Thanks to writer Mairghread Scott’s postings in TFW2005’s very own Windblade fan club[/B], it has been confirmed that the Windblade fiction will consist of not just a single comic, but will be a 4 issue mini-series. What’s interesting is that Scott also notes the possibility of it evolving into an ongoing should the project be successful, which would presumably run alongside MTMTE, RID, and whatever else may pop up. She also answers some other questions and goes into even further detail about various topics.
Be warned, some of her comments may be considered slight spoilers. If you don’t mind, you can read her quotes and discuss your feelings about this revelation after the jump!
UPDATE: According to another the post from the group, we have confirmation that it will be a monthly series, with the first issue scheduled for release in April 2014 and pre-orders opening up for it near the end of January. “Hi, Everyone!
So, there are still a lot of questions I can’t answer as they connect to spoilers somehow, so if you don’t see me respond to your question, it’s most likely that.
[If you’re super-paranoid about me missing your question, please add: PLEASE RESPOND to the end of it and I will respond no matter what. i just don’t want to fill up the board with “I can’t talk about that” because that just seems un-fun.]
Anyway, as I was invited to this group, I thought I would hop on and answer what I could. You can also reach me at the ‘Ask Mairghread Q and A’ thread, but I don’t wander the boards much beyond that because these should be your boards as fans, not mine.”
“And here are the answers I have so far:
Gotten a few asks about Windblade’s “Kabuki” elements. This can’t be answered in too much detail yet, but Windblade’s markings do have meaning and are important to both her and her backstory. However, I have no intention of presenting her in any sort of stereotypical geisha or hand-over-her-mouth-anime-girl role. The first art Hasbro released has her with a rather deadly looking sword and a pretty grim expression. Also, she turns into a military jet, so I’m not really seeing her as a very kawaii character.
You can already read my discussion of what I think about Arcee’s origin on my tumblr (also MScottWrites) and I think I’ve established that I don’t intend for Windblade to originate from the same place. (Plus, I’m pretty sure John Barber would string me up by my toes if I did.) I don’t want to address it more than that because…you know…spoilers, but I can say that I’m much more interested in writing new stories than ret-conning old ones.
Smart money would say IDW did not go to trouble they have to launch Windblade the way they’re doing if she was going to be the only other fembot in all of TF continuity. Just saying.As to how long we have, I’ll be blunt: We’ve got a 4 issue mini-series that everyone is praying will become an ongoing, but, like every other comic, we have got to prove ourselves from Issue 1. That means we need pre-orders and A LOT of them. Not: ‘I’ll pick it up when I’m at my shop.’ Not ‘I’ll borrow from a friend’ if you want Windblade to keep going the ONLY way to do that is to get your store to pre-order it. Tell them to order lots of it and get your friends to pre-order too. If you don’t have a story, BUY it on Comixology or a similar app, but encourage your friends who do have a store to pre-order and buy. I’ll try to provide a little help when the official solicitation is released to make it easier on those new to the process.
In terms of how Windblade views other transformers and their genders: well, this is a bit spoiler-y, but she’s not exactly going to be shocked that guy transformers exist and since they are all still robots, gender is still going to be a lot less pressing to them than it is to us. Also, you know, it’s Transformers, so I’m pretty sure there are going to be more pressing issues for everyone than ‘date night.’
Anyone looking for a tease in terms of the ‘wrath’ I mentioned. Hmmm… how about TFBH having murder, cannibalism, societal collapse, PTSD, and the (