January 15, 2017
Thanks to everyone who made it down for yesterday’s Transformers: The Definitive G1 Collection signing in London, and special thanks to Steve White& Elise Windmill (both Hachetters) for organising it and Orbital Comics (and James Wilson in particular) for hosting the event. Great to see so many people turn out to get their copies of Target: 2006, Stormbringer and The Primal Scream signed. Left to right below: Jeff Anderson, Geoff Senior, Simon Furman, Lee Sullivan, Stephen Baskerville and John-Paul Bove – stalwart signers all. http://www.transformerscollection.com
January 11, 2017
To The Death Episode 14: “… Plan for the Worst.” is now LIVE and available to view/download – wherever you are in the world. As Simon Furman and Geoff Senior‘s future shocker enters its final phase, Dryagin tries to take back the initiative, sending Diamond Bill on a desperate solo mission. Meanwhile, Dryagin himself sticks his head fully into the lion’s den – the very beating heart of the Triumvirate – knowing full well it’s a one way trip, and the members of Scourge unit prepare for a daredevil assault. The breathless action will leave you panting for more, and that’s an iron-clad, metal-jacketed guarantee! And remember, Episodes 1-13 are still available to view/download either by subscription or individually, with Episode 1 FREE-TO-VIEW. http://to-the-death.com/episodes/
January 5, 2017
Bonus materials! Yes – each volume comes with all-new background material created especially for the Definitive Collection. Plenty of behind-the-scenes action with the likes of ‘Meanwhile, in the Offices of Marvel UK’ and ‘Creating The IDW-Verse’, plus Sketchbooks, Cover Galleries, Commentaries, Character Profiles, Story So Fars and more. With new input from the likes of me, Chris Ryall, Andrew Wildman, E.j. Su, James Roberts and many others, and in-depth creator profiles, each collection (as well as being part of the whole) is very much its own self-contained entity (with a contextual introduction). Where possible, we’re sourcing visual materials to go along with these features that are exclusive to the DefG1 collection – like Ted McKeever’s art for an early iteration of Hearts of Steel, part of my original pitch for RG1, or unseen Andrew Wildman cover sketch variants. We’re layering on the extra value with a trowel!
January 5, 2017
My personal favourite ‘reason to be cheerful/excited/subscribe immediately. For the first time, all the UK black & white strips – published in Transformers UK #214-289, will be reprinted/collected in glorious full colour. Can’t tell you how long I’ve been pushing and hoping for a publisher to come in and get this material colourised. And thanks to Hachette this is finally happening. John-Paul Bove, he of Regeneration One and many other IDW/Transformers colouring gigs, is bringing his unique (chameleon-like) colouring skills to bear on classic strips like Aspects of Evil, Perchance to Dream, Out To Lunch and many more. And what’s more he’ll be colouring them as if we were back in the late 80s, in the style of the time (albeit fully digitally). Anyone who saw JP’s amazing colour work on Transformers: Regeneration One #0 (a multi-artist/story issue reflecting different eras and iterations of G1) will know how he goes the extra half-mile (and then some) to meld modern colouring techniques with the look and feel of the time. The third release, ‘The Primal Scream’ in the DefG1 series, features the first of this newly colourised material – but there’s more (much more) to come. This is a true exclusive/first for Transformers: The Definitive Collection – so for the whole G1 story, subscribe now! https://www.hachettepartworks.com/transformers-the-definiti…
January 5, 2017
Continuing my discourse on what makes Hachette’s Transformers G1 collection so worth having, here’s your next Reason to be Cheerful: all the Dreamwave G1 material that saw print in single-issue form will be collected, including the rare Summer Special story, Welcome to the Jungle, and their ongoing G1 series. These stories have never before been collected. When we say ‘definitive’, we mean it.