Posts Tagged ‘Optimus Prime’

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On August 8th 1986, a movie debuted that would forever change the course of my childhood. Click below to read about why Transformers: The Movie is a classic that has gone onto inspire a generation of storytellers.  (more…)

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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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

Friday was my birthday and a tradition I have is seeing a movie with my Mom. This year my Dad had the day off so he came to. I decided the most appropriate movie for us to see was Transformers: Dark of the Moon.  After all, the original, animated movie was always a favorite of family movie night. (At least for me) So was it the fun, family outing we used to enjoy during my youth? I thought so. (more…)

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Flint Dille was born to write. His father was the publisher of the original “Buck Rogers” comic strip and he’s followed in the his footsteps as an acclaimed writer of both animation and video games. During the eighties, Flint served as both a writer and Story Editor on a little known series called “Transformers”, including the mini-series, “Five Faces of Darkness” that revealed the origin of the Transformers. So what was it like working on one of the greatest cartoons of all time? What were the politics of writing such a show? Click to below to find out.  (more…)

By Todd Matthy

Cobra Commander is dead!!!!! Long live the Commander…or whom ever is under the helmet. (Killed in GI Joe: Cobra #12) IDW Publishing’s version of Cobra is far different then the Cobra I grew up with. And Cobra Commander, lets just say the one who’s six feet under is not the first to hold that title and at the end of IDW’s “Cobra Civil War” someone new will be stepping into that title. But who? IDW Senior Editor and Comics Experience founder Andy Schmidt knows, and I attempt to pry it (and information about the Transformers “Chaos” event out of him in six questions.

To get the answers, and learn more about Comics Experience, click below.

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With New York Comic Con starting tomorrow I’ve decided to get into the spirit by sharing with you my favorite comics. I’m going to start off with my favorite comics from Marvel. Now just to clarify this is NOT A COMPLETE LIST but the ones off the top of my head. So, if you’ve read these, agree with me, or disagree with me, feel free to post. Feel free to post something I missed too. And if you’re heading to the show and haven’t read any of these think of this as a list of stuff to look for. (more…)