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Transformers: The Definitive G1 Comics Collection Available at UK Retail in February 2017

Transformers News: Transformers: The Definitive G1 Comics Collection Available at UK Retail in February 2017
Date: Thursday, November 24th 2016 4:33am CST
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Dr Va'al | Credit(s): PreviewsWorld

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After the bizarre up and down news concerning the Hachette Transformers: The Definitive G1 Comic Collection, we have an update by means of PreviewsWorld, confirming that the trial subscription run was successful enough to guarantee a nation-wide (UK) release of the series - the first five issues are as seen below, with pricing, blurb and info!

TRANSFORMERS: THE DEFINITIVE G1 COLLECTION VOLUME 1: TARGET 2006 HC

Special Introductory Price of £1.99! First time in PREVIEWS UK! The classic Marvel UK & Marvel US Generation 1 Transformers storylines, represented together in sequential volumes for the first time ever! Witness the era spanning and ground-breaking ‘Target: 2006’, a mini-epic which spun out of Transformers (The Animated) Movie and changed the course of the UK comic forever. Plus, the essential US stories that followed it, along with new background material created especially for The Definitive Collection, including features on Marvel UK, The Wreckers, Transformers: The Movie and more. Includes a new contextual introduction by series editorial consultant, Simon Furman. Collecting Transformers UK #78-88 and Transformers US #21-23.

HC, FC SRP: £1.99



TRANSFORMERS: THE DEFINITIVE G1 COLLECTION VOLUME 2: STORMBRINGER HC

The IDW Generation 1 storyline in updated chronological order, bringing you the entire span of this masterful reinvention of the classic characters and scenarios. These key Spotlight issues, including the classic Spotlight: Shockwave (featuring the Dinobots), and the pulse-pounding Stormbringer mini-series, all showcase underpinning story beats that continue to influence the ongoing IDW/Transformers-verse. Plus new background material created especially for The Definitive Collection, including Creating The IDW-Verse (with new input from IDW Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall) and more. Includes a contextual introduction by series editorial consultant, Simon Furman. Collecting Stormbringer #1-4 and Spotlight: Shockwave, Spotlight: Soundwave, Spotlight: Nightbeat, and Spotlight: Hot Rod.

HC, FC SRP: £6.99



TRANSFORMERS: THE DEFINITIVE G1 COLLECTION VOLUME 3: THE PRIMAL SCREAM HC

The classic Marvel UK & Marvel US Generation 1 Transformers storylines, represented together in sequential volumes for the first time ever. Featuring specially colourized (by fan favourite John-Paul Bove) UK stories ‘Race With the Devil’ and ‘Survivors’, the return of Megatron, the rise of Unicron and the honest-to-gosh origin of the Transformers, this volume is a true first, and a must-have for all collectors. Plus, new background material created especially for The Definitive Collection, including a feature on the colourizing process by John-Paul Bove and a contextual introduction by series editorial consultant, Simon Furman. Collecting Transformers UK #198, 213-222 and Transformers US #56-61.

HC, FC SRP: £9.99



TRANSFORMERS: THE DEFINITIVE G1 COLLECTION VOLUME 4: EDGE OF EXTINCTION HC

The classic Marvel UK & Marvel US Generation 1 Transformers storylines, represented together in sequential volumes for the first time ever. This time it’s a bumper feast of US Transformers, with the whole Unicron saga (US issues #68-75) complete in one volume for the first time. This is the storyline that thrilled a generation of readers, and set the bar for every Transformers story that followed. Plus, new background material created especially for The Definitive Collection, including features on Unicron, artist Andrew Wildman (with input from Andrew himself) and more. Includes a contextual introduction by series editorial consultant, Simon Furman. Collecting Transformers US #67-75.

HC, FC SRP: £9.99



TRANSFORMERS: THE DEFINITIVE G1 COLLECTION VOLUME 5: THE WAR WITHIN HC

(W) Simon Furman (A) Don Figueroa

The classic Marvel UK & Marvel US Generation 1 Transformers storylines, represented together in sequential volumes for the first time ever. Before Stormbringer, before the Beast Wars, before even Generation One, there was... The War Within. Four million years before the Transformers came to Earth, civil war rocks their home world of Cybertron, and Optimus Prime faces his first — and greatest — challenge. If you think you know the Transformers... think again! Plus, new background material created especially for The Definitive Collection. Includes a contextual introduction by series editorial consultant, Simon Furman. Collects Transformers: The War Within #1-6.

