Well I haven't logged-in in a while so I thought I would stop in and show some life on this account. Frankly, I've been trying to distance myself from the Archie Sonic series. To see the devolution of the Sonic fandom since Ian Flynn came on to the series is heartbreaking. The depth of world building and imagination that this series used to inspire has given way to a bizarre cult centered around the head-writer that I have dubbed Flynn's Gate
Back in the day, we wanted to know everything about the world of Mobius, it's culture, and it's people. What kind of history did it have? What was it like to be Mobian? What was it like to live in Mobitropolis or other cities like it? What did it feel like to walk down it's streets, and be surrounded by it's beautiful architecture and hanging gardens? And ultimately, what was it like when the coup happened? What was it like to experience military robots busting down people's doors and rounding up men, women, and children to be roboticized on the eve of what was supposed to be a peace festival and the dismantling of the War Ministry? What was it like for survivors, and what did it feel like to live that life? This is what the western Sonic fandom used to be.
That has been replaced by, "OMG!!! Ian Flynn is the best writer evah!!! He is perfect in all things!!! We will shave our heads, and chop our nuts out for him!!! He will take us to meet Ti and Do on the spaceship!!!" Okay, maybe it's not that bad, but it's pretty damn close.
Looking back I was actually glad when Ian Flynn came on as writer and Ken left. I, and many other fans, never quite got over 'Endgame' and everything Ken did was always overshadowed by that whole affair. No matter how good his writing and world building actually was, people were still mad at him for 'Endgame' and the death of Sally. The saying that you never know what you have until it's gone rings true here. Looking back at the older issues nowadays, I have a real appreciation for what Ken did, and frankly I miss it very much. Was he perfect? No of course not. But his writing was certainly better than the mindless drivel we have now.FYI:
Some of you reading this aren't old enough to remember the craziness that was the 1990's, so I thought I would give you a little history lesson. Back in 1997 a UFO cult named Heaven's Gate
made a name for themselves by preaching that a UFO was in trail behind Comet Hale-Bopp
which could be seen quite prominently in the night sky starting in May of 1996. In addition to this, they preached that the Earth was going to go through an apocalyptic "great recycling" whereby all life, except for Applewhite's followers, would be purged. The cult's leader, Marshall Applewhite, preached that he was the reincarnation of Jesus Christ, and that he would lead his followers to Heaven by transcending their earthly physical bodies and flying up to the UFO which would take them to the "Next Level", thus escaping the great purge of the "recycling". They escaped alright, by committing mass suicide in a 9,200-sq.-ft mansion in San Diego, CA where they were communally living. They consumed apple sauce with phenobarbital mixed into it, and washed it down with some vodka to add some extra kick. They also tied plastic bags around their heads in order to induce asphyxiation after they had passed out.
Marshall Applewhite used to have a partner when he started his cult back in the 1970's, a woman by the name of Bonnie Nettles. Applewhite preached that he and Nettles were the two witnesses from the Book of Revelation
. For whatever reason, Applewhite and Nettles would refer to themselves using the aliases "Bo and Peep" and "Do and Ti"; the latter name derived from the solfège musical notes "Do Re Mi Fa Sol La Ti Do". When Nettles died, Applewhite continued to refer to her with the name "Ti", and said that Nettles was actually Applewhite's "Heavenly Father" who had reclaimed his place in Heaven. Now isn't this all just fun?
It is from this cult that I am deriving the name Flynn's Gate
as a satirical means of referring to Ian Flynn and his mindlessly devoted fans. Their behavior and obsessive devotion really is something else.Links to fun reading concerning the Heaven's Gate cult:Wikipedia Article on the cultWikipedia Article about Marshall ApplewhiteWikipedia Article about Comet Hale-BoppHeaven's Gate Initiation Tape - Part 1