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Ken Christiansen New Print and Charity Auction at Emerald City Comic Con - Seattle, March 28-30

Transformers News: Ken Christiansen New Print and Charity Auction at Emerald City Comic Con - Seattle, March 28-30
Date: Saturday, March 22nd 2014 11:39am CDT
Categories: Auctions, Comic Book News, Event News, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Ken Christiansen

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We reported a while back that Transformers artists Andrew Griffith and Ken Christiansen ill be making an appearance at Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle - next weekend March 28-30. Ken has dropped by with some further information on what he'll be bringing with him, check it out below, and find out more at his site here.

I'll be a guest at Emerald City Comicon, March 28-30, at the Washington State Convention Center.

You can find me at table U-04, where I'll be selling prints, sketchbooks, original artwork, and taking commissions. Commissions are first come first serve, each day of the con.

I will have with me 3 new Transformers prints - Seekers Wave 2 - the "Coneheads"! Here is a tease of Ramjet, Dirge, and Thrust...


Transformers News: Ken Christiansen New Print and Charity Auction at Emerald City Comic Con - Seattle, March 28-30


Additionally, I have a piece published in this years' annual ECCC Monsters & Dames book, and I've donated the original piece to the charity auction being held Saturday, March 29th at 8:00, in Hall D. Proceeds from these items go to benefit Seattle Children's Hospital.

While the piece in the book is in color, the original up for auction is black and white. 11"x17", pencils and inks, on bristol board.


Transformers News: Ken Christiansen New Print and Charity Auction at Emerald City Comic Con - Seattle, March 28-30

IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #28 Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #28 Preview
Date: Friday, March 21st 2014 5:01pm CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Newsarama

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Courtesy of entertainment and comics news website Newsarama, we get a full preview of the first issue of Dawn of the Autobots, the aftermath of IDW Publishing's Transformers event Dark Cybertron, in Robots in Disguise #28 - featuring Thundercracker back on Earth! Check out the strangely early full preview below, including the subscription cover by Andrew Griffith and Joana Lafuente.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #28 Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #28 Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #28 Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #28 Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #28 Preview

Transformers 30th Anniversary Prints by Guido Guidi - AcidFree Limited Edition

Transformers News: Transformers 30th Anniversary Prints by Guido Guidi - AcidFree Limited Edition
Date: Friday, March 21st 2014 3:00pm CDT
Categories: Collectables, Comic Book News, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Acidfree Gallery

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The collectable print website Acidfree Gallery will be selling a limited edition run of a couple of Transformers-themed prints, with artwork by IDW superstar artist Guido Guidi! The prints will go on sale on March 27th, and feature G1 style characters from both Autobot and Decepticon ranks to celebrate the 30 year anniversary of the franchise! Check them out below.

Transformers News: Transformers 30th Anniversary Prints by Guido Guidi - AcidFree Limited Edition


Celebrate 30 years of TRANSFORMERS with these amazing G1 inspired prints by Guido Guidi! Finally we can show the world this amazing collectable set. Guido is widely known in the world of TRANSFORMERS for his comic book work and many other accolades related to TRANSFORMERS. We were extremely excited to have him work with us on this release. Many of your favorite AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS and portrayed in a classic throwback retro style. The regular editions will be professionally printed Giclee fineart prints, printed by the amazing staff over at GicleeToday.com. The variant editions will feature Glow in the Dark and will be screen printed by D&L Screenprinting. See more details about the release below!

Available for purchase at http://www.acidfreegallery.com on Thursday, 3/27 at 12:30 PM EST!


Transformers News: Transformers 30th Anniversary Prints by Guido Guidi - AcidFree Limited Edition


AUTOBOTS by Guido Guidi - $45.00

Limited Edition Giclee Print

18x24

Run Size: 200

Markings: Numbered

Paper: Moab Entrada Bright White

Produced by Acidfree Gallery

Officially Licensed by Hasbro

Printed by GicleeToday.com

**Part of this limited numbered print run will also be sold in a set with the Decepticons print for $80.00.

Matching numbered sets will be limited.


