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inflatable dalek
2013-08-12, 01:04 PM
Not much in the way of big news this year (I think cards are being played very close to the chest over Dark Cybertron), but the general tidbits

[Anything in square brackets is just my speculation and/or bad comedy].
:


The -acy Series:

When the video where Fint Dille introducted himself as a guest for 2014 was played he called himself the author of Monstrosity, Autocracy, and "Primeacy", so presumably that's going to be the third of that series (and indeed, he mentioned it so casually it may well have been announced elsewhere and I've just missed it).


[So they've already run out of actually words ending in "Acy"?]

ReGeneration One:

Andrew Wildman revealed the cover to issue 96 [Which I don't think he was supposed to do, but that's Wildman for you] which is a deliberate mirror of the one to the free comicbook day issue with Rodimus Prime in place of Optimus.

"Issue Zero" started off life as a proposed Annual, the idea of calling it issue zero initially had no connection to the zero point story but Furman liked the idea so much he wound up linking the two more directly.

Jose Delbo physically posted his art to IDW, resulting in them having to scan it and then email it to themselves in order to get it in their normal art system.

The fight between Galvatron and Ultra Magnus in issue 94 will "Homage" the one in Target: 2006 [Because obviously that's something that wasn't done too well first time round and would be improved by a re-hash].

Both Grimlock's plot to lose his Action Master body and the headmaster heads one were things that would have happened back in the 90's if the comic had continued [That seems unlikely to me- especially as I'm fairly sure last year Furman said the Headmasters thing wasn't something he thought of till after selling the idea of Reg to IDW- but we are talking quarter century old memories].

The two ongoings:

Dark Cybertron and what follows at the start of next year will introduce a lot of [Generations toyline?] new characters.

MTMTE will being going in a new direction for its second "season" after the crossover [hardly surprising as they've now found the Knights of Cybertron] that will see the status quo shaken up. The Scavengers and the DJD won't be showing up again till next year either.

The reveal about Ultra Magnus wasn't inspired by his toy (Roberts had actually forgotten about the mini-white Prime). [I think he would also like me to say he wasn't thinking of Ace Rimmer either]

Roberts was selling the heavily annotated script to issue 6, and I think the most interesting thing is in the original synopsis done when planning out the series Maximus would have died at the end and the [presumably not called The Lost Light at this point as there's a description of a scene in Swerve's of characters arguing over a moniker] ship would have been named in his honour at the end.

And I'd forgotten about the bit where Skids points out Magnus isn't much like how he used to be back in the day FORESHADOWING.

Denyer
2013-08-12, 07:58 PM
Wonder whether Furman heard any of the panel bits about Arcee? (Basically all of the younger creators disavowed anything to do with the characterisation.) Although I'm sure he'd have denied intending to suggest "female" is a mentally unbalancing aberration, and focused on the outcome simply being Jhiaxus's meddling.

Little bit surprised that Megatron: Origin pre-dating the spotlight by some margin and introducing similar body shells (pretty logically -- race of alien robots that mimic other cultures, after all) wasn't mentioned, though, at least IIRC.

It's hard to reconcile Jhiaxus as a Frankenstein type character and creating Monstructor, Arcee, etc. with much of the rest of the history we've seen in flashbacks. Him and Nova Prime seem too much larger-than-life cackling stereotypes, and whilst the Marvel US style annual one-shot was fun it dialed any characterisation back to that era as well.

The fact that TFs draw from many other cultures for alt-modes and general interest is something I'm hoping Roberts gets around to working in -- it'd be quite new; other than a few Autobots going "native" such as Hound and Jazz (and profiles of monstrous Pretender shells, etc) it doesn't get much discussion.

I'm worried by Dark Cybertron...

