100 Letters Project Interview On The TransMissions Podcast

I was recently interviewed on the TransMissions Podcast (episode 149. Time code: 00:56:33), regarding the 100 Letters project I started. Thought I’m a cohost on the podcast, I try not to bring my personal projects onto the show unless the rest of the cohorts ask me to. That’s just what happened here.

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It’s worth listening to because we touch on things that even I was unaware of that is directly related to the current IDW Publishing Transformers books.

TransMissions: Liane Elliot

The second response I got from the 100 letters I mailed out was from one Liane Elliot. Someone who was very active in the fandom back in the day. “I was quite surprised to see your letter as it has been so long since my address was in the Marvel ‘Transformers’ comic.” She responded.

Her letter in the 80s Marvel comic read:

Dear Transmissions,
I am a member of a Transformers fan club called the TransMasters. The club started in 1984, and our current membership stands at 45, and we’re looking to expand still further. We have several talented artists and most every member has written Transformer related stories. We are an international club with members in the US, UK, and Canada. If possible, we’d like to open up a line of communication between ourselves and a concerned party at Marvel. I await your response expectantly.
Liane Elliot
Gig Harbor, WA

Now, 30ish years later we get to hear from Liane once again.

Youseph: How did you discover the Transformers?

Transformers was part of the afternoon cartoon lineup. I’d catch it right after getting home from school.

Youseph: Where did you get your Transformers comics from?

I originally discovered there was a comic in a shop at the B & I in Tacoma. But the shop keeper didn’t have back issues so I ended up at O’Learys’ comic shop. When it closed up, due to the health of the owner, I went to Lady Jayne’s comic shop until she closed. Then to Comic Book Inc until I became unemployed and couldn’t afford comics anymore.

Youseph: What compelled you to write to the comic?

Simply put I felt that any true fan would want to be included in a fan club so wrote in to let those fans know that one existed. It got a number of responses and every once in a great while I still get a letter, like your own. You are lucky that I’m one of those people that stick around where they grew up.

Youseph: What was it like to see your letter printed in the back of the comic?

I was thrilled to see it and looked forward to hearing from fans who wanted to be part of the fan club.

Youseph: Who are you today and are you still a Transformers fan?

I’m not sure what you mean by ‘who’. I’m still me. I’m just older, wiser and all that comes from 30 years of living. Yes I am still a fan.

I asked Liane to give me some background history on the TransMasters fan club.

The history… hoo boy… this should cover it nicely I think. http://transmasters.angelfire.com/history.html
As it states in that I left the club, I cannot recall what about, but I was really ticked off enough to give up and leave. I stayed in contact with those members that joined my Survivors fan club. So named after the UK Transformers story where the remaining Autobot “Wreckers” joined with the surviving Decepticon “Mayhem Attack Squad”. I ran Survivors for a number of years along with a fanzine I called Overlord II. I stopped the fanzine and soon let the club die after feeling like my feelings or opinions didn’t matter to the Internet generation of fans. Suffice it to say there was enough trolling done on me to make me want nothing to do with the fandom and I disappeared from it for 10 years (1995-2005). Wrote them all off entirely. I was still a fan, just not into socializing with kids who were being mean and nasty to someone who should have been respected at the very least.
Here’s some FaceBook links for you.
I want to thank Liane so much for her time and the information she shared with me. I’m really amazed this letter mailing effort has worked so well. Stay tuned as I still have more letter responses to share soon.

Transformers Review Issue 62: Bird of Prey!

Transformers issue 62 kicks off the Matrix Quest. The Matrix may very well be the only thing in the universe that can stop Unicon and the Autobots are desperate to find it. I’m desperate to find out what happens, but before we flip open this floppy lets check out the cover art!


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The cover to issue 62 makes a whole lot of sense after you read the issue. This cover show the cover of a cheap, ten-cent, detective novel featuring Nightbeat, Siren, and Hosehead being surrounded at gun point. This plays into the fact that the three characters are involved in a bit of sleuthing within the pages of this comic. The detective novel titled, ‘Bird of Prey!’, is surrounded by items which i think are Cybertronian in nature. Keys, lighter, micro recorder, and others. The Transformers logo at the top has a slight change with the Autobot logo being replaced with the logo for the Matrix Quest. The cover is nice and there is nothing wrong with it. It’s just not a favorite of mine.

