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IDW Solicitations for August 2009

Transformers News: IDW Solicitations for August 2009
Date: Thursday, May 21st 2009 6:54pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Company News
Posted by: i_amtrunks | Credit(s): Jim of the IDW Boards

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Jim of the IDW Boards has posted the August 2009 solicitations due from IDW Publishing.

Due for release in August is the first issue in a Revenge of the Fallen tie-in series, a continuation of All Hail Megatron, and trade paperbacks including of collected Marvel UK works and the release of Character Art books from G1 and Transformers Animated.

Chris Mowry (w) • Carlos Magno (a) • Magno, Alex Milne (c)
An all-new miniseries set in the Movie universe launches here! Nearly two years after saving the planet, Sam Witwicky has grown up. It's too bad his friend BUMBLEBEE hasn’t. With their friendship strained, Sam sets out for an evening devoid of alien interference. Little does he know that he's being watched. Without his robotic protector, can he beat the DECEPTICONS? 2 regular covers will be shipped in a 1-to-1 ratio.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Shane McCarthy, Andy Schmidt (w) • Emiliano Santalucia, Andrew Griffith (a) • Santalucia, Griffith (c)
The Betrayer has been revealed as SUNSTREAKER! But how did this happen to him? Find out in the first of two stories in this special issue. Meanwhile, GALVATRON returns! Join CYCLONUS as he is reunited with his old friend—but something is not right… not right at all… 2 regular covers will be shipped in a 1-to-1 ratio.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Simon Furman (w) • Will Simpson, Jeff Anderson (a) • Andrew Griffith (c)
The Best of the UK series returns with the five-part Prey! MEGATRON unleashes the feared PREDACONS to seek and destroy OPTIMUS PRIME. Could this be the end for the AUTOBOT leader? Find out in this fan-favorite collection of classic tales from across the pond, written by TRANSFORMERS mainstay Simon Furman with an all-new cover by Andrew Griffith!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Jim Sorenson, Bill Forster (w) • Various (a) • Marcelo Matere (c)
If you liked Transformers: the Ark, you’re gonna love this! The AllSpark Almanac is a comprehensive, one-of-a-kind atlas to the amazing Animated universe. Discover behind-the-scenes secrets directly from the show's creators. This volume is packed with over 200 pages of full-color bios, character models, episode summaries, interviews, and more.
TPB • FC • $19.99 • 212 Pages • 8.5” x 11”

Jim Sorenson, William Forster (w) • Don Figueroa (c)
Both sold-out volumes of Transformers: The Ark are collected in the must-have compilation of animation models and character designs from the classic G1 era TRANSFORMERS! The perfect companion piece to this month’s Animated AllSpark Almanac!
TPB • B&W • $29.99 • 416 Pages • 8.5” x 11”

Simon Furman (w) • Barry Kitson, Will Simpson, Geoff Senior, Dan Reed, Doug Braithwaite, Lee Sullivan, Bryan Hitch (a) • Nick Roche (c)
This collection of classic TRANSFORMERS stories from the UK market delivers massive thrills stretching across both time and space as the heroic AUTOBOTS work to stop the machinations of MEGATRON, GALVATRON, and a heap of other DECEPTICONS that put the futures of Earth, CYBERTRON, and the entire TRANSFORMERS universe in jeopardy. Includes Best of UK: Dinobots, Best of UK: Space Pirates, and Best of UK: Time Wars.
TPB • FC • $19.99 • 360 Pages • 6” x 9”

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Major Plot Spoilers Regarding "Revenge of the Fallen" Revealed in "Defiance #4"

Transformers News: Major Plot Spoilers Regarding "Revenge of the Fallen" Revealed in "Defiance #4"
Date: Thursday, April 9th 2009 9:05am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Live Action Movie News
Posted by: Darth Bombshell | Credit(s): IDW Publishing

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The final issue in the "Defiance" arc of the "Revenge of the Fallen: Destiny" Movie Prequel, written by Chris Mowry with artwork by Dan Khanna and Andrew Griffith, was released in comic shops across North America today, and within its pages is information about perhaps the most significant plot spoilers yet encountered about the upcoming sequel to the 2007 live action movie, set to be released June 24th.