Rack 'n Ruin
2013-08-12, 08:12 PM
I don't think Dark Cybertron can hurt RID at all. That title needs something to get it going. I am very concerned by the impact it may have on MTMTE though. Personally, I rather IDW avoid bringing the titles together for a long while yet, and really let MTMTE run wild. Frankly, if RID got canned I wouldn't lose too much sleep, loss of Prowl, Blurr & Shockwave apart.

Auntie Slag
2013-08-12, 09:20 PM
Is it set in stone that MTMTE and RID are merging into one comic soon (soon being this year?). And will they split again? Won't that just confuse readers? I'm confused.

I just want one good comic, and I don't want them messing it up with silly Marvel style crossovers and some muppet saying to Roberts "Ok thanks very much, we'll take it from here".

There is a road map for this thing, but I've been content not to look into it since Cliffjumper said we could in theory get 100+ issues out of James as that's the average life expectancy of a really good comic writer.

So I hope IDW don't cut that short with their silly plans.

inflatable dalek
2013-08-12, 09:27 PM
Wonder whether Furman heard any of the panel bits about Arcee? (Basically all of the younger creators disavowed anything to do with the characterisation.) Although I'm sure he'd have denied intending to suggest "female" is a mentally unbalancing aberration, and focused on the outcome simply being Jhiaxus's meddling.

Though I should say for those who weren't there that they didn't randomly decide to have a go at Arcee and it was a bit more polite than that. There was a question along the lines of "What they hell are you thinking with Arcee?" which got the fairly polite response of "We weren't thinking anything, it wasn't our idea we've just since had to work with what's been established" (and they were very careful not to say either way what they personally thought of it, even if it felt fairly implicit "Alex only drew her Spotlight!").

James and Nick talked about how the background characters in Megatron: Origin were something they were cheerfully allowed to ignore during the Overlord panel on the Friday (as in, his appearance there became something of an exception as Roberts has since incorporated it into MTMTE), and indeed Nick did sheepishly say "the guy who drew it may be watching..."

EDIT:Though that's not as harsh as it sounds, the IDW teams do seem to have a good solid piss take based friendship.

inflatable dalek
2013-08-12, 09:30 PM
@Slag: They're not going to merge as such (as in both comics will still come out with their own name, numbering and author), but the crossover will run across both books (so Dark Cybertron Part 1 will, say, be in MTMTE, part 2 in RID and so on) for, IIRC, a total of 12 issues, or six of each.

Denyer
2013-08-12, 10:00 PM
the IDW teams do seem to have a good solid piss take based friendship.
Mmm. Milne particularly seems to revel in the Alan Moore type full script... was I dreaming or did someone say "mummy and daddy are fighting again" at one point?

the crossover will run across both books (so Dark Cybertron Part 1 will, say, be in MTMTE, part 2 in RID and so on) for, IIRC, a total of 12 issues, or six of each.
Hopefully it'll read okay for those of us following the one book, because from what I've read of RID (with the exception of the annual, which was quite fun) it's too much in the style of the previous ongoing.

inflatable dalek
2013-08-12, 10:09 PM
Mmm. Milne particularly seems to revel in the Alan Moore type full script... was I dreaming or did someone say "mummy and daddy are fighting again" at one point?

Yeah, that was Mr. Roche (or at least something very like that anyway).

I do think Milne seemed badly jet-lagged (either that or he's never met anyone called Stuart before as he seemed to find my name a bit confusing even when the person sat with him wrote it out for him), which may have made him a bit more acerbic than normal (or at least in comparison to podcast interviews I've heard with him) in the panel.

Though name-confusion aside he was perfectly nice when I spoke to him, he just looked like he needed a good nap (I didn't run into him on the Sunday so he may have been much more settled by then).

Denyer
2013-08-12, 10:21 PM
Didn't really notice, but then we are British and tend to prefer humour with a few masonry nails hammered through the plank.

How many issues are left in "season one" do we know?

inflatable dalek
2013-08-12, 10:26 PM
Effectively it ends with issue 22, then we get the between seasons TV film of Dark Cybertron (though I just made that analogy up myself) before the second storyline starts.

