Free Comic Book Day Interview with Alex Milne and John Barber!

Transformers News: Free Comic Book Day Interview with Alex Milne and John Barber!

Saturday, March 17th, 2018 7:28PM CDT

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Freecomicbookday.com held an interview with Alex Milne and John Barber about the upcoming Unicron comic and their take on comics in general. Many of our readers will recognize Alex Milne's artwork in More Than Meets The Eye, Lost Light and many other comics. John Barber has worked as a writer for numerous Transformers comics, including Optimus Prime and Rom vs. Transformers. It is worth the read to hear their insight about comics and get to know the people who put so much work into creating the stories we have come to enjoy. You can read the whole interview here.

Free Comic Book Day won't be until May 5th, 2018 (details here) Until then we will keep our eyes open for updates! Make sure to mark your calendar and locate your local comic shop so you don't miss out!

Transformers News: Free Comic Book Day Interview with Alex Milne and John Barber!
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Re: Free Comic Book Day Interview with Alex Milne and John Barber! (1946742)
Posted by Targetmaster Kup on March 17th, 2018 @ 7:47pm CDT
That was a really good interview.
Re: Free Comic Book Day Interview with Alex Milne and John Barber! (1946744)
Posted by WreckerJack on March 17th, 2018 @ 8:07pm CDT
I have to say that this bit from Alex Milne is something I agree with so much. As a person who likes to read but can't always focus on a lot of text this hits home. Often times comics help me bridge the gap to focusing on print books.

[quote]Milne: I personally feel it's a good way to get into reading. For some people looking at a wall of text can be a little overwhelming, while a comic book adds a visual component to the mix which can help the reader understand more of what the story is trying to communicate without having to read a description. There are also so many comics out there today for people to enjoy with a vast multitude of stories. To me, it's an underrated medium that deserves more respect than it gets. It's an excellent way to tell stories and a tradition that should be preserved.[/quote]
Re: Free Comic Book Day Interview with Alex Milne and John Barber! (1946790)
Posted by Deadput on March 18th, 2018 @ 4:07am CDT
John Barber wrote: This is the end of the story we’ve been telling for over a decade. The IDW Transformers comics are the longest-lasting iteration Transformers characters ever—there’s more fiction in this universe than anywhere else in the history of the brand—and it all comes crashing down with Transformers: Unicron.

If this doesn't sound like an end I don't know what does.
Re: Free Comic Book Day Interview with Alex Milne and John Barber! (1946791)
Posted by ZeroWolf on March 18th, 2018 @ 4:11am CDT
Deadput wrote:
John Barber wrote: This is the end of the story we’ve been telling for over a decade. The IDW Transformers comics are the longest-lasting iteration Transformers characters ever—there’s more fiction in this universe than anywhere else in the history of the brand—and it all comes crashing down with Transformers: Unicron.

If this doesn't sound like an end I don't know what does.

Sounds a bit like hyperbole to be honest but it does help the reboot theories
Re: Free Comic Book Day Interview with Alex Milne and John Barber! (1946820)
Posted by Galactic Prime on March 18th, 2018 @ 9:29am CDT
Deadput wrote:
John Barber wrote: This is the end of the story we’ve been telling for over a decade. The IDW Transformers comics are the longest-lasting iteration Transformers characters ever—there’s more fiction in this universe than anywhere else in the history of the brand—and it all comes crashing down with Transformers: Unicron.

If this doesn't sound like an end I don't know what does.


Good, over a decade of crap. Thank god it's ending
Re: Free Comic Book Day Interview with Alex Milne and John Barber! (1946861)
Posted by WreckerJack on March 18th, 2018 @ 1:49pm CDT
The IDW comics have had their ups and downs recently but I have enjoyed the vast majority of them.
Re: Free Comic Book Day Interview with Alex Milne and John Barber! (1947063)
Posted by Big Grim on March 19th, 2018 @ 9:23am CDT
ZeroWolf wrote:Sounds a bit like hyperbole to be honest but it does help the reboot theories


I'll still hold out hope of a soft reboot or reset of the status quo. The last decade has been pretty damned good until they tried shoehorning everything in together. It could have worked but it all felt a bit rushed. Plus multiple events sucks. It's why I gave up on the big two.
Re: Free Comic Book Day Interview with Alex Milne and John Barber! (1947065)
Posted by ScottyP on March 19th, 2018 @ 9:27am CDT
ZeroWolf wrote:
Deadput wrote:
John Barber wrote: This is the end of the story we’ve been telling for over a decade. The IDW Transformers comics are the longest-lasting iteration Transformers characters ever—there’s more fiction in this universe than anywhere else in the history of the brand—and it all comes crashing down with Transformers: Unicron.

If this doesn't sound like an end I don't know what does.

