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inflatable dalek 2012-05-19 11:25 AM

Transformation: The Marvel UK Website and Now Book! Plus Dalek's Other Published Works.
 
EDIT 31/10/2016:

The book is now available from Lulu, Amazon UK and Amazon US, details here:

http://thesolarpool.weebly.com/book-shop.html



Shameless self promotion time:


As some of you will know. I've just come into ownership of the entire run of the Marvel UK comic. Which has inspired me to go through each issue, one a week, writing down my thoughts on the entire package. It's not an in-depth behind the scenes thing or lengthy synopsis, just a very personal journey through the comic.

The introduction and issue #1 entry are up, so I hope you'll be joining me for the next 332 (!?!?!) weeks:

http://thesolarpool.weebly.com/transformation.html

All thoughts and feedback welcome either here or on the site itself (each issue will get promoted in the blog as well where comments can go).

I feel all whoreish now.


UPDATE:

The short story collection Fitting In contains my comedic take on The Headless Horseman. Amazon links all in one handy place here: http://thesolarpool.weebly.com/blog/...g-in-anthology

Denyer 2012-05-19 11:41 AM

It's certainly a very different read to having stories packaged up in TPBs with parts back-to-back (and with decisions having to be made about how to sequence things.)

If you haven't got US G2, BTW, and're interested, I have an additional set of the TF issues.

inflatable dalek 2012-05-19 11:51 AM

With the American stuff I'm fine with the trades, but I may look into tracking down the UK G2 stuff as a coda to the whole thing at the end. If I get that far...

It's a shame that, beyond the basic logistics of it either being very big books or a very large number of them, that there's no real way of reprinting the UK and US stuff in an easy chronological trade order together. There's that lengthy run in the middle where it all works but the begining and end would be a bit of mish mash mess with the Earthforce stuff in particular likely to cause aneurisms.

Red Dave Prime 2012-05-19 07:21 PM

I really like this idea, nice one. Best of luck!

Rurudyne 2012-05-20 02:44 AM

Sounds like a great idea.

I can finally find out what Marvel UK did instead of that ... (ugh) Spiderman crossover....

Skyquake87 2012-05-20 09:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by inflatable dalek (Post 719185)
With the American stuff I'm fine with the trades, but I may look into tracking down the UK G2 stuff as a coda to the whole thing at the end. If I get that far...

It's a shame that, beyond the basic logistics of it either being very big books or a very large number of them, that there's no real way of reprinting the UK and US stuff in an easy chronological trade order together. There's that lengthy run in the middle where it all works but the begining and end would be a bit of mish mash mess with the Earthforce stuff in particular likely to cause aneurisms.

Eh, I were doing such a thing, I'd sling the collections out in their original published order and not worry about it. Who needs everything happening in the right order anyway? The alignment thing you point out between the US/ UK material certainly signifies how hard the editorial team worked on making everything gel. Its when you get less interested parties that it starts to fall apart.

I have read your blog thing and really enjoyed it ( I also liked your Avengers review too). Spot on about the early days of the comic, where it really felt like the more educational tone of Look And Learn and Look-In (before its 'teen pop-mag' makeover).

Cliffjumper 2012-05-20 12:45 PM

Ahhh, Look and Learn, bought by well-intentioned parents in droves unaware that the only thing in it their sprogs read was Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire.

The 'Woo, robots!' page always seemed like such a kick in the nuts. You read all these pages about transforming 40ft metal warriors and then were faced with the cruel reality of some bloke in Japan managing to get a plastic box on tracks to make a left turn while bleeping.

I've never really seen the great advantage to chronological ordering of comic stories either... Published order generally avoids any unintentional incomprehension, and intentional secret origin/flashback stories don't always work well like that anyway. Plus in the case of TFUK time travel would really **** it up - something like the first DH arc puts down vital plot points for both 1988 and 2008.

