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"Season 2 is all about Megatron, and he’s essentially a socialist who took a wrong turn and embraced totalitarianism. A journey not without real-life parallels." -- James Roberts

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"[Megatron's] not a talkative character, or a demonstrative one (in terms of affection or tactility), so a lot of what we’re learning about him is through quite small-scale, considered, reflective actions and reactions. We’re layering that stuff very deliberately, and taking it at quite a slow pace, because — to use your mirror analogy — he’s surrounded by the broken pieces of his life and he’s taking his time reassembling the shards, but he’s not sure what he’s going to have made by the end of the process. He’s afraid it will repel him." -- James Roberts

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"Until the last minute, [this issue] was called 'Omnishambles'. I'm still only 51% certain I was right to change it." -- James Roberts

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"It’s not that I’m against fight scenes, but I do dislike the amount of page-space they take up. You know, to show a fight properly — to give the artist space and to map out who’s where and who’s doing what — that takes up a lot of real estate, and MTMTE is a very character-driven, dialogue-driven series, and people respond well to the plots and the twists and the density of the stories, and extended fight sequences invariably make it harder to tell those type of stories — in my experience, anyway." -- James Roberts

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"It’s an optimistic quest, and optimism is at the heart of the book. True, you might sometimes have to dig through layers of cynicism and even nihilism to get to it, but underpinning the broader story arc, as unfashionable as it may be, is that sense of hope." -- James Roberts

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"I really wanted to explore the idea of 'forced friendship' and 'official loneliness' in an alien society. Good old world-building, y'know? At the risk of opening up yet another can of worms, by exploring this idea I was passing comment, indirectly, on the real world stigma attached to being an unmarried woman of a certain age [...] If I was worried about anything in this issue, actually, it was the fact that Nautica (rightly) considers the whole idea as 'pathetic', yet ultimately, if reluctantly, bows to religious pressure and goes along with it... [An aside: As further evidence of the extent to which I worried about this stuff, and about my treatment of the female TFs in this story more generally, I offer you the story's title, The Frail Gaze. . .]" -- James Roberts

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"The best state of mind of reading More Than Meets the Eye is to be one of heightened anxiety, I think. Every page where your character survives is a bonus, let me tell you." -- James Roberts

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"Most surprised by, 'This is uncomfortable reading and has no place in a TF comic.' I was with you up to 'and'. And if you're not sure what's happening and therefore not sure how to read it? Good. Who wants a world of cold certainties? We watch, wait, think. Our take on something may change. Isn't it nice when it does? Being discomfited is good from time to time." -- James Roberts

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"The phenomenally arrogant subtext there is that Brainstorm’s briefcase and MTMTE and this iteration of the Transformers Universe is the sort of base level universe. This is Universe Zero from which every other iteration of the Transformers continuities originated." -- James Roberts

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"Why all the fuss about YA fiction? I was writing books full of Proper Nouns referencing ill-defined events/practices YEARS ago." -- James Roberts

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"The Justice League International cover has been homaged to death, I know, but we used it as the basis for issue 1′s cover because it had become pop-cultural shorthand for ‘this is a fun ensemble book that doesn’t take itself too seriously’ – and I was very keen to send that message out into the world because I don’t think the type of casual comic book readers we wanted to attract were aware that Transformers can do lighthearted, frothy stories (at this point I should add that the lightheartedness and froth was, of course, just a cover to disguise the drama and pain underneath)." -- James Roberts

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"I often bridle at being accused of acts of narrative sadism. Not guilty! Then I leaf through old MTMTEs and think, 'Yeah, ok, fair enough.'" -- James Roberts

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"First and foremost, MTMTE is supposed to be fun. ‘Fun’ doesn’t mean it has to be lighthearted all the time, and it doesn’t mean we can’t have moments of real horror. We can, at times, be bleak and shocking and terrifying. But underpinning it all – and acting as a sort of narrative rocket fuel – is a sense of adventure and – dare I say it, in these grim-dark times? – joy." -- James Roberts

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"It's Lost in space. It's Star Trek meets Dark Star, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. It's Justice League International as re-imagined by Stephen Moffat; it's Arrested Development with alt modes." -- James Roberts

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