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@  Sabrblade : (20 April 2018 - 11:14 PM)

Eh, I guess. He did fairly well on his own as an independent in his first appearance and such.

@  Otaku : (20 April 2018 - 10:04 PM)

@Sabrblade Vulture tends to fare poorly as his own boss. Working for a great version of Doc Ock ain't a bad gig... and I did ask if about "bad" as opposed to "not the best". ;)

@  Plokatron : (20 April 2018 - 09:53 PM)

@Egon1982 No my friend Mutator Spiders as in get caught in their web and you are mutated into a even more animalistic creature than you were. Hordika were Half Sentient beings half Wild animal and unlike Spiderman it affected each race slightly differnt with Toa being of a similar mutation to each other. My guess for Spiderman is he would become more spider like but with a inside skeletal structure hmm wonder what Visorak Venom would do to CNA make Dinobot Predacon like monsters or something wild?!

@  Paladin : (20 April 2018 - 04:15 PM)

compared to the "youth-sucking" gimmick from the other series? BIG step up.

@  Sabrblade : (20 April 2018 - 03:57 PM)

@Otaku: What about that show's take on Vulture? He had potential at first but he eventually just settled into being a lackey rather than his own boss.

@  Egon1982 : (20 April 2018 - 02:44 PM)

Did anyone else thought Thunder in Big Trouble in Little China when he was inflating looked like a garbage pail kid before he blew up into salad? I always thought that since seeing the movie in theaters at age 5. 

@  Egon1982 : (20 April 2018 - 02:25 PM)

Mutator spiders as in man-spider?

@  Otaku : (20 April 2018 - 11:06 AM)

Shocker was a pretty good villain in The Spectacular Spider-Man animated series. Wait, does that count since I can't think of a bad take on any character from that series? ;)

@  Arazyr : (20 April 2018 - 09:26 AM)

Ontario/Detroit area? Yeah. Supposedly, you could feel it from where I live, but I didn't notice. I never feel these things. 8(

@  Paladin : (20 April 2018 - 07:08 AM)

so that WAS an earthquake last night...

@  Plokatron : (19 April 2018 - 09:43 PM)

Webhead Vs. Mutater Spiders. Hmmm I can see this ending badly with HordikaMan Hey maybe it'd make Venom catchable with spider sense.

@  Broadside : (19 April 2018 - 09:16 PM)

Can't wait for Spider-Man to fight the Visorak

@  RichardT1977 : (19 April 2018 - 05:32 PM)

Aw, man!

@  TheMightyMol... : (19 April 2018 - 04:47 PM)

SNIPER NO SNIPING

@  Bass X0 : (19 April 2018 - 04:33 PM)

SNIPERER!

@  Paladin : (19 April 2018 - 10:34 AM)

hated that game. damn sniper level's insane.

@  Plokatron : (19 April 2018 - 08:21 AM)

You know what's funny? Both Spiderman and Bionicle have a title in common. Web of Shadows. :p

@  Liege : (19 April 2018 - 08:03 AM)

Don't mocks the Shocker!

@  unluckiness : (19 April 2018 - 04:46 AM)

But he's the second lamest Spider-Man villain

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (18 April 2018 - 10:56 PM)

You know.. for all intents and purposes, Shocker should have won in Kamen Rider 71.

@  Plokatron : (18 April 2018 - 06:55 PM)

:wtf :D :wtf Can't wait can't wait just a couple more days and I'm at Comiccon Cape! Gonna be a blast! I hope they have that freaking proper Master Sword Replica this year with the black handel (I love the one from the old comic drawn by the guy who did Cyborg 009)!!!

@  TheMightyMol... : (18 April 2018 - 05:55 AM)

Found on Cranialtome.

@  unluckiness : (18 April 2018 - 05:32 AM)

Oh, so MP-scaled Bill Cypher with stupidly fiddly hands.

@  wonko the sane? : (17 April 2018 - 08:47 AM)

through a third party on facebook.

@  RichardT1977 : (16 April 2018 - 11:30 PM)

Did the Vok know Bill Cipher?

@  Steevy Maximus : (16 April 2018 - 08:09 PM)

See my thread ;)

@  wonko the sane? : (16 April 2018 - 01:32 PM)

Do you mean physically without actually wiring them up?

@  wonko the sane? : (16 April 2018 - 01:32 PM)

Uh... how do you not know?

@  Steevy Maximus : (16 April 2018 - 12:46 PM)

I'm wondering if HP stuck in an extra 128SDD + 3TB HDD into the computer I bought for $850

@  Benbot : (16 April 2018 - 11:58 AM)

"OH"

@  Sabrblade : (16 April 2018 - 11:06 AM)

"Semper Fi"

@  EShadowP : (16 April 2018 - 10:36 AM)

"Simper-Fi" :thumbsup

@  Plokatron : (16 April 2018 - 12:31 AM)

Oh my word it is true. The greatest Gunnery Sargent to live is now gone. Gunny I know I'd of never cut the mustard if you were my CO but as I friend I would of been humbled and honored to know a man who truly knew the corp. May the jackets always be full metal and no watermelon left standing. Forgive the jokes there but you made it clear you hated watermelons with how many you sliced, blasted and plain disintegrated on Tv. :thumbsup  (Why do we not have a Wheeljack salute emot?)  Simper-Fi Carry on Gunny see you up there in the great kingdom one day hope you enjoy the company of my great uncles and everyone who you saw last on that field of honor.

@  Plokatron : (16 April 2018 - 12:21 AM)

Wait what!!!!!!! Gunny is dead!!!!

@  Sabrblade : (15 April 2018 - 09:37 PM)

RIP, R. Lee Ermey :(

@  B-Fox : (15 April 2018 - 02:06 PM)

If yer yellah!

@  Otaku : (15 April 2018 - 07:55 AM)

@fourteenwings If not, it is really, really close. Then again, maybe you shouldn't trust me. I liked the jacket. XD

@  fourteenwings : (15 April 2018 - 05:32 AM)

Bill Maher?

@  Bass X0 : (15 April 2018 - 03:52 AM)

Should we as a society change our way of life, culture and general thinking to that which people fifty years from now could look back without being judgemental of our ways? Today we look back at people from fifty years ago and openly criticise things that were considered acceptable and normal back then as not fitting in with our modern day standards that we have to censor them, or have the disclaimer that's just how it was back then. So surely things we as a population consider normal and acceptable today may not fit in with the standards of fifty years from now. But how do we know what would be acceptable and normal fifty years from now that we are supposedly doing wrong today? We don't. That's the point when we are applying modern day standards and way of thinking to a time fifty years ago.

@  Plokatron : (14 April 2018 - 11:09 PM)

Thank you my friend. I hope so too.

@  Maruten : (14 April 2018 - 06:58 PM)

Sorry to hear that, man. Hope things turn around and you have a great time at the con.

@  Plokatron : (14 April 2018 - 06:24 PM)

Ugh I have had a terrible week. My step mom goes to the hospital with high heart rate then has elevated blood sugar once they fixed her heart flutter. Then she is released last night and snaps her ankle bone so she needs to stay at her aunts till it is healed. Wouldn't be so bad if our half of the place was done and I was able to move in too but it's not and I hate being home alone codependency problems. I hope everything stays balenced for the next week since I got comic con to go to on the 21st. I am at least smart enough not to say a certain phrase cause I know if I tempt fate it will kick my but worse than Optimus did Megatron in the movie. Sorry for the long pity party post guys I know it's not liked but I hope a bit of venting is ok.

@  Rycochet : (14 April 2018 - 12:46 PM)

The past few system failures I've had that have lost files hae spurred me into a new burst of creativety, I soon fill up the space o a new hard disk with sketches and notes and other little things I do to stay sane.

@  Soft Snow : (14 April 2018 - 12:34 PM)

It's like a rebirth, a very sad, identity ripping, rebirth.

@  Soft Snow : (14 April 2018 - 12:33 PM)

Losing all the files I saved up over a decade gives me the chance to start afresh.

@  wonko the sane? : (14 April 2018 - 11:02 AM)

I don't want to lose the web comic I made, but I also rock redundant drives and off PC backups.

@  Fnu Aw : (14 April 2018 - 10:13 AM)

I don't have anything important enough to worry about losing. Go me!

@  Arazyr : (14 April 2018 - 09:39 AM)

At least that was BEFORE my kids were born, so no baby pics lost.

@  Arazyr : (14 April 2018 - 09:39 AM)

I had a catastrophic hard drive failure in early 2007, and lost almost EVERYTHING. I was lucky I had a couple of documents synced to a mobile device at the time. No getting the photos back, though.

@  Bass X0 : (14 April 2018 - 07:20 AM)

Yeah, I've lost a lot of stuff over the years due to not having backed up.


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Beast Wars Uprising: AMA


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#1 Jim S

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 12:35 AM

I just learned that the first part of the Beast Wars: Uprising finale is going to be a little delayed--thought it was going this week, found out it isn't--but I'd like to keep building on the momentum from the rapid-fire release of the last few stories. I thought I'd do a little Ask Me Anything here. So... go ahead and ask! I'm very keen to talk about Beast Wars: Uprising, but pretty much anything in my body of work is game.

 

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 12:58 AM

Anything from the already released stories you had to drop?

 

Is their any ideas for bodies of characters that have shown up but aren't described or shown visually that you or Bish have?


 

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 01:00 AM

What goes into the process of deciding which character or characters are to be main focus of each story?

 

What determines which Maximal/Predacon characters get designs based on preexisting toy designs vs. those who get original non-toy-based designs?

 

Is there any chance of seeing some additional BWU fiction set in the past like "Identity Politics" was?

 

Is there any chance we could see any amount of actual story material for the characters that were only briefly mentioned in Blackarachnia's magazine bio before they were either killed off (i.e. - Optimus Primal, Silverbolt, Rhinox) or disabled (Cheetor)?

 

Which character or characters would you say have been your favorite to write about thus far?

 

Is there even the slightest bit of hope for additional fiction of this variety to see continued publishing after the Club's end in an officially licensed format?


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Posted 15 October 2016 - 01:19 AM

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 01:23 AM

Where Injector?
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Posted 15 October 2016 - 01:32 AM

Was Dawn of Predacus ever connected to the BW:U Universe? Before the con, everybody figured it would be.


Woooo!

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 02:02 AM

Since we learned about TFSS 5.0, I've had a lingering suspicion that Tiny Spacewarp was a get-the-popular-character-out last-minute deco change replacing some other use of that mold, because an in-the-planning-stages hypothetical 2017 Sentinel Prime redeco got killed by No More TFCC. Is this plausible, or am I spinning conspiracy theories here?


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#8 Jim S

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 02:19 AM

Anything from the already released stories you had to drop?

 
I feel certain there has been, but nothing of major substance. Cosmetic changes mostly. Scorponok was originally called Scorponaut, for instance.
 
 

Is their any ideas for bodies of characters that have shown up but aren't described or shown visually that you or Bish have?

 
We usually come up with them as-needed in the story. We all liked the Titans Return Mindwipe and thought he might be neat for someone like Psychobat.
 
 

What goes into the process of deciding which character or characters are to be main focus of each story?

 
Sometimes we start with a character and then build the story around him or her. Immorticon was like that... I liked the name, and eventually a story clicked. (False Equivalencies, if I ever have the chance to write it.)  Sometimes it's a request from editorial. Identity Politics came about because FP requested a story to help promote the FSS5 Scorponok figure. Sometimes the idea for the story comes first. Intersectionality was because I didn't like leaving Transmutate and Rampage hanging in deep space when the main thrust of the action was on Cybertron. The idea of the Beast Wars Neo Predacons as the heroes came from brainstorming. 
 
 

What determines which Maximal/Predacon characters get designs based on preexisting toy designs vs. those who get original non-toy-based designs?

 
It's always my preference to have a preexisting toy design. non-toy designs mostly just slipped though the cracks. The exception to that rule was the Destructons, I wanted to keep their unique aesthetic while introducing the idea of them transforming, as teased at the end of Alone Together
 
 

Is there any chance of seeing some additional BWU fiction set in the past like "Identity Politics" was?

 
The finale will have some flashbacks and the like about the past, but most of it will be in the here and now. Should the universe continue, I've got plenty of stories ranging from minus eleven million years all the way to the 34th century. That said, I like that the focus of the universe is the Maximals and Predacons, so I'd mostly want to focus on stories that are relevant to them. I think it's neat to get a glimpse of the mythology, but probably wouldn't write a whole story about, say, Jazz vs Starscream in 1985. But the story of Maxima, Virtue Signaling, is set in the past. So was the aforementioned Immorticon tale. 
 
 

Is there any chance we could see any amount of actual story material for the characters that were only briefly mentioned in Blackarachnia's magazine bio before they were either killed off (i.e. - Optimus Primal, Silverbolt, Rhinox) or disabled (Cheetor)?

 
I'd say the chances are excellent, yessss. 
 
 

Which character or characters would you say have been your favorite to write about thus far?

 
Oooh, that's a toughie. There's one from the first part of the finale who was really difficult to write for but came out very nicely. Wolfang was a hoot, but Bish did most of the heavy lifting there. Longrack was a lotta fun; I love his officiousness. There's a little bit of Arnold J. Rimmer in there.
 
 
How about one question per post from now on?
 
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Edited by Jim S, 19 January 2017 - 03:54 PM.


#9 Jim S

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 02:25 AM

Is there even the slightest bit of hope for additional fiction of this variety to see continued publishing after the Club's end in an officially licensed format?

 

All things are possible. I enjoy writing for the universe and have contacts at other publishers. We'll see. If that's something you'd be interested in, make some noise. 

 

 

Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?

 

Some people have called me the devil. I suppose that means I'd have to say no, but my wife could say yes. 

 

 

Where Injector?

 

Great character. If I have time I'll get to him. 

 

 

Was Dawn of Predacus ever connected to the BW:U Universe? Before the con, everybody figured it would be.

 

VERY early on in the process, I was asked to pitch an idea for what Dawn of the Predacus would have looked like in the BWU universe. It would have been a story where the ghost of Prowl (Prowl II maybe) was acting from beyond the grave to put together a Builder threat, the Magnaboss. In the end, the Tri-Predacus Council itself would have had to intervene to stop the rampage. You can still see the toys solicited as such: https://www.toyarama...-1-pc-p1414.php In the end, though, FP opted to outsource the comic to IDW, so that story got shelved.

 

 

 

Since we learned about TFSS 5.0, I've had a lingering suspicion that Tiny Spacewarp was a get-the-popular-character-out last-minute deco change replacing some other use of that mold, because an in-the-planning-stages hypothetical 2017 Sentinel Prime redeco got killed by No More TFCC. Is this plausible, or am I spinning conspiracy theories here?

 

I am positive the (unexpected but welcome) popularity of Spacewarp factored into the choice to use her. As to whether or not she replaced some other specific character or it was merely a hypothetical Megatron-plus-Targetmaster, who can say? Megatron has historically been associated with Leader-1 as a sort of Targetmaster, in Armada. Doomshot would have made a cool Targetmaster as well. And with a space shuttle mode, Astrotrain comes to mind as a possibility. 

 

 

Keep em coming!

 

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Edited by Jim S, 15 October 2016 - 02:28 AM.


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Posted 15 October 2016 - 02:30 AM

Aside from the Immorticon and Maxima stories, are their any other ones you want to write but probably won't get time to do?


 

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 02:44 AM

Aside from the Immorticon and Maxima stories, are their any other ones you want to write but probably won't get time to do?


Yup.

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 03:31 AM

Is there any particular rhyme or reason to the traditionally male characters you use as female ones, or are they more or less picked at random?

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 04:32 AM

What was the initial spark that became the BWU idea and universe?

Is there, or will there ever be, a Big Convoy in BWU?

Will we learn at some point, even if only in reference, why Spike and co sre considered irredeemable by humanity?

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 04:51 AM

Okay Jim, time for something inconsequential! So, the alt.software.dev users. Cyberbee42296 and MesothulasSinner are the easy ones, and then:

FSS15 - ????
GEOFAN - Fractyl?
Agent3P - Ravage?
ravagekitteh - SG Ravage?!

Can you shed any light? Would a BWU Ravage be a still-mobile cassetticon, like Eject, or a fully-downsized Predacon?

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 05:19 AM

Is there a particularly decrepit Builder locked away in a vault somewhere who spends what time he believes he has left answering questions about the war posed to him by his safe-guarding secretary? :p

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 06:11 AM

Do Beastformers/Battle Beasts exist in the Uprising verse, and if so, any interaction between themselves and Cybertronians?

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 07:42 AM

What was the initial spark that became the BWU idea and universe?


I would like to hear Jim's answer for how he got his ideas for the universe. The initial initial spark way back in Transtech Blackarachnia's bio came from the idea that we wanted a bit of a sympathetic character. Even if she was working for a guy potentially more evil than SG Optimus Prime (that guy being SG Alpha Trion). So we pondered the idea of why she would go against the Transtech in such a conniving and twisted way - extracting sparks to steal the empty bodies for espionage meant she had to have a VERY good reason to go that far.

That all led to the idea that the Maximals and Predacons in her universe were kept as slaves under an unreachable aristocracy. Just as the Transtech sat far above the Lowtech. But why would Maximals and Predacons exist if Autobots and Decepticons were still around? Ah, they're too old to fight and force the other factions to do it for them.

The Games then entered into play when Eject was turned into a BWU character. As a guy obsessed with sports - and the chess analogy already in BA's bio - it made sense to make the Maximal/Predacon conflict into a sports thing. Especially with the gladiatorial background in so many TF universes.

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 08:12 AM

Is there any particular rhyme or reason to the traditionally male characters you use as female ones, or are they more or less picked at random?


I hesitate to say it's random, but there aren't any hard and fast rules. One frustration I have with the TF mythology is the dearth of female characters, so for my stories I try to remedy somewhat. For characters with minimal fiction, I generally feel free to reimagine species and faction and personality and, yes, gender. Characters with no specified gender (Major Altitude comes to mind, as does Spacewarp) I'm especially prone to making female as it's not even genderbending in my head.

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 08:16 AM

Is there a particularly decrepit Builder locked away in a vault somewhere who spends what time he believes he has left answering questions about the war posed to him by his safe-guarding secretary? :p

I don't think there is a Vector Prime analog in this universe. If there is, I haven't found a place for him. Maybe in the distant past or future. Safeguard was probably active during the Great War and, being Targetmaster-y, probably isn't alive anymore.

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 08:20 AM

Do Beastformers/Battle Beasts exist in the Uprising verse, and if so, any interaction between themselves and Cybertronians?

Not as such. Quantum Harmonic Resonance is such that their analogues in this dimension tend to be Cybertronian. We've already seen that with guys like Fennec and will probably continue to do so. The same goes for MASK characters, like Aura and Vampire.

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Edited by Jim S, 15 October 2016 - 08:42 AM.




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