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Transformers Homages in R. Sikoryak Comics Projects

PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2017 5:40 am
by Va'al
Something different, and not entirely Transformers related, but rather an homage to an earlier era of the Transformers comics to start the week. Cartoonist R. Sikoryak has been working for a long while on a webcomic illustrating the Apple iTunes Terms and Conditions, a project that will now be released in colour by Canadian publisher Drawn & Quarterly.

Where's the relevance, you might ask? One of the pages, the one about Third Party Materials and Objectionable Materials, is made to resemble the work on the Marvel Transformers comics by none other than Simon Furman and Andrew Wildman! You can check out more info on the book, and the page in question, below.

Master satirist tackles the contract everyone agrees to but no one reads

For his newest project, R. Sikoryak tackles the monstrously and infamously dense legal document, iTunes Terms and Conditions, the contract everyone agrees to but no one reads. In a word for word 94-page adaptation, Sikoryak hilariously turns the agreement on its head – each page features an avatar of Apple cofounder and legendary visionary Steve Jobs juxtaposed with a different classic strip such as Mort Walker’s Beatle Bailey, or a contemporary graphic novel such as Craig Thompson’s Blankets or Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis.

Adapting the legalese of the iTunes Terms and Conditions into another medium seems like an unfathomable undertaking, yet Sikoryak creates a surprisingly readable document, far different from its original, purely textual incarnation and thus proving the accessibility and flexibility of comics. When Sikoryak parodies Kate Beaton’s Hark A Vagrant peasant comics with Steve Jobs discussing objectionable material or Homer Simpson as Steve Jobs warning of the penalties of copyright infringement, Terms and Conditions serves as a surreal record of our modern digital age where technology competes with enduringly ironclad mediums.


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Re: Simon Furman and Andrew Wildman's Transformers Homage in New R. Sikoryak Comics Project

PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 6:45 am
by Kurona
This is the most amazing thing I've ever seen

More Transformers Homage in Robert Sikoryak's The Unquotable Trump

PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 3:55 am
by Va'al
We return to comics artist Robert Sikoryak, whose Transformers-related work we first saw here, for his next project - of a more political bend than the previous Terms and Conditions adaptation, to say the least: The Unquotable Trump. With throwbacks to 90s comics such as Godzilla, 300, Black Widow and Transformers: Generation 2, among many others, Sikoryak has used quotes from the current president of the US on drawings that portray him as a (mostly villainous) character in those books - giving us the likes of Trumpzilla, Trump SuspenStories, The Unquotable Trump, and Trumpsformers: Generalization 1! Take a look below at the Jhiaxus portrayal and an explanation of the process, and find out more here.

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After the November 2016 election, Robert Sikoryak felt an urge he couldn’t resist. Referring to the victory of Donald Trump, the award-winning cartoonist says “I really just wanted to put something out in the world that just said, ‘I object.’” That work is The Unquotable Trump, a collection that uses some of the president’s most infamous utterances on classic comic book covers.

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When I began the project, I only wanted to focus on what he said that was objectionable while he was running for president. So after I made that mini and was expanding into the book, I was trying to touch on other topics that he covered, other opinions that he expressed that ran the gamut of what someone running for president might say. I’m really kind of fascinated by 90's “mainstream” comics, the density of the drawing, the attitude, and all of the radicalness of them and I thought this quote was a good summation of his military policy. Saying he was the most militaristic person in the room, he always has to be the best one, or the “most” one.

And this Transformers character [Commander Jhiaxus], he’s actually a character who’s outside the Decepticons and the Autobots. He’s from a third group, a different faction that’s completely untrustworthy. I was like “Yeah, that sounds like [Trump]!” I was really happy I chose that character because i didn’t want to put him in the place of one of the Autobots. I really wanted him to be either the villain or the loose cannon. Most of the covers work that way. There’s probably a few I’ve misconstrued, but I hope that if you had the original context, you’d be like, “Oh, I get it” with regard to his relationship to the characters.

Re: Simon Furman and Andrew Wildman's Transformers Homage in New R. Sikoryak Comics Project

PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 4:20 am
by Rodimus Prime
Trump as Jhiaxus? That's actually not a bad analogy. But then who is the Liege Maximo? Also, it would have been even better if he replaced Megatron with Obama or Hillary. :lol: It would have been accurate, anyway.

