SDCC 2012: IDW & Hasbro Panel
IDW and Hasbro kick off the first bigger panel of the day to talk about primarily the Transformers and G.I. Joe franchises. Here's the description for the panel from Comic-Con's site followed by the higlights of the panel.:
10:00-11:00 IDW & Hasbro - Join senior editor John Barber (Transformers: Robots in Disguise), editor Carlos Guzman, and Hasbro's director of global publishing Michael Kelly reveal secrets and upcoming plans for Transformers, G.I. Joe, Dungeons & Dragons, Magic: The Gathering, and more. A new Transformers series will be announced-as well as a new license. Panelists include Larry Hama (G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero), Chris Metzen (Transformers: Autocracy), Flint Dille (Transformers: Autocracy), Livio Ramondelli (Transformers: Autocracy), Andrew Griffith (Transformers: Robots in Disguise), Brendan Cahill (Transformers: Robots in Disguise), Mike Costa (G.I. Joe: Cobra), plus surprise guests! Room 9
Guzman says the conclusion of the two G.I. Joe books Chuck Dixon is writing, G.I. Joe and Snake Eyes & Storm Shadow, are going to have a surprising conclusion in the upcoming crossover beginning in October in issue #18 of both titles. The Joes will be going after Snake Eyes because he has gone rogue.
There will be a new team for the Cobra series written by Mike Costa, and the characters will have a "revelation."
At the panel, a teaser was shown featuring two silhouetted characters, one being a female, the other a male with an eye patch. The teaser read, "OKTOBER IS COMING," obviously hinting at the Oktober Guard, the Russian equivalent of the G.I. Joe team.
September's G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #183 sees the return of Ron Frenz & Sal Buscema on art duties.
That's all the G.I. Joe news for now, on to Transformers.
Dinobot Month is coming up next month in August as solicitations revealed a couple of months ago. Grimlock returns in Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye, while the rest of the Dinobots will pop up in Transformers: Robots in Disguise. Grimlock will also appear in Transformers: Regeneration One #82 by Simon Furman and Andrew Wildman.
The annuals for Transformers: Robots in Disguise and Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye are said to complement each other.
With the upcoming release of the very awesome-looking Transformers: Fall of Cybertron video game, IDW is of course doing a tie-in comic. It will be written by John Barber with art by Dheeraj Verma. Barber said that the comic would give some "back story to the game."
Dinobots are in Transformers Prime: Rage of the Dinobots kicks off season 3, by co-writers Mike Johnson and Mairghread Scott. Scott compared Cybertron to Detroit, where she grew up near, the way both seem abandoned but people (or robots) still live there.
The second teaser is shown, this one featuring a planet with the Transformers logo and the names Metzen, Dille and Ramondelli with the year 2013. They said they would reveal more during the IDW digital panel.
The panel then moved into other franchises. Barber commented that "something big is going to be happening in the world of Dungeons & Dragons" during the remainder of the year and into 2013.
Writer Matt Forbeck and artist Martin Coccolo bring us Magic: The Gathering: Path of Vengeance #1 in October.
And here's one for all you Bronies out there... My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic by Katie Cook and Andy Price is on its way.
The panel then went into the Q&A portion. Here are the highlights of that session:
- The Dinobots being in the Transformers: Prime comic doesn't necessarily mean they'll be on the animated series.
- "We'll have to wait and see," said Barber of the possibility of My Little Pony being the next Infestation series.
- There's a chance that John Rogers will return to D&D.
- No plans for a D&D/Transformers crossover, but Barber notes that "that'd honestly be a pretty interesting crossover."
- Transformers: Autocracy is a chance to wrap up 25-year old unfinished business.
- Hama's experience on M.A.S.H. didn't really affect his take on G.I. Joe, but it added environment that helped to shape things.
*See our interview with Larry Hama here for more on his tenure on G.I. Joe.
- Baroness was created because a lot of the Cobras had covered faces and he wanted one that could visually recated to Cobra Commander, and he thought why not make her a hot babe in a black leather outfit to help too.
- No plans for Mini-Cons right now, but there's always a chance.
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