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Transformers: Regeneration One #100 - A Few More Words from Andrew Wildman

Transformers News: Transformers: Regeneration One #100 - A Few More Words from Andrew Wildman
Date: Wednesday, April 16th 2014 5:19am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Andrew Wildman

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We mentioned a while back that Andrew Wildman, who had already posted part of his thoughts on the end of IDW Publishing's Transformers: ReGeneration One, would go back to them, and expand. Now, on his blog, he has done just that! Check out the unedited version of the afterword present in the book itself, in the way in which Wildman first wrote it below, and head to his blog for even more amazing work.

Some of you may have heard the Transmissions Podcast where - among many other things - they discuss Transformers Regeneration One #100. Its always interesting to hear what readers and aficionados make of the work one does. They really get under the skin of the whole issue with story, art etc. They mention right at the end that I am going to be saying more about my thoughts and feelings around Transformers. And I will. As much as they discuss the content of the book and also acknowledge the fact that we all had a chance to say something in the extra pages that the book had, they don't discuss what we said. Maybe at some point they may or maybe that will be covered elsewhere. For those of you who have not read any of that extra material, below is my piece. Slightly different from what you will have read in the book though. This is the unedited piece. Hasbro asked for some changes to be made to what I had written before it went to publication. Some of you may spot them. I am happy with the changes that they asked for but I thought it might be interesting to show exactly what I wrote, grammatical errors and all...
As you will see, as far as I am concerned it is all very great to read, enjoy and discuss all the events of the story but with Transformers there is definitely More Than Meets The Eye.

It Never Ends?

There we are then. That’s it. All done and dusted.

It seems amazing that we ever got to this point. This comic book that has - in one form or another - been there for so long. As many of you will know I first drew Transformers back in the dim and distant 1988. at the time I was working on whatever anyone was throwing at me. I was young(ish) and had a growing family to feed. At that time Transformers was just another paid gig. It very rapidly became more than that as it became the thing that opened to the door to Marvel Comics. Once in that door Transformers suddenly became a victim of Marvel’s decision to not do toy books anymore. No matter, I was in and had the opportunity to move through the ranks at Marvel and the pleasure of working on some of the characters that I had grown up with such as Spider-Man and the X-Men. Those jobs came and went but after all these years it is still Transformers that comes knocking at the door. When something is that insistent and becomes for many the thing that defines you it is always worth having a look under the hood. See what’s really there. What is it about this book that it seems to have attached itself to me?

Then I saw it;

When IDW asked me if I wanted to do some interior art for a Transformers book I said no. When they asked me what it would take to get me to do some interior art for a Transformers book I pondered the question and responded that I would only do it if I could work with Simon and if we could have the opportunity to do something that really had some weight to it. Out of this and Simon’s parallel conversations with IDW the idea for RegenerationOne was born.

I am going to break the flow here to give out a few acknowledgments. We have gathered a great team together for this journey. Guido has done a great job stepping in when I had to step away, JP Bove’s interior colours have perfectly captured that synthesis of being a bit like the old stuff but definitely new and fresh and I think now stand alongside the amazing Mr Nel Yomtov for the amount of uninterrupted output of pages. Jason Cardy’s cover colours have given cinematic impact that have pulled readers in like a movie poster outside your favorite multiplex. Stephen Baskerville, what can I say. A consummate professional. No matter what I throw at Stephen he unfailingly does his thing and makes these books look the way they ‘should’. As for the words, well a huge acknowledgment to Jim Shooter and Bob Budiansky for creating this beast. Without them we wouldn’t be here. We may well be creating a book about battling robots but for sure it wouldn’t be this one. And lastly, Simon Furman. My long time partner in crime. The man who not only brought me into the Transformers hold but who, as a result of that opened the door to many a subsequent opportunity. Thanks Mr F, my acknowledment and respect to you.



So there we were. The idea to finally complete the Transformers story was not only an opportunity but a privilege. What needs to really be gotten here is that this book is the conclusion of the definitive Transformers storyline. Let me just emphasise that. THIS book is THE CONCLUSION of THE DEFINITIVE TRANSFORMERS STORYLINE. It is not possible to over emphasise that. Back in 1983 something huge that has become part of popular culture began. At Marvel Comics Jim Shooter and Bob Budiansky wrote a treatment for Transformers. There was nothing before that other than some ill defined toys. That treatment became the Marvel Transformers book and that storyline - the definitive one - fell silent in 1991, reared its head again in 2012 and the no kidding, final conclusion of that whole storyline is what you now hold in your hands.

