SDCC 2009 - The Great Transformers/GI Joe Crossover Panel Report

IDW Publishing hosted a GI Joe/Transformers Crossover Panel! Join the panel attendees as they reveal some new upcoming comics in both the GI Joe and Transformers universe and general shenanigans!

Panelists include:
  • Andy Schmidt - IDW Editor for Transformers, GI Joe
  • Michael Kelly - Hasbro
  • Chris Guage - GI Joe writer
  • Mike Costa - GI Joe writer
  • Zander Cannon - Newcomer
  • Robert Atkin - GI Joe Penciler

    Some starters
  • Transformers is on the New York Times Bestseller List
  • Transformers & GI Joe has gone digital.

    GI Joe

    Comics
  • IDW has become the leader dominating the iTunes for all of publishing.
  • GI Joe 7 - 12, Snake eyes will fight a Cobra Agent. #13 Chuck Atkins returns, and Tripwire returns. Major Cobra agent is introduced
    [MORE COMIC NEWS WILL BE AVAILABLE AFTER THE PANEL]
  • Cobra series returns! Chuggles returns and is on an obsession to destroy Cobra. Matt Brooks writes.
  • Max Brooks has also joined the IDW team to write for the GI Joe Universe. Andy asks Mike Costa how he was able to bring Matt Brooks on-board? Mike signed next to him at a convention and Matt expressed willingness to work on GI Joe. Mike jokes that IDW now owes him.

    Rise of Cobra Continuity
  • Snake Eyes written by Ray Park - Andy wants to make it shiny.
  • Upcoming unnamed book will also be coming up and follow the movie continuity.

    Transformers

    Revenge of the Fallen
  • Tales of the Fallen #3 and 4: Jetfire vs The Fallen! Written by Chris Mowry and Simon Furman
  • Nefarious #1 - written by Simon Furman, art Carlos Magnos, six issues Continuity
  • All Hail #15 talks about why Perceptor is moody and Kup has gone happy
  • All Hail #16 by Zander Cannon features Bumblebee and Spike.
  • Transformers G1 On-Going Series written by Mike Costa is a great jumping on point. "Everything Changes" is the tagline. Andy: "Somebody might bite the dust, but maybe they won't. Unless somebody dies, nobody cares."
  • Bumblebee gets his own book! Spinning out from Transformers #1. Zander says that Bumblebee ends up with a different role and puts him in a difficult position with the Decepticons left on Earth. Zander says that Skywarp will be the main villain in this book.

  • DVD Giveaway time

    Q&A
  • IDW is looking to bring in more Marvel UK Transformers.
  • Nothing for Classics GI Joe past issue #50
  • GI Joe/Transformers Crossover? Thought about it, but there isn't anything at the time. However, wouldn't rule it out yet.
  • Any Marvel original characters coming to the IDW Verse? No, they're owned by Marvel
  • What about Thirteen? IDW is planning on doing something, but nothing solid yet. It may come back in a different version.
  • Classic GI Joe - will you print special missions? Working on it.
  • Would you ever do another GI Joe silent comic? No
  • Any options for Transformers 3? Too early to talk about it.
  • Robert asks, "are there any plans on doing a GI Joe Resolute comic?" Andy asks the audience that if they do, to yell really loud. The audience yells loudly. "No plans at this time."
  • All Hail Megatron #13 story was great. Will Transformers take on a more mature approach down the road? Mike Costa says that he's happy with the way Simon and Shane took
  • Any plans to reveal Cobra Commander? Andy: "Who? Next Question."
  • Will Larry Hama have anything to do with GI Joe? He's working on Origins.
  • Anything new for Dinobots? If you're into a peculiar Autobot, check out the issue of the "Last Stand of the Wreckers."
  • Anymore Transformers: Spotlight books? They're on hold because they're launching the ongoing series and Last Stand of the Wreckers. Andy would like to see them return because they were well done comics.

    Some thoughts
  • Robert on returning to GI Joe: Excited. Working on some covers in between and working on issue 13 and it's been so awesome working with Chuck Dixon. He also goes on the record saying that he really, really wants to do GI Joe.
  • Coming to the Transformers Universe,
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