Transformers: Regeneration One #100 - A Few More Words from Andrew Wildman

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We mentioned a while back that Andrew Wildman, who had already posted part of his thoughts on the end of IDW Publishing's Transformers: ReGeneration One, would go back to them, and expand. Now, on his blog, he has done just that! Check out the unedited version of the afterword present in the book itself, in the way in which Wildman first wrote it below, and head to his blog for even more amazing work.

Some of you may have heard the Transmissions Podcast where - among many other things - they discuss Transformers Regeneration One #100. Its always interesting to hear what readers and aficionados make of the work one does. They really get under the skin of the whole issue with story, art etc. They mention right at the end that I am going to be saying more about my thoughts and feelings around Transformers. And I will. As much as they discuss the content of the book and also acknowledge the fact that we all had a chance to say something in the extra pages that the book had, they don't discuss what we said. Maybe at some point they may or maybe that will be covered elsewhere. For those of you who have not read any of that extra material, below is my piece. Slightly different from what you will have read in the book though. This is the unedited piece. Hasbro asked for some changes to be made to what I had written before it went to publication. Some of you may spot them. I am happy with the changes that they asked for but I thought it might be interesting to show exactly what I wrote, grammatical errors and all...
As you will see, as far as I am concerned it is all very great to read, enjoy and discuss all the events of the story but with Transformers there is definitely More Than Meets The Eye.

It Never Ends?

There we are then. That’s it. All done and dusted.

It seems amazing that we ever got to this point. This comic book that has - in one form or another - been there for so long. As many of you will know I first drew Transformers back in the dim and distant 1988. at the time I was working on whatever anyone was throwing at me. I was young(ish) and had a growing family to feed. At that time Transformers was just another paid gig. It very rapidly became more than that as it became the thing that opened to the door to Marvel Comics. Once in that door Transformers suddenly became a victim of Marvel’s decision to not do toy books anymore. No matter, I was in and had the opportunity to move through the ranks at Marvel and the pleasure of working on some of the characters that I had grown up with such as Spider-Man and the X-Men. Those jobs came and went but after all these years it is still Transformers that comes knocking at the door. When something is that insistent and becomes for many the thing that defines you it is always worth having a look under the hood. See what’s really there. What is it about this book that it seems to have attached itself to me?

Then I saw it;

When IDW asked me if I wanted to do some interior art for a Transformers book I said no. When they asked me what it would take to get me to do some interior art for a Transformers book I pondered the question and responded that I would only do it if I could work with Simon and if we could have the opportunity to do something that really had some weight to it. Out of this and Simon’s parallel conversations with IDW the idea for RegenerationOne was born.

I am going to break the flow here to give out a few acknowledgments. We have gathered a great team together for this journey. Guido has done a great job stepping in when I had to step away, JP Bove’s interior colours have perfectly captured that synthesis of being a bit like the old stuff but definitely new and fresh and I think now stand alongside the amazing Mr Nel Yomtov for the amount of uninterrupted output of pages. Jason Cardy’s cover colours have given cinematic impact that have pulled readers in like a movie poster outside your favorite multiplex. Stephen Baskerville, what can I say. A consummate professional. No matter what I throw at Stephen he unfailingly does his thing and makes these books look the way they ‘should’. As for the words, well a huge acknowledgment to Jim Shooter and Bob Budiansky for creating this beast. Without them we wouldn’t be here. We may well be creating a book about battling robots but for sure it wouldn’t be this one. And lastly, Simon Furman. My long time partner in crime. The man who not only brought me into the Transformers hold but who, as a result of that opened the door to many a subsequent opportunity. Thanks Mr F, my acknowledment and respect to you.



So there we were. The idea to finally complete the Transformers story was not only an opportunity but a privilege. What needs to really be gotten here is that this book is the conclusion of the definitive Transformers storyline. Let me just emphasise that. THIS book is THE CONCLUSION of THE DEFINITIVE TRANSFORMERS STORYLINE. It is not possible to over emphasise that. Back in 1983 something huge that has become part of popular culture began. At Marvel Comics Jim Shooter and Bob Budiansky wrote a treatment for Transformers. There was nothing before that other than some ill defined toys. That treatment became the Marvel Transformers book and that storyline - the definitive one - fell silent in 1991, reared its head again in 2012 and the no kidding, final conclusion of that whole storyline is what you now hold in your hands.