It goes without saying that such information is a major spoiler for the movie, so those who wish to avoid such information need to stop reading.

What follows is the information presented in the comic.

The Fallen and his "brothers" were born on a terrestrial world where the Allspark was located. They learned that the energies of the Allspark were limited, and could only be restored through the destruction of a sun. In order to help them, the Allspark created workers who would go out and search for suns that would help to fuel the Allspark. These workers were the first Cybertronians. (Among which is Jetfire.)

The Fallen decides he wants the power of the Allspark for himself, but was trapped in his sarcophacus (the ancient relic discovered by the Transformers in Defiance #1), where he is to remain until the sun harvester is located and reactivated once more.

Given the amount of information previously revealed regarding certain elements of the movie's plot, it's safe to say that those wanting a complete picture of what happens now have it.

And that the Transformers universe, as crafted by Michael Bay, will never be the same again.

Transformers / GI Joe Comic Releases for April 8th, 2009

Transformers News: Transformers / GI Joe Comic Releases for April 8th, 2009
Date: Friday, April 3rd 2009 10:34pm CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Darth Bombshell | Credit(s): Graham Crackers Comics

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Graham Crackers Comics have updated their website with their new shipping list, containing items that will be released Wendsday, April 8th. The following Transformers titles are set to be released that day:

-Transformers Animated: The Arrival Trade Paperback
-Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen - Defiance #4
-Transformers Spotlight: Drift

The trade paperback of Transformers Animated: The Arrival collects the six issue mini-series , including "The Rise of Safeguard", originally solicited as part of the series before being cancelled and made previously exclusive to the Animated Entertainment Pack.

Revenge of the Fallen: Defiance #4 concludes the "Defiance" arc of the "Destiny" storyline, showing the events prior to the first film, and how it not only impacts what we have already seen, but are yet to see in theaters this June 24th.

Finally, Spotlight: Drift shines the light on Shane McCarthy's original creation, and shows how he came to be part of the Cybertron-stranded Autobots in the pages of All Hail Megatron.

GI Joe fans, sadly, will not see any new releases that week.

For the full list of releases, click here. For five page previews of Spotlight: Drift and Defiance #4, click here. And to learn the expected release dates for upcoming Transformers, GI Joe and Doctor Who titles from IDW, check out editor Denton J. Tipton's blog From the Tip.

Previews for Spotlight: Drift and ROTF: Defiance #4

Transformers News: Previews for Spotlight: Drift and ROTF: Defiance #4
Date: Thursday, April 2nd 2009 11:51am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Live Action Movie News
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): Comics Continuum

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5 Page previews for upcoming Tranformers comic books from IDW Publishing have been posted at the Comics Continuum for your viewing pleasure. Here are the story breakdowns for both issues:

Transformers Spotlight: Drift will arrive in stores on April 8 from IDW Publishing. The issue is written by Shane McCarthy, with art by Casey Coller and covers by Coller and Guido Guidi.

Here's how IDW describes the issue:

"This month, the spotlight falls on the newest Transformer in the universe: Drift! Learn how Drift joined the Autobot cause and how he figures into the events unfolding in the pages of All Hail Megatron. Guest-starring the Wreckers, Kup and Perceptor."

Transformers Spotlight: Drift will be 32 pages and will cost $3.99.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Movie Prequel: Defiance #4 will arrive in stores on April 8 from IDW Publishing. The issue is written by Chris Mowry, with art by Dan Khanna and Andrew Griffith, covers by Josh Nizzi and Alex Milne.

Here's how IDW describes the issue:

"The explosive conclusion to the official prequel to this summer's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen film! With their forces united, the Decepticon army prepares to leave Cybertron on a mission of galactic conquest. But the Autobots and their leader, Optimus Prime, plan to do the unthinkable in order to defeat the increasingly powerful Megatron."

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Movie Prequel: Defiance #4 will be 32 pages and cost $3.99.

To see the previews, click here.

5 Page Preview for Transformers Defiance #3

Transformers News: 5 Page Preview for Transformers Defiance #3
Date: Friday, March 13th 2009 12:27am CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: i_amtrunks | Credit(s): Comics Continuum

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Comics Continuum have posted a 5 page preview for the upcoming "Transformers Revenge of the Fallen Prequel: Defiance #3".