Transformers News: Transformers 30th Anniversary Prints by Guido Guidi - AcidFree Limited Edition


DECEPTICONS by Guido Guidi - $45.00

Limited Edition Giclee Print

18x24

Run Size: 200

Markings: Numbered

Paper: Moab Entrada Bright White

Produced by Acidfree Gallery

Officially Licensed by Hasbro

Printed by GicleeToday.com

**Part of this limited numbered print run will also be sold in a set with the Autobots print for $80.00. Matching numbered sets will be limited.


Transformers News: Transformers 30th Anniversary Prints by Guido Guidi - AcidFree Limited Edition


TRANSFORMERS (variant print) by Guido Guidi - $75.00

Limited Edition Screen Print

24x36 - Metallic Black ink and Glow in the Dark!

Run Size: 100

Markings: Numbered

Produced by Acidfree Gallery

Officially Licensed by Hasbro

Printed by D&L Screen Printing

Stay tuned to our facebook and twitter to see a preview of the glow in the dark effect!

Transformers Dark Energon Arcee Character Model

Transformers News: Transformers Dark Energon Arcee Character Model
Date: Friday, March 21st 2014 2:29pm CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): Alex Milne

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Fan favorite artist Alex Milne has updated this deviantART account with his character model for Arcee from the Dark Cybertron story arc. While he does make sure to mention he's not sure if this is how her upcoming Transformers Generations Deluxe figure will look, we know that Hasbro and IDW have been working hand in hand to bring the IDW character designs to toy form. Check out the mirrored image below:


here is the design i came up with based off of a concept from hasbro.
not sure if this is what the new Arcee toy will look like. the design i was given was not a toy image nor was it an image that looked like it could transform. it was just a concept which i think hasbro wanted to base the new toy off of. so i had to work with that and come up with something that i feel keep the look they want to use and work withing the world the comic is set in :)
the only thing i did a bit differently in the comic was i made her legs a bit longer. i ran out of paper on this image and i did want her legs a bit longer.
with the head i did put elements from the original IDW Arcee in it so i could tie the new design with comic look :)
so i'm not sure what the toy will look like, but this was fun getting to draw a new version of Arcee :)
enjoy


Transformers News: Transformers Dark Energon Arcee Character Model

Seibertron.com Interviews Sarah Stone

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Interviews Sarah Stone
Date: Friday, March 21st 2014 6:30am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Interviews, People News, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Sarah Stone, Va'al

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Thought we were gone for long? We are always here, lurking, waiting, and pestering IDW Publishing creators until they agree to sit down and graciously talk to us about what they're doing with the Transformers! We have a really recent newcomer to the franchise, comics and Seibertron, so please extend a warm welcome to the artist behind the soon to appear Windblade mini-series: Sarah Stone!

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Interviews Sarah Stone


Va'al - Sarah, it's a pleasure to be able to have a chat with you, thanks again for agreeing to do this! My first question, as has been with everyone we've interviewed, is the following: where did it all begin? What was your first encounter with our favourite Robots in Disguise?

Sarah - Hello Va'al, it is my pleasure. Thank you for inviting me!

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Interviews Sarah Stone
Image by Madman Entertainment


It all began with Beast Wars for me. I was a little too young to experience G1 in all its glory, so by the time I was old enough to watch TV on my own, Beast Wars was what was on. I remember that it was absolutely incredible for me because I was obsessed with dinosaurs so it played right to my interests. I had just seen Jurassic Park so dinosaurs were my world. I wanted to be an archaeologist or draw dinosaurs for the rest of my life, so robot dinosaurs just blew my mind. Actually come to think about it, maybe this was the beginning of my love for the 'cons since I clearly preferred the Predacons.

Va'al - Another of my generation! I had no idea what Transformers really were in terms of fiction, other than the Beast Wars series. Was that your only exposure to the franchise though? Were you interested enough to track down older comics, did you spring for some of the toys?

Sarah - I never heard anything about the comics back then unfortunately, and didn't do much looking into it, though I kind of randomly remember having a Dinobot toy. He probably had lots of fun with all my other dinosaur toys (poor dude was all alone).

