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Unboxing: Transformers R.E.D. Prime Arcee

Enhance your Transformers collection with Transformers R.E.D. [Robot Enhanced Design] figures. These 6-inch scale figures are inspired by iconic Transformers characters from throughout the Transformers universe, including G1, Transformers: Prime, Beast Wars: Transformers, and beyond. R.E.D. figures do not convert, allowing for an enhanced robot mode with a sleek, “kibble-free” form. With 80 deco ops and each surface painted on, R.E.D. figures were designed to bring collectors the most screen-accurate versions of their favorite characters to display on their shelves.

A Walmart exclusive, we check out Arcee and see how one of the second wave of releases holds up!

Arcee includes 2 ion blasters, 2 sets of alt hands, 2 forearm blades accessories with slash effects, and a dark Energon crystal accessory

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Transformers: Generations War for Cybertron: Kingdom Core Class WFC-K1 Optimus Prime

(Ages 8 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $9.99 / Available: January 1, 2021)

The WFC-K1 Core Class OPTIMUS PRIME collectible figure stands at 3.5 inches tall and converts to G1-inspired earth truck mode in 11 steps. This iconic character also comes with a classic Ion Blaster weapon accessory. The mini-figure allows fans to collect a mini version of the iconic character to pose out with other Optimus Prime toys at larger scales (each sold separately, subject to availability)!

Beastify the battlefield and collect other KINGDOM figures (each sold separately, subject to availability)! Worlds collide when the MAXIMALS and PREDACONS join the fight, coming together with the AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS in an epic battle that will alter their destiny forever. Adult fans nostalgic for the original TRANSFORMERS animation and kids discovering classic characters for the first time can share and experience exciting play patterns for all generations. Available at most major toy retailers and for pre-order on HasbroPulse.com, Walmart.com, Amazon, and Entertainment Earth beginning September 26, 2020 at 5PM EST.

Transformers: Generations War for Cybertron: Kingdom Core Class WFC-K2 Rattrap

(Ages 8 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $9.99 / Available: January 1, 2021)

The WFC-K2 Core Class RATTRAP collectible figure stands at 3.5 inches tall and converts to Beast Wars-inspired rat mode with molded fur texture in 18 steps. RATTRAP comes with classic Fusion blaster accessory inspired by the one featured in the Beast Wars cartoon. Wise cracks not included, but you can imagine! The mini-figure allows fans to collect a mini version of the iconic character to pose out with other RATTRAP toys at larger scales (each sold separately, subject to availability)!

Beastify the battlefield and collect other KINGDOM figures (each sold separately, subject to availability)! Worlds collide when the MAXIMALS and PREDACONS join the fight, coming together with the AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS in an epic battle that will alter their destiny forever. Adult fans nostalgic for the original TRANSFORMERS animation and kids discovering classic characters for the first time can share and experience exciting play patterns for all generations. Available at most major toy retailers and for pre-order on HasbroPulse.com and Walmart.com, Amazon, and Entertainment Earth beginning September 26, 2020 at 5PM EST.

Transformers: Generations War for Cybertron: Kingdom Core Class WFC-K3 Vertebreak

(Ages 8 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $9.99 / Available: January 1, 2021)

The WFC-K3 Core Class VERTEBREAK dinosaur collectible figure stands at 3.5 inches tall and converts between raptor fossil and robot mode in 14 steps. This PREDACON raptor fossil character also comes with a cool bone weapon accessory when the tail is pulled off in raptor mode.

Beastify the battlefield and collect other KINGDOM figures (each sold separately, subject to availability)! Worlds collide when the MAXIMALS and PREDACONS join the fight, coming together with the AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS in an epic battle that will alter their destiny forever. Adult fans nostalgic for the original TRANSFORMERS animation and kids discovering classic characters for the first time can share and experience exciting play patterns for all generations. Available at most major toy retailers and for pre-order on HasbroPulse.com and Walmart.com, Amazon, and Entertainment Earth beginning September 26, 2020 at 5PM EST.

Transformers: Generations War for Cybertron: Kingdom Deluxe WFC-K4 Cheetor

(Ages 8 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $19.99 / Available: January 1, 2021)

The WFC-K4 Deluxe CHEETOR collectible figure stands at 5.5 inches tall, converts to Beast Wars-inspired cheetah mode in 20 steps with intricate cheetah-inspired molded fur texture, and features lower jaw articulation in cheetah mode for classic look of CHEETOR enthusiasm. CHEETOR’s tail also detaches from cheetah mode during conversion and becomes a tail whip accessory that can be held by the figure in robot mode. CHEETOR includes a Golden Disk card that reveals a possible destiny of a key character. Collect other KINGDOM figures to reveal all 3 alternate destiny variants for each character (each sold separately, subject to availability)!

Beastify the battlefield and collect other KINGDOM figures (each sold separately, subject to availability)! Worlds collide when the MAXIMALS and PREDACONS join the fight, coming together with the AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS in an epic battle that will alter their destiny forever. Adult fans nostalgic for the original TRANSFORMERS animation and kids discovering classic characters for the first time can share and experience exciting play patterns for all generations. Available at most major toy retailers and for pre-order on HasbroPulse.com and Walmart.com, Amazon, and Entertainment Earth beginning September 26, 2020 at 5PM EST.

Transformers: Generations War for Cybertron: Kingdom Deluxe WFC-K5 Blackarachnia

(Ages 8 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $19.99 / Available: January 1, 2021)

The WFC-K5 Deluxe BLACKARACHNIA collectible figure stands at 5.5 inches tall, converts to Beast Wars-inspired spider mode in 20 steps with intricate spider-inspired molded texture, and comes with 1 accessory, her classic crossbow weapon inspired by the Beast Wars cartoon. But watch your back! The rebellious arachnid has been known to aim it at enemies and allies alike. BLACKARACHNIA includes a Golden Disk card that reveals a possible destiny of a key character. Collect other KINGDOM figures to reveal all 3 alternate destiny variants for each character (each sold separately, subject to availability)!

Beastify the battlefield and collect other KINGDOM figures (each sold separately, subject to availability)! Worlds collide when the MAXIMALS and PREDACONS join the fight, coming together with the AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS in an epic battle that will alter their destiny forever. Adult fans nostalgic for the original TRANSFORMERS animation and kids discovering classic characters for the first time can share and experience exciting play patterns for all generations. Available at most major toy retailers and for pre-order on HasbroPulse.com and Walmart.com, Amazon, and Entertainment Earth beginning September 26, 2020 at 5PM EST.

Transformers: Generations War for Cybertron: Kingdom Deluxe WFC-K6 Warpath

(Ages 8 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $19.99 / Available: January 1, 2021)

The WFC-K6 Deluxe WARPATH G1-inspired figure (KABLOOM!) stands at 5.5 inches tall, converts into Cybertronian fighter craft tank mode (KCH-KCH-KCCCHHH-KCHOOM!) in 26 steps, and features rotating tank turret and shoulder shield accessories (BAM!). With all those onomatopoeia exclamations, the AUTOBOT WARPATH must be here! WARPATH includes a Golden Disk card that reveals a possible destiny of a key character. Collect other KINGDOM figures to reveal all 3 alternate destiny variants for each character (each sold separately, subject to availability)!

Unleash the primal power of the beasts with the ancient and highly advanced F.O.S.S.I.L. (Fossilized Osteo-Skeletal Shield Integration Loadout) technology. Sentient FOSSILIZER bots, infused with primordial energy, break apart and weaponize their allies. Use Deluxe FOSSILIZZER figures to beastify this WARPATH figure with epic bone armor (each sold separately, subject to availability)! Worlds collide when the MAXIMALS and PREDACONS join the fight, coming together with the AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS in an epic battle that will alter their destiny forever. Adult fans nostalgic for the original TRANSFORMERS animation and kids discovering classic characters for the first time can share and experience exciting play patterns for all generations. Available at most major toy retailers and for pre-order on HasbroPulse.com and Walmart.com, Amazon, and Entertainment Earth beginning September 26, 2020 at 5PM EST.

Transformers: Generations War for Cybertron: Kingdom Deluxe WFC-K7 Paleotrex Fossilizer

(Ages 8 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $19.99 / Available: January 1, 2021)

The WFC-K7 Deluxe PALEOTREX FOSSILIZER figure stands at 5.5 inches tall, converts into T. Rex fossil mode in 32 steps, and features lower jaw articulation optimal for roaring poses. PALEOTREX FOSSILIZER includes a Golden Disk card that reveals a possible destiny of a key character. Collect other KINGDOM figures to reveal all 3 alternate destiny variants for each character (each sold separately, subject to availability)!

