TF-UK A-GO-GO #4

October 9, 2007

It’s out this week, Thursday 11th October to be precise, the fourth issue of Titan’s superlative Transformers comic/magazine. And this issue is extra-special, as it features all-new art from the one and only Don Figueroa (Transformers Movie Prequel, Beast Wars The Ascending)! Movie Devastator comes under the spotlight in a new 10-page comic strip, written by me and drawn by Don. Is he as dumb as his G1 counterpart? Well, yes. But he’s also equally as brutal and destructive, and when he finds himself with no easy prey to crush, watch out! As always with these solo but interlinked stories, there are guest appearances aplenty from other characters from the new TF-movie. Plus, more strip, a profile for Blackout and a titanic, expanded head-to-head smackdown between Optimus Prime and Megatron! Oh, and free pin badges! What more could you ask for. Click on the link below for a view of issue #4’s cover (so you know what to look for).
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SUB-CULTURE

October 7, 2007

As promised, a round-up/digression on last weekend’s Sub-Con in Dublin. This was something like convention #5 for me this year (not counting signings), so I approached Sub-Con with a certain amount of weary ‘been there, done that.’ But, actually, it turned out to be a surprisingly refreshing and (with a tacked on holiday touring the west coast of Ireland) revitalising experience. There’s just something about Ireland that very quickly winds me down, cushions the largely frantic beat of freelance life, and given that Sub-Con wasn’t on any kind of large scale, there wasn’t so much pressure involved with the convention day itself. But I’m getting ahead of myself. We (myself and my wife, Anna) were met at Dublin airport by convention organizer (and owner of Dublin’s Sub-City comic store) Rob Curley and ferried to the Central Hotel (where we were to stay and where the convention itself was to be held). It was also home to one of the nicest and most laid back hotel bars (big, comfortable chairs and walls bedecked with books) I’ve ever had the pleasure to behold. Unsurprisingly, much of Friday evening was spent there, supping Guinness and conversing with the likes of Rob, Steve Niles, Sarah Wilkinson, Leah Moore, Bryan Talbot and John Reppion. Good crack, as they say. Anyhow, on the Saturday I was set up and ready to go at 9.30AM as the doors opened, with scripts and other stuff out for inspection (and signature/purchase). Punters started to drift in, then more and more, until by lunchtime the main area was heaving. At 1PM I adjourned to the panel room and regaled the audience with upcoming stuff about (largely) Transformers. I managed not to reveal the subject of the second (or three) Spotlights I’m currently writing for IDW, but did let slip that (within the covers of that same un-named Spotlight) a certain Fortress Maximus makes his full IDW debut (albeit in a supporting role). That done, it was back to my own little corner of the convention hall for more in the way of one on one meeting and greeting. The afternoon then gently wound down until 5PM, when I packed up and was gone. A nod of the head to fellow creators Declan Shalvey and Will Sliney, who had the table next to mine. They both made for excellent company as the attendees ebbed and flowed. Overall, a very nice experience, busy enough to feel it was worth your while being there, but not so mad you feel mauled by the end of the day. After food, it was back to the ‘library’ bar at the Central Hotel for more lively chat (and, yes, Guinness), the proceedings enlivened still further by the arrival of Nick Roche (and pretty much his entire family). The next morning, it was into a hire car and off into the wild blue yonder. All in all, a very fine diversion. Cheers, Rob. Now back to work…
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Me, in my corner, signing scripts.

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Me, on my panel, laughing at my own joke. Thankfully…

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… the audience did join in!


BITS AND PIECES

October 5, 2007

Just back from Ireland, having rolled the Dublin Sub-Con (full report and pics to come) into a brief but spectacular tour of the country’s west coast. So, one or two things to catch up on/trailer. First and foremost, the news finally broke while I was away that I’ll be contributing a one-page story to the fan project Transformers Mosaic (go here for the full Newsarama interview with Josh Van Reyk and Shaun Knowler, the driving force behind Mosaic), which showcases new (one-page) strips by budding writers and artists, and is well worth your time to check out. The stories can be from any era or incarnation of Transformers and the one-page format makes for some pithy and unique storytelling. Anyway, I’m writing (or actually, have written) a story called ‘Hail and Farewell’ which sits very much in the current IDW/TF continuity. It’s set a year or two ahead of where we are now (in Devastation) and features Hunter O’Nion and Sunstreaker. Can’t tell you any more, as it’s very difficult to tease here without giving too much away. But it touches on stuff that the main series will expand on big time. It’s being drawn by two guys who are new to Transformers but have comics careers that span a decade or more (and also happen to be good friends of mine, which is always handy when there’s no money involved!), Steve Buccellato and Don Hudson. Can’t wait to see what they come up with, artwise. As soon as it’s done and ready we’ll launch it here and on the main Mosaic thread over at the IDW website. Also, IDW are kindly finding space within their Transformers comics to showcase selected Mosaic comics, so it may even make it into print. No definite release date yet but I’ll keep you posted. So what else is new? Well, Death’s Head vol 2 is now out, as are the clutch of IDW comics I was trailering last week (Transformers Devastation #1, Beast Wars The Ascending #1 and Beast Wars Sourcebook #1), and next week sees the release of Titan’s Transformers #4 (featuring the art of Don Figueroa, whoo-hoo! Full trailer next week). I’ll be signing all of the above at Forbidden Planet London on Thursday October 25th (from 6PM). More details on that nearer the time. Look out too for a Script (W)rap on Transformers (UK) #7, the first of our full in-movie continuity stories, coming soon. That’s it, I’m out of here (for now).