I'd be for the rough idea of using the fully integrated stuff in line with the US issues (which like it or not are the core the UK book's built around) and ignoring everything without clear consensus on placing being dropped. But then you'd miss the point of it all I suppose.

Basically, though, I'd do anything but pick a 'big name' arc and then just pack the rest of the TPB with randomly chosen unconnected stories.

inflatable dalek 2012-05-21 08:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rurudyne (Post 719192)
Sounds like a great idea.

I can finally find out what Marvel UK did instead of that ... (ugh) Spiderman crossover....

Well, I'm not really doing any indepth synopses so you won't be finding out much in the way of events in the comic. Mainly because that's covered in a lot of depth elsewhere.

The Spider-Man crossover (originally from the American series than than UK originated) is awesome though. He teams up with Gears, there's nothing more awesome than that.

Cliffjumper 2012-05-21 08:14 AM

No offence, but I doubt he even clicked the link. It's just an excuse to roll out a stock phrase.

inflatable dalek 2012-05-21 08:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cliffjumper (Post 719215)
No offence, but I doubt he even clicked the link. It's just an excuse to roll out a stock phrase.

It's all part of my new nice persona to take people entirely at their word despite all evidence to the contrary.

relak 2012-05-21 12:59 PM

nice.

Hope you'll do a feature or 2 on the letters pages. I heard those "Grim Grams" and "Dread Tidings" were quite entertaining.

Denyer 2012-05-22 07:47 PM

They're here if you want to read some for yourself;

http://transfans.co.uk/media.php?ser...section=comics

inflatable dalek 2012-05-25 04:47 PM

We're about six months away from the first "Classic" letters page.

Issue 2: http://thesolarpool.weebly.com/transformers-uk-2.html

I've now twigged how to make the pictures bigger if you click on them. Look upon me ye mortal men and despair!

inflatable dalek 2015-07-16 07:27 AM

Extreme necro bump (I did think about starting a new thread, but I'll be shamelessly needing to pimp The Book of the Site in a couple of weeks so I thought keeping the one thred for all my sell out whoring would be a good idea. It might trick the other mods into not noticing I've become a spam bot for myself)!

Anyway, tomorrow I reach the exact midpoint of the British comic. Three years and two months down, three years and two months to go!

[For Marvel anyway, I suspect I will carry on and do Every Single British Transformers comic. Mainly because, as no one cares about Panini/Titan*, it'll be interesting to see at what point the readership reaches zero]

Just for fun, I've been making hugely professional and sexy looking adverts as part of a daily countdown (except on Sunday, for I am a God fearing man, not because I forgot. No Sir), which I thought I'd share to show off my AMAZING photoshop skills.

Six days to go!

https://twitter.com/InflatableDalek/...16102097514496

Err... Four days to go!

https://twitter.com/InflatableDalek/...94806649831424

Three days to go!

https://twitter.com/InflatableDalek/...51221289672704

Two days to go!

https://twitter.com/InflatableDalek/...13579199516672

Today!

https://twitter.com/InflatableDalek/...70339202539520

It's the same joke five times, but I'm way more proud of those than I should be (by the by, I'm not deluded enough to actually try and watermark these things, the link is just so people know where to look). Big things ahead tomorrow!










*On this note, if anyone has issues 1 and 2 of the Animated comic for sale, or scans they could chuck my way, I will be grateful. Veeeeeeeeeeery grateful.

inflatable dalek 2015-07-17 01:33 PM

SHAMELESS:

The middle of the comic's run!

Plus Dragon's Claws!

Terome 2015-07-17 06:00 PM

Fantastic work! I've been reading these every Friday (most often on the train). Very impressed that you've soldiered on to the half-way mark. I like the little details about the ads and letters pages and back-up strips. It's a chronological history of Marvel UK itself, in a way.

inflatable dalek 2015-07-17 06:24 PM

My face is all red now.



For many reasons. But mainly for the adoration.

Denyer 2015-07-18 10:47 PM

I think Animated scans existed, but I might be misremembering having had the actual issues at one point.