But what really makes this concept resonate and give it its longevity is the fact that this is NOT a book about robots. quite the opposite. The term 'robot' was first used in the 1921 play ‘R.U.R. Rossum's Universal Robots’ by the Czech writer, Karel Čapek. But these were human clones devoid of emotion. Transformers are if anything the opposite of that. They are sentient beings. They may be mechanical in their structure but they contain very human emotions and concerns. They are also from one source, The Matrix (later called The Allspark). This original singular source is what binds them and gives a unifying purpose to their lives. These themes are key to the popularity of Transformers in that it is an expression of much of what defines us as human beings. It has its roots in Hinduism, Buddhism, Enlightenment, Pantheism and subsequently many themes of Modern Philosophy. And that is what made me want to do this book. That is why we love it. A book about cool robots? yes, but about so much more. Its about us. About you and me. About the human condition. Its about separation, loss, pain, conflict and the pursuit of unification and oneness. Throughout its long life its always been there in that now familiar mantra; ‘Till All Are One’.

And here we finally are.



Namaste



AW 2014

Mark Hamill and Peter Cullen Guest Starring in Transformers: Rescue Bots - 'What Lies Below' Clip

Transformers News: Mark Hamill and Peter Cullen Guest Starring in Transformers: Rescue Bots - 'What Lies Below' Clip
Date: Tuesday, April 15th 2014 5:04pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Monsters and Critics

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We reported a long while back that legendary actor and voice actor Mark Hamill would be starring as a guest voice on Transformers: Rescue Bots. Now, thanks to website Monsters and Critics not only do we have confirmation tha Hamill will be indeed playing the role of Uncle Woodrow Burns, we also know that Peter Cullen will be appearing as Optimus Prime in the same episode! Check out the description for episode 10 of season 2, 'What Lies Below', and a clip showing off Optimus' trailer below.

“What Lies Below”

Cody’s Uncle Woodrow pays a visit and is determined to find proof that aliens exist beneath the earth’s surface. His findings result in the entire Rescue Team, along with Optimus Prime, going on a mission to save Woodrow and Cody and search for a resource that is vital to the Rescue Bots’ survival, on “Transformers Rescue Bots,” Saturday, April 26 at 1:30 p.m. ET/10:30 a.m. PT on the Hub Network.

Actor Mark Hamill guest stars as Uncle Woodrow, Chief Burns’ adventurous and eccentric younger brother who is convinced there are aliens beneath the earth. Peter Cullen guest stars as Optimus Prime, the supreme leader of the Rescue Bots.



Detailed And Articulated WFC Optimus Papercraft Figure

Transformers News: Detailed And Articulated WFC Optimus Papercraft Figure
Date: Tuesday, April 15th 2014 3:03pm CDT
Categories: Collectables, People News, Transtopia
Posted by: Autobot032 | Credit(s): Laurent Guelton

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Papercraft is a form of art in which beautiful and sometimes complex models are constructed out of nothing but some paper and tape (or glue). While the beginning may just seem like a bunch of pieces of cut paper, the end result however, can be breathtaking.

Papercraft can come from official sources, such as Takara Tomy, when they made a set of couches for their Arms Micron figures to sit on, which can be seen here. Or Takara Tomy's Energon cube insert for Masterpiece Soundwave, which can be seen here. Heck, they even made a trailer for their version of Weaponizer Optimus Prime in their Arms Micron line!

The Transformers Wars Papercraft book lets you buy models that are motorized and made to battle!

However, the magic really happens when the fans put their imaginations to good use and work outside the confines of corporate papercraft options and create something fun and awesome, such as the Chibi Jet Vehicons, which you can see here.

If you're looking for a masterpiece of Transformers papercraft, look no further!

A Facebook share from fellow TF fan Laurent Guelton to our Facebook page has revealed a beautiful work he created out of papercraft.

War For Cybertron Optimus Prime looks to be that papercraft masterpiece and even has articulated fingers! Started in 2011, this project has been a labor of love for Laurent and it's taken him nearly three years to make this happen. Not only is it now completed and he wants to share the showcase of his work, but he also included the files necessary for you to create your own!

