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@  Waspinator : (17 December 2018 - 12:29 AM)

I'd say it's more of a crushing sensation than a sucking one.

@  wonko the sane? : (16 December 2018 - 09:57 PM)

Whole heartedly agree.

@  Paladin : (16 December 2018 - 07:22 PM)

migraines suck.

@  TM2-Megatron : (16 December 2018 - 04:39 PM)

They may have had it earlier than that; Risa uses weather control tech to maintain its resort-style climate, and it was shown to already be established in the late 22nd century

@  wonko the sane? : (16 December 2018 - 03:13 PM)

By next gen they had weather control on earth, and were even in the process of upgrading the geologic stability network. So yeah: habitat maintenance on the next level.

@  TheMightyMol... : (16 December 2018 - 02:51 PM)

Something something invert polarity something technobabble something.

@  TM2-Megatron : (16 December 2018 - 02:38 PM)

I imagine World War III managed to decimate enough of the industrial economies that they inadvertently managed to exceed their carbon reduction targets from the Paris Accords, and then by the time Earth got back on its feet after the development of warp drive and first contact with the Vulcans, electricity was able to be generated cleanly and much more efficiently

@  The Doctor Who : (16 December 2018 - 01:48 PM)

I mean, they have futuristic weather control satellites and everything, I would imagine that global warming is a thing of the past in Trek.

@  unluckiness : (16 December 2018 - 09:39 AM)

How's that unrealistic? Not even the ocean wants it.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (16 December 2018 - 01:35 AM)

The most unrealistic thing (from a U.S. perspective) is that Florida isn't underwater!

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (16 December 2018 - 01:35 AM)

I was reminded today of a funny thing about Star Trek:

@  Pennpenn : (15 December 2018 - 09:58 PM)

Whatever they can sell it for?

@  Steevy Maximus : (15 December 2018 - 09:48 PM)

Geez, WTF do those China sellers on eBay need my phone number for?

@  Pennpenn : (15 December 2018 - 09:44 PM)

Does the PotP voyager Starscream's chest stick out so far in combiner torso mode? It's kinda weird how much Elita Infinite's back seems so empty up top but very... protruding lower down.

@  Pennpenn : (15 December 2018 - 01:26 AM)

Trying to fit Elita One's combiner head back into her torso is a pain in the arse (and not just because her torso becomes her arse in combiner torso mode)

@  RichardT1977 : (14 December 2018 - 10:04 PM)

Power corrupts and corruption empowers.

@  Echowarrior : (14 December 2018 - 07:10 PM)

Welcome to real life...at least until enough people get fed up and they break out the guillotines.

@  Pennpenn : (14 December 2018 - 06:58 PM)

It's almost as if the people with the most money have funneled money into making the systems of government and law serve their purposes in retaining their wealth, no matter how harmful, counterintuitive, or just flat out evil they have to be. Huh.

@  Rycochet : (14 December 2018 - 02:49 PM)


@  Rycochet : (14 December 2018 - 02:45 PM)

Some states have laws against that, but they're in a tiny minority. There are plenty of cases where rich people have gone after journalists and their employers for accurate reporting, lost, but still left their targets saddled with hundreds of thousands ofdollars in legal fees and no hope of recovering anyof the money because a partisan judge has decreed that while they're innocent, they're not innocent enough.

@  Rycochet : (14 December 2018 - 02:43 PM)

The american system is as bad, there are plenty of cases of billionaires or corporations filing libel suits purely to kill reporting or activisim against their activities. SLAPP suits. Strategic Lawsuits against public participation.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (14 December 2018 - 12:48 PM)

e.g. British libel laws place the burden of proof on the accuser, which is how we wind up with Emirati billionaires suing Western journalists in British courts

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (14 December 2018 - 12:46 PM)

Never visited the UK in my life, but reading about British laws in the news gives me the vibe that British culture inherently protects the wealthy and established.

@  Anonymous X : (14 December 2018 - 12:39 PM)

Sounds a lot better than labour law in the UK. It's bare minimum standards here, you don't get any employment rights as such in the first two years of employment (and the employer can arbitrarily reset the clock). Unions are limited to a few public sector professions as well; in the private sector, there basically aren't any unions.

@  Nevermore : (13 December 2018 - 07:25 PM)

Bonus points if your company has a works council. The employer is required by law to hear the works council prior to giving you your termination. The works council cannot prevent your termination if the employer really insists on going through with it, but if the employer failed to hear the works council, didn't wait for the works council to respond, or failed to tell the works council *all* the relevant details, the termination is legally invalid due to a technicality.

@  Nevermore : (13 December 2018 - 07:23 PM)

The employer has to tell you the reason for your termination if you explicitly ask for it, and if you can prove the reason is factually incorrect, the employer may lose the case.

@  Nevermore : (13 December 2018 - 07:21 PM)

For all its flaws, I really like a lot about our German labor law. Here, if you're under a permanent contract and have been continually employed for over six months, employers can only fire you for reasons that fall into one of three categories defined by law, and the burden of proof is on the employer's side in a potential court case.

@  Paladin : (13 December 2018 - 05:38 PM)

in brightest day or blackest night?

@  Bass X0 : (13 December 2018 - 05:25 PM)

Finally we get a Greenlight toy.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (13 December 2018 - 04:58 PM)

See.. In America they would just fire you for having the wrong color shoes on or some BS reason.

@  Nevermore : (13 December 2018 - 07:13 AM)

And hey, in addition to the clocked extra hours, I earned an additional 50% overtime bonus.

@  Nevermore : (13 December 2018 - 07:12 AM)

This past Saturday, in full expectance of a strike this week, I worked a full extra shift. They assigned me and some of the other volunteers to a totally pointless task, while some ladies were seriously sweeping the floor. When asked how long I was planning to stay, I smiled and said "a full shift!"

@  Nevermore : (13 December 2018 - 07:10 AM)

"You were asking for volunteers, right? I'm staying." - "But we have no more work for you!" - "I don't see how that's *my* problem..."

@  Nevermore : (13 December 2018 - 07:10 AM)

It's possible to use that to troll the employer a little, though... Once they allow voluntary overtime, they cannot backtrack from that. So once you notice you're rapidly running out of work, you just decide to do overtime out of spite.

@  Nevermore : (13 December 2018 - 07:08 AM)

Now if there's *no* strike... people eventually run out of work.

@  Nevermore : (13 December 2018 - 07:07 AM)

Amazon is prepared for strikes... they just hire way too many people for the Christmas season. If there's a strike, they still have enough (albeit inexperienced) workers.

@  Steevy Maximus : (12 December 2018 - 07:49 PM)

Not one bit :p

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (12 December 2018 - 06:46 PM)

@Steevy Did you read TM2's post? "Amazon.de".

@  Paladin : (12 December 2018 - 06:37 PM)

just wait until the European economy collapses up its Brexit-shaped asshole.

@  TM2-Megatron : (12 December 2018 - 06:22 PM)

Probably not a ton of people, no. Although I'd say I order from one European Amazon site once every month or two, myself. Usually UK, but sometimes Germany as well. France and Italy a couple times, too. There are some good Blu-Ray releases that are exclusive to Europe

@  Steevy Maximus : (12 December 2018 - 06:00 PM)

I'm not sure a European strike is going to impact North American customers.

@  TM2-Megatron : (12 December 2018 - 04:13 PM)

Well, somebody must've been working 'cuz I had an order in with Amazon.de that got shipped out the other day

@  Echowarrior : (12 December 2018 - 01:29 PM)


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@  Nevermore : (11 December 2018 - 08:22 PM)

Also, strike has been extended. So no working for 50 minutes. Would have been fun, though.

@  Nevermore : (11 December 2018 - 08:21 PM)

I said numerous times already that I work at that big American corporation that begins with "A".

@  Waspinator : (11 December 2018 - 07:21 PM)

Preferably the equivalent of Lara Croft or Indiana Jones a thousand years from now

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (11 December 2018 - 02:26 PM)

The turkeys... The answer is always the Turkeys.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (11 December 2018 - 02:05 PM)

Who would be the heroes in this situation?

@  Waspinator : (11 December 2018 - 02:03 PM)

When I die, I want my body to be part of a puzzle solution. Like, have my skeleton pointing at the clue the heroes are supposed to find.


Optimus Prime Annual 2018 Discussion

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#1 Jalaguy


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Posted 28 February 2018 - 03:19 AM

Discuss the issue here!

#2 Chromedome113

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 03:50 AM

How do you manage to do a Tim and Eric style visual gag in a comic? Unbelievable, what a good 'un.

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 04:04 AM

Hey, what the hell is going on that we're getting Transformers comics with Lars Von Trier references in them now.


I have other thoughts but its 3 AM and that's the most coherent one I can muster at the moment. This was a good issue though.

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 05:31 AM

Heh-heh, 'Karen Fishnet".  Barber, you scamp.


I must say, Proxima being a cinematographer makes a lot more sense in terms of Caminus culture than just the "Girl Perceptor" she was designed as.

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 06:24 AM

This issue was pretty awesome. I would be down for an ongoing with Thundercracker trying for a career in film.

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 06:30 AM

This was utter silly bobbins and I loved it.

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 07:55 AM

This was everything I wanted and more. I lost it at the Tape
Bros title page.


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Posted 28 February 2018 - 08:15 AM

Five stars. A cinematic masterpiece.


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Posted 28 February 2018 - 08:17 AM

Every time I say that we've reached Peak John Barber I am mistaken.


Gloriously, gloriously mistaken.

"He learned, almost too late, that man is a feeling creature and, because of it, the greatest in the universe. He learned, too late for himself, that men have to make their own way, to make their own mistakes. There can't be any gift of perfection from outside ourselves. And, when men seek such perfection, they find there's only death, fire, loss, disillusionment, the end of everything that's gone forward. Men have always sought an end to toil and misery. It can't be given; it has to be achieved. There is hope, but it has to come from inside, from man himself."

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 07:48 PM

Yeah, this was pretty great. A good combo of wackiness and some more serious character moments. I think my favorite line was TC (playing Starscream) talking up how great sonic booms are and how lame teleportation is. :)


And hey, G2 Sideswipe is really taking form!

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 07:59 PM

I love it. That's all I can really say. I love it, I love it, I love it! Great humor, brilliant character work with TC, fantastic cameos, and super relatable content for me as an actor (I know your pain, Acid Storm, body paint is the worst). All around, this was a wonderful book.

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 10:11 PM

Does Flamewar play Megatron in the movie? I dont have the issue but I saw that she was in it on the wiki

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 10:30 PM

I loved this very, very much. Glad to see characters like Acid Storm and Flamewar get to do some stuff. And hey, even Proxima!

Does Flamewar play Megatron in the movie? I dont have the issue but I saw that she was in it on the wiki

No, she plays Rodimus. Tankor plays Megatron.

Edited by Sockie, 28 February 2018 - 10:31 PM.

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 11:55 PM

I spent about half of the book thinking “oh god, can this screenwriting Thundercracker thing die already?” Because it was fun at first, but I find it a little tedious at this point. “Hoho TC is a crap writer”... it can be funny but it can also be cheap and yawny.

But there was ultimately enough other stuff going on here. Notably TC being bridged to an ambush, that was interesting. Between this and OP, I wouldn’t call this one of Barber’s best weeks but it is nice to take a few pages to have fun (good clean Not Roberts fun) when everything else is all here-comes-Unicron-everything-will-end drama.


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Posted 01 March 2018 - 04:43 AM

Honestly, I think this issue was the freshest the "screenwriter Thundercracker" thread has been for a while. Like, as much I've always loved it, for a long time it's just basically been pure comic relief rather than part of a real character story for TC. But in this issue the filmmaking is the story, and Thundercracker genuinely has a little arc about him growing and changing as an artist and reflecting on what he's doing with his life.

Edited by Jalaguy, 01 March 2018 - 04:45 AM.

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Posted 01 March 2018 - 04:23 PM

I do wish they'd managed to work Skullgrin in. Especially as he has a toy on shelves right now! Missed opportunity. 


("Monstercon from Mars" is one of those iconic TF memories from my childhood. I really ought to get hold of a G1 Skullgrin. They seem to go for reasonable prices.)

Edited by Maruten, 01 March 2018 - 04:31 PM.


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Posted 01 March 2018 - 04:46 PM

This is probably my favorite TF comic issue in a long time.  It was really fun and actually had a lot of earnestness to Thundercracker's story.

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Posted 01 March 2018 - 05:21 PM

I do wish they'd managed to work Skullgrin in. Especially as he has a toy on shelves right now! Missed opportunity. 


("Monstercon from Mars" is one of those iconic TF memories from my childhood. I really ought to get hold of a G1 Skullgrin. They seem to go for reasonable prices.)

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Posted 07 March 2018 - 12:00 PM

I liked this one for the most part. Ties a nice bow on Thundercracker's trajectory as a character and makes me wonder if this is the last time we'll really get a chance to hang out with him. I liked the little vignettes where we got to see what each of the surviving Seekers were up to. Barber gets continuity to work for him, and that's always fun. I legit laughed out loud at the "Megatron shoots down Air Force One" sequence. And there's fun little touches to show how amateurish TC's film work is, like the exterior shot of the Jhiaxian Academy where the institution's name is called out on the building, in a subtitle, and in the dialogue. 


Ruining it a bit for me was the artwork. This tends to be a problem in Annuals where artists have to stretch their talents across a larger number of pages, but even with a couple of guest artists, I could see the seams coming apart in Tramontano's work from panel to panel. Just very inconsistent on proportions and mechanical detail. And Bove is getting better, but most of the time he's not doing her any favors. Utilitarian at best. 



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Posted 08 March 2018 - 04:27 PM

Lovely stuff - gives us new information and angles on various characters, plays a lot with what we know VS what the cast knows, and is really funny.

(Only bit that was odd was Starscream ordering a hit. It doesn't fit with post-Scott Starscream or with Barber writing him as burned out in Falling)

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