Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Amazing Adventures in the Land of the Starrmorfens Kings


The sound of the breaking of the 73rd seal of the Roboplastic Apocalypse is the mighty roar of jet engines carrying the Nostrodomatron non-stop from southern Florida to Houston, Texas on a date with toy robots comic royalty! Yes at a single convention in Texas this past August I met three of my favorite writer/artists whose combined works are some of the most significant toy robots comics of the past 40 years! At Amazing Houston Comic Con I got to meet the legendary Len Wein, who wrote the very first toy robot/comic book tie in back in 1971, AND Herb Trimpe, the penciling king of Shogun Warriors comics who wrote and drew Robotix #1 in 1985, AND Tom Scioli. writer/artist of the current Transformers vs G.I. Joe comic from IDW Publishing! And of course I made terrible audio recordings of it all to share with you, my fellow Macrocranians. It just goes to show that you can win if you dare, but you can skip the daring part and go straight to the winning if you have a ton of frequent flier miles and credit card rewards points. Who penciled the first issue of Microbots? How does Herb Trimpe feel about alien robots that turn into cigarette lighters and fountain pens? By what brilliant logic did Tom Scioli deduce that Soundwave and Shockwave were brothers? And who is the only comic artist worth waiting two hours in line for to let him sign your vagina? Find out all that and more in this I'M FINALLY SHOOTING RUSSIAN UNICORNS WITH CARMEN SANDIEGO edition of the Podcastalypse!

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You can find all these pictures (INCLUDING one of Jim Lee drinking water) at my Amazing Houston Comic Con 2014 photo album on Flickr.


The most recently livest portions of this episode were recorded at Tate's Comics + Toys + More during their Out of This World sale



The most oldest livest portions of this episode were recorded at Amazing Houston Comic Con 2014 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas



I got to meet the writer of The Microbots #1 and Exo Squad #0-Len Wein!! (I've heard he's done one or two other notable things outside of toy robots.)
Mr. Wein sat in front of me during the game show! Was this his secret way of asking me to interview him? I WAS TOO SCARED!!


I FOUND HIM! I FOUND HIM! I FINALLY FOUND HIM! HERB TRIMPE!!!



There were some old TFs but I thought they were a bit high. Some of them literally were-my camera needed its tripod extended to reach them!



Toy Hunter!

Jim Lee!!

Lego Batman!!!



It's the American Barbarian himself-Tom Scioli.
Tom absolutely murdered everyone with his dramatic readings from Transformers vs. G.I. Joe. Then after they were all dead he gave them free copies of Transfomers vs. G.I. Joe #1.



Here are some of the scribblings I managed to achieve:


Amazing Houston Comic Con was so amazing it could make a grown baby cry!


BUT MAN WHAT WAS UP WITH THOSE PRICES?!?!
Amazing Houston Comic ConTate's prices
Transformers back issues at AHCC were 2.5x to 4x higher than back home in Florida. I could have been a Texas hundredaire!!


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Sunday, September 21, 2014

All the Familiar Voices!


AND ONE DAY THERE SHALL COME A REUNION (and I don't mean the Brute Force one, although technically I guess that applies, too)! But anyway, the sound of the breaking of the 72nd seal of the Roboplastic Apocalypse is the announcement of a London comic book convention with a guest lineup so tremendous, so titanic, ...so Robotastic, that I had to call upon Yoshi of the TransMissions podcast to talk about it! Yes the London Film and Comic Con Winter 2014 is less than a month away and like a vast predatory bird there will descend the legendary titans of G1 Marvel Transformer comic book creation Bob Budiansky, Simon Furman, José Delbo, and Andrew Wildman! So to celebrate this epic occasion Yoshi and I call upon the magic of old bootleg panel recordings to discuss the last time Simon Furman, Andrew Wildman, and Bob Budiansky were at a convention together over ten years ago. Plus through the magic of very new and not at all bootleg recordings, I get to talk to José Delbo about going to the big London show! What audience questions should you definitely ask if you go to the Transformers panel in London? What audience questions should you definitely NOT ask if you go to the Transformers panel in London? And what comic book in its right mind would do a Brute Force reunion? Find out all this and more, much more in this HERE HAVE SOME WILDBUDFURBO, COURTESY OF MY PODCASTALYPSE edition of the podcastalypse!