But what really makes this concept resonate and give it its longevity is the fact that this is NOT a book about robots. quite the opposite. The term 'robot' was first used in the 1921 play ‘R.U.R. Rossum's Universal Robots’ by the Czech writer, Karel Čapek. But these were human clones devoid of emotion. Transformers are if anything the opposite of that. They are sentient beings. They may be mechanical in their structure but they contain very human emotions and concerns. They are also from one source, The Matrix (later called The Allspark). This original singular source is what binds them and gives a unifying purpose to their lives. These themes are key to the popularity of Transformers in that it is an expression of much of what defines us as human beings. It has its roots in Hinduism, Buddhism, Enlightenment, Pantheism and subsequently many themes of Modern Philosophy. And that is what made me want to do this book. That is why we love it. A book about cool robots? yes, but about so much more. Its about us. About you and me. About the human condition. Its about separation, loss, pain, conflict and the pursuit of unification and oneness. Throughout its long life its always been there in that now familiar mantra; ‘Till All Are One’.

And here we finally are.



Namaste



AW 2014

Credit(s): Andrew Wildman


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Re: Transformers: Regeneration One #100 - A Few More Words from Andrew Wildman (1565617)
Posted by Rodimus Prime on April 16th, 2014 @ 6:36am CDT
As I've said before, Wildman's art is wonderful. Too bad it couldn't be matched by a decent story. This was the definitive ending? It should have been left at #80.
Re: Transformers: Regeneration One #100 - A Few More Words from Andrew Wildman (1565646)
Posted by JaffleMaker on April 16th, 2014 @ 8:05am CDT
Rodimus Prime wrote:As I've said before, Wildman's art is wonderful. Too bad it couldn't be matched by a decent story. This was the definitive ending? It should have been left at #80.


I agree... well mostly, I'm glad they continued beyond 80 as it was something I'd been wanting for years. As much as I love the original run, I always hated how the last few issues felt so cheap and rushed. This time they had a whole 20 issues to tie up loose ends but it felt like it was crammed with needless story arcs that didn't really go anywhere. Did we really need jhiaxus?

As a result it felt cheap and rushed all over again, but instead of 2 or 3 issues where you really sympathized for the writers, considering the circumstances they were forced into, you get 20 issues of cliches and what came across as haughty storytelling.

But that's just me, maybe I wasn't the target audience. lol

I really hope someone out there enjoyed the series and I'd love to hear their perspective.

But all negatives aside, the covers were fantastic and I loved most of the art.
Re: Transformers: Regeneration One #100 - A Few More Words from Andrew Wildman (1565689)
Posted by Rodimus Prime on April 16th, 2014 @ 10:36am CDT
Yeah, you're right. Instead of 22 issues, we could have gone with maybe 5. The 1st story arc wasn't bad at all, and it brought a definitive ending to Megatron and Optimus. They could have skipped the 2nd arc, and gone right to Hot Rod becoming Rodimus and killing Bludgeon, while Magnus kills Galvatron and Blaster kills Soundwave. End of Decepticon threat. End of conflict. End of story. No need for Jhiaxus at all. He was a G2 character, and should have stayed that way. His original iteration was much better than what he was this time around.
Re: Transformers: Regeneration One #100 - A Few More Words from Andrew Wildman (1565690)
Posted by Cyber Bishop on April 16th, 2014 @ 10:37am CDT
So far the biggest gripe seems to be that the stories were rushed and like I said before, I agree with those sentiments.
Re: Transformers: Regeneration One #100 - A Few More Words from Andrew Wildman (1565794)
Posted by WiseMan on April 16th, 2014 @ 4:57pm CDT
Why does there seem to be a conscious decision by everyone NOT to mention Generation 2?
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Posted by Cyber Bishop on April 16th, 2014 @ 5:31pm CDT
WiseMan wrote:Why does there seem to be a conscious decision by everyone NOT to mention Generation 2?

I did not mind the mention of jhiaxus at all, I know that the generation 2 comic actually finished up the original marvel run, however at some point they decided to finish go properly as many do not like the Gen 2 story line. I have all the g1 and g2 comics and I felt that g2 was an excuse to kill off a bunch of original characters (sound familiar to tftm) and try to close things off.
Re: Transformers: Regeneration One #100 - A Few More Words from Andrew Wildman (1565930)
Posted by Rodimus Prime on April 17th, 2014 @ 6:50am CDT
That's another opportunity ReGen missed. It could have filled the gap between G1 and G2. I understand that it was more or less glossed over with vague facts, but it would have been nice to get a detailed account of how Megatron and Starscream ended up at the Cobra castle.
Re: Transformers: Regeneration One #100 - A Few More Words from Andrew Wildman (1566198)
Posted by Va'al on April 18th, 2014 @ 6:06am CDT
Once again, long-standing Transformers artist Andrew Wildman celebrates the end of ReGeneration One and the 30th Anniversary of the Transformers with his own spin. Starting Monday 21st April, he will be auctioning 30 issues of the convention variant cover for issue #100 of IDW Transformers: ReGeneration One, especially to reach non-UK fans or those who cannot attend conventions as easily, and each copy will come with a sketch of one of six characters! Check out below, or head to his blog, for more information.