I deliberately cut the model into several parts, for ease of viewing files during installation, but also a question of weight ... file textures are accurate, but suddenly it eats bytes!
The finished robot is about 40cm (15.75 inches) high. You can choose between hands for hinged wildest of you ... oops ... and simplified in the extreme (just 4 blocks) hands.


We've mirrored a few of the images and provided links to the files here, but we'd like for you to visit his blog to see the entire figure and read his post on how it all came to be. You can do that by clicking this link: http://paperlaul.com/blog/2014/04/optim ... robot.html (Please note that the blog is in French, you'll need a translation tool to read it in your language. Google Chrome has one built right in.)

Transformers News: Detailed And Articulated WFC Optimus Papercraft Figure

Transformers News: Detailed And Articulated WFC Optimus Papercraft Figure

OptimusPrimeWfC_paperlaul.pdf(36.9Mo) - All boards
OptimusWfC_left_foot.pdo (5.4Mo) - The left foot
OptimusWfC_right_foot.pdo (5.4Mo) - The right foot
OptimusWfC_left_leg.pdo (7.2Mo) - The left leg
OptimusWfC_right_leg.pdo (7.2Mo) - The right leg
OptimusWfC_thighs.pdo (7.9Mo) - Thighs
OptimusWfC_pelvis.pdo (5.3Mo) - Basin
OptimusWfC_torso.pdo (7.8Mo) - The torso
OptimusWfC_arms.pdo (18.1Mo) - Arms
OptimusWfC_tete.pdo (4.5MB) - The head

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Transformers: Age of Extinction - Michael Bay Gives Further Details on Lockdown

Transformers News: Transformers: Age  of Extinction - Michael Bay Gives Further Details on Lockdown
Date: Saturday, April 12th 2014 4:08am CDT
Categories: Interviews, Media, Movie News, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): EW

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As we've seen yesterday, Entertainment Weekly has had a chat with Michael Bay, getting some interesting information about the upcoming Transformers: Age of Extinction movie being the first of a new trilogy (not a reboot - a new installment of three films). What we didn't mention is the fact that Bay also talked more about the still relatively enigmatic character of Lockdown and his ship. Read on below for the details, or head here for the full article!

It’s actually a Transformer who is neither Autobot or Decepticon, a bounty hunter named Lockdown, whose alternate form is a Lamborghini Aventador.

“Lockdown is an interesting character. He travels the galaxy, he works for somebody else. And he’s here for one person, one alien, and then he’s out of here,” Bay says. “So he doesn’t really want to take sides. The cause and balance of the galaxy is kind of messed up when different species play with different species. And that opens up a whole other gigantic world for Transformers.”

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“Lockdown’s ship has a lot of meaning that can go into other movies. There’s a lot of backstory about that ship that’s not laid out here,” he says. “You’re going to see a few things where you’re like ‘What is that? And what is that?’ And you’re going to see a couple shots like, ‘Wait a minute, who are they?’ But we don’t answer those questions.”

New AoE Grimlock Image Revealed. Bay, Wahlberg and Raynor Comment On The Upcoming Film

Transformers News: New AoE Grimlock Image Revealed. Bay, Wahlberg and Raynor Comment On The Upcoming Film
Date: Friday, April 11th 2014 5:59am CDT
Categories: Interviews, Media, Movie News, People News
Posted by: Autobot032 | Credit(s): Entertainment Weekly, Transformers Live Action Movie Blog

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Director Michael Bay, star Mark Wahlberg and co-star Jack Raynor took a moment to speak with Entertainment Weekly to discuss the film itself, what's new, what's changed/changing, and the article included a new image of Grimlock in action in the film.

This information was brought to us courtesy of the Transformers Live Action Movie Blog, and you can read the full article here: http://transformerslive.blogspot.com.tr ... .html#more

We've included some snippets below:

Bay: "It's kind of like a new Transformers. We had three, the first trilogy, and this is going to be the next. ...It's the first of a new trilogy. I'm not necessarily sure that I'm doing [the others], but that's what it's meant for."


Bay: "{Shia LaBeouf]'s a good guy, but three movies, the same guy, it's time. You know what I'm saying? It's always good to freshen it up and change the story."


Wahlberg: "[The government] basically want to wipe out all Transformers, all the Autobots. Optimus has lost all faith in humankind, and I'm trying to convince him there is still good in the world and we need to work together."