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Interviews Sarah Stone


Transformers sort of dropped off of my radar after Beast Wars, I'm sad to say. The Michael Bay movies put them back on my radar, but I was left sort of wanting. I was considerably more interested in the robots than the human characters, so sadly even after the movie I fell off the Transformers train again. It wasn't until I discovered Transformers Prime that I fell off the deep end and rediscovered my intense love for the world again. Through the Prime fandom I ended up finding out about IDW's More Than Meets the Eye, and Robots in Disguise and well... now I'm ruined forever.

Va'al - This is getting eery now, that sounds very similar to my own experience - though I had a few more toys back then! Before we move into the comics, though... What was it in particular about the Transformers: Prime animated series that caught your eye? The stories, the artwork/animation, the characters, something else?

Sarah - Haha, that's crazy! Hmm, It was a combination of a lot of things I think. The sort of more organic designs, the darker tone, great writing, really expressive animations... it was like a quadruple combo to everything I didn't even know I wanted.

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Interviews Sarah Stone


I think after watching one episode I ended up marathoning every episode I could get my hands on in a single night. The team did a fantastic job sucking me into the world and I was insatiable. I wanted more - I had to know more about these characters and their history.

Va'al - Binge-watching is apparently a good thing, under some aspects. Do we endorse it? Not necessarily. But still... So where did you head to find more? Was it the two ongoing series by Barber and Roberts and the respective artistic teams, or did you go via some other fiction first?

Sarah - Yeah, the ongoings were my next target. I had some friends that were kind enough to lend me some trades to read while I was traveling, and honestly it was becoming a little hard for me to go anywhere on the internet without bumping into awesome fan art (read: spoilers) of both series, so I knew I had to get on board fast or else I was going to get everything second-hand.

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Interviews Sarah Stone


But outside the comics I started retroactively checking out the other series like Transformers: Animated and G1 just out of growing fondness for all of the characters. I'm also currently mid playthrough on Fall of Cybertron but I'm stuck because it makes me so motion sick! It's really the saddest thing.

Va'al - So you did effectively branch out as much as possible! That is impressive, even I haven't got into the games yet. Too focused on the comics. And life, I suppose. Who would you say your favourite character, present or past, in any part of the fiction, would be? And why?

Sarah - Gosh that's hard, I have so much love for so many of them. I guess I always end up having a soft spot for Starscream in almost any incarnation. I just have a thing for the really slimy, insufferable ones.

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Interviews Sarah Stone


He's such a fascinating mix of horrible yet sympathetic, but always entertaining. He'll stir up trouble anywhere you inject him, and I love him for that. I really can't choose. I'm loving the IDW Robots in Disguise/Dark Cybertron one right now.

Va'al - I think a lot of fans have a soft spot for Starscream, to some extent. Voice actors notwithstanding. So now we know about you as a fan, let's find out about you as an artist! How did you start out, personally? How did you first venture into artistic endeavours?

Sarah - I've always been drawing, at least as long as I can remember holding pencils and crayons. As a kid I always drew my favorite video game characters and cartoons, before I even knew that was a thing. I grew up with so many animated movies, especially Disney movies, I dreamed of working for them and being an animator. I was fortunate and my parents were always extremely supportive and provided me with Photoshop and even a Wacom tablet at an early age.

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Interviews Sarah Stone


It only took a few forays into dabbling with hand drawn and 3d animation before I realized that I am actually a terribly impatient person. Working on a few seconds of animation could take weeks, and an illustration I could finish in an evening or two, so I started slowly gravitating toward illustration as I got older.

Va'al - And if Disney was your influence and aspiration for the animation that never was, what would you say the influences are in your illustration work?

Sarah - That's a tough one, I always feel like I have a hard time pinpointing influences because I'm honestly inspired by so much. Concept art for games and movies have always found space on my shelf in art books, and there are just so many amazing illustrators putting their work up on the net, and I've had the privilege of working with many -- I'm constantly inspired. But I also love taking cues from some more classic work, like J.C. Leyendecker and my recent discovery of Richard Macdonald.

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Interviews Sarah Stone


When it comes to illustrating Transformers though, some of the concept art that comes out of Jagex for Transformers Universe has really inspired me to push the rendering of metal and the different materials the bots are made of. And when it comes to the comics, I have to admit being a huge fangirl for Milne and how expressive his bots are. I can only hope to be able to bring life to them in a similar way.

