. He should know that by now. The reason they don't get rid of the time travel gimmick with Silver is because it's the thing that defines him. It's his special thing. It just sucks that his special thing is the worst story element ever. The only way it'll work is if they find a way to make it work and I do believe it can. You just need people who really, really care... that's not SEGA though.

- Yes. The Chaotix are materialistic. They're not really "heroes" in a sense. They're more like the Ghostbusters. The original ones. They came, they saw, they kicked its ass... for a fee. 

- It's really a shame that Blaze's situation confuses me way more than Silver's does since she's NOT the one with the time travel gimmick. She just has this confusing edge to her just from being associated with Silver which is something that happened because SEGA figured he'd be more popular if he teamed up with a popular character for his debut or something. They must have already been convinced it would work since he was confirmed for Sonic Rivals and the party mode of Secret Rings all in the same year. This was before 06 even came out. Silver was here to stay regardless of reception. 

- I don't care about Classic Chaotix but that doesn't mean I'd protest them ever showing up. I'm cool with them being just Modern characters of course.

- SEGA gave him a story to write for the Sonic Forces comics that literally had Eggman right there by the Master Emerald when Knuckles left and he didn't take it. Because of course they did. They really need this dude to write their shit for them. I mean come on...

- If you're gonna do World's Collide again, pitch it as a video game story. I'm sure SEGA and Capcom wouldn't mind doing a game crossover. One that wasn't an Olympics game. 

- No Archie characters in the games. Even if I did want that (and even if it wasn't impossible), I'd have to know that the writers of the games would just mess them up.

- Do I even care about seeing the family members of the other characters? The only time I've ever imagined it is when I've imagined them in stories that were really well written. Like Fullmetal Alchemist. Sonic's dad would be the hedgehog version of Van Hohenheim.

- Sonic World Adventure is Sonic World Adventure. Sonic 4 is Sonic 4. Sonic Mania is Sonic Mania. Easy. If an SA3 comes out, it'll be SA3. That is all.

- THE FANBASE WANTS SILVER AND BLAZE TOGETHER! OHMAIGAWD! BWAAAAH! Ian straight up says, "NOPE! NO SHIPPING! I AM DONE WITH IT! Do not come to me and say that the majority of the fanbase wants it BECAUSE THEY DO NOT! I've seen the battle flags for every ship! NO! NO SHIPPING! NOT TAKING SIDES! I do not exist to want ships. I don't exist to sink ships. I AM NOT A HARBOR! I've been through that headache. Never again. NEVER. AGAIN."  - Best Quote. 

- I actually thought Ian didn't like the Rogues as well. He straight up asks "Where did this come from?" Come to think of it, I don't remember why I thought he didn't like the Rogues either. Probably something he said a while ago. I agree with him that Zero Gravity is the better game, mechanically. It was easier to control and the gravity stuff was neat. Everyone says that's a bad thing though so... whatever. I don't need to feel vindication for opinions on a dead spin-off series.

- I actually had to look up Darkest Storm to remember what it was. I think I read it when I was trying to get into the old issues of the comics after my Grandpa ordered all the back issues for me. I remember liking the events that happened in it but I remember not liking the art. Also, some cool horse dude died. 

 

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Wait, can Ian really explore what happened with Silver and Blaze in Sonic '06??? That would be incredible, which is why I doubt Sega will allow that. But they kind of hinted it in some games (Colors DS, Generations with some plot holes like Blaze remembering despite that timeline being erased), so maybe they want to explore it in the comics? Since there is no place for it in the games, I mean, Silver and Blaze are gonna be in the same team in TSR, but we know it's most likely they will not mention anything since the game is a spin-off with a cheap story, but their interactions are gonna be... interesting.

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13 hours ago, VEDJ-F said:

-Sally and Nicole were totes going to go down the lesbian route.

Part of me still thinks that Ian only says that now because he knows that Archie Sonic is dead. If it still would be a thing I doubt he would have done much with it. You know. No shipping and stuff.

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13 hours ago, Cuz said:

-Plans for QuakeWoman, and other Megaman comic threads if that series had continued were briefly discussed. The Megaman Soccer arc we never got.

-Ian mentions that there have been some character approval jittering around in IDW Sonic. Stresses that such unnamed characters are likely not barred from appearing all together, rather they were not approved for the specific storyline. I imagine Cream probably figures in there somewhere. He does believe that any living modern character is on the table.

1) Did he say anything about the reformed Mega Man 2+3 Robot Masters?

2) Including Eggman Nega?

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14 hours ago, VEDJ-F said:

-Sally and Nicole were totes going to go down the lesbian route.

Cue the "Not in the Book Not Canon" and "This is exactly the same thing Penders did" crowds.

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At one point or another Nicole got blatantly teased and/or paired off with Sonic Espio and Shard. Ian having plans to push her and Sally together looses much of its significance when you look back at how Nicole was apparently working her way through the entire cast.

 

23 minutes ago, JosepHenry said:
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And the comic just got a heck ton better.

 

I'm utterly convinced when this arc is over Silver is going to take Tangle and Whisper away to form a new team. That would be a fun combo. An Extrovert, and Introvert and a social blank slate. Think of the banter.

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