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Takara Tomy Kre-O Web Comic Episode 17

Transformers News: Takara Tomy Kre-O Web Comic Episode 17
Date: Wednesday, April 16th 2014 8:04am CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): Takara Tomy

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Takara Tomy has updated their Kre-O website with chapter 17 in their web comic series. Enjoy the comic mirrored below:

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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

IDW Transformers: Windblade #1 Review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #1 Review
Date: Wednesday, April 16th 2014 12:15am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW Publishing, Va'al

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The City Speaks
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
WHO IS WINDBLADE? In the aftermath of DARK CYBERTRON, WINDBLADE takes the planet by storm! But where did she come from—and what does her secret mean to the future of the TRANSFORMERS? A powerful new chapter in the TRANSFORMERS saga begins here!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #1 Review
Enter Windblade


Story

So, that was it for Dark Cybertron. Things happened, characters died (for now), and other, new names showed up across the Transformers board. Make sure to check out the latest Twincast Podcast for some further thoughts on all of that too! Somewhere along the line, we encountered three apparently gendered, and of female gender, characters, introduced by John Barber and James Roberts during the crossover: Nautica, Chromia and Windblade. And here begins the story of the latter two, and their coming to terms with the new Cybertron, eons after their departure.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #1 Review
Eons ago, I tell you


Mairghread Scott is at the writing helm for the first issue in the (as yet) mini-series of four, and she shows the same flare for dialogue that early issues of the Prime: Beast Hunters comics run had. The main cast, Starscream, Windblade, Chromia, Ironhide, Rattrap, even Metroplex and Blurr to an extent, all have their own voices, and interact actually quite well - good humour, nice set-ups and overall decent action, too.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #1 Review
Chromia is one tough cookie


I've seen complaints about Windblade's naivete towards Starscream in particular, but I believe that is what makes the comic work so well. The readers, mostly, *know* what everyone on Cybertron is already like. We know them, all of them. Chromia and Windblade have yet to learn, and believe you me, by the end of the issue they have an idea of what awaits them.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #1 Review
*shivers*


As a first issue with entirely new characters dealing with an unknown scenario, it definitely hit all of the buttons I wanted it to. It does world-building with Caminus and the home and roles of Windblade and her companions, links it all in to the current continuity, and it doesn't feel stretched or shoe-horned in. Add to that the good dialogue and actually good monologue too, and you've got me very interested. And oh the bar scenes.

Art

Now, the artwork. We knew it was going to be quite different from what we've seen so far in the franchise, and we saw how good it could be from the covers - but newcomer Sarah Stone hits it so far out of the park that it comes all the way back and slams you in the head. Artfully. There's character expression, and excellent panelwork, good personality to the designs and the art really fits Scott's storytelling.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #1 Review
Ironhide looks so.. glum


The colours, you might ask? It's still Stone, working her magic through lighting, shading, gloss and darkness. The blackouts running through, the different environments, the switches between settings and moods - Stone gets them all perfectly in her colours, with some amazing stuff happening while inside Metroplex and during the random power cuts. And that one page. Wait for that page.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #1 Review
I mean, come ON


Really exceptional lettering work by Chris Mowry too, with some particularly creative and poignant effects in the 'after' sequences (you'll see when you read it). Other than Stone's subscription cover, we get some excellent stuff from Casey Coller and Joana Lafuente on A, and Livio Ramondelli on the interlocking incentive one too!

Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

So, is it a buy? Yes. Gods yes. You will not regret picking this one up, especially after the strange feelings that came with Megatron's return all the way back in Robots in Disguise #12. Transformers: Windblade in this one issue has done what RID wanted to when it started: political intrigue, games of exhaust fumes and chromed steel, one of the sexiest, most devious Starscreams to this day, and all with *two* entirely new characters added to the mix.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #1 Review
Onwards, for more!


And then, just to top Scott's writing off, we get the icing of Stone's artwork and colours, with some nice little decorations from Mowry. The story is frustrating, anger-inducing, enticing, funny, intriguing and full of excellent moments of backstory without hamfisting it out or sledging in hammers. You'd do yourself a disservice by not picking it up, it's a beautiful piece of work.

. :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: ½ out of :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT:

IDW Transformers: Dark Cybertron Volume 1 TPB Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Dark Cybertron Volume 1 TPB Preview
Date: Tuesday, April 15th 2014 3:37am CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW Publishing

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Also from IDW Publishing this week is the first collected edition of the Dark Cybertron event. Before heading to Transformers: Windblade #1 and the rest of the Dawn of the Autobots, check out below where it all began, or refresh your memory if you followed each month!

Transformers: Dark Cybertron, Vol. 1
James Roberts, John Barber (w) • Phil Jimenez, Andrew Griffith, Brendan Cahill, James Raiz, Atilio Rojo, Livio Ramondelli (a) • Phil Jimenez (c)
Shockwave makes a move millions of years in the planning—an ultimate strategy to remake Cybertron and destroy both the Autobots and Decepticons!
TPB • FC • $19.99 • 152 pages • ISBN: 978-1-61377-891-3

Bullet points:
- Collects Dark Cybertron #1, More Than Meets The Eye #23–25, and Robots In Disguise #23–24.


Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Dark Cybertron Volume 1 TPB Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Dark Cybertron Volume 1 TPB Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Dark Cybertron Volume 1 TPB Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Dark Cybertron Volume 1 TPB Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Dark Cybertron Volume 1 TPB Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Dark Cybertron Volume 1 TPB Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Dark Cybertron Volume 1 TPB Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Dark Cybertron Volume 1 TPB Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Dark Cybertron Volume 1 TPB Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Dark Cybertron Volume 1 TPB Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Dark Cybertron Volume 1 TPB Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Dark Cybertron Volume 1 TPB Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Dark Cybertron Volume 1 TPB Preview

IDW Transformers: Windblade #1 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #1 Full Preview
Date: Tuesday, April 15th 2014 3:36am CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW Publishing

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After the events of Dark Cybertron, IDW Publishing has split the action into three series, under the umbrella monicker Dawn of the Autobots: the two main ongoings and the new, 4 issue mini-series featuring the aftermath on Cybertron itself beginning this week - check out below the full preview for Transformers: Windblade, and head back tomorrow for the Seibertron.com review!

Transformers: Windblade #1 (of 4): Dawn of the Autobots—SPOTLIGHT
Mairghread Scott (w) • Sarah Stone (a) • Casey W. Coller (c)
WHO IS WINDBLADE? In the aftermath of DARK CYBERTRON, WINDBLADE takes the planet by storm! But where did she come from—and what does her secret mean to the future of the TRANSFORMERS? A powerful new chapter in the TRANSFORMERS saga begins here!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
- WINDBLADE takes CYBERTRON by storm!
- Winner of the FAN BUILD BOT POLL—in which fans voted to create an all-new TRANSFORMERS CHARACTER!
- Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the TRANSFORMERS!
- Learn the secret history of WINDBLADE, CHROMIA, and NAUTICA!
- Variant interlocking cover by Livio Ramondelli!


Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #1 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #1 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #1 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #1 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #1 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #1 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #1 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #1 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #1 Full Preview

IDW Transformers: Windblade #1 Teaser - Blurr

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #1 Teaser - Blurr
Date: Monday, April 14th 2014 1:01pm CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW Publishing

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Courtesy of the amazing people over at IDW Publishing, we have a one-image teaser for this week's release in Transformers comics - the much talked about Windblade #1! Check out the image, featuring a shot of bartending Blurr by Sarah Stone, below, and head back here tomorrow for a full preview of the comic, and Wednesday for the Seibertron.com review.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #1 Teaser

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!

[...]

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.

BotCon 2014 Special Guest Revealed: James Roberts

Transformers News: BotCon 2014 Special Guest Revealed: James Roberts
Date: Friday, April 4th 2014 2:07pm CDT
Categories: Collector's Club News, Comic Book News, Event News
Posted by: Mindmaster | Credit(s): Fun Publications

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Building up on yesterday's big, exciting reveal of Pirates vs. Knights Scorponok, BotCon revealed on their Twitter that famed Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye writer James Roberts will be joining David Kaye, Susan Blu, Jack Angel, and others at BotCon 2014!

Joining us at BotCon 2014 is the writer behind what has quickly become one of the most celebrated ongoing Transformers comic series of all-time, IDW Publishing’s Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye. With that, we are thrilled to announce that British writer James Roberts will be our guest this year in Pasadena. He will be on hand all weekend for autographs, panels and hanging with fans from around the world! You won’t want to miss this rare opporutunity to meet James and to discuss his amazing work which has brought a new level of excitement to Transformers comic fiction!


Mr. Roberts is also known for helping Nick Rouche cowrite popular comic series Last Stand of the Wreckers.

Takara Tomy Kre-O Web Comic Episode 16

Transformers News: Takara Tomy Kre-O Web Comic Episode 16
Date: Wednesday, April 2nd 2014 7:35pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Toy News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): Takara Tomy

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Takara Tomy have updated their official Kre-O page with episode 16 in their always fun web-comic series. Check out the mirrored comic below:

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Transformers: IDW Collection Phase Two Volume 1 Cover Art

Transformers News: Transformers: IDW Collection Phase Two Volume 1 Cover Art
Date: Tuesday, April 1st 2014 4:13pm CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): Amazon

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Amazon has updated their pre-order for Transformers: IDW Collection Phase Two Volume 1 [Hardcover] with cover art, which we've mirrored below. The release date is listed as September 2nd with a price of $34.83. Descriptions and product details can be found below.

Update: According to a tweet from James Roberts the Phase 2 Hardcovers will also include Autocracy, Monstrosity, and various Spotlights.

James Roberts wrote:In response to questions: as I understand it, the Phase 2 hardcovers will include Autocracy, Monstrosity, the Spotlights and the prose stuff


Transformers: IDW Collection Phase Two Volume 1

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The war for Cybertron is over, but Bumblebee and his fellow Autobots struggle to maintain control of a world without Optimus Prime. The provisional government is struggling and Prowl will defend it against the Decepticons at seeminly all costs. Meanwhile, Hot Rod and a group of Autobots and Decepticons embark on an epic quest to the farthest reaches of the Universe. Collects the one-shot Death of Optimus Prime, More Than Meets The Eye issues #1-5, and Robots in Disguise issues #1-6.


Product Details
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: IDW Publishing (September 2, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1631400401
ISBN-13: 978-1631400407

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