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IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Deleted Scene - Art by Josh Burcham

Transformers News: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Deleted Scene - Art by Josh Burcham
Date: Sunday, January 11th 2015 8:45am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Josh Burcham

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We reported James Roberts' deleted scene from IDW's Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #22, featuring Drift and Ratchet - so it's only fair that we also show you the great work that artist Josh Burcham has done with the script! Check out the mirrored pages below (thanks to a tip from fellow Seibertronian leokearon, and drop by Burcham's deviantArt page for more.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Deleted Scene - Art by Josh Burcham

Transformers News: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Deleted Scene - Art by Josh Burcham

Transformers News: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Deleted Scene - Art by Josh Burcham

Transformers News: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Deleted Scene - Art by Josh Burcham

Transformers News: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Deleted Scene - Art by Josh Burcham

IDW Publishing acquires Top Shelf Productions

Transformers News: IDW Publishing acquires Top Shelf Productions
Date: Tuesday, January 6th 2015 3:09pm CST
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: mooncake623 | Credit(s): Streetinsider

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IDW Publishing, current publishers of Transformer comics (and many other well known franchises including Ghostbusters, X-Files, Star Trek, My Little Pony, and Angry Birds) have announced their acquisition of Top Shelf Productions.

SAN DIEGO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 01/06/15 -- Leading comic book and graphic novel publisher IDW Publishing announced today that it has acquired Top Shelf Productions, the award-winning independent publisher of graphic novels, including the #1 New York Times and Washington Post bestseller March by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, Alan Moore's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (with Kevin O'Neill) and From Hell (with Eddie Campbell), Craig Thompson's Blankets, Nate Powell's Swallow Me Whole, and Jeff Lemire's Essex County.

"The acquisition of Top Shelf is a milestone for IDW," said Ted Adams, IDW CEO and publisher. "We looked a very long time for a company that would complement our own publishing line-up, and in Top Shelf we found the ideal match. The addition of Top Shelf's library further positions IDW's leadership role among the top powerhouses in comics."

Top Shelf will remain a distinct imprint within IDW and co-founder Chris Staros will join the company as Editor-in-Chief, Top Shelf Productions. Top Shelf's fans can expect the same independent editorial approach that has garnered industry-wide awards and made it an envy among its peers.

"IDW is committed to preserving and growing the Top Shelf brand, which we've long admired," said IDW president and COO Greg Goldstein. "Chris and his team have built a great working relationship with creators, fans, and retailers alike, and IDW will work diligently to expand Top Shelf's publishing capabilities and market reach while further developing those relationships."

Founded in 1997, Top Shelf Productions offers a broad library of comic books and graphic novels from dozens of the industry's top independent creators. Following the acquisition, Top Shelf's headquarters will remain in Marietta, GA.

"Top Shelf and IDW complement each other perfectly," said Top Shelf Productions co-founder and publisher Chris Staros. "We both started around the same time, and when I would watch IDW over the years, as a fellow publisher, I'd see them making smart move after smart move. Now I'm extremely excited to combine their talents and resources with Top Shelf's award-winning literary approach to comics. And believe it or not, the idea to join forces hit us both at exactly the same time. Last year, as I was about to pitch Ted and Greg this 'crazy' idea, they approached me to suggest the same thing! How's that for a good omen? Together, we're going to be able to publish some incredible work. I'm really looking forward to this."

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.


Sneak Peek - IDW The Transformers #37 (Days of Deception) iTunes Preview

Transformers News: Sneak Peek - IDW The Transformers #37 (Days of Deception) iTunes Preview
Date: Monday, January 5th 2015 4:58pm CST
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): iTunes

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Thanks to the usual iTunes screeshot uploads by Mariel Romero over at IDW, we get a sneak peek at the upcoming issue #37 of the Transformers ongoing - as the story picks up where we left Arcee in Tokyo, about to face Galvatron and the Decepticons. Check out the very brief preview below!

THE ONYX PROTOCOL! As PROWL confronts SPIKE over the human’s betrayal, the mystery of G.B. Blackrock and the Onyx Interface deepens. Meanwhile, Tokyo becomes a battleground as Arcee faces the Constructicons… and Galvatron!


Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #37 Days of Deception Thread

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #37 Days of Deception Thread

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #37 Days of Deception Thread

BotCon 2015 Transformers Timelines Issue 11 Preview

Transformers News: BotCon 2015 Transformers Timelines Issue 11 Preview
Date: Thursday, January 1st 2015 10:27pm CST
Categories: Collector's Club News, Comic Book News
Posted by: LOST Cybertronian | Credit(s): BotCon Twitter

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The Official BotCon Twitter has posted a preview of the upcoming Tranformers Timelines issue 11. The artist of the comic this year is Matt Frank. Discuss your thoughts on the comic and anything BotCon 2015 related in our BotCon 2015 Discussion Thread. Check out the preview page mirrored below.

Transformers News: BotCon 2015 Transformers Timelines Issue 11 Preview

IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 - Deleted Drift and Ratchet Scene

Transformers News: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 - Deleted Drift and Ratchet Scene
Date: Thursday, January 1st 2015 8:03am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): James Roberts

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There was a time before Dark Cybertron and Autobot Megatron, in IDW's Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye. A time before Drift was exiled, and a time during which James Roberts had imagined an extra interaction between him and medic Ratchet in issue #22 - one that you can now read below as a New Year's gift from the writer himself! For all intents and purposes, this is essentially fan-fiction, as it was never approved or included, but you can start reading below and gain some insight into a comic script too, and find full piece here.

The following was cut from MTMTE #22 (the documentary issue) for reasons of space - it would have taken up five pages. But as you can see, it was written up and ready to go. It was never seen or approved by John Barber or Hasbro, let alone published, so it's not canon (it's headcanon to me, though).

The lead-in to this scene would have been a to-camera interview with Drift in which he would have bemoaned Ratchet’s lack of a sense of humor. I’d originally written it – or something like it – for issue #13, but again it had to go when more important things took up page space.

FIRST PAGE

1 / Drift walks into the medibay, where Ratchet is waiting with Rewind. Ratchet looks troubled and pensive. He’s leaning on one of the circuit slabs.

DRIFT: You wanted to see me.

DRIFT: Am I ill?

RATCHET: You’re fine. It’s me.

RATCHET: Close the door.


2 / Ratchet in the foreground, looking at the floor. Drift in the background, in front of the closed door, hand on the door activation pad, looking at Ratchet.

RATCHET: This is—

RATCHET: You’ll appreciate this is particularly difficult
for me to talk about, however…

RATCHET: You may be many things, but—until your
next massive personality shift—you’re not one to gloat.


3 / Drift stands opposite Ratchet, looking worried.

DRIFT: Okay, I’m worried now.

DRIFT: What is it? Is everything alright?


4 / Cut to Drift being interviewed.

DRIFT: I’d never seen him so worried.

DRIFT: And he was being nice—to me.


5 / Back to the medibay, as Panel 3. Ratchet is looking at his hands.

RATCHET: It’s my hands.

RATCHET: Pharma’s hands.

RATCHET: I mean the hands you, er, liberated from
Pharma.

RATCHET: The rogue doctor we met on Delphi. Who’s
now dead.


6 / Cut to Ratchet being interviewed.

RATCHET: I don’t know why I added that bit.

Escalation: Tom Scioli And John Barber On ‘Transformers vs. G.I. Joe’ Volume 1

Transformers News: Escalation: Tom Scioli And John Barber On ‘Transformers vs. G.I. Joe’ Volume 1
Date: Tuesday, December 23rd 2014 8:27am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Interviews, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): ComicsAlliance

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There is no preview as such for this week's IDW Publishing release - the first collected trade volume of Transformers vs G.I. Joe - but you can still get to find out more about it by reading an interview with creators John Barber and Tom Scioli, courtesy of ComicsAlliance. Find some snippets below, and click on the link to read the full story - and maybe come back to Seibertron.com, so we may finish reviewing the two issues we've left behind!

