IDW Publishing Live Transformers Panel - Video Available and Summary

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 6:38pm CDT

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Earlier today, at 2 pm San Diego time, IDW Publishing rounded up current Transformers writers John Barber (Robots in Disguise), Mairghread Scott (Windblade) and James Roberts (More Than Meets the Eye) for their Dawn of the Autobots live discussion panel, chaired by IDW Marketing and PR Manager Rosalind Morehead and Coordinator Kahlil Schweitzer. The full hour discussion can be seen in the YouTube video embedded below, but some of the highlights are listed after that!



- All speakers summed up their current status, and where the books are heading for now, after the Dark Cybertron event. Also, Barber commented on the quality of the art, with Sarah Stone, Alex Milne and Andrew Griffith getting a mention and collaboration with Flint Dille, Chris Metzen and Livio Ramondelli.
- They commented on Windblade being the first of the three titles to launch the new status quo, and the cast choices that Scott made for who stayed on Cybertron.
- Weirder, stranger, more violent territory lies ahead for the whole of Dawn of the Autobots, and More Than Meets the Eye in particular.
- Reign of Starscream on Cybertron after Windblade concludes? It will definitely still affect the two ongoings, and RID is not done with Cybertron, there will be movement between there and Earth (focus of the first arc at least).
- Scott talks about the role of Starscream in Windblade miniseries: he is the ruler, the 'dog that caught the car' but has to act more democratically because of Windblade and Metroplex. Though he is willing to do anything to keep that power.
- MTMTE's repercussions of Megatron's side switching: Tarn and the Decepticon Justice Division *will* find out and the paths will cross, though not as readers might expect. All of season 2 is about fallout, about Megatron's change.
- What parts of the message of issue one of MTMTE have we seen and will we see? A lot. Soon.
- How much of the Transformers universe so far and future is plotted and planned? Barber helps keeping track of events, looks, qualities, while Roberts has a deeper knowledge of the Transformers lore from before IDW.
- Grimlock! Currently in the hands of Roberts, somewhere with the Scavengers in MTMTE - he will get attention, and he will show up soon, coming to the fore, and going deeper into what happened to him on Garrus 9.
- More details on Caminus from Windblade miniseries? Just a little more, not too much (but plenty behind the scenes).
- Likely to see crossovers any time soon? Not yet, definite connections, and casts can talk to each other now (as opposed to Season 1), also with Primacy, but letting each book do its own thing for a while.
- With RID set on Earth now, Barber (and Griffith's) approach has moved to Marvel or plot style, with Barber sending the plot to Griffith, layouts are made, sent back for dialogue to be added. The stakes are definitely higher for the characters, and the writing now.
- Level of heartbreak in MTMTE on a scale of 1 to 10: it's going 'to break your soul'. New recruits, new interpersonal relationships, a lot of opportunities.

There were also a number of personal questions for the writers, from favourite characters to cast choices for the new season ('everyone you haven't yet is quite probably on the Lost Light'), difficulties or dislikes in writing certain characters, the reaction to Windblade #1 ('extremely positive'), Starsaber's potential return in MTMTE ('maybe') and more information about Rung, confirmation that all three will be attending BotCon 2014 this summer, choices for hypothetical animated films from arcs or plotlines, and a plug for Robots in Disguise #28, out tomorrow, more teasers for MTMTE #28 coming next week, and a glimpse at what awaits in Windblade #2!

Credit(s): IDW Publishing


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Re: IDW Publishing Live Transformers Panel - Video Available and Summary (1567718)
Posted by 1984forever on April 22nd, 2014 @ 10:13pm CDT
Thanks to Va'al for the cliff notes version of this interview. I can't sit and watch a Scoundrel, a Rascal and a Butcher fantasize about how they're gonna butt-rape my childhood for 58 minutes.
Re: IDW Publishing Live Transformers Panel - Video Available and Summary (1567742)
Posted by Henry921 on April 22nd, 2014 @ 11:02pm CDT
1984forever wrote:Thanks to Va'al for the cliff notes version of this interview. I can't sit and watch a Scoundrel, a Rascal and a Butcher fantasize about how they're gonna butt-rape my childhood for 58 minutes.


Dude, why do you keep reading news posts about IDW comics if you hate them so much? It's not like Barber, Roberts, or anyone else is gonna change the continuity into the Dreamwave G1 ongoing. There are far too many roots and elements already ingrained to work with, even after the fallout of Dark Cybertron.

So I really don't get it. We understand that you dislike IDW G1, so why do you constantly reiterate it? Why do you come to forums and read/listen to things that make you angry? Why not go to the threads where people talk about interests and opinions you share?

If you were offering genuine constructive criticism of the universe and the storyline, then I'd be thrilled to hear what you have to say. But "wah they raped my childhood" is something I'm really sick of hearing.
Re: IDW Publishing Live Transformers Panel - Video Available and Summary (1567807)
Posted by 1984forever on April 23rd, 2014 @ 4:56am CDT
Henry921 wrote:
1984forever wrote:Thanks to Va'al for the cliff notes version of this interview. I can't sit and watch a Scoundrel, a Rascal and a Butcher fantasize about how they're gonna butt-rape my childhood for 58 minutes.


Dude, why do you keep reading news posts about IDW comics if you hate them so much? It's not like Barber, Roberts, or anyone else is gonna change the continuity into the Dreamwave G1 ongoing. There are far too many roots and elements already ingrained to work with, even after the fallout of Dark Cybertron.

So I really don't get it. We understand that you dislike IDW G1, so why do you constantly reiterate it? Why do you come to forums and read/listen to things that make you angry? Why not go to the threads where people talk about interests and opinions you share?

If you were offering genuine constructive criticism of the universe and the storyline, then I'd be thrilled to hear what you have to say. But "wah they raped my childhood" is something I'm really sick of hearing.
Sometimes IDW gets it right. I got a kick out seeing Jazz and Kup speak and SOUND like themselves in RiD #28. I liked the scene where it was Autobots vs. Decepticons at war on Cybertron with no end in sight... THAT is REAL Transformers and that's why I keep buying!
Re: IDW Publishing Live Transformers Panel - Video Available and Summary (1567808)
Posted by Burn on April 23rd, 2014 @ 5:10am CDT
1984forever wrote:Thanks to Va'al for the cliff notes version of this interview. I can't sit and watch a Scoundrel, a Rascal and a Butcher fantasize about how they're gonna butt-rape my childhood for 58 minutes.


I suggest you start to learn a much more eloquent way of saying your childhood has been ruined rather than resorting to profanity.
Re: IDW Publishing Live Transformers Panel - Video Available and Summary (1567812)
Posted by 1984forever on April 23rd, 2014 @ 5:56am CDT
Burn wrote:
1984forever wrote:Thanks to Va'al for the cliff notes version of this interview. I can't sit and watch a Scoundrel, a Rascal and a Butcher fantasize about how they're gonna butt-rape my childhood for 58 minutes.


I suggest you start to learn a much more eloquent way of saying your childhood has been ruined rather than resorting to profanity.
I didn't cuss! Are you coming for me, Burn!?

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