Transformers_issue62_coverOur issue kids off with the Autobot faction sending out search teams into the galaxy to find the Creation Matrix hopping they can find it and use it against the Unicron threat.

Transformers_issue62_PrimeOn the planet of Pz-Zazz, Nightbeat, Siren, and Hosehead question local mobsters as to the whereabouts of the Matrix. Nightbeat, lacking true interrogating skills, result in the headmasters punched, thrown through a window, and shot at. Am alien being is hurt in the cross fire, but passes on a bird statue to Nightbeat before death takes him.

Transformers_issue62_AlienAfter getting away from the gun fight, Nightbeat wants to follow-up on this statue, but his friends convince him to continue with their mission at hand. Still, Nightbeat feels the statue has something to do with their main mission.

Transformers_issue62_MissionThe Autobots conversation is overheard by a Miss Fatale. She shared with them the story of the ‘font of life’ and how it once sat on top of a nearby mountain. The Autobots think this might be the Matrix. In trade for Miss Fatale taking them to the mountain temple, she asked for the bird statue with the claim that it is her property. Siren and Hosehead go with Fatale to the mountain while Nightbeat retrieves the bird statue.

Transformers_issue62_FataleAt the top of the mountain, Hosehead, Siren, and Fatale come face to face with one of the local gang leaders who wants the bird statue. Nightbeat races up just then and shares that the statue is a life-giving source of power, not unlike the Matrix of leadership. He disables the gangsters and places the bird statue back within its cradle on the temple.

Transformers_issue62_birdtempleUpon placing the bird back in its proper place, the planet is restored to it’s old glory. The story ends with Thunderwing and his Decepticons shooting Nightbeat and the others in the back. He wants to find out why so many Autobots are searching this end of the galaxy.

Transformers_issue62_ThunderwingTransmission Letters This Issue

Dear TransMissions,

Transformers_Letters_62I’ve finished reading issue #57 for the second time. Congratulations on bringing Megatron back to your pages. Among some of us females, Megatron’s well-built chassis is definitely a sight for malfunctioning optics! That’s right, guys -I’m a female Decepticon. Anyway, I’m glad somebody finally had the good sense to pay attention to the hordes of angry ‘cons waiting for Megatron’s return. Now that he is fully functional, let’s see him regain his rightful place as leader of the Deceitpcons. We know Meggie is the ONLY Decepticon leader…right, guys? Besides, Megatron’s cute!

Diane Kuhn
Secae, PA

Cute?! Sigh…and there we were thinking this was a serious critique of issue #57. By the way, Meggie sends his love (if you can’t beat ’em…!).

Dear TransMissions,

Just read Transformers #56, was not impressed. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not criticizing the plot (as it featured the return of Megatron and was written by Simon Furman, it just couldn’t fail) or the artwork, as such. The part that I really hated, that really ruined it for me, was the eyeballs! transformers don’t have eyeballs!! Since issue #43 you’ve given them these meaningless dots in their eyes. Please get Jose to stop drawing them in. Also, please introduce Galvatron soon!

Chris Hoffman

Galvatron? Soon? Yeah, okay… how does issue #67 grab you? Book your copy now! eyeballs, eh? Well, the eyeballs are gradually being phased out (you’ll have noticed that Megatron had lost his “meaningless dots” by issue #57). However, some characters simply do have eyeballs, so we’re afraid you’ll just have to hide your eyes when you see them!

Dear Transmissions,

HOW COULD YOU?! After 31 issues of TRANSFORMERS you’ve brought back the malevolent Megatron! I am a big Transformers fan, but I will stop reading the comic if Megatron is not killed by Optimus Prime… soon!

Chad Scasny
Milwalkee, WI

Will “maybe killed by Rachet” do?

Dear Transmissions,

I think you’re doing a great job with the comic. You’re finally phasing out the fleshlings (there were just too many of them!), which is good news. I just finished reading issue #57 and it was great! Op busting loose and Megaton is back… yeah!! Keep up the great work!

Brian Poelstra
Hayti, SD

Glad to see you’re happy with the direction the book is taking, Brian. What about the rest of you Transformers fans out there? Are you happer with the focus mainly on the Transformers, with humans more as supporting characters? Let us know what you think. Okay, back on issue #57’s Transmissions page we asked readers to tell us whether the idea of a time crossover story to introduce Galvatron to the storyline was desirable. Just about everyone had an opinion, so here are a few selections from those letters…

Dear Transmissions,

…my answer is yes, yes, YES! I think it’s a great idea. I’m sure you could create a lot of confusion over whos hould lead!

