With the release of the FINAL issue of The Transformers the whole UK creative team will be appearing at Orbital Comics on 29th March for a big sign off. OK, so you may see us elsewhere this year signing stuff but this is the big signing for the release of the book. Get there early so you can queue inside rather than in the rain.
In amongst the calendar of convention appearances this year there is one that I have never attended before. The Barcelona Comic Convention. Its takes place between 15th and 18th May. Quite what they will have me do I don’t know yet but its sure to be a lot of fun.
More news soon.
Last night was a seminal moment. One of those times that you just pause and consider the impact of the moment you are in. It wasn’t anything that I was doing but rather what my friend and Transformers colleague, JP Bove was doing. Last night was the night that he coloured the final page of the final issue of Transformers over the pencil work of Guido Guidi and inks of Stephen Baskerville. Written by Simon Furman it was the end of the 30 year journey that began with Marvel back in those heady days of good sales in comics and before all the prospector bubble had the industry massively inflate… and then crash through the floor. It has been a thirty year journey that has seen those ‘robots’ begin their story in a four issue limited series by Marvel comics. That book ran for 80 issues and then had a break. a break of some 20 years before issue 81 arrived and worked its way through to the final issue 100. It began with Cybertron and the conflict between OptimusPrime and Megatron. It ended last night with… well you’ll just have to wait and see. But make no mistake, this is THE END of that 30 year journey. And with all of life’s events,
there is no going back.
“And so, the end is near.” Uh-huh… the honest-to-gosh, accept no substitutes penultimate issue of Transformers: Regeneration One is upon us. This week (Wednesday 19th February) sees the release of
Transformers: Regeneration One #99
, and what is truly the beginning of the end. We’re almost at the last hurdle, the reveal of the true force behind… well, a ton of stuff, both in Regeneration One and a clutch of the 80 issues that preceded it. But first, there’s a pretty monumental obstacle to overcome in the shape of Senator Jhiaxus and his new Cybertronian Empire. At this point, if you want to avoid even the very vanilla
herein, cease and desist reading immediately. Otherwise, prepare for a truly desperate last tilt against impossible odds, as Rodimus Prime (surrender or no surrender) looks to scupper Jhiaxus’s plans for universal conformity and order. Elements in the mix that could just give him the means and opportunity for such a counter-offensive (elements Rodimus is not even aware of himself as we join the action) are a somewhat clandestine rearguard action set in motion by Kup (last issue) and the enduring/looming presence of Underbase, the collective pool of Cybertronian knowledge and experience that appears to have transcended its apparent destruction/death (in issue #50). What (or who) exactly lives on in the very heart of Starscream? And what can even it do against a foe that is legion? Also, because even all that is never enough, we learn more about the fate of Spike Witwicky (and the phenomena known as Zero Space), the Primordials reach an… evolution(?)… and the surviving humans bring out the big guns. And the true enemy is revealed. PHEW! And just for good measure, CRIKEY! Even I can’t bear to watch… (Look out for a full preview of the issue soon… I’ll update as and when that’s live and viewable).
2014, The Year of The Horse, The End of TRANSFORMERS etc etc. Thought it was time for a change.
So first up is a dusting down of this blog. Its not something that I use often but maybe that will change. Now that old projects pass away and new projects beckon it would be a good time to reach out. A good time to let anyone who is interested know what I am up to. You may have read my New Year post about Transformers, DoctorWho, Horizon and other projects and I will try and keep that all updated here. Of course there is still always Facebook but thats more for general – and lets face it, usually pointless – banter. I am also delving into the world of Google+ an amazingly powerful facility that I may make more use of. One of the changes that I have made to this blog is to have the navigation tabs at the top jump to the relevant places. try them out, you can always find your way back. This is in an effort to have my various sites link together in a way that they haven’t quite done before. So there we go. Welcome to the new.