As did you...? You reviewed them, anyway.

inflatable dalek 2015-07-19 10:43 PM

You were good enough to provide me scans at the time, but not knowing that I might ever need them again I never bothered to keep them.

Don't delete files kids!

Except incriminating ones.

Denyer 2015-07-19 11:15 PM

I've lost a few discs over the years, but chances are reasonable I'd still have them somewhere if I had them at some point. When I have time to reboot will have a fish around on the NAS.

inflatable dalek 2015-07-21 08:08 PM

The man!


The book is basically all ready to go now, it's just a case of finding the free time to sit down with Lulu to set it all up.

This is going to be the final cover from Mr. T:

https://twitter.com/InflatableDalek/...84388807327744

Denyer 2015-07-21 08:29 PM

Classy. I'd be tempted to make a few minor tweaks (guessing at spine thickness) --

http://i.imgur.com/5WUnwMQ.jpg

Haven't found scans yet, but there are discs they might be on. Will rummage at weekend.

inflatable dalek 2015-07-22 06:21 AM

Niffty, but I think it's too late to much about with the full size version now (not without breaking Andy anyway!). This assumes I achieve my plan of setting it all up this morning anyway.


[Yes, I did write the backcover blurb myself. Oh yes, it is snot dribblingly egotistical].

inflatable dalek 2015-07-25 10:50 AM

PROOF COPY HAS ARRIVED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

https://twitter.com/InflatableDalek/...68472992997376

The cover needs a minor bit of rejigging but the contents are sexier than me. Once that's fixed it should hopefully go on sale either on Friday or just after.

Denyer 2015-07-25 06:17 PM

Do Lulu insist that one input file is used to cover the reverse, spine and cover?

inflatable dalek 2015-07-25 08:49 PM

Yeah, presumably for making it as easy as possible for amateurs (which is fine for me).

The problem is the actual dimensions of the book and the dimensions listed on the options page are almost microscopically not the same, which threw off Andy's designs. The text has been automatically shrunk slightly as well but you can't actually tell with that bar the illustrations being slightly off centre (officially that's a design choice now. Shh, don't tell anyone. TBH I think no one else but me would notice/care).

inflatable dalek 2015-07-30 07:05 PM

I'm really going to start pimping this out heavily over the weekend, but for now Transformation Volume 1: 1985-1987 is on sale and available to buy from Lulu right now!

It's also set up for distribution on Amazon, which should take about eight weeks to activate.

http://www.lulu.com/shop/stuart-webb...-22289496.html

As I don't think I've made this offer here yet: Anyone going to Auto Assembly who wants to pick up a copy in person for just 10, let me know via either here or twitter.

Terome 2015-07-30 08:46 PM

Good work! I'll pick one up at AA if I may. I am definitely still going to that.

Ryan F 2015-07-30 10:54 PM

I've just been over on TFW2005 and started a news thread over there about it - this really does deserve as wide an audience as possible. Really looking forward to snagging a copy at AA, hopefully it sells bucketloads!!!

inflatable dalek 2015-07-31 02:46 PM

Thanks, it seems to have caused an insane spike in visitors to the site at least. And all that before I started applying the emotional blackmail to my readers to spread the word!

inflatable dalek 2015-07-31 04:23 PM

At risk of annoying people who bought already, I've just been made aware of a discount code Lulu are currently doing that will knock 2.25 off the price: FWD15

They do these a lot throughout the year on and off, so it might always be worth Googling beforehand to see if there's a current code if you're reading in the future.

Skyquake87 2015-07-31 09:11 PM

...I am reading from the future


its amazing.


I will be making a purchase of this on half past wednesday and am right looking forward to it :)

inflatable dalek 2015-07-31 09:17 PM

And if the opinion of a bunch of drunken people who don't like Transformers and think the only representative way of doing a book on a comic is for it to be fully illustrated counts: Everyone in the pub was slightly in awe of sitting next to a published (it counts!) author.

inflatable dalek 2015-08-02 02:29 PM

BEHOLD THE YOUTUBE VIDEO!

