New Interview with IDW Transformers x Ghostbusters Writer Erik Burnham
Monday, March 25th, 2019 7:49pm CDTCategory: Comic Book News
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For one thing, we get a little bit more information and description on Ectotron. Not a lot, but we do get some more. By the sounds of it, he and Ray are going to get along really well. It's also interesting to hear that Ectotron is a bit of a writing challenge seeing as how he doesn't really have a "voice" yet to really go by, unlike pretty much the rest of the cast.
Another cool hint was that, despite the small cast, there are 2 characters that Burnham favors over others: Grimlock and Starscream. While it appears as though Grimlock will not appear much, Burnham felt he really needed to get him into the crossover. And as for Starscream? Well, he's Burnham's favorite to write!
Check out some parts of the interview below, and let us know what you think in the comments section below!
"Part of the reason I think they've lasted so long is the foundation: Ghosts are cool. Robots are cool. It's obviously more than that," Burnham said. "Ghostbusters explores dealing with the unknown with humor and curiosity. Transformers is (depending on where you look) anything from a straight-up fight of good against evil, to a more nuanced look at disagreements between two groups that come to war (which, no, not the same thing.)"
As for the team-up, the Autobots and Decepticons will all benefit from the humor the Ghostbusters are known for. "I think the Ghostbusters bring the humor out of the robots that they meet, and I know those Cybertronians crank up the stakes of the action. It's a good mix for the party," Burnham said.
Burnham is well acquainted with the Ghostbusters and Transformers, so writing those adored characters didn't present much of an issue. Ectotron though was another story.
"To be honest, the biggest challenge is Ectotron," Burnham said. "He's a new character, so he doesn't yet have an established voice that I can clearly hear. You give me Starscream, I will hear the inflections of Chris Latta. Megatron? Frank Welker. Optimus Prime? Peter Cullen. And, of course, the Ghostbusters have been in my head for YEARS. Those voices are all very clear and etched into my brain – but not Ectotron. Not yet. I know he'll gel before the end of the book, though, and I'm looking forward to seeing what his voice ultimately becomes!"
"Ectotron is a nerd in the same way that Ray Stantz is a nerd," Burnham said. "He's a little defensive about his title, and he doesn't get sent out on missions much – which is why Optimus Prime sending him out to investigate a signal he discovered means so much to him. He's going to grow through his adventure, as we all do, and putting him through those paces is going to be a lot of fun."
"I'm only a couple of issues into the story right now, but so far? Hands down, Starscream is just chewing all the scenery (which is what he does)! Even above Peter Venkman, so far," Burnham said. "But I'm just getting started, and there are others who have yet to get their time to shine... That may seem like a vague answer, but it's my way of not saying "wait'll you see" and then spoiling something! We can't have that, now can we?"
Another Transformers favorite has always been Grimlock, so we had to ask if the beloved Dinobot would find his way into the story. It turns out he just might make an appearance.
"I'll tell you this now," Burnham said. "I wrote an outline, and it kept the cast pretty small, comparatively to the size of the available cast. And then Dan and Luis turned in a connecting cover with virtually EVERYONE. (Not quite everyone, but man, there's a dense lineup on those covers!)"
"...And I saw a couple that just BEGGED to be brought in, even though they weren't in the outline. "How can I not find room for so-and-so?" I said. And Grimlock, he is definitely a guy I need to add. Even if it's just for a PANEL. He's too awesome to be denied!"
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In these images, you can make out several characters, including several in their Cybertron alt mode from the very first episode of the G1 cartoon "More than meets the eyes"
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Posted by What's Crackin'? on April 10th, 2019 @ 10:38am CDT
Also holy crap is that Sunstorm!?
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ZeroWolf wrote:Sorry that's my auto correct and late night work playing up
Nah, it's cool. Thanks for posting great news to this site!
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Pretty sure I'd buy that as a full sized poster.
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Brokebot wrote:Whoa, that is awesome
Pretty sure I'd buy that as a full sized poster.
Posted by Stargrave on May 31st, 2019 @ 2:20pm CDT
Issue #1 is due in comic book shops by June 29th and is listed for a SRP of USD $3.99. Check out the preview and let us know if you’ll be grabbing this issue when it manifests later next month!
After years of civil war, the Autobots fled Cyberton, leaving their home planet in the evil clutches of Megatron and his Decepticons. Years later and millions of miles away, the Autobots pick up a Cybertronian distress signal from a mysterious planet called Earth. The ghostly signal shouldn't exist, and it'll bring Optimus Prime and his team-including brand-new Autobot ECTOTRON-face-to-face with... the GHOSTBUSTERS! Crossing the streams after 35 years! Written and illustrated by the long-time fan-favorite Ghostbusters creative team of Erik Burnham, Dan Schoening, and Luis Antonio Delgado! Five action-packed interconnecting covers from series artist Dan Schoening! The series will also include covers from superstar artists like Nick Roche, Alex Milne, Paulina Ganecheau, Priscilla Tramontano, and more!
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-Crossfire- wrote:Interesting use of the Quintesson carvings on the last page. Wonder if they'll have any bearing on the story? Also, I really really really hope we get an appearance from Horri-Bull, considering he basically turns into a Terror Dog.
Doubt it. The creative team behind this is lousy with Easter eggs and stuff like that. To obnoxious levels. Their ghostbusters series was a huge turn off because the backgrounds were just riddled with Easter eggs and homages. I wouldn’t not take anything face value when it comes to sets and backgrounds with this team. Just focus on the story and try not to start making theories about this being there or that being there.
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Wireless_Phantom wrote:Is it just me, or does the last panel remind anyone else of the "Ah ****, here we go again" meme?
Great, now I can’t unsee it.
Not that I’m complaining though, in fact it kinda fits the situation.
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