IDW Publishing Transformers: Windblade - Mairghread Scott And The Ambassador Autobot Interview

IDW Publishing Transformers: Windblade -  Mairghread Scott And The Ambassador Autobot Interview

Monday, June 2nd, 2014 11:37am CDT

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The folks over at comics distribution sub-site PREVIEWSworld were able to have a chat with IDW Publishing's Transformers writer Mairghread Scott, focusing on the Windblade mini-series which is now halfway through its run. Check out below some snippets, and head here for the full thing!

PREVIEWSworld: In putting together your story, what helped you get in the mood to draw this series? What resources or Transformers history did you draw from to help you visualize where you wanted to go with this series?

Mairghread Scott: Well, I always keep a running soundtrack for whatever I’m writing to help capture the right mood and this was no exception (MIA, Katy Perry and Franz Ferdinand got looped a lot on my iPad), but Sarah Stone, Windblade’s artist, really brought an expressiveness and vibrancy to the characters that I just kept trying to live up to. We drew on everything from Cheers to anime, to Star Trek TNG to try and give each character their own unique attitude and personality and Sarah’s art is all about both. We also tried hard to give them a level of grace and fluidity to their movements. Just because they’re robots, doesn’t mean they’re…you know, robots, and we really tried to push the envelop on both the human and alien aspects of the brand. In terms of lore, I really tried to reframe my brain to that of a newcomer with this series, to make sure I never assumed, “Oh, everyone knows this.” I also wanted to show off all the aspects of Transformers that I love so much: humor, political drama, really unique and challenging fight sequences and a total explosion of different sizes and shapes when it comes to the characters.

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PREVIEWSworld: Will you be hitting the convention scene this year? And how can people get in touch with you using social media?

Mairghread Scott: I’m currently signed up for Bot Con and San Diego, but if I end up going to more I’ll be sure to mention it on Twitter and Tumblr (http://www.tumblr.com/blog/mscottwrites).

Credit(s): PREVIEWSworld


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Re: IDW Publishing Transformers: Windblade - Mairghread Scott And The Ambassador Autobot Interview (1578877)
Posted by Sabrblade on June 2nd, 2014 @ 12:21pm CDT
Speaking of Windblade, I recently stumbled across this:

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Re: IDW Publishing Transformers: Windblade - Mairghread Scott And The Ambassador Autobot Interview (1578915)
Posted by Bounti76 on June 2nd, 2014 @ 3:05pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:Speaking of Windblade, I recently stumbled across this:

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Hahahahaha!! TOO true.
Re: IDW Publishing Transformers: Windblade - Mairghread Scott And The Ambassador Autobot Interview (1578922)
Posted by Shadowstream on June 2nd, 2014 @ 3:32pm CDT
Bounti76 wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:Speaking of Windblade, I recently stumbled across this:

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Hahahahaha!! TOO true.


Doesn't make her any less exempt from the ridicule as far as I'm concerned. At least Hot Rod wasn't our own damn fault.
Re: IDW Publishing Transformers: Windblade - Mairghread Scott And The Ambassador Autobot Interview (1578928)
Posted by Sabrblade on June 2nd, 2014 @ 3:50pm CDT
Shadowstream wrote:Doesn't make her any less exempt from the ridicule as far as I'm concerned. At least Hot Rod wasn't our own damn fault.
True, but at least Windblade, unlike Hot Rod and Drift, wasn't hyped as the greatest thing ever made that we all should totally fall head over heels in love with.

By comparison, Windblade's promotion and introduction have been vastly more tame and humble.
Re: IDW Publishing Transformers: Windblade - Mairghread Scott And The Ambassador Autobot Interview (1578946)
Posted by Shadowstream on June 2nd, 2014 @ 5:05pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
Shadowstream wrote:Doesn't make her any less exempt from the ridicule as far as I'm concerned. At least Hot Rod wasn't our own damn fault.
True, but at least Windblade, unlike Hot Rod and Drift, wasn't hyped as the greatest thing ever made that we all should totally fall head over heels in love with.

By comparison, Windblade's promotion and introduction have been vastly more tame and humble.