Knightdramon
2013-08-13, 11:12 AM
Issue 21 wraps up the Remain in Light arc, issue 22 is an "aftermath" issue showing us a bit more of Rung and a possible backstory.

There's a one-shot "Dark Cybertron" issue before each series, starting with their issue 23, intertwine for the saga until around issue 29 or so.

Roberts said he's planning to tackle the DJD after Dark Cybertron. He's very familiar of the theory of "Tarn is Roller" [that I should print on a Tshirt soon].

Furman did make Regeneration One sound cooler than it actually is. He's hinting that we may be looking at a series multiverse in the comics as well. He said he's going to take Hot Rod to Rodimus Prime soon-ish. Rodimus had black boots on the cover of 96 instead of the red ones Hot Rod has.

Roberts also hinted something along the lines of "the character from another series that people want to see? He's up soon", which to me cryptically spells Rhinox in some capacity. In a podcast interview from yesterday, he also revealed that there's going to be a Deluxe Generations Rattrap.

So yes, interesting tidbits about Maximus for MTMTE. This makes it two times so far he's been marked for death [issue 6 and issue 15] but avoided it.

inflatable dalek
2013-08-13, 11:24 AM
Roberts said he's planning to tackle the DJD after Dark Cybertron. He's very familiar of the theory of "Tarn is Roller" [that I should print on a Tshirt soon].

Though he's mainly familiar with it thanks to you :p

He'll probably have Roller turn out to be the new Ultra Magnus and make Tailgate Tarn just to confound the big theory each one of us has.


Roberts also hinted something along the lines of "the character from another series that people want to see? He's up soon", which to me cryptically spells Rhinox in some capacity. In a podcast interview from yesterday, he also revealed that there's going to be a Deluxe Generations Rattrap.

The Rattrap thing is the least surprising news ever. Rhinox sounds very plausible (or at least inevitable) for the other character as well. Though I'm hard pressed to think of anyone people have been really clamouring for.

For those interested, the podcast mentioned (which has gone up gonzo quick) can be found here*, I shall be listening whilst going to buy an envelope for the SUPER SECRET surprise I'm sending Red Dave Prime:

http://www.fullmetalhero.com/content/fmhsquared-special-episode-1-interview-james-roberts-7442/


*At least I assume it's the shame one, how many Podcasts can one man do in a weekend?

Blackjack
2013-08-13, 02:59 PM
Roberts said he's planning to tackle the DJD after Dark Cybertron. He's very familiar of the theory of "Tarn is Roller" [that I should print on a Tshirt soon].

So it'll be kind of definitely not Roller? Though if Roller became a DJD member it's kind of a given that he's the informant mentioned in Bullets, no?

(Should get around to reviewing Bullets)

He's hinting that we may be looking at a series multiverse in the comics as well.

We've already got a crazy Hot Rod multiverse panel in the last issue. Not very excited, Regeneration One has been plodding on with its plot threads that don't seem to go nowhere... Hot Rod has been angsting about being a leader for half a year now.

Roberts also hinted something along the lines of "the character from another series that people want to see? He's up soon", which to me cryptically spells Rhinox in some capacity.

Would love to see a Roberts-penned Rhinox, considering Barber botched up Rattrap and turned him into Swindle or something.

Don't think people have been clamoring for Rhinox. I'd say Waspinator, but then he's already appeared.

In a podcast interview from yesterday, he also revealed that there's going to be a Deluxe Generations Rattrap.

Oh yay!

inflatable dalek
2013-08-13, 03:03 PM
Oh, and though I think it was already announced elsewhere, that fanmade female Seeker character will be popping up in one of the books as per the terms of that competition, which Roberts pointed out means they'll have to deal with the whole vagina thing at some point.

