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North Carolina Comicon Guest Update: Ted Adams, Chris Ryall, David Hedgecock

Transformers News: North Carolina Comicon Guest Update: Ted Adams, Chris Ryall, David Hedgecock
Date: Saturday, January 21st 2017 9:19pm CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Event News, People News
Posted by: D-Maximus_Prime | Credit(s): North Carolina Comicon

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North Carolina Comicon has added many more guests to their list since our last update, and there are some heavy hitters that will be joining John Barber in the comicon. Among the new guests announced are: Ted Adams, CEO and Publisher of IDW Publishing; Chris Ryall, the Chief Creative Officer for IDW; and David Hedgecock, Editor-in-Chief for IDW. What this could possibly mean with all these IDW names showing up at the comicon is anyone's guess, but it appears that there may be some sort of announcement or something of that nature.

Check out the comicon guest list above, and go HERE to get your tickets for the event, which will be March 18-19 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Speculate below what all these IDW staff might be doing at the comicon as well!

John Barber and Fico Ossio Talk IDW Revolutionaries

Transformers News: John Barber and Fico Ossio Talk IDW Revolutionaries
Date: Tuesday, January 17th 2017 5:30pm CST
Categories: Comic Book News, People News, Interviews
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Comicosity

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As this week sees the first issue of the new IDW series post-Revolution, featuring Transformers characters Kup and Blackrock, plus Action Man and GI Joe - and written by continuity wizard John Barber, with art by Fico Ossio - Comicosity were able to have a chat with the two creators to promote thebook and give us a little more information. Check out some snippets below, the full piece here, and look out of our review of the issue soon!

Aaron Long: Revolution merged the Hasbro properties into a shared universe, with Revolutionaries now spinning out of the event. What will readers be seeing in this series?

John Barber: Lots of fast-paced action and big world-building. The Revolutionaries team is made up of Mayday (who’s a G.I. Joe agent), Kup and Blackrock (who are Transformers), and Action Man (who’s English). So they’re already kinda all over the place to start with, but right off the bat they have to team up with Rom and the Micronauts to fight the Oktober Guard and the new Storm Shadow. Nothing’s off the table!

So we’ll be seeing big crossovers between characters, plus we’ll be going all over the world. If you’re a fan of the Hasbro characters—from the comics or the toys or the cartoons—there will be little nods, or returns to places and ideas from all over. Remember when Cobra had a base on the moon? We do. And we’re trying to pull in things from all over the history of the characters—like, I don’t know if anybody was expecting the Sgt. Savage and his Screaming Eagles relaunch of G.I. Joe, but that stuff plays a role.

If you’re not familiar with this weird stuff, no worries—we’re introducing all these ideas, not expecting you’re an expert. But that said, we’ve done our homework.

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AL: The ongoing cast consists of Action Man, Blackrock, Mayday and Kup. Can you dis-cuss how this mix of characters was decided upon to anchor the title?

JB: At the Revolution writer’s retreat, Cullen Bunn suggested that since Action Man’s comic was a limited series, he’d be without a home post-Revolution. (Action Man, not Cullen, who has a nice home). So it might be good to have A.M. looking over what everybody else was doing—like, his mandate might be to monitor everybody worldwide. And Mairghread Scott sort of riffed on that that you could do with it, suggested it could be a little like Global Frequency and have self-contained stories about this world. And I wound up getting elected to write it because I’d done Action Man and sort of knew a lot about where the universe was going. (In the comics, I mean. Certainly not in real life).

So, I thought if we made this a team with Action Man, really gave this a different feel, it’d be a good fit to add the Transformers character Blackrock, who’d just be coming out of the Titans Return story. Blackrock is a tech-CEO who discovered his memories were false and he’s a Cybertronian. He’s Cybertronian, but his alt-mode is basically a human.

I knew we’d want somebody from G.I. Joe, but I suggested we could sort of push things here and use this to develop a new character, or anyway to build up a character Andrew Griffith and I had set up in Transformers, but who’d now be in G.I. Joe. We gave Anya Jones the semi-obscure out-of-use Joe code-name of Mayday, and she’s become sort of the leader of the team—Action Man is still new to the job; Blackrock is new to this life; so Mayday has the experi-ence with aliens and military tactics.