ComicsAlliance: The amazing thing about Transformers vs. G.I. Joe for me as a reader is that it doesn’t feel like it should exist, and I mean that in the best way possible. It has this feeling that there’s no way this book should’ve been approved, because it’s so wild, raw and energetic. How did you get that feeling to come across in this comic?

Tom Scioli: I don’t know how you would get to that point with any kind of comic. Just from my perspective, I’ve been doing comics for such a long time and in such a way that’s very different from the normal career path for comics, so I don’t know how you replicate that. I don’t know how many other people are out there that would be able to have that mix of discipline and self-destructive chaotic impulse to get that. I don’t know, John? Do you have any perspective?

John Barber: To one degree or another, when you’re working on something that’s company-owned, you have to forget about that when you’re working on it, and I think that degree varies. The whole idea was to make something kind of weird, that went out the window at some point. There was probably a minute early on where Michael Kelly, the guy we work with at Hasbro as their Director of Global Publishing, called and he was like, “This isn’t exactly what we talked about.” He loves the book, but at some point, the idea was going to be safer. It’s not like there’s anything unsafe about this, either, but you want to be able to point at it and say “here are these two things that we put together to make one thing,” and I don’t think you can do that with our book. I think that’s what makes it interesting.

TS: I didn’t really know how it was going to turn out either. It’s a project where it’s like “yeah, what would this thing be?” I know that when we first talked about in the beginning, we had that very basic idea of a Jack Kirby take on this sort of thing, but when you sit down to actually make it, all these other opportunities open up. All these other creative things take over, and it outgrows that initial idea. But then it sort of comes back to it. Early on, I thought I wanted to do something more serious than just a straight Jack Kirby rip-roaring adventure, but then it turned into that kind of rip-roaring adventure.

[...]

CA: Along those same lines, I’m a much bigger fan of Joe than Transformers, so most of the Transformers comics that I’ve read have been crossovers with G.I. Joe, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen one that was structured like this, with the Joes going to Cybertron. Was that just an obvious thing that you’d never seen?

JB: That was there from the beginning. 100% of this comic is Tom at this point, and I don’t know what I’m doing anymore. I expect that one day, Tom will just stop emailing me.

TS: [Laughs] I’ll just send you the finish comic.

JB: Right. But every other Transformers/G.I. Joe comic, at least every one that I read, tried to drag Transformers to a realistic level and throw that into the G.I. Joe world. I thought the idea of blowing up G.I. Joe and making them science-fiction, having them live in the Transformers’ world, was there. If anything, Cybertron was the one thing I really wanted to do. But it obviously came out much cooler in the comic than I would’ve thought of.

New Galleries: Combiner Wars Voyager Silverbolt and Optimus Prime

Transformers News: New Galleries: Combiner Wars Voyager Silverbolt and Optimus Prime
Date: Monday, December 22nd 2014 4:54am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Site Articles, Toy News
Posted by: Autobot032

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Seibertron.com is proud to present our newest galleriea: New Galleries: Combiner Wars Voyager Silverbolt and Optimus Prime!

For the first time since 1986, the Aerialbots are coming back to store pegs and shelves as you had fondly remembered them: Classic G1. Up first in our gallery listing for today is Aerialbot leader Silverbolt, and he's looking better than ever with a rather impressive range of motion and a killer headsculpt. Forget those Energon Combiners, this is the real deal, but heavily updated for today's sophisticated requirements.

Followed by Optimus Prime who reminds us he shouldn't be left out of the Combiner Wars, with his new found ability to create the super robot Ultra Prime! Energon Optimus could combine, you might say, and you'd be right but this time it's no set of drones or an Omega Supreme or Wing Saber he had hanging around, no, this is the core of Ultra Prime! Powerlinx to the extreme!

Click on any of the figure images below to be taken to their respective galleries and then come back to the forums to share your thoughts with us!

