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Zladko

Art by Roderic Rodriguez

Who is Zladko?

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By Todd Matthy

In the summer of 1986, children were traumatized when Optimus Prime sacrificed himself to stop his archrival, Megatron. But it wasn’t Megatron who pulled the trigger, it was a writer named Ron Friedman.

Ron Friedman wrote Transformers: The Movie. He wrote the five-part miniseries that launched GI Joe. He is close friends with Stan Lee and helped Stan develop The Marvel Action Hour, featuring Iron Man and Fantastic Four. He has written episodes of All in the Family, Happy Days, and Fantasy Island. In addition to his writing credentials, Ron is an architect and a teacher at Chapman University.

In 2014, Ron plans to chronicle his experiences as a writer in the memoir, I Killed Optimus Prime. The book promises a fascinating look behind the scenes of the shows that defined our childhood.

I had the privilege of speaking with Ron about his career, his friendship with Stan Lee, what he thought when he first saw the Transformers, how Orson Welles became Unicron, and why he didn’t want to kill Optimus Prime.

So, to kick off the 30th Anniversary of the Transformers, Ron Friedman, the man who killed Optimus Prime.

WARNING: Some language.

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Get a FREE Wicked Game Preview at New York Comic Con.

Get a FREE Wicked Game Preview at New York Comic Con.

New York Comic Con is this weekend and while I don’t have a table, “Wicked Game” will have a presence.

I will be wandering around Artists Alley and the show floor with FREE five page previews of the book. If you’d like one all you have to do is say hi. I’ll even sign it for you.

Also, stop by “Wicked Game” letterer Mindy “Indy” Steffen’s table at Artist’s Alley table V15 to check out her work and chat about Robotech.

Also, don’t forget to check out Collector’s Kingdom at booth 2679 for books by Pronto Comics, the publishers of my previous release, Blackout.

Finally, follow me @ToddCMatthy for more on my con adventures.

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While your here, be sure to “Like” the Facebook page for my upcoming comic book, Wicked Game.

Keep living dangerously my friends.

By Todd Matthy

2012 has come and gone and what a year it has been. We saw two comic book movies achieve critical acclaim while grossing over a billion dollars. We saw the Rock return to the wrestling ring. We saw the Avengers and the X-Men square off with one another and Disney buy Star Wars. So what were the best moments of 2012. Click below to find out. (more…)

Y&P: Review-Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia

 

Y&P at NY Comic Con 2012: Photo Parade | Y&P.

By Todd Matthy

Before you read this review please take your time to support S.L.I.F.E.R. Needs You. Lobo co-creator and Story Editor of the Transformers cartoon, Roger Slifer was the victim of a hit and run on June 23rd. No arrests have been made. This group is dedicated to giving Roger financial support and working together to supply the Police with information that will lead to the perpetrators arrest. Thank you.

Does the original generation of Transformers still have the same magic as it did twenty years ago? Read on. (more…)

By Todd Matthy

Star Saber is the star of the Japanese only “Transformers:Victory” animated series and the greatest swordsman in the universe. But how did he become that? And why does he look like Optimus Prime?

Find out by clicking here for my short story, Star Saber: The Origin in the spring issue of Transmasters Magazine

By Todd Matthy

The first season of “Voltron Force” has wrapped and what a ride it was. From betrayals, trainees, secrets, and new pilots, the series not only resurrected the beloved property, but pushed it into new areas of excitement.

Jeremy Corray is one of the architects behind Voltron’s revival and was kind enough to take the time to talk to me about the development of the series, the origins of some of the twists, and a little “fishing” for tidbits on Season Two. (more…)