Defiance #3 chronicles events that took place in Cybertron's pre-history, following the exploits of Megatron and Optimus Prime before the spread of planet wide war.

Transformers Revenge of the Fallen Prequel: Defiance #3 is due in stores Wednesday March 18th 2008.

To check out the full 5 page preview, please click here.

Transformers ROTF: Defiance #2 Five Page Preview

Transformers News: Transformers ROTF: Defiance #2 Five Page Preview
Date: Thursday, February 26th 2009 4:07pm CST
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: i_amtrunks | Credit(s): IDW Publishing, Transformers Mosaic

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Shaun Knowler of of the Transformers Mosaic fame has posted a 5 page preview for the upcoming Transformers Revenge of the Fallen: Defiance #2 comic, which to be released next week on March the 4th 2009.

The preview has been posted on both the Transformers Mosaic DeviantArt Page as well as on the IDW Publishing Boards.

Not quite kicking off where Issue #1 left off, Issue #2 starts off on an entirely different planet, before heading back to Cybertron.

To check out the 5 page preview, head on over to Transformers Mosaic or IDW Publishing Boards.

Transformers Defiance #2 Cover Revealed

Transformers News: Transformers Defiance #2 Cover Revealed
Date: Sunday, February 8th 2009 3:52pm CST
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: i_amtrunks | Credit(s): Alex Milne

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Artist Alex Milne has updated his DeviantArt page with his latest cover for the upcoming comic Transformers Revenge of the Fallen Defiance #2.

Transformers Revenge of the Fallen Defiance takes place prior to the events of the first Transformers movie, as well as the prequel comic, showing how Cybertron existed before Megatron turned tyrant.
Written by Chris Mowry, Alex Milne is on art duties, with Josh Perez doing the colours.

Transformers Revenge of the Fallen Defiance #2 is due out on March 4th 2009.

The cover features the two leaders of the Transformers going toe to toe, with one clearly having the advantage over the other. You can check out the cover by clicking here.

Transformers ROTF Defiance #4 Cover Revealed

Transformers News: Transformers ROTF Defiance #4 Cover Revealed
Date: Monday, January 19th 2009 7:12pm CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Live Action Movie News, People News
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): Josh Nizzi

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Transformers Artist Josh Nizzi took time out to notify of a new image that's been posted over at Comic's Continuum.

This first look shows us the cover for the upcoming story arc Transformers Revenge of the Fallen: Defiance #4 with the leader of the Autobots engaged in battle with a familiar foe. WARNING!!! Possible spoilers follow:


Here's the scoop on the next installment to this story arc:

Written by Chris Mowry, art by Dan Khanna and Andrew Griffith, covers by Josh Nizzi and Alex Milne.

The explosive conclustion to the official prequel to this summer's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen film! With their forces united, the Decepticon army prepares to leave Cybertron on a mission of galactic conquest. But the Autobots and their leader, Optimus Prime, plan to do the unthinkable in order to defeat the increasingly-powerful Megatron.

32 pages, $3.99.

You can view the original posting on this by clicking here.

Plot Rundown and 5 page preview for Transformers ROTF: Defiance

Transformers News: Plot Rundown and 5 page preview for Transformers ROTF: Defiance
Date: Thursday, January 15th 2009 3:31pm CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Live Action Movie News
Posted by: i_amtrunks | Credit(s): Chris Mowry, ComicsContinuum

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Transformers comic writer Chris Mowry (Reign of Starscream) has updated his blog The Full Mowry with a teaser as to what to expect from the soon to be released Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Prequel Comic Defiance.

Mowry has posted a few teasers of what to expect after fan-speculation of what to expect in the series was far from hitting the mark.

The series takes place before the events of the first TRANSFORMERS movie. It expands on the events from the first movie and this summer's sequel. If all goes well, it'll help expand upon the movie universe and set the stage for future stories as well.

Mowry goes onto discuss the conditions of Cybertron and some well known characters positions at the time that Defiance occurs. For more detailed information, make sure to head on over to The Full Mowry.

Mowry also mentions that Don Figueroa will be in control of art for issue #3, as we reported earlier.

