SDCC 2017: IDW Publishing / Hasbro First Strike Panel Video: Visionaries, Unicron, More #HasbroSDCC

Transformers News: SDCC 2017: IDW Publishing / Hasbro First Strike Panel Video: Visionaries, Unicron, More #HasbroSDCC

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Maybe you followed our coverage of the IDW Publishing panel at San Diego Comic Con 2017, which you can read here, maybe not - in either case, the full panel is now available to view on video thanks to site owner Seibertron!

Find out more about the Hasbro Universe properties - MASK, Rom, Transformers, GI Joe, Micronauts, and Revolutionaries - how they're reaching some tipping points, and leading into the next, big crossover event: First Strike. Check out the video, see the confirmation of Visionaries, GI Joe: Unmasked, the Transformers Annuals, and the big tease at the end: Unicron is coming to the IDWverse.

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Re: SDCC 2017: IDW Publishing / Hasbro First Strike Panel Video: Visionaries, Unicron, More #HasbroSDCC (1898274)
Posted by Va'al on July 21st, 2017 @ 2:07am CDT
Nik Hero wrote:So I'm seeing it reported elsewhere that there will be a Till All Are One Annual in December and a Transformers Annual in January that is Thundercracker's screenplay about Starscream. Any confirmation here?


Wish granted. ;)

https://www.seibertron.com/transformers ... dcc/38998/
Re: SDCC 2017: IDW Publishing / Hasbro First Strike Panel Video: Visionaries, Unicron, More #HasbroSDCC (1898298)
Posted by Carnivius_Prime on July 21st, 2017 @ 6:05am CDT
Which of the very white Visionaries characters will have been race changed I wonder? No, I'm actually curious. If they felt MASK wasn't diverse enough so they completely changed Trakker...
Re: SDCC 2017: IDW Publishing / Hasbro First Strike Panel Video: Visionaries, Unicron, More #HasbroSDCC (1898300)
Posted by Big Grim on July 21st, 2017 @ 6:40am CDT
ScottyP wrote::D

I bet you were making a noise so high pitched, only dogs and cats could hear it! :P
Re: SDCC 2017: IDW Publishing / Hasbro First Strike Panel Video: Visionaries, Unicron, More #HasbroSDCC (1898301)
Posted by Coptur on July 21st, 2017 @ 6:53am CDT
Carnivius_Prime wrote:Which of the very white Visionaries characters will have been race changed I wonder? No, I'm actually curious. If they felt MASK wasn't diverse enough so they completely changed Trakker...


I hope the answer is none/zero/nought/zilch and they feel the need to create NEW characters.

Racebending should never be the answer DC & Mattel learnt from this PC SJW nonsense. (Wally/Wallace West & ZodaC & ZokaK)

I said in one of my youtube videos that there is still room for both Matt Trakkers.
Re: SDCC 2017: IDW Publishing / Hasbro First Strike Panel Video: Visionaries, Unicron, More #HasbroSDCC (1898305)
Posted by Va'al on July 21st, 2017 @ 7:07am CDT
Coptur wrote:
Carnivius_Prime wrote:Which of the very white Visionaries characters will have been race changed I wonder? No, I'm actually curious. If they felt MASK wasn't diverse enough so they completely changed Trakker...


I hope the answer is none/zero/nought/zilch and they feel the need to create NEW characters.

Racebending should never be the answer DC & Mattel learnt from this PC SJW nonsense. (Wally/Wallace West & ZodaC & ZokaK)


Bless.
Re: SDCC 2017: IDW Publishing / Hasbro First Strike Panel Video: Visionaries, Unicron, More #HasbroSDCC (1898307)
Posted by Kurona on July 21st, 2017 @ 7:10am CDT
So anyway, if we could maybe get back on topic instead of whining about harmless possibilities that weren't being discussed, that'd be kind of nice.
Re: SDCC 2017: IDW Publishing / Hasbro First Strike Panel Video: Visionaries, Unicron, More #HasbroSDCC (1898310)
Posted by Carnivius_Prime on July 21st, 2017 @ 7:14am CDT
Thought it was on topic. Visionaries was mentioned as an upcoming IDW comic and I was curious about any potential redesigns of the characters.
Re: SDCC 2017: IDW Publishing / Hasbro First Strike Panel Video: Visionaries, Unicron, More #HasbroSDCC (1898312)
Posted by Coptur on July 21st, 2017 @ 7:38am CDT
Va'al wrote:
Coptur wrote:
Carnivius_Prime wrote:Which of the very white Visionaries characters will have been race changed I wonder? No, I'm actually curious. If they felt MASK wasn't diverse enough so they completely changed Trakker...


