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@  Benbot : (11 December 2019 - 09:34 PM)

What's your favorite cheese? I'm not sure, but it's hard to beat muenster.

@  Maximus Ambus : (11 December 2019 - 05:10 PM)

Man I wish IDW could do a season 2.5 with a few writers like Michael Charles Hill or Donald F Glut or Paul Davids involved.

@  TheMightyMol... : (11 December 2019 - 04:33 PM)

They were looking for Skids, but the animators forgot he existed again.

@  Maximus Ambus : (11 December 2019 - 02:58 PM)

He regrouped with Omega Supreme, the Dinobots, Skyfire and the Protectobots.

@  Benbot : (11 December 2019 - 08:20 AM)

Did he get infected with the rest of the Autobots or did he smartly remain off-planet?

@  TheMightyMol... : (11 December 2019 - 05:38 AM)

He really just went to the beach for a couple of days, then called it in. Who's gonna follow up on it?

@  Maximus Ambus : (11 December 2019 - 05:05 AM)

Anyone really believe Cosmos searched far enough for more ingredient for Corrostop?

@  Nevermore : (11 December 2019 - 03:48 AM)

Oh, we are pretty good at "forgetting" about that. Insisting on sending people home on their overtime, THEN suddenly rushing to do the "backlog" stuff when it's really overdue.

@  wonko the sane? : (10 December 2019 - 05:43 PM)

I've yet to find an organization which didn't have a backlog of "stuff" that needs to be done, but isn't important enough to put on the schedule proper.

@  TM2-Megatron : (10 December 2019 - 05:01 PM)

I'm sure most good/bad (depending on your POV) bosses would be able to find something for the worker to do, in most cases, even if it's spending 8 hours pretending to push a broom around

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (10 December 2019 - 04:39 PM)

Still better than American jobs. x.x;

@  NotVeryKnightly : (10 December 2019 - 11:10 AM)

I'm pretty sure you've already mentioned this before. Especially that last one.

@  Nevermore : (10 December 2019 - 11:05 AM)

That can be fun if you're strong-willed enough. "Hey, you want to go home? Overtime reduction, there's nothing to do..." - "Nah, not today. I want to work."

@  Nevermore : (10 December 2019 - 11:04 AM)

This applies to the field of work as well. Meaning, your boss orders you to show up for a full shift, you show up on time and are absolutely willing to work, and then your boss realizes he has no work for you, your boss has to pay you for a full shift even if you don't work at all.

@  Nevermore : (10 December 2019 - 11:03 AM)

Fun fact: German law has a concept named "default in acceptance", which postulates that if there is a "service for payment" contract, the party that should provide the service correctly offers their due service, and the party that should pay fails to accept the service within due time, the second party still has to pay the first party even if there was no service delivered.

@  wonko the sane? : (08 December 2019 - 10:54 PM)

If it's seasonal affective disorder, check with your doc about vitamin D supplements.

@  Maximus Ambus : (08 December 2019 - 12:46 PM)

That's what I was thinking too, It's the christmas rush and if that's not stressful enough the cold weather can also impact mental health.

@  wonko the sane? : (08 December 2019 - 12:41 PM)

Might be a stupid question given the comment, BUT: have you done anything outside the ordinary lately? Might just be a stress reaction.

@  Maximus Ambus : (08 December 2019 - 12:29 PM)

I've experienced sleep paralysis with ghostly images and similar things in the past and can snap out of it through moving my fingers. I've definitely hallucinated before and members of both sides of the family have had similar experience, some suffered forms of mental instability in two cases schizophrenia.

@  wonko the sane? : (08 December 2019 - 10:47 AM)

So... either a hallucination or night terrors. Are you prone to this kind of thing?

@  Maximus Ambus : (07 December 2019 - 11:55 PM)

It kept repeating until I sat up.

@  Maximus Ambus : (07 December 2019 - 11:54 PM)

I've been up since three and when sheepish I was hallucinating something knocking twice against my bedroom door.

@  TheMightyMol... : (07 December 2019 - 06:58 PM)

Then repaint Apeface and Snapdragon as Transmetal Optimus Primal and Megatron. It's crazy enough to work.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (07 December 2019 - 05:32 PM)

Moral imperative.

@  Nevermore : (07 December 2019 - 05:13 PM)

Wishful thinking, rumor or leak?

@  Maximus Ambus : (07 December 2019 - 04:48 PM)

Snapdragon for Earthrise.

@  TM2-Megatron : (04 December 2019 - 10:22 PM)

Still not the weirdest thing a Nic Cage character has done in a film

@  TheMightyMol... : (04 December 2019 - 04:00 PM)

Couldn't be worse than him pissing fire as Ghost Rider.

@  Rycochet : (04 December 2019 - 03:38 PM)

The Tim Burton Superman Movie is the DC movie we deserve. It would have Nic Cage in a technosuit punching polarbears.

@  Paladin : (04 December 2019 - 02:59 PM)

Wonder Woman was great. Shazam was amazing. Aquaman... exists.

@  RichardT1977 : (04 December 2019 - 01:54 PM)

TBF, Aquaman and Shazam! were pretty good.

@  TheMightyMol... : (04 December 2019 - 01:00 PM)

Not a difficult feat.

@  Benbot : (04 December 2019 - 11:50 AM)

You just put more effort into telling a compelling story than all of WB's execs.

@  Cybersnark : (04 December 2019 - 11:41 AM)

Cue the flashback to Jonathan, reassuring a terrified child: "What you are is never as important as who you are." Cue Superman's response to Brainiac: "I already know who I am."*John Williams fanfare plays*

@  Cybersnark : (04 December 2019 - 11:38 AM)

I don't think we even really need to see Krypton. I'd start with Clark growing up in Kansas, thinking he's normal, and follow him through the development of his powers. There've been enough alternate takes on Krypton that it could actually work as a mystery; is this the pre-Crisis utopia, the sterile science world, or the relic of a fallen empire? Brainiac was there, and he tempts Clark with the knowledge of what he really is.

@  Otaku : (04 December 2019 - 11:12 AM)

First, a Krypton film, ending with baby Kal-El being found on Earth.  Then Supe's early career film, establishing his values... and if Jonothan Kent needs to die, it happens because of something like a heart attack while Clark is savnig folks on the other side of the world.  After we know Clark minimizes property damage and never kills, have Zod & Company show up and force him to make tough choices.

@  Otaku : (04 December 2019 - 11:07 AM)

Man of Steel seems like someone came up with a Superman trilogy and then the execs said "We've got to catch up to Marvel, make it one film!".  I don't mean that based on the film's actual pacing, but because various story beats make more sense to me if they weren't all squished together.

@  Cybersnark : (03 December 2019 - 07:44 PM)

I've been wanting to write a Superman movie trilogy for years; "Man of Steel" (featuring a Terminator-like Brainiac) was going to be first, with "Last Son of Krypton" (featuring the Eradicator) as the sequel and "Man of Tomorrow" (in which Luthor makes his face-heel turn) as the conclusion. Thanks to Snyder I have to re-arrange my titles.

@  Nevermore : (03 December 2019 - 06:15 PM)

I still wish "Man of Steel" had instead been an adaptation of both the John Byrne miniseries of the same name and the Jeph Loeb/Tim Sale miniseries "Superman For All Seasons".

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (03 December 2019 - 04:42 PM)

A take I just read: Man of Steel is shot with such a lack of lighting that it is easier to discern what is going on in a porn film.

@  Maximus Ambus : (03 December 2019 - 12:20 PM)

Making Soylant is harder then it looks, it's not like the movies, you have to keep whacking and hacking at the ingredient, it'll scream and fight, maybe bite but eventually it will go down.

@  Paladin : (03 December 2019 - 11:48 AM)

varies from person to person.

@  Benbot : (03 December 2019 - 11:34 AM)

It's an acquired taste

@  CORVUS : (03 December 2019 - 11:17 AM)

Soylent? Its pretty awful.

@  unluckiness : (03 December 2019 - 02:49 AM)

Depends on your denomination of Christianity

@  Patch : (02 December 2019 - 05:52 PM)

@Benbot Do they have a soy-free version? Like maybe just "Lent?"

@  Maximus Ambus : (02 December 2019 - 02:03 PM)

Just occurred to me 'Autobot' Megatron happened in Target 2006.

@  Benbot : (02 December 2019 - 11:48 AM)

have you tried Soylent? It's pretty good! https://soylent.com/

@  Paladin : (02 December 2019 - 10:01 AM)

i prefer free-range human usually. pain in the ass to hunt though...

@  TheMightyMol... : (02 December 2019 - 09:42 AM)

If your human is all bones, you may have purchased a skeleton by accident. Contact your grocer to inquire about exhange policies.


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#1 NightViper

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 12:04 PM

Members can now download Blitzwing Bop!

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 12:18 PM

New character spoilers:

HIGHLIGHT to view:

Shattered Glass Blitzwing (obviously) paired with Will (Billy from Armada). Will installs an O-Pod in Blitzwing. Oh, Blitzwing knows "jet judo!"

Shattered Glass Thunderwing. He's the Universe Ultra Silverbolt body with a new head and body color based on the G1 Thunderwing Pretender Shell. His personality is based on Robocop or Judge Dredd, and he hunts Cybertronian criminals.

Shattered Glass Bombshell appears, he's ehobby Slavo, very soothing voice.

Shattered Glass Star Saber is a low ranking Autobot who always gets overlooked for promotion. He's a klutz who drops his weapon a lot. Movie Skyblast toy.

Elita One is a black and white female Autobot... not sure what toy if any (maybe movie Fracture?) supposed to be a sniper. Possible Natasha Fatale accent? Sniper.

Ratchet, Swoop and Slugslinger from previous stories also appear. Slugslinger is an Autobot sharpshooter with a strong sense of fair play.

Astrotrain found burried in the ice in the arctic! (G1 jetfire style!)


First error report:
The first page is numbered 1, the second page is numbered... 1???

Minor cameo characters mentioned:
Arachnolord (SG Spiderman?)
Senator Shore (SG Blackthorn Shore from the Inhumanoids?)
President Fakkadi (in G1, ruler of Cambombia!)
A joint concert by Cold Slither (the Zartan Dreadnoks) and the Misfits (the rival band from Gem tv series).

Edited by mignash, 17 November 2009 - 03:26 PM.


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Posted 17 November 2009 - 12:25 PM

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I really do like the choice for SG Star Saber. Movie Skyblast works well!

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 12:35 PM

QUOTE(mignash @ Nov 17 2009, 12:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
First error report:
The first page is numbered 1, the second page is numbered... 1???


The first page is actually the cover. The second page is page #1.

...So from a certain point of view, they are both page 1 icon-fire.gif

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 12:38 PM

I realize that, but I don't think that's the way the other club fictions have ever been set up.

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 12:57 PM

Very cool! I'm going to have to do a lot of reading to catch up and read this!

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 04:36 PM

Another good addition to the SG prose library. I really liked the zany Saturday-morning cartoon feel to this one. Great to see the 'Bots and 'Cons having some Earth-side adventures. I'm really enjoying the character of Side Burn, mostly because he seems so out of place in the Autobot ranks. HIGHLIGHT to view:
Thunderwing was a great character addition that really picked up the story just when it seemed to start to flounder.

Speaking of which, I can't help but wonder if a more developed B-story wouldn't have helped the plot here. Blitzwing and his music-related antics just didn't hold my interest for long.

Have to say though, the art didn't really work for me as much this time around. It's something that I've really enjoyed from the last few stories, but this art just didn't seem to rise to the same level. Similarly, I've found Blaster's unique speech pattern to be a fun little quirk in previous stories, but it just became irritating here. Over-exposure, I suppose.

I'm still confused as to HIGHLIGHT to view:
which toy Elita-1 is based on. It's said she's red, white, and black and has a double-barreled gun. Cybertron Override?

Edited by Shattered, 17 November 2009 - 04:37 PM.


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Posted 17 November 2009 - 04:47 PM

QUOTE(Shattered @ Nov 17 2009, 04:36 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm still confused as to HIGHLIGHT to view:
which toy Elita-1 is based on. It's said she's red, white, and black and has a double-barreled gun. Cybertron Override?


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Overide GTS, if I had to guess.

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 04:49 PM

QUOTE(The Walky @ Nov 17 2009, 05:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(Shattered @ Nov 17 2009, 04:36 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm still confused as to HIGHLIGHT to view:
which toy Elita-1 is based on. It's said she's red, white, and black and has a double-barreled gun. Cybertron Override?


HIGHLIGHT to view:
Overide GTS, if I had to guess.


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Which was my first thought, but that mold is black, red, and grey. Not white.

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 04:52 PM

The description says white and black sleek car with red highlights. Override has the double barrel gun, but isn't she more red and black with grey?

http://www.tfu.info/...overridegts.htm

It was described as not being like "any earth car"... maybe that would be it.

Edited by mignash, 17 November 2009 - 04:53 PM.


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Posted 17 November 2009 - 04:53 PM

Sounds like Override GT.
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Posted 17 November 2009 - 05:10 PM

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OOooh, any new Thunderwing is cool, even if the mold is overused. Love to see a digibash of how the toy would look.

Is it REALLY wrong that the most exciting part of this for me was the appearance of the Misfits?

Oh, and Blackthorne Shore as well of course. Any recognition of, and use of, other "Sunbow Universe" characters RULES, IMHO. I'd give an ear for Hasbro to bring back JEM and Inhumanoids.

-ZacWilliam, wants someone to do an easter egg that ties Synergy's hologram powers to the Transformers. What? Yes I'm male!

Edited by ZacWilliam1, 17 November 2009 - 10:46 PM.

Ever wonder about the speed of Turbofoxes?
Or the proverbial ailerons of Titanium Moosebots?

*Visit the one and only Cybertronic Bestiary.
For a mechazoologic tour of the mechanimals of Cybertron.


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Posted 17 November 2009 - 05:35 PM

I did notice one minor glitch when reading. There are at least 2 references to Astrotrain being burried in ice in the Antarctic - Sadly when Blitzwing calls for help Soundwave reports most of the Decepticons are busy digging Astrotrain up in the Arctic! No wonder it took so long to dig him up! Then again maybe Soundwave just messed up, he's a communications officer not a geography expert.

"Synergy Music Ltd." - Synergy, Gem and the Holograms. Loving it.

I'm still wondering about the identity of Elita One, as the movie Fracture actually as a "1" number on it. Would fit for Elita ONE right?

Edited by mignash, 17 November 2009 - 07:20 PM.


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Posted 17 November 2009 - 09:48 PM

Finally got a change to read this myself. I agree that it had a very zany Saturday Morning Cartoon feel to it. ...perhaps a little too much so for my tastes, admittedly; I honestly kind of more preferred the pulp adventure feel that the previous three stories had, as opposed to the unabashed goofiness of this one.

Still, considering I said I wanted to get back to the light-heartedness of the prose stories, I can't complain that such was delivered. And it was awesome to see a music-themed story (even if I do increasingly feel like the only geek who doesn't have a major taste for rock music... *shifty look*). And there were a lot of fun character moments here.

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Thunderwing was definitely a hoot. Hrm. I'm guessing that Sephie's mysterious "Stormbringer99" (*snerk*) was him and she was crabby at the end of the story because she felt "used"?

...is "crime boss Beta" the SG version of Beta from "Forever is a Long Time Coming"?

It was great seeing Sideswipe again, and Bombshell finally making a real appearance. I love his friendly neighborhood therapist personality.

Great seeing the humans get to play crafty again in taking down Beachcomber.

Loved the ref to Aquarius at the epilogue. I had guessed that Heatwave's little accident might somehow be related to Aquarius' summons...

It was good seeing Whisper again, too. Here's hoping for a story about the Cybertron-stranded crew?


Man, writing up the References section for the wiki page is going to be major on this one.

I like the art personally, but then, I've always had a predilection for cartoony art. It was nice to get some usable pics of the humans, especially (though I have to admit I wasn't expecting Sephie's look somehow, though I suppose in retrospect I should have...)

I do agree that Blaster's speech quirk got a little too much after a while, though... it's just kind of hard to read. Blaster himself was hilarious, though.

(Side note: ...how old are the interns exactly? I had thought they were all college-age, but a bit of the dialogue in this story makes it seem like they might be high-school age instead.)

Uh... I think that's it for rambling first reactions at this point...

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 10:01 PM

Quick question re: style. Haven't they said (at BotCon and on the club boards) that they're actively experimenting with different styles, both in terms of the artwork and in the stories themselves?

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Posted 18 November 2009 - 12:29 AM

Artwork, yes. Writing, I don't recall.

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Posted 18 November 2009 - 01:20 AM

I greatly enjoyed the story, and while at first I was a bit put off by the art, I quickly adjusted. Granted, I was rushing to read it before I had to go to work, so I barely noticed anything until I got to the group pic that included people. XD

Oh, and after reading the lyrics to Thunder Hammer, I now want two things:

Shattered Glass GI Joe fics and a club exclusive Album. The latter would probably be hard to do right, but boy would it be a good way to promote the Club at the conventions.
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Posted 18 November 2009 - 07:56 AM

I like Cold Slither as a radical Jeffersonian metal band.

Edited by mignash, 18 November 2009 - 07:57 AM.


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Posted 18 November 2009 - 09:15 AM

QUOTE(mignash @ Nov 17 2009, 11:18 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
First error report:
The first page is numbered 1, the second page is numbered... 1???

Minor cameo characters mentioned:
Arachnolord (SG Spiderman?)
Senator Shore (SG Blackthorn Shore from the Inhumanoids?)
President Fakkadi (in G1, ruler of Cambombia!)
A joint concert by Cold Slither (the Zartan Dreadnoks) and the Misfits (the rival band from Gem tv series).

First error report: Carbombya, not Cambodia. Jem, not Gem.

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(Hey, the joke was there! ...although it's probably only funny to me because I haven't had my coffee yet...)

#20 TrentTroop

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Posted 18 November 2009 - 01:09 PM

And now to address the questions:

Mignash:
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His personality is based on Robocop or Judge Dredd, and he hunts Cybertronian criminals.


It's always interesting to see how different influences get interpreted differently. The 'voice' I had in mind for him was HIGHLIGHT to view:
Joe Friday from Dragnet. But those others work too.

By the way, you also win the no-prize. Soundwave's understanding of Earth geography, and his care in word selection, is limited. It's all the 'big icy place' to him.

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which toy Elita-1 is based on. It's said she's red, white, and black and has a double-barreled gun. Cybertron Override?


HIGHLIGHT to view:
It is Overide GTS.

ZacWilliam

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Is it REALLY wrong that the most exciting part of this for me was the appearance of the Misfits?


Nope. They were one of my favorite things to include. They're in exile for sedition.

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Thunderwing was definitely a hoot. Hrm. I'm guessing that Sephie's mysterious "Stormbringer99" (*snerk*) was him and she was crabby at the end of the story because she felt "used"?


Hmmm... Couuuuld be...

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...is "crime boss Beta" the SG version of Beta from "Forever is a Long Time Coming"?


Yes, yes she is.

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I do agree that Blaster's speech quirk got a little too much after a while, though... it's just kind of hard to read. Blaster himself was hilarious, though.

(Side note: ...how old are the interns exactly? I had thought they were all college-age, but a bit of the dialogue in this story makes it seem like they might be high-school age instead.)


Blaster's speech is hard to write, too. We wouldn't have made him quite so over the top in his early appearances if we'd realized he was going to basically star in a story, I think.

Will and Rick are High School Seniors using this as college prep, Sephie is in College and is more or less Prof Arkeville's TA. (Heads out of the gutters, people.)

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Yes, different art styles and different story styles. Blitzwing Bop was designed to be a Shattered Glass Sunbow episode, Dungeons and Dinobots was a fantasy adventure, I, Lowtech was a psychological thriller, we're trying a lot of different approaches.

I'm glad everyone seems to be enjoying the story.

-Trent

Edited by TrentTroop, 18 November 2009 - 01:23 PM.