HC, FC SRP: £9.99


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Full Preview of IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye Revolution (One-Shot)

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye Revolution (One-Shot)
Date: Wednesday, November 23rd 2016 4:48pm CST
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Dr Va'al | Credit(s): attackmercy

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In what is clearly a day of comics news, we have a full preview of the upcoming issue of IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye Revolution (the final tie-in issue, as far as robots are concerned). Not from IDW, but rather as an attachment to today's issue of Till All Are One, the five pages are mirrored below - via Tumblr user attackmercy - check them out, and join the discussion in the Energon Pub!

A DATE WTH DESTINY! After years of doing very little, Krok, Crankcase, Fulcrum, Spinister, and Misfire think they can wriggle out of anything—but not even they can avoid a heavily-promoted multi-franchise crossover. It’s the Scavengers Versus Your Childhood in a story that exposes all other art for the sham it is.


Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye Revolution (One-Shot)

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye Revolution (One-Shot)

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye Revolution (One-Shot)

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye Revolution (One-Shot)

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye Revolution (One-Shot)

Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5
Date: Wednesday, November 23rd 2016 2:24pm CST
Categories: Site News, Comic Book News, Reviews
Posted by: Dr Va'al | Credit(s): IDW, Va'al

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Zombie Titans. In. Spaaaaaaace
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
REVOLUTION is over but the danger isn’t over! A wave of undead TITANS threatens CYBERTRON! STARSCREAM will need more than secret police to stop the oncoming horde, but our Fearless Leader finds himself short on friends and firepower. Who can be called upon—and why aren’t they stepping up to the plate?

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5
Like IDW schedules


Story
Rather than tying up what Windblade was concerned with in Revolution (though not disregarding it), the latest issue of Till All Are One brings us more directly to the aftermath of Titans Return, and Sentinel Prime/Infinitus' plan to unleash zombie Titans upon the universe - as they now approach Cybertron, we catch up...

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5
Or News Admins..


We know what's coming. We know the Titans are on their way, even if the story had been set on pause for the duration of Revolution, and we're being brought up to speed just when, just as Starscream is in-story, and probably with similar reactions to the Chosen Supreme Leader of Cybertron and his ghost pal, and the rest of the Council of Worlds.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5
His Pettiness


Mairghread Scott provides a script that allows for a little de-tension before the ramping up of the tension starts again - dotted with some dry humour from the various parties involved - as a planet-wide action is taken to counter the Titans' arrival, allowing for each characters' capabilities to shine...

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5
Oh hi Zetca!


...but it also provides an excellent foil for a discussion around Windblade's role and position in the new society still forming, as worked towards in the Revolution one-shot already. That, and we have some very interesting deal/diplomacy parallels between her, and her frenemy-nemesis (frenemenemenemenisis?) Starscream himself.

Art

After the break, we have Sara Pitre Durocher take on the Cybertronian environments, as well as the layouts and everything else that comes with the artwork - including some seriously impressive work in conveying the tension of the script in the building of the panels and pages, running through the issue all the way to the handful of climax points towards the end.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5
Nope, not spoiling


The colours are at the hands of not one but two regular artists: Joana Lafuente and Priscilla Tramontano; both work wonderfully in sync with the linework provided, and carry across the latter's work on the Titans Return books as well as bringing some wonderful backgrounds to life in a very tense sequence or seven. Astounding.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5
Times, they are a-changin


Similarly, both Chris Mowry and Tom B. Long are involved in the lettering and, production wise, the issue has a fair load of different fonts, voices, effects and soundwords - perfectly handled for otherwise distractingly busy page. As for covers, we've seen the excellently slick Sara Pitre Durocher regular cover way back when, Tramontano's gorgeous 'every anime ever' variant in the preview, and now Jack Lawrence (hey, read our interview with him!) on in the thumbnail, with Prime's best couple.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

The issue is excellent. That's my thoughts, right there. The constant build is constant, and incessant, not only in dialogue, script and direction, but also through the visual, the angles provided for the action, the layouts of the pages and the panels, and the decision not to rely on larger pages for the actual climax, but rather as a mid-point punctuation mark.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5
Obsidian just loves good news


I am very interested in those parallels between Starscream and Windblade I mentioned above, and curious to see whether they develop further. Seeing multiple characters from across the franchise's history work together brought a slow smile to my face, and their voices work really well as the interact with one another. As I said, this is great - and the end point is just evil.

