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"And so it ends... not with a bang, but with an argument about who does the washing up." -- James Roberts

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"Putting the finishing touches to MTMTE #56. Let no-one think the series is done yet. The last two issues are all about endings." -- James Roberts

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"It’s a weird little book. It is. There’s not much fighting in it, and there’s not much transforming in it, and we haven’t refreshed the main cast in nearly five years, and in order to enjoy properly you kind of have to remember plot details from 40 issues ago, and we periodically kill people that you care about, and sometimes we focus on characters who never even existed as toys, and… yeah. God knows how it’s survived so long." -- James Roberts

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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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"Sealed within the box was nothing less than the Holy Grail - a catalog from the 1986 American toy range. From that moment on, the catalog became my vade mecum. Like some sacred text, it was either in my pocket, on my bedside table, or in my school locker. It went beyond well-thumbed and reached the stage where it was literally being held together by Scotch tape, like some crude attempt at lamination. [...] Picking that catalog up now, 25 years later, I get a Proustian rush. It is my madeleine." -- James Roberts

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"Q: What happens in issue #47? A: EVERYTHING. Q: What do you mean 'everything'? A: EVERYTHING. Q: Yes, but— A: EVERYTHING."
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"I can confirm that [More Than Meets the Eye]'s Xmas story will be a somber vignette entirely bereft of levity and told with utmost seriousness." -- James Roberts

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'I got my #47 comps in the post today. Pre-release comps. Never happened before. It meant my eldest could read it ahead of time. I left it with him after he went to bed. I give him no hints about future issues, so he goes in unspoiled. So I just went to check his light was off. He'd left a note outside his room: "WTF HAVE I JUST READ??!' So mission accomplished, basically.' -- 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 interesting – in real life, I can’t imagine what it would take for the wider world to show even a modicum of forgiveness and understanding towards a convicted mass murderer/despot/war criminal. I can’t think of mitigating circumstances compelling enough for the man on the street – much less the victims of said criminal – to say, ‘He’s not all bad.’ You could find out that the criminal suffered as a child, or started off on the road to his future crimes with the best of intentions, or whatever, but I doubt it would be enough to even partly rehabilitate him in the eyes of the public. And yet… in the world of fiction, things can be a little different." -- 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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