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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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"I know my titles can be pretentious as hell, but c'mon, Fay Weldon, 'A Knife For Cutting Mangoes'? Really? #AllYourParlousYesterdays #Guilty" -- 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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So you know The DJD, right? We've met them before. Cheerful bunch. Enjoy their work.

However, for every successful military division, there's someone holding them up behind the scenes. Enter "Nickel".

But first, Tarn is having a little chat with someone doing something rude. )

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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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This is a story-in-a-bottle issue, for the most part. We see some pre-war Megatron, along with finding out who "Terminus" was, that he originally dedicated his missive "Towards Peace" to. That's not what I'm sharing, but you should go read it.

Bluestreak, First Aid, Trailcutter, and Mainframe have set down on a planet, and found a heavily damaged and as yet unidentified bot. There's a brief discourse over whether it's an Autobot or Decepticon, with Trailcutter and First Aid pointing out that it doesn't matter, as the war is over. The damage is heavy, made worse by Bluestreak and Mainframe moving the victim around to try to find his badge or figure out his alt-mode. This reduces the survival time from hours to minutes, prompting First Aid to set up a transfusion of active energon. There's a mild risk, but with the four of them, First Aid assures them the danger is minimal.

Then Bluestreak has a question, after digging through the rubble around them.

What kind of Cybertronian has a removable face? )


QUESTION FOR MODS: Two of the characters in this post have upcoming third-party figures. Is it okay to post images and basic info about them here? Wasn't sure if that would count as "fan art" or something similar.
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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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"MTMTE#31 is an experiment: one scene, set in one location, told in 'real time'. It's Transformers meets 'Rope', or The MTMTE Bottle Episode." -- 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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"I hope I’m not speaking out of school here, but during at least one point, the ideas got pretty crazy and [co-writer] James [Roberts] and I were talking outside the main room, off by a bathroom in fact, and said he was getting a little… ah… nervous, or worried about the direction things were going.

"And the funny thing was that I’d had that exact same reaction, years ago, about another creative retreat about another event, and I’d had the same moment of talking to somebody outside a bathroom about it. In my case, it was Mark Millar—and he told me not to worry, that these things settle down and the stuff that isn’t working will get tossed out. And he was right. So I told James about that—the way these summits work is like a brain working. There are all kinds of bananas ideas thrown around, and it gets whittled down to the actual story."
-- Dark Cybertron co-writer John Barber, on the nature of creative summits to plan Big Events

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"I bet if they existed in real life, and not just in comics and films, antiheroes would be insufferable arseholes." -- James Roberts

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