Reynor: "The first day I'm acting opposite a giant robot that's not there so that was something that took me out of my comfort zone. Probably the most outrageous thing we did was run through an incredible explosion. You can see it in the trailer. Everything around us blew up. Absolutely terrifying. But you don't really think of the terror until afterward. It's one of those things where you just run and all of your basic instincts as a human kick in. You get out on the other side of it and you feel like a different person, really."


Also of note, some specs on Grimlock, which we've also included below:

"150 feet long from the tail to the nostrils, 63.5 feet tall from the ground to the top of his horns, and weigh 850 tons."


And finally, the new Grimlock image:

Transformers News: New AoE Grimlock Image Revealed. Bay, Wahlberg and Raynor Comment On The Upcoming Film

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AoE Reshoots In LA Confirmed, Wahlberg And Optimus Involved

Transformers News: AoE Reshoots In LA Confirmed, Wahlberg And Optimus Involved
Date: Friday, April 11th 2014 5:48am CDT
Categories: Media, Movie News, People News
Posted by: Autobot032 | Credit(s): Just Jared, Transformers Live Action Movie Blog

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Last week, we reported on a rumor that there were reshoots scheduled in LA, for AoE.

Today, we have confirmation: The reshoots are indeed happening and involve Mark Wahlberg and Optimus Prime. (vehicle mode, of course)

We've included a snippet of the article posted on the blog:

JustJared has posted a few images that show Mark Wahlberg and the Optimus Prime truck filming in Los Angeles on April 9. The use of the modern truck combined with Wahlberg's intact clothes and no wounds suggests that whatever is being filmed is for a sequence shot for scenes early in the movie and set in the United States.
To read the rest of the article, you can click the link here: http://transformerslive.blogspot.com.tr/

We've mirrored the images below:

Transformers News: AoE Reshoots In LA Confirmed, Wahlberg And Optimus Involved

Transformers News: AoE Reshoots In LA Confirmed, Wahlberg And Optimus Involved

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BotCon 2014 - Marty Isenberg Revealed as Transformers: Timelines Author

Transformers News: BotCon 2014 - Marty Isenberg Revealed as Transformers: Timelines Author
Date: Thursday, April 10th 2014 1:33pm CDT
Categories: Collector's Club News, Event News, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): BotCon

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Fellow Seibertron.com user Sabrblade has been following the BotCon 2014 updates via their own official Twitter account - and they have just announced this year's author behind the convention exclusive Transformers: Timelines story: Marty Isenberg, of various Transformers TV series credit, from Beast Machines and Animated to Prime and Rescue Bots!



Mairghread Scott & Sarah Stone Talk IDW’s Transformers: Windblade

Transformers News: Mairghread Scott & Sarah Stone Talk IDW’s Transformers: Windblade
Date: Thursday, April 10th 2014 4:18am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Interviews, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): ComicsAlliance

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Next week, IDW Publishing's Transformers comics will start its new mini-series on the fan-steered character Windblade, for whom we've seen a couple of interviews already - including our exclusive Sarah Stone one. Comics news site ComicsAlliance was also able to interview the two creators and we've reported some snippets below - read on!

ComicsAlliance: Tell me about Windblade. What sort of story are you and Sarah telling?

Mairghread Scott: Transformers: Windblade is a four-issue miniseries designed to introduce longtime fans to a brand new character and new readers to the current Transformers world. So we really wanted to tell an honestly hopeful, fun story that showcased how human Transformers really are.

We also wanted to really show off the unique things we love most about Transformers as a brand. We have fight sequences that are not even possible in other stories. We have a dazzling array of character designs and relationships, and the world itself is just too lush not to explore. Our characters reside in a living city. They can turn into jets and they fight with axes. They live for thousands of years and have only recently stopped a civil war that almost killed them all. There are some amazing stories to be had in a place like this, and Sarah and I intend to exploit every angle we can to bring fans something that will really take their breath away.

CA: How did each of you come to this book?

MS: Like most comics work that I’ve been part of, it involved a unique dance of asking/begging, worrying, pitching, worrying and then actually doing it. I first heard about Windblade’s creation as a character and toy at a convention with my editor John Barber and I immediately asked to be involved if she got a comic. Of course it took a few months to get the timing right, but John did let me pitch on Windblade — which meant explaining who I thought she was, her backstory and what a miniseries would like like — and he liked it. The rest, as they say, is history.