Re: Transformers Homages in R. Sikoryak Comics Projects

PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 5:52 am
by Black Bumblebee
I think that Trump was clearly in mind with IDW's most recent take on Sentinel Prime: he's a giant orange guy who looses his head, wants to make Cybertron "great again" by getting rid of the colonists &
Decepticons (immigrants), and was generally seen by most as a douche.

Re: Transformers Homages in R. Sikoryak Comics Projects

PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 5:55 am
by Caelus
That just looks like he photshopped the old comic. Not really what I'd consider an homage.

Plus the quote he chose would be so much better coming from G1 Starscream.

Edit: Although it sort of makes sense if the G1 Decepticons are supposed to be the GOP and the G2 Decepticons are the Alt Right.

Re: Transformers Homages in R. Sikoryak Comics Projects

PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 6:07 am
by No One
Thank you R. Sikoryak for making Transformers look like an IDIOTIC comic. Thank you Seibertron even more for sinking so low as to post about it.

Re: Transformers Homages in R. Sikoryak Comics Projects

PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 6:23 am
by Moonshot
MR Optimus Prime wrote:Thank you R. Sikoryak for making Transformers look like an IDIOTIC comic. Thank you Seibertron even more for sinking so low as to post about it.


Yeah I know. I am expecting a mod to post in here to knock off all the political stuff any second. Oh wait, lol.

Re: Transformers Homages in R. Sikoryak Comics Projects

PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:05 am
by primalxconvoy
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Re: Transformers Homages in R. Sikoryak Comics Projects

PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:13 am
by Microraptor
Consider me amused! At least it's not another #4 homage.

Re: Transformers Homages in R. Sikoryak Comics Projects

PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:53 am
by Super Megatron
Trump is Optimus Prime and they should had colored him in red, white, and blue instead.

Re: Transformers Homages in R. Sikoryak Comics Projects

PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:54 am
by Super Megatron
MR Optimus Prime wrote:Thank you R. Sikoryak for making Transformers look like an IDIOTIC comic. Thank you Seibertron even more for sinking so low as to post about it.


I know, right? Trump is NOT Jhiaxus - he's more Optimus Prime, if anything.

Re: Transformers Homages in R. Sikoryak Comics Projects

PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:58 am
by Skritz
Edit: Screw this, I'm editing out my post.

Re: Transformers Homages in R. Sikoryak Comics Projects

PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:02 am
by gothsaurus
Glad to see this posted. It's still transformers news in spite of the divisive topic. I thought it was really well done. Like him or not, his phrasing does sound like 1980s comic book dialogue written on a pre-teen reading level.

Re: Transformers Homages in R. Sikoryak Comics Projects

PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:47 am
by joevill
this is awesome! :michaelbay:

Re: Transformers Homages in R. Sikoryak Comics Projects

PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:02 am
by Seibertron
Super Megatron wrote:
MR Optimus Prime wrote:Thank you R. Sikoryak for making Transformers look like an IDIOTIC comic. Thank you Seibertron even more for sinking so low as to post about it.


I know, right? Trump is NOT Jhiaxus - he's more Optimus Prime, if anything.


You're joking, right? I don't recall Optimus Prime ever saying anything about grabbing women by the pussy, or Trump's relentless bullying of people, calling others losers, "liddle", or worse yet ... calling our fellow Americans "sons of bitches", supports racist views, and the never ending amazing list of horrible things that man has said or done.

Please don't diminish the good image of Optimus Prime by comparing him to that disgraceful man who is soiling the legacy of the Presidency. Trump is an extreme embarrassment to all of us Americans and our country. Hopefully we don't get nuked because of his inability to keep his mouth shut.

In case you need a reminder, here are a few more outrageous and idiotic things Trump has said:
You know what, why link to other websites when I can just link to the source itself in order to view many years worth of some of the scariest words to ever come out of a "President's" mouth. Without further ado ladies and gentleman, I'll let Donald J Trump's extreme idiocy speak for itself: https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump

Re: Transformers Homages in R. Sikoryak Comics Projects

PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:34 am
by Randomhero
Seibertron wrote:
Super Megatron wrote:
MR Optimus Prime wrote:Thank you R. Sikoryak for making Transformers look like an IDIOTIC comic. Thank you Seibertron even more for sinking so low as to post about it.


I know, right? Trump is NOT Jhiaxus - he's more Optimus Prime, if anything.


