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When they were created, Transformers were exclusively male. They used the male pronoun and, in the 1980s cartoon series, they had male voices. I wanted to tell romantic stories. If two characters were in a relationship, the probability was they were both going to be men. -- James Roberts

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Trump's election and Dissolution's end; the Tories' curtailment of privacy and Custom Made Now; Tory welfare cuts and Functionism generally. -- James Roberts

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Originally, Megatron was an incredible thinker who advocated non-violent resistance. He was in the Tony Benn mould, an international socialist. He campaigned for emancipation and equality, but eventually concluded the system had been engineered to withstand any form of dissent – other than force. -- James Roberts

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War is politics in extremis, and what is the Transformers story about if it’s not about a violent clash of ideologies? -- James Roberts

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I always wanted to give the franchise as much depth and weight as possible. One of the easiest ways to do that is to politicise it. -- James Roberts

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New threats, new worlds, new crew
Old enemies, old scores, old loves
Broken hearts, broken promises, broken people
Lost Light #1


-- James Roberts

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'Nick Roche and I were specifically asked by outgoing TF editor John Barber to "do an Ennis" à la Final Night and DC 1,000,000.' -- James Roberts

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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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