IT’S Q&A TIME AGAIN!

As happens every once in a while, I commit to (and should be committed for!) answering 20 questions posed by regular users of the IDW forums (and selected, pruned and tidied up by Luke/Bassbot) on all things Transformers. Also as usual, the answers (#1-15) appear both on the IDW forum (in its own dedicated thread here) and here (#16-20) exclusively on my blog. So, without further ado, here’s my quota of the answers:
16. Any particular characters you’d like to write Spotlights for in the future?
SF) Plenty. There’s characters I’d have liked to have given the Spotlight treatment to but never got the chance: Jetfire for one (but he was so involved elsewhere it seemed vaguely redundant) and Fortress Maximus for another (but that would have been post-Arcee, post-Revelation). I had an idea for Getaway at one point, but events have maybe superseded the framework I had in mind. Right now there’s a couple of more viable potentials. The first (which is tentatively scheduled) will probably come as no great shock to anyone, the second is a little more ‘out of left field,’ and ties into the ‘big’ pitch that’s with Denton/Hasbro right now. Of course, I may not get to do that latter one (I can see Denton reading this, going “wh-?”), but as and when a slot appears, I’m ready.
17. How do you want to see the Transformers line progress in the future? Continue with mini-series and the spotlights or for it to become an ongoing series with minis that crossover – showcasing work from people not doing the ongoing series? We have had a few months in 2008 with hardly any comics out per month.
SF) Personally, I still think the interconnected but self-contained four or six issue miniseries work best. It’ll be interesting to see if the sales on AHM hold up decently over the whole 12-issue run. That might be the best indicator yet of what works best, TPB-sized chunks of story or something more traditionally ongoing. I suspect those months where little or nothing came out had more to do with blown shipping dates than anything. IDW are pretty good at making the publishing plan work, on paper at least. But there are so many more random variables. Yknow… artists.
18. Are the beings in the beginning of Spotlight Galvatron any relation to the quintessons pictured in the end of Spotlight Wheelie? And are they a hint for something just about to come ie. post AHM or a far off future tease…?
SF) I very rarely tease just for the sake of it, so the fact that there’s a foreshadowing of the Quintessons in Spotlight Wheelie does suggest there’s more to come. Can’t completely guarantee when or even if it’ll happen, but I do have definite plans (and even a role in the grand scheme of things) for the Quints in mind for the next batch(es) of storylines. Maybe it’ll even tie into The 13. We’ll see. In answer to your other question, no the aliens in Spotlight Galvatron are no relation.
19. Is Arcee the only female, or just the first? I mean are thier others hiding underground?
SF) Megatron: Origin notwithstanding, Arcee is the only ‘female’ Transformer we know of. Currently. That’s not to say Jhiaxus didn’t try, try again, and another ‘female’ character is yet to make ‘her’ presence felt. But Arcee was certainly the first. And maybe the last. Only time will tell.
20. You previously mentioned that we’d see Ultra Magnus vs Galvatron. Is this still going to happen?
SF) This was where my plans for Revelation/Expansion really did change, and not just because of the shift in format. Originally, I really wanted to have an Ultra Magnus/Galvatron smackdown in the tradition of the one from Target: 2006, but once I’d arranged all the players in Revelation I realised it just wasn’t going to work. I do have plans for Galvatron, though. And Ultra Magnus for that matter. But whether the twain shall meet in upcoming storylines very much remains to be seen.
Thanks to Luke/Bassbot for setting this up!

10 Responses to IT’S Q&A TIME AGAIN!

  1. Praul says:

    Thanks for taking the time to do this Simon, always value your insight & perspective. Very excited for your upcoming projects – can’t wait for the rest of your plot lines to come to fruition.
    Hopefully without sounding too sycophantic, your story over the last three years has been the best TF arc ever – it’s a pity Revelation didn’t play out in the space you’d hoped – would have loved to have seen Magnus vs Galvatron again. It’s a great shame as, even though you may well be able to pit them against each other, I suppose it’ll never play out in the same way it would have in Revelations/Expansion…
    Do you think you could cheat somehow and bring the heavy hitters from the DU back!!!???
    All the best for Christmas/New Year.

  2. Charles RB says:

    This is why I love these things: informative, completely honest about any mistakes or problems, and always coming off as if you’re having a blast writing the TFs!

  3. bassbot says:

    It’s awesome to get into the backstage Simon! Thanks for being so forthright with answers!

  4. Bass X0 says:

    You keep writing Transformers comics Simon and I’ll keep buying them. Deal?

  5. Coptur says:

    Very nicely done Mr F.

    My question would’ve been. ‘Have you thought of a name for Optimus Primes’ Trailer yet?’ as you did mention possibly naming it/him/her at one point.

  6. ZacWilliam says:

    Interesting stuff. Can’t wait for Max Dino. and definately can’t wait for the 13 series. (I realize Hasbro’s likely up to their ears in the movie stuff right now but I really hope there’s movement on that soon.)

    I don’t know if it’s cool to immediately follow up a Q&A with another Q but I’ll give it a shot:

    When talking about the 13 with Hasbro (and I understand things are still very in flux) have the OTTFC Fan Club comics come up?

    The ongoing stories over the last few years in the club magazine have dealt alot with both Primus/Unicron and with Vector Prime, the Fallen and the other Original 13 TFs. In fact they’ve introduced their own member of the 13 line-up in the club combiner character and filled in at least a little bit of 13 backstory. Since those comics were written by Hasbro’s own Forest Lee, have they been something Hasbro has wanted to work into the 13 pitch to make the mini work together wit the fan club stories? Or is the 13 as you planning set to be more an IDW universe exclusive thing, apart from the larger TF multiverse established in the fan club material?

    Thanks for all the good work. Can’t wait to read more soon.🙂

  7. partholon says:

    i LOVE these things so its appreciated that you took time out to answer these questions.

    some nice tidbits to keep us on our toes. cant wait for max dinos (only next week ! ) and im getting more and more intrigued by the 13.

    should be fun to see if when its finally released.

    im very interested in the movie tie in. no offense but theyre usually dog awfull .i thought IDW did a good job with the first one. alex even capturing some key moments exactly the same as in the film but in general they usually come off as a poor relation with dodgy art and woefull writing.

    be interesting to see how you tackle it🙂

    the best news is its obvious weve got YEARS of TF goodness to look forward to. i could only be happier if geoff would chuck a new page or two into the mix🙂🙂

  8. Jim S says:

    Thanks for taking the time to answer these questions! I’m looking forward to Maximum Dinobots with great enthusiasm. Keep up the good work.

  9. Brett says:

    Thank you so much for taking the time to do this, Simon. Very cool to get such detailed answers to so many great questions.

    Still scratching my head over the Optimus Prime vs. Sixshot explanation, though… I guess I just read Devastation #4 wrong.

    S/F
    ~Brett L. Bass

  10. Bass X0 says:

    So with Shane doing a Spotlight for his character Drift, any chance of you doing a Spotlight issue for your created character Grindcore, Simon? Probably not but would it be something you would like to do if you could?

    Its annoying because we as readers know nothing about him yet I am sure you have his whole personality and history mapped out inside your head.

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