Blackjack
2013-08-13, 03:08 PM
Oh, and though I think it was already announced elsewhere, that fanmade female Seeker character will be popping up in one of the books as per the terms of that competition, which Roberts pointed out means they'll have to deal with the whole vagina thing at some point.

Oh damn!

Completely forgot about the fanwank Seeker. It's just as well that Roberts has dibs on the character... I would probably end up liking her. Goddamnit Roberts.

inflatable dalek
2013-08-13, 03:20 PM
I don't think he said either way which book she was going to be in (thought it may have been announced along with her arrival at Botcon), it was more a collective "We".

inflatable dalek
2013-08-13, 09:44 PM
And having listened to the podcast, some extra things (some of which may have been mentioned in the panel and I just forgot):


Cyclonus' missing horn is a plot point and not just to annoy Ziggy.

Shadowplay wasn't part of the original plan for the series, it and the Orion Pax stuff in RID were a result of Hasbro asking for there to be "More Optimus Prime" in the first year of the comic.

Despite that Roberts now regards Shadowplay as the middle of a trilogy that began with Chaos Theory and will conclude at some point in the second year, featuring the return of characters like Roller (Knightdramon: YAY!).

James doesn't currently consider the DJD to be real characters, more a series of personality bullet points that need fleshing out in their next apperance. (Which doesn't make it sound as if Roller is one of them... Knightdramon: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!).

Issue 22 will be the Skids toy pack in comic.

Roberts has only had two constaints put upon him from Hasbro:

No swearing (and those with the issue six script will know there were originally going to be a couple of "#?#!#" style lines).

A storyline about a memory virus that spread through characters sharing experiences was vetoed. He didn't mind this so much though as the stuff he really liked from that idea was eventually used when Chromedome went through Overlord's memories.

One thing that was mentioned in panel which I'd forgotten:

The Scavengers might not seem so likeable when we revisit them. The intent with having the DJD be introduced with them was to have the most horrible and evil characters in that same story so what were effectively the leads in Krok's crew would seem sympathetic in comparison. In a story with more Autobots... they're going to seem more Decepticon-ey.

That said, nothing after Dark Cybertron has [At the time of the convention and the podcast recording] been planned out in anything other than the most broad strokes. The first thing Roberts was going to have to do on his return from AA [Or in other words... now] was plan out all the beats for everything from issues 23 to...


40!


Yay!

I think he said 40 in the podcast as just a representative example but I'm holding him to it.

The podcast itself is well worth a listen as I'm just paraphrasing here, and the motto for the approach to the writing of the MTMTE ("Everything matters") is kind of awe inspiring when he lays down the full extent of what that means.

Skyquake87
2013-08-13, 10:10 PM
Ooh just ooh i are excited.

Except for the stuff about Beast Wars characters popping up. This is probably just another weird personal foible of mine, but I am not keen on characters from what - in my head are- completely separate continuities and universes suddenly just being wedged into what is a revamped G1 continuity. Lockdown. There's another. I know the TF Universe is massive and there's been a planet full of the things, but still ... it just seems a bit ..'eh, lets stick fan character x in for well, why not?'. I'm too precious.

I'm not familar with fanwank female Seeker character. Must've missed that one. I hope she doesn't have a metal vagina (She probably does knowing how some minds work). And isn't some dreadful abomination like Arcee, because Jesus H Jones, female robots are just so weird.

If there's female robots, there's female robots. Why not? I don't mind them.


...watching Pamela Stephenson's 'Move Over darling' series during my formative years really has had a strange effect on me.

inflatable dalek
2013-08-13, 10:28 PM
The female seeker is called ****atron. Apparently Tramp created her.

The meshing of continuities doesn't bother so much in the sense that, say, Skybite is a popular and fun character and we're not going to ever get a RID comic so why not take that particularly great element out of in and incorporate him into the G1 comics?

it does fall down a bit with Beast War though as the only reason we didn't get more Beast Wars comics is IDW ****ed them up in the first place.