Kup was originally going somewhere else, or so I thought, but then it turned out Kup wasn’t really going to fit into that other series, and I thought he was too good a character to lose track of, but he wasn’t really essential to what Kei Zama and I were going to do in the Optimus Prime comic… but with about a half-second’s thought, I realized Kup’s an old soldier, and the idea of getting him together with this young, mostly-inexperienced team was just the thing Revolutionaries needed.

FO: Well, when I came on board the cast was already set. And I think they picked a great set of characters. Plus it feels a lot more tightknit and relatable than Revolution. Working on a smaller cast allows us to develop these characters more, and John is writing them awesomely. For my part, I focused on working more detail into their design. I got the chance to redesign Blackrock and it´s definitely a new look for the character, closer to his cybetronian nature. And well… I got carried away and kept going with Mayday: new armor suit! We did keep her hairstyle though… Nah, in all seriousness I wanted them to look the part of a lead character. Action Man´s design was pretty awesome already.

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AL: Fico, with Revolution and now Revolutionaries you’ve penciled the vast majority of Hasbro characters. Are there any particular characters or a particular group that you get the most excited to work on?

FO: Well… It´s hard not to get excited to draw Blackrock with the new design. I also enjoy drawing Mayday a lot. I really feel it´s important to have a strong female character, and I very much love paying attention to every detail on how we portray her to reinforce that. She rocks.

Action Man has the best lines, John is really bringing life to all these characters so it’s hard not to enjoy drawing all these characters.

And lastly, I´m always exited to see them pop out of the pages with Seba’s colors. He is doing a fantastic job, as always.

Writers Bob Budiansky and Bryce Malek on Creating the Transformers

Transformers News: Writers Bob Budiansky and Bryce Malek on Creating the Transformers
Date: Tuesday, January 17th 2017 3:42am CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Comic Book News, People News, Interviews
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): The Guardian

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After last month's appearance in UK news outlet The Guardian of the Transformers comics, in their current IDW incarnation ('Kiss me Chromedome' if you missed it), we have another article and interview - with comics writer Bob Budiansky and animated series writer Bryce Malek!

While a lot of the material is most likely not new - board admin Burn, who notified us, remembers seeing most of it previously - the fact that the Transformers are in mainstream news coverage once more is worth celebrating enough, especially as we lead into a Paramount movie year and this has little to with it at all, being about the origins of the franchise's fiction. Check out some snippets below, and the whole piece here!

Bob Budiansky [...]

A lot of the names came from my own experiences of pop culture. Ratchet, a medical robot, was inspired by Nurse Ratched from the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Ironhide came from the old TV show Ironside. I was trying to humanise them, give them relatable qualities, such as “this guy likes jazz”. People ask how I came up with so many personalities in a weekend, but at Marvel we were creating new characters every day. That was the job.

One name I’m proud of is Megatron. Back in 1983, the threat of nuclear war felt very real – and destructive force was talked about in megatons. At first, Hasbro rejected it for sounding too scary. Gently I said to them: “Well, he’s the main bad guy. He’s supposed to be scary.” Luckily, they changed their minds.

Bryce Malek [...]

Some writers pitched really inappropriate stuff for a kids’ show, such as the Transformers meeting space prostitutes. Oddly enough, no one ever provided us with any of the toys – we worked from photocopies of designs. I actually went out and bought a few but I never got Optimus Prime. He was too popular. You could never find one.

TFcon Toronto 2017 Update: Michael Bell Attending

Transformers News: TFcon Toronto 2017 Update: Michael Bell Attending
Date: Monday, January 16th 2017 2:15pm CST
Categories: Event News, People News
Posted by: D-Maximus_Prime | Credit(s): TFcon Toronto

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The folks over at TFcon Toronto have confirmed for us their first guest: Michael Bell, the voice of G1 Brainstorm, Bombshell, Gort, First Aid, Junkion and Scrapper, who also voiced Sideswipe and Swoop in the Transformers: Devastation game. Check out the bio below and remember to schedule your visit to TFcon!

