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Transformers UK Classics - Interview with James Roberts and Lloyd Young

Transformers News: Transformers UK Classics - Interview with James Roberts and Lloyd Young
Date: Friday, March 20th 2015 5:12am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Interviews, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): The Solar Pool

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Via a tip from Seibertron.com member Sabrblade, and courtesy of fellow Transformers fan Stuart Webb, we have a wonderful set of interviews with the minds behind the remastering and repackaging of the Marvel UK G1 comics - now collected into several volumes under Classics UK by IDW - editors James Roberts (texts) and Lloyd Young (images/scans)! You can read the full, detailed, lengthy piece here, and some snippets below.

As well as providing the making of text, how involved are you in the development of the book? Do you have a say in things like design, layout and covers as well?

(James Roberts:)

The cover and contents page designs have been constant throughout, and were conceived entirely in-house at IDW. For every edition I'm asked to give Andy Wildman a detailed cover idea (let's face it, no one else involved in the production of the book would have asked for Nightstalker and an Autobot Overlord on the cover of Vol 2). You'll have noticed that with the covers we try to highlight the unique aspects of the UK stories, typically the characters that never featured in the US comics.

I'm responsible for selecting what should go in each volume, from the stories to the non-story scans: posters, letters pages, adverts etc. I re-read the 30 - 40 issues covered by each volume and flag up everything I think would be interesting to fans old and new, such as Transformation pages that trail or tease a big story, or announcements for new toys, or promotion about the original Movie and so on. Letters pages that disclose hitherto unknown 'in universe' facts are worth reprinting, too. I'll choose the front-papers - usually the inside cover of the annual, so that's easy - and the sequencing of the contents.

I'll submit the text - the foreword, the introductory essay, the story intros etc - and notate it to indicate which scans should go where.

At this point I must sing Lloyd Young's praises. The series wouldn't be a tenth as good as it is without him. Lloyd got in touch after Volume 1 and offered to use his complete collection of TFUK issues to provide high-quality scans of all the material that IDW didn't have. He spends hours and hours cleaning up and 'brightening' the strip pages, and digs up all sorts of rare free gifts and original art. I couldn't do any of this without him.

[...]


We’re now past the halfway point of the series, how advanced is the work on the remaining three books and do you think we’re likely to remain on a one volume a year schedule?


I'd love to be able to do more than one a year, but realistically... it's Volume 6 later this year, and Volume 7 in 2016. Maybe we'll get Volume 8 - the final one - out in 2016 too. I'd like that. As much as I love the project, I want to see it done! I can't relax until all eight volumes are on the shelf. I owe it to fans - and to myself.

As for how advanced work is on the remaining books, I know precisely which issues and annuals will be reprinted, and what special features we'll put in. I keep a list of non-story material we've not yet printed, and it's pretty long. I know exactly what's going in Volume 6. And I have my list of confirmed and prospective interviewees.


Be a huge tease and give us a hint of an exciting and new fact we’ll be learning in volume 6.

There's interesting stuff in Volume 6 (did you know that a TF character appeared on the cover of another Marvel UK publication in the late 80s?), but it's in Volume 7 that there's a real revelation. Wait until you find out what was originally planned for after issue 212...



I understand you and James first came into contact about this series via the TMUK forum, had you known each other before this, and what has the process of working with him (and IDW generally) been like?

(Lloyd Young)

As fate would have it, it was only a short time after finding all of the free gifts from the UK series and joining the TMUK forum that I was introduced to the one and only James Roberts. It was prior to Volume 1 of Transformers Classics UK being released and I received an email with an introduction. At the time I probably had to re-read it, it’s not often you’re approached to contribute to something that’s dear to you. After James explained what he was trying to achieve, there was no doubt that I wanted to be involved.

I couldn’t do this interview without highlighting the sheer passion that James has put into these books. He really has gone to the ends of earth to interview key contributors in its rich history to dig up information that would have potentially been lost forever. Each time we work on a new volume and I’m hunting around for items to include, I sit back and think, how the bloody hell is James going to fill this issue out? But testament to his unrelenting passion for the series, he does. Quite often, we’ll be nearing our cutoff dates to collate everything we need to hand off to the IDW guys, who then stitch the book together, and James will message me at the eleventh hour saying he’s found space for one last thing. That ‘one last thing’ often turns into the ‘tenth last thing’ but that’s what I love about this project, we’re always pushing to get the best content we can in.