Generations Combiner Wars Silverbolt

Transformers News: New Galleries: Transformers Generations Combiner Wars

Transformers News: New Galleries: Transformers Generations Combiner Wars

Transformers News: New Galleries: Transformers Generations Combiner Wars

Transformers News: New Galleries: Transformers Generations Combiner Wars


Generations Combiner Wars Optimus Prime

Transformers News: New Galleries: Transformers Generations Combiner Wars

Transformers News: New Galleries: Transformers Generations Combiner Wars

Transformers News: New Galleries: Transformers Generations Combiner Wars

Transformers News: New Galleries: Transformers Generations Combiner Wars

Keep your optics tuned to Seibertron.com for the latest in news and updates, plus the best galleriesaround!

Transformers: Angry Birds and More Than Meets the Eye, Transformers volume 7 TPBs Amazon Listings

Transformers News: Transformers: Angry Birds and More Than Meets the Eye, Transformers volume 7 TPBs Amazon Listings
Date: Thursday, December 18th 2014 2:26am CST
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Amazon.com

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Courtesy of a couple of listings on Amazon.com, we can give you a date for the release of the collected trade paperback editions of the IDW Publishing Transformers Angry Birds mini-series - titled Age of Eggstinction, out on May 19th, and currently priced at $10.71.

Additionally, volume 7 of More Than Meets the Eye ($16.14) and The Transformers ($15.47) will be out on 26th May and 21st April 2015 respectively. No covers are shown yet, and the listing for Transformers also get very confused with volume 7 of the previous ongoing, Chaos - but there you have them!

IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #2 Review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #2 Review
Date: Wednesday, December 17th 2014 6:04pm CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW, Va'al

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..And Whose Army?
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
ONCE A DECEPTICON! DRIFT’s past comes back to haunt him, as RATCHET tries to drag him back to the Lost Light. But alone on a far-off world, DRIFT’s honor demands he stand his ground!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #2 Review
Pfft, honor


Story

You now, Drift - was Deadlock, but would rather not be reminded; was a Decepticon, see above; part of the Lost Light, then self-exiled; feels guilty about everything since pretty much forever, so heads off to be the Batman/Robin Hood of the galaxy. Why am I repeating this? We are not being allowed to forget what Drift's past is, nor his own guilt.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #2 Review
You tell him, Ratchet


In this second issue, though, what I am left wondering is - will the retreading of Shane McCarthy's initial pitch, with the layers of characterisation given to Drift since All Hail Megatron, actually lead to something other than unspoken guilt, unreasonable bravado and a penchant for lost causes?

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #2 Review
Even Gigatron gets it


Don't get me wrong, there are some very good interactions in the issue, and some of characters have a fair deal of personal creation and minor development - but there is a constant feeling of something still missing in a series that is promising so much to start with, and already in the middle of its run.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #2 Review
Do you?


I don't mind the dialogue, though I'd like to see more of it, and I like most of the characters that McCarthy is setting up in the miniseries, from the Stone whatevers to the Micromasters (mentioned in Windblade, too), the brief return of Turmoil and the magnificence of Gigatron. But it needs more to keep us in.


Art

Now, the art is great. It was good, if not entirely apt, when the team of Guido Guidi and Steve Baskerville were working together on ReGeneration One, but it's really good in this contemporary setting - there's a sense of grit, chunky big hulks of rock in the designs of the blockier types of characters we've encountered, and that's before we even see a Stone Army.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #2 Review
And faces..


Of course, the feeling of dust, dirt and stone would not be complete without the magnificently painted work of JP Bove. If the bulk of the rocky art comes from the pencils and inks, the layer of grit and sand is definitely in the colours. And it's tasty grit with crunchy bits thrown in for good measure, and great lighting as the icing on top.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #2 Review
..all the faces


And Tom B. Long gives us a double-whammy this week, by showing his fingers in the fonting, lettering and sounding of the pages of McCarthy's script, and giving some gravitas to the dialogue where needed. The two covers are also quite a thing to look at, dealing with the duality of Drift's character in the main Guidi/Josh Burcham one, and his conscience in the Alex Milne/Josh Perez variant (thumbnail).


