The breaking of the 78th seal of the Roboplastic Apocalypse is a galaxy ranging ride through preproduction materials of the old Kid Stuff book, record and tape sets of the 80s! SEE pictures of my trip to the Bear and Bird Gallery's "Outside the Box" exhibit showcasing old printer's proofs and original art from childhood literary classics like Transformers: When Continentas Collide and Slaves of the Insecticons! HEAR my stunned amazement at the selection of strange and unknowable items from the production process of the read along book sets of my childhood. READ about the shocking unexpected find buried within the pile of papers I bought! What original Pablo Marcos Transformer art was up for grabs? What mysterious José Delbo robot drawing is haunting my every waking minute? And does Siimon Bisley even lift? Find out all that and more in this BEARS, BIRDS, BOTS AND ROBO HORSIES OH MY edition of the podcastalypse!
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See everything that was on exhibit at Bear and Bird's Flickr.
If you look on the back of your Transformer books by Kid Stuff you'll see their address listed as 450 N. Park Road, Hollywood, Florida 33021. Well that's just a few zip codes and two city bus rides away from me so I took a picture of the building that is there today, which I imagine was where they made the legendary Transformers adventures When Continents Collide, Satellite of Doom, Storms of Destruction, Jaws of Terror, and Slaves of the Insecticons. I got to meet Pablo Marcos and have him sign some of the Kid Stuff books he illustrated a couple episodes ago so these stories are kind of special to me.
Imagine my surprise then when I was at the comic shop the other day and their upstairs gallery had on display a ton of old Kid Stuff book and tape preproduction materials! Actually you don't have to imagine because this episode was recorded right when I was seeing it all for the first time. There was art from tons of different book and record series including G.I. Joe, Marvel and DC Super Heroes, Masters of the Universe, Barbie, She-Ra, Poochie, Webster, Sesame Street, Muppets, and of course the Transformers. Plus to top it all off, every last bit of it was for sale! The whole exhibit is ongoing through March so you want to check it out before people like me (except with money) buy up everything.
I don't know what these were but the clear plastic layer on the top had the black line art and the layer beneath it was all the colors.
I don't know anything about He-Man or G.I. Joe Kid Stuff releases but these were cool looking to me.
The bulk of what was in the Galaxy Ranger pack was these storyboard style composition mockups. They're not really that interesting but the real treat was yet to come...
The big surprise for me was this set of Galaxy Rangers 35mm film frames! Since the book used animation cels from the second episode of Galaxy Rangers as illustrations, the production materials included clips of 35mm film with frames from the cartoon!
|Goose piloting Ranger-2 flying alongside Ranger-1.
|The Cybersteeds, or space robo horsies as I call them.
|Check out these guns and Niko in a classic 'smack my head' moment.
SHOW NOTES OF THE PODCASTALYPSE
- Bear and Bird Gallery's "Outside the Box" exhibit
- That time Pablo Marcos signed my When Continents Collide
- John Braden biography
- Outside the Box flyer
- ShockPopComicCon in Ft. Lauderdale in two weeks.
- Simon Bisley ABC Warriors Gallery
- Simon Bisley art on Facebook
- That time Derek Yaniger told me Simon Bisley inspired his G2 approach.
- 500lb Simon Bisley interview at ComicBookResources.com
- William Simpson has done more much more than Transformers.
- Happy Tree Friends in 'Copyright School'.
- More pictures I took at the exhibit
- Horrible Masters of the Universe song
- Got my Ultimate Edition Maxx Zero
- My conversation with Warner Archives about the status of their Robo Force and GoBots releases.
- Galaxy Rangers outro
- Steve-O Stonebreaker's Kid Stuff Transformers archives.
- Don't Rocket Punch Your Friends!