This is where the guys over at IDW obviously do a great job as well and as James said earlier, are always kind enough to push the page count up if there’s more great content to include. As the books lay flat on my table you can visibly see the thickness change from the first few volumes. Without these guys, the books wouldn’t happen either. Shout out to Justin Eisinger.

[...]

And finally, you’ve contributed to an officially licensed Transformers book about the comic you love and have had your name in the credits alongside the great and the good who worked on the original series. On a scale of one to ten, how much of a good feeling is that?


It’s nothing short of amazing; I give it a 1984 out of 10 (the year that changed it all for me). What an absolute privilege to contribute to not only something you’ve loved since childhood, but to have your name in the same publication as the guys who shaped the original series and those who continue to work on the existing stories. I pinch myself from time to time.

During my years working in the games industry, I was also fortunate enough to work on a Transformers game. Although I was working as a 3d artist at the time, my good friend and fellow 3d artist/ photographer Jamie Andy Evans was given the role of advert photographer. Long story short, like a child attempting with their dear life to answer a questions in class, my arm went immediately up. I said to Jamie, “I have to get my face in this game; I don’t care what it takes”. It’s safe to say, I’m now immortalized on a mobile phone billboard. Sadly, Jamie passed away mid way through 2014, far too young and I’ll be forever thankful to him for taking those photos. RIP mate.

I’ll sign off now by once again thanking James Roberts and IDW, not only for including me in this epic journey of theirs but just because these guys rock it hard for TF’s! I’m certainly looking forward to meeting James and the gang in the flesh, we’ve only been working together for 4 years now after all.

IDW Publishing Transformers June 2015 Comics Solicitations: Combiner Wars Spoilers, Nautica, Drift

Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers June 2015 Comics Solicitations: Combiner Wars Spoilers, Nautica, Drift
Date: Wednesday, March 18th 2015 8:20am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Company News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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As IDW Publishing's new Transformers comics crossover event begins this week, we also get a jump ahead to June, and see what the company's solicitations have to offer for our favourite transforming robots and their fictional universes! Take a look below at the books coming out then, and beware of potential spoilers.

Transformers #42—Combiner Wars Epilogue
John Barber (w) • Livio Ramondelli & Andrew Griffith (a) • Griffith (c)
THE AFTERMATH! The COMBINER WARS are over, and OPTIMUS PRIME faces the aftermath. Meanwhile on Earth, ARCEE confronts GALVATRON over the fate of two worlds.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers June 2015 Comics Solicitations: Combiner Wars Spoilers, Nautica, Drift


Transformers #42—Combiner Wars Epilogue—Subscription Variant
John Barber (w) • Casey W. Coller (a & c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
The COMBINER WARS are over, but the fallout has just begun!
Alliances are shattered, and heroes fall!
Variant Cover by Naoto Tsushima!


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers June 2015 Comics Solicitations: Combiner Wars Spoilers, Nautica, Drift


Transformers: Windblade #4—Combiner Wars Epilogue
Mairghread Scott (w) • Corin Howell (a) • Priscilla Tramontano (c)
MORE WORLDS—MORE PROBLEMS! After the events of COMBINERS WARS, WINDBLADE and STARSCREAM race to recruit the lost CYBERTRONIAN colonies to the Council of Worlds—but which of them will control the fate of Cybertron?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers June 2015 Comics Solicitations: Combiner Wars Spoilers, Nautica, Drift


Transformers: Windblade #4—Combiner Wars Epilogue—Subscription Variant
Mairghread Scott (w) • Corin Howell (a) • Casey W. Coller (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
The COMBINER WARS are over, but the fallout has just begun!
A new universe opens to the TRANSFORMER—will a new CYBERTRONIAN EMPIRE follow?
Featuring the art debut of new TRANSFORMERS superstar Corin Howell!
Variant Cover by Naoto Tsushima!