Va'al - Well, I think the time has come to ask *the* question -- how did you make it to not only IDW, but your own mini-series with Mairghread Scott? Did you pitch? Were you selected?

Sarah - I really believe it's because I'm the luckiest girl on the planet, it's really kind of a crazy road. Mairghread had actually messaged me once on Tumblr to tell me that she loved the human Soundwave [see above - V.] illustration I did, which, knowing that she was a writer for Prime and being a fan, was enough to just make my day. Or week. I was really happy.

It wasn't until I was tabling at a comic convention over a year later that the stars aligned and Mairghread and her husband actually bumped into my table, entirely by accident. I tried not to freak out at her too much, and they both actually invited me to help out on a project pitch that they were looking for an artist for. I very excitedly obliged and kept in touch with them over the next month or so while we worked together, and one day Mairghread gave me a call and said something like, "Hey we're kind of looking for someone to work on something Transformers related... would you like me to throw your name in the hat?"

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Interviews Sarah Stone


I said yes, of course, and I submitted some work and did a test page, and I suppose they liked it enough to take a chance with me. I'm eternally grateful to Mairghread for putting me under the eyes of the powers that be, and also to all the guys at IDW for giving me this chance.

Va'al - Wow, that does sound like a really lucky set of coincidences - but from what we've seen, they are working with the skills and output which is already of a really high standard. What's the most exciting part of working for IDW, on Transformers, and for a new character?

Sarah - Aside from the obvious of just working of something I absolutely adore (I used to draw this stuff just for fun, you mean I get paid to do it now?), I think it's just such an incredible time to be involved with what IDW is doing for Transformers. The stuff that Barber, Roberts, and Mairghread are doing is just really exciting, and it is crazy to be a part of it, even in the smallest way.

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Interviews Sarah Stone


Windblade is just a puzzle piece (but hopefully a really cool puzzle piece) of an awesome picture they are painting, and I'm just really humbled to be working on it. It seems like kind of a cheesy answer, but I really am stoked.

Va'al - Surely you're the one painting it, and they're setting up the canvas! Sarah, may I say personally I am really looking forward to the new mini-series, and I know quite a few our readers are too. Before we let you get back to making art, and me to hunt down another creator to question, any final words to round off your first interview for the fandom?

Sarah - And thank you too, Va'al! It was really a pleasure, thank you for having me. I just want to say thank you to everyone who's been supporting and pre-ordering the mini-series, It means the world to me and I hope I don't let you down. If anyone's interested in seeing more of my stuff, you can check me out on my blog or DeviantART, or say hello on Twitter!


We will find out more of Sarah's work as Transformers: Dawn of the Autobots - Windblade hits. If you want to make sure you get your hands on this, and the other two ongoings - check out how to preorder the issues here! Thanks again for sticking with us for another interview on Seibertron.com, keep your optics tuned in, as there is still much much more to come.

Mairghread Scott Writes, Drinks Coffee With, Robots - Interview

Transformers News: Mairghread Scott Writes, Drinks Coffee With, Robots - Interview
Date: Wednesday, March 19th 2014 12:07pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Comic Book News, Interviews, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Robots with Coffee

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Fun Facebook fan page Robots with Coffee have just posted an interview with IDW Publishing writer Mairghread Scott (Beast Hunters, Prime, Windblade), touching upon her own career and credits, and teasing what may or may not come out of the upcoming mini-series. You can read it all here, and snippets below!

Everyone, please welcome Mairghread Scott to Robots With Coffee!

You are part of the first all-female team to produce a Transformers comic book...unless you and artist Sarah Stone were ghosting for Pat Lee at Dreamwave and haven't been paid yet. But this isn't your first TF comic. How did you get involved with IDW, and did you choose Sarah to be your artist?

I got involved with IDW through an elaborate series of heists perpetrated by myself and Mike Johnson when we...I mean...when we co-wrote Rage of the Dinobots together.

As far as Sarah is concerned, I have to be serious. There are certain things I really wanted in an artist on Transformers Windblade: vibrant color, a sense of movement, diverse and identifiable body designs, and an emphasis on facial expressions. Sarah hit the nail on the head in each of these areas and they all combine to make (what I think is) a dynamic, emotive and easy to follow book perfect for old-school fans and new readers alike.

