We are pleased to announce that Transformers comic book artist Casey Coller will be attending TFcon 2013. Casey is known to fans for his work on IDW’s Transformers: Ironhide, All Hail Megatron, Robots in Disguise, Spotlights Drift, Blurr and Cliffjumper, More Than Meets The Eye, Transformers Ongoing, and Heart of Darkness.. He will be selling prints and offering commissions to attendees all weekend long.
Canada’s 12th annual Premiere Transformers Collectors Convention will take place July 26th to 28th, 2013. TFcon will return to the Delta Meadowvale Resort and Conference Centre, 6750 Mississauga Road, Mississauga, Ontario.
TRANSFORMERS: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE #18 — the new comic book from IDW Publishing and Hasbro— kicks the epic “REMAIN IN LIGHT” story into overdrive! With Rodimus and his crew under attack on the surface of the long-lost Luna-1, the starship Lost Light is under attack! The acclaimed creative team of writer James Roberts and artist Alex Milne hold nothing back—and we had a chance to talk to James! MTMTE #18 issues is available at comic book stores everywhere and for downloaded at https://transformers.comixology.com/ or via the Comixology and iBooks apps on your computer or mobile device!
PAGE 1: Tell us about the Legislators, your initial ideas for them and their final design.
JAMES ROBERTS: It’s a little difficult to give a full answer without spoiling the rest of the issue, so for now I’ll say that when I wrote issue #2, when the Legislators first appeared, I knew they’d reappear in “Remain in Light,” and I knew that the three we saw chasing Skids were part of an army. They’ve not been called Legislators in the comic yet, you know. The name slipped out there when their design appeared in the back of the first MTMTE trade...
In issue #18 we see that there are a number of variations in the basic Legislator design—the one in Swerve’s bar is “Legislator Mark II” in the script.
I knew from the outset that they should carry swords and that they should be blind. I originally asked for them to have no eyes at all, but Alex [Milne]—because he’s good at this—convinced me of a way to make them look cooler, which was to have the suggestion of eyes—sort of these sinister indentations (“Sinister Indentations” sounds like a pretentious story title).
And, you know, sometimes you need a good “clone army”-type enemy for these epic, end-of-the-world stories, especially when in the crew of the Lost Light you’ve got over 200 heroes at your disposal. It’s not enough to have a single bad guy: he needs thousands of crazed, sword-wielding, fire-breathing soldiers... with sinister indentations.
PAGE 2: Swerve's bar literally fights back! Is this one of those scenes you always wanted to show but never had the opportunity to do so until now?
JAMES ROBERTS: Actually, the idea came pretty late in the day. I usually have a very clear idea how scenes and plots and issues are going to play out, but in this instance I don’t know if I’d worked out how Swerve was going to escape from the Legislator. Possibly he was going to be saved by the wider Lost Light battle spilling into the bar and giving him an opportunity to get away. The main point of the scene in earlier drafts was to show the bar being shot to pieces, because I thought it would give the story an emotional kick.
I’ve said it lots of times, so forgive me, but “Remain in Light” is conceived as an end-of-season story, and having the Legislator blow up Swerve’s bar is like tearing apart a familiar set, one that you’ve become accustomed to over the course of the “season.” Something like that can work particularly well when the location in question represents safety/security for the characters, because it feels like a violation.
PAGE 3: Swerve unleashes his new toy—best gun ever! Where did this come from, it takes Swerve to a whole new level.
JAMES ROBERTS: That was a good day, when that idea popped into my head. I was with my two year old son at a noisy play area at a garden center, surrounded by dozens of hyperactive toddlers jumping into ball pits and throwing padded bricks everywhere, and I thought of it. Rung would have a field day with that train of thought.