Mike Cordiero
Hamilton, Ontario

Dear Transmissions,

…there’s no reason why Galvatron couldn’t be introduced into the comic. Why not let Megatron assume the identity of Galvatron, or even make Galvatron a character separate from Megatron!?

Brian McElwee
Syosset, NY

Dear Transmissions,

…DO NOT bring Rodimus Prime and Galvatron into the comic! It’s bad enough to see them in the cartoon series, i don’t want to see them here too!

Tony Alouzio
New York, NY
Dear Transmissions,

…I’m writing to say GO FOR IT! A future crossover sounds like a great idea!

Scott Berkley
Bremerton, WA

And so it went, roughly 3-1 in favor of the introduction of Galvatron. Well, majority rules in this case, and Galvatron (together with a few other future characters) makes his debut in issue #67. It’s an action shocker we predict will sway the most doubting Transformers fan! Be there!

Dear Transmissions,

I have an excellent idea: why don’t you create a special issue of the all-new Transformers Universe just for me, and send it to me for free! Okay? Also, when you’re creating this special issue of the Transformers Universe, don’t forget to include each and every Transformer from A-Z. Okay? And please don’t forget to include their profiles, their abilities and their weaknesses. Okay? If you would kindly do these three simple things for me, I will be well satisfied. Okay?

Reginald Tate
Decatur, GA

No Problem! Can we gift wrap it for you as well?

Dear TransMissions,

Whoa! All right! At last -the return of Megaton! i nearly went berserk waiting for this issue after I heard about it in issue #55. Will Starscream be returning too? I hope not. Even though he is one of my favorite Decepticons, he shouldn’t come back for a long time (he’s a little mad at the moment, ya know). Now that i’ve got issue #56, I’m going to have to suffer another agonizing thirty days for issue #57, and (hopefully) the reason why Megaton is still alive!

Hey, before i forget -what happened to Bob? Don’t get me wrong- Simon is providing a great and refreshing storyline for the comic- but is this permanent, or will Bob return?

Ronald Kinion
Pasco, Wa

We’re desperately sorry for providing a great issue and putting you through all the agony, Ronald. But then again… life’s like that! Bob has his hands full right now (look out for some great new titles from him soon), so Simon will be scripting TRANSFORMERS from now on. If that’s all right with you, anyway!

Dear Transmissions,

When the Headmasters were first introduced, they were a band of Nebulans who had the ability to transform into the heads of Transformers and take control of their inert bodies. Well, this was new, interesting and straightforward enough, but then we started getting into the mixing of Nebulan (or human, in the case of Fortress Maximus) and Transformer minds -huh?!

That was my reaction to this new development. I thought that the original heads were gone for good. But when we see this mind mixing stuff, which leads us to believe there’s still a Transformers in what used to be an empty, unliving body. In issue #39, however, things are cleared up when Spike points out that the body isn’t alive, but contains several latent engrams, that in plain english are blueprints, of the Transformer that once owned the body. This way the Nebulan can better control his body and “become” that Transformer. Is this right, or is there more to it than that?

Jeff Minicucci
Toronto, ONT.

The actual details of the bonding of Nebulan (or human) and Transformer minds are unknown, but -judging by the experiences of Spike Witwicky in issue #51 -there’s quite a bit more to it than a few latent blueprints. There may even be a direct mental link between the Nebulan and the original Transformer head. Sorta’ makes you wonder what would happen if that link were suddenly severed, doesn’t it? (this courtesy of the “unsubtle teaser” department.)

My Thoughts On This Issue

This was a good story and I left out plenty in the above section for you to discover on your own if you haven’t already read the issue. It’s a good story and I feel like I got my monies worth on this issue.

One thing I really liked about this issue is, I feel like writer Simon Furman is opening a door to restore Optimus Prime back to his old psychical self. He is hinting at us that he is planning on dumping the Powermaster Prime crap as soon as he can. I hope this is true. It’s really exciting and again I’m left with wanting to dive right into the next issue.

The art in this book is good. It does make me think of Generation 2 comic art though. Not a bad thing from my stand point. Just noticed it has that feel to me.

I find myself still wishing I liked the cover. Again, nothing really wrong with it. I just don’t like it, but wish I did.