I hope the answer is none/zero/nought/zilch and they feel the need to create NEW characters.

Racebending should never be the answer DC & Mattel learnt from this PC SJW nonsense. (Wally/Wallace West & ZodaC & ZokaK)


Bless.


:-? :-? :-?


Carnivius_Prime it is on topic others just wish to bury their heads :roll:
Re: SDCC 2017: IDW Publishing / Hasbro First Strike Panel Video: Visionaries, Unicron, More #HasbroSDCC (1898313)
Posted by Va'al on July 21st, 2017 @ 7:43am CDT
Carnivius_Prime wrote:Thought it was on topic. Visionaries was mentioned as an upcoming IDW comic and I was curious about any potential redesigns of the characters.


Oh, very much so - we'll probably be seeing material show up in the next month or so, once the first couple of issues of First Strike are out and the series is actually announced via IDW rather than a panel.
Re: SDCC 2017: IDW Publishing / Hasbro First Strike Panel Video: Visionaries, Unicron, More #HasbroSDCC (1898316)
Posted by bluecatcinema on July 21st, 2017 @ 7:52am CDT
Is that Dark Energon on Unicron's body? Nice touch.
Re: SDCC 2017: IDW Publishing / Hasbro First Strike Panel Video: Visionaries, Unicron, More #HasbroSDCC (1898430)
Posted by ScottyP on July 21st, 2017 @ 2:25pm CDT
I don't care if Clutch gets reintroduced to M.A.S.K. as a meth addicted 55 year old Vietnamese woman, or if Hondo Maclean is introduced as a milquetoast angsty suburban gender fluid furry. If it means they have a tool with which to tell a compelling story and they happen to get to appeal to and be relatable for a larger percentage of potential readers looking for fictional representation they can identify with in a positive way that encourages and celebrates our potential to be different in cool, non-harmful ways, then any of these authors can do whatever they please. Are the Reagan '80s trope characters from the MASK cartoon really all that great to the point they shouldn't be messed with? Nope. Does doing new things with a new version of a character lessen the version from 30 years ago that is still loved by some? No. It's ok to change things.

But really, the fact them making a Matt Trakker toy brought this whole really tired old debate back after that comic has been out for 9 months should tell IDW everything they need to know: Even if Matt Trakker was white in this version, y'all wouldn't have been reading the book anyway.

That's all I have to say about that. >:oP


Big Grim wrote:
ScottyP wrote::D

I bet you were making a noise so high pitched, only dogs and cats could hear it! :P
Frequencies so high pitched that the cops thought they had to bust up an impromptu One Direction jam fest at my house. (Are they even still a thing? My days of knowing what the kids are into has long passed)
Re: SDCC 2017: IDW Publishing / Hasbro First Strike Panel Video: Visionaries, Unicron, More #HasbroSDCC (1898435)
Posted by Carnivius_Prime on July 21st, 2017 @ 2:35pm CDT
ScottyP wrote:Even if Matt Trakker was white in this version, y'all wouldn't have been reading the book anyway.


I was reading at first cos curious how a modern MASK might work but trying to cram it into Transformers and GI Joe just didn't work for me at all and it just felt it lost it's own unique feel the original MASK toyline and cartoon tried to carve out for itself despite the obvious influences of both those other franchises on it in the 80s. I quit a couple issues in. And yeah I didn't really care for the new Trakker's characterisation. Couldn't relate to it at all or like him much. I'd hoped for a return of Visionaries for years but if IDW is in control of it all I'm not sure I'll bother. I've not been massively happy with a lot of their stuff including several attempts I've tried to get into their Transformers line. I sorta enjoy their Ghostbusters stuff but I do wish the artist would stop drawing the 'live action' Ghostbusters far more characutured and cartoony than the cartoony Real Ghostbusters. It's really jarring especially when the two versions crossover.
Re: SDCC 2017: IDW Publishing / Hasbro First Strike Panel Video: Visionaries, Unicron, More #HasbroSDCC (1898500)
Posted by Coptur on July 21st, 2017 @ 6:43pm CDT
ScottyP wrote:I don't care if Clutch gets reintroduced to M.A.S.K. as a meth addicted 55 year old Vietnamese woman, or if Hondo Maclean is introduced as a milquetoast angsty suburban gender fluid furry. If it means they have a tool with which to tell a compelling story and they happen to get to appeal to and be relatable for a larger percentage of potential readers looking for fictional representation they can identify with in a positive way that encourages and celebrates our potential to be different in cool, non-harmful ways, then any of these authors can do whatever they please. Are the Reagan '80s trope characters from the MASK cartoon really all that great to the point they shouldn't be messed with? Nope. Does doing new things with a new version of a character lessen the version from 30 years ago that is still loved by some? No. It's ok to change things.