A 5 page preview of Transformers ROTF: Defiance #1 has been posted at Comics Continuum, also included are the two standard covers as well as the retail incentive wraparound cover. Check out the 5 page preview by clicking here.

Transformers ROTF: Defiance #1 will be released in stores this upcoming Wednesday the 21st of January 2008. Chris Mowry is writing the series, with Dan Khanna and Andrew Griffith on art duties (with Figueroa on issue #3). Josh Burcham is on colours duty.

Simon Furman Q and A.

Transformers News: Simon Furman Q and A.
Date: Saturday, December 6th 2008 1:20pm CST
Categories: Comic Book News, People News
Posted by: Dead Metal | Credit(s): Bassbot

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Transformers comic writer of past, present and future Simon Furman has answered questions that fans have asked.
The first 15 questions and their respective answers can be found here on the idw boards.
The other 5 questions - yes he answered 20 questions don't pretend I didn't mention that before - can be found here on his blog.

Oh if you're too lazy to click those links here they are:

1. Victory Saber -Would you please disable the Magnificence possessed by Autobots in IDW/verse? If they still hold it, they will get the answers to so many puzzles so easily.

SF) One story angle I just never got to cover properly in the four-part Revelation arc was the ‘price’ that comes with using the Magnificence. A bit like the Monkey’s Paw scenario, the Magnificence does give you exactly what you want/need, but the information or what information precipitates mostly turns out to be a poisoned chalice. That side-story got sidelined, I’m afraid. Originally, there was going to be a Hot Rod payoff, in which he goes well and truly through the wringer as a consequence of his mining of the Magnificence. There’s an element of that in Maximum Dinobots, though. Also, at some point, I was aiming to get into where the Magnificence comes from and who created it. Hopefully, down the line, I’ll still get to do that.

2. Zaku Prime: Are the Quintessons and the Magnificence connected somehow? Both involve ancient civilizations on alien worlds, so…?

SF) I did consider making it a Quintesson artifact, but ultimately rejected that. The Quintessons do have a big role to play, but I imagined the Magnificence as pre-dating even them, coming from a time when BIG universal forces were in play. Between The 13 series and another thing that’s in the pipeline that’s too early to talk about yet, we’ll get to understand more about where/how the Quintessons fit in to the new IDW/TF-verse, and maybe what those ruins were all about on LV-117 (from Spotlight Wheelie).

3. Quickswitch - There have been some incredible insights and development of Sixshot in IDW. The last time we saw him, he was under the now-dead Jhiaxus' neural control, and now I wonder, who 'has' him, and what's going to happen in his story now that he doesn't seem to have the Decepticons or the Reapers anymore--anything we couldn't see coming?

SF) Again, I would have liked to follow up on the status of the various ‘big guns’ post-Revelation but there just wasn’t the room. All of the ‘guardians,’ Sixshot, Thunderwing and Monstructor were pretty much inactive, mentally, when appropriated by Jhiaxus, and he did little more than artificially animate them with a preset series of commands and responses to certain situations, so the assumption is that once that control is gone they lapse back into that ‘offline’ mode. I quite like the idea that Banzaitron manages to hold onto Monstructor and the Autobots put Sixshot and Thunderwing somewhere safe… like the nearest black hole!! Given that Devastator seems to be active in All Hail Megatron, we have to assume that somewhere along the line the Combiner tech is refined and gets into Megatron’s hands, so it makes more sense that the Decepticons have Monstructor.

4. Praul - Hello! Just spinning off from a debate we were having in another thread - Was Prime getting beat against Sixshot or were things pretty much even when they finished fighting? In other words 'oo's 'arder!!!!

SF) I reckon honors even, just about. Sixshot’s very powerful but Prime’s a Prime, and would fight on to the bitter end. Things were just getting warmed up in Devastation, and because of the proximity of bystanders, we can also figure Prime was holding back some. And we know that Sixshot’s not indestructible, just very, very adaptable. My money’s still on Prime in a straight fight with no collateral to worry about.

5. Zaku Prime - What were you planning to do with Straxus and Grindcore? All the other Dead Universe guys got some characterization, but these two just seemed to be generic heavies. Care to give some back-story/thoughts on these two?

