With the final issue of Transformers vs GI Joe
out in shops this week (and our review of that issue can be found right here
), Newsarama spent some time chatting with the book's main writer, artist, colorist, and as we've liked to joke, probably bookbinder and papermaker as well, Tom Scioli.
It's a whopper of an interview touching on a great deal of subjects spinning out of the initial subject of issue #13 of Transformers vs GI Joe
. We've included some brief excerpts, so click through to read that and find a link to the original article!
Nrama: How much was this planned from the beginning, this being the finale point?
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Scioli: When I first started working on this thing, I wrote a big document - like 100+ pages - that were the broad strokes of the story. And this was it, the finale - it plays out pretty much the way I always envisioned in that plan.
Some things changed along the way - you get more clarity into your characters once you’re a few hundred pages into writing them - but this is it, the giant war between G.I. Joe and the Transformers I set out to tell.
Scioli: ... It’s tricky - how do you keep track of all those personnel, and not just have characters disappear? And how do you keep it so the characters are all doing something, and have relevance to the plot? It’s a like a massive, massive math problem.
Nrama: And then you have not just the number of characters but the physical scale, as the Transformers are many times larger than the Joes -
Scioli: That wound up informing the entire series. A lot of the art innovations I did were a result of having to deal with this massive problem: "I have these really big characters, and these really small characters, and these in-between characters..." It was a lot of work, and required some really good storyboarding. I think I got smarter from figuring all that out.