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Ian Flynn, also known by his Internet pen name Ian Potto, is an American comic writer. He was the chief writer for the Archie Sonic the Hedgehog comics since issue #160 until the comic's cancellation on issue #290. He also wrote a couple of episodes for the second season of Sonic Boom. He is slated to write for the IDW Publishing Sonic the Hedgehog comic series releasing in April 2018.[1] He is married to Aleah Baker.


Flynn obtained the writing position on the comic by sending in unsolicited proposals, after a long participation in unofficial creation of comics about Sonic. He is notable for being a rare case of making a transition from active amateur to pro.[2][3]

He has not only been active with the fan community since his hiring at Archie Comics, but even prior to that with the now defunct site TSIC (The Sonic Info Center). He gained initial recognition for a fan comic known as Other M. His stories contain heavy usage of prior continuity and returning characters. One of his focuses seems to be guiding the comic to better fit in with Sega's games while still retaining the best elements of the comic's original material.

Ian Flynn was the head writer for two of Archie's comics: Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic Universe and was the main writer for Mega Man and Sonic Boom.




  • He and Tracy Yardley joined Archie Comics at the same time, that being Sonic the Hedgehog #160.
  • In an interview in Sonic Super Special Magazine #1, Flynn stated that his influences as a writer are "Shakespeare, Stephen Crane, Kurt Vonnegut, E. E. Cummings, Chris Claremont, Robert Kirkman, Brian M. Bendis, Mark Miller, Dr. Seuss, Jeff Smith, Don Rosa and so many more."


External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 IDW Publishing and SEGA® Welcome Veteran Sonic Writer Ian Flynn. IDW Publishing (8 October 2017). Retrieved on 8 October 2017.
  4. Bill Freiberger on Twitter. Twitter (5 December 2016). Retrieved on 5 December 2015. “Bill Freiberger: Episode 206: Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Worse-er. Written by @IanFlynnBKC. Storyboards by Gael Leroux & Jeremy Klein.”
Archie Comics staff members