Windblade was a 'fan created' character, in that the fans got online and voted for what kind of figure it would be. What did you bring to the character once the fan voting had been tallied?

Quite a bit actually. Dark Cybertron was still being written when I came aboard and outside of the knowledge that she could speak to Metroplex, everything else was kind of free reign.


The most important thing for me was to make sure that even though Windblade was a fan-made character, she didn't feel like a composite or generic person. Windblade has a very clear character in my mind: hopeful, determined, empathetic, a little naive and in way over her head. If she was human she'd be the girl that puts on fancy eye shadow for a date and then keep forgetting she has it on and touching her eyes...

…and that's probably the first make-up to Transformer comparison ever made in a professional interview so...milestone?


Your series addresses the gender issue in the IDW TF comics continuity, beyond there originally being no gender (perceived to be "he") and Arcee being the lone female by forced transgender surgery. Was this something that IDW wanted to change, or something you were happy to grab the reigns and 'retcon'?

Argh! Don’t say the ‘r’ word! IDW definitely wanted to do a Windblade book and that obviously required a bit of a think to get Lady Bots back in continuity (outside of Arcee’s unique situation, as you mentioned), but 'retcon-ing' (actually saying something didn’t happen that’s already been established) is something I think of as a weapon of last resort. I still have plenty of tricks up my sleeve besides that and, while new information will be revealed, retcon-ing is not happening in Transformers Windblade.

[...]

I know Windblade is going to be a mini but, hey, if it does well enough, there's a possibility of a NAUTICA ongoing? How awesomely true is this? #nauticafanclub #ftw!

So awesomely true that I have no idea if it will happen/control if it does happen/information on the subject. Although I will take this moment to say that Windblade and Nautica fans should not be snipping at each other online. There's room for everyone in the pool, kids. Mom's watching.

More Transformers: Regeneration One #100 Afterwords - Andrew Wildman

Transformers News: More Transformers: Regeneration One #100 Afterwords - Andrew Wildman
Date: Wednesday, March 19th 2014 9:14am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Andrew Wildman

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We posted words by Simon Furman and Stephen Baskerville yesterday, commenting on the arrival of the final issue of ReGeneration One (for which you can find a review here). Artist Andrew Wildman hasalso taken some time to jot down comments on Facebook, and even uploaded a video of himself drawing pages from the issue! Check it all out below.



RIP G1.
It finally ends. 30 years in the making. The conclusion to one of the greatest epics in popular culture reaches its end with The Transformers ReGeneration One issue 100 (in a four issue limited series)
I would have loved to have drawn the whole series but had to step away for a while. Great to have Guido Guidi step up to the plate for the rest of the series and great to have Guido, Geoff Senior and myself team up to pencil the final issue. Many thanks for Simon Furman's words, Stephen Baskerville's inks, John-Paul Bove's colours, Jason Cardy's cover colours, John Barber's patience and to all the fans for making this project happen in the first place and for coming along for this amazing journey.
And as a little treat, here is me pencilling my final page. Yes, I really am that fast.

IDW Transformers: Regeneration One #100 Review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Regeneration One #100 Review
Date: Wednesday, March 19th 2014 2:47am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW Publishing, Va'al

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Insert Furmanism Here
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Synopsis
THE GREATEST ENEMY... the greatest challenge... shall come from within. And there will be an ending. This is it, the battle the TRANSFORMERS must win, and yet dare not. The original and founding TRANSFORMERS comic comes to an epic and giant-sized conclusion, with all-out battle on CYBERTRON. Or should that be “Cybertrons”? Shocks, surprises, guest stars and more. It may be a cliché, but this one really does have it all.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Regeneration One #100 Review
Here we go..


Story

30 years in the making, the final, 100th (sort of) instalment in what was supposed to be a 4 issue limited series is here. This week, today, it actually, well and truly, ends. Over, finished. Even the best ones do not want to live forever. How many more furmanisms can I slide into this review, you ask? Well, you'll have to read on to find out!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Regeneration One #100 Review
I suppose we do, don't we?


