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Fantasy Art and Comics: Transformers IDW Lost Light Skids, Chromedome, and Brainstorm in Swerve's Bar



A Skids, a Chromedome, and a Brainstorm walk into a bar. What happens next is drama that only today's Transformers comics can pull off. Used to be that they'd pout and overcompensate for a few minutes, go kick some Decepticon afterburner, roll credits, and start the new episode like nothing ever happened. Skids really wants to open that Pandora's box in his head against Chromedome's urging to leave better off alone, they have a bit of a bicker, and finally Skids walks off— to be horribly scrapped in a later issue. Sheesh, how is Hasbro going to sell super-power upgrade toys with arm-jacking, pizza-throwing action when they keep killing off the characters? Oh, start a new noncontinuitous series, right!

Anyway, welcome to Swerve's, the Lost Light watering hole. Used to be energon only came in purple, but now they have soda, OJ, purple stuff, and Sunny E, which is what Brainstorm is drinking. Look at all the bots on page two. Look at them! I see Grapple, Hoist, Smokescreen, Mirage, Hound... Off screen is Jack Nicholson regretting his life choices. I do like the colorful casts that the energon dispensers provide. Note how the yellow one just happens to shine on the shrine to Trailcutter, Trailbreaker, or NORM as I like to call him. Happy accident. Can anyone name that tune?

Writer Skidblast did the "Brainstrorming"— ha! AK Cyrway (Cavalierconvoy) did the layout, drawing, and inks, and I colored it. Can you believe I've never done an art collab with my own wife until now? I started to wonder if this would even happen. AK finished the inks in November of last year, and an actual Transformers comics professional was originally comissioned to color it. What he appeared to do, though, was slam on the breaks and head in reverse. So then the thought was, "Hey, Vig colored a nice G1-style Trailbutter; maybe he can tackle this." So I tried.

For several months I fared no better than the pro. Trail McBreakerface seemed much easier than this, but my lines are suited for my coloring style, and I wasn't really enjoying where I was going with this. Finally after Halloween, having base-colored both pages and touching up one full page, I scrapped it, made a deal with our local crossroads demon, and started over with a more fine art technique with pencils, and what originally took weeks using the Biggest Blackest Hoist method took only hours this time. Happy birthday, Memories!