But really, the fact them making a Matt Trakker toy brought this whole really tired old debate back after that comic has been out for 9 months should tell IDW everything they need to know: Even if Matt Trakker was white in this version, y'all wouldn't have been reading the book anyway.

That's all I have to say about that. >:oP
)


Given what you've said and you do make some good points.
This issue is very much alive within the comic industry and isn't going away.
I'd also argue that you have little regard for the established history and characterizations of the aforementioned character's or any others.

But anyway shit happens and I've done what I can and chosen not to support it with my wallet like I have most of marvel at the moment.
Re: SDCC 2017: IDW Publishing / Hasbro First Strike Panel Video: Visionaries, Unicron, More #HasbroSDCC (1898521)
Posted by Kurona on July 21st, 2017 @ 8:26pm CDT
Not sure how I feel about Unicron. Usually I don't like him and Primus as a concept and I've been enjoying IDW's multiple-religions-none-outright-confirmed thing they've had going on so far. That said, IDW themselves have made me much more lenient towards concepts after they made Megatron being an Autobot not only excellent but arguably the best thing in the entire franchise. So I'm much more open to concepts I'd usually be iffy on, especially with IDW.

... and really, I should've known this was coming anyway. There's been no hints at it but it's obvious that Hasbro is gonna bring out a Titan Unicron somewhere along the line. Hell, maybe he's even next year's Titan.
Re: SDCC 2017: IDW Publishing / Hasbro First Strike Panel Video: Visionaries, Unicron, More #HasbroSDCC (1898659)
Posted by Sabrblade on July 22nd, 2017 @ 10:03am CDT
bluecatcinema wrote:Is that Dark Energon on Unicron's body? Nice touch.
That Unicron art of his robot mode standing in front of his planet mode is preexisting art recycled from the Covenant of Primus book. It should not be taken at face value as a sign of things to come for his IDW appearance.
Re: SDCC 2017: IDW Publishing / Hasbro First Strike Panel Video: Visionaries, Unicron, More #HasbroSDCC (1899197)
Posted by Big Grim on July 24th, 2017 @ 11:52am CDT
ScottyP wrote:Frequencies so high pitched that the cops thought they had to bust up an impromptu One Direction jam fest at my house. (Are they even still a thing? My days of knowing what the kids are into has long passed)

I honestly wouldn't know. I'm turning into a crotchety cynic. These kids and their "music"! Man, I'm only 39! I ain't an old man yet!
Re: SDCC 2017: IDW Publishing / Hasbro First Strike Panel Video: Visionaries, Unicron, More #HasbroSDCC (1899618)
Posted by Va'al on July 25th, 2017 @ 1:53pm CDT
Courtesy of IDW Publishing directly, we have their full recap of the news and announcements that took place over the weekend at San Diego Comic Con 2017 - and in our case, the interest for the Hasbro Universe and Transformers in particular!

As seen in our recap of the panel, and the video you can check out for yourselves, the two big parts are new series Visionaries, coming out of First Strike, and Unicron himself. Check out more info below!


Visionaries — Hasbro’s Visionaries return to comics was teased from the creative team of writer Magdalene Visaggio (Kim & Kim) and artist Fico Ossio (Revolution).

Unicron is coming! — First Strike, the next major Hasbro comic book event from IDW, will see Unicron enter the picture, which can only mean one thing – destruction!


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IDW Publishing Recaps Comic-Con 2017
New Series Announcements, Eisners, and more!


San Diego, CA (July 25, 2017) – San Diego-based publisher, IDW, was well represented at this year’s Comic-Con International and made some noise, thanks to IDW’s high profile booth signings, in-demand exclusives, and major announcements! Not to mention walking away from the annual Eisner ceremony with awards for Best Anthology – Love is Love, and Best Reality-Based Work – March: Book Three.

As they celebrated the trilogy's conclusion, Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell not only received Eisner Awards for March: Book Three, but also Inkpot Awards for their contributions to the field of comics, before leading hundreds of students, teachers, and fans in an inspiring march through Comic-Con.

Love is Love project organizer, Marc Andreyko, was awarded the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award for his efforts to aid the victims of the tragic Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. The benefit anthology raised over $167K for those affected.