So it's a bumper issue, and it follows Rodimus Prime as he travels, more or less figuratively, across Cybertron and the universe to figure out what exactly is going on with all the recent Jhiaxus/Matrix/Underbase/Primordials/Primus/Unicron?/42 business. And we finally see all the major players that have shown up in the last couple of years meet again, too.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Regeneration One #100 Review
Spike included


But something's a little off, here. I can't exactly place my finger on it, but discussing it with other reviewers we all share the same sense of ..something not quite right. Simon Furman's writing has nothing to do with it, the dialogue flows nicely, the captions work, the exposition works. But I was not a fan of the story.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Regeneration One #100 Review
A Prime number of Primes!


There are redeeming qualities, definitely, with the multiverse concept showing up again, some good character moments with favourites, some nice dialogue between key players and loose ends, mostly, tied up. And yet..

Art

What do we have in terms of art for this special issue? Three artists: the one who started it when it ended, Andrew Wildman; the one who did things in betweem, Geoff Senior; the one who did the end when it bagan, Guido Guidi. And while the latter and first do an amazing, as expected job, I had some minor gripes with Senior's take on some characters. I like his art, but for some reason it did not work over an extended sequence in here. It fit some of the parts, but not others - the Dark Matrix creature in his touch was great though!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Regeneration One #100 Review
Creepy? Creepy


And you know the ridiculous part? John-Paul Bove is colouring all three of them, again. Yes, Stephen Baskerville does the inks for Wildman and Guidi, and does them well, but still, three different styles, same magistry of colour magic - just as he's been doing for the entire run. It's seriously impressive, even with the help of unsung heroes like Ed Pirrie, who had a hand in some of the issues.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Regeneration One #100 Review
Yep, still the skies


Chris Mowry is on letters one last time, too, and there's definitely a lot to work with, between explosions, lasers and punches - he does it well. The usual suspects make up the cover roster, with Wildman and Jason Cardy on A, Guidi on B, Senior and Josh Burcham on RI (thumbnail), Robert Atkins, Juan Castro and Romulo Fajardo Jr on the Subscription variant and a special edition with Wildman, Baskerville and Bove. Take your pick, they're all pretty good!

Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

And so we're left here, with the final issue of a 100 (and a little more) strong run of Marvel then IDW comics, starting all the way back in the 80s, ending on the 30th anniversary of the franchise - and I feel sad. Sad because it lacked the bite of some of the later issues in the ReGeneration run. Sad because it probably could've done more. Sad because, good or bad, it's over.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Regeneration One #100 Review
Yup


It's a conflicted book, and I'm conflicted in my opinion. In fact, so conflicted that I won't give this a grading at all. In the overall run, I don't think it was the best ending possible. But it was a decent ending in terms of closing down and burning all bridges (except one, at the very very end..), and it touched upon a lot of themes that are being discussed with other IDW titles, as its legacy. It addressed some of them, glossed over others, but it tried dealing with it.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Regeneration One #100 Review
Curtain call


What was really nice to see and read were the single extras by most of the creative team, from Simon Furman's Foreword to the afterwords by Furman, Bove, Wildman, and the art by Bove, Cardy and Baskerville. The dedication that the team, including editors John Barber and Chris Ryall, has put into this has been impressive to behold, and touching, from beginning to end. And it's worth remembering that. You wouldn't believe the things they did, but they did them. Round of applause.

IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #27 (DC 11) Review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #27 (DC 11) Review
Date: Wednesday, March 19th 2014 2:45am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW Publishing, Va'al

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So close, and yet..
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
DEATH OF A HERO! BUMBLEBEE! RODIMUS! ULTRA MAGNUS! PROWL! One will fall in final battle with SHOCKWAVE! This one is for all the marbles, folks—it just doesn’t get any bigger than this!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #27 (DC 11) Review
It begins


Story

We're almost there, and quite an almost it is. John Barber and James Roberts keep building and building and building, something is going to have to tear (other than the space-time continuum). And here it is. But does it really not get any bigger than this? Read on to find out more, and yet not spoiling the book. Ish. Where I can.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #27 (DC 11) Review
Ok, those are pretty big


