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Tom Scioli And John Barber Talk ‘Transformers vs. G.I. Joe’ [Interview]

Transformers vs. G.I. Joe by Tom Scioli

Transformers vs. G.I. Joe is a crossover that sells it self, but the downside of that is that it's been done often enough that it can be difficult to get excited about the next version. Unless, of course, you tell me that it's going to be co-written, drawn, and lettered by Tom Scioli, the man who wrote the line "Robot Dracula is an efficient torturer" and rendered all other comics obsolete. If you do that, you have my attention, and that's exactly what they did when they announced that Scioli and John Barber were kicking off an ongoing series about the two teams, set to launch with #0 on Free Comic Book Day.

To find out more about how the project came together, I spoke to Scioli and Barber about how the project came together, Scioli's massive pitch document, and how their life-long and relatively recent love of the comics influenced their storytelling. Believe it or not, I don't think we talk about Destro at all.

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Slapping Is The Right Of All Sentient Beings In New ‘Transformers: Age Of Extinction’ Trailer [Video]

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Paramount Pictures

The moviegoing public is pretty divided when it comes to Michael Bay's cinematic Autobot Vs. Deception saga, but the first 35-second trailer for Trans4mers: Age of Extinction released during the Super Bowl managed to unite humanity in its (until then unrealized) love of seeing a sword-toting Optimus Prime ride the tyrannosaurus Transformer Grimlock like a common steed. For that glimmering two seconds it seemed like the movie would offer at least one shining moment worth the cost of admission (or a six-pack of something cheap and the cost of a Redbox rental five months later). But no! The new full trailer has topped it! How would you like to watch Optimus Prime straight up slap a dinosaur?

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Toy Fair 2014: Hasbro’s Mix-And-Matchable Transformers Mashers Figures

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It seems Hasbro's Constructbots are going to have some mix-and-match company later this year with the arrival of Transformers Mashers figures. The upcoming line of Autobot and Decepticon toys will be fully compatible with Marvel's new Super Hero Mashers figures and give fans the power to remix the robot modes of Optimus Prime, Megatron, Bumblebee, Starscream, Bulkhead, Springer and Drift, plus Dinobots Grimlock and Swoop.

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Toy Fair 2014: Hasbro’s Transformers And Marvel Super Hero Battle Masters May Or May Not Rock And/Or Sock Things

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Like robots that punch each other with the intended goal of knocking their opponent's head up a few notches? Like Transformers and Marvel Comics characters? Hasbro's got just what the mechanical chiropractor ordered with its upcoming line of Transformers and Marvel Super Hero Slam Battle Masters action figures and we've got video from Toy Fair 2014 demonstrating their mashy moves.

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Link Ink: More ‘Days Of Future Past,’ New ‘Metabarons’ And ‘Transformers: Rise Of The Dark Spark’

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FOX

Start your week off right with today's links.

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Hire This Woman: Writer Mairghread Scott

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In the overwhelmingly male comic book industry, it has been a challenge for some editors and readers to see the ever growing number of talented women currently trying to make a name for themselves. With that in mind, ComicsAlliance offers Hire This Woman, a recurring feature designed for comics readers as well as editors and other professionals, where we shine the spotlight on a female comics pro on the ascendance. Some of these women will be at the very beginning of their careers, while others will be more experienced but not yet “household names.”

This week we're talking to comics and animation writer Mairghread Scott, who is best known for her work on the Transformers property both at Hasbro and at IDW Publishing, where she became the first woman to write an official Transformers comic.

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Kids Logic Crafts The Cutest Optimus Prime Action Figure

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Kids Logic/Hasbro

We've seen a lot of "chibi" Optimus Prime figures in our time, but it looks like Hong Kong toymaker Kids Logic is going to take the cake for coolest lil' Transformers Autobot leader of 2014. Due out this month, the 6" figure features a signature "super deformed" sculpt without sacrificing the kind of articulation and detail fans are used to seeing from Hasbro and Takara's much taller offerings.

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Comics by Chance: Not So Random Edition – ‘G.I. Joe’

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It was announced recently, on this very site, that I'll be co-writing, with John Barber, and drawing Transformers vs. G.I. Joe series for IDW. While my car was being inspected, I stopped at a nearby comics shop and bought $70 worth of dollar back issues of Larry Hama's Marvel G.I. Joe comic. It's since become one of my all-time favorite comics. I wish I would've read these sooner, but I'm kind of glad I didn't because now I can enjoy them for the first time.

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2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Awesome Action Figures

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Knowing what to buy anyone during the holidays can make for a pretty dicey season of giving. But toy collectors with discerning tastes? That's usually gift card territory. But it doesn't have to end that way! We're here to help with a guide breaking down some of the most awesome action figure and toy options for the young and young at heart (mostly the latter). Whatever your articulated plastic budget is this year, we've got recommendations sure to please. Hit the jump for ComicsAlliance's 2013 Holiday Gift Guide to Awesome Action Figures.

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Shockwave’s Got Major Plans In ‘Transformers: Dark Cybertron’ #1 [Preview]

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IDW

The casts of IDW's two flagship Transformers titles are set to collide this Wednesday with the release of Transformers: Dark Cybertron #1, the kickoff of a potentially apocalyptic event that could reshape the Autobot and Decepticon's homeworld forever... as in, like, leaving everybody dead. The issue is the first of a twelve-part series that will alternate between Transformers: Robots In Disguise and Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye each month through its conclusion in March. IDW has provided CA with a first-look at the beginning of the Transformers event, which is co-written by James Roberts and IDW senior editor John Barber, with layouts by Phil Jimenez, finished art by Andrew Griffith, prologue art by Brendan Cahill, and colors by Josh Perez and J.P. Bove. Transform and roll out past the cut to see Autobots wage their battle to destroy the evil forces of the Decepticons.

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