Sarah Stone: I have Mairghread to thank for the opportunity. She found me through some of my fan art online, and then we started talking more once we met at a comic con. She was kind enough to involve me in a personal comic project she wanted to create a pitch for, and thats when she asked if I would be interested in having my name thrown in as an artist for a Transformers project. I couldn’t say “YES” fast enough!

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CA: You’re also telling the story of a female Transformer, though not the first. As the Transformers are all robots, can you talk a little bit about what gender means in this fictional universe and how it’s represented?

MS Yes. IDW’s continuity has never had an “originally female” Transformer in it (the only female transformer in the line, Arcee, was made female against her will) so it was important to us that Windblade’s comic present a positive view of Lady Bots without having the characters beat everyone over the head with their gender.

The beauty of Transformers is that, by their very nature, they’re a very inclusive race. Some Bots turn into jets, or cars, or flying sharks. They can be as small as trash cans or as big as whole cities. So while Windblade and [fellow Transformer] Chromia’s gender makes them “different” to other Cybertronians, it’s a much bigger deal to our readers than it is to the characters in the book.

Sue Blu to attend TFcon Toronto 2014

Transformers News: Sue Blu to attend TFcon Toronto 2014
Date: Wednesday, April 9th 2014 3:28pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Event News, People News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): TFcon

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Our friends at TFcon dropped by to let us know that Sue Blu has been confirmed as a special guest for this year's event in Toronto. See details below:


We are very happy to welcome voice actor and director Susan Blu to TFcon Toronto 2014 for our 30th anniversary of Transformers celebration.

Sue is known to fans as the voice of Arcee in Transformers the Movie and Seasons 3 and 4 of The Transformers (Generation 1), and reprised the role in Transformers Animated). Additionally she was the voice director for Beast Wars, Beast Machines and Transformers Animated. Ms. Blu 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.


Transformers News: Sue Blu to attend TFcon Toronto 2014

IDW Transformers: Regeneration One #100 - Andrew Wildman Comments

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Regeneration One #100 - Andrew Wildman Comments
Date: Tuesday, April 1st 2014 10:55am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Andrew Wildman

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We have seen a couple of words by various comics creators once IDW Publishing's Transformers: ReGeneration One #100 hit a couple of weeks ago - but here is another, by artist Andrew Wildman on his personal blog. Read on below!

So there we are. The end. The End? They always said ‘It Never Ends’ and for Transformers that seems to be true. But for the Original Transformers storyline/continuity it very definitely has. Issue 100 of that seminal book final hit the stands on Wednesday 19th March. A very significant day for all those legions of people who, over the last thirty years, have enjoyed the ups and downs of the world of Autobots and Decepticons. After the hiatus of some twenty years it was a privilege to be involved in the continuation of The Transformers (not sure when the The was dropped) With the IDW book, Transformers Regeneration One. When it all finally ended I thought it would be great to write a piece about what it has been like for me to be involved in the book. After all, for many it is who I am. But rather than write one final farewell – which I did for issue 100 – I thought I would get some thoughts down as and when they occur. This is the first of those;

For me it started out as just another comics gig. A book that I knew nothing about and that only felt like a stepping stone onto other books. I wanted to draw Superheroes. This is something that I have mentioned in many interviews and Q&As. I was happy to be working for Marvel Comics but I didn’t want to do toy books. I wanted to draw Spider-Man and all the other characters that I had grown up with. At that time I guess I had been reading comics for, say, 20 years. When I consider that that was about 26 years ago it really does create context. Transformers have been a part of my life for longer than Marvel had at that point. Transformers has been there for all but a couple of years of my professional life as a comic artist. Its fair to say that without Transformers I would probably be yet another casualty of the big comics crash in the mid nineties. Many of us working in the comics industry back then were hanging on by our fingernails as we saw title after title get cancelled. Same happened to me. My final book for Marvel was the final issue of Force Works. I felt like it was unfinished business at Marvel but it was time to get out as the empire crumbled around us all. That is when I moved – sideways I guess – into Computer Game design and TV concept work and storyboarding. Things have been great for me in those areas but it is as a result of working on Transformers for Marvel and more recently for IDW that has enabled me to have a presence at some amazing conventions and that is great. So Transformers, it was very definitely time to move on. Time to draw a line under that work. But I salute you. Without you I wonder what life would look like now.

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Transformers Podcast: Twincast / Podcast #90 - Dark Scorponok
Twincast / Podcast #90:
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Posted: Monday, April 7th, 2014