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Ian Flynn (born May 31, 1982), also known by his Internet pen name Ian Potto, is an American comic book writer. He was chief writer for Archie Comics's Sonic the Hedgehog since issue #160, after the departure of the previous chief writer Ken Penders.[1] As of April 4, 2018, he is also currently the lead writer of IDW Publishing's Sonic the Hedgehog comic series.[2]

Ian Flynn
Flynn at a September 8, 2012 signing for
New Crusaders #1 at Midtown Comics in Manhattan
Born (1982-05-31) May 31, 1982 (age 37)
Notable works
Sonic the Hedgehog, Mega Man, New Crusaders



Flynn obtained the writing position on Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog by sending in unsolicited proposals.[3]

Since his hiring at Archie he has also written Sonic Universe; the Capcom series, Mega Man; and New Crusaders, a superhero title published by the Archie Imprint Red Circle Comics.[4][5][6] In the Sonic the Hedgehog series, he collaborated with Tracy Yardley, the penciller for the series since issue #160. Flynn made his television writing debut with the Sonic Boom episode "Anything You Can Do I Can Do Worse-er".[7]

Although Sega canceled their Sonic the Hedgehog comic series, Archie Comics brought back Flynn, alongside collaborating colleagues Tracy Yardley and Matt Herms, to revive their Cosmo the Merry Martian intellectual property.[8] The first issue of Cosmo was released in January 2018.

Personal lifeEdit

Flynn is married to Aleah Baker, who has worked as a writer and colorist on Archie books such as Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic Universe.[9][10][11]


  1. ^ Paulson, Andrew (July 25, 2006). "Interviews - Ian "Potto" Flynn". Sonic Scene.
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  3. ^ Peal, Alex (April 6, 2006). "Interview: Ian Flynn".
  4. ^ Sims, Chris (23 December 2015). "Looking Back On 'Mega Man' With Ian Flynn [Interview]". Comics Alliance. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  5. ^ Goellner, Caleb (4 November 2011). "'New Crusaders' Writer Ian Flynn on the Return of Archie Comics' Red Circle Heroes [Interview]". Comics Alliance. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  6. ^ Carter, Chris (22 May 2015). "Destructoid chats with Archie's Ian Flynn about Mega Man and Sonic's second 'Worlds Unite' crossover". Destructoid. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  7. ^ Bill Freiberger [@BillFreiberger] (5 December 2016). "Episode 206: Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Worse-er. Written by @IanFlynnBKC. Storyboards by Gael Leroux & Jeremy Klein" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  8. ^ Couto, Anthony (September 20, 2017). "EXCL: Archie Comics' Sonic Team Reuniting on Cosmo Revival". Retrieved February 17, 2018.
  9. ^ "Guest Announcements: Ian Flynn and Aleah Baker". SEGAbits. 5 September 2016. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  10. ^ Peagler, Seth (April 3, 2012). "HEROESCON 2012 :: GUEST LIST UPDATE! MARK BAGLEY! IAN FLYNN! BUDD ROOT! ANDY SMITH!". Heroes Online.
  11. ^ Long, Aaron (16 November 2015). "Preview: SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #278". Comicosity. Retrieved 19 March 2017.

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