True, but the only reason it works out like that by comparison I feel has more to do with the huge difference in the transformers franchise between then and now, since there's just so much on the table coming of of the franchise at this point. Even so I still find Windblade overhyped within the realm she's meant to stand in.
Re: IDW Publishing Transformers: Windblade - Mairghread Scott And The Ambassador Autobot Interview (1578977)
Posted by Blurrz on June 2nd, 2014 @ 10:15pm CDT
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Re: IDW Publishing Transformers: Windblade - Mairghread Scott And The Ambassador Autobot Interview (1579021)
Posted by Va'al on June 3rd, 2014 @ 4:00am CDT
I thought you'd like him.. er.. you, Blurrz. :D
Re: IDW Publishing Transformers: Windblade - Mairghread Scott And The Ambassador Autobot Interview (1580917)
Posted by Va'al on June 10th, 2014 @ 3:41pm CDT
IDW Publishing digital assistant Mariel Romero has been busy today! Another iTunes three-page preview has emerged, this time for the third issue of the Transformers: Windblade mini-series. Check out the images mirrored below - it's Terrorcon time.

THE FATE OF CYBERTRON! WINDBLADE learns more about the new face of CYBERTRON—and lesson number one is: never underestimate STARSCREAM! She’s trapped in a no-win situation—but what is the scheming DECEPTICON really after, and how far will he go to keep WINDBLADE out of his way?


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Re: IDW Publishing Transformers: Windblade - Mairghread Scott And The Ambassador Autobot Interview (1580920)
Posted by Fires_Of_Inferno on June 10th, 2014 @ 3:57pm CDT
LOVE Slug's expression there. XD
Re: IDW Publishing Transformers: Windblade - Mairghread Scott And The Ambassador Autobot Interview (1580980)
Posted by #Sideways# on June 10th, 2014 @ 9:50pm CDT
I honestly don't think Starscream is trying to kill Windblade and friends (Windblade primarily) -- rather, I think it's Rattrap. He's already been established to be a backstabber (Starscream expressed it himself), and even though the fact is given that I have not read the comic yet so I cannot know whether or not logic has been presented otherwise, I cannot help but to feel that he is the true culprit. The motive I see is the fact that Rattrap is practically next in line to Starscream's position, and by framing him (it's pretty clear he's the primary suspect), it would make sense politically. Starscream's practically standing on the precipice of being ousted from office on a regular basis, and a scandal would just push his career right over the edge and into oblivion. I think that's who did it and why.

Good artwork, by the by, and hilarious Slug is hilarious.

"Buuuurrrrn"
Re: IDW Publishing Transformers: Windblade - Mairghread Scott And The Ambassador Autobot Interview (1581098)
Posted by Yweggo on June 11th, 2014 @ 9:24am CDT
What's Blur worried about? He has Slug. Dinobot vs. Terrorcon, I'm putting my money on the Dinobot.
And before anyone says there's only one Dinobot and at least three Terrorcons other guys can keep them busy, right?

Also, I'm glad to see the Terrorcons back in IDW.
Re: IDW Publishing Transformers: Windblade - Mairghread Scott And The Ambassador Autobot Interview (1583608)
Posted by Va'al on June 19th, 2014 @ 4:47am CDT
In further comics news from IDW Publishing, via Newsarama, we also get a full preview for the third in the four-issue mini-series of Transformers: Windblade - and it's time to fight for Metroplex, Cybertron and the Truth. Check the pages out below!

Transformers: Windblade #3 (of 4): Dawn of the Autobots
Mairghread Scott (w) • Sarah Stone (a & c)
THE FATE OF CYBERTRON! WINDBLADE learns more about the new face of CYBERTRON—and lesson number one is: never underestimate STARSCREAM! She’s trapped in a no-win situation—but what is the scheming DECEPTICON really after, and how far will he go to keep WINDBLADE out of his way?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
- WINDBLADE battles for the future of CYBERTRON!
- BLURR and the patrons of MACCADAM’S join the struggle against STARSCREAM!
- The biggest TRANSFORMERS character debut since DRIFT continues!
- Variant cover by Guido Guidi!


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Re: IDW Publishing Transformers: Windblade - Mairghread Scott And The Ambassador Autobot Interview (1584319)
Posted by zwann on June 21st, 2014 @ 7:47am CDT
I love the art style, but funnily I always confuse between chromia and Blurr. Maybe if they gave Chromia thicker lips?
Re: IDW Publishing Transformers: Windblade - Mairghread Scott And The Ambassador Autobot Interview (1585613)
Posted by Va'al on June 25th, 2014 @ 2:36am CDT
Twisted Plot
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
THE FATE OF CYBERTRON! WINDBLADE learns more about the new face of CYBERTRON—and lesson number one is: never underestimate STARSCREAM! She’s trapped in a no-win situation—but what is the scheming DECEPTICON really after, and how far will he go to keep WINDBLADE out of his way?

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Hum, far..?


Story

We left Cybertron last month as Windblade, Chromia, the Maccadam's crew - the jolly jumble of Blurr, Snarl, Waspinator, Tankor and Tankor - and reporters Longtooth and Circuit entered the lower levels of Metroplex, as the Terrorcons prepared to pounce on the cast, and the battle was on the very brink of commencing.