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IDW Transformers Comics Solicitations for February 2017

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Comics Solicitations for February 2017
Date: Wednesday, November 23rd 2016 7:58am CST
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Dr Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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The IDW solicitations for their comics reaching stores (digital and print) in February 2017 are now out, and we've shared below all of the Transformers-related titles that we could find, featuring covers, blurbs and potentially spoilers! We have Lost Light, Optimus Prime, Till All Are One, plus an Annual, Revolutionaries, and the collected Revolution books - check it all out, and join the conversation in the Energon Pub!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Comics Solicitations for February 2017


Revolution Deluxe HC (Direct Market Exclusive)—SPOTLIGHT
John Barber, Brandon Easton, Cullen Bunn, Chris Ryall, Christos Gage, Aubrey Sitterson, James Roberts (w) • Fico Ossio, Tony Vargas, Chris Panda, Ron Joseph, Giannis Milonogiannis, Paolo Villanelli (a) • James Biggie (c)
THE REVOLUTION HAS BEGUN! Celebrating more than a decade of stories by IDW and HASBRO, this unprecedented event draws everything together—and leaves nothing standing. The REVOLUTION is here—TAKE A STAND! Collects Revolution issues #0–5, plus all eight one-shots, and an expanded cover gallery.
HC • FC • $49.99 • 348 pages • 7” x11” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-937-0

Bullet points:
This DELUXE hardcover collection is available only to DIRECT MARKET RETAILERS! Don’t miss this exclusive offer!


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Revolution: Heroes—SPOTLIGHT
Brandon Easton, Cullen Bunn, Chris Ryall, Christos Gage, Aubrey Sitterson, John Barber (w) • Tony Vargas, Chris Panda, Ron Joseph, Giannis Milonogiannis, Paolo Villanelli (a) • Brandon Peterson (c)
The Revolution spreads across the world of M.A.S.K., Micronauts, Rom, G.I. JOE, and Action Man! The origin of M.A.S.K.! The Micronauts make a HUGE discovery that will transform everything! The Dire Wraiths stalk a lone stranger! G.I. JOE is back, led by Scarlett and joining the fray! And, the U.K.’s top field agent tracks down the mystery of ORE-13! Collects the M.A.S.K., Micronauts, Rom, G.I. JOE, and Action Man Revolution One-Shots.
TPB • FC • $19.99 • 120 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-841-0

Bullet points:
IDW’S biggest event continues with this collection of heroes tales from REVOLUTION!


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Revolution: Transformers—SPOTLIGHT
Mairghread Scott, James Roberts, John Barber, Nick Roche (w) • Andrew Griffith, Naoto Tsushima, Alex Milne, Corin Howell, Kotteri, Josh Burcham (a) • Marcelo Matere (c)
The Revolution continues in The Transformers! Thundercracker and Buster save the World! A White House under siege by Dire Wraiths! Windblade on Earth! And a date with destiny for Krok, Crankcase, Fulcrum, Spinister, and Misfire! Collects The Transformers, More Than Meets The Eye, and Till All Are One Revolution One-Shots plus the 2015 Holiday Special.
TPB • FC • $17.99 • 104 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-842-7

Bullet points:
Don’t miss the REVOLUTION. All TRANSFORMERS stories are collected here!


Revolution: Aw Yeah! #1—SPOTLIGHT
Art Baltazar (w & a & c)
Meanwhile in the Microspace, the evil Baron Karza searches for a magical ancient relic that is rumored to be ultimate power of all existence. His search leads him to the Transformers Universe! Baron Karza's plan is to attack the Transformers’ leader…OPTIMUS PRIME! How can he do this? He’s so tiny and the Autobots are so huge! Never underestimate his micro power of evil. While in outer space, ROM the Space Knight continues his search for the Dire Wraiths! Guest starring G.I. JOE and the Micronauts!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Revolution: Aw Yeah! #1—Subscription Variant
Art Baltazar (w & a & c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
Variant cover by Franco!


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Revolutionaries #3
John Barber (w) • Ron Joseph (a) • Tradd Moore (c)
BLAST FROM THE PAST! In the deadly catacombs beneath an ancient pyramid, Joe Colton—the original G.I. Joe—found something far worse than any curse or boobytrap. He found the Decepticon Soundwave... scouring Earth for Cybertron's salvation. Their meeting remained classified—until the Revolutionaries crashed headlong into the modern-day results!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Revolutionaries #3—Subscription Variant
John Barber (w) • Ron Joseph (a) • Tone Rodriguez (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
A special “Blast from the Past” issue featuring art by Revolution: Rom #1 artist, Ron Joseph!
The secrets of the original Adventure Team are revealed here!
Variant cover by Marcelo Ferreira!