Shockwave really takes the spotlight once more, and understandably so, now that we know his plans for everything becoming one (sound familiar?). But the rest of the cast are not neglected, and there are plenty of good moments for individuals throughout the issue overall. Including both Prowl and Bumblebee, continuing from last week's MTMTE.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #27 (DC 11) Review
He's a funny fella, too


And there's a lot of strategy in the fight, too. We get to see Autobots, NAILs and Decepticons actually working together, in some cases quite literally uniting forces, and there are some really good points being made about the blurred boundaries between 'good' and 'evil' - as the two series, but especially RiD has made clear for a while now.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #27 (DC 11) Review
See above


It felt as though it didn't pack as much of a punch as its predecessor MTMTE #27, at least in terms of action. But is the death unexpected? Yes. Completely by surprise? No. But yes, unexpected in terms of the overall scheme of things. And it kind of works, actually. It may not be Pipes and Rewind, but it works.

Art

We've left the Dead Universe pretty much behind us (or have we?), so one artist has been left to rest too - and Andrew Griffith takes centre stage. And it's a good stage to be on. His Shockwave is magnificent, for one thing. There are not one, but two amazing double page spreads, and an impressive splash page, none of which I can really show. But they're good.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #27 (DC 11) Review
Here's an ensemble instead


Let's take a moment to deal with the stratospheric work that colourist Josh Perez has been doing in this event run, shall we? He manages time, styles, places and lights amazingly throughout the whole issue just as he has done so far. Some of the wider shots would really not makes sense without the colours, and those that do just look even better.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #27 (DC 11) Review
Exploshun ond letturs


Tom B. Long is still on letters, and there's a bit more than last time to go on, and brilliant as usual - some defining moments are really enhanced by the soundcolours. Three covers overall, and other than excellent regulars Phil Jimenez and Romulo Fajardo Jr, Casey Coller and Joana Lafuente, we have the quite stunning Bludgeon by Marcelo Matere and Priscilla Tramontano (see thumbnail!).

Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

Let's see then, penultimate chapter: death death death fighting alliances fight fight fight jokes talk talk fight death. One of which is really meaningful to the story. As I said above, on first reading it did not pack as much of a punch as chapter 10 did, but it may have also been due to *everything* happening at the same time. Including the Jhiaxus toy explanation.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #27 (DC 11) Review
And yet...


I am really really interested to see what on earth (or Cybertron) the aftermath of this issue will be in the 'conclusion' next issue, because there are a lot of things to be answered for. The issue looks stunning, too, thanks to Griffith, Perez and Long, and it really helps move the story along when the story is mostly action - and keep it in the present when it's needed. It's doing all good things on a different plane than the last issue, so it gets the same mark; but they are not the same book.

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IDW Transformers June 2014 Solicitations: Dawn of the Autobots, Classics, All Hail Megatron and Drift!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers June 2014 Solicitations: Dawn of the Autobots, Classics, All Hail Megatron and Drift!
Date: Wednesday, March 19th 2014 2:43am CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW Publishing

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Courtesy of the awesome people over at IDW Publishing, Seibertron.com can bring you the comic book solicitations for all the Transformers goodness coming out this June! Check out some of the covers below, and the descriptions - see anything you want in particular?

Transformers News: IDW Transformers June 2014 Solicitations:


Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #30: Dawn of the Autobots
James Roberts (w) • Alex Milne (a & c)
EVACUATION! Is it possible for a starship to object to its captain? That’s what the AUTOBOTS are asking MEGATRON as the Lost Light becomes the most dangerous place in the universe! 
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
- DAWN OF THE AUTOBOTS continues!
- MEGATRON commands the AUTOBOTS in space!
- Variant cover by Guido Guidi!


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Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #30: Dawn of the Autobots—Subscription Variant
James Roberts (w) • Alex Milne (a) • Nick Roche (c)
For subscription customers only, a special variant cover with art by Nick Roche!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


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Transformers: Robots in Disguise #30: Dawn of the Autobots
John Barber (w) • Andrew Griffith, Casey W. Coller (a & c) • Griffith (c)
GALVATRON THE BARBARIAN! From Cybertron’s ancient past came the warrior-king, GALVATRON. Once, he united CYBERTRON and ushered in a Golden Age. Now, he wants to do the same to Earth… but OPTIMUS PRIME has a problem with that plan.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
- DAWN OF THE AUTOBOTS continues!
- OPTIMUS PRIME commands the AUTOBOTS on Earth!
- Variant cover by Guido Guidi!