Legendary comics creator Walter Simonson, whose Ragnarök is published under IDW, was honored during the ceremony as well, being inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in recognition of his long and outstanding career.

With so many announcements hitting during the biggest trade show of the year, we’ve compiled a handy guide to what exciting news IDW/Top Shelf made at the event.

Sonic the Hedgehog — Everyone’s favorite blue blur is returning to comics in 2018, now under IDW’s editorial guidance as SEGA announced a new publishing partnership.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen — Award-winning creators Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill will conclude their careers in comics with a final storyline, "The Tempest," beginning in June.

Goosebumps — This October, encounter monsters old and new in IDW’s comic series from the terrifying world of R.L. Stine’s bestselling series.

Black Crown’s Assassinistas — This 6-issue miniseries from writer Tini Howard (Hack/Slash) and newly minted Will Eisner Hall of Famer Gilbert Hernandez (Love and Rockets) packs a punch. Ex-hitwoman Octavia comes out of retirement, dragging her college-aged son and his boyfriend along on her mission to kick some serious ass this December.

Black Crown’s Punks Not Dead — Courtesy of writer David Barnett and artist Martin Simmonds, cross the pond this January for this UK-based tale of Fergie, a boy in search of his father, and his companion, the ghost of The Sex Pistol’s Sid Vicious (obviously).

TMNT/Ghostbusters 2 — The Heroes in a Half Shell and the original ‘busters will reunite for a 5-week crossover event series this November from Erik Burnham, Tom Waltz, and Dan Schoening.

Ghostbusters: Answer the Call —The heroines of the 2016 feature film are returning to comics this October, now with their own series, from Ghostbusters veterans, writer Kelly Thompson and artist Corin Howell.

Jem and the Holograms: Dimensions — The new anthology comic set in Jem’s world will premiere this November, with an all-star lineup of rotating creative teams including Jem mainstay Sophie Campbell, plus Kate Leth and Tana Ford joining the jam session.

The X-Files: JFK Disclosure — This two-part special, written by Denton J. Tipton with art by Menton3, will reveal the truth surrounding one of the greatest conspiracies in American history.

Gears of War — The popular video game franchise will return to comics in January 2018, with writer Kurtis Wiebe (Rat Queens) scripting new stories. In addition, IDW will be reprinting the previous Gears of War comics into collections.

Glénat — IDW Publishing and French publisher Glénat are teaming up on a new joint initiative to publish original graphic novels in the U.S. and France, publishing genre graphic novels that will fit into both markets. It kicks off with a new fantasy series, The Highest House, by Mike Carey and Peter Gross, creators of The Unwritten.

30 Days of Night — Fresh art from the upcoming reimagining of the vampire tale set in Alaska was unveiled. From writer/co-creator Steve Niles and artist Piotr Kowalski (Sex), a new take on the modern classic arrives this December.

Star Trek: Discovery — The first details about the comic book tie-in to the upcoming Star Trek TV series were teased, including a Klingon-centric storyline. It will be written by Mike Johnson and Star Trek: Discovery TV writer Kirsten Beyer with art by Tony Shasteen with more details to come about the October launching title.

Visionaries — Hasbro’s Visionaries return to comics was teased from the creative team of writer Magdalene Visaggio (Kim & Kim) and artist Fico Ossio (Revolution).

Unicron is coming! — First Strike, the next major Hasbro comic book event from IDW, will see Unicron enter the picture, which can only mean one thing – destruction!

IDW Publishing thanks all of its talented creators, dedicated fans, and the hardworking staff of Comic-Con International for another amazing year! See you all in 2018!
Re: SDCC 2017: IDW Publishing / Hasbro First Strike Panel Video: Visionaries, Unicron, More #HasbroSDCC (1899632)
Posted by Carnivius_Prime on July 25th, 2017 @ 2:32pm CDT
Don't. Screw up. Visionaries.
Re: SDCC 2017: IDW Publishing / Hasbro First Strike Panel Video: Visionaries, Unicron, More #HasbroSDCC (1899678)
Posted by SG Roadbuster on July 25th, 2017 @ 4:07pm CDT
to hell with Visionaries, i want "Till all are One" back.
Re: SDCC 2017: IDW Publishing / Hasbro First Strike Panel Video: Visionaries, Unicron, More #HasbroSDCC (1899687)
Posted by o.supreme on July 25th, 2017 @ 4:26pm CDT
Carnivius_Prime wrote:Don't. Screw up. Visionaries.


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