There’s a whole page of the script—literally, an entire page—dedicated to describing what I’d like the gun to look like, because I was so keen for that scene to work. Of course, the scene only really gels—to me, at least—because the weapon was made by Brainstorm, who would do that sort of thing, and because we’ve established that Swerve is not a good shot. Plus the fact that he only has three fingers on each hand helps, because in some weird way it’s the equivalent of a child getting to grips, literally, with manipulating complex objects.
There was a character in British SF comic 2000AD, Rogue Trooper, who had a weapon implanted with a “biochip”—basically, his gun had a personality. Maybe that’s where we’ll go with Swerve: one barman and his talking gun versus the rest of the universe.
PAGE 4: The rest of the Lost Light crew are engaging other Legislators around the ship. It's almost like facing Overlord all over again, but with one coming at them when another has fallen. Do these guys really have much of a chance?
JAMES ROBERTS: The Legislators are a force to be reckoned with—if you were fighting them one-to-one, there’d be no guarantee that you’d win. But a whole army of them? That’s what made the story exciting, for me: they’re an army. And as we’ll see, there are a LOT of them on Luna 1.
They’re like ants swarming the ship, and again that played into the “end-of-season” vibe, and that sense of somewhere safe becoming the opposite. I liked the contrast with Overlord, too: then, it was just one person against everyone else, and so the fight was largely static. He stood there and fought the crew. Here, the enemy is everywhere, so the fight is everywhere, so there’s lots going on at once. I wanted to highlight that by cutting to lots of different locations throughout the ship, and by showing a variety of familiar characters fighting to survive.
And of course Alex and [colorist] Josh [Burcham] visualize it all perfectly. I can’t overstate how essential, how integral these two geniuses are to the MTMTE experience.
PAGE 5: Skids and his story has always been there from the start of the series. Are all of the answers to his story now forth moving in a big way?
JAMES ROBERTS: In short: yes. Before “Remain in Light” is out, you’ll find out what the deal is with Skids. We’ll revisit key scenes from earlier issues, and—fingers crossed!—everything will be tied together with a big blue bow.
Hasbro Builds Programs with Leading Publishers to Bring TRANSFORMERS and MY LITTLE PONY Collectible Gift Books to Market for 2013 Holiday Season
LAS VEGAS, Jun 19, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Hasbro, Inc. HAS +0.30% today announced that it has signed publishing agreements with becker&mayer and IDW Publishing, and reached agreement in principal with Little, Brown Books for Young Children, to create and publish collectible gift books that blend unique storytelling with exclusive art based on the TRANSFORMERS and MY LITTLE PONY brands. Books will begin to arrive into the marketplace for the summer/winter season, and expand upon the robust publishing program for both of these brands.
"With both TRANSFORMERS and MY LITTLE PONY gearing up celebrations for their 30th Anniversaries, it is the perfect time to celebrate the magic and excitement of both brands with the publication of very special books that will appeal to fans of all ages, whether they've been with us for 30 years or 30 minutes," said Michael Kelly, Director of Global Publishing at Hasbro. "We are working with the very best publishers in the business to bring these unique books to life, and readers will marvel over never before published artwork, compelling original stories, and detailed information sure to satisfy the most avid fan and collector."
Hasbro-branded collectible books in-the-works include:
-- TRANSFORMERS 30th Anniversary Comic Collection by IDW Publishing Collecting 30 influential comics from across 30 years of TRANSFORMERS history, this handsome hardcover volume draws from multiple timelines and continuities, including classic Generation One, the live action movies, TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED, and more.
-- TRANSFORMERS: The Ultimate Pop-Up Universe by Little, Brown and Company New York Times Bestseller Matthew Reinhart brings fans the quintessential TRANSFORMERS Pop-Up experience. Celebrate the history, heroes, and villains of the TRANSFORMERS universe in this ultimate 3-D masterpiece. Chock full of TRANSFORMERS facts and showcasing 35 TRANSFORMERS, including a towering OMEGA SUPREME that is Reinhart's tallest pop ever.