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On the edge, even


The fight sequence that ensues, at the opening of the issue, is gloriously long with good narration and exposition (and world building, too) at just the right pacing from Mairghread Scott to not be either boring nor too much of a punch fest. And also serves its function as the first of many minor twists in the story of the mini-series so far, before some major changes towards the end. None of which I'll show.

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Have some air-fighting


Not only does the pacing work, with the captions recapping the story so far from Windblade's view, the dialogue aiding the progression of the story and some great exchanges in the aftermath of the fight, there's space for a little humour (without too much tonal discordance), and some very very dark moments during and after.

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Comedy gold


Starscream has some very nice traits in the issue, Rattrap is a little stinker, Windblade shines through her fighting skills, as does Chromia, the story goes in multiple directions at once, then returns to itself as everything changes - and we even get a new type of character introduced. Not a character, a type.

Art

The artwork, of course, makes my appreciation of the issue rise even further, with Sarah Stone's excellent panel work, returning to Longtooth's head camera (as in, his head is a camera) device and commentary on the technique. Combined with some brilliant facial expressions, the result is an issue of dynamic, clear fight sequences and truly terrifying moments later on.

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'Is this thing on?'


Moments which are expertly enhanced by Stone's use of colour and shading, and some great contrasts in how the light, be it fire, glow or else, reflects on and refracts off different Cybertronian surfaces and bodies. Add in some subtle touches in sound effects and lettering by Chris Mowry, and we get a truly thrilling addition to the mini-series.

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See? Stinker. And creep.


Additionally, not to forget, the covers. Stone's amazing 'crying' Windblade has made the rounds many times now, but Alex Milne and Joana Lafuente (thumbnail) create an impressive valiant rendition of the character, too. And continuing the 30th Anniversary celebratory series, Guido Guidi and John-Paul Bove recreate a victorious Stascream over Megatron for the retail incentive!

Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

Well. I mean, well. Scott had me convinced that the story would be doing certain things, and then took it wildly away, only to drag it back and split it again and end it on a note that appeared from nowhere - but could still make sense. In the next issue. Because of course there's a cliffhanger that actually leaves you wanting more.

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What? WHY WHAT?!


So the narration works, the characters really work with and against each other, so many questions, points, issues, revelations are addressed and made to hang. There. Just hang. And then you get so much in terms of body language and expressions and behaviour in Stone's artwork and colours, a mixture of glee and repulsion, and - I just want more. Please?

(Though again, next issue is the last for now, at least until 2015. But still.)

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Re: IDW Publishing Transformers: Windblade - Mairghread Scott And The Ambassador Autobot Interview (1585705)
Posted by ZeroWolf on June 25th, 2014 @ 12:07pm CDT
It will be a shame to see this series end. Its been a good read and the artwork is amazing, I hope she gets more tf work.

Also glad that Windblade is getting another series.
Re: IDW Publishing Transformers: Windblade - Mairghread Scott And The Ambassador Autobot Interview (1585709)
Posted by Va'al on June 25th, 2014 @ 12:33pm CDT
Sarah is doing interior art once RID shifts back to Cybertron, apparently!
(The September issue, according to solicitations.)
Re: IDW Publishing Transformers: Windblade - Mairghread Scott And The Ambassador Autobot Interview (1585783)
Posted by ZeroWolf on June 25th, 2014 @ 5:01pm CDT
Va'al wrote:Sarah is doing interior art once RID shifts back to Cybertron, apparently!
(The September issue, according to solicitations.)


That's good to hear. It was seeing Sarah's art work in the previews for Windblade #1 that made me start drawing again.
Re: IDW Publishing Transformers: Windblade - Mairghread Scott And The Ambassador Autobot Interview (1585785)
Posted by Nemesis Maximo on June 25th, 2014 @ 5:04pm CDT
As you said, Va'al, Stone does a nice job on facial expressions. But with Slag here, this was all I could think about looking at the panel:

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Gave me a good chuckle.
Re: IDW Publishing Transformers: Windblade - Mairghread Scott And The Ambassador Autobot Interview (1585790)
Posted by Va'al on June 25th, 2014 @ 5:27pm CDT
Dinobots. No manners *and* they're always high.
Re: IDW Publishing Transformers: Windblade - Mairghread Scott And The Ambassador Autobot Interview (1585828)
Posted by Sabrblade on June 25th, 2014 @ 10:57pm CDT
Va'al wrote:Dinobots. No manners *and* they're always high.
That's cuz they're taller than most everyone. :P

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