You're joking, right? I don't recall Optimus Prime ever saying anything about grabbing women by the pussy, or Trump's relentless bullying of people, calling others losers, "liddle", or worse yet ... calling our fellow Americans "sons of bitches", supports racist views, and the never ending amazing list of horrible things that man has said or done.

Please don't diminish the good image of Optimus Prime by comparing him to that disgraceful man who is soiling the legacy of the Presidency. Trump is an extreme embarrassment to all of us Americans and our country. Hopefully we don't get nuked because of his inability to keep his mouth shut.

In case you need a reminder, here are a few more outrageous and idiotic things Trump has said:
You know what, why link to other websites when I can just link to the source itself in order to view many years worth of some of the scariest words to ever come out of a "President's" mouth. Without further ado ladies and gentleman, I'll let Donald J Trump's extreme idiocy speak for itself: https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump



I seem to remember that episode in the 80s where Optimus was in a quintesson court with sexual allegations from Elita-1

Re: Transformers Homages in R. Sikoryak Comics Projects

PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:39 am
by n10zguy
Super Megatron wrote:Trump is Optimus Prime and they should had colored him in red, white, and blue instead.



I must have missed the issue where Prime became nothing more than an Alpha whiny little douche who is ineffective and blames everyone else for his own shortcomings.

Re: Transformers Homages in R. Sikoryak Comics Projects

PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:06 am
by Randomhero
n10zguy wrote:
Super Megatron wrote:Trump is Optimus Prime and they should had colored him in red, white, and blue instead.



I must have missed the issue where Prime became nothing more than an Alpha whiny little douche who is ineffective and blames everyone else for his own shortcomings.



It was the same issue he built a wall to keep junkions out

Re: Transformers Homages in R. Sikoryak Comics Projects

PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:27 am
by ricemazter
Super Megatron wrote:
MR Optimus Prime wrote:Thank you R. Sikoryak for making Transformers look like an IDIOTIC comic. Thank you Seibertron even more for sinking so low as to post about it.


I know, right? Trump is NOT Jhiaxus - he's more Optimus Prime, if anything.



Ugh, just...just no, dude. I'm sure other people will explain why, but just no.

Re: Transformers Homages in R. Sikoryak Comics Projects

PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 12:00 pm
by Rodimus Prime
Moonshot wrote:
MR Optimus Prime wrote:Thank you R. Sikoryak for making Transformers look like an IDIOTIC comic. Thank you Seibertron even more for sinking so low as to post about it.


Yeah I know. I am expecting a mod to post in here to knock off all the political stuff any second. Oh wait, lol.
There wasn't a need for mod intervention. Calm discussion is welcomed and encouraged, regardless of topic. Just make sure it doesn't degenerate into a flame war. Everyone has his/her own opinion, respect that individual's right to express it.

Personally, I'm not offended by Trump and the stuff he says, but I do understand why some people are. I wish he was a little more thoughtful considering the position he's in, but I'll take a loudmouth over a conniving manipulator like Hillary or Obama any day.

Re: Transformers Homages in R. Sikoryak Comics Projects

PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 12:07 pm
by Black Hat
Rodimus Prime wrote:Personally, I'm not offended by Trump and the stuff he says, but I do understand why some people are. I wish he was a little more thoughtful considering the position he's in, but I'll take a loudmouth over a conniving manipulator like Hillary or Obama any day.

This, pretty much. Trump may be a blowhard, but there are worse things to be. And if we're talking "Stupid things politicians have said" how about Hillary ranting that her supporters weren't working hard enough, and that anyone who opposed her was a "Deplorable"?

Politicians are, with very few exceptions, colossal douchebags. White, black, man, woman, whatever- they're all liars and cheats.

Re: Transformers Homages in R. Sikoryak Comics Projects

PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 12:33 pm
by Madeus Prime
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I need a full sized copy ASAP.

Re: Transformers Homages in R. Sikoryak Comics Projects

PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 12:38 pm
by BattleConvoy
funny but kinda insulting to trump supporters - I wonder if trump is a robot though?

Re: Transformers Homages in R. Sikoryak Comics Projects

PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 1:02 pm
by TF-fan kev777
Christ! This is the one place that I thought I could count on not having to hear about Trump. This place was like my escape. And now we have a comic and TF tie-in. And its on the front page, and likely on the banner for a while. :HEADHURTS:

(Note: I'm not criticizing the site for putting something that is relevant to TF-dom, I'm just lamenting that there is no escape from hearing about the a-hole in chief.)