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

Much like its preceding issue, Empire of Stone is taking its time to really kickstart its proper plot, and might get on the bad side of some readers used to the tighter stories of the two current ongoings. The stories that are there don't have more than some references, but the characters' different voices ad their interactions can, for some, make up for it.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #2 Review
I am hopeful


On the visual side, we have a similar concentration of silent action sequences (and pretty good ones too) to the first issue in the miniseries, and probably something we should expect for the following two issues. Fortunately, the artistic team is magnificent at conveying the ruggedness of this side of the galaxy, and we can revel in the eye candy.

. :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: - out of :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT:

IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #36 Review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #36 Review
Date: Wednesday, December 17th 2014 7:39am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW, Va'al

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Timey Wimey Stuff
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
OUTLAWS! Before the war, Orion Pax was part of the Establishment—until a friend opened his eyes to the truth behind the lies and he vowed to overthrow the system. Now, it seems as if his newfound enemies are willing to go to any lengths to see him dead—even if it means waiting four million years...

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #36 Review
Yup, definitely enemies (?)


Story

You will probably remember what happened all the way back during the 2009-11 ongoing series, in particular the Chaos Theory arc that James Roberts co-wrote. You might also have in mind the continuation of that story in Shadowplay, the Shockwave/Orion Pax arc during the first season of MTMTE. If you do not, you probably want to brush up for issue 36, as Elegant Chaos continues the pre-war story.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #36 Review
Oh, and all of that, too


Though not exactly as we might all remember it so far (strange choice of words, I know, but you've seen what's been happening in MTMTE so fa r, right? The trousers of time have many legs, and several are unravelling at the same time). Time travel only muddles plotlines, by its own nature, and this issue is not exception.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #36 Review
Realimus


Which, unfortunately, finds itself to come to standstill in the overall trajectory of the series post-Dark Cybertron. Don't get me wrong, the issue is a great read, fantastic interactions, good dialogue, characters and Whirl. Especially Whirl, in both his present and present-in-the-past situations, along with some amusing time-paradox musings.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #36 Review
WHIRLMAS


But it doesn't really do much else, sadly. It reinforces old situations and concepts; it has a smirk-inducing conversation between two key players which is really a one-sided admission and reflection; it sets the stage, but only that smidge more than the last two-three issues, for Elegant Chaos. And I wanted it to do more.


Art

As far as unintentional bottle episodes happen, however, the art brought to the issue by Alex Milne is a joy to behold - especially in its cranked up expressivity in both facial and body language, including some of the least likely to be able to do so (looking at you Whirl). On top of that, action sequences are magnificently laid out, with a proliferation of double-spreads and panels spanning multiple pages.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #36 Review
Whirl is BOOOOOOOOREEEEEEDDDD


Which are obviously but enhanced by Joana Lafuente's gorgeous colour approach, already from the very first panel of the very first page. And it just gets better from there, really, adding action to action, emotion to emotion, decoration to interiors, atmosphere to planets and making everything look just so good.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #36 Review
I mean


Tom B. Long and his lettering are not to be underestimated, either - and the title of the issue, and the arc, are an example of the font magic that man can do. The subtle sounds around the scene are also cleverly worked in, and never intrusive, but definitely still there. In terms of covers, we've seen the Alex Milne/Josh Perez Anniversary piece already, and the main one with juiced up Roller - check out the thumbnail for the moody Nick Roche/Burcham Orion Pax variant.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

As I said above, the issue is not a bad read, a bad comic or a bad piece of writing. It just did not do what other issues playing around with time, or indeed, arcs in the Functionist plotlines have done previously, such as the wonderful Shadowplay. That is not to say that we may very well see this all play out fantastically as of next month or the forthcoming issues in general.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #36 Review
Roberts, you there?


From an artistic perspective, though, the book dazzles and deals a dizzying delight - not only because of some wonderfully executed double-spread pages, colours and composition, but as a general aid to extricate the intricacies of the potentially convoluted plot. Here's to you, visual storytelling. Make sure you track down a paper copy of this one.

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

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Transformers Podcast: Twincast / Podcast #109 - I Can Deal With That
Twincast / Podcast #109:
"I Can Deal With That"
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Posted: Monday, January 19th, 2015