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Transformers: The IDW Collection Phase Two, Vol. 5
Chris Metzen, Flint Dille, John Barber, James Roberts (w) • Livio Ramondelli, Dheeraj Verma, Andrew Griffith, Alex Milne, James Raiz (a) • Marcelo Matere (c)
At the dawn of the conflict, battle lines are drawn and sides are set… now legends will be made in, Primacy. On current Cybertron, Shockwave sets into motion a long-gestating plan but Soundwave, now commander of the Decepticons, confronts him in the ancient Crystal City. On the Lost Light, Rodimus leads his crew to the gates of heaven–or something much worse as larger forces close in and an ancient plan is reaching fruition. Collects Transformers: Primacy, Transformers: Robots in Disguise #19–22, and Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #17–22.
HC • FC • $49.99 • 344 pages • 7” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-844-1

Bullet points:
The absolute best way to enjoy the depth of IDW’s TRANSFORMERS line.


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Transformers Annual 2017—SPOTLIGHT
John Barber (w) • Priscilla Tramontano (a & c)
GHOST STORIES! Optimus Prime returns to Cybertron—only to be confronted by his rival for the Matrix, Pyra Magna! As Pyra's origin—before she was part of Victorion—is finally revealed, Optimus relives his own past—the first time he met Bumblebee!
FC • 48 pages • $7.99


Transformers News: IDW Transformers Comics Solicitations for February 2017


Transformers Annual 2017—Subscription Variant
John Barber (w) • Priscilla Tramontano (a) • Andrew Griffith (c)
FC • 48 pages • $7.99

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Major repercussions for OPTIMUS PRIME—and the whole Hasbro universe!


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Optimus Prime #4
John Barber (w) • Kei Zama (a & c)
NEW CYBERTRON! Optimus Prime struggles to unite the Junkions, Cybertronians, and humans—but will diplomacy be scuttled when the Junkion’s secret comes out?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


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Optimus Prime #4—Subscription Variant
John Barber (w) • Kei Zama (a) • Casey Coller (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Optimus Prime #4—Andrew Griffith Variant
John Barber (w) • Kei Zama (a) • Andrew Griffith (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
Variant cover by Nelson Daniel!


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Transformers: Lost Light #3
James Roberts (w) • Jack Lawrence (a & c)
Orders, kind gestures and pleas for mercy—all things that WHIRL finds it very easy to ignore. Right now, he wishes he could turn a blind eye to the freshly resuscitated monster who—somewhat inconveniently—is determined to beat him to death. Meanwhile—a long way away—one of the Transformers Universe's longest-running mysteries is about to be solved...
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


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Transformers: Lost Light #3—Subscription Variant
James Roberts (w) • Jack Lawrence (a) • Nick Roche (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Transformers: Lost Light #3—Alex Milne Variant
James Roberts (w) • Jack Lawrence (a) • Alex Milne (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
Variant cover by Nelson Daniel!
Lost Light continues to bring the twists you’ve come to expect!


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Transformers: Till All Are One #8
Mairghread Scott (w) • Sara Pitre-Durocher (a & c)
This is it: the final stand for Cybertron! Will Starscream and Windblade’s gamble finally pay off or will all of Iacon be destroyed by the zombie titans?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Transformers: Till All Are One #8—Subscription Variant
Mairghread Scott (w) • Sara Pitre-Durocher (a) • Priscilla Tramontano (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
Variant cover by Nelson Daniel!

More IDW Transformers: Lost Light #1 Variant Covers

Transformers News: More IDW Transformers: Lost Light #1 Variant Covers
Date: Tuesday, November 22nd 2016 12:50pm CST
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Dr Va'al | Credit(s): inkybauds

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Via Twitter user and fellow Transformers fan @inkybauds, and confirmation from IDW artist Sara Pitre Durocher, we have two more incentive variant covers for the upcoming Transformers: Lost Light #1 issue, which takes up the storylines and cast of More Than Meets the Eye. While Pitre Durocher's cover is the one with the Nautica, Rodimus and Megatron graffiti (apparently part of an inter-connecting post-Revolution series, with MASK and other titles in Reconstruction) we still have no credited author for the regal Megatron - still, check them both out below!

