Several fans have wanted to remind us, and we would love to remind the whole Seibertron.com and Transformers community, that today - July 28th - is the 75th birthday of one of the staples of the Transformers franchise in its fictional incarnations: Mr Optimus Prime himself, Peter Cullen!
Canadian-born, Cullen grew up not far from news staffer william-james88 in Montreal, and joined the ranks of the numerous voice acting talents on the 1980s via Voltron, Knight Rider, Winnie the Pooh, G.I. Joe and many more series - but really rose to prominence as the leader of the Autobots in The Transformers. Returning to this role in 2007 with the Michael Bay/Paramount live-action series based on the Cybetronians, he fully took up the character again in Transformers Prime, Robots in Disguise, and the various videogames of the franchise, including the latest mobile incarnation, Transformers: Earth Wars.
Cullen has also had a small cameo as Optimus' holomatter driver in Alex Milne's artwork in the comics, and as narrator for a NASA clip and one of the first humans to be introduced to the Hasbro/BotCon Hall of Fame in 2010.
The staff of Seibertron.com would like to send its best wishes to Mr Cullen, and hope the celebrations are fitting a man of his impact upon popular culture since the 1980s. Have a good one, sir!
Via a number of social media platforms, including Facebook and Instagram, for Transformers: The Last Knight, we got a live video (still available now though) of director Michael Bay, and actors Jerrod Carmichael and Mark Wahlberg getting ready to shoot a scene in what looks to be a makeshift hospital or hostel on the Detroit set. Wahlberg in particular seems to have had more than enough, while Bay and Carmichael are still quite filled with energy - check it out embedded below!
Ever wanted to watch Michael B. Bay, Mark Wahlberg and Jerrod Carmichael film a scene? Now you can. We're live from set in downtown Detroit. #transformers
Sometimes news slips a little through the net, especially during events like San Diego Comic Con - but as we covered on the Seibertron.com stream for the IDW Publishing panel (check it out again here), ComicsAlliance also went a little further with the three Transformers scribes on the future of the current ongoings post-Revolution event: John Barber, Mairghread Scott and James Roberts!
As we said, a lot was known, but there are some extra tidbits in the interview - which you can read in full here - that may have been missed during the panel. Take a look below!
ComicsAlliance: Since it’s the one that’s set on Earth, it seems like the post-Revolution combined universe is probably going to affect your book more than the others. How do you go about integrating the history of the Transformers on Earth into all of those disparate stories?
John Barber: In a macro sense, the GI Joe comic hasn’t really delved into the deep history of Earth and of the universe the way Transformers has, so there’s not a whole lot of back-time that’s irreconcilable. There were big Earth-shattering events that have happened in Transformers, and to a lesser degree, in GI Joe, so maybe there’s some squinting that needs to be done to make it all fit, but… I mean, we don’t name-check real-world tragedies in the comics with a great regularity. That doesn’t mean those tragedies didn’t happen, or wouldn’t have impacted the characters, it just doesn’t necessarily come up in the midst of a story focused on tracking down Tomax or Galvatron or whatever.
CA: With Ore-13 being such a big part of major Transformers stories like “Dark Cybertron,” is this something that’s been planned for the past few years, or did it just line up that way as something that could be mixed into the larger universe?
JB: That’s a complicated one to answer… Ore-13 is why the Transformers are on Earth. Ore-13 is on Earth because Shockwave put it there. Shockwave put it there (on Earth specifically) because, it seems, Galvatron (inadvertently) crashed the Enigma of Combination on Earth — the Enigma is a super-ancient Cybertronian relic.
So, what that all means is, going forth from “All Hail Optimus,” Ore-13 was playing a role. Revolution sort of focuses that a little tighter, and it made sense to highlight it thematically because it was something Simon and E.J. planted right from the beginning of Transformers comics at IDW, which was the beginning of IDW’s relationship with Hasbro.
So, it’s not like we did “Dark Cybertron” knowing inevitably that three years later we’d have Revolution, but the function of Ore-13 didn’t really change that much.
CA: Considering that More Than Meets The Eye has taken place almost entirely in the far reaches of space, will the restructuring of the post-Revolution universe affect your story, James? Will one of those side-quests take your crew to Earth at some point soon?
James Roberts: Well, MTMTE gets in on the action with a Revolution tie-in featuring the Scavengers, who are kind of the alternative main cast. That’s an Earth-based story. Nick Roche and I are co-writing for the first time since 2010’s Last Stand of the Wreckers, so even if we weren’t getting an opportunity to pit the world’s worst Decepticons against the likes of MASK and GI Joe, it would still feel like an event for us.
Post-Revolution, there are no plans for the main MTMTE cast to travel to Earth… but then that’s unsurprising, considering the situation they find themselves in at the end of MTMTE #55, which marks the end of what we’re calling the Season 2 finale, ‘The Dying of the Light.’
The post-Revolution universe is just that, though — a universe. And there are opportunities, should I wish to take them, to play around in the new, enlarged sandpit even though, as you say, the Lost Light and its crew are far away from Earth.
