Archive for the ‘Interviews’ Category
Tags: Bobby Lashley, Broken Matt Hardy, Brother Nero, Delete or Decay, Impact Wrestling, Jeff Hardy, Matt Hardy, The Final Deletion, The Hardy Boyz, The Hardy Compound, The Rock N Roll Express, TNA, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, Total Nonstop Deletion, WWE
By Todd Matthy
An entire episode of IMPACT WRESTLING originating from the The Hardy Compound that will culminate in a final battle known as APOCALYPTO.
If past journeys to the Compound are any indication, there is no way for me to explain what you should expect. So I turned to “Brother Nero” himself, JEFF HARDY, to explain TOTAL NONSTOP DELETION!
Tags: Barbara Kesel, Bart Sears, Brandon Peterson, Brath, Butch Guice, Chuck Dixon, Conan, CrossGen Comics, DC Comics, Disney, Fantasy, George Perez, Greg Land, Jim Cheung, Mark Alessi, Mark Waid, Marvel Comics, Meridian, Negation, Negation War, Paul Pelletier, Ron Marz, Science Fiction, Scion, Scot Eaton, Sherlock Holmes, Sigil, Sigilverse, Sojourn, Steve Epting, Steve McNiven, Tony Bedard, Valiant Comics, Vertigo, Way of the Rat
In 2000, CrossGen Comics launched. Founded by millionaire Mark Alessi, CrossGen sought to expand the comics industry by forgoing super-hero titles and focusing on the Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Victorian Mystery, and Sword and Sorcery genres. Each of CrossGen’s titles stood on their own but was tied to a greater mythology thanks to a Sigil, which was the source of many characters powers.
The “sigil bearers” were supposed to join forces against a cosmic threat called the Negation in the mini-series, NEGATION WAR that would cap off four years of stories. Unfortunately, CrossGen went out of business after the second issue shipped? So what would’ve happened? Only NEGATION WAR writer Tony Bedard knew, until now…
I reached out to Tony to find out his plans for NEGATION WAR. Who’d live? Who’d die? How would the series end? Click to find out. (more…)
Tags: Animation, Buzz Dixon, cobra commander, Don Johnson, duke, gi joe, Serpentor
What if Serpentor never happened?
In 1986 GI JOE fans got a surprise. Cobra got an emperor in Serpentor. (a clone of the ancient world’s greatest military minds.) Serpentor’s creation would lead to the revelation that Cobra was a front for an ancient society of snake people. But, what if things were different
Before the Serpentor mandate, GI JOE Story-Editor Buzz Dixon was working on a status quo shattering episode called “The Most Dangerous Man in the World.” The episode would reveal the origin of Cobra and the man whose philosophy drove them. For obvious reasons, Buzz’s episode was passed aside and vanished into the realm of “What-if.” Until now!
After 30 years of sitting on the shelf, Buzz Dixon has turned “The Most Dangerous Man in the World” into a novel to be released this Fall. I talked to Buzz about what we can expect to see in his novelization.
Tags: IDW, IDW Publishing, Jem, Jem and the Holograms, Sunbow, Transformers
One of the most hyped releases of 2015 is IDW’s revival of the popular 80’s animated series, Jem and the Holograms. Created by Writer Christy Marx, Hasbro, and Sunbow Productions, the producers of Transformers, GI Joe, and My Little Pony, Jem told the story of a young music executive named Jerrica who moonlighted as the pop star Jem and her struggle to keep control of Starlight Music out of the hands of her enemies. The show was a hit but went into dormancy for over twenty years.
But, nostalgia is powerful and you can’t keep a good series on the shelf. Jem is back, with a live action movie on the way and a brand new comic book. I talked to Jem comic book writer Kelly Thompson about Jem’s lasting appeal and why you should check out IDW’s new comic book. (more…)
Tags: cobra commander, destro, Fantastic Four, Game of Thrones, gi joe, iron man, Marvel Action Hour, Megatron, Optimus Prime, Orson Welles, Ron Friedman, Silver Surfer, Spider-Man, Stan Lee, Starscream, The Death of Optimus Prime, Transformers, Transformers: The Movie, Ultra Magnus
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.