SF) I’d have loved to do more, backstory-wise, with both Straxus and Grindcore, and here I admit a bit more culpability than simply using my “I didn’t have enough room” get out of jail free card. Both were a wee bit on the padding out the Dead Universe numbers side, especially Grindcore, as he wasn’t really a reinvention, more just a cool name (IMHO) and the team ‘big guy.’ But what I originally intended to happen was to have more of the Dead Universe cast survive Revelation and roll onwards into Expansion, and Straxus I’d have definitely kept around. Did I have his character and backstory all mapped out? I’d love to say yes, but the truth is I’d have probably just worked harder to drop character ‘seeds’ into Revelation and then, er, expanded on them in Expansion. I have a great affection for the old Marvel version of Straxus, so I would have definitely striven to make him a little more than just the extra body he turned out to be.

6. ROSSUM asks: “If they don’t happen to show up in Max Dino’s, what may have been Jimmy and Verity’s fate?”

SF) I realise events in the real world have kind of overridden the Verity/Jimmy story thread, but I promise to at least bring them back before Maximum Dinobots wraps, so we know how/where they are. It’s pretty important, as I doubt Shane has plans for them, to get them back to Earth, where they belong, hopefully in good health. But no promises on that score! There’s a big development for Hunter at the end of Maximum Dinobots, which kind of touches upon another dangling story thread. I know, I know! It’s my own fault there’s so much stuff to tie up! I’m a child of the Claremont X-Men era, when there were always a dozen or more story threads running concurrently.

7. Simon, quite a few people (Brett_bass, Commander Shockwav amongst others) have asked if there has been any collaboration or communication between yourself and Shane McCarthy, regarding All Hail Megatron and December’s “Maximum Dinobot’s” – so, I guess one of the big questions is – has there?

SF) The short answer is “no.” Shane’s taken his leap forward and pretty much rolled from there. My job has mostly been to tie up my own storylines, though I will be leaping back into the fray for another more ongoing Spotlight soon. In the end, apart from tying things up in Maximum Dinobots, Revelation and maybe another arc, it’s down to IDW editorial (that’s you, Denton!) to make sure the two bits stick together with minimum join showing, and Denton does seem to be keeping a careful eye on things.

8. Second Cybertron, huh? Out of curiosity, is “our” Cybertron the real one, or is it a copy of a “true” Cybertron like Gorlam Prime is of “ours”?

SF) That’s a very good question. And here’s another: was Cybertron once something else? Did the evolution we saw happen on Gorlam Prime happen, in some shape or form, in Cybertron’s past? Could it be that there’s a ‘Cybertron Prime’ somewhere, the original world, and that the dead one we’ve seen in Stormbringer and other issues is simply another Gorlam Prime-like world given an evolutionary push? I know what you’re thinking, is there an answer coming anywhere in all this? Sadly, no, because I don’t even know yet how this is all going to play out. Maybe in the G2-ish way there’s a whole other Cybertronian empire that’s been ticking merrily along all this time the Autobots and Decepticons have been at war. See, that’s what I love about the big, sweeping sci-fi strokes of the Transformers saga, the story possibilities are virtually endless.

9. What’s your favourite TV show right now?

SF) That’s a tough one. There’s a lot I think is good on TV right (and a lot that’s bad). The things I watch fairly religiously are: Battlestar Galactica, Dexter, Mad Men, The Wire, The Shield and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. I also really enjoyed Rome. And I desperately wished Deadwood had been continued into a fourth season. Here in the UK I’ve been watching a brilliant series set in the English civil war called The Devil’s Whore and a re-tread of a 70s series called Survivors. My favourite? It’s hard to say. What I admire most of all, unsurprisingly, is great writing, and I think The Wire, Dexter and Mad Men are head and shoulders above the others in that respect.