With the ancient and highly advanced F.O.S.S.I.L. (Fossilized Osteo-Skeletal Shield Integration Loadout) technology, FOSSILIZER bots, infused with primordial energy, break apart to weaponize their allies. The bone pieces of this PALEOTREX figure break apart and attach to other figures. Use this Deluxe PREDACON FOSSILIZER figure to beastify other figures with epic bone weapons and armor (sold separately, subject to availability)! Worlds collide when the MAXIMALS and PREDACONS join the fight, coming together with the AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS in an epic battle that will alter their destiny forever. Adult fans nostalgic for the original TRANSFORMERS animation and kids discovering classic characters for the first time can share and experience exciting play patterns for all generations. Available at most major toy retailers and for pre-order on HasbroPulse.com and Walmart.com, Amazon, and Entertainment Earth beginning September 26, 2020 at 5PM EST.

Transformers: Generations War for Cybertron: Kingdom Voyager WFC-K8 Optimus Primal

(Ages 8 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $29.99 / Available: January 1, 2021)

The WFC-K8 Voyager OPTIMUS PRIMAL figure stands at 7 inches tall, converts to Beast Wars-inspired gorilla mode with intricate gorilla-inspired molded fur texture in 22 steps, and features hip articulation that allows fans to pose him upright or in a crouch. OPTIMUS PRIMAL comes with the character’s classic 2 Cyber Blade accessories that attach to figure’s back, and features hidden forearm cannons and Mega Blasters. Well, that’s just prime! OPTIMUS PRIMAL includes a Golden Disk card that reveals a possible destiny of a key character. Collect other KINGDOM figures to reveal all 3 alternate destiny variants for each character (each sold separately, subject to availability)!

Worlds collide when the MAXIMALS and PREDACONS join the fight, coming together with the AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS in an epic battle that will alter their destiny forever. Adult fans nostalgic for the original TRANSFORMERS animation and kids discovering classic characters for the first time can share and experience exciting play patterns for all generations. Available at most major toy retailers and for pre-order on HasbroPulse.com and Walmart.com, Amazon, and Entertainment Earth beginning September 26, 2020 at 5PM EST.

Transformers: Generations War for Cybertron: Kingdom Voyager WFC-K9 Cyclonus

(Ages 8 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $29.99 / Available: January 1, 2021)

The WFC-K9 Voyager CYCLONUS G1-inspired figure stands at 7 inches tall, converts into Cybertronian fighter craft mode in 34 steps, and comes with the classic Oxidating Laser accessory. CYCLONUS, a herald of UNICRON, first appears in the 1986 movie when BOMBSHELL/SKYWARP were reformatted into the second-in-command of GALVATRON. CYCLONUS includes a Golden Disk card that reveals a possible destiny of a key character. Collect other KINGDOM figures to reveal all 3 alternate destiny variants for each character (each sold separately, subject to availability)!

Worlds collide when the MAXIMALS and PREDACONS join the fight, coming together with the AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS in an epic battle that will alter their destiny forever. Adult fans nostalgic for the original TRANSFORMERS animation and kids discovering classic characters for the first time can share and experience exciting play patterns for all generations. Available at most major toy retailers and for pre-order on HasbroPulse.com and Walmart.com, Amazon, and Entertainment Earth beginning September 26, 2020 at 5PM EST.

Transformers: Generations War for Cybertron: Kingdom Leader WFC-K10 Megatron (Beast)

(Ages 8 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $49.99 / Available: January 1, 2021)

The WFC-K10 Leader MEGATRON (BEAST) collectible figure stands at 7.5 inches tall and converts into Beast Wars-inspired T. rex beast mode in 27 steps, featuring intricate dinosaur-inspired molded scales and an articulated jaw with molded teeth. MEGATRON’s dino head and tail also become his classic claw hands, and fans can add laser fire effects by placing fire blasts accessories inside his dino head (sold separately with other figures, subject to availability). MEGATRON (BEAST) includes a Golden Disk card that reveals a possible destiny of a key character. Collect other KINGDOM figures to reveal all 3 alternate destiny variants for each character (each sold separately, subject to availability)!

Worlds collide when the MAXIMALS and PREDACONS join the fight, coming together with the AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS in an epic battle that will alter their destiny forever. Adult fans nostalgic for the original TRANSFORMERS animation and kids discovering classic characters for the first time can share and experience exciting play patterns for all generations. Available at most major toy retailers and for pre-order on HasbroPulse.com and Walmart.com, Amazon, and Entertainment Earth beginning September 26, 2020 at 5PM EST.

Transformers: Prime Deluxe War Breakdown and Vehicon 2-Pack

(Ages 8 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $39.99 / Available: October 10, 2020)

This 2-pack includes both WAR BREAKDOWN and VEHICON figures inspired by the TRANSFORMERS: PRIME animated series, along with the buildable ZAMU and IGU ARMS MICRON weapon accessories featured in the original WAR BREAKDOWN and VEHICON 2012 packs. VEHICON converts from robot to jet mode, Rhinoceros-like ZAMU converts into a hammer weapon accessory for War Breakdown, and Iguana-like IGU converts into a blaster weapon accessory for VEHICON.

Fans can celebrate the 10th anniversary of the first season of TRANSFORMERS: PRIME with these special reissue figures featuring original deco and labels. Originally a limited release figure in Japan in 2012, The TRANSFORMERS: PRIME WAR BREAKDOWN is now available in the US & Canada for the first time. Available exclusively in the US & Canada on HasbroPulse.com, with pre-orders beginning September 26, 2020 at 5PM EST.

Transformers: Prime Voyager Hades Megatron

(Ages 8 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $34.99 / Available: October 10, 2020)

The HADES MEGATRON figure inspired by the TRANSFORMERS: PRIME animated series, converts from robot to jet mode, and includes 2 buildable DECEPTICON HADES and GORA II ARMS MICRON weapon accessories featured in the original pack sold in Japan. Bat-like DECEPTICON HADES converts into a winged backpack to attach on MEGATRON or as a scythe weapon accessory, while the Gorilla-like GORA II converts into signature MEGATRON weapon, a fusion cannon accessory.

Fans can celebrate the 10th anniversary of the first season of TRANSFORMERS: PRIME with this special reissue figure featuring original deco and labels. Originally a limited release figure in Japan in 2012, The TRANSFORMERS: PRIME HADES MEGATRON is now available in the US & Canada for the first time. Available exclusively in the US & Canada on HasbroPulse.com, with pre-orders beginning September 26, 2020 at 5PM EST.

Transformers R.E.D. – Transformers Prime Arcee

(Ages 8 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $19.99 / Available: January 1, 2021)

The TRANSFORMERS R.E.D. [Robot Enhanced Design] PRIME ARCEE figure stands at 6 inches and is non-converting, giving fans an enhanced robot mode with a sleek, “kibble-free” form. The reliable AUTOBOT soldier, ARCEE, from The TRANSFORMERS: PRIME animated series features 26 points of articulation, 60 deco ops, and comes with 11 accessories including 2 ion blasters, 2 sets of alt hands, 2 forearm blades accessories with slash effects, and a dark Energon crystal accessory. The chest piece can also be removed to reveal figure detail beneath, inspired by what would be the inner workings of a TRANSFORMERS robot.

Fans can enhance their TRANSFORMERS collection with TRANSFORMERS R.E.D. [Robot Enhanced Design] figures. All figures in the collection are 6-inches in scale and inspired by iconic characters from the TRANSFORMERS universe, including G1, TRANSFORMERS: PRIME, BEAST WARS: TRANSFORMERS, and beyond. R.E.D. figures do not convert, but are highly poseable and were designed to bring collectors the most screen-accurate versions of their favorite characters to display on their shelves. Look for other R.E.D. figures to enhance your collection (each sold separately, subject to availability). TRANSFORMERS R.E.D. PRIME ARCEE is available exclusively at Walmart. Pre-orders begin September 26, 2020 at 5PM EST.

Transformers R.E.D. – Transformers Beast Wars Cheetor

(Ages 8 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $19.99 / Available: January 1, 2021)

The TRANSFORMERS R.E.D. [Robot Enhanced Design] BEAST WARS CHEETOR figure stands at 6 inches and is non-converting, giving fans an enhanced robot mode with a sleek, “kibble-free” form. The brave MAXIMAL scout, CHEETOR, from The BEAST WARS: TRANSFORMERS animated series features 26 points of articulation, 71 deco ops, and comes with 8 accessories including 2 sets of alt hands, a tail blaster, an Energon crystal, and 2 blast effect accessories. The chest piece can also be removed to reveal figure detail beneath, inspired by what would be the inner workings of a TRANSFORMERS robot.

