BotCon 2008 - IDW Publishing Panel Report

IDW Panelists include: Simon Furman, Denton J. Tipton, Jim Sorenson, Alex Milne, Marty Isenberg, and Marcelo Matere.

Questions & Answers

+ The Revelations Spotlights in June will tie up everything relatively well. That is the batch of Spotlights with Cyclonus and some others we've seen.

+ The IDW slide presentation reveals that all 4 of the Revelations Spotlight covers connect.

+ Simon Furman says they are kind of tampering with peoples conceptions of characters in the IDW comics, specifically referencing Arcee.

+ Galvatron is an "undead" Transformer in the IDW universe and a lot of these will be showing up in Spotlight: Cyclonus

+ Arcee is so focused, nothing else matters and we will see how much nothing else matters in Revelations.

+ There will be no more Evolutions series after Hearts of Steel.

+ The Club Comics will not be released in a TBP.

+ They are discussing plans for more Beast Wars comics.

+ Transformers UK comic will continue to tell a story, "Twilight's Last Gleaming," depicting a different ending of the movie where the Decepticons win and the Autobots are fighting a last stand.

+ A Dinobots project from Furman is coming to IDW. The project will have Scoponok, Sunstreaker, and Sun Hunter. Spotlight: Grimlock sets the story for this unannounced project.

+ Star Saber in the IDW comics? Furman says don't rule it out! Star Saber is in the Ark 2, there will be 4 pages with him and Victory Saber. [AWESUM! - ed.]

+ A Doubledealer spotlight is currently in the planning stages.

+ A 5-issue mini-series for Transformers: Animated series written by Marty Isenberg is coming starting in August. While the series will be all new stories and not just re-telling the cartoon, it is in continuity with TV. The first issue will be a retelling of the movie pilot with lots of different points of view and stuff you didn't see on screen. The 4 issues after that will be new stories.

+ Dario Brizuela, who has worked on Johnny DC label comics, is doing the art for the Animated comic series.

+ Furman says there are no plans for Punch, Counterpunch. He continues that other than the Headmasters, no other Masters will appear, other than the Doubledealer Spotlight currently in the works.

+ Any more stories with Cybertron's past? Furman says not to rule it out but the main thrust is to propel forward.

+ IDW says they will continue to do limited series instead of ongoing ones so people don't feel they have missed stories if they skip an issue. They also try and keep each series fairly self-contained.

+ IDW has been discussing doing posters versions of favorite scenes and such from the comics.

+ A second hardcover book will be coming.

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