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Beginning on Easter Day will be an eBay listing to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Transformers.

I am Bagging and Boarding 30 copies of the Convention Variant cover of Transformers Regeneration One #100. Each of the backing boards will have a sketch on the back. The 30 issues will be divided into 6 releases of five. There will be five sketches of Optimus Prime. Five sketches of Megatron - ya get the idea- then Ultra Magnus, Galvatron. Rodimus Prime and Bludgeon. The Optimus Prime sketches begin on Easter Day at 8pm UK time and runs for seven days.

The idea behind this is to not only commemorate the 30th anniversary but to enable those who can't get to UK conventions that I am attending to be able to get a copy of the comic and a sketch. Those of you who have seen me at conventions know that I do sketches but there are, needless to say, many Transformers and comic conventions that I won't be at. Below are the five Optimus Prime sketches that constitute this release. It's pot luck as to which bidder will get which sketch but that's part of the fun.

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As you will see below I have decided to donate all the proceeds from the fifth winning bidder to the Make-A-Wish foundation. this is my favourite charity and the one that we support as Draw The World Together. Anyone not familiar with the activities of DtWT click the link and take a look. We don’t have a lot of time or facility to do much with DtWT these days so it is nice to be able to raise a bit of money for the charity.

So. set your alarm for the start of the bid and cross your fingers.
Re: Transformers: Regeneration One #100 - A Few More Words from Andrew Wildman (1572510)
Posted by Va'al on May 9th, 2014 @ 8:49am CDT
For the more Decepticon-bent readers of Transformers ReGeneration One out there, artist Andrew Wildman has you covered! As he did with the Optimus Prime boarded sketch and comic auction, with proceeds going to charity, he is currently auctioning five signed copies of issue 100 of the comic series started 30 years ago, this time with some Megatron goodness on the board! Check out the auctions here, and the images below!


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Re: Transformers: Regeneration One #100 - A Few More Words from Andrew Wildman (1572569)
Posted by triKlops on May 9th, 2014 @ 10:51am CDT
Really nice work on those boards; got to see if i have some extra dough to put towards the auction.
Re: Transformers: Regeneration One #100 - A Few More Words from Andrew Wildman (1585150)
Posted by Va'al on June 23rd, 2014 @ 3:36pm CDT
Continuing his charity auctions, famed Transformers artist Andrew Wildman has switched back to the Autobots for the sketches adorning this batch of backing boards (to support issue #100 of IDW Publishing's ReGeneration One) - check out below the Ultra Magnus offerings, auction links and information, courtesy of Wildman's blog!


ULTRA MAGNUS sketch and comic

The auction for the next batch of five Transformers Regeneration One comics has now goe live, This time around each signed comic will include signed original ULTRA MAGNUS sketch.

Links for the five items are;

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... 1365037344

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/171365039497? ... 1558.l2649

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/171365041211? ... 1558.l2649

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/171365042883? ... 1558.l2649

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/171365044507? ... 1558.l2649


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Re: Transformers: Regeneration One #100 - A Few More Words from Andrew Wildman (1590953)
Posted by Va'al on July 15th, 2014 @ 1:49pm CDT
Renowned Transformers artist Andrew Wildman continues his ReGeneration One #100 charity auction streak, shifting back to the purple corner for the next five sketches - the mighty Galvatron! Check out the auctions here, and make sure to drop by his blog for more on the Wildman himself and his work.

The Galvatron sketches are now up on eBay. As with the previous auctions there are 5 copies of the Convention Variant cover of Transformers Regeneration One #100. Each is bagged and boarded. The backing board has a sketch of Galvatron on it.
At the close of the auction all the proceeds from one of those lots will go to the Make-a-Wish foundation who provide amazing experiences for children dealing with life threatening illnesses.

So take a look at the auction lots HERE and see if anything grabs you. And if not, that’s fine but please also take a look at the work of Make-a-Wish. Very moving stuff.


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Re: Transformers: Regeneration One #100 - A Few More Words from Andrew Wildman (1595281)
Posted by sto_vo_kor_2000 on July 31st, 2014 @ 6:21am CDT
Wolfman Jake wrote:Looks like they kind of "Ultimate Marveled" the G1 comic book universe.

