The Audio Knights Theatre – Fan-Built Combiner Project!

So, after finding out that Hasbro will be running a fan-built Transformer contest again this year (last year’s contest resulted in the Windblade toy and four issue comic mini-series, which is coming back as an on-going this year), The Audio Knights Theatre started up what they’re calling Project Nightbird. The aim is to come up with a five to six member all-female gestalt team, with robot and alt-mode designs, names, and backstory, all in a nice cohesive awesome package. Which is where I come in, since I may not be able to art but I can certainly worldbuild and try to make everyone as awesome and awesomely different as possible (they are all coming from another planet and one uninvolved in the very long Autobot-Decepticon war, after all). Plus, there have been jokes about Sharkticons (and about Nautica having a mom who doesn’t pick her to be part of the combiner) and there is no way I’m not going for a shark party. 😉 Plus, my love of Marston-era Wonder Woman means I have Ideas about Caminean culture. And a way to fit in the joke about Nautica’s mom in a way that’s compliant with canon.

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Codeword Manga: Female Gaze, Robo Legs, and a Better, Brighter Day in Comics

Okay! The above is actually the title for my proposed panel presentation for Comics Arts Conference – Wondercon 2015, but I figured it’s about as good a title as any for what I’m about to do … which is basically blab on about Sarah Stone’s art for IDW’s Transformers comics and the worldbuilding and character handling James Roberts is doing for the same property with the Transformers: More than Meets the Eye ongoing ‘and’ explain gender and relationships using Loki and penguins. Largely to help myself hash things out more so I can try to fit all of that into a little proposal that will still hold up five months from now (the abstract on the proposal is what the panel description is taken from for the program – usually with some degree of mangling in between) and which fits into an even smaller twenty minute presentation. And also because my personal circumstances are horrible and terrifying right now and I don’t know what the outcome will be, so ‘someone’ is going to hear me talk about robots being penguins and about how awesome Starscream’s legs are. ;P

Note: Oh gosh, this is already getting long. Apparently I mustered enough Nautica-ness for an opening sub-lecture where I demystify/totally ruin what comics scholarship and being a professional comics scholar are like. Sorry not sorry.

The briefcase though. The briefcase and its owner. Damn you [spoiler].

I promise this post will be full of text. Text you can actually see. And this was going to be Nautica playing professor but this was too cute not to use.

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