So what did everything on think of this issue? How do you all feel about the multi-issue Matrix Quest?

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Transformers Review Issue 55: The Interplanetary Wrestling Championship!

Issue 55 is Budiansky’s last for Marvel’s Transformers. Does he go out with a bang or is he so bitter that you can read his thoughts between these 30 year old pages? You decide. But first, lets check out this cover.

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Front and center here we have a crazed looking wrestler in pants (or tights) padded out like something a football player would wear. The image really throws me off and makes me think that maybe this is a wrestling match that might take place back on the Cosmic Carnival. Off to the side we see the ref of this bout watching intently. All of this is taking place in a very large stadium with many spectators. “It’s Man vs. Machine – in a Duel to the Death!” written in basic black on the cover’s white background. A tag line for this cover which is not true. “Plus: Introducing – the Decepticon Micromasters!” is written along the bottom within the box.


We kick off Bob Budiansky’s final written issue with Roadhandler  as a guest on Cecilia Santiago’s TV show. During the interview he talks about the events that have taken place over the last several weeks. Roadhandler and his other Micromasters have pretty much just been ignoring Optimus Prime, who is floating around in orbit, and started to take a strong stance when dealing with evil humans. He and his followers have been spending their time taking down the different criminal elements in and around Manhattan and as a result winning over the public.


Another guest on Cecilia’s same show is a local wrestling star by the name of Jake “The Jackhammer” Jackson. He gives off the impression of not being impressed by Roadhandler one bit and challenges the Autobot to a wrestling match in the ring. Roadhandler, not one to turn down a direct challenge, accepts. Only after the interview does Roadhanlder learn that wrestling in general is a fake sport. Jake’s challenge to Roadhandler was merely for the attention and publicity it would attract. Understanding this, Roadhandler can’t shake that his honor and pride where challenged and he will not back down from the wrestling match.


The very next day Roadhandler arrives at Arnie’s Gym to practice with Jake. He does not arrive alone however. Along comes Swindler who is acting as Roadhandler’s manager and Free Wheeler taking on the role of his bodyguard. Jake soon learns that it’s not easy to body slam an Autobot. Roadhandler assists Jake by leaping into the air to assist Jake in Throwing throwing the Autobot through the center of the wrestling ring.


It’s not long before the Match for “Interplanetary Wrestling Championship of the Universe” is set up. At the start of the match Roadhandler and Jake go back and forth with each other trading moves. In classic over the top wrestling style, Jake The Jackhammer literally pulls out a fully functional jackhammer and attacks Roadhandler. But it is soon destroyed. Then during the assisted throw trick, Roadhandler is flunk out of the ring. Thinking quickly, Roadhandler transformers into vehicle mode and quickly gets back into the ring to pin down his opponent.


As the crowed files out of the venue, we follow a well dressed man as he makes his way to the docks where he is met by Submarauder in his alt mode. It’s Lord Zarak! He is taken to his robot bodym where he joins with Scorponok has a message sent to Cybertron requesting reinforcements.


As weeks go by, Roadhandler is just killing it in the wrestling ring as he continues to chalk up wins. The attention he has gotten from his wins is used as a platform for him to educate the public on Autobot values and honor. Roadhandler takes special notice of some local kids who make up his personal fan club, and even goes as far as teaching them self-defence. All part of his encouraging speeches which he hopes will allow humans to stand up for themselves and take part in cleaning up the streets.


After a while, Roadhandler is greeted by Lord Zarak and his new wrestler, The Decpeticon Micromaster, Air strike Patrol. Zarak is convinced that the popularity of the Autobot Cause is going to be a threat to many innocent lives if Roadhandler doesn’t back off. Lord Zarak is able to convince him to meet Storm Cloud in the wrestling ring for a public match. Cecilia doesn’t trust Lord Zarak and comes up with a backup plan with Swindle. Just in case.


On the very night of the Roadhandler, Storm Cloud match the remaining members of the Air Strike Patrol attempt to kidnap Roadhandler’s fan club members and use them as leverage in an attempt to have Roadhandler throw the match. This fails because other Autobot Micromasters were looking out for the fan club members and rescue them. Roadhandler, seeing they are safe, wins the match.

Roadhandler realizes that his human friends will always be in danger from the Decepticons and announces to the audience that he is resigning from the wrestling.