Thanks to TFcon Toronto 2017 sponsor The Chosen Prime we are happy to welcome back the voice of Generation 1 Prowl, Sideswipe and Swoop Michael Bell to TFcon Toronto 2017. The voices of Bombshell, Brainstorm, First Aid, Gort, Junkion and Scrapper in the same series, he then returned to the characters of Sideswipe and Scrapper for the video game Transformers: Devastation. Fans of the 80s will also remember him as the voice of Duke in GI Joe, Lance in Voltron, plus Grouchy, Lazy and Handy Smurf in The Smurfs.

Michael will be taking part in Q&A panels and autograph sessions with the attendees of the world’s largest fan-run Transformers convention all weekend long.

Richard "Dick" Gautier passes away

Transformers News: Richard "Dick" Gautier passes away
Date: Saturday, January 14th 2017 4:33pm CST
Category: People News
Posted by: Burn | Credit(s): Tess Hightower - Facebook

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It's unfortunate that we have to report on news such as this. Tess Hightower, the wife of Richard Gautier has made a simple Facebook post to announce the passing of her husband at the age of 85.

Dick quietly passed away tonight


To many of us, Dick Gautier was the voice of Rodimus Prime/Hot Rod from the G1 cartoon as well as Apeface, Firebolt, and the Quintesson scientist from "The Killing Jar".

Some of you may even remember Mr Gautier as "Hymie", the KAOS built robot that eventually changed sides and became a part of CONTROL alongside Maxwell Smart and Agent 99 in Get Smart.

He had an extensive acting career both in front of the camera and behind the microphone and camera.

The staff of Seibertron.com pass on our condolences to Mr Gautiers wife and family.

IDW Sins of the Wreckers Named to Big Bang's Top 50 Bestsellers of 2016, Up for ICN Awards

Transformers News: IDW Sins of the Wreckers Named to Big Bang's Top 50 Bestsellers of 2016, Up for ICN Awards
Date: Tuesday, January 10th 2017 8:14pm CST
Categories: Comic Book News, People News
Posted by: D-Maximus_Prime | Credit(s): Big Bang Comics, Irish Comic News

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Big Bang Comics, considered to be the best comic book store in Ireland, has given IDW Transformers and Nick Roche a special honor: they have named IDW's Sins of the Wreckers as a member of their top 50 bestsellers of the year! Coming in tied at #49 on the list alongside Star Wars: Volume 2, Sins of the Wreckers was the only IDW entry to make the list, making this a truly special honor for both Roche, IDW, and Transformers in general.

Roche appears well liked in the area as well, as IDW's Lost Light #1 was completely sold out thanks, reportedly, to the special Nick Roche cover that flew off their shelves. And, currently happening are the Irish Comic News awards 2016, and IDW and Transformers are once again represented by Roche and Sins, as Roche is in the running for both Best Irish Writer Published Outside Ireland and Best Irish Artist Published Outside Ireland, and Sins is in the running for Best Irish Creator Comic Published Outside Ireland. You can vote for Roche and Sins by following the above link.

Congratulations to Roche and the IDW team for this achievement, despite all the hardships and challenges that had to be overcome to finish the story.

Retcon 2017 Update: Simon Furman to Attend

Transformers News: Retcon 2017 Update: Simon Furman to Attend
Date: Monday, January 9th 2017 3:41pm CST
Categories: Event News, People News
Posted by: D-Maximus_Prime | Credit(s): Retcon

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We have the latest update for the upcoming Retcon Transformers convention that is being held April 29 of this year in Helsingborg, Sweden. The latest guest to be announced is none other than one of the most famous writers for Transformers: Simon Furman!

Furman was announced to attend along with writer/artist Nick Roche, meaning there will be some high profile comic people attending!

Retcon is the convention for the Nordic countries, so if you are a Transformers fan in the area, but your Tickets now!

Transformers News: Retcon 2017 Update: Simon Furman to Attend

Rob Liefeld on Akiva Goldsman and Transformers, Hasbro / Paramount Shared Universe

Transformers News: Rob Liefeld on Akiva Goldsman and Transformers, Hasbro / Paramount Shared Universe
Date: Monday, January 9th 2017 2:37am CST
Categories: Live Action Movie News, People News, Interviews
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): CinemaBlend

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Not entirely related to the Transformers movie-verse - in fact, there is practically nothing at all here - but a new interview over on CinemaBlend with comics creator Rob Liefeld has shown how Akiva Goldsman, the producer in charge of the Writers' room that produced the scripts to be used in the upcoming The Last Knight, Bumblebee spin-off and probably more sequels after those, approached the whole shared universe of Hasbro properties. Check out the relevant snippets below!

