Allspark Interview with Brad Mick

Brad Mick, author of Transformers Generation 1 Volume 2 & Volume 3, many issues of Armada/Energon, and whose work was heavily featured in the More Than Meets The Eye G1 profiles book, recently sat down with The Allspark to discuss the G1 ongoing book, the future, and much more. Here’s what Brad had to say:

AS: What comic writers, who haven’t worked on Transformers ever, are your biggest influences?

Brad: Grant Morrison, Frank Miller, Garth Ennis, Alan Grant, and Hiroaki Samura. There’s a ton of others, but these are the main comic guys who stick (out) for me.

AS: Besides the overall art, the actual writing/story in a comic is often subjected to harsh criticism, how do you deal with such reviews?

Brad: We actually haven’t been getting too much heat in that department lately, which believe me is a good thing. It’s kind of upsetting, but a lot of the time, harsh criticism can be summed up to plain old sour grapes. You know, people who wish they were doing what you were doing, or people who are just miserable in general. Keeping that in mind, you need too take it in stride. Don’t get offended if someone has something shitty to say. Step back, see if there is any merit to their claims, and move on. However, I must admit that it’s very difficult to ignore the shiver that runs up your spine when people come up to you at a convention, or send you letter, or even a message board post, praising your last issue. It always means a lot to hear that kind of stuff from the fans.

AS: When you came into Transformers, you were thought of as a bit of an unknown…tell us a little bit about how you came to work for Dreamwave, were you ever involved in the Transformers “fan fiction” scene? If you weren’t writing comic books, what do you think you would be doing for a living?

Brad: A “bit of?” Dude, I was a complete unknown. I definitely have to take this time to thank Pat Lee for taking a chance with me. The guy believed in me when nobody else did. That means a lot.

I was never really much of a fanfic guy, so I never really got into that scene. Actually, “War and Peace” wasn’t only my first attempt at writing a comic script, but also my first crack at ever doing a Transformers story. I guess it all kind of snowballed from there…before I knew it I was writing, editing and doing development work on everything from TF/Joe to Armada to War Within II to More than Meets the Eye. And now, I get to do the new ongoing series…can somebody please pinch me?!

AS: You’re working on the ongoing Generation 1 series…how do you intend to take these characters in a direction that they’ve never been before? And was it difficult to incorporate the first volume of Dreamwave’s Transformers into your own vision of …

Allspark Interview with Don Figueroa

Recently, Don Allen Figueora, of War Within, Armada, and G1 Ongoing fame, sat down with The Allspark to discuss many topics, including Macromasters, fan artists, and his fellow artists at Dreamwave. Here’s what Don had to say:

AS: Before you gained notoriety for the Dreamwave comics, you worked on your own fan series entitled Macromasters, here you crafted some astonishingly detailed homemade toys. While you’re most likely not able to revive the Macromasters series, is there any chance of us ever getting an up close and personal look at the toys? OTFCC perhaps?

Don: Ah well, I’d really like to see the Macromasters continue, but I can only do so much right now. I’ve had offers from other people to take over it, but I guess they just didn’t realize how much effort it takes. As for them seeing the toys, maybe if I drove them to the con? (If it was close enough). I’d rather not risk any of them getting confiscated in the terminal. =)

AS: 2003 was the first time at an OTFCC or Botcon for you. What did you think of the whole thing? What was the highlight of the con? And, how different is it to attend a convention as an actual “celebrity guest” as opposed to just
a fan attending?

Don: Actually, my very first one was at the ’98 Botcon at Anaheim . I was onlyable to go on the last day and I managed to haggle some good deals. I just started going online for the first time that year and when I found out about BC, I didn’t have time to prepare or save up. So, I just decided to go at the last minute with only about a $100 budget. OTFCC was a cool experience, I’ve been to a few Comic/sci-fi cons so  I know the routine. Unlike regular
comic conventions, I don’t get asked “Who are you and what do you do?” I never really thought of myself as a “Celebrity guest” or anything, I was just happy tagging along with the DW crew. It was also nice to finally meet
some of the people I chatted online with as well.

AS: The fandom is full of talented fan-artists and writers. Heck, you yourself came up from the rank and file of the fan community to be the “next big thing”. If you had the reins on a “dream project”, who are some of the fan-artists you’d like to see penciling, inking, coloring and writing?

Don: Hmm, let’s see.. I don’t know a lot of fan-writers. Myself being one, I try not to read any Fan-fiction just because I don’t want to accidentally steal any ideas. As for the other positions, I really like D-Con or Grungewerx on pencils, Jake as inker, and Josh on colors.