Season 3, as it plays out in the pages of Lost Light, is going to take everybody in some very strange directions. The quest for the Knights is going to much more at the forefront than it has been to date. There’s an urgency about it now that perhaps wasn’t there before. Different characters — and I’d being careful not to give anything away, because who knows who we’ll be focusing on in the future — will find themselves weighing up their loyalties and their priorities as we start to turn our attention, in small but significant ways, to the end of the quest.
CA: Chronicling political machinations and culture clash through the medium of robots that turn into cars seems like a tricky proposition, but it’s something that’s been at the center of the Transformers books set on Cybertron for quite a while now. How do you approach it to make it work without seeming silly — or at least, unintentionally silly?
MS: Science fiction has always been a place to talk about human issues that are a bit too touchy to explore with actual human characters. Police brutality, political and religious extremism, government corruption and overreach, bigotry, poverty, crime, these are all things our readers are confronted with every day. To act like Transformers, who are so like us, wouldn’t face the same challenges is disingenuous to the characters. To act like our book is supposed to teach some kind of set morality to our readers is disingenuous to our readers.
Instead we’re trying to build interesting, exciting stories that are real enough to feel like they matter without getting too bogged down in the ‘realness’ of any actual event. Turning into cars and planes is just as big a part of our characters as anything else. And it’s fun! There’s no reason to get rid of it just so we can feel “ripped from the headlines!”
That’s why an artist like Sara Pitre-Durocher is so critical to TAAO. She brings a humanity to our characters that lets our readers decide for themselves what the “right thing” is. But she also draws amazing action that keeps you turning the page. We want you to get an exhilarating story in every issue of Transformers: Till All Are One. If after you put it down, you think back to it when something happens in real life, so much the better.
From the technicolour wizard Josh Burcham over on Twitter, we have a clean look at the Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye Revolution tie-in issue cover variant - Nick Roche on the lines, Burcham on the colours of course - due this November (check out the full timeline in the update over here). Feast your optics on Grimlock, a M.A.S.K. character... and ROM the Spaceknight. (In colour and process images!)
Via the 'lifestyle' section of Deadline Detroit, we get a look and a report on the current filming activities in the Michigan city - and a direct link to The BananaDoctor, who is currently watching the set from an office, as it happens - as we find out that London is in fact, also in Michigan: it appears some of the set dressing is to recreate the UK's capital for fight, chase, and explosion sequences.
Find below a short clip, some images of the set, and some stunt action from Mark Wahlberg and doubles, too, as we find more of the BayBuster car flipping machine, and a sword shows up in Cade Yaeger's hands..!
Voice actor extraordinaire and fellow Seibertronian jON3.0 has some exclusive news on the new Hasbro and Machinima collaboration for the animated series Transformers Combiner Wars! Thanks to their Youtube channel, we have our first official Trailer for Machinima's upcoming Combiner Wars show! The series will bring to screens the Windblade-centric story based on the work of John Barber and Mairghread Scott for IDW Publishing, and will see 9 episodes of 5 minutes each, featuring the talents of Jon Bailey, among many others. The new Trailer is a minute and a half, and shows off some of the actual animated footage from the show. If one looks closely, they would notice a sniper's scope, Computron and Menasor star again, and there are a fair bit of twists and turns to be found!
We bring to you tonight a pair of news stories regarding the ongoing Transformers: Robots In Disguise cartoon.
The first set of news revolves around a now removed instagram post from Tim Cahill, confirming a Fourth Season is in the works. a screen capture of the post can be found below, and if you look closely, you can see that Frank Welker, the voice of Megatron himself, is present in the picture! While this can only be treated as a rumor until actually confirmed, it appears that Welker is returning to Transformers once more.
The second set of news regards a certain voice actor returning to Transformers. Ian James Corlett, the voice of Beast Wars Cheetor, has announced his return to Transformers via Twitter and the convention panels at TFCon Toronto on Saturday. It has not been said who he would be voicing, but we should find out soon enough.
From Preview World we get another look into the upcoming Revolution storyline that is about to span several different IDW storylines, this time in the form of an interview with artist Fico Ossio, who will be the artist for the main Revolution titled comics, which will be released starting in September. Head to the site for the full interview by clicking the link above.
PREVIEWSworld: Tell us what you’re on point to do for Revolution. What creative chores have you accepted?
Fico Ossio: I´m doing pencils and ink. And I get to do the characters redesigns, for all the G.I. Joes. And I´m having the first crack at the M.A.S.K. vehicles, which is awesome. I used to own all the toys.
I took some liberties with the Transformers, as well as Action Man. It does all serve the purpose to have them all stand together and have a cohesive look.
Another addition to San Diego Comic Con Artist Alley! Transformers Artist Livio Ramondelli has announced that he will be attending San Diego Comic Con at table CC-15. Livio has worked with many Transformers comics, ranging from the 2009-2011 ongoing to the current run of The Transformers and Windblade, including his work on the Combiner Wars crossover between the 2. Check out some of his work below, and if you are attending San Diego Comic Con, go check him out!
From the Machinima Twitter account, we have a new clip to promote the arrival of Transformers: Combiner Wars - which starts airing on August 2nd on Go90 (for the US) - featuring Eric Calderon talking about the 'adult' focus of the series, and the changes since G1 in animation and story. Check it out below, along with a 360° Character design look at Starscream!
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