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers June 2015 Comics Solicitations: Combiner Wars Spoilers, Nautica, Drift


Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #42
James Roberts (w) • Alex Milne (a & c)
“We should’ve known. Being happy: always a sign that somebody was about to die.” —From Knight Quest: The Quest for the Knights, by SWERVE of Helex. 
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers June 2015 Comics Solicitations: Combiner Wars Spoilers, Nautica, Drift


Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #42—Subscription Variant
James Roberts (w) • Alex Milne (a) • Nick Roche (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
The quest for the Knights of Cybertron reaches a new epoch!
Love, war, pain, pathos, and laughs as only MTMTE can deliver!
Variant Cover by Naoto Tsushima!


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers June 2015 Comics Solicitations: Combiner Wars Spoilers, Nautica, Drift


Transformers: Drift: Empire of Stone
Shane McCarthy (w) • Guido Guidi (a) • Alex Milne (c)
DRIFT RETURNS! After leaving the Autobots in disgrace, he’s now alone on a mission to clean up the darkest depths of the galaxy—until RATCHET shows up to try to bring him home! Also contains bonus content including creator interviews, behind-the-scenes info, an art gallery, and more!
TPB • FC • $19.99 • 132 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-269-2


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers June 2015 Comics Solicitations: Combiner Wars Spoilers, Nautica, Drift

IDW The Transformers #39 Combiner Wars: Opening Salvo Review

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #39 Combiner Wars: Opening Salvo Review
Date: Wednesday, March 18th 2015 7:52am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW, Va'al

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Swindle Me This
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
OPENING SALVO! The Autobots and Decepticons’ uneasy peace is threatened by the flames of war! STARSCREAM—ruler of CYBERTRON—makes contact with WINDBLADE’S homeworld—and the only defense against a new CYBERTRONIAN EMPIRE are COMBINERS—multiple CYBERTRONIANS forming together into huge, dangerous forms!

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #39 Combiner Wars: Opening Salvo Review
SUSPENSE


Story
Days of Deception is over, Windblade was over a long time ago, Punishment saw both its digital and print run, and we have been really setting the stage for Combiner Wars for a long long time now. And yet, The Transformers #39 takes another small step, piecing together the various parts leading up to here, preparing the spark, the casus belli, if you will and giving it all just a gentle prod.


Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #39 Combiner Wars: Opening Salvo Review
Oh hey random Starscream that has nothing to do with this at all


John Barber takes main writing duties for the issues, but both him and Mairghread Scott are palpably present in the plotting of story. The dialogue provides a great framework of power dynamics and hierarchy being subverted at every turn, with some further development for a lot of older faces - and Swindle, of all characters, whose perspective guides the story.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #39 Combiner Wars: Opening Salvo Review
Sup


We have Windblade and Optimus and some intriguingly almost 'post-colonial' moments of perspective shifts; we get Wheeljack and Ironhide and Chromia just trying to do their jobs, and being almost entirely confused; we get Starscream being Starscream, and gloriously so; we are introduced to Offroad, and given a *fantastic* explanation for their presence; we get another addition to the chapter in Transformers fiction that is Alpha Bravo, and Powerglide.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #39 Combiner Wars: Opening Salvo Review
The legend continues


As an introduction, the Opening Salvo of Combiner Wars does much more than wht it could've,and is an immensely enjoyable read, with good humour, a good establishing of the playing field and just enough references to older continuity points to keep older fans entertained while bringing in some new ones too. Kapoom.

Art

Livio Ramondelli, as we knew, takes on the whole brunt of the artistic duties for this and the majority. And I have to unfortunately admit this time, we are not seeing the great work he provided in recent publications such as Punishment. The composition is great, and there are really good layouts in the issue, and some of the expressivity is well conveyed.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #39 Combiner Wars: Opening Salvo Review
Successful


At other times, however, some of those same faces, especially the newer or less frequently used ones, fall a little short of the full enjoyment of the piece. The tone is captured, and the washed-up, grimy sense of a post everything Cybertron works well - as might Caminus - but sometimes it really does jar a little.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #39 Combiner Wars: Opening Salvo Review
Not as successful


The lettering does work quite well, even so, and Tom B. Long demonstrates once more the craft of a good letterer in some great sound effects and speech modifications. And While we have seen the beautiful Casey Coller/Joana Lafuente regular Menasor cover, and Ramondelli's poster variant for B, the gem of the variants is undoubtedly Sara Pitre-Durocher's Menasor and Swindle - see the thumbnail!