AS: Masterpiece Convoy, known in the states as 20th Anniversary Optimus Prime, is set to be a huge hit in Japan , and is sure to be a hit when it’s released in …

COMPLETE THE COMIC CONTEST!!

OH MY!
THERE WAS A TIE!
WHAT DO WE DO?
AS DREAMWAVE SIGHED?
WE COULD DRAW OUT OF A HAT!
BUT UNFAIR, IS THAT?
SO WE DECIDED TO POLL
EVERYONE AT DW WE KNOW!
THE WINNER YOU ASK?
WELL FIRST A SMALL TASK:
IF MUSIC PLUS FUN
TO DREAMWAVE ARE ONE  ?
… (the answer?)
THEN YOU CAN EASILY SEE
WE PICKED ENTRY #3!!!

Congratulations guys!!! Check out the winning entries here!
1ST PLACE:  Mark Gumabon of Mississauga, ONT
2ND PLACE:  Alex Benson. Buford, GA
3RD PLACE: Darryl Soon Shiong. Markham, ONT

The Prizes?
1st Place:
– Transformers Armada Tidal Wave Alert toy (courtesy of Hasbro Canada)

2nd Place:
– Transformers Armada Predacon toy (courtesy of Hasbro Canada)

3rd Place:
– Transformers Armada Battle for Cybertron Game (courtesy of Hasbro Canada)

ON TOP OF THOSE GREAT PRIZES, ALL WINNERS WILL BE WINNING:
– Dreamwave’s Pat Lee Transformers Generation One Calendar 2004
– Autographed Transformers Generation One Ongoing Issue #1
– Autographed Transformers Generation One Ongoing Issue #1 Rare Incentive Cover
– + surprise Dreamwave stuff!…

YOU WANNA KNOW WHAT THEY WON?

1st Place:
– Villain drawn by TF artist Joe Ng, they keep the original piece of art!
– Transformers Armada Powerlinx Jetfire toy (courtesy of Hasbro Canada)
– Transformers Armada Powerlinx Red Alert toy (courtesy of Hasbro Canada)
– Visit to the Dreamwave studios!

2nd Place:
– The Original Transformers Series 1 DVD Box set
– Transformers Armada Predacon toy (courtesy of Hasbro Canada)

3rd Place:
– Transformers Armada Tidal Wave toy (courtesy of Hasbro Canada)

4th Place:
– Transformers Armada Powerlinx Red Alert toy (courtesy of Hasbro Canada)

5th Place:
– Transformers Armada Battle for Cybertron Game (courtesy of Hasbro Canada)

6th Place:
– Transformers Armada Air Assault Mini-Con Team
– Transformers Armada Adventure Mini-Con Team
– Transformers Armada Sea Mini-Con Team
(all courtesy of Hasbro Canada)

ON TOP OF THOSE GREAT PRIZES, ALL WINNERS WILL BE WINNING:
– Dreamwave’s Pat Lee Transformers Generation One Calendar 2004
– Autographed Transformers Generation One Ongoing Issue #1
– Autographed Transformers Generation One Ongoing Issue #1 Rare Incentive Cover…

DREAMWAVE’S CREATE A TF VILLAIN CONTEST!!!

Dreamwave held it’s first ever CREATE A TF VILLAIN CONTEST  in celebration of January Transformers Month ! We were absolutely astounded by the number of entries, we never even dreamed that the fans would be so dedicated, involved and excited about it! The entries were very impressive, and there are definitely some very talented Transfans out there! But what makes their villain the winning villain?
Sure, it was a combination of the art and writing, but the most important thing we looked for, was the concept’s originality, innovation and creativity!!!

Poor TF MTMTE artist Joe Ng sat there and read EVERY SINGLE one of your entries! After many days of reading, he finally came up with his list of TOP 6 winners !

The FIRST PLACE winner, ULTRACON-1 by Acho will be receiving a ton of prizes, PLUS he gets his villain drawn by Joe Ng and gets to keep it too! BUT WHAT ELSE?
Coincidence, Acho is from our lovely province so, what’s his extra prize?
ACHO HAS BEEN INVITED TO VISIT THE DREAMWAVE STUDIOS IN TORONTO, HANG OUT WITH JOE NG, PAT LEE AND THE REST OF THE DW GANG FOR THE DAY! Don’t worry, we’ll post his pictures up so you can see!

Ok, enough of the talk, BRING ON THE WINNERS AND THEIR WINNING ENTRIES!…