But, we are building up to a big anniversary, so having the two "Main" comics containing a celebration of the whole franchise is probably a good thing. it could be our Trials and Tribble-ations.


Or our Dimensions In Time.

Denyer
2013-08-13, 10:44 PM
Fond of both homage/piss-takes, personally.

Why not?
Crap writing. eg, In the hands of a lot of authors (although I'm being generous with the term, as the stories are at the level of potato prints) you get Ratbat as an animal because that's what the character looks like.

Looking and even acting like females of a species... bring it on, if it isn't written from the perspective of a middle-aged bloke or hormonal teenager. Biological analogues, tokenism and maiden/mother/crone/virgin/whore/psycho/etc. portrayals I think we can really do without.

Skyquake87
2013-08-14, 07:19 AM
That's kind of what I'm hoping for. I don't need some seductive femme fatale. Just a solid ,well written character whom just happens to be female.


So Furman's not allowed within ten miles of her.

Poor, poor Arcee. She deserved so much better...


In fact, the handling of Arcee still makes me very very sad. She can't just be female, nooo. she has to be some mad experiment and a massive psycho. Brilliant. Like something from Evil Ernie. what b*ll*cks.

Blackjack
2013-08-14, 10:02 AM
Cyclonus' missing horn is a plot point and not just to annoy Ziggy.

I think it's a plot to annoy Ziggy. ;)

For a second I thought Ziggy was the dude who requested the interviewer to ask Roberts the question. Still am not convinced it's not.

A storyline about a memory virus that spread through characters sharing experiences was vetoed.

I think it's implied that the general idea that the entire ongoing was going to be an anthology, and not just a short arc or whatever, no?

The Scavengers might not seem so likeable when we revisit them. The intent with having the DJD be introduced with them was to have the most horrible and evil characters in that same story so what were effectively the leads in Krok's crew would seem sympathetic in comparison. In a story with more Autobots... they're going to seem more Decepticon-ey.

I very much like this. I mean, I don't mind someone like, say, Misfire or Crankcase acting like a dufus most of the time, but I really want to see Krok and especially Spinister be treated as dangerous (if fun) characters. I think this is a pretty unique way of introducing a group of villainous characters by portraying them as sympathetic first.

GO TEAM KROK

the motto for the approach to the writing of the MTMTE ("Everything matters") is kind of awe inspiring when he lays down the full extent of what that means.

And James Roberts brings up a point from issue... four about a scene in a bar or something which got me flipping back and, yeah, I missed it as well. And a lot of foreshadowing about Ultra Magnus and stuff are being laid out.

Am going to sit down, go back and read the entire series soon.

Except for the stuff about Beast Wars characters popping up.

Am of two minds about this. On one hand, characters like Lockdown and Sky-Byte are just treated as 'one of the gang' and remain B-list. And both fill in a rather unique niche (okay, Lockdown could be Axer or Gutcruncher, but Lockdown has far more gravitas than him, at least for me) Bulkhead, I think, is another one shoved in for no good reason. Despite me loving Bulkhead as a character in Animated and Prime, you could replace him with Toomandi and there will be no noticeable changes.

Beast Wars guys are... well, on one hand I like seeing Wapsinator given a pretty good run by Barber (though his appearance in Spotlight Thundercracker is kind of shit), but I really, really hate how Barber handled Rattrap.

inflatable dalek
2013-08-14, 11:45 AM
I think it's a plot to annoy Ziggy. ;)


Now we know he glances at the feedback threads I do wonder if he sits there every month laughing maniacally as Ziggy gets more and more wound up.

That's what I'd do.

In fact, it is what I do and I'm just a bystander.



And James Roberts brings up a point from issue... four about a scene in a bar or something which got me flipping back and, yeah, I missed it as well. And a lot of foreshadowing about Ultra Magnus and stuff are being laid out.

Am going to sit down, go back and read the entire series soon.