I'm not saying it's a good book, but it's got me literally foaming at the mouth (when watching it back my main thought was "Have a glass of water man!").



Denyer 2015-08-02 03:23 PM

At least the typo on the back is fixable with a black marker.

YouTube's got this relevant recommendations thing down to an art...

http://i.imgur.com/FrZhPal.png

inflatable dalek 2015-08-02 03:30 PM

Well obviously that image of me is the "after" one.

inflatable dalek 2015-08-17 04:48 PM

I'm not going to go spamtastic with these codes (if nothing else, they seem to come along often enough that keeping on top of them would be a full time job), but as it ends today and gives a good chunk off, CWW25 will knock 25% of the cost off.

inflatable dalek 2015-08-18 02:15 PM

And just to be really shameless, this is now available on British and American Amazon as well.

Full links can be found on the pretentiously titled Book Shop part of the site:

http://thesolarpool.weebly.com/book-shop.html

Cliffjumper 2015-09-21 09:38 PM

Finished it the other night. Largely found it to be very enjoyable; I only dip into your blog from time to time as a lot of the original posts have coincided with baby stuff so it was a nice fresh read. Found you have a good feel for the level of "summary" detail that works for a book like this - i.e. no solid eye-glazing synopsises that get skipped but plenty of contextual information rather than "What Prime's saying on page 9 is stupid!". Lots of fresh theorising on there and the approach in general felt nice and fun, especially the willingness to admit you'd over/under-estimated several stories before this reading approach. Going to be a fun thing to dip in and out of whenever I'm re-reading stories myself, and looking forward to a second pass and picking out some specifics to go over. It also pulled a lot of information that's probably buried across Wikis and IDW trades together, which was really handy as I personally won't buy the latter as I have no need, and there are probably a lot of people with Titan trades who feel the same.

Nicely presented too, found the format really good and the typos unobtrusive, though there's a spell about 80% in where a few columns reverse order that is quite disorientating.

Negatives for me I'm afraid; some of the preambles haven't aged well and make the book read like some old blog posts pasted into Lulu; we're probably only talking a handful and it's something I can emphasise as I often find the hardest part of any review or similar to write is a preamble before launching into the nitty-gritty. But some really are "WTF?" and jerk you right out of the book by not really linking into the main body well, just being whatever was relevant a year or two before.

The ones where this was largely dispensed with in favour of "well, last week I said this so let's see how it goes" really did flow better in the context of the thing being a book rather than a blog archive, and I must confess my eyes skipped over some of these and just latched onto the first paragraph that was actually about the comic itself.

But overall a hugely enjoyable read, very much looking forward to the second volume and I'm sure I'll be re-reading before then.

inflatable dalek 2015-09-23 05:22 AM

With that last bit you've actually hit upon one of the harder parts of turning this into something that worked solely as a book rather than a collected website. Cutting out all the contempoary references actually would have been fairly easy (and a lot did go), but I did very much want to keep the feel of this being a "Journey" in real time where the stuff going on in my life did have an impact--be it good, such as the fun of reading Enemy Within whilst sat at a bar near Simon Furman, or bad, hello ReGeneration One fans!---on how I went into each issue.

Making that still flow well though was tricky (just changing the tenses was rarely enough) so I'm not surprised some of it has wound up a bit chunky.

The other tricky thing was not heavily reworking my opinions. Up to three years later some of my thoughts have shifted a bit (especially as I reread everything again, and doing it quickly creates a different feel to weekly), but I wanted to keep the "This is what I thought as I did it" approach. The only area I cheated there was with Robo Capers as I enjoyed them a lot more this time round. As I'd only talked about a few of them on the blog I thought it'd be sensible to bring those bits more in line with the new material I was writing so as not to look completely schizo.


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