The Transformers IDWverse - Interview with Scott, Barber, Roberts on CBC.ca

Transformers News: The Transformers IDWverse - Interview with Scott, Barber, Roberts on CBC.ca

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With TFCon currently stunning over in Canada, national media CBC.ca have also run a piece on the current output of IDW Publishing's Transformers stables, with a lengthy interview featuring writers John Barber, Mairghread Scott and James Roberts! (Shame about the neglected artists, really.)

While the interview does not really give any new information exactly, it's a good point to take to reflect on where the TF comics have come and will be going, with Till All Are One ending, and Optimus Prime and Lost Light reaching their second arcs, as First Strike is about to .. Strike the Hasbro Universe too. Check out some snippets below, and read the whole interview here!

The writers' biggest challenge is figuring out how to explore gender in a race that has rarely encountered it while avoiding making the characters feel wholly alien to readers.

"If you took a hard-science-fiction look at a world of machine life that reproduces asexually, ideas like gender and sex would be either nonexistent or very, very different than our human understanding and background in those issues," says Barber.

"But Transformers stories exist in our human world, where we know Optimus Prime is male because people say 'he' and he sounds like (voice actor) Peter Cullen and whatnot. So there's gender in there whether it makes hard-science-fiction sense or not."

[...]

"Initially, you were invited to think of them [Rewind and Chromedome --V] as very good friends, and as the story progressed, as I became more confident in what I could and couldn't do, we became more explicit in establishing them as 'robot husbands,'" says Roberts. "And I'm pleased to say that everyone involved — IDW editorial and Hasbro — have run with it. And fans, most importantly, seemed to like it."

[...]

"There are certain things that Hasbro will dictate that they do or do not want, but other than major things like 'Don't kill our main characters' or 'We really want to highlight this person,' they let us tell the stories that we want to tell," says Scott.


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Re: The Transformers IDWverse - Interview with Scott, Barber, Roberts on CBC.ca (1897150)
Posted by Big Grim on July 17th, 2017 @ 6:35am CDT
Stone the crows! This all started in 2005? Good grief. I feel old. But who cares? IDW has given us consistently good Transformers fiction which has often veered into excellent in the last couple of years (MTMTE in particular.). What a time to be alive!
Re: The Transformers IDWverse - Interview with Scott, Barber, Roberts on CBC.ca (1897153)
Posted by Kurona on July 17th, 2017 @ 7:13am CDT
Big Grim wrote:Stone the crows! This all started in 2005? Good grief. I feel old. But who cares? IDW has given us consistently good Transformers fiction which has often veered into excellent in the last couple of years (MTMTE in particular.). What a time to be alive!

Whenever I remember it was 2005 I just find myself amazed that it's the longest-running TF fiction to ever exist -- surpassing even Shattered Glass and the Live-action movies. It's a wonderful ride that refuses to stop :)
Re: The Transformers IDWverse - Interview with Scott, Barber, Roberts on CBC.ca (1897305)
Posted by steve2275 on July 18th, 2017 @ 7:50am CDT
cool stuff
Re: The Transformers IDWverse - Interview with Scott, Barber, Roberts on CBC.ca (1897824)
Posted by Va'al on July 20th, 2017 @ 7:52am CDT
Tried updating very briefly the timeline, will do more once SDCC is over and can compare with ScottyP's list.
Re: The Transformers IDWverse - Interview with Scott, Barber, Roberts on CBC.ca (1897825)
Posted by ScottyP on July 20th, 2017 @ 8:18am CDT
Va'al wrote:Tried updating very briefly the timeline, will do more once SDCC is over and can compare with ScottyP's list.
I need to look at that list again anyhow. And update the FAQ. All I need is free time that isn't available :'(

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