When I do do a reread I'm going to be paying special attention to see if Magnus does indeed never refer to himself as just "Ultra Magnus" (the idea being that every time he goes "I am Ultra Magnus Duly Appointed Enforcer of the Tyrest Accord" there's no comma between Magnus and Duly, the entire thing is his title).

Blackjack
2013-08-14, 12:28 PM
When I do do a reread I'm going to be paying special attention to see if Magnus does indeed never refer to himself as just "Ultra Magnus" (the idea being that every time he goes "I am Ultra Magnus Duly Appointed Enforcer of the Tyrest Accord" there's no comma between Magnus and Duly, the entire thing is his title).

Damn, that's going to need another reread just to look those moments up.

My quick skim shows that the Annual omits the comma, at least, to Roberts isn't bullshitting. Not like, you know, I doubted or anything. Also, he refers to himself in third person a couple of times too there... the one I caught is him saying 'Ultra Magnus is not supposed to be a figure of fun!'

I salute you, Roberts.

inflatable dalek
2013-08-15, 05:14 PM
And two things mentioned on the Friday I'd forgotten which I don't think had been revealed before:


LSOTW came to be because Hasbro wanted a Wreckers miniseries as a way of creating name recognition prior to their use in the at that point still unnamed third film.

And more importantly, people who read my posts religiously know I've been mildly curious about the fact revealed at AA a few years ago, that of the three "Big" Autobots (Springer, Perceptor and Kup), all were due to die at different points, but one was saved by Hasbro, one by IDW and one because the writers couldn't go through with it. I've speculated ferociously about which was likely to be which, and this was talked about this year:


Spinger: Was intened to die right from the off and well into the process of writing the scripts before Hasbro asked he not be killed [As this seems slightly random- because he's hardly that big a name and Hasbro weren't really doing anything with him at the time- I suspect it's simply the case of him being a favourite character of whoever made that decision].

Perceptor: Denton Tipton (and I've never realised before how much of a silly made up name that sounds...) asked the scientist not be killed as he'd just gone through some major changes and it was felt they could be explored more fully [they haven't really of course, but hey].

Kup: Roche in particular thought he should live because there was a lot more that could be done with his mad zombie-seeing Pretender status. And, as Roche put it "Then Abnett and Lanning killed him. And I drew it!".

Blackjack
2013-08-15, 07:23 PM
LSOTW came to be because Hasbro wanted a Wreckers miniseries as a way of creating name recognition prior to their use in the at that point still unnamed third film.

I totally related to the violent Nascar parody dudes in the third film after reading LSOTW. Great job! :up:

Spinger: Was intened to die right from the off and well into the process of writing the scripts before Hasbro asked he not be killed [As this seems slightly random- because he's hardly that big a name and Hasbro weren't really doing anything with him at the time- I suspect it's simply the case of him being a favourite character of whoever made that decision].

Huh, I had expected that Hasbro veto'd either Perceptor or Kup because they had toys out at that time, IDW to veto Kup because they wanted to kill him off in Infestation, and the writers to veto Springer because they pussied out at the end in order to have Springer appear elsewhere.

Though I suppose Hasbro intervened when they were about to release issue 5, which is why Springer seemed to, for all intents and purposes, die until it's revealed at the last or second-to-last page that, hey, he survives but is injured.

And, as Roche put it "Then Abnett and Lanning killed him. And I drew it!".

:lol:

Poor Roche.

inflatable dalek
2013-08-15, 10:55 PM
I totally related to the violent Nascar parody dudes in the third film after reading LSOTW. Great job! :up:

As with a lot of Hasbro decisions ("We need to promote the computer game design toys in the comics! Even though the computer games by themselves reach a wider audience, and an audience more likely to include boys of toy buying age, than the G1 comics ever will!) it does seem a bit bonkers.

We should probably be glad IDW actually embraced the idea wholeheartedly and went to their one writer at the time (allowing Furman had "Gone away" at that point and Roberts wasn't onboard yet) in Roche who really, really, really loved Wreckers.