10. What’s your most embarrassing Transformer-related memory?

SF) Probably my first Botcon, which was in 1997 in Rochester. It was a total eye-opener for me. Tucked away over in the UK, I didn’t even know Transformers conventions existed, or that there was an enduring fan base at all. Didn’t even know, until I was asked to do the convention comic, that there was a reinvention in the shape of Beast Wars! I was SO out of touch, and that became apparent in one particularly gruelling Q&A. I’m ashamed to say, having wrapped Transformers twice I’d consigned it to my ‘distant memory’ cupboard, and when people in the audience started asking me specific questions on this issue or that scene, I was floundering, and often had to resort to a lame ‘sorry, I don’t remember.’ It was a nightmare. I could see I was losing any/all support/accolade I’d had at the start of the session. I made damn sure that by the time the 1998 Botcon rolled around I’d re-read/revisited practically everything I’d ever written, Transformers-wise.

11. There’s always one in the bunch(j/k) - Cerebros had some Beast Wars related questions, so I thought we’d better check in on probably the most important one (yes, it is double-barrelled)! What is the next arc in the Beast Wars series? Is it a lead-in to Beast Machines?

SF) The good news is, there is a Beast Wars series in the works right now, but sadly it’s more or less on the back burner for the time being. 2009, being a movie year, is just packed with stuff, other stuff, and it looks likely (nothing is set in stone right now) Beast Wars v3 will get moved back to 2010. Is it a leap forwards towards Beast Machines or a more retrospective piece? Well, let’s just say that it goes backwards in a forward kind of way. How oblique is that???

12. Captain - Mr. Furman, are you designing all new character's to be the "13"? Or is it with character's we all ready know?

SF) Right now, because Hasbro are very involved in The 13 (in a good way, both conceptually and character-wise), there’s still no definitive, locked in line-up. When I did the original pitch, way back it seems, I did come up with a ‘cast’ document, one that I even started to expand upon for Nick Roche, who was the artist attached to the project at the time (and may well be again, who knows). But right now though we’re all hanging fire, though I expect I/we will know more soon. It seems pretty likely that Vector Prime will be amongst the 13, the Liege Maximo too, and possibly Alpha Trion. But nothing’s set in stone here yet. Great pains are being taken on everyone’s part to make this series the absolute best it can be, something that comprehensively underpins the whole TF-universe in a very major and enduring way, so that’s got to be worth taking time over.

13. Oracle1984 - What do you potentially have coming down the pike in IDW's Transformers beyond Maximum Dinobots and The Thirteen?

SF) Well, I’m currently working on the 4-issue comic book adaptation of Transformers 2 – Revenge of the Fallen. And that’s pretty much all I’m allowed to tell you about that. Except to say that I’m enjoying the process immensely. It’s the first film to comic adaptation I’ve done, and it’s stretching me as a writer in interesting ways. Can’t wait to see what people think about both the film and the adaptation. After I wrap Maximum Dinobots, the next thing, Transformers-wise, is a series I pitched to Denton that is suitably epic and sweeping but doesn’t clash with what Shane is doing over on All Hail Megatron at all. It’s still core continuity, spinning out of characters and situations in my ‘ongoing’ run, but kind of has its own distinct framework. It also promises to introduce a character in the IDW/TF-verse I honestly didn’t think we’d get to, but fits here. Oh, and I have a new Spotlight tentatively scheduled as well, though sheer volume of work has meant that I haven’t really had a chance to pitch it properly to IDW.

14. World Prime - How much of what you have planned for the future has been approved by The Powers that Be? Approximately when are we going to start seeing these plans (The Thirteen and beyond) in print?

SF) The folk at Hasbro, like the rest of us, are pretty busy with the whole new movie/25th anniversary thing, so stuff tends to filter through in a steady drip-drip, rather than a torrent. But honestly that suits me. Finding the time to pitch new projects is always an issue, as there’s a fair old volume of ongoing stuff and other projects (TF-UK, Terminator, Starcraft, books, movie scripts) to keep me busy. It’s spinning plates, and right now it’s very much one project at a time. Scheduling is IDW’s end of things, and it’s not an exact science. As I mentioned, the 13 series has shuffled quite a bit, and may shuffle more, so there’s just no point throwing random dates at you only to disappoint down the line. Right now, what’s set is that Maximum Dinobots is Dec 08-April 09. I’m sure Denton or just the Diamond solicitations will apprise you of other on sale dates.

15. World Prime - Which is your favourite issue that you've worked on? Which one came together the closest to what you originally envisioned? And on that note, which issue DIDN'T come out how you expected but was still a pleasant surprise? (add "and why?" to the end of each of those for some elaboration please)

SF) I was hugely pleased, probably out of all proportion, with the way that Infiltration #0 came out. I really didn’t know EJ’s work, so I was a little on edge about how it would play, but I needn’t have worried. We set out to do a kind of Ultimate Transformers thing, the almost complete antithesis of the original Marvel Transformers #1, in which everything happened in 22 packed pages (the whole origin, every character introduced, the first big engagement). We wanted to move stuff through more slowly, gradually build up/ratchet up (no pun intended) the suspense and focus entirely (at first) on the human perspective, casting the Transformers as something huge, mysterious, alien and rarely seen. EJ’s realistic, real world, unflashy (and I mean that in a good way) style/framing was right on the money. I can honestly say, apart from maybe Transformers (US) #68, I’ve never been truly disappointed with the way an issue or series came out. That’s because, as a general rule, I’ve worked talented and often passionate (about Transformers) artists. If there’s one issue that blindsided me, art-wide, it’s Transformers (US) #75, as Geoff (Senior) just turned in the job of a lifetime. It still blows me away even now.

16. Any particular characters you’d like to write Spotlights for in the future?

SF) Plenty. There’s characters I’d have liked to have given the Spotlight treatment to but never got the chance: Jetfire for one (but he was so involved elsewhere it seemed vaguely redundant) and Fortress Maximus for another (but that would have been post-Arcee, post-Revelation). I had an idea for Getaway at one point, but events have maybe superseded the framework I had in mind. Right now there’s a couple of more viable potentials. The first (which is tentatively scheduled) will probably come as no great shock to anyone, the second is a little more ‘out of left field,’ and ties into the ‘big’ pitch that’s with Denton/Hasbro right now. Of course, I may not get to do that latter one (I can see Denton reading this, going “wh-?”), but as and when a slot appears, I’m ready.

17. How do you want to see the Transformers line progress in the future? Continue with mini-series and the spotlights or for it to become an ongoing series with minis that crossover - showcasing work from people not doing the ongoing series? We have had a few months in 2008 with hardly any comics out per month.

SF) Personally, I still think the interconnected but self-contained four or six issue miniseries work best. It’ll be interesting to see if the sales on AHM hold up decently over the whole 12-issue run. That might be the best indicator yet of what works best, TPB-sized chunks of story or something more traditionally ongoing. I suspect those months where little or nothing came out had more to do with blown shipping dates than anything. IDW are pretty good at making the publishing plan work, on paper at least. But there are so many more random variables. Yknow… artists.

18. Are the beings in the beginning of Spotlight Galvatron any relation to the quintessons pictured in the end of Spotlight Wheelie? And are they a hint for something just about to come ie. post AHM or a far off future tease…?

SF) I very rarely tease just for the sake of it, so the fact that there’s a foreshadowing of the Quintessons in Spotlight Wheelie does suggest there’s more to come. Can’t completely guarantee when or even if it’ll happen, but I do have definite plans (and even a role in the grand scheme of things) for the Quints in mind for the next batch(es) of storylines. Maybe it’ll even tie into The 13. We’ll see. In answer to your other question, no the aliens in Spotlight Galvatron are no relation.

19. Is Arcee the only female, or just the first? I mean are thier others hiding underground?

SF) Megatron: Origin notwithstanding, Arcee is the only ‘female’ Transformer we know of. Currently. That’s not to say Jhiaxus didn’t try, try again, and another ‘female’ character is yet to make ‘her’ presence felt. But Arcee was certainly the first. And maybe the last. Only time will tell.

20. You previously mentioned that we’d see Ultra Magnus vs Galvatron. Is this still going to happen?

SF) This was where my plans for Revelation/Expansion really did change, and not just because of the shift in format. Originally, I really wanted to have an Ultra Magnus/Galvatron smackdown in the tradition of the one from Target: 2006, but once I’d arranged all the players in Revelation I realised it just wasn’t going to work. I do have plans for Galvatron, though. And Ultra Magnus for that matter. But whether the twain shall meet in upcoming storylines very much remains to be seen.

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