Adam Patyk of Dreamwave
recently sat down with Tformers and discussed the upcoming Armada MTMTE Profile book series. Below, you will find this interesting interview, which reveals much about Armada, Micromasters, Beast Wars, AND RID! How has it been going since we last talked to you?
It's been busy, but in a good way. There have been a lot of Transformers projects and other work to keep me occupied.
How do you reflect on the G1 MTME Series now that it is complete?
I'm damn proud of how well it came out, thanks to everyone involved. It was a ton of work. Itís especially cool to see characters whose personalities I had to invent, like most of the Micromasters, kind of take on their own life now. Boy, I sure do hope Iíll be able to do something big with them soon...hmmmmmmm
If you could go back do the series over, what would you change?
There are a few layouts that didnít turn out at as well as I would have liked due to space and time constraints, and some other minor errors here and there. Mainly, I'd just want to go back in and make it 100% perfect.
It is still prominent in everyoneís mind, and although it's still going on in the form of Energon, it is technically "over" so Hasbro can provide us with a fairly complete list of characters. Plus, since Energon is the mainstream Transformers line for the foreseeable, it makes sense to know about all the characters from its past.
How does working on Armada profiles compare to Generation 1?
There's a different dynamic, and certainly more of the "Micromaster syndrome" where you find yourself completely inventing a characterís personality. But it's still a ton of fun. I think Armada kind of gets a bad rap in some respects compared to G1, which is unfortunate because working so closely on the Armada characters has opened my eyes to their potential. The personalities of the characters are what make Transformers special - without that it's just about big machines hitting each other.
What have you done differently with the profiles in this Series?
The design has been totally changed to reflect the Armada aesthetic, and weíre using a different format to organize the entries. Also, due to the somewhat lighter tone and focus of Armada, we opted to make them a little more accessible for the young fans that are being drawn into Transformers by the cartoon, toys, and comics. It's still serious and hard, but less "techy" and drenched in stuff that only hardcore fans know about. I'm really happy with the way the book looks and feels right now.
Is it easier or harder to work on profiles for a new series?
A little of both. Easier because you don't have to factor in the weight of 20 years of expectations about what the characters are like, but a little harder because the onus is on you to put a lot of things in place and make them work.
Will we see details in the Armada profiles that we wont find elsewhere?
Definitely. With the scant bio info officially available for the majority of the Armada characters, much of the bio info was newly generated just for the series. There will be personality quirks, quotes and character relationships that won't have appeared anywhere else!
Are the profiles based solely on the comics? Do you use any elements from the Armada cartoon?
They're actually walking a fine line - there are some pretty dramatic differences between the two storylines and even the characters themselves, but we wanted the series to feel accessible to both fans of the cartoon and comic.
There are some hiccups we couldn't avoid (Megatron became Galvatron in the show, but not in the comic), but we try to smooth them out so it's all consistent. In the end, people can take what they like and ignore what they don't - that's the great thing about fictional universe.
How will the Mini-con teams be presented? As teams or individual characters?
Each Mini-Con will get its own entry. Those individual entries will be grouped by team and followed by special modes (if any). "Partner" Mini-Cons will be presented immediately following their Transformer.
Will the Mini-con profiles include additional historical or background information?
Definitely - since some haven't really appeared in any of the media, I was able to play around with some cool tidbits to flesh the characters out.
Can we expect to see profiles for characters like Predacon, Cheetor and the other characters added onto the Armada toy line?
Yes, for sure. But we're keeping them totally separate from their namesakes; Armada Cheetor is definitely not Beast Wars Cheetor.
Are the character changes, like Powerlinx versions, addressed in the profiles?
You'll see the Powerlinx versions as well as the regular ones.
Does Unicron get any special attention?
Yeah - if you don't clean around his horns just so, he gets really pissed off.
Who's on board creating the character artwork for this series?
A ton of talent, including Pat Lee, Joe Ng, Rob Ruffolo, James Raiz - it's a "who's who" of Transformers art pimps.
Not to jump the gun, but if you are doing Armada Profiles. Can we expect to see Energon profiles next?
Not right away - it doesn't make sense to do Energon until there are more characters out. Who knows, though? Maybe we'll do Energon yearbooks featuring that year's characters instead of a full series.
Are there any plans to release the G1 MTME comics in a compiled volume(s)?
It's still being discussed. The thing about these profile-type series is that they are a big investment, and if the individual issues don't sell well enough, that makes a trade practically impossible. We were lucky with G1 MTMTE because it did phenomenally well for a book of profiles, so we'll see what happens.
Any word on us seeing profiles for Robots in Disguise or the Beast series in the future?
You'll be seeing more than just profiles for both RID and Beast Wars, if I have anything to say about it!
What else are you working on these days?
Some development work on our upcoming Beast Wars series and a Robots in Disguise story in this year's Transformers Summer Special, and I'm also working on TF:G1 with my man Brad "Punk Ass" Mick. Speaking of whom, Brad and I have a couple of other very cool projects in the works, including the June-release Micromasters mini-series we're writing together.
It's our "all-new, all-different" G1 series set during Cybertron's decline, so you'll see some of the classic characters, but the focus will be on the newer cast. We definitely wanted to get away from everything being Prime/Megatron/Grimlock/etc.-centric, so this is a chance for people to meet a new set of cool heroes and villains and get into their heads from the very beginning, just like we did with the original 1984 guys. It deals with the concept of the good guys getting proactive instead of reactive, and the difference between constructive youthful rebellion and just anarchy for its own sake.
Is there anything you would like to say to the fans?
I'm extremely grateful and happy that the response to the TF stuff has been so positive from the dedicated fanbase, which says a lot. We put a lot of effort into keeping all the projects on point - sometimes it works perfectly, sometimes it doesn't, but it's good to know that the readers appreciate it.
Tformers would like to thank Adam Patyk and the entire Dreamwave crew for taking time out to answer these questions and deliver even more exciting news and information to you, the transformers fan. You can see the preview gallery for Armada MTMTE #1 here