Huh, I had expected that Hasbro veto'd either Perceptor or Kup because they had toys out at that time, IDW to veto Kup because they wanted to kill him off in Infestation, and the writers to veto Springer because they pussied out at the end in order to have Springer appear elsewhere.

Yup, like an M. Night Shillyman twist, it subverted my expectations as well.

Though I suppose Hasbro intervened when they were about to release issue 5, which is why Springer seemed to, for all intents and purposes, die until it's revealed at the last or second-to-last page that, hey, he survives but is injured.



I think it was earlier than that they knew Springer had to live, but equally it was after they decided the final would be at the point the plot hinged on Ironfist and Impactor (who seems never to have been destined to die even though his status as a "Non-proper" character who is most famous for dying should have made him very obvious based on most of the logic I've used to work out who was doomed) being the last two Autobots present.

I think it's been well documented, but if Kup had died, Guzzle would have killed him. So presumably the thinking there was "OK, we've set up the Guzzle/Kup thing, we may not have paid it off now, but at least it can be revisited in future".

And then Infestation happened.

I do feel kind of glad Perceptor wasn't killed, because, as the authors pointed out on the Friday:

Out of all the Wreckers in Last Stand, he's the only one who goes through no changes and no big major character moments. He has cool bits (hanging upside down shooting) but from his point of view he's the character for whom it's the closest to just being another day at the office in terms of how the events impact on him.


And in terms of how seriously Roche and Roberts tried to make sure every character got their moments, they really, really tried hard to make sure Rotorstorm got as much character as possible in the back end of issue two because they knew he was doomed at the start of the third issue.

Another interesting thing they said (which I don't necessarily agree with) is, if Wreckers was being written now, both authors would try and get to Garrus 9 in the present day, much, much quicker than the end of issue 2.

Auntie Slag
2013-08-16, 09:42 AM
I'm really glad that non-toy famous-for-dying Impactor was the one guy always destined not to die. I'd imagine most readers were waiting expectantly for his demise in each new issue, so very glad it turned out like it did.

I do feel we was robbed on the Kup & Guzzle front though. One of the few moments where you'd see someone bitchslapping their hero and it got snatched away. It always irked me that in the big pan-away shots of the final scene with Overlord in flames that we couldn't see Kup, Guzzle, Springer and Impactor lying about the place.

inflatable dalek
2013-08-16, 12:12 PM
The Underbase chaps have put up the Overlord panel from the Friday as a podcast. Be warned, it was a fairly visual panel (as they go through issue 2 of LSOTW page by page) but there's still lots of interesting stuff in there:


http://theunderbase.libsyn.com/the-underbase-presents-aa2013-overlord-deconstructed

inflatable dalek
2013-08-19, 05:34 PM
How much of James Roberts whispering softly into your ear can you handle? Another AA recorded Podcast, this time courtesy of The Old Oil House:


http://oldoilhouse.libsyn.com/lock-in-125-tea-and-crumpets-with-james-roberts

Stuff learnt:


Drift and Rodimus were the only characters presented to Roberts at the start of the series. Roberts felt he could only really write Drift by... altering his personality a fair bit and was glad the end of Chaos allowed that.

Rodimus' character is born of Mike Costa not really giving much of a good reason for him to change his name or making much of him carrying the Matrix. He's basically sort of fallen into a hero/leader position without having earned it [almost as if he'd previously been in a badly written comic].

They're at least thinking of including the UKG2 issues in the last UK Classics book. And IDW will be reprinting the main American G2 series (one nice big chunky paperback with Ghosts as well please).

They at least semi-seriously thought of having Swerve "Narrate" the recap that opens each issue.

Denyer
2013-08-19, 06:16 PM
Would work for me.

Best place for the UK G2 stuff, but very much hoping for a nice complete US G2 and other stuff hardback on good paper.