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You can read a transcript I did of the OTFCC panel and hear the complete original recording of it here at this post: The OTFCC 2004 G1 Comic Creators Panel

The original Brute Force #1 and the more current Deadpool Bi-Annual #1

Mr. Delbo at Tama Bay Comic Con 2014 and Mr. Furman & Mr. Budiansky at OTFCC 2004



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The Starscream we deserved. From Transformers #68

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The OTFCC 2004 G1 Comic Creators Panel

This is the entire bootleg recording (and a transcript I wrote) from the G1 Comic Creators Panel at the Official Transformers Collectors Convention 2004. Please keep in mind this is an unofficial fan made transcript and as such it is subject to errors or inaccuracies. I have edited out verbal pauses, redundancies in speech, and other things for sake of easier reading. I may have misspelled some words or omitted whole sentences by accident. In short, if it's wrong it's my fault. If there were specific areas I was especially unsure about, I wrote what I thought I heard, I asterisked them, and put footnotes at the end about why I was unsure of what I wrote. Thanks to everyone at Alt.Toys.Transformers who contributed corrections and clarifications when I first posted it there, and to the guests and staff of OTFCC 2004, wherever you are. I start as the announcer has already begun with the introductions.

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Announcer: [already talking]...you already know them-Bob Budiansky, writer extraordinaire [audience applauds] we have Andrew Wildman, artist extraordinaire and of course, Simon Furman, writer extraordinaire [audience applauds]. Being that this is my first panel that I've ever done, I'll just throw it over to you and let you guys ask some questions and have some fun for the next, oh, hour.

Bob Budiansky: Actually we've decided to choreograph it a little bit here.

Announcer: I'll just leave the experts to it!

Bob Budiansky: All right. We didn't choreograph it that much.

Announceer: No problem!

Bob Budiansky: Simon suggested that since this is my very first Transformers convention and you've already heard him talk ad infinitum-he's already told you all his stories-that I should give a little introduction to the very very beginnings of Transformers as far as the publishing world. So basically what happened, assuming you're interested here..

Friday, August 08, 2014

How to fail at robots without really crying

If a man tries to do a Transformer panel at a convention but there is no audience to see it, does he make a sound? Oh you bet your Confucious he does and that sound is the breaking of the 71st seal of the Roboplastic Apocalypse! Join me in glorious despair as I play recordings from my hellacious experience during an absolute train wreck of a con where nothing went right and I regressed into some strange adult version of my ten year old self crying about the ending of Fire in the Sky. It's a podcastalyptic convention catastrophe extravaganza as great unknown mysteries of roboplasticology are answered at the cost of great embarrassment and humiliation to your friendly neighborhood Nostrodomatron. Yet if there's one thing I know it's that with great embarrassment and humiliation comes great entertainment value. Because the beauty of MP3 technology is that if I can't have fun at a convention, you bet I'll share all the not fun with you. Hey which toy robot magazine article from 1984 changed my life? Did Mike Zeck pencil the cover to Transformers #3? Is it better to have paneled badly than never to have paneled at all? And what am I supposed to do with all this suck? Get answers to that and more in this HOW TO NOT HAVE FUN WHEN NOBODY'S LOOKING edition of the podcastalypse!

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F.I.S.H.B.O.T. of the episode-Penny Power October 1984

And just so I don't come across as a completely ungrateful crybaby, I would like to say that seeing Pat Broderick and Pablo Marcos at Ultracon was awesome.


Mr. Marcos signed the Kid Stuff books he co-illustrated with his daughter Judith.

I finally got to ask Mike Zeck if he penciled the cover to the old Marvel Transformers #3 at Tampa Bay Comic Con 2014. Let's just say it was a good thing I brought copies of ToyFare #74 for him to sign, too.


R2-D2 @ TBCC 14

Here's what I meant about the Megatron models being different on the covers to TF #2 and 3. The heads and cannons are different so I doubt Mike Golden did #3.


Navarro Pharmacy 25 November 1984



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