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?
Edited by Jim S, 19 January 2017 - 03:54 PM.