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

Being able to follow what is going on on Cybertron from Swindle's perspective is, in and of itself, a treat. Seeing the world how he sees it and through those purple eyes, with the cynicism, degrees of naivete and, well, Swindle attitude, is truly refreshing. We get all of that, plus some very good interactions, and a great cameo from the Lost Light, too.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #39 Combiner Wars: Opening Salvo Review
Heh


If this what we are to expect from the crossover event, and the merging of Barber and Scott's plotting minds, then we're certainly in for a fun trip down six or so issues. Combiner Wars is playing on multiple angles without, so far, reaching too far out to be forced to justify the number of players, has a healthy dose of Swindle and Starscream, and is suitable for anyone under or over the age of Galvatron.

. :CON: :CON: :CON: :CON: ½ out of :CON: :CON: :CON: :CON: :CON:

IDW Angry Birds Transformers #4 (of 4) Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Angry Birds Transformers #4 (of 4) Full Preview
Date: Tuesday, March 17th 2015 4:04am CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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This week with IDW Publishing, we reach the end of a Transformers comics mini-series, as a new story arc begins in the ongoings. Which mini-series, you ask? Angry Birds Transformers, of course! Grab a half shell to protect your heads from shrapnel, check out the full preview below, and head back here tomorrow for the Seibertron.com review.

Angry Birds/Transformers #4 (of 4)
John Barber (w) • Marcelo Ferreira (a & c)
The action heats up as the Eggspark begins to alter the fundamental forces of Piggy Island itself! With the Autobirds and Deceptihogs forming an uneasy alliance, will their combined might be enough to halt inevitable doom?! Find out in the thrilling conclusion to this years’ most mind-bending mash-up!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Transformers News: IDW Angry Birds Transformers #4 (of 4) Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Angry Birds Transformers #4 (of 4) Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Angry Birds Transformers #4 (of 4) Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Angry Birds Transformers #4 (of 4) Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Angry Birds Transformers #4 (of 4) Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Angry Birds Transformers #4 (of 4) Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Angry Birds Transformers #4 (of 4) Full Preview

Transformers: Combiner Wars Trade Paperback Amazon Pre-Order

Transformers News: Transformers: Combiner Wars Trade Paperback Amazon Pre-Order
Date: Sunday, March 15th 2015 10:54pm CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: LOST Cybertronian | Credit(s): Amazon.com

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The Combiner Wars may just be getting started but Amazon has a pre-order for those who like their comics in collected Trade Paperback form. Transformers: Combiner Wars collects issues #39-41 of Transformers as well as the first three issues of Transformers: Windblade-Combiner Wars. This Trade is 152 pages has a scheduled release date of August 25, 2015. There is currently no cover image available.

IDW The Transformers #39 Combiner Wars: Opening Salvo Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #39 Combiner Wars: Opening Salvo Full Preview
Date: Sunday, March 15th 2015 2:12pm CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Comic Book Resources, IDW

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How do the Combiner Wars begin? Find out in the Comic Book Resources full preview to Opening Salvo of the new story arc in The Transformers #39, out this week with IDW Publishing, as the story links Cybertron, to Earth, to Caminus, to maybe so much more. Make sure to return to Seibertron.com, though, for a review of the issue!

Transformers #39—Combiner Wars Opening Salvo—SPOTLIGHT
John Barber (w) • Livio Ramondelli (a) • Casey W. Coller (c)
OPENING SALVO! The Autobots and Decepticons’ uneasy peace is threatened by the flames of war! STARSCREAM—ruler of CYBERTRON—makes contact with WINDBLADE’S homeworld—and the only defense against a new CYBERTRONIAN EMPIRE are COMBINERS—multiple CYBERTRONIANS forming together into huge, dangerous forms!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
Tying in with Hasbro’s 2015 Transformers: Generations toy line, this 6-part epic will be supported across multiple media platforms!
STARSCREAM’s scheming collides with WINDBLADE’s past!
OPTIMUS PRIME takes control!
Who will be the first Combiner to strike?
Continues in this month’s TRANSFORMERS: WINDBLADE—COMBINER WARS #1
Variant Cover by Transformers game and toy artist Sara Pitre-Durocher!


Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #39 Combiner Wars: Opening Salvo Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #39 Combiner Wars: Opening Salvo Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #39 Combiner Wars: Opening Salvo Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #39 Combiner Wars: Opening Salvo Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #39 Combiner Wars: Opening Salvo Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #39 Combiner Wars: Opening Salvo Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #39 Combiner Wars: Opening Salvo Full Preview

Auto Assembly 2015 Guest Update: JP Bove, James Roberts, Nick Roche Confirmed

Transformers News: Auto Assembly 2015 Guest Update: JP Bove, James Roberts, Nick Roche Confirmed
Date: Sunday, March 15th 2015 1:16pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Comic Book News, Event News, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Auto Assembly

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In unsurprising but nonetheless exciting news for European Transformers fans, we have an update from the official Tumblr page for Auto Assembly 2015, concerning some confirmed new guests for the August event in Birmingham. Joining the already announced voice actors Sumalee Montano and James Horan, comics professionals JP Bove, James Roberts and Nick Roche return once more to the biggest Transformers event in Europe! Check out the image below for even more details.

Transformers News: Auto Assembly 2015 Guest Update: JP Bove, James Roberts, Nick Roche Confirmed

IDW Transformers Comics in Japanese Translation - All Hail Megatron

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Comics in Japanese Translation - All Hail Megatron
Date: Saturday, March 14th 2015 1:40pm CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): ShoPro Books

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After a bunch of rumours as to whether Japanese fans of the comics fiction that IDW Publishing has been releasing in English (and distributing in mostly Anglophone countries) will ever see the same books in Japanese, we have an official update!

Via Yama3sp on Twitter, we can report confirmation that as of 23rd March, the first official translation of All Hail Megatron will be released on the comics market via ShoPro Books, who are offering a free bookmark with purchase of the book. Check out the website for more details of participating stores, and the two sides of the bookmark below!

Writing: Shane McCarthy et al
Art: Guido Guidi et al
Translator: Nakazawa Shunsuke
Details: B5 size Heng Namisei, 500 pages, text 4C
Price listing: 3,800 yen + tax
Release Date: March 23, 2015
ISBN: 9784796875141


Transformers News: IDW Transformers Comics in Japanese Translation - All Hail Megatron

Hasbro Transformers Combiner Wars Fan Poll - Personality Revealed

Transformers News: Hasbro Transformers Combiner Wars Fan Poll - Personality Revealed
Date: Saturday, March 14th 2015 7:06am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Game News, Media, Toy News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Transformers App

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Thanks to a number of notifications from fellow Seibertronians, including Prowl4 and Kamen_Rider_Kiva, we have the new reveal regarding the Hasbro fan poll for the original Combiner Wars gestalt character! Fans with access to the Transformers app on their mobile device have decided the new Autobot from the Sea of Rust will be Independent - and as you can see below, Grimlock is used as the example. What do you make of this? Let us know in the Energon Pub, after you also check out the three new missions (promoting Off Road, Alpha Bravo, the DeNA Battle Tactics game and the IDW comics) added to the app.

Transformers News: Hasbro Transformers Combiner Wars Fan Poll - Personality Revealed

ComiXology Digital Transformers Comics 50% Sale

Transformers News: ComiXology Digital Transformers Comics 50% Sale
Date: Wednesday, March 11th 2015 6:18am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Media, Store News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): ComiXology

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Were you able to catch the Humble Bundle Transformers comics charity offer (still one day to go!)? If you'd also like to catch up on pre-Death of Optimus Prime stories, or grab some trade collections, ComiXology has yet another offer for you. Parts of the old Marvel run, older IDW and more recent collections, and different stories altogether, you can now find up to 50% off on all of them with compatible devices and access to the site. You have until 11pmEST on the 17th of March, and all you need to do is head here to browse the titles on offer!

Transformers News: ComiXology Digital Transformers Comics 50% Sale

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Transformers Podcast: Twincast / Podcast #113 - Signal To Noise
Twincast / Podcast #113:
"Signal To Noise"
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Posted: Tuesday, March 24th, 2015