Slightly lost track of which ones I've listened to... don't normally bother with audio stuff, but there's actual content in these. Very cool that AA agreed to have the Friday session posted.

edit:

[So they've already run out of actually words ending in "Acy"?]
Nah, primacy is a perfectly cromulent word.

Summerhayes
2013-08-20, 10:45 AM
I took two things from listening to that Overlord one (with my copy of LSotW on my lap, so I could keep up with the panels). One: James Roberts has the exact same voice as James Blunt. Two: Nick Roche sure does draw a weird Verity face.

inflatable dalek
2013-08-20, 03:43 PM
Best place for the UK G2 stuff, but very much hoping for a nice complete US G2 and other stuff hardback on good paper.

Hardback would be nice, but I'm guessing it'll be a final volume in the American paperback series designed to match the rest of them (which is fair enough for folks collecting those books).



I took two things from listening to that Overlord one (with my copy of LSotW on my lap, so I could keep up with the panels). One: James Roberts has the exact same voice as James Blunt. Two: Nick Roche sure does draw a weird Verity face.


Ah, you've found Roberts' deep dark secret.

Ryan F
2013-08-21, 12:40 PM
They're at least thinking of including the UKG2 issues in the last UK Classics book.

Hopefully they get any potential rights issues ironed out so we can have decent copies of these.

As IDW have rights to the Transformers comics, obviously Fleetway/Egmont (the original publishers) are themselves unable to exploit the material for profit. This makes me hopeful they'll allow IDW to publish this stuff without too much haggling over a fee!

Skyquake87
2013-08-21, 02:16 PM
I shouldn't think it'll be a problem - Rebellion (now owners of the Fleetway/Egmont stuff) have licensed Dredd for a run of IDW comics. I'm sure IDW will have worked out some agreement for anything else of interest.

inflatable dalek
2013-08-21, 06:51 PM
Do Rebellion own all the Fleetway stuff? I thought they'd just brought the rights to 2000 AD (though that's based on possibly hazy memories on the Big Finish CD that promoted the launch of their series, IIRC the head of Rebellion said Fleetway were glad to see the back of Tharg and company because they'd never really known what to do with it amongst their more kiddy-friendly titles).

Though as I understand it, IDW have the rights to reprint virtually all old Transformers comics automatically, bar those with characters owned by the original company (Spider-Man and so on) and where they still have a liscence themselves. So the Saga of the Allspark thing would have had to be done via a deal with Titan but most of the original comics reprints don't have any involvement from Marvel at all. That's why it's usual for the Marvel logo to be removed from covers as that's something IDW would have to pay for.

Skyquake87
2013-08-22, 07:03 AM
whoops! you are right. I'd wrongly assumed Egmont had got out of comics altogether, but they still do nursery titles like Fireman Sam.

Would Egmont have any rights to withhold release of the old UK G2 stuff? i always find this stuff a little confusing, becasue they own the artwork but it was produced for a licensed title and that stuff tends to fall into the catch-all ownership of the licensor. I would think the question would more likely be - do they still have it? (well, i'm guessing they must if IDW have announced they will reprint it) Or are we relying on scans of the comics?

inflatable dalek
2013-08-22, 08:31 PM
As I understand it all the reprints are done from scans, even the Titan ones despite their good relations with Marvel (at the time Furman was having to hunt down issues of Headmasters on Ebay).

This applies to IDW's Dreamwave reprints as well, the Armada and TF/GI Joe stuff both show signs of not especially brilliant scanning.

inflatable dalek
2013-08-23, 03:22 PM
And yet another Podcast recorded at the convention, this time James Roberts and Alex Milne talk through Shadowplay (recorded right at the end of the convention when everyone was a bit tired and nuts. Ironfist gets called Ironhide at least twice, but it's full of juicy information):



http://theunderbase.libsyn.com/the-underbase-deconstructs-shadowplay