Transformers News: IDW Transformers June 2014 Solicitations:


Transformers: Robots in Disguise #30: Dawn of the Autobots—Subscription Variant
John Barber (w) • Andrew Griffith (a) • Casey W. Coller (c)
For subscription customers only, a special variant cover with art by Casey W. Coller!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


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Transformers: Windblade #3 (of 4): Dawn of the Autobots
Mairghread Scott (w) • Sarah Stone (a & c)
THE FATE OF CYBERTRON! WINDBLADE learns more about the new face of CYBERTRON—and lesson number one is: never underestimate STARSCREAM! She’s trapped in a no-win situation—but what is the scheming DECEPTICON really after, and how far will he go to keep WINDBLADE out of his way?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
- WINDBLADE battles for the future of CYBERTRON!
- BLURR and the patrons of MACCADAM’S join the struggle against STARSCREAM!
- The biggest TRANSFORMERS character debut since DRIFT continues!
- Variant cover by Guido Guidi!


Transformers News: IDW Transformers June 2014 Solicitations:


Transformers: Windblade #3 (of 4): Dawn of the Autobots—Subscription Variant
Mairghread Scott (w) • Sarah Stone (a) • Alex Milne (c)
For subscription customers only, a special variant cover by Alex Milne!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


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Transformers: Spotlight Drift Director’s Cut
Shane McCarthy (w) • Casey W. Coller (a) • Livio Ramondelli (c)
ALL HAIL DRIFT! From his debut, the former DECEPTICON called DRIFT has been one of the most controversial—and popular—TRANSFORMERS characters! Now relive his first solo adventure with an outstanding array of behind-the-scenes material! Learn how DRIFT went from a supporting character in a comic book to a toy—and how he became a part of the TRANSFORMERS mythology!
FC • 48 pages • $4.99

Bullet points:
- The history of DRIFT revealed!
- Never-before-seen layouts, sketches, designs, and script pages!
- Exclusive commentary from Shane McCarthy, Guido Guidi, Casey W. Coller—and more!


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Transformers: Dark Cybertron, Vol. 2
James Roberts, John Barber (w) • Atilio Rojo, James Raiz, Livio Ramondelli, Andrew Griffith, Phil Jimenez, Brendan Cahill (a) • Phil Jimenez (c)
The conclusion to the 12-part epic DARK CYBERTRON! OPTIMUS PRIME and MEGATRON join forces against SHOCKWAVE! Titans clash and the ultimate battle will leave the planet changed forever.
TPB • FC • $19.99 • 152 pages • ISBN: 978-1-61377-998-9

Bullet points:
Collects Robots in Disguise #25–27, More Than Meets The Eye #26–27, and Dark Cybertron #2.


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Transformers Classics, Vol. 7
Simon Furman, Bob Budiansky, Ralph Macchio (w) • Andrew Wildman, Frank Springer, Don Perlin (a) • Guido Guidi (c)
The historic roots of The Transformers are re-presented for maximum Cybertronian enjoyment. Collects issues #77–80, the Headmasters four-issue series, and the three-issue Movie Adaptation. Freshly re-mastered and re-colored, these stories are accompanied by an in-depth introduction as well as select issue notes by Mark W. Bellomo.
TPB • FC • $29.99 • 276 pages • ISBN: 978-1-61377-987-3

Bullet points:
- Collects the final issues of the original series!


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Transformers: All Hail Megatron Deluxe Limited Hardcover
Shane McCarthy, Simon Furman (w) • Guido Guidi (a)
This limited-edition hardcover of Transformers: All Hail Megatron is signed by Shane McCarthy and Trevor Hutchison and hand-numbered to 350. This collection of the complete series has been packaged and presented in beautiful hand-assembled casing and silver metallic covers.
HC w/slipcase • FC • $125.00 • 492 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-031-5

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