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 …