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Interview: 'All Hail Megatron' author Shane McCarthy

Transformers News: Interview: 'All Hail Megatron' author Shane McCarthy
Date: Tuesday, May 6th 2008 1:06pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, People News
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): comixfan.com

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ComixFan.com staff writer Z. Julian Cenac got a chance to sit down with Shane McCarthy, author of the upcoming series All Hail Megatron, and talk shop with him. The following is the interview taken from comixfan.com.

Comixfan: What is the premise of All Hail Megatron?

Shane McCarthy: The great war is over and the Decepticons have won. We're dealing with the ramifications of a world where the Decepticons are left unchecked. There's no Autobots to stop them, no Optimus Prime to counter Megatron. It's Earth Vs the Decepticon Empire and you can imagine how that might turn out.

That isn't to say you won't see any Autobots in this, of course you will, it's simply the darkest hour in the history of their war. What happened? What brought them to this? Where will this lead? That's what we're dealing with.


CXF: When will the project be released?

SM: The first issue of All Hail Megatron will be released in July. It's a 12 issue maxi series and is set to really put these characters through their paces. Check your latest previews for ordering details.


CXF: With all the various versions of Transformers, are you mainly targeting the hardcore fans, the casual reader, or both?

SM: I'm targeting anyone interested in a really exciting story. You don't need to know anything about the Transformers to enjoy this. Of course, if you're a fan, you'll get more out of it, that's a given. Everything you need to enjoy AHM will be right there in it but, at the same time, there will be layers there for different levels of enjoyment. However, in the end, I'm targeting this to fans of science fiction everywhere.


CXF: Are you a Transformers fan?!

SM: Of course! I have been since I first saw the cartoon as a kid. Giant robots fighting it out for the sake of the galaxy! What's not to like??


CXF: The 80s cartoon is still well-known. Is the Megatron from the show similar to your version in this series?

SM: In some ways yes, in others, no. I'm using the concept of Megatron (which really, at its core, hasn't changed THAT much from the cartoon) as the basis here but, to be completely honest, you'll see some pretty significant changes. You'll see Megatron as more of a leader and inspirer of a greater cause; he'll be the kind of man that you'd definitely want to follow...if you were somewhat homicidal...


CXF: With so many interpretations of Transformers to draw inspiration from, how do you still keep your own artistic voice?

SM: That can be hard, for sure, but I think the important thing is knowing what you want to say and speaking through the hearts of the characters. You have to be individual in your approach, otherwise what's the point? However you also need to make sure you're telling something that's relevant to the characters at hand. With Transformers I actually found it quite easy to find where I wanted to go and what I wanted to say.


CXF: How did you go about researching/plotting this project?

SM: Well first of all a lot of time watching cartoons and reading the books (life is hard isn't it?). I wanted to tell something faithful to the IDW universe but, at the same time, wanted to explore some other areas too, look at things in a slightly different way. More of my time though was spent reading history books and autobiographies of tyrants and conquerers. The biggest influence on this book is human history and the nature of war/leadership.


CXF: What is it like working with Guido Guidi?

SM: Fantastic. We're really excited that we managed to get Guido for this book. The guy's got an incredible eye for detail and, thankfully, doesn't mind it when I get annoyingly pedantic about what I want. He's as committed as I am to tweaking even the smallest details to make this really work. Guido's style adds a weight and depth to the Transformers that was a must for AHM and he's doing some of his best work here.


CXF: All Hail Megatron will take 'Transformers' in a new direction. What was the main reason for shaking up the Transformers universe?

SM: The Transformers universe is a pretty spectacular one. I think there are lot of people that have a love or at least fond memories for the characters but, to be honest, aren't necessarily picking up the book. IDW and, more specifically, Chris Ryall felt it was time to shake things up and try a new direction for the book and decided to throw it over to me. We're certainly not changing EVERYTHING or rebooting the series, it's simply a chance to tell some different stories with a new writer and a new feel. We'll be changing some things, definitely, but nothing that will derail what has gone before.