-- TRANSFORMERS Covenant of Primus by 47North & becker&mayer The Covenant of Primus includes a full history of the TRANSFORMERS with previously unrevealed information about their origins - from before the Golden Age of Exploration to the great civil war between the Autobots and Decepticons and beyond. The book also includes newly created illustrations and never-before-seen art from the Hasbro archives. Housed in a customized AUTOBOT shield, the stylish book can be mounted on the wall and features three classic mechanical TRANSFORMERS sounds when opening the case.
-- The Elements of Harmony: Friendship is Magic: The Official Guidebook by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers This official guidebook includes early development art, character bios, episode guide, an updated map of Equestria, lyrics to all the songs, and insights from the TV show creators.
-- Mini Pony Collector's Guide by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Fans of all ages will go head over hooves for this complete collector's guide to all two-inch-tall mini Ponies that come in either blind bags or packaged sets. Full-color, actual-size photos of each mini Pony, and its accompanying trading card outline each wave and set. The book comes with its very own blister-packed exclusive mini pony!
The TRANSFORMERS and MY LITTLE PONY collectible books are expected to arrive on shelves soon with an approximate price range of $17.00 to $99.00.
The new range of Hasbro-licensed books will continue to strengthen the company's publishing foundation. Hasbro and its portfolio of worldwide publishing licensees currently plan to release more than 450 new titles based on multiple brands across traditional and digital formats in 2013.
Hasbro, Inc. HAS +0.30% is a branded play company dedicated to fulfilling the fundamental need for play for children and families through the creative expression of the Company's world class brand portfolio, including TRANSFORMERS, MONOPOLY, PLAY-DOH, MY LITTLE PONY, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, NERF and LITTLEST PET SHOP. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global customers with innovative play and entertainment experiences, in a variety of forms and formats, anytime and anywhere. The Company's Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for more than 170 markets around the world, and for the U.S. on Hub Network, part of a multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications DISCA -1.70% DISCB +0.49% DISCK -1.94% . Through the company's deep commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. It has been recognized for its efforts by being named one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" and is ranked as one of Corporate Responsibility Magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens." Learn more at http://www.hasbro.com.
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jasonbo wrote:On the set in Elgin I have a few of what is more to come. I shoot a ton of photos which will take time to process. And due to some other sites I have to watermark. So missing photos will be back just with a watermark.
She said her name is Regan and she stated she was int he movie
TJ looking like TJ
Nicola Peltz was looking amazing
And mark looking like a mechanic
Then someone else decided to come play
I have a ton of detail shots.
jasonbo wrote:Prime rust bucket makes runs up and down street.
You can see the escalades the two rally fighters and the old Hummer HX prototype that was never produced. All look like they were plastidipped
TRANSFORMERS fans rejoice!
IDW PUBLISHING is hosting a VIP TOUR of the comic book publisher's offices on Thursday, June 27th—the week of Botcon—and we are pleased to announce that TRANSFORMERS: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE penciler Alex Milne will be joining this can’t-miss event!
In addition, this once-in-a-lifetime experience boasts an incredible host of already-announced guests: Andrew Griffith (artist of TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE), Livio Ramondelli (artist of TRANSFORMERS: MONSTROSITY), John Barber (TF editor and TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE writer), Mairghread Scott (TRANSFORMERS PRIME: BEAST HUNTERS writer), Marcelo Matere (TRANSFORMERS packaging and comic artist), Casey W. Coller (TRANSFORMERS: IRONHIDE artist), Josh Burcham (Botcon comic artist and MTMTE colorist), Matt Frank (TF COLLECTOR'S CLUB and MARS ATTACKS TRANSFORMERS artist), and Michael Kelly (Director, Global Publishing at Hasbro)—plus fan favorite James Roberts (TRANSFORMERS: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE writer) joining via videoconference!
All that and an impressive array of gifts, Q&A with editorial staff, hands-on tutorials on making comics—and many more great surprises—are in store for our attendees!
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