IDW Explores Alternate Timelines In ‘Deviations’!
The Five-Week Event Arrives In March
In a world where the Ghostbusters never crossed streams to save New York… In a world where Shredder was the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ sensei… In a world where all your expectations are turned upside down—welcome to the world of Deviations, a weekly event series featuring alternate takes on some of IDW’s most popular books!
Starting with the Ghostbusters, readers will be taken to alternate realities of some of the most iconic heroes in comics with weekly one-shots that each highlight a different series. G.I. JOE will follow in the second week, exploring what would happen if COBRA finally won. The TRANSFORMERS comes next, looking at what the implications would be if OPTIMUS PRIME never died! Then, in X-Files Deviations, having been abducted by aliens, Fox Mulder never returned… and finally, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles one-shot will round out the event.
“When one moment changes,” said Chris Ryall, IDW Editor in Chief, “whole universes alter forever. We’re asking the questions fans have been pondering for years—and now we’ll see some answers.”
Both new and familiar faces will make their mark on this warped series as newcomers to the titles join fan-favorite creators!
In Ghostbusters Deviations,
Kelly Thompson(Jem and the Holograms) teams up with artist Nelson Daniel (Judge Dredd).
Paul Allor returns to G.I. Joe, with artwork by Corey Lewis(Sharknife).
TRANSFORMERS Deviations welcomes Brandon Easton (Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven) alongside Transformers: Robots in Disguise artist Priscilla Tramontano.
Amy Chu (Sensation Comics: Wonder Woman) explores The X-Files alongside Elena Casagrande (Doctor Who) and Silvia Califano (The X-Files: Season 10) on art.
Finally Tom Waltz (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) leads Zach Howard (Wild Blue Yonder) into the sewers for the TMNT Deviations.
Look for all five Deviations in your comic shop and online every week in March!
Without giving too much away, what exactly is Deviations?
Deviations is, basically, a look at some of the bigger properties we publish, all of which have had many big, notable moments in their history, where we explore a divergent path in those storylines.
What led to you wanting to do this type of event?
All of the titles that make up this 5-week event have featured stories that have led to fun fan debates over what might have happened if a big event had gone another way, whether in past comics, TV series, or movies. So this is taking a big, fan-favorite moment and spinning that story in another direction to explore what could’ve been.
What series will be involved?
The series, and the catalyst for the stories, are:
Ghostbusters: “In a world… where the Ghostbusters NEVER crossed streams!”
G.I. JOE: “In a world… where COBRA turns the table on G.I. JOE.”
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: “In a world… where Shredder leads the Turtles.”
Transformers: “In a world… where Optimus Prime never died!”
The X-Files: “In a world… where young Fox Mulder was abducted by aliens!”
What’s your favorite “What If…” comic?
I was always a big fan of Frank Miller’s take on “What If Elektra Had Lived?” from the original series. In most of those old comics, the “what-if” story always ended far worse for the characters than in the regular series. Whether that was just to do big, explosive things in those comics or to assure readers things like “See? It’s much better that Phoenix DID die,” they usually all ended very badly. Miller’s Elektra tale, not so much—he took things in another direction entirely, and handled it all in unique fashion. Which is the goal here—anyone can play “what if?” games with stories but we’re really striving for these comics to do surprising, unexpected things. And who knows, if they go over well enough, maybe they could lead to entirely new series of this divergent timeline.
There truly is nothing that can stand in the way of Trypticon. With your votes, he smashed his way to becoming the next Generations Titans Return Titan Class toy. Mark your calendars, and look for him to hit shelves late 2017.
LAS VEGAS — Batman has his bat cave. Superman has his fortress of solitude. And soon the Avengers and a team of Transformers will call a corner on the Las Vegas Strip home.
Treasure Island casino-hotel has leased 28,000 square feet above a CVS drugstore to Victory Hill Exhibitions to create immersive displays dedicated to the pop-culture brands.
The 10-year lease includes $2 million in tenant improvements to the corner space on Las Vegas Boulevard and Spring Mountain Road.
Victory Hill ended its 18-month run at the Discovery Times Square space in New York where it offered its Marvel's Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. exhibit. The Transformers exhibit is exclusive to Las Vegas and is still in development.
The exhibit is expected to open by March or April. Company officials haven't decided on an admission price.
Victory Hill Exhibitions Teams With Hasbro For New 'TRANSFORMERS' Exhibit
NEW YORK, Nov. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Victory Hill Exhibitions announced today plans to roll-out a new strategic initiative with Hasbro and its iconic TRANSFORMERS franchise. Set to open in 2016, The Transformers Experience will be a revolutionary new walk-through exhibit that immerses audiences in the world of the Autobots and their ongoing battle to protect Earth against the evil Decepticons.