UPDATE: The second cover is by artist Sonny Liew.

Transformers News: More IDW Transformers: Lost Light #1 Variant Covers

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Seibertron.com Interviews Lost Light Artist Jack Lawrence

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Interviews Lost Light Artist Jack Lawrence
Date: Monday, November 21st 2016 5:24am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Site Articles, People News, Interviews
Posted by: Dr Va'al | Credit(s): Jack Lawrence, Va'al

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We return, once more, to the IDW ever-shifting stables and rosters of creatives, for another interview in the Seibertron.com folder of 'the minds behind the hands behind the robots' that we read and love and hate and hate to love and love to hate. This time round? It's an entirely new addition, for an entirely new title, riding the wave of an established story...

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Interviews Lost Light Artist Jack Lawrence


Readers, please welcome the co-artist on new title Transformers: Lost Light, the newly renamed brainchild of James Roberts and Alex Milne - Jack Lawrence!

Va'al - Jack, we are ever so grateful to have you find some time for us, with all the new workload you undoubtedly have! You are the latest victim collaborator of James Roberts after all... but, first things first: where does the Lawrence story begin? How did you first encounter Transformers?

Jack Lawrence - Right at the start. I want to say 1984 now of course, but I can't be sure whether it was end of '84 or early '85. My brother was into them first; the only ones available locally at first were the mini Autobots.



He got Bumblebee and Brawn, and not being interested in cars, I got a Skeletor to replace my broken one. Very soon after that I saw the TV show and it all snowballed from there!

Va'al - So you started from the toys, and went into the show - but it sounds like they didn't grab you immediately: do you remember what the actual turning point was for you? Was it a later toy? An episode, a comic issue, or magazine?

Jack - I remember the actual turning point exactly. It was a couple of weeks later, and we were on holiday here in the UK. My brother had Bumblebee and Brawn with him, and another kid here had Optimus Prime.

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Interviews Lost Light Artist Jack Lawrence


I was still pretty unimpressed, until I saw the leaflet that came with Prime and there were the Decepticons. I'd had no idea they existed until that point. Megatron, Soundwave and the Seekers just grabbed me and the obsession began!

Va'al - Another one for the bad boys, huh? So the toys have caught young Jack's eye - which was one was your favourite as a kid? Are there any you still kind of miss or would go back to obtain if you could?

Jack - I was 100% Decepticon until the Prime TV series. That show changed the whole thing for me and I've defected to the Autobots (even got the symbol tattooed on my leg to prove it!). As far as the toys go, Soundwave was the one I wanted the most, but didn't actually get him until I bought a second hand one when I was 13 or 14. He was SO hard to find.

But it was the characters and their personalities that kept me hooked rather than the toys themselves. Back during G1, I inevitably tended to be disappointed when I got a new toy. They never seemed to live up to their box art or the Bio card. Powermaster Optimus Prime really stands out for that; the illustration of him on the back of the packaging made him look just absolutely incredible and I was so excited to get him for my birthday. Of course, we all know he's kind of a brick, and kid me was hugely disappointed with his two points of articulation!



So there aren't really any toys I want to go back and get. I tend to look ahead rather than to the past. I absolutely love what Hasbro are doing with the toys now. I'm on the lookout for Weirdwolf, sorry, Wolfwire, at the moment, and I do want a really good Ratchet. He's one of my favourites, but the only version I have is the Prime toy. None of the others have really done it for me. I'm hoping Hasbro will do a nice, chunky one soon.

Va'al - That's fascinating, I can see some of my own thoughts about toys in there, too! If the toys could leave you a little disappointed, then, when did the art and fiction love start? Was it all with the G1 cartoon back in the day, or did something later really stoke the fire (before we reach Prime, as you just said)?

Jack - It was always the bio cards that fired my imagination and kept my love for them going. The mottos alone often gave such incredible insights to these complicated characters. I loved the show, but it was hard to catch over here, so I had all the videos they released and watched them over and over. The Movie still stands as one of my favourite films; I just love it.

I got the Marvel UK comic every week from about issue 23 I think, until it ended. It kept my interest because it was Transformers, but again, it never really lived up to the seeds that were planted in those bio cards. It actually wasn't until the entire Prime universe that it finally clicked into what it had always been in my head. The two video games and the TV series are absolutely perfect as far as I'm concerned.

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Interviews Lost Light Artist Jack Lawrence


As a matter of fact, Transformers did lose me in 2009 after Revenge of the Fallen. I did not enjoy the film, and the toys for that and the main line left me cold. The whole landscape of Transformers seemed to lack any of what I originally fell in love with. Not long after that decision, I started to see previews of Prime and a little fire reignited in me. Again, it was tough to catch over here, so as soon as the complete season DVD was released, I grabbed a copy and fell in love again.

Then, a couple of years later, MTMTE came out and was the book I'd always wanted to read, and the book I always knew James was capable of. It very quickly became my favourite comic; I actually stopped buying comics except that one because what was the point? It had everything I needed!

Va'al - So this is talking about the aesthetics and appeal that Transformers had and has on you - what about the interest in actually creating material (art, fiction, anything else), rather than just consuming it? When did that start?

Jack - Well, before I owned any of the toys, I was drawing them based on the photos in that first leaflet. I knew seriously that I wanted to be a comic artist from about the age of 12; Up until then it hadn't occurred to me that it was a job that I could aim for. At that point, it seemed only right that Transformers be one of the comics properties I was aiming to work on.

I got involved with TMUK, the UK-based fan club, in 1995 and started contributing to fanzines. I illustrated "Atonement", a Christmas Optimus Prime story written by James Roberts in 1997, and it's also how I met and became friends with Nick Roche all those years ago.

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Interviews Lost Light Artist Jack Lawrence


I've been working as a pro creator since 2003, mainly on UK books. The pay is good, and I sort of fell into a comfortable, but unsatisfying rut. Once IDW got the TF license, I planned on getting some samples together, but work was plentiful and I just couldn't find the time. I worked on Skylanders with them last year and loved every second of it. I knew then that I had to at least try for Transformers. So towards the end of last year, I decided to gamble; stop taking jobs on, work through what I had, then put something together to show IDW. The gamble paid off and, though I can't quite believe it, I'm working on my favourite comic book!

Va'al - For someone working in the robot field for so long, that's actually the first time I've heard that version of the story! We've established that you've been following the fiction for really quite some time - but why become part of its creative team? What really drew you towards making Transformers comics?

Jack - I enjoy drawing them and I have a burning need to create, so I've never really analysed why I want to work on Transformers; I just do. I can tell you I was hesitant to go for it for a long time for two reasons. Firstly, I was nervous that working on something I love would somehow taint it and I was NOT prepared to lose my love for them, and secondly, I wasn't confident that I could do them justice. I started to find, for some reason, that I was getting Transformers commission requests at conventions and as that became more common I realised that not only was it increasing my love for them, I was making people happy with what I was doing. People keep telling me I'm overly critical of my own work and that was obviously what I'd been doing.

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Interviews Lost Light Artist Jack Lawrence


The real turning point came when I'd become frustrated and dissatisfied with the stuff I was working on because it all seemed to lack emotional depth. I'm an emotional person, and respond to highly emotive storylines, passionate characters. James has brought a level of that to MTMTE that I rarely see in other comics and I just thought, "That. That's what I want." I'm honestly enjoying my job now more than I have at any time over the last 13 years.

Va'al - That's heartening to hear, as the More Than Meets The Eye fandom has been very vocal in both its appreciation and criticisms of the series! How does it feel to join the ranks alongside Alex Milne? Do the two of you cross paths at all?

Jack - So far, Alex and I haven't really crossed paths at all, other than some brief greetings on Twitter. I've been a fan of his work since the Dreamwave days though, and just love his MTMTE work. Love it.

I'm most excited to be playing in the same sandbox as James and Nick though; we've all known one another for so long, created stuff together as fans. I've rabidly consumed everything they've done at IDW and now the three of us have just been invited to a signing together in Manchester this December. It's really exciting.

Va'al - Yes! You're all TMUK alumni too, right? How are you finding working with James Roberts' scripts, now that you get to not only read them, but materialise them? Do you have any input in the creative process?

Jack - Before I got the script to issue 1, I had people warning me about the length of James's scripts and I had to really hold back from saying, "Look, I've worked in comics since 2003. I've worked to countless scripts; long, short, good, bad. Sometimes terrible! MTMTE, to me, has been the best comic on the shelves since day 1, bar none. Maybe, just MAYBE, part of that can be attributed to James's scripts?"

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Interviews Lost Light Artist Jack Lawrence


Nevertheless, I was prepared to settle in for a day and wade through a potentially unwieldy script. That's not the case at all. What I sat down to was 45 minutes of pure entertainment that I couldn't wait to get drawing and I told him as much as soon as I'd finished. And again, working on Lost Light is the most fun I've had in my career to date.

As for input in the creative process, I'm not interested in co-scripting with him; I am a writer, but in this I want to leave James to do what he does. The stuff I'm most interested in exploring creatively is body language and character work. In that I'm given tons of creative freedom.

Va'al - That last part is also very good to hear, but now I'm curious: how do you approach those elements? Do you use references (toys or models or other), do you do rough layouts and drafts, do you jot it all down and go back to it? And, I suppose relatedly, are you a digital or paper kind of artist when it comes to comics pages?

Jack - Usually, when I'm working on a toy line-based property, I buy all the toys and have them constantly at hand for reference. That's how I did it when I was working on Skylanders. But with Lost Light, the character designs are too far removed from the toys, so you can't really do that. I used Alex's designs as reference, kind of finding my own voice in them while keeping continuity with what came before in MTMTE. We'll find out if I was successful in December!

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Interviews Lost Light Artist Jack Lawrence


In terms of the process, I do thumbnail layouts which I scan and print out in blue line, then pencil over them. Then I scan the pencils and print those out in blue line and ink them. And yeah, always paper and ink! I love the physical relationship between artist and materials too much to ever go fully digital.

Va'al - That sounds like a very long, and careful process, actually - must come in handy for shows and events where paper sketching is only option available though. I'm curious about your work though: in building your own voice, do you look at any other artistic influence, in robot-designs or anything else in the comics or art world at large?

Jack - My influences for Transformers come mainly from the old box art, back during G1. But it's more an ingrained sort of thing, rather than constantly using it as reference now. As for my comics style, I'm pretty much set in my ways at this point. Besides, deadlines tend to necessitate a "get up and get on with it" attitude!

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Interviews Lost Light Artist Jack Lawrence
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There are a few artists who have inspired or influenced me over the years; Ed McGuinness, Humberto Ramos, Ryan Ottley, Sean Galloway to name a few contemporary guys. John Romita Jr was THE guy who made me want to be a comic artist, so I have a deep love of clear, uncomplicated storytelling from him. I think, in some ways, my comic style is quite old-fashioned in terms of layout, etc. I like things to be clear. I did get a very simple piece of visual advice from Didier Crisse, ooh, about 10 years ago that I won't bore you with, but that echoes in my mind and I use every single day.

Va'al - I won't pry, but you have definitely piqued my curiosity even further... and I do think this is a good note to end on, actually! Is there anything you want to add to what we've discussed so far, any last words before we see your work in the comics next month?

Jack - No, I think we’ve covered just about everything. I don’t do blogs and stuff, but if you could add my Twitter account, that’d be great!

Va'al - In that case.. thank you for your time, Jack, and we'll see you soon aboard the Lost Light!

You can find Jack on Twitter, and can meet him and James Roberts at the Lost Light #1 signing in London, in December - more details on that event here.

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Interruption of Transformers: The Definitive G1 Comics Collection Subscription, by Hachette

Transformers News: Interruption of Transformers: The Definitive G1 Comics Collection Subscription, by Hachette
Date: Monday, November 21st 2016 4:41am CST
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Dr Va'al | Credit(s): Hachette, MemphisR56

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Fellow Seibertronian MemphisR56, who provided us with an excellent review of the Hachette Definitive G1 Comics Collection, has some odd and disappointing news from the subscription service, which we're reporting in full below. The message accompanies the second delivery of the subscription service, and seems to claim that the project is currently on hold, though not definitely cancelled - but still, this seems to go against what we had known from the initial news of the run. Read along, and let us know what you think in the Energon Pub.

The smaller than expected box came with no free gifts, just 2 issues,
A note was enclosed, here's a write-up, verbatim:

"Dear Subscriber,

Thankyou for subscribing to Transformers the Definitive G1 Collection.

The limited four-issue run has now come to an end, and we will be looking at the level of interest before making a decision about whether the collection will be launched nationally in the near future.

We would like to thank you for supporting Transformers the Definitive G1 Collection limited run. Your account has not been charged and we are enclosing some additional issues for you free of charge.

We hope that this is to your satisfaction and please look out for exciting titles coming soon from Hachette Partworks.

Kind Regards
Hachette Partworks Ltd."

Very saddening. At no point during the run was it implied this would be a limited run to gauge interest so I can only surmise that there weren't enough subscriptions or sales on the first 2 issues for it to be a financially viable project and they've dropped it. But then again, you never know, right? Sometimes these partworks companies will rework the product and bring it out better than before for a second try.

I really wanted that coffee mug. : /

Sneak Peek - IDW More Than Meets the Eye Revolution (One-Shot) iTunes Preview

Transformers News: Sneak Peek - IDW More Than Meets the Eye Revolution (One-Shot) iTunes Preview
Date: Saturday, November 19th 2016 4:30pm CST
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Dr Va'al | Credit(s): iTUnes

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If you were waiting for news on the last Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye issue under that title (the story will continue, with the same cast and plots, in Lost Light #1), we have the coverage for you! Via iTunes, we have a quick three-page preview at the IDW crossover Revolution tie-in book, written by James Roberts and Nick Roche, and featuring the Scavengers. Check it out below!

A DATE WTH DESTINY! After years of doing very little, Krok, Crankcase, Fulcrum, Spinister, and Misfire think they can wriggle out of anything—but not even they can avoid a heavily-promoted multi-franchise crossover. It’s the Scavengers Versus Your Childhood in a story that exposes all other art for the sham it is.


Transformers News: Sneak Peek - IDW More Than Meets the Eye Revolution (One-Shot) iTunes Preview

Transformers News: Sneak Peek - IDW More Than Meets the Eye Revolution (One-Shot) iTunes Preview

Transformers News: Sneak Peek - IDW More Than Meets the Eye Revolution (One-Shot) iTunes Preview

English Translation for Unite Warriors Baldigus Comic

Transformers News: English Translation for Unite Warriors Baldigus Comic
Date: Saturday, November 19th 2016 12:57pm CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Toy News
Posted by: william-james88 | Credit(s): TF Fans Sanchimaru and Jalaguy

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TF Fans Sanchimaru and Jalaguy have put together a translation of the Unite Warriors Baldigus comic that was released a short while ago from Takara. This is very fun for western fans since it gives them a look at the Japanese G1 continuity which includes Car Robots (Robots in Disguise). Since Car Robots takes place in the future, this becomes a time travel story. Speaking of other oddities, this comic also has a "reunion" between Otpimus Prime and Roller, or at least Roller thinks so. It ends with a twist of Scourge stepping into the picture (which Scourge though?) and Galvatron revealing who he really is (but does it make sense?). Let us know what you think of the comic. And as a refresher, you will also find a translation for the Grand Galvatron comic to see if it helps understand this new comic (or not).

Transformers News: English Translation for Unite Warriors Baldigus Comic

Transformers News: English Translation for Unite Warriors Baldigus Comic

Transformers News: English Translation for Unite Warriors Baldigus Comic

Transformers News: English Translation for Unite Warriors Baldigus Comic

Transformers News: English Translation for Unite Warriors Baldigus Comic

Transformers News: English Translation for Unite Warriors Baldigus Comic

Transformers News: English Translation for Unite Warriors Baldigus Comic

Transformers News: English Translation for Unite Warriors Baldigus Comic

Transformers News: English Translation for Unite Warriors Baldigus Comic

Transformers News: English Translation for Unite Warriors Baldigus Comic

Transformers News: English Translation for Unite Warriors Baldigus Comic

Transformers News: English Translation for Unite Warriors Baldigus Comic

Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5
Date: Saturday, November 19th 2016 3:43am CST
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Dr Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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Out this Wednesday is the first Transformers book from IDW Publishing that builds on the events of Revolution, rather than feed into it - we return to your regularly scheduled Till All Are One, with issue #5! Check out below the full preview, and head back here after its release for our review and thoughts.

Transformers: Till All Are One #5
Mairghread Scott (w) • Sara Pitre-Durocher (a & c)
REVOLUTION is over but the danger isn’t over! A wave of undead TITANS threatens CYBERTRON! STARSCREAM will need more than secret police to stop the oncoming horde, but our Fearless Leader finds himself short on friends and firepower. Who can be called upon—and why aren’t they stepping up to the plate?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
TITANS RETURNS returns—with a vengeance!
As OPTIMUS rules on Earth, so STARSCREAM tries to rule on CYBERTRON!
WINDBLADE returns to CYBERTRON… just in time to watch the world die!
Variant cover by Jack Lawrence!


Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5

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