Since 2015, Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman has become a big name in the world of cinematic universe franchises. In collaboration with Paramount Pictures, he not only created a braintrust that would help formulate the future of the Transformers series, but also went on to do the same thing with Hasbro and brands like G.I. Joe and ROM: Space Knight. We haven't seen an actual product from this process just yet, as none of the developing projects have made it to release -- but the methodology is continuing to spread, as the same approach that's going into the construction of the recently-announced Extreme Cinematic Universe.

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[Liefeld:] So I kind of was thinking, 'I'm going to go to this meeting and maybe I'll get a good look at some Dark Tower stuff,' and what ended up happening is he goes, 'I want to hand you this giant black leather-bound equivalent of a phone book,' and it said, "The Transformers Bible." This thing is awesome and Akiva goes, 'I just want you to know, there's only eight of these in existence. Michael Bay has one, I have one, the head of Paramount has one, and the five other people involved have them.' So I flipped through it, and it's every treatment, outlines, screenplay, for the lineup of Transformer films that they have planned, that he was a showrunner for...

So he said to me, he said, 'It's pretty cool, right? I'm like, 'Yeah!' He's like, 'I ran this room; this is what we came up with. This is what I did on behalf of Paramount.' He goes, 'In a couple months, I'm going to go run the Hasbro room, and we're going to do the same thing for ROM, Micronauts, G.I. Joe. We're going to put together this Hasbro Cinematic Universe, and then he said, I would like to do yours next. And I said, 'Uhhhhhh, Okay, WOW!'


North Carolina Comicon Featuring John Barber and IDW

Transformers News: North Carolina Comicon Featuring John Barber and IDW
Date: Saturday, January 7th 2017 10:46pm CST
Categories: Event News, People News
Posted by: D-Maximus_Prime | Credit(s): North Carolina Comicon

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Resident North Carolinian ScottyP has given us some exciting news: writer John Barber along with IDW publishing, will be attending the North Carolina Comicon, which will be hosted at the Raleigh Convention Center from March 18 to the 19 of this year. The guest list can be found HERE. Check out the list, as well as the IDW press release quote, and if you live in the vicinity of Raleigh, grab some tickets and go see some awesome comics people!

Comics publisher IDW, home of such iconic titles as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Transformers, Back to the Future, GI Joe, and My Little Pony, will bring their creators and properties to NC Comicon for the first time ever at NC Comicon: Oak City 2017!

On March 18th and 19th, Downtown Raleigh will be your source for all things IDW as your favorite artists and writers descend on the Raleigh Convention Center for a weekend of exclusive panels, signings, merch, game demos, and more. Come meet the creators behind some of the biggest properties in comics, gaming, and film, and get a once in a lifetime shot at drawing the industry’s top characters at IDW portfolio reviews.

With tons of guest, merch, and panel announcements to come in the following weeks, check back to nccomicon.com or download the official NC Comicon: Oak City 2017 app to make sure you don’t miss a second of it!

John Barber, Chris Mowry Attending IDW Signing Party in San Diego Comic Art Gallery

Transformers News: John Barber, Chris Mowry Attending IDW Signing Party in San Diego Comic Art Gallery
Date: Wednesday, January 4th 2017 9:56am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Event News, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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In other comics news across the pond, the San Diego Comic Art Gallery is hosting a free signing session with a number of IDW Publishing creators, this Friday 6th January, 6.30-8pm. From Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to My Little Pony, Locke & Key to V-Wars, Godzilla to Transformers, and ROM to Jem, featuring writer John Barber (Revolution, Transformers, Optimus Prime) and Chris Mowry (letterer on regular Transformers titles), plus variant a guests artists from across the stables. Check it out below!

It’s the largest IDW signing event ever! Come one, come all to the IDW CREATOR SIGNING PARTY, January 6th from 6:30pm-8:00pm at the San Diego Comic Art Gallery! Meet some of your favorite IDW artists, writers and creators, get some autographs and check out the debut of our newest exhibit The Art of Gabriel Rodriguez GR!


Transformers News: John Barber, Chris Mowry Attending IDW Signing Party in San Diego Comic Art Gallery

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