Through the use of leading 3D stereoscopic technologies, advanced robotics, dynamic multimedia and projection mapping, intricate sets and engaging performances, audiences will be taken on a journey that will enable them to witness the sheer spectacle of these life size sentient, living robotic beings.
"The TRANSFORMERS franchise is one of the most recognizable of all time," said Nicholas Cooper, Chief Creative Officer of Victory Hill Exhibitions. "With such a rich story universe that expands across all platforms including digital, broadcast, theatrical, print and toy, this is the perfect time to debut an exhibition of this scale and magnitude. TRANFORMERS fans of all generations know the names Optimus Prime and Megatron and with this new exhibit we are going to bring those larger-than-life characters into our world in an equally larger-than-life way."
"Since its launch in 1984, TRANSFORMERS rich immersive storylines and iconic characters have entertained generations of fans through film, publishing and TV," said Tom Warner, Senior Vice President- Transformers Franchise. "We are excited to work with Victory Hill Exhibitions and see our robots brought to life through a multi-sensory interactive experience for fans around the world."
Victory Hill and Hasbro, Inc. will announce more information on The Transformers Experience in the coming days and weeks.
About Victory Hill Exhibitions
Victory Hill Exhibitions is an exhibition Production and Distribution Company focused on delivering engaging, educational and interactive exhibitions for the global market. The company is the industry leader in creating and delivering innovative and captivating content for events, exhibitions, interior architecture and experiential environmental spaces. With a focus on developing long term trusted and strategic relationships Victory Hill Exhibitions has over 25 years of combined experience delivering some of the most renowned and critically acclaimed exhibitions to the museum and entertainment industries. Using the latest technological capabilities and storytelling techniques, Victory Hill delivers impressive, visually appealing, educational content, and entertainment enjoyed by visitors of all ages. Recently acquired by Star Media Group's subsidiary, Singapore-listed Cityneon Holdings Ltd, Victory Hill Exhibitions is a 100% subsidiary of a main-board company with the Singapore Stock Exchange. For more information visit www.victoryhillexhibitions.com.
About Hasbro: Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a global company committed to Creating the World's Best Play Experiences, by leveraging its beloved brands, including LITTLEST PET SHOP, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, MONOPOLY, MY LITTLE PONY, NERF, PLAY-DOH and TRANSFORMERS, and premier partner brands. From toys and games, television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and lifestyle licensing, Hasbro fulfills the fundamental need for play and connection with children and families around the world. The Company's Hasbro Studios and its film label, ALLSPARK PICTURES, create entertainment brand-driven storytelling across mediums, including television, film, digital and more. Through the Company's commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families. Learn more at www.hasbro.com, and follow us on Twitter (@Hasbro & @HasbroNews) and Instagram (@Hasbro).
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Hasbro's Investor Day presentation was yesterday.
Some things of note:
Slide 20 (see first image below) has TF5 teaser logo (nothing exciting), and some new product called "Alt Modes" - looks like keychains or something but it's a very small image.
Slide 23 (see second image below) has the TF brand revenue (revenue to Hasbro, not retail sales to consumers! HUGE difference!) chart that we've seen in previous years updated to include the 9 months out of this year so far. Pretty good start for them.
Slide 34 talks about expanding footprint into more global markets.
Some new Kre-o product on Slide 37, but it does not look to be Transformers related. Read elsewhere it is a Chinese market exclusive line.
Slide 38 (see third image below): appears to announce Micronauts return - as a crossover with Transformers. Kind of cool considering Micronauts' roots as Microman.
I enjoyed the financial slides. Interesting bit on 61 about slightly increasing resin costs expected for 2016.
Slide 65 mentions a new e-commerce site. Direct to consumer sales or just B2B?
Poor GI Joe. Also no sign of M.A.S.K. which was on the last (I think last, maybe the one before last) Investor presentation.
I’ve been waiting for this question to come along so I can answer - Yes, we were not given the green light to continue the comic past six issues. I’m turning in the script for #6 tomorrow and it will be the last issue in the regular series.
There are a lot of factors that went into this:
1. Almost all comics are pitched in short sets even if they are solicited as ongoing.
2. Comics are sold to retailers, not fans.
3. It was not digital-first.
All of that said, the reviews were good and the fan response couldn’t have made me happier. Priscilla did a brilliant job and made everything easy. Hasbro LOVED this book and it’s possible more of it could come out in the future but I can’t give out any details! Thank you all so much for posting about the comic, sending me questions and letting me get to know you.
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