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Andy Schmidt Leaves IDW Publishing for Hasbro

Transformers News: Andy Schmidt Leaves IDW Publishing for Hasbro

Monday, May 16th, 2011 12:15PM CDT

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Bleeding Cool has posted a very interesting and very relevant article, the article tells us that idw Senior Editor, Andy Schmidt, is leaving idw to go and work for Hasbro directly.
He was in charge of comics under licence by Hasbro, Transformers and G.I. Joe, his departure leaves a spot open for a new Editor at idw Publishing. Could you be the next Senior Editor for both Transformers and G.i. Joe comic series?

Click here to read the original article.

For some this comes as good news, while others will miss him, what ever the case with you, his work for the Transformers idw comic surly was an experience.
Credit(s): Bleeding Cool
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Re: Andy Schmidt Leaves IDW Publishing for Hasbro (1223098)
Posted by Dead Metal on May 16th, 2011 @ 12:18pm CDT
You know, at first I thought this was good news since then there would be hope for the comics, but then I realised that he'll now be in charge at the source. I guess TF:Prime's going to start to suck now.
Re: Andy Schmidt Leaves IDW Publishing for Hasbro (1223099)
Posted by Downbeat on May 16th, 2011 @ 12:22pm CDT
Slagit. He needs to be removed from the brand, period. Oh, and while I'm posting pipe dreams, let Nick Roche, James Roberts, and Simon Furman run everything.
Re: Andy Schmidt Leaves IDW Publishing for Hasbro (1223100)
Posted by paul053 on May 16th, 2011 @ 12:26pm CDT
Wish him luck. Who know what he will be working over there at Hasbro. Straberry shortcake?
Re: Andy Schmidt Leaves IDW Publishing for Hasbro (1223110)
Posted by partholon on May 16th, 2011 @ 12:50pm CDT
kinda surprised by this.

yes he fucked up the comics by obstinatly following his view of the franchise and foisting costa on us but he made some gutsy decision recently bringing on roberts and getting some nice looking new tallents in the art dept like cahill

heres hoping the replacement will get the books back on course and i think ive the best candidate for em.

furman.

he used to be editor at marvel UK and that didnt suck and if HE insisted on writing the odd issue i know it wouldnt contradict what happend in the continuity.
Re: Andy Schmidt Leaves IDW Publishing for Hasbro (1223112)
Posted by Chaoslock on May 16th, 2011 @ 12:53pm CDT
Roche or Furman... IDW Transformers needs one of them to get out from the slag. or Shane Mccarthy...

And while we're at it, doesn't hasbro have a job open for Mike Costa? Anything? (janitor job?)
Re: Andy Schmidt Leaves IDW Publishing for Hasbro (1223154)
Posted by NemesisMonkeySupreme on May 16th, 2011 @ 1:39pm CDT
Chaoslock wrote:Roche or Furman... IDW Transformers needs one of them to get out from the slag. or Shane Mccarthy...

And while we're at it, doesn't hasbro have a job open for Mike Costa? Anything? (janitor job?)

Furman is the default, but I'd vote for Nick Roche! Only then he'd probably have less time for drawing… :-(
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Re: Andy Schmidt Leaves IDW Publishing for Hasbro (1223236)
Posted by First Gen on May 16th, 2011 @ 3:46pm CDT
Having had the opportunity and pleasure working with Andy, I'd like to congratulate him on his endeavor and wish him ultimate success. He got bashed and verbally assaulted by the fandom for trying to do new things with the characters we all love. Some of us just want the same recycled story over and over. Andy is a great guy, a true transformers fan and a friend.
Re: Andy Schmidt Leaves IDW Publishing for Hasbro (1223243)
Posted by NemesisMonkeySupreme on May 16th, 2011 @ 3:51pm CDT
First Gen wrote:Having had the opportunity and pleasure working with Andy, I'd like to congratulate him on his endeavor and wish him ultimate success. He got bashed and verbally assaulted by the fandom for trying to do new things with the characters we all love. Some of us just want the same recycled story over and over. Andy is a great guy, a true transformers fan and a friend.

Agreed. It's all a matter of personal taste. My hope with him moving on to Hasbro is that once DotM dies down maybe we'll see some of the better IDW character designs as actual toys (like Galvatron and rebuilt Megatron)!
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Re: Andy Schmidt Leaves IDW Publishing for Hasbro (1223268)
Posted by Downbeat on May 16th, 2011 @ 4:38pm CDT
I've just been frustrated with Schmidt because of the mounds of continuity errors that've occurred under his tenure. I do hope he does well with Hasbro, and that whoever replaces him can do a wonderful job.

I'm not going to complain about the actual stories that have came out during his run, because that's on the writers.


(I still want to know more about that Punch/Counterpunch miniseries we were supposed to be getting.)
Re: Andy Schmidt Leaves IDW Publishing for Hasbro (1223289)
Posted by YoungPrime on May 16th, 2011 @ 4:54pm CDT
paul053 wrote:Wish him luck. Who know what he will be working over there at Hasbro. Straberry shortcake?


He'll make probably make her and the Purple Pie Man love interest......

Then f**k up the continuity of their first date.
Re: Andy Schmidt Leaves IDW Publishing for Hasbro (1223570)
Posted by JazZeke on May 17th, 2011 @ 1:58am CDT
strong attention to detail, strong proofreading, good story sense, ability to meet deadlines and enforce deadlines, good with creators and other such things we will discuss with candidates

None of those qualities held by Schmidt himself, ironically.

I can only hope his position in Hasbro is something with minimal control over the creative aspects of the franchise.
Re: Andy Schmidt Leaves IDW Publishing for Hasbro (1223825)
Posted by rpetras on May 17th, 2011 @ 11:49am CDT
Well the TF stories may have been pretty weak, but the stuff going on in GI Joe was phenomenal IMO, and one of the main things keeping me in comic collecting.

So any dings I would even think about from the TF books are far, far, far outweighed by the good that was done on the Joe run.

So hopefully he will do well and bring the quality stuff over to the Hasbro side.
Re: Andy Schmidt Leaves IDW Publishing for Hasbro (1223871)
Posted by Tigertrack on May 17th, 2011 @ 1:14pm CDT
Andy Schmidt is good in my book. It wasn't perfect, but what is?

Andy is a nice guy, he works hard, and he loves him some TFs. We're just all so absorbed in our own idea of a utopian Tf series that we have a hard time just enjoying what is there. Dreamwave, Marvel, et al., none were perfect.
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