Sounds a bit like hyperbole to be honest but it does help the reboot theories
The plan at one time, allegedly, was to not do any hard reset on TFs but to have a significant shake up and more or less "undo" the Hasbroverse. We'll see if that holds. Things can and do change, etc. More info at the end of https://www.seibertron.com/transformers ... ear/40827/
Re: Free Comic Book Day Interview with Alex Milne and John Barber! (1947066)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on March 19th, 2018 @ 9:27am CDT
Cherry-picked reboots are often self defeating, especially when it creates contradictions. Better to go full reboot and wipe the slate clean. That way we can look forward to what the next crop of writers and artist can bring to the table, unhindered by the past.
Re: Free Comic Book Day Interview with Alex Milne and John Barber! (1947067)
Posted by Ironhidensh on March 19th, 2018 @ 9:35am CDT
I'm too old to start over with a new continuity. Reboots, hard or soft, are why I no longer read any marvel or DC titles.

I just feel bummed by this whole thing.
Re: Free Comic Book Day Interview with Alex Milne and John Barber! (1947069)
Posted by ZeroWolf on March 19th, 2018 @ 9:37am CDT
While I remember, on rereading the "suggested reading list" that idw put out a week or so ago, it mentioned in the little bit for tf v visionaries that "unicron is summoned" now have I missed something? I know that he was shown at the end of first strike but has anything been mentioned since?
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Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on March 19th, 2018 @ 9:37am CDT
Ironhidensh wrote:I'm too old to start over with a new continuity. Reboots, hard or soft, are why I no longer read any marvel or DC titles.

I just feel bummed by this whole thing.



It's the nature of the beast with licensed properties. Indie/creator owned books are the only ones that get build on their own terms.
Re: Free Comic Book Day Interview with Alex Milne and John Barber! (1947075)
Posted by ZeroWolf on March 19th, 2018 @ 9:52am CDT
AllNewSuperRobot wrote:
Ironhidensh wrote:I'm too old to start over with a new continuity. Reboots, hard or soft, are why I no longer read any marvel or DC titles.

I just feel bummed by this whole thing.



It's the nature of the beast with licensed properties. Indie/creator owned books are the only ones that get build on their own terms.

True, though spawndid hit that reboot button as well (though I can't remember if it was just a soft reboot)

Wouldn't it be nice if they took inspiration from a series like gundam3and actually just made a new timeline up and kept what we had now but only added a couple of miniseries to it a year (or more depending on demand) this could free them up to make a new timelines up where they could get their creative freedom and if the universe was good it could stick around, if not then once it's finished you can forget about it. I know it's a bit confusing but I'm in a rush, but if planned properly you should be able to get things settled.
Re: Free Comic Book Day Interview with Alex Milne and John Barber! (1947396)
Posted by ScottyP on March 21st, 2018 @ 10:15am CDT
ZeroWolf wrote:While I remember, on rereading the "suggested reading list" that idw put out a week or so ago, it mentioned in the little bit for tf v visionaries that "unicron is summoned" now have I missed something? I know that he was shown at the end of first strike but has anything been mentioned since?
Nada. I'd guess that if Unicron does anything in TF vs Vis, it'll be in issue 5. Hopefully I'm wrong as that story has both 4 and 5 to go and is running out of plot.
Re: Free Comic Book Day Interview with Alex Milne and John Barber! (1947720)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on March 23rd, 2018 @ 9:53am CDT
ZeroWolf wrote:
True, though spawn did hit that reboot button as well (though I can't remember if it was just a soft reboot)

Wouldn't it be nice if they took inspiration from a series like gundam and actually just made a new timeline up and kept what we had now but only added a couple of miniseries to it a year (or more depending on demand) this could free them up to make a new timelines up where they could get their creative freedom and if the universe was good it could stick around, if not then once it's finished you can forget about it. I know it's a bit confusing but I'm in a rush, but if planned properly you should be able to get things settled.


However, Spawn is creator owned.

At the end of the day, we don't get a choice. If The Powers That Be were happy with maintaining the Status Quo in any way, there wouldn't be talk of a reboot or quotes like Barber's above. It's the end of the road, better to go out on a perceived high note than milked until it's a hollow shell of it's former glory ala RE-G1.
Given the bizarre and pandering rhetoric spouted in this era, as long as it isn't Transformers: Super Friends, I look forward to what comes next.
Re: Free Comic Book Day Interview with Alex Milne and John Barber! (1947740)
Posted by ZeroWolf on March 23rd, 2018 @ 11:31am CDT
Nah transformers super friends is just rescue bots ;-) (it isn't really but it was the closest to it in terms of target audience...if I remember correctly) also I know spawn is creator owned.. that's why I used that as an example.
Re: Free Comic Book Day Interview with Alex Milne and John Barber! (1948022)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on March 24th, 2018 @ 5:16pm CDT
Straight from IDW themselves, we have a new press release regarding the upcoming Unicron event for the IDW Transformers comics! The new press release does state that the Unicron event will be the end of the current IDW universe as we know it now, though what that means for the future of Transformers comics is uncertain, especially since we do know that Lost Light is set to run through December. The release also covers the fact that the event is being written by John Barber and drawn and colored by Alex Milne and Sebastian Cheng, respectively. Various Transformers artists from the past 12 years will also be providing other covers, including Andrew Griffith, Nick Roche, and many more.