Fans can enhance their TRANSFORMERS collection with TRANSFORMERS R.E.D. [Robot Enhanced Design] figures. All figures in the collection are 6-inches in scale and inspired by iconic characters from the TRANSFORMERS universe, including G1, TRANSFORMERS: PRIME, BEAST WARS: TRANSFORMERS, and beyond. R.E.D. figures do not convert, but are highly poseable and were designed to bring collectors the most screen-accurate versions of their favorite characters to display on their shelves. Look for other R.E.D. figures to enhance your collection (each sold separately, subject to availability). TRANSFORMERS R.E.D. BEAST WARS CHEETOR is available exclusively at Walmart. Pre-orders begin September 26, 2020 at 5PM EST.

Transformers: Generations War for Cybertron Galactic Odyssey Autobot Clones 2-Pack

(Ages 8 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $39.99 / Available: December 1, 2020)

The GALACTIC ODYSSEY AUTOBOT CLONES 2-Pack collection includes 3.5-inch tall AUTOBOT FASTLANE and CLOUDRAKER figures. FASTLANE converts into racecar mode and CLOUDRAKER converts into jet mode, but also feature twin robot modes. The AUTOBOT CLONES Pack also includes 1 of 5 planet cards with key details about the featured planets. Fans can collect other GALACTIC ODYSSEY figures to explore more planets in the TRANSFORMERS universe (each sold separately, subject to availability)!

As the AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS speed through space during the events of EARTHRISE, special side missions take some of their members off course. Their duties lead them to unfamiliar planets where they encounter epic adventures and unknown dangers. Now fans can come along for the journey and explore the TRANSFORMERS universe through the GALACTIC ODYSSEY COLLECTION. This pack is 3 of 5 in the GALACTIC ODYSSEY COLLECTION and fans can complete their clones collection and pit AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS against each other with WFC-E30 DECEPTICON CLONES Pack featuring WINGSPAN and POUNCE (sold separately, subject to availability). TRANSFORMERS GALACTIC ODYSSEY AUTOBOT CLONES 2-Pack is available exclusively on Amazon.com. Pre-orders begin September 26, 2020 at 5PM EST.

Transformers Prime: Ultimate Bumblebee DVD Arrives Feb 25, 2014

transformers prime bumblebeeSpring into action with Bumblebee from Hasbro Studios’ Emmy Award-winning series Transformers Prime!  Beloved by kids and legions of fans worldwide, Bumblebee is a dedicated warrior and a scout who serves as part of the elite squad lead by Optimus Prime. Though he may be one of the smallest and youngest of the Transformers, don’t let that fool you. Time and time again, this Autobot proves that he has the bravery to fight for what is right and the tenacity to throw himself into action to battle against his opponents no matter where they appear. On February 25, 2014, Shout! Factory Kids, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, will release Transformers Prime: Ultimate Bumblebee on DVD, featuring a collection of four best Bumblebee adventures from the Transformers Prime lore. Packed with visually stunning CG animation and unforgettable characters, this new DVD delivers fun-filled home entertainment that kids and parents will enjoy! Bring home Transformers Prime: Ultimate Bumblebee DVD at an affordable low price of $9.99. SRP.

Four action-packed BUMBLEBEE adventures include:

  • Masters and Students
  • Operation Bumblebee, Part 1
  • Operation Bumblebee, Part 2
  • Deadlock

10 Questions with John Barber Senior Editor at IDW

DRKCYBRTRN01_cvrAA few months ago, IDW Publishing announced that they were doing an impressive marketing scheme, getting their new Transformers event, Transformers: Dark Cybertron in front of fans of Hasbro‘s Transformers toys. Dark Cybertron comic books will be included in select Generations action figure releases from Hasbro, following their initial release from IDW. This is the first time that an entire mega-event has been distributed in such a way.

This forward thinking plan caught my eye (1 paragraph out of the 10 paragraph press release) and I had to chat with some folks about this and what else we might expect.

In steps John Barber, a Senior Editor at IDW who talks about this initiative and more! Barber was kind enough to be peppered and our next individual for “10 Questions.”

Graphic Policy: You recently announced a cross-promotion that’ll see the first issue of IDW’s upcoming comic event Transformers: Dark Cybertron included in select Generations action figure releases from Hasbro. How did this promotion come about?

John Barber: We’ve already done a round of in-pack comics with Transformers—they’re in stores right now. The Dark Cybertron stuff will hit the toy shelves a little later. This program—getting the comics in with the toys—has been a goal of ours for a while. We really want to get comics into the hands of Transformers fans who might not be aware of the comics.

I know it’s something that IDW CEO Ted Adams has been very interested in. We’re all proud of the Transformers comics we do—and the interesting thing about Transformers is that, as popular as our comics are with Transformers fans, there are a TON of Transformers fans—more every day. Many of them just haven’t been exposed to comics—any comics—before.

So it seems ideal to get the comics in with the figures. The fans get a bonus with the toy; we get a chance to show the fans what our medium can do.

GP: Is this the first time a Transformers comic has been included with Transformers toys?

JB: Like I said, we’ve been working with Hasbro on this program for a little while. Prior to that, I think there were minicomics included with some Transformers toys in the 2000s, before IDW had the license. And we’ve done a few with gift sets and the like, here and there.

But the Dark Cybertron comics are the most extensive, extended program of including comics with the Transformers toys. The comics are full-sized 6.625” by 10.187” 22-page comics like you’d buy in the store. They’re not short stories, they’re not shrunk down, they’re not out-of-continuity stories. Which is exciting. I mean, smaller comics are cool, too—but there’s something neat about having a full-size, in-continuity comic inside a toy.

GP: Is there a chance we’ll see more of this? Possibly with digital comic codes included instead? Or for this to expand and see comics included in DVD or game releases?

JB: There’s definitely a chance we’ll see more of it. That’s probably all I can say at the moment. We’ve talked about other variations on the theme, like the digital codes. As it is now, in the comic, there’s a Comic Shop Locator icon in the comic, including their url and 800 number; and there’s an ad leading you to digital platforms—so a fan that gets one of these comics and wants to explore further can pick the road he or she wants to go down to read more comics.

GP: Any plans for figures to be released with a “Dark Cybertron” branding?

JB: The figures are going to be released as part of the Generations line, and will have our Dark Cybertron collaborator Phil Jimenez on the covers, but the figures won’t be specifically branded as Dark Cybertron. The comics interiors will have the same trade dress and titling as the for-sale-in-comic-book-stores versions, though. But these are the mainline Generations toy, not a smaller sub-set or something.

GP: Hasbro also does My Little Pony and G.I. Joe and IDW has a successful line of comics for both of the brands. Can we expect to see a similar promotion like this?

JB: We’ll have to wait and see. I think both Hasbro and IDW are very happy with how this partnership has been working on Transformers.

GP: From my observation, you don’t see a lot of cross-promotion like this. Out of all of the movies based on comics released, only one promoted comics to the audience on the screen through a website listed (though that website was a broken link). Why don’t we see that promotion more often?

JB: I didn’t see that promotion—I’m trying to guess what comic movie that was…

The hard answer to your question is that the benefits of that kind of promotion tend to be one-way. The movie doesn’t get anything from spending its resources promoting the comics; that promotion doesn’t generate more movie sales.

I think the Transformers in-pack comics are—sorry to sound corporate here—a really synergistic relationship. There’s an added value to the toys and we get a new set of eyes on our comics, which we think might lead somebody into falling in love with the medium. So everybody wins.

I think I know what you’re saying about cross-promotion, that it would be nice to see things that originate with comics kick back some eyes to the comics. But I think we can’t expect charity… A movie based on a novel doesn’t flash an Amazon link in the credits. And I don’t think that would do any good if it did.

I do think even when there isn’t a url—or, I guess, especially a broken url—flashing on-screen, there’s still a greater awareness of comic books from people seeing the movies, as compared to a few years ago. I don’t think anybody went and saw Avengers and wasn’t aware there were comics. Digital comics—like bookstores—will continue to make it easier for people that come onboard with a movie, or a brand like Transformers, to get a hold of the comics.

I think we’re in a good position, relative to any other time in my life, where comics are easily accessible if you want them and where the general public is aware of the existence of comics.

GP: From your experience do you think it’s difficult to get people who consume a brand one way to try another? For example someone who really likes a video game, is it difficult to get them to read a comic of that based in the world of that game?

JB: It depends on the property. There are some movies that are fun to watch, that the mainstream public goes and sees or plays or whatever, but don’t really encourage you to immerse yourself in the mythology the way something like Transformers, or Star Trek, or the Avengers, do.

Transformers is interesting because it’s consistently been picking up new fans for the past 30 years. Depending on your age, you might have an iteration of Transformers that’s “yours,” that you grew up with—like, I picked up issue #1 of the original comic from a 7-11. But people younger than me grew up with Beast Wars or with Armada or Animated or the movies or Prime. I think Transformers as a brand isn’t really locked into one medium in people’s minds… it’s toys, movies, cartoons, comics, video games, costumes, you name it.

That kind of thing, where there’s a big fandom of the brand, that’s where I think there’s the best opportunity to introduce someone to a different medium. Does that make sense?

Somebody might be a big video game player, and might love playing a particular game, but not have any interest past the actual gameplay. Not every game (or movie or TV show or toy) inherently draws people into the world.

Transformers demonstrably DOES pull people into its world.  There’s a lot of richness and variety to the Transformers universe, relative to… well, to everything else that exists. I mean, there are other properties as rich, but I think Transformers is on a really high tier. And new fans are drawn into the world by whatever connects with them—maybe if that video game fan gets into a Transformers game, he or she gets pulled into the world, into the mythology, and wants to check out the comics, the cartoons, the books.

I think the answer to your question is that it’s really specific to what brand you’re talking about.

GP: Have you run efforts to run promotions targeting “fans” online through ads or other promotions and get them to try a copy of a comic? If so, what’d you learn from that?

JB: We’re really lucky that the Transformers fan sites and Transformers fans across the world—in person and across social media—have been really supportive of what we’re doing. So I think there’s a growing awareness among the fans who check out those sites. You can see that reflected in the fact that the print sales are really strong and insanely stable. There’s no attrition, which is really rare for three ongoing series (between More Than Meets the Eye, Robots in Disguise, and Regeneration One) that have been rolling for two years.

But even more than the print sales, I think you can see that reflected in the digital sales. Without cannibalizing print at all, we’re seeing heavy month-to-month growth on digital. I mean, that’s true overall for digital, but the Transformers comics are outpacing just about everything else—and I think you can draw a direct line from those sales to fans of Transformers that are checking the books out from finding out through fan circles.

We did a “scavenger hunt” around the launch of More Than Meets the Eye and Robots in Disguise where we released images to fan sites and on Twitter and Facebook and it was cool to see people on message boards talking about where you could find certain images—fans banding together and sharing the information.

But beyond the fans that go to the fan sites and keep up on Transformers news… I think there are even more people out there who identify themselves as Transformers fans, but who maybe aren’t active in fandom. I’ve met a ton of people like that—I’ve had neighbors with the Autobot sigil in their car window or the mode-changing-sound as their ringtone. Hopefully, getting the comics in-pack with the toys will reach some of those fans—the ones who love the toys but maybe don’t know about the wider Transformers world.

GP: We recently ran a study looking at Transformers fans on Facebook and found it’s about 60% male. In a similar study we found women overwhelmingly are interested in female characters. We’ve also noticed more “female” Transformers are being brought back and spotlighted. Is this a conscious effort to appeal to more women?

JB: It’s interesting to see these numbers. I don’t have any real data on the gender-breakdown of Transformers comic readership—I think it’s possible to get information like that on the digital side, but the print side is… you’d need market research that outstrips any comic book company’s reach, I think. But that Facebook breakdown is interesting. Are you looking at people who are fans of Hasbro’s Transformers Facebook page, or people who self-identify on Facebook as Transformers fans? I imagine there are lots of people who like Transformers but don’t identify as fans online… and probably some that go the other way, that maybe sign up as fans without giving the matter any thought.

But I’m rambling.

Anecdotally, I think that More Than Meets the Eye and Robots in Disguise—probably especially More Than Meets the Eye, but I think there’s really strong overlap in readership—have a pretty high percentage of female readers, by comics standards. I definitely operate thinking we have more like Sandman or Saga percentages, as compared to an average superhero comic. 40% female readership definitely is in line with my guess.

I’m not exactly sure what you mean that “more ‘female’ Transformers are being brought back and spotlighted”… I mean, not that I don’t want to! It’s something we’re very very aware of and something we’re—without giving anything away in terms of upcoming stories—something we’re really going to move forward on. But I don’t know that the results of this have actually shown up in the comics yet. If you’re seeing it now… well, keep reading, there just might be more.

Hasbro did a contest where fans got to vote and create a new Transformers character, and the fans voted for a female character, Winblade. I think that says a lot—that fans of any gender want more female characters. I think that’s great. I definitely agree.

I think women want to read good comics with compelling characters, and I think there should be more compelling women characters in fiction. So, in that sense, yeah—we’re doing it to appeal to women—but we’re doing it to appeal to everybody that likes compelling characters.

I like it a lot that there are so many women reading Transformers comics. I mean, I think 40% is a sort of high number—I’d absolutely love it to be dead even, but 40%… Someday that’s not going to be a notable statement—“Of course women like Transformers.” We’re not far off from that—within Transformers fandom we’ve had that awareness for a while, but from an outside perspective I’d say we’re not far off from everybody understanding these comics are for everybody.

GP: Any hints as to what we can expect from the Transformer brand in the future?

JB: Well, hey, I just work on the comics. I don’t know any big secrets. I hear there’s a new movie coming…

In the comics, we’ve Dark Cybertron is a big story that intertwines More Than Meets the Eye and Robots in Disguise. It’s going to shake things up, and tell a big, big story—but without losing the focus on the characters that’s driven the books for the past few years. Dark Cybertron is going to shake up the status quo and lead both of these ongoings into some exciting directions. Dark Cybertron is a great place to jump on and see what the hype is about, but for longtime readers it’s going to pay off some bits that have been around for a long time.

And when Dark Cybertron ends… well, I think our plans are going to generate a lot of discussion among fans!

Listen to the Archived Episode of Graphic Policy Radio with guest Mairghread Scott

This past Monday we welcomed Mairghread Scott on a special episode of Graphic Policy Radio. During the show we show we of course chatted Transformers, comics, fandom and what it’s like being a female creator in the entertainment industry.

Mairghread is a writer for the television show Transformers Prime and the first ever female writer for an official Transformers comic book.

We’ve already published one interview with her, so you can get an idea of what we discussed.

Graphic Policy Radio this Monday, Live with guest Mairghread Scott

GP Radio pic MondayThis Monday join in and listen to the newest episode of Graphic Policy Radio live on the air at 10pm ET. This show we show off our Transformers fandom with special guest Mairghread Scott.

Mairghread is a writer for the television show Transformers Prime and the first ever female writer for an official Transformers comic book.

We’ll not just be discussing Transformers, but also what it’s like being a female creator in the comic book industry.

We’ve already published one interview with her, so you can get an idea of what we’ll be discussing, but we also want to hear from you!

Join in on the show, by not just listening in, but also calling in with your questions at (619) 768-2952 and Tweeting at us, @graphicpolicy.

So, listen in live this Monday.

10 Questions With Transformers Prime Writer Mairghread Scott

STK620454Mairghread Scott is living a fan’s dream. Not only does she work on the cartoon television show of a property that she’s been a long time fan of, but she also gets to write the comic based on that television show. The property is Transformers, and Scott gets to work as a writer for Transformers Prime. She also made history by being the first female writer ever for an official Transformers comic book.

With all of that, we get to get our geek on, chatting a bit about her career and what it’s like being a woman in the entertainment and comic industry.

Mairghread Scott is the next person up for Graphic Policy’s “10 Questions.”

Graphic Policy: You write not only the Transformers Prime comic but also for the television show, how did you get involved as a writer? How would you describe your job for people?

Mairghread Scott: I was the Writers’ Assistant on Transformers Prime and got my first professional script from that show. Writers’ Assistant and Script Coordinator jobs are a traditional “breaking in” job for animation writers: you’re in the room, taking notes, reading all the drafts of all the scripts and helping keep track of everything. It’s a little overwhelming at points, but truly plugs you into your show’s universe. It was because of my “super-insiderness” (and Mike Johnson’s generosity) that I got to write on Rage of the Dinobots and when they wanted to do an ongoing comic series that plugged into Season 3 of Prime, it just made sense to do that too. Of course, this explanation doesn’t express the level of obsessive nerdiness and possessive love I feel toward the Prime brand, but it sounds more professional.

GP: Some sites have mentioned you are a long time Transformers fan. What was the version that got you interested in them and what was it about it? Do you have a favorite character?

MS: Beast Wars got me involved, hands down. I loved Airazor. I hated Blackarachnia. I wanted to ride Dinobot into battle and stab Megatron through the spark chamber. Such is the life of a Midwestern geek in the 90s.

GP: Did you read comics growing up? Do you read them now?

MS: I actually did not start reading comics until halfway through high school. I’d always loved superhero shows, but there wasn’t anyone in my life who could help me “jump in” to actual floppies until my boyfriend in high school (who used the Ultimates line as a starting point, so good job, Marvel – it worked!). Comics had felt, frankly, intimidating from the outside (Issue 376? Coming out every week, but really once a month? Which Spider-Man do I read first?), and they still seemed very, very male. But once I got in, it felt like the most natural thing in the world and I was able to reconnect with my childhood heroes on a new, more adult (not that adult), level. I was hooked and have been reading ever since.

GP: Did you have a mentor to help you break into the entertainment industry? Do you mentor anyone yourself?

MS: Yes and no and yes and no. I say that because the word “mentor” always makes me think of an old kung fu master who teaches you for years on some isolated mountaintop. That doesn’t happen. No one who has anything worth teaching you will spend all their time doing it and looking for that “magic guru” gets a lot of people in trouble. Instead, I’ve had a dozen different people help me at different points in my career: who opened a door, or mentioned a job, or read a script, and there are people like that throughout your life. I try to be that for some people now. But the only person who knows what’s ultimately best for you, who always sticks in your corner, has to be you. Otherwise, you’ll never make it.

GP: Do you think women have a more difficult time breaking in and making it in the comic industry, if so why? And if yes, how do you think that can be overcome?

MS: Yes, definitely. 50% of those problems are the result of BS, old wives tales the industry tells itself and that women tell themselves. The mere thought that we aren’t wanted is often enough to hold back very talented writers and artists. Why devote your energy to a career that everyone says you’re not welcome in? No one does comics for the money. The tragedy is that once you get in you find out how much BS it all was. Don’t get me wrong, companies (ALL companies) could be doing a lot more to go after the female market, but your editors, your artists, your peers – are often just as interested in promoting female characters as you are and the only thing they’re looking at is what talent you’re bringing to the table. The other 50% of our problems are just from the fact that it is REALLY hard to break in. Stores can be fickle with their ordering habits; you have to market yourself like crazy and there is a lot of rejection, missed chances, and failed starts to slog through. By the way, that’s true of any creative profession.

The answer to all of these problems is for women who want this to keep fighting for those jobs and for female fans to fight for their characters. Writing professionally requires a certain level of skill, but what most often separates professional writers from amateurs is sheer, unbridled endurance. Marketers may think a character won’t sell, but if they consistently make money, someone is going to figure it out. Eventually, talent (and profit) wins.

GP: We recently did some digging using Facebook stats and found that women make up about 41% of Transformers fandom. Does that surprise you at all?

MS: It’s more surprising to me that anyone actually researched it. But, no, female fans have been telling me how much they love the brand since before my first issue came out. And we do almost nothing to service them. There are literally three female transformers in all the IDW books on the shelf right now, period. Two of them are in Beast Hunters specifically because I put them there (there are actually several incidentals in Beast Hunters I wrote as female, but the average reader wouldn’t know that, so I don’t count them). What I’ve dedicated myself to proving is how much more this 41% would buy from us (and how many more women would join them) if we just paid attention to them. I think, I hope, that people are starting to understand.

GP: Have you done anything at all as a writer in an attempt to diversify what has been considered a “boy” franchise?

MS: Yeah. I added women. Not stupid women. Not every character being turned into a woman, but just having some intelligent, competent, clothed (I guess you could debate that one) women without acting like it’s a big deal. Because 41% of our fans are female, so it shouldn’t be.

GP: We’re coming up on the 30th anniversary of Transformers. Why have they endured for so long and any hints at some of the excitement we can expect to celebrate?

MS: I think they’ve endured because they are such great characters and there are so many of them. There’s always room to explore on Cybertron and there’s a great push-pull you can have as a writer with how alien these aliens really aren’t (or are). But in terms of spoilers, you’ve come to the wrong place. I can only hope Hasbro makes the wait worth your while.

GP: For people who want to pursue a career in what you do, what advice would you give them?

MS: Get your writing out there. If you want to write comics, make a comic, if you want to write TV, submit to contests, to fellowships, to managers. Even if your script isn’t completely perfect, it’s useless until people start reading it.

GP: What advice do you have for women looking to break into the comic book and entertainment industry?

MS: The same advice as the above but shouted a thousand times louder. Some women (myself included) have this idea that they’ll be ‘discovered’ and so all they need to do is hone their craft until the time is right and a Prince Charming-type editor turns up. That is not going to happen. Knock on the door, then kick down the door. Ask to be involved, then shout it. You are ALREADY NOT hired in the job you want, so the worst thing that can happen is that you will CONTINUE to not be hired. There is no downside. Remember that.

And, of course, if you (male or female) have any questions or comments (or funny GIFs, I’m a sucker for those) you can always reach me on Twitter at @MairghreadScott or Tumblr at http://mscottwrites.tumblr.com/

IDW Publishing in December 2012

Star Trek #16

Mike Johnson (w) • Stephen Molnar (a) • Tim Bradstreet (c)

Concluding the two-part re-imagining of the classic “Mirror Universe” episode! Don’t miss this radical transformation of Kirk & Co., as events unfold leading up to next summer’s STAR TREK sequel! Overseen by STAR TREK writer/producer Roberto Orci!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Star Trek 100 Page Winter Spectacular 2012

Marc Guggenheim, Scott Tipton, More (w) • David Messina, J.K. Woodward, More (a) • Joe Corroney (c)

Explore the amazing worlds of Star Trek through our continuing series of 100-page spectaculars! How do you deal with killing a legend? Find out in the story of Captain Harriman, the notorious commander of the Enterprise when Captain James T. Kirk was lost and presumed dead. Guest starring Dr. McCoy! Discover the devious inner workings of the Romulan military! Re-enter the Mirror Universe as Kirk’s Doppelgänger plots to overthrow his superior… Captain Pike—And more!

FC • 100 pages • $7.99

Star Trek: The Next Generation Omnibus

David Tischman, Scott Tipton, David Tipton & Zander Cannon (w) • Casey Maloney, David Messina, Gordon Purcell, & Javier Aranda (a) • Joe Corroney (c)

Star Trek: The Next Generation Omnibus collects 4 graphic novels into one monstrous book! The Space Between, Intelligence Gathering, The Last Generation, and Ghosts.

TPB • FC • $29.99 • 480 pages • 6” x 9” • ISBN 978-1-61377-537-0

 

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Hive #4 (of 4)

Brannon Braga, Terry Matalas & Travis Fickett (w) • Joe Corroney, photo (a & c)

Continuing the celebration of the 25th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation!

It’s climactic finale of one of the most talked about Star Trek events of the year as past and future collide! Past and future intersect as Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Locutus meet to decide the fate of the United Federation of planets—and the entire Borg Empire!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2 #8 (of 8)

Scott & David Tipton (w) • J.K. Woodward & Gordon Purcell (a) • Woodward (c)

The epic crossover between the two greatest science-fiction properties of all time ends here! Our heroes launch a desperate mission behind enemy lines in hopes of ending the CyberBorg threat, but there’s a traitor in their midst…

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Doctor Who #4

Brandon Seifert (w) • Philip Bond (a) • Mark Buckingham (c)

The second issue in a special two-part story featuring the art of Philip Bond! With the Doctor and Rory on a boys night out gone wrong, Amy must face the Silence on her own! All that plus lots of beer!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Dungeons & Dragons, Vol. 2: First Encounters

John Rogers (w) • Andrea Di Vito, Denis Medri, Horacio Domingues, JUANAN, Guido Guidi, Vicente Alcazar, & Nacho Arranz (a) • Tyler Walpole (c)

The second volume of the acclaimed Dungeons & Dragons comic reveals how our favorite band of adventurers first came together! But in the present day, Fell’s Five has found itself stranded in the mystical realm known as the Feywild, with few options for returning home.

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 156 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-534-9

Classic Jurassic Park, Vol. 5: Return to Jurassic Park, Part Two

Tom Bierbaum, Mary Bierbaum, Keith Giffen, Dwight Jon Zimmerman, & Renee Witterstaetter (w) • Armando Gil, Walter Simonson, John Byrne, and More (a) • Michael Golden (c)

Classic Jurassic Park, Volume 5 continues the “Return to Jurassic Park” series with issues #5–9. Contains the stories “Heir To The Thunder” and “Photo Finish,” which detail researchers Derek and Abby’s brush with an insane scientist and the aftermath of his plot to speed up the evolution of the newly reintroduced dinosaurs.

TPB • FC • $17.99 • 108 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-533-2

The Crow: Skinning the Wolves #1 (of 3)

James O’Barr (w) • James O’Barr & Jim Terry (a) • James O’Barr (c)

James O’Barr returns to The Crow! In part one of this special three-part tale, “Returning from a Journey,” O’Barr and artist Jim Terry craft a harrowing tale set in a concentration camp in 1945 Europe. The night train is being unloaded. And one of the passengers is making a return visit…

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Popeye #8

Roger Langridge (w) • Vince Musacchia (a & c)

Poopdeck Pappy’s got a new sweetie… but there’s more to her than meets the eye! And did somebody say… treasure map? Join Popeye, Olive and Wimpy as they head for the high seas – and help Pappy overcome the trauma of his first bath in forty years!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Popeye, Vol. 1

Roger Langridge (w) • Bruce Ozella, Ken Wheaton & Tom Neely (a) • Bruce Ozella (c)

Popeye the Sailor Man sails again! E.C. Segar’s classic creation is back, with his first original comic in decades! Written by the Eisner Award-winning Roger Langridge (The Muppets), with pitch-perfect art from Bruce Ozella, Tom Neeley, Ken Wheaton, and John Byrne, it’s a new take on the classic character that’s true to its roots!

TPB • FC • $17.99 • 104 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-423-6

Classic Popeye #5

Bud Sagendorf (w & a & c)

Both E. C. Segar, the creator of Popeye and his long time assistant Bud Sagendorf were huge science fiction fans. Here the brilliant Sagendorf leads off with an out of this world funny sci-fi fantasy, “Moon Goon!” or “Goon on the Moon!” or “The Man in the Moon is a Goon!”. Plus we have a comic featuring everybody’s favorite character, Wimpy in “Another Day Another Breakfast!”. Three Popeye laugh-filled one-pagers, a special illustrated Swee’pea undersea tale, and you have another lovingly restored, hilarious Popeye comic–TOOT! TOOT!

FC • 52 pages • $3.99

Offered Again!

Popeye HC Vol 1: Bud Sagendorf • FC • $29.99 • ISBN: 978-1-60010-747-4

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #2 (of 4)

Katie Cook (w) • Andy Price (a) • Katie Cook x 3 (c)

Queen Chrysalis has returned! Our ponies have no time to horse around, as they set off to rescue their friends from Chrysalis kingdom. What magical adventures await them, and where the heck is Princess Celestia?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Godzilla #8

Duane Swierczynski (w) • Simon Gane (a) • E.J. Su (c)

Boxer is cornered by the government and Godzilla is a giant sized X-factor, wrecking everyone’s plans. Sides are switched, lives are lost… and then the unthinkable happens. The devastating third act of this Godzilla epic begins now!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Godzilla: Half Century War # 4 (of 5)

James Stokoe (w & a & c)

New technologies and new recruits lead the AMF now, while Ota and Kentaro are stuck watching. But when a new threat comes to town from space, technology and young blood mean nothing. Will the grizzled vets be able to save the day? Don’t miss this action packed issue, it’ll have you seeing three Godzillas!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Judge Dredd #2

Duane Swierczynski (w) • Nelson Daniel, Brendan McCarthy (a) • Zach Howard, Greg Staples (c)

In Mega-City one, Judges ARE the law. But what happens when a veteran Judge goes bad? And he’s so skilled at hiding his misdeeds that even Judge Dredd is unable to dig up the evidence he needs? Looks like it’s time to choose psis… from the Psi Division, that is!

IDW’s all-new ongoing series continues here, with the re-introduction of fan-favorite JUDGE ANDERSON! Don’t even think about skipping this issue. Because… well, she’ll *know*.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #17

Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman (w) • Ben Bates (a) • Ben Bates, Eastman (c)

He is a warlord, a genius, and a squishy pink brain. He is General Krang. One of the most signature villains in TMNT history, Krang has an arsenal and wit unlike any other villain. This issue starts a story arc that reveals Krang’s master plan and sees the TMNT come into direct confrontation with one of their mightiest enemies!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Color Classics Micro-Series: Michelangelo

Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird (w & a & c)

The original Micro-Series is BACK, this time with all-new colors! Michelangelo’s trademark playfulness, empathy, and easygoing nature are displayed in full four-color glory in this classic one-shot story. Mikey experiences a very merry (and very harrowing!) Christmas, adopting a stray cat while stopping thieves from stealing toys meant for orphaned children. Santa’s got nothing on this green ninja with a big heart!

FC • 38 pages • $3.99

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classics, Vol. 3

Michael Dooney, Steve Murphy, & A.C.Farley (w) • Michael Dooney, Jim Lawson, & A.C. Farley (a) • Michael Dooney (c)

Issues #27–29 are collected in Volume 3 of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classics. Includes “Dreams of Stone,” “Sons of the Silent Age,” and “Men of Shadow” with stories and art by Michael Dooney, Jim Lawson, Steve Murphy, and A.C. Farley.

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 128 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-538-7

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secret History of the Foot Clan #1 (of 4)

Mateus Santolouco, Erik Burnham (w) • Santolouco (a) • Rafael Grampa (c)

Demons, ninjas, and hostile takeovers-what more can you expect from a TMNT comic? The first installment of this new miniseries reveals a history never told before about the original founder of the Foot. Join the Turtles as they get a history lesson that they will never forget!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

G.I. JOE #20

Chuck Dixon (w) • Will Rosado (a) • Ken Loh (c)

TARGET: SNAKE EYES hurtles toward its shocking conclusion! SERPENTOR’S FANG BRIGADE closes in on the Arashikage refuge deep in the jungle. HELIX and SNAKE EYES battle for their lives surrounded on all sides by warring foes. The G.I. JOE team rides to the rescue—but will they find a battlefield or a graveyard?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Snake Eyes & Storm Shadow #20

Chuck Dixon (w) • Alex Cal (a & c)

TARGET: SNAKE EYES ends the only way it can—in the mano y mano, ninja to ninja battle that G.I. JOE fans have been waiting for! SNAKE EYES versus STORM SHADOW in a fight to the end—with the fate of the Arashikage clan at stake.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Cobra #20

Mike Costa (w) • Antonio Fuso (a & c)

OKTOBER IS BURNING! The covert G.I. JOE team is in for the fight of their lives as they go toe-to-toe against the OKTOBER GUARD! But who are they? Where did they come from? And what do they want? The answers will shock you—but we can tell you that MAJOR BLUDD is looking for retribution!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #185

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant  (a) • Ron Frenz and Sal Buscema (c)

Things are finally coming to a head between DARKLON and DESTRO! With the two adversaries confronting each other for the first time in years, things could get out of control—fast! Meanwhile, G.I. JOE is in trouble: CLUTCH and ROCK N’ ROLL are trapped in COBRA’s new HQ and a new mission in Benzheen takes a turn for the worse! The villains reign supreme in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #185!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

G.I. Joe: Snake Eyes/Storm Shadow, Vol. 1

Chuck Dixon (w) • Robert Atkins (a) • Andrea DiVito (c)

SNAKE EYES returns to Japan to re-join the Arashikage clan and team up with STORM SHADOW. Their target: the new COBRA COMMANDER! Will the most dangerous JOE turn his back on his loyalties and his friends just to bring down the new COBRA leader?

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 124 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-419-9

G.I. JOE/Transformers, Vol. 2

Josh Blaylock & Dan Jolley (w) • Mike S. Miller, E.J. Su, Tim Seeley, Emiliano Santalucia, & Guido Guidi (a) • Mike S. Miller (c)

COBRA gains control of giant, transforming robots and uses them in their attacks. In response, the United States military forms an elite group of soldiers, G.I. JOE. COBRA COMMANDER, MEGATRON, HAWK, BUMBLEBEE, OPTIMUS PRIME, and more do battle.

TPB • FC • $24.99 • 248 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-535-6

Transformers: Robots in Disguise Ongoing #12

John Barber (w) • Andrew Griffith (a) • Andrew Griffith, Casey Coller (c)

THE RETURN! He’s back… and CYBERTRON will never be the same. Everything BUMBLEBEE and his AUTOBOTS have built teeters at the edge of collapse—and STARSCREAM has to make the choice his whole life has been leading to.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Ongoing #12

James Roberts (w) • Alex Milne (a) • Milne, Nick Roche (c)

AUTOBOTS VERSUS DECEPTICONS! The crew of the Lost Light confronts a band of rogue DECEPTICONS—with terrible consequences. As an AUTOBOT slips closer to death, a single decision sets in motion a chain of events that might just spell the end for RODIMUS and his band of travelers.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Transformers Spotlight: Orion Pax

James Roberts (w) • Steve Kurth (a) • Kurth, Livio Ramondelli (c)

BEFORE OPTIMUS PRIME—there was Orion Pax! Four million years ago, the future leader of the AUTOBOTS disappeared into the Cybertronian wilderness to save a friend. What happened next would take him to the very brink—and have startling repercussions on the current comics!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Transformers: Robots In Disguise, Vol. 2

John Barber (w) • Livio Ramondelli, Brendan Cahill, & Andrew Griffith (a) • Andrew Griffith (c)

OPTIMUS PRIME has given up his title and is now Orion Pax, and he is on the trail of the deadliest DECEPTICON of all…SHOCKWAVE. The Decepticon Justice Division gets a turn as well, hunting those who disobeyed MEGATRON. And the DINOBOTS are back, headed by Ironhide into the Cybertronian wilderness searching for lost AUTOBOTS…but what they find might be the greatest danger of all!

TPB • FC • $17.99 • 104 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-541-7

Transformers: Complete Drift

Shane McCarthy (w) • Alex Milne & Casey Coller (a) • Trevor Hutchison (c)

Drift gets the deluxe upgrade as the four-issue mini-series plus the Spotlight issue is collected in this hard cover oversized edition. Once a DECEPTICON, Drift now fights alongside the AUTOBOTS in the ongoing Civil War. How he came to be here, why he was once known as DEADLOCK, and how he came to be at odds with his DECEPTICON allies is revealed.

HC • FC • $24.99 • 152 pages • 7” x 11” • ISBN 978-1-61377-539-4

Transformers: Regeneration One #86

Simon Furman (w) • Andrew Wildman (a) • Wildman, Guido Guidi (c)

DARK REIGN! The fallout from the devastation on Earth ripples outwards, all the way to Nebulos, where GRIMLOCK faces his own darkest demons and a fateful choice that may cost him his very Spark. The dark reign of SCORPONOK begins here, and nothing will ever be the same again!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Transformers: Prime—Rage of the Dinobots #2 (of 4)

Mike Johnson & Mairghread Scott (w) • Agustin Padilla (a) • Ken Christiansen (c)

CYBERTRON FALLING! As their world collapses around them, the DINOBOTS battle SHOCKWAVE’s forces to protect the fleeing Cybertronians! SWOOP’s life hangs in the balance—his teammates fight to save him, but will he succumb to evil? The answer may not be what you expect!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Transformers: Prime Season 2

Mike Johnson (w) • Various (a)

The animated action of Transformers is back for season 2! Picking up right where we left our heroes after the events of “One Shall Rise,” Unicron has been defeated… but OPTIMUS PRIME has lost his memory! But not to worry, MEGATRON has plans for his newest recruit… unless the AUTOBOTS can stop their nemesis and save their leader!

TPB • FC • $7.99 • 132 pages • 5” x 7” • ISBN 978-1-61377-540-0

Kiss #7

Tom Waltz (w) • Kenneth Loh (a) • Loh, Xermanico (c)

“Into the Void,” Part 1! The Four-Who-Are-One have fought against the Destroyer God in the Dark Ages, Prohibition Era Chicago… even in the hot bodies of radical 80’s teenaged girls!  But now, alongside the enigmatic She, they fight on a new front in their eternal war of good versus evil — the very interstellar void they call home! Can these cosmic warriors bring their master, the Elder, victory at last… or will this mark the end for the Demon, Starchild, Catman, and Celestial? The final battle for the Universe is at hand!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Kiss, Vol. 1

Chris Ryall & Tom Waltz (w) • Jamal Igle & Casey Maloney (a) • Nick Runge (c)

Four ordinary humans in 1920s Chicago find themselves caught up in a battle of epic proportions that will reverberate across time and space in “Dressed to Kill.” In “A World Without Heroes” travel to a forgotten time of swords and sorcery, dragons and wizards, warriors and maidens. A once-united kingdom has become irreversibly divided. Can the Demon, Starchild, Catman, and Celestial save their world?

TPB • FC • $17.99 • 104 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-420-5

True Blood #8

Michael McMillian (w) • Michael Gaydos (a) • Jenny Frison (c)

With Bon Temps facing eradication by an ancient and powerful wolf pack, the town’s best hope lies with Sookie and Alcide convincing the werewolves and vampires to set aside their differences and work together. But with vampires taking the blame for the initial attacks, tensions are high…

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

True Blood, Vol. 1: Where Were You?

Ann Nocenti & Michael McMillian (w) • Michael Gaydos (a) • Tim Bradstreet (c)

Alan Ball’s hit HBO series, the sensually sizzling story of the lives and loves of vampires, mind readers, and all manner of creatures, returns as an ongoing series! Do you remember where you were the day vampires came out of the coffin? On the anniversary of the “Great Revelation,” Sookie and the crew look back and reflect on the day that changed their lives forever.

HC • FC • $24.99 • 120 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-424-3

Mars Attacks #6

John Layman (w) • John McCrea (a & c)

An exciting new story arc starts here! As human ramp up their defenses, the Martians unleash a new weapon from their arsenal… the freeze ray! Don’t miss any of the action in this runaway hit series!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Ghostbusters #16

Erik Burnham (w) • Dan Schoening (a & c)

After several tough cases, the Ghostbusters are ready for a real day off from dealing with the supernatural… but that doesn’t necessarily mean the supernatural is going to take a day off from them. Ready to settle in and do some relaxing, they are surprised as a spectral child appears before them, speaking one word before it disappears — help.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Joe Palooka # 1 (of 6)

Mike Bullock & Matt Triano (w) • Fernando Peniche (a) • Jace McTier (c)

The legendary Joe Palooka name returns in this all-new version, as Joe fights for his freedom and for his life around the world. Set in the violent and dangerous world of top- tier mixed martial arts, this series will get you in its grip and not let go until you tap out.

Accused of a murder he didn’t commit, Nick Davis flees a police manhunt, picks up the name Joe Palooka in a Tijuana tough-man contest and then travels the world seeking to clear his name while making a name for himself at the same time.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

The Adventures of Augusta Wind #2 (of 5)

J.M. DeMatteis (w) • Vasillis Gogtzilas (a & c)

Forgotten by her family, hunted by the Omniphant, Augusta Wind seeks safety in the deeps of the other-dimensional Swirl.  But the dangers of the Swirl may prove to be far worse than the threats Augusta left behind on Earth.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

The Hollows # 1 (of 4)

Chris Ryall (w) • Sam Kieth (a & c)

An all-new series from the creator of The Maxx and the co-creator of Zombies vs Robots! Sam Kieth and Chris Ryall transport you to a near-future Japan, where burned-out husks—the Hollows—wantonly devour souls throughout the city. Far above, a segment of society lives safely in giant tree-cities, but the problems below have a way of growing out of control…

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Love and Capes: What to Expect #5 (of 6)

Thom Zahler (w & a) • Zahler & Chris Bailey (c)

You ever watch those house shows where two sets of neighbors trade houses for a weekend? Well, Mark and Abby are experiencing something like that: They’re swapping bodies. But, unlike those shows, they didn’t sign up for this. And there’s only a month left until Abby… er, Mark’s… due date! As if that weren’t enough, Amazonia learns her fate, too. Excitement and laughs abound as the baby countdown comes to a close.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Womanthology: Space # 3 (of 5)

Rachel Edidin, Jennifer  De Guzman, Robin Furth (w) • Leigh Dragoon, Sophia Foster-Dimino, and more (a) • Renae DeLiz (c)

You can’t travel through space without a ship, and these 3 stories take you on 3 very different adventures. Dreamy, creepy, and just plain fun, explore the infinite in this strange and galactic issue!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Locke & Key: Ω #2 (of 6)

Joe Hill (w) • Gabriel Rodriguez (a & c)

A ghost haunts the long halls of Keyhouse—the spirit of Bode Locke, cast out of his body by the Demon named Dodge—and only one person can hear his voice: Bode’s old playmate, Rufus Whedon. It’s time to soldier up: the final battle for Keyhouse is about to begin.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Transfusion #2 (of 3)

Steve Niles (w) • menton3 (a & c)

In a future overrun by out-of-control machines and monsters, a handful of human survivors try to fight their way back to a normal life. But what is normal in a world where both monsters and machines need human blood? Find out in this horrific new series by 30 Days of Night co-creator Steve Niles and menton3, the demented artist behind Monocyte!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Alan Robert’s Killogy #2 (of 4)

Alan Robert (w & a & c)

The prison cell walls are closing in fast on our all-star cast, which features original characters based on the likenesses of Frank Vincent (Goodfellas, the Sopranos), Marky Ramone (The Ramones) and Brea Grant (Heroes, Dexter). The unlikely trio quickly discovers that they are no longer alone in the abandoned police station and Marky Ramone is forced to take matters into his own hands… and in his hands is his trusty baseball bat!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Let’s Play God #3 (of 4)

Brea & Zane Grant (w) • EricJ (a & c)

Punk is dead. You’re next. Zane and Brea Grant (We Will Bury You, Suicide Girls) and EricJ (Rex Mundi, Fly) continue their presentation of a girl’s ultimate descent into a world of blood. One band member has been murdered and another is a prime suspect. What else to you expect from a band named Doomed Earth?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Borderlands: Origins #2 (of 4)

Mikey Neumann  (w) • Agustin Padilla (a & c)

“Lilith.” The legions of fans of the smash-hit video game BORDERLANDS have been clamoring to know: how did the Vault Hunters get on the bus with Marcus in the first place? Find out how Lilith started her journey with Mordecai, Roland, and Brick as her backstory about coming to terms with being a Siren unfolds. Learn how a young girl came to understand her incredible power, and how that power helped to save a world.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer Artist’s Edition New Printing

Dave Stevens (w & a & c)

Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer: Artist’s Edition was the first Artist’s Edition and it was a runaway hit, selling out in near-record time. Now, due to incredible demand from both fans and retailers, IDW is bringing this Eisner Award-winning book back with a snazzy new edition! This Artist’s Edition collects both Rocketeer graphic novels in their entirely, nearly every page has been scanned from Dave Stevens‘ beautiful original art!

HC • BW • $75.00 net discount item • 140 Pages • 12” x 17” • ISBN: 978-1-61377-572-1

Battle Beasts

Bobby Curnow (w) • Valerio Schiti (a) • Dan Brereton (c)

It’s just another average day for Bliss, an ignored linguist at the Department of Defense. However, when Bliss unlocks the secret translation of an ancient scroll, terror rains from the sky… in the form of the BATTLE BEASTS! Unstoppable creatures armed to the teeth, the Battle Beasts are determined to make Earth their own personal war zone. Nothing can stop their merciless carnage. Nothing except perhaps a gentle word from the one woman who can understand them—Bliss!

TPB • FC • $17.99 • 104 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-417-5

Haunted Horror #2

Various (w & a) • Basil Wolverton (c)

Back from the opened grave are more masterpieces of the macabre from the horror comics of the 1950s. Genius horror artists of the known and unknown variety poured their tortured souls into these comics. The best and rarest stories have been chosen with the help of top horror comic collectors and all lovingly restored and presented in full-creepy color.  You will be thrilled, chilled and maybe even a little sickened by the over-the-top ghouls and gore in the thick 52 page Haunted Horrors. From the fiends that brought you Dick Briefer’s Frankensten, Bob Powell’s Terror and Zombies in the Chilling Archives of Horror Comics. Grab Haunted Horror before some do-gooders ban it!

FC • 52 pages • $3.99

The Pound: Ghoul’s Night Out #4 (of 4)

Stephan Nilson (w) • Ibrahim Moustafa (a & c)

The ghoul uprising is foiled. The Council of Four is saved. Howie finally tells his fiance what he and Scottie are doing at work, and none of this turns out to be a good thing for the guys as we wrap up the second series of The Pound.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Chasing the Dead #2 (of 4)

Matthew Scott, Tim Westland  (w) • Dietrich Smith (a & c)

Her daughter has been missing for only two hours, but Sue has already been forced to drive out into a blinding snowstorm to dig up the corpse of a serial killer in the nearby town of Gray Haven. With ten more hours before sunrise, it’s clear the worst night of her life has only just begun. Five more towns to visit, with five more horrific tasks waiting in each one. But along the way, Sue encounters a mysterious hitchhiker knows the identity of her faceless tormentor and his plans for Sue and her daughter.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Angora Napkin, Vol. 2: Harvest of Revenge

Troy Little (w & a & c)

Welcome to the next mind-numbing chapter in the Eisner Nominated ANGORA NAPKIN saga! A quiet gig in a desolate Hell’s Angels bar unexpectedly turns violent! Mallory has been abducted! One by one the girls of Angora Napkin fall prey to the sinister machinations orchestrated by the psychotic uber-nerd known only as Mr. Otaku. What diabolical master plan does he hold in store for this luscious trio? Are you nerd enough to delve into horror beyond imagination? Then brace yourself for the insane sex-violence that is HARVEST OF REVENGE!

HC • FC • $29.99 • 164 pages • 7” x 9” • ISBN 978-1-61377-528-8

Offered Again!

Angora Napkin, Vol. 1 • FC • $19.99 • ISBN: 978-1-60010-339-1

Bringing Up Father, Vol. 2: Of Cabbages and Kings

George McManus (w & a & c)

Maggie and Jiggs are back in “Of Cabbages and Kings,” an extravaganza that contains all dailies and Sundays from February 22, 1937–December 31, 1938. The hilarious battling couple go to London for the King’s coronation. Upon their return, Jiggs decides the only way he’ll convince Maggie to move back to the old neighborhood is to lose his fortune. He makes one outlandish investment after another but each time he only becomes richer, until he hits on the right formula. For Maggie, the unthinkable happens: it’s back to eating boiled cabbage when the wealthy Jiggs goes broke!

HC • PC • $49.99 • 272 pages • 11” x 10” • ISBN 978-1-61377-532-5

X-9: Secret Agent Corrigan, Vol. 5

Archie Goodwin (w) • Al Williamson (a & c)

Al Williamson creates what is arguably his best artwork of the 1970s as he and Archie Goodwin wrap up their run of Secret Agent Corrigan. This final volume contains all strips from June 13, 1977–February 2, 1980.

HC • FC • $49.99 • 288 pages • 11” x 10” • ISBN 978-1-61377-542-4

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X-9: Secret Agent Corrigan, Vol. 1 • FC • $49.99 • ISBN: 978-1-60010-697-2

X-9: Secret Agent Corrigan, Vol. 2 • FC • $49.99 • ISBN: 978-1-60010-871-6

X-9: Secret Agent Corrigan, Vol. 3 • FC • $49.99 • ISBN: 978-1-61377-092-4

X-9: Secret Agent Corrigan, Vol. 4 • FC • $49.99 • ISBN: 978-1-61377-236-2

Archie: Best of Dan DeCarlo, Vol. 1

Dan DeCarlo (a & c)

Beginning his career at Archie in the mid 1950s, Dan DeCarlo soon became the main artist on Betty and Veronica, and drew every Archie character at one time or another in his nearly 50-year career with Archie. The stories in this collection are from what is generally regarded as DeCarlo’s best period—the mid 1950s to the early 1970s.

TPB • FC • $17.99 • 152 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-529-5

Michael WM. Kaluta: Sketchbook Series, Vol. 3

N/A (w) • Michael WM. Kaluta (a & c)

The third volume of the Michael Wm. Kaluta Sketchbook series continues to showcase the acclaimed artists lovely drawings, doodles, preliminaries and illustrations. All scanned by the artist from his personal sketchbooks, and nearly all has never seen the light of day before now. This book, and the entire series, are a treasure trove of gorgeous Kaluta art!

TPB • B&W • $9.99 • 48 pages • 8.5” x 11” • ISBN 978-1-61377-536-3

Transformers Prime Season Two Hits Shelves this November

This November 20 sees a release of a deluxe 4-disc edition of Transformers Prime Season Two on Blu-Ray and DVD from SHOUT Factory!

With UNICRON defeated by OPTIMUS PRIME, what was thought to be the end of AUTOBOTS’ darkest hour is actually proving to be just the beginning. The dynamic second season of Hasbro Studios’ acclaimed animated hit series TRANSFORMERS PRIME digs deeper into TRANSFORMERS mythology as both the AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS uncover clues relating to secret artifacts of Iacon, CYBERTRON’s capital city. Their discoveries could not only change the balance of power in the war, but also potentially revive their dead home planet.

Transformers Prime: Season Two contains all 26 episodes in perfect high-definition picture and purest digital sound available. Special bonus content highlights include Optimus Prime: Up Close and Personal Panel with Larry King and Peter Cullen from San Diego Comic-Con International 2012 and brand-new interviews with the series creative team! This is an essential home entertainment collection for every Transformers fan, collectors and entire family. The 4-disc Blu-ray collection is priced at $59.99. The deluxe 4-DVD set is sold separately and has a suggested retail price of $29.93.

TRANSFORMERS PRIME: SEASON TWO

Special Bonus Content:

  • Optimus Prime: Up Close And Personal Panel From San Diego Comic-Con International 2012

The incomparable Larry King, one of the most recognized broadcast interviewers in the world, goes one-on-one with voice actor Peter Cullen (OPTIMUS PRIME). “The King of Interviews” salutes the beloved Cullen and takes fans on a journey through the actor’s early days on the original 1984 animated TV series “TRANSFORMERS Generation One,” the three box office smash TRANSFORMERS movies, and his current work on The Hub TV network’s Daytime Emmy® Award-winning animated series TRANSFORMERS PRIME from Hasbro Studios.

  • Brand-new interviews with the creative team

Technical Information:

TRANSFORMERS PRIME: SEASON TWO
DVD street date: November 20, 2012
Blu-ray street date: November 27, 2012
Running Time: approx. 10 hours
Aspect Ratio: Blu-ray 1080p Widescreen (1.78:1)
DVD 720×480 Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1)
Audio: English, Audio 5.1 Surround / 2.0 Stereo

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