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Seibertron.com Interviews Sarah Stone

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Interviews Sarah Stone

Friday, March 21st, 2014 6:30AM CDT

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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.
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Re: Seibertron.com Interviews Sarah Stone (1559119)
Posted by hinomars19 on March 21st, 2014 @ 8:49am CDT
I've always enjoyed the work of female artists more, it's why I gravitated to Manga so quickly as soon as I knew of it's existence. Love or hate the concept, that human Soundwave is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. And I don't mind the concept as long as it's done right! :D

I also like how the internet and fanart has led her to this job. She has talent, more artists out there deserve to be involved in the franchise, so it's awesome one like her finally actually got the break!

IDW, Hasbro, find more of these people. Please. The work deserves it.

Cheers Va'al!
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Posted by Mindmaster on March 21st, 2014 @ 9:03am CDT
Huzzah, another Starscream lover!
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Posted by MINDVVIPE on March 21st, 2014 @ 12:43pm CDT
She has a nice art style, but I don't like the vehicle art so far. Just doesn't look exciting to me. Hopefully that's only the case with Windblade.
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Posted by Va'al on March 21st, 2014 @ 2:47pm CDT
It's nice to see people who did not grow up with G1 getting involved, as they clearly have a different perspective on the characters and franchise.

It was really weird finding the parallels between Sarah's introduction to Transformers and my own! :D
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Posted by Optimizzy on March 21st, 2014 @ 3:15pm CDT
wow. she looks so young. Her art is nicely done. I'm not a fan of manga primarily because of the visual conventions they use. So long as she stays away from that, I will be quite happy. :)
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Posted by Mindmaster on March 21st, 2014 @ 3:28pm CDT
Va'al wrote:It was really weird finding the parallels between Sarah's introduction to Transformers and my own! :D


You two were meant for each other. :x 

Optimizzy wrote:wow. she looks so young.


ಠ_ಠ
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Posted by Va'al on March 21st, 2014 @ 3:36pm CDT
Mindmaster wrote:
Va'al wrote:It was really weird finding the parallels between Sarah's introduction to Transformers and my own! :D


You two were meant for each other. :x 


Naah, we're the same person. Except for the skillz and a contract with IDW.


Optimizzy wrote:wow. she looks so young.


ಠ_ಠ


You're a baby, rookie.
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Posted by Mindmaster on March 21st, 2014 @ 3:41pm CDT
Va'al wrote:
Mindmaster wrote:ಠ_ಠ


You're a baby, rookie.


Oh, yeah? Well... you're a wizard, Harry! [-(
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Posted by hinomars19 on March 21st, 2014 @ 5:14pm CDT
Va'al wrote:It's nice to see people who did not grow up with G1 getting involved, as they clearly have a different perspective on the characters and franchise.

It was really weird finding the parallels between Sarah's introduction to Transformers and my own! :D


Who could not get hooked on Transformers after seeing the charisma that is Beast Megatron? :D
It is good that the franchise keeps getting fresh blood and the ideas and perspectives that come with it.
I can't help but smile when I see someone's jumping on point was Beast Wars, I think it really was a good show, and showcased everything that keeps Transformers what it is; Good characters, a clear balance between the good and bad guys (in characterization, importance and power) a sense of fun and not taking it's premise too seriously but delivering good serious stories and arcs, and toys that really surprised you-'whoah that Gorilla is now a robot??!'
Also, I can always salute a Jurassic park fan! I hope she continues throughout IDW's TF titles :D
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Posted by Downbeat on March 21st, 2014 @ 5:59pm CDT
This is great! Can't wait to buy Windblade and support her work.
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Posted by Diem on March 21st, 2014 @ 6:01pm CDT
I enjoy the art. It's clean without lacking in detail.
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Posted by daningotham on March 21st, 2014 @ 6:38pm CDT
Awesome interview, thanks for that. I am fairly new to this site but I am really happy I discovered it. It's awesome. Glad to see there are so many other Transformers fans out there.
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Posted by BadFlipKC on March 21st, 2014 @ 7:00pm CDT
I'm really excited for this, I can't wait to see what they've come up with!
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Posted by kaijuguy19 on March 21st, 2014 @ 9:38pm CDT
It's awesome that the first ever series she watched was Beast Wars. That was the show I grew up on too. Her art is pretty amazing too so it'll be a treat to see her art in a full issue. :D
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Posted by Vicalliose on March 22nd, 2014 @ 5:07am CDT
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.
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.
These words make my day. I may pick it up for the art, even if I utterly hate everything about Windblade with a massive burning fury. Besides, the art is probably the best part about the comic. Maybe it's not amazingly detailed, but the style pretty much fits in with the Mary Sue abomination the comic is all about, and it makes Windblade's design look slightly less completely horrible. Dunno about them bishounen 'male' bot designs though...

OHSNAP! THEY ALSO DREW THE ONLY SKIES OF ARCADIA FAN ART THAT ISN'T TERRIBLE OR GAY VYSE/GILDER SHIPPING. TOO BAD IT'S JUST AIKA AND VYSE IN A PHOTOBOOTH. :lol:
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