100 Letters

I sent my messages into the past and I got replies! More replies then I could have hopped for. I’m so excited to tell you about the results.

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The people who’ve contacted me as a result of mailing out 100 letters to Transformers fans listed in the Marvel Transformers comic books of the 1980s.

Of the 100 letters I mailed out a few weeks ago, 10 people have responded to me.  39 of the letters have been returned. That leaves 51 floating out in the either somewhere. (I will update these numbers as more information comes in.)

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Over the next few weeks, I’ll be posting my interviews with those who’ve responded to my letters. Sharing their story with you.

This was a really fun project and the fact that I got any responses is amazing to me. I’m looking forward to sharing them with you.

100 Stamps

I believe time travel is possible. I will prove it with 100 stamps. 100 stamps and 100 letters are all I need to send a message back to the 1980s. I think my odds are good that I’ll hear back from someone too.

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I’ve just finished reading and reviewing all 80 issues of Marvel Comics’ Transformers. A comic series which started in 1984 and ended it’s run in 1991. After reading each issue, I looked forward to reading the letters section in the back called TRANS MISSONS. Fans of the Transformers comic would write in and share their thoughts of the most recent issue they had read. Many of them shared their mailing address in hopes of becoming penpals with like minded fans. A neat idea that didn’t always have the intended results.

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Over the last few years I’ve posted my reviews of these comics, I also posted the letters section. Of course, I omitted peoples addresses, but that didn’t stop a few of those writers (Christine L. Leddon, Steve De Anda, and Jeb Hoge), from contacting me.

This gave me an idea. What are the chances that any of these writers (or family members of these writers), are still at these original addresses? It would be like reaching through time and asking, “Hello? Is anyone home?”

Because I was reading and reviewing these Transformers comics at a decent clip, I was able to enlist YouTube toy reviewer, Peaugh, to help me collect addresses from these old comics. Because of his help, I was able to jump on this project the moment I finished my review of all 80 issues of Transformers.

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Out of the 100 address that have been collected from the backs of these Transformers comics, I say my odds are good that at least one of them will come back to me. Of course, I hope I hear back from more than one. I would like to conduct more than one interview like I had with those writers who had contacted me previously.

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So with letters written, envelops addressed, and stamps applied. I send forth a message to the 1980s.

“Hello? Is anyone home?”

YOSHICAST #012 – Talking Sketch Covers With Matt Moylan

Thanks for checking out episode #012 of the YOSHICAST! If you want to comment on what you’ve heard on this episode please send an e-mail, leave a comment below, Facebook me, Send me a tweet, or call me up and leave a voice mail. I’d love to hear from you. (360) 610-7047.

On this Episode of the YOSHICAST I chat it up with comic book artist Mat Moylan at TFcon Toronto. We talk about Sketch Covers and working the convention.

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YOSHICAST #011 – Contacting Artists

Thanks for checking out episode #010 of the YOSHICAST! If you want to comment on what you’ve heard on this episode please send an e-mail, leave a comment below, Facebook me, Send me a tweet, or call me up and leave a voice mail. I’d love to hear from you. (360) 610-7047.

On this Episode of the YOSHICAST we go over how to contact an artist to commission a sketch cover. I’ll show off my Derek Yaniger sketch and the whole process to getting it.

SHOW NOTES:

00:09 – Derek Yaniger Sketch Cover
00:17 – Availability of Transformers: Regeneration One issue 96
00:50 – Who Is Derek Yaniger
02:33 – Contacting Derek Yaniger
02:39 – RoboPlastic Apocalypse / Please Save Me Robots (  )

 

A Tale Of Two Sketch Covers

Yesterday, I received two sketch comic book covers I had commissioned. I thought sharing these covers along with the process I went through to get them would compliment my last two YOSHICASTs. (Blank Comic Book Covers and Blank Comic Book Variants)

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A few weeks ago, I set out to find the last missing comic book from my Transformers: Regeneration One, collection. Issue 81. A blank cover. It’s a cover I’ve never seen in a store or online.

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I started my search at the Transformers Wiki. There I learned this cover was to be used for “Unique hand-draw sketches by Dan Khanna“. I hadn’t heard of Dan Khannah before that search. It turns out Dan is a comic book artist who’s worked for Dreamwave and IDW. Currently he does work for Soap Studios figure series, the TF Imaginarium statue line, and Hasbro.

From the Wiki, I was able to find Dan’s website. I E-Mailed asking if he had any of the blank Regeneration One covers.

“I’m long sold out of covers for regeneration 81.”, he wrote. “believe I have a few blank covers for regeneration 1 issue 93 with rodimus prime in the corner box, which I could draw up a few sketch covers for you if you’d like.”

This was a no brainer. Of course I’d love to have sketches from an artist who worked on Transformers!

Two days and four e-mails later, Dan and I agreed on two sketch ideas. One would be a brand new Transformer. An Autobot named Coil, designed from the TESLA Model S. The other would be a homage to the original DOOM box art.

The Sketch of Coil was the easiest from my point of view. “I would love to have a brand new Transformer drawn in the G1 style.”, I wrote him. “This one does not exist. I would like to see a Tesla Model S and it’s bot mode. Autobot. On the cover I would like written (if you can) “Introducing Coil!” In a later e-mail I added, “With the TESLA sketch, I want to make sure to see the TESLA logo in car mode and in bot mode if it works out along with the Autobot insignia.”

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The sketch turned out damn near perfect. Obviously it’s missing the Autobot insignia. Let’s chalk this mistake up to experience. Don’t rush sketch request. Really think it out and spell it out in one clear E-Mail. The more back and forth you have the more likely something wont turn out the way you picture it.

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The DOOM Box art homage required the most back and forth. “G1 Optimus Prime in place of the center character on the box art.”, I wrote Dan. “Deceptions clawing up at him and another Autobot running up from behind.” I even went so far as to list which Decepticons and where I would like them to be in place of each of the hoard of Devil spawn.

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Dan kindly told me that was a bit much. We both ended up agreeing on the final design you see here.

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It’s worth noting that if, I didn’t like how I thought the sketch would turn out, I would have told him not to do it.

So, for a grand total of $135.00, I got two unique and fantastic sketches from a true Transformers artist. The Tesla Autobot named, Coil and an homage a truly fantastic game, DOOM.