K.W. What first inspired you to become an author?B.T.S. I've been writing stories since I was a little kid but being anauthor was sort of like a distant dream. I graduated college with adegree in theater and moved to New York City to be an actor. Afterfurther developing my writing skills through sketch comedy andplaywriting, I randomly ended up doing rewrites on a Fantastic Fourmovie book. It was a total surprise that I was even asked but I got togo to Marvel and read the top secret script which was pretty cool. Ithought it would end up being a one time deal but 10 years and 30+books later, I'm still here! And I'm lucky to have worked with a lotof great editors on a lot of very cool projects.K.W. Why Kre-O? What brought you to write about this brand in particular?B.T.S. My editor at Little Brown asked me and I said yes! That would beMary-Kate Gaudet. We've worked on a handful of projects together overthe years and she's the best. She thought I could bring some fun tothe Transformers Kre-O world and here we are a year later. I've carvedout a nice little chunk of literary land as a go-to guy for guidebooksand I like that. Plus I've been a fan of the Transformers since I wasa kid.K.W. There has been much feedback from the fans, both praising the bookas a valuable resource for the Kre-O brand, as well as finding faultswith it with things such as typos, exclusions, and such. Whatlimitations or restrictions, if any, did you have when writing thebook?B.T.S. I didn't have any limitations or restrictions on writing this book.I knew going in what the tone would be (light and humorous), thetarget age-range (6 years old and up) and what specific charactersthey wanted to feature. A personal goal for me with this type ofcharacter guide is to make it accessible. That means simplifying a bitso that it's engaging to more than just the core fan base. I like tothink of this book as a calling card for the Transformers Kre-O world.The thing about character guides is that, for a kid, there's alwayssomething to discover. You might buy it because you see Optimus Primeon the cover but start digging into it and you'll find there's morethan meets the eye! Pun intended. As for any perceived faults, thetruth is that a publishing schedule is tight and, sometimes, whenyou're working with a licensor, information is unavailable. Not onlyis that okay, that can be a good thing! That means people aredeveloping things. It means people want to make sure they reveal themonly when they're ready and at their awesome-est. I think it'simportant that fans know that everyone behind the scenes wants to makea cool product.A quick story- I had the chance to interact with fans in person abouta month ago at the Wizard World Philly Comic Con and kids loved theTransformers Kre-O book. It's bright, it's light and it comes with afigure. If I was 10 years old now, I would be begging my dad to buy mea copy! But about a week before the Comic Con I was reading commentsonline and some fans were complaining "This book is for kids!" andclaiming that as a negative. If those people could meet some of theexcited kids that came by that day, I doubt they'd say that.Perspective is truly a wonderful thing.K.W. Is there anything at all the legions of Kre-O fans can do in anyway to support and contribute? (Aside from obviously going out andpurchasing the book. )B.T.S. I think the best way to support anything is to respectfullycommunicate your opinions to the companies who produce the things youlike. When someone does something cool, tell them! Tell them why it'scool, why you like it and what you'd like to see next. And do itnicely.K.W. Do you have anything you would like to say to the Kre-O fans at all?B.T.S. Thanks for liking the book! It was a lot of fun to make.
Interview with Brandon T. Snider, author of the Kre-O Transformers Encyclopedia
(Deactivated) moroni prime
Posted 25 July 2014 - 10:38 PM
Posted 26 July 2014 - 10:47 AM
M "Uh..." Sipher
Holy crap Sipher has a Tumblr apparently!
http://www.tfwiki.net - We left Wikia before it was cool to do so!
"I don't know whether it's a new thing, but it's certainly a current thing, in that it doesn't seem to matter what facts are. It used to be, everyone was entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts."
- Stephen Colbert
Posted 26 July 2014 - 10:54 AM
M "Uh..." Sipher
"The Guide is definitive. Reality is frequently inaccurate."
Posted 26 July 2014 - 09:45 PM
Yeah. I can't, for the life of me, figure out how a book focused on a kids' construction toyline would count the fact that it was so obviously for kids as one of its "perceived flaws". Not when there are so many other, actual flaws. It was a great concept with some sloppy execution.