Why is this considered "The End of Generation 1" anyway? G1 was more than just the Marvel comic series, which has always been its own beast apart from the original cartoon and animated Movie, Beast Wars and Beast Machines, and any of the additions and extensions made through Japanese media to the franchise.


this is "the end" for the original g1 comic continuity...not all things called G1.
also......The G1 marvel comic predates the cartoon.
Re: Transformers: Regeneration One #100 - A Few More Words from Andrew Wildman (1601772)
Posted by Va'al on August 25th, 2014 @ 6:57am CDT
Not only is Transformers artist Andrew Wildman setting up charity auctions for the final issue, he has now also decided to share more of his work with fans, by auctioning off original work from behind the scenes of Transformers: ReGeneration One! Check out his blog and below for more info, and take a look at some of the first batch of pages on offer.

Now that the Transformers Regeneration One comic book series is over and complete I thought it time to put up for sale a few of the pages of original art. I have sold a couple at conventions recently but it would be good to get them out into the wider Transformers world. I will probably pick a few pages from various issues and post them every now and then. To start with here are four pages from the end part of the run. Each page of art is signed, boarded and bagged and comes with a copy of the relevant script page.

Take a look at them here and if you are interested you can click on the images to check them out on eBay. The auction end at 8.30pm UK time next sunday 31st August.


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Re: Transformers: Regeneration One #100 - A Few More Words from Andrew Wildman (1603620)
Posted by Va'al on September 2nd, 2014 @ 12:10pm CDT
Old school Transformers artist Andrew Wildman is still at it, offering his penultimate batch of signed and sketched issue of IDW's Transformers: ReGeneration One, this time round featuring the Master of Metallikato Pretender - Bludgeon. Check out the auctions here, or via his blog, a remember that part of the profits are for a charitable cause!

Just started over on eBay is the next 30th Anniversary auction of Transformers comic/sketch packs. This time round… Bludgeon. Everyone’s favourite Samurai Pretender. Usual deal, five sketches bagged with five copies of the increasingly rare #100 Convention Special. You can see them below or pop over to eBay


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Re: Transformers: Regeneration One #100 - A Few More Words from Andrew Wildman (1606467)
Posted by Va'al on September 15th, 2014 @ 8:26am CDT
Another comics update, and it's the last batch of Andrew Wildman's Transformers: ReGeneration One #100 special signed editions with sketched boarding cards - and charity donation. Check out below the selection of Rodimus sketches on auction, and head here to bid!

The final batch if sketches in the 30th anniversary collection. This is one of my favourite of the whole lot.


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Re: Transformers: Regeneration One #100 - A Few More Words from Andrew Wildman (1606473)
Posted by robotmel on September 15th, 2014 @ 9:39am CDT
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Friday afternoon job Andy! :lol:

Had these on pre-order for ages, didnt wanna miss out, you know! ;)

Looking forward to many more open-mouth shots! :P
Re: Transformers: Regeneration One #100 - A Few More Words from Andrew Wildman (1606658)
Posted by robotmel on September 16th, 2014 @ 3:14am CDT
:-?
Just noticed the amazing differences between Andy Wildman's backing board sketch of Hot Rod and Stephen Baskerville's inked take. You gotta love an inker! ;)
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Re: Transformers: Regeneration One #100 - A Few More Words from Andrew Wildman (1626676)
Posted by Va'al on December 3rd, 2014 @ 9:18am CST
Here's a bit of a treat, with a charitable cause, for all Transformers comics fans. Artist and general godfather of the Cybertronian aesthetics for the past 30 years, Andrew Wildman, has collected the signatures of Bob Budiansky, José Delbo, Simon Furman, Geoff Senior, Lee Sullivan, Stephen Baskerville, Andrew Wildman, Guido Guidi, Nick Roche, Jason Cardy, John Paul Bove and Casey Collier - all on the Guidi after Sienkiewicz cover for IDW's ReGeneration One! He is auctioning off 30 of these special issues, with the profits going to help comics creator and first Transformers writer Bill Mantlo. So head over to eBay, bid your savings, do some good, and own a part of robot history.

It's finally happening. The auction of the exclusive, signed Transformers Regeneration One comics. There are 30 copies (it's the 30th anniversary) of issue 100. This is the release with the 'issue 1 homage cover' by artist, Guido Guidi and all the books are signed by a host of Transformers creators. A real who's who list.
What is really important about this auction is that all the proceeds will go to help Bill Mantlo. One of Marvel's writers who was responsible for some of their greatest titles. Not only did he create Rocket Raccoon but he was the first writer on the Transformers book. Bill was involved in an accident in the 90's and requires constant care. This is our way of saying thanks to him for his contribution to one of the worlds biggest franchises.
Check out the auction below and share with... everyone.


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