Check it all out below, along with a new image of Unicron in robot mode!

[quote]

The TRANSFORMERS Bots Face Their Greatest Enemy Ever In This Summer’s Event Series
TRANSFORMERS: UNICRON
The First Chapter Launches On Free Comic Book Day



SAN DIEGO, CA (March 24th, 2018) – The fate of all worlds are at stake, as the world-eating menace Unicron has set his sights on Cybertron, home of the TRANSFORMERS robots, and next in line… EARTH! A bi-weekly six issue event titled TRANSFORMERS: UNICRON arrives this July and will bring about the end of the TRANSFORMERS universe as we know it. As Optimus Prime gathers his defense against this monstrous threat, it might be too little too late.

Veteran TRANSFORMERS creators John Barber (Optimus Prime) and Alex Milne (More Than Meets The Eye) are joined by colorist Sebastian Cheng (Revolution) to tell the epic conclusion to the current TRANSFORMERS comic book universe.

“TRANSFORMERS: UNICRON is a culmination of the years of TRANSFORMERS comics I've been a part of... and the conclusion of one of the longest continued narrative in TRANSFORMERS history” said Barber. “This is a story of heroism in the face of impossible odds; of a reckoning for an entire universe. I couldn't be luckier than to have Alex [Milne] right here with me on this—if you know Alex, you know nobody puts more into the TRANSFORMERS than he does, and nowhere before has he drawn drama, action, and pathos at this scale. Tying it all together is the incredible palette of Sebastian Cheng. We've never held back before on our TRANSFORMERS comics, but this time we're pushing ourselves—and each other—harder than ever.”

TRANSFORMERS mainstays from the past 12 years will be providing variant covers for the series, including Andrew Griffith, Nick Roche, and many more. Additionally, legendary comic artist Bill Sienkiewicz will be reinterpreting his classic cover to TRANSFORMERS #1 as a special variant, along with a new cover by Francesco Francavilla.

“TRANSFORMERS: UNICRON is a grand finale to the past 12 years of TRANSFORMERS comics at IDW and to really celebrate that and to celebrate the people who have made it such an amazing ride, we’re getting some amazing, beloved artists to contribute to what I'm sure will be our biggest—literally—TRANSFORMERS story ever,” said David Mariotte, Associate Editor. “This is an event years in the making and one that only works because of the years fans and creators have invested in the comic.”

The action kicks off on Free Comic Book Day, May 5th, with the #0 issue by the series creative; available for free at comic shops across the country. Don’t miss the world-ending first chapter of the summer’s cataclysmic event!

About IDW
IDW Media Holdings, Inc. (OCTQX: IDWM) is a fully integrated media company, which includes publishing, games, entertainment, and the San Diego Comic Art Gallery.

IDW Publishing’s comic book and graphic novel catalog includes some of the world’s most popular entertainment brands, including Transformers, My Little Pony, Star Trek, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ghostbusters, and Disney’s classic characters. At IDW’s core is its commitment to creator-owned comics including 30 Days of Night, Locke & Key, Wormwood, Ragnarök, V-Wars, and Archangel by bestselling sci-fi author William Gibson.

IDW Publishing is also home to the acclaimed and award-winning imprints; Top Shelf, The Library of American Comics, Yoe! Books, and Artist Editions, showcasing the greatest original art ever published in American comic books.

IDW Games’ diverse line-up includes the international phenomenon Machi Koro, as well as hit licensed games such as X-Files, Back to the Future, The Godfather, and TMNT.

IDW Entertainment serves as the worldwide distributor of Wynonna Earp airing on the Syfy Channel in the U.S. and is producing BBC America’s Dirk Gently, based on the bestseller by Douglas Adams starring Elijah Wood and Samuel Barnett.[/quote]

Re: Free Comic Book Day Interview with Alex Milne and John Barber! (1948023)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on March 24th, 2018 @ 5:17pm CDT
The design is certainly... Busy
Re: Free Comic Book Day Interview with Alex Milne and John Barber! (1948025)
Posted by Randomhero on March 24th, 2018 @ 5:31pm CDT
Noooooooo.....don’t turn into a robot. It’s so much better if he was just a planet. :(
Re: Free Comic Book Day Interview with Alex Milne and John Barber! (1948026)
Posted by KorsO on March 24th, 2018 @ 5:34pm CDT
Hyperventilating... :APPLAUSE: :BOWDOWN:

Am digging it so far. Hope this arc delivers.
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