My Thoughts On This Issue

My very first thought is that the cover is rendered pretty well, but the wrestler in the comic that spars with Roadhandler, doesn’t look anything like the wrestler on the cover. The cover in general is misleading. Which is annoying. A good looking cover that implies this wrestler actually could be hurting this Transformer, but the story proves it all to be a lie. It does grab my attention and when you’re trying to be the cover of a comic book on a shelf with several other comics all fighting for your allowance money. I bet this one got a few kids to buy this issue of Transformers over other comic books they had in front of them.

The story felt loose, but by no means the worst Transformers comic I’ve ever read. I actually quite enjoyed the bit where Roadhandle described his work on earth stopping normal every day crime. I like that in comics. You don’t see Batman or Superman doing that very much these days..

This is Bob Budiansky final issue. I have heard it said that a lot of what Roadhandler says in this issue where Budiansky’s own thoughts and frustrations working on this comic. You might be able to actually take the whole book that way. If that is true it’s a very interesting read from that perspective. I’ve never located anything on-line that indicates that this was Budiansky’s approach for this issue. Take it for what you will.

What did you think of this issue? Did you like it or hate it? Lets chat about it below in the comments.

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Transformers Classics, Volume 5 Editorial Note

This is Bob Budiansky’s final issue as writer. Although he is replaced by British author Simon Furman (a fan favorite scribe) the very next issue-on Budiansky’s recommendation, aficionados such as myself should be more frequently reminded of Budiansky’s awesome contribution to the canon: from effectively translating the establishing Jim Shooter’s vision for the line, to establishing the iconic characterizations of a host of transformers in the toys’ Tech Spec biographies, his influence upon the license was profound.

Content Note: It should be mentioned that “The Interplanetary Wrestling Championship!” was penned as a result of Marvel Bullpen members attending wrestling matches in NYC in the late ’80s. These staffers shared their anecdotes with each other at work, and Budiansky overheard these stories then incorporated them into this tale.

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Transformers Review Issue 39: The Desert Island of Space!

Can Marvel keep up the momentum of the last issue? Even if Shingo, (and rightfully so in my opinion) criticized Marvel’s U.S. efforts compared to their U.K. counterpart. I think they can. So lets see how they do. But first, Check out this cover art!


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For me this is a fantastically detailed cover. I would say this is the first time we have seen a cover with this kind of detail since the series started. A tropical island encased within the nose cone of a large rocket has launched from Earth and into space.  A missal launched from the center of the rocket through a retractable opening hits Fortress Maximus in space slicing through his body. “FORT MAX GETS THE SHAFT!” is written in yellow right next to him. The damage to Fortress Maximus does not look survivable. Shockwave is flying at him from a distance.


We open up with Buster Witwicky waking up on a tropical island surrounded by Decepticons. Ratbat engages Shockwave in a fuel debate over what it is costing them to keep Buster alive. Shockwave easily wins the conversation over Ratbat after pointing out that the near by human naval armada wont bomb them as long as Buster appears alive. Forrest Forsyth and Walter Barnett of the Triple I group find themselves at a standstill on the naval fleet. Barnett contact Sparkplug Witwicky and updates him on his son. All be it curt.


Spike Witwicky appears at his dad’s Motel room and he tells his dad that he is going out to find Buster. Spike then surprises his dad by tracing the phone call from Barnett by holding the phone line in his hands. Spike is then somewhat forced to show his dad that he is now an Autobot Headmaster and he introduces his dad to the Targetmasters and Fortress Maximus. During the introduction the Autobots question Spikes abilities as a leader fearing he may be to emotional and sentimental.


As the Autobots approach the tropical island, Kup insists that Fortress Maximus remain aboard to provide cover fire for the Targetmasters because he is worried that feelings will interfere with Maximus effectiveness and endanger the team.


As Kup and team approach the island, the island itself unleashes an assault on the Autobots with Blasters and canons. The assault pushes the Autobots back allowing for a clear dome to form around the island into a cone shape. Then the island blasts off into space reveling that it is in fact a rocket ship.


Fortress Maximus leaps onto rocket as it is flying up into the atmosphere. Inside the ship the Decepticons detect Maximus’ presents. Shockwave engages some interesting defensive systems cocks Fortress Maximus free of the rocket and puts him inline with the nose cone of the ship. The tip panel slides away allowing for a rocket to be fired from a palm tree that shoots through Maximus midsection.


With Fortress Maximus severely damaged, Cerebros splits off only to engage in combat with Shockwave in space. Shockwave blasts Cerebros and is crippled. Spike is then forced to separate himself from Cerebros and manages to remotely line up Fortress Maximus’ guns and blasts Shcokwave back to Earth. Shockwave appears to burn up on reentry.


At this point Spike and Buster share a quick visit through the nose cone casing before Ratbat Fires rockets and ship out of Spikes range. The Targetmasters arrive and pick up spike and all of his Autobot parts. Even though he has lost his brother, his fellow Autobots welcome Spike officially to the team after having seen how Shockwave was dealt with.


My Thoughts On This Issue

It was hard for me not to enjoy this issue. I felt like the writing and the art was very tight. I have said this before, but this is one of those issues that is just a fun ride.

I find myself really feeling for Sparkplug. Poor guy has lost his business, his home and is living in a motel. He has no idea if his only sons are coming back. This man has sacrificed a lot for the Autobot cause with out fully understanding it. He was a pretty depressing sight this issue. I hope his luck turns around soon.

This was also the first issue of Transformers that I have ever seen anything that might be considered swearing. I was a little taken back by this, but I found it did add a level or realism to the story.


Transmission Letters This Issue

Transformers-39-transmissionsDear ‘bots and Deceptis,
You guys (and gals) TRASHED Optimus Prime! AAARRRRGGGGGHHHHH!!!! Why? Why?! WHY!?! Optimus was the strongest, kindes, wisest, noblest, etc. robot and you trashed him?!? Shocked, I rushed to the nearest comic shop and got issue #27. The truth was revealed. (Shudder). Grimlock, why Grimlocki? In the cartoon he’s a pretty OK dude (for a Dinobot) but in the comic he’s a puffed-up, egotistical, blundering, bit-brained moron!!! And you made HIM leader! Uh-uh, no way, this ain’t gonna work. either Grimlock or the entire series has to go. Get someone to lead who’s got a cerebro-center (human equivalent is “brain”) larger than a walnut!!!
Grimlock leader? Trash Optimus? i fail to see your logic. How long will Grimlock command? How much more damage will Grimlock do to the Autobot casue? When will you get that goffy-looking crown off Grimlock’s head? When will Trypticon return? Where are the Triple-changers? Will we have to wait till the year 2005 to see the movie robots? When will you stage a gigantic one-on-one battle between Metroplex and Tryption? I recall reading in issue #32’s Transmissions that some guy said that Omega Supreme could trash Trypticon. You’ve GOT to be kidding! trypticon can trash ANYONE except Metroplex. Omega Supreme would be history if he tried to fight Trypticon!
Seapking of good personas, however, The Transformers: The Movie limited series was AWESOME!!! I lack the words to express how MUCH i thought of it. I’ve seen the movie myself (about 9 times) and I LOVED that too. It’s sad that history repeats inself. Comics are obviously no exception. There’s this big battle (again), Optimus gets trashed (again), and dies (again). I liked his “movie” death better than his “Series” death. His “series” death simply lacked Hero Syndrome #2 potency. (I shall explain later the nature of the Hero Syndrome.) But then a point became obvious to me. The “Movie” characters are just way, Way, WAy, WAY too MARVELOUS, STUPENDOUS, OUT OF THIS WORLD, SUPERIOR, etc. to be used once in a limited series and then forgotten.
Hero Syndrome #1 is based on the fact that although people love the good guys, they’re all morbidly facinated with the sight of heroes suffering. People LOVE to see their favorite hero physically suffer. It’s ironic since they want the hero to win but nothing inspires greater compassion for the hero and greater loathing of the enemy than Hero Syndrome #1.
In Hero Syndrome #2, the hero actually dies. If he calmly passes away in sleep it’s not nearly as stirring as if he chooses to brutally throw his life away for the sake of others like in The Transformers: The Movie when Optimus Prime turned the tide in favor of the Autobots and saved them at the cost of his own life. That definitely was an emotional moment as he lay there dying! Despite the greater emotions inspired by the Hero Syndrome, It’s also absolute. When the hero dies, you can no longer use hime/her/it. an exception was the cartoon episode entitled “The Return of Optimus Prime” When Optimus was revived. But this is the only case I know of in TRANSFORMERS when a dead hero returned after Hero Syndrome #2, and it’s not a wise practice.
In Hereo Syndrome #3, a hero has to fight close friends. The reason varies. For example, two best friends must fight and destroy each other. The loser loses his life but the winner must suffer the agonizing death of a friend, and live with the guilt. They care for each other too much to let the other suffer a pain like that, so each desperately tries to kill the other. Another example is when the leader of a band of heroes is captured and some sort of device is implanted or put on. Whenever the hero sees the friends unbearable pain shoots through his/her/its head(s) and in a mindless rage the hero attacks, intent on destroying these friends. The ending is up to you. H.S.3 is also a great time to use HS 1 as well. People LOVE to see the Hero Syndrome in action! But it’s got to be good. You’ve got to show REAL details. You’ve got to make the reader REALLY believe what the hero is going through. Details, details, more details. A little bit of exaggeration is good to use in the case of the Hero Syndromes. You’ve got to really get INTO it. Don’t lay it on TOO think when it comes to captions and verbal responses, however. Use more of the HS’s if you want my opionion (but don’t over do it) but only if they’re EXCEPTIONAL. No weak, washed out excuses with the HS’s or they can backfire on you. Well that’s all for now (for NOW, that is, be assured that you’ll hear from me in the future. By the way, does energon come in assorted flavors? Does it have flavor at all? Is energon served warm, hot, cold, or what? Can robots “Taste” certain things like oil, coal, or similar?
Yes, as my name indicates, I am female. In less than a month I shall be a freshman, I personally see nothing wrong with a femeal member of our species liking robots. It’s my belief that the Transformers are not just for boys any more. They’re for people with innovative and imaginative minds who have the creativity to appreciate the true significance of The Transformers. It is also my belief that The Transformers is an adult fantasy.
Like somebody said, ‘Till Grimlock’s teeth rustm MAIKE MINE MARVEL!
Yvette Morgan
Baton Rouge, LA

Wow, Yvette, your letter is enough to convince us to Make Ours Marvel, too! You’ll have to stick it out with the rest of us to see what happens with Op, but we’ll keep your “syndrome” ideas in mind. And remeber, if you have a problem with Grimlock’s leadershp, YOU figure out a way to tell him about it…

Dear Trans-Missions,
I just read issue #33 and thought it was great. I noticed, though, that the robot on the cover looked a lot like Megatron. I wish you would bring him back, bacause he is one of my favorite characters. I have one question: What kind of learder is Grimlock!?
Matthew Paul
Collegeville, PA

Why, any kind he wants to be, Matthew. Actually, as the letters above yours indicated, most fleshlings think he’s a bad leader, and wish he where an ex-leader!


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Happy New Year Everyone!

2012 was great and I hope you had a blast too. I would like to spend this blog post reviewing some of the amazing things that I have gotten to do and experienced over the last three hundred and sixty five days.

  • Southeast Alaska State Fair

One of the major highlights this year for me was drumming the Southeast Alaska State Fair with my band, Fire On McGinnis. It was a fun trip and a great experience playing music in front of so many people.

  • My Favorite Blog Post

I wrote a lot of blog posts last year, but by far my favorite has to be the one titled: Over Reactions. I love the way I wrote it and I loved the subject of the piece. We all have companionship and clearing to communicate and listen are such fundamental keys in making sure you have strong and healthy companionship  It was one of the clearest ideas to words on a page I have ever had.

  • My Most Popular Blog Post

For the second year in a row my post entitled ‘Ikea Comic Book Photo Frame Hack‘ is the most popular post on my site. I am continually surprised by all the e-mails and photos I get from people all over the glob showing me how they put my frame hack to use.

  • My Second Book

Yup. Just a few days ago I finished the first draft of my second book Mirror Through Time. I hope to have it published by the end of 2013. I still have a lot of work to go through before that happens so I will be spending a lot of time making sure that this my best book launch to date!

  • 2013

2012 was a great year. I have nothing but great hopes and dreams for 2013. I can’t wait to see what happens next.Thank you everyone for taking the time out of your busy lives to follow my little blog. I wish you all lots of luck and happiness for the new year.

Avoiding Idea Plateaus

I found a great little post titled ‘Scott Belsky on How to Avoid Idea Plateaus‘ hosted over at BrainPickings.org. In the post and video on the Brain Pickings website Scott talks about strategies to keep a person, or a team, from running out of steam when trying to see an idea to fruition. He also gets into why this even happens in the first place.

It’s a great little post and thought it was worth sharing since I got quite a bit out of it. Enjoy.