CXF: When you read Transformers, do you 'hear' the voices from the 80s cartoon?

SM: No I don't. In fact I try to avoid that wherever possible. Some voices, yes, I'll admit I do. But, with AHM, I'm trying to find new voices with old motivations. I know the players and the roles they play but this certainly won't sound like an old 80s cartoon. To begin with, maybe, you might be led to believe it's similar, however my intention with this book is to start somewhere you're accustomed to and quickly move it into areas you wouldn't necessarily expect.


CXF: Transformers: Focus on Decepticons is available now, and All Hail Megatron begins this July.


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Simon Furman's "Script W(RAP)" Updated with TF UK #13 Info

Transformers News: Simon Furman's "Script W(RAP)" Updated with TF UK #13 Info
Date: Tuesday, May 6th 2008 12:33pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, People News
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): Simon Furman

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Writer Simon Furman has recently updated his personal blog, Script W(RAP), with some more information on the upcoming Transformers UK Magazine # 13.

An excerpt taken from his blog states:

Simon Furman: Right, here we go with Transformers UK #13, the final part of Twilight’s Last Gleaming, our epic five-part movie-verse tale, which spins out from an alternate (less than happy) ending in which Megatron and the Decepticons, far from defeated, emerge triumphant and very much in the driving seat. Minor spoilers, major teases!


To view the complete blog entry, visit Script W(RAP) by clicking here.

Nominations for the MTV Movie Awards: Transformers earns 3

Transformers News: Nominations for the MTV Movie Awards: Transformers earns 3
Date: Tuesday, May 6th 2008 11:58am CDT
Categories: Movie News, People News
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): Nuke Mayhem

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The MTV Movie award nominations have been released, as reported on ComingSoon.net and the Transformers 2007 live action film has landed three nods within the Best Movie category, Best Male Performance (Shia Lebeouf) and Best Breakthrough Performance (Megan Fox).

Another non TF nomination earned by a cast member is Best Kiss (Shia Lebeouf in Disturbia).

To view the complete article with all catagories and nomiations, click here.

Shia Lebeouf vows to never get arrested again.

Transformers News: Shia Lebeouf vows to never get arrested again.
Date: Monday, May 5th 2008 5:57pm CDT
Category: People News
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): contactmusic.com

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Following a string of arrests and public citations, Transformers star Shia Lebeouf has publicly vowed to never get arrested again.

Shia Lebeouf: "There's nothing cool about getting arrested for stupid stuff at my age. But it keeps happening to me. I could pretend that I find it all highly amusing, but I'd be lying.
"It's deeply embarrassing. I decided a long time ago to stop doing stupid things, so clearly I've still got some work to do on myself. I'm not anonymous any more.
"Now, I light up a cigarette in the wrong place and overnight I'm the Al Capone of misdemeanors. What I've got in terms of acting is too important for me to jeopardize."


As previously reported here, Shia was accused of trespassing in November 2007 at a Chicago Walgreen's at 4 AM, but the misdemeanor charges were eventually dropped. A warrant was also issued for his arrest in March 2008 for failing to appear in court over a citation for smoking in a prohibited place. Shia pleaded guilty to the charges and was fine $500.00 for the citation.

You can view the complete article on Shia's vow here

Chris Ryall posts Retailer Exclusive All Hail #1 Cover

Transformers News: Chris Ryall posts Retailer Exclusive All Hail #1 Cover
Date: Monday, May 5th 2008 3:15pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, People News
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): Chris Ryall

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IDW Publishing's editor Chris Ryall has updated his blog Ryall Time with a picture of the retailer exclusive All Hail Megatron #1 cover. The inked covered shows the Decepticon Leader taking a snapshot with camera/espionage expert Reflector.



Ryall states that Reflector is not a character in the All Hail series, but was created as a special "fun" shot for a UK based comic shop.

The art is done by new TF artist Casey Coller, a winner of one of the IDW Publishing's fan-run art contests held recently.

To view the full blog entry, click here.

Colored cover For ALL HAIL #2 posted

Transformers News: Colored cover For ALL HAIL #2 posted
Date: Thursday, May 1st 2008 1:48pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, People News
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): Josh Burcham

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As previously reported here the second cover for IDW's "All hail Megatron" was revealed in its inked version. Now, thanks to Josh Burcham, we can see it in its completed color version.



To see the original posting, and view all of Josh Burcham's works, check out his Deviant Art page here.

Bay Responds to Boll's Comments

Transformers News: Bay Responds to Boll's Comments
Date: Wednesday, April 30th 2008 4:33pm CDT
Category: People News
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): Michael Bay

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As previously reported here on the Seibertron.com forums, Director Uwe Boll (Alone in the Dark, Postal) challenged Michael Bay to a fight in a video regarding his most recent movie Postal. I decided to ask Michael Bay how he received this threat and this was his response


Can we stop talking about this guy! I never even heard his name till last week when he made threats and rants. The guy is a ******* idiot, making threats to me, Clooney, Eli Roth, says he has a doctorate - but uses the word "retard" in his vocabulary, come on. When you look at his videos, what is interesting are the backgrounds. I guess his low rent offices, with 15 year old 3/4 machines, archaic computers, this is just some dumb chump trying to get some fame when he has none, so he has to make Youtube lame quality anger rants. Guy just want attention because he can't get any for the so called movies he makes. Nothing sadder when he had his screening in LA to an over half empty movie house.

He is a troubled soul - let's not waste time on talking about him please.

M


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Teresa Palmer In TF2?

Transformers News: Teresa Palmer In TF2?
Date: Wednesday, April 30th 2008 4:23pm CDT
Categories: Movie News, People News, Rumors
Posted by: Raymond T. | Credit(s): www.iesb.net

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According to an article on the The Movie Reporter site, the Australian Newspaper "Courier Mail" has reported that Australian actress Teresa Palmer has been added to the cast of Michael Bay's Transformers 2. The relatively new actress was previously seen in 'The Grudge 2' and is currently shooting the 'Justice League: Mortal' movie.

As always, keep in mind that nothing has been confirmed at this time.

Color previews of Spotlights Cyclonus and Hardhead

Transformers News: Color previews of Spotlights Cyclonus and Hardhead
Date: Wednesday, April 30th 2008 10:00am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, People News
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): Kris Carter

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IDW and Titan digital colorist Kris Carter has updated his blog with a few preview pages of the the upcoming Spotlights Cyclonus and Hardhead.

As previously reported, these comics will be parts 1 and 2 of the Revelations story arc that will be finishing off IDW's "-tion" series.





Work shown is page 2 of Cyclonus (drawn by EJ Su) and the first couple of pages from Spotlight Hardhead (drawn by Nick Roche).


You can see the complete blog entry by Mr. Carter here.

Paramount's Marketing Director Promoted

Transformers News: Paramount's Marketing Director Promoted
Date: Wednesday, April 30th 2008 7:00am CDT
Categories: Company News, Movie News, People News
Posted by: Raymond T. | Credit(s): www.variety.com

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On a bright note, Variety brings us news in one of their articles that one of the top Marketing Directors at Paramount, LeeAnne Stables has been promoted to Executive Vice President of worldwide marketing partnerships. Stables was instrumental in landing post-movie commercial deals with Burger King, Mountain Dew and General Motors for the Blockbuster Transformers movie of last year as well as setting up partnerships for promoting the movie foreign countries. LeeAnne Stables will continue with her work and is currently in negotiations with potential partners to promote upcoming movies including Transformers 2 in 2009.

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Transformers Podcast: Twincast / Podcast #98 - Combiner Wars
Twincast / Podcast #98:
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Posted: Thursday, August 14th, 2014