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Tracy Yardley, often credited as Tracy Yardley!, is an American comic book artist. He once worked with the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs, published by Archie Comics, eventually rising to prominence as a long time penciler for the comics, up until their cancelations. He currently works with the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series published by IDW Publishing.[1]


Yardley was born in Southern Illinois. In 2001, Yardley became a graduate from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and he currently lives with his wife Megan in Savannah, Georgia.

Yardley has been greatly interested in comics for most of his life, as well as the Sonic the Hedgehog video game series. In fact, the reason why he professionally spells his name with an "!" at the end is a tribute to Scott Shaw, who spells his own name the same way and was one of the first artists who worked on Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog.[2]

One of Yardley's first known, original comics was a series known as Nate and Steve, whom he worked with three of his friends.[3] Eventually, Yardley began his career in 2005 with fellow SCAD alum, Nate Bowden on Tokyopop’s original manga series, “Riding Shotgun.” At the same time, he began his long run on the various Sonic the Hedgehog titles published by Archie Comics alongside Ian Flynn.[1]


Yardley is known to be the main penciler/inker of an original manga-like series known as Riding Shotgun, published by Tokyopop.[4] He has also contributed to Hero Cats of Stellar City from Action Lab Entertainment, and has produced scripts and pencils for the forthcoming Galaxy Man and Cosmic Girl. He is also currently producing art for Archie Comics’ new Cosmo series.[1]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 SSF1991 (16 January 2018). Tracy Yardley! Confirmed For IDW Sonic Team, One Of Multiple Covers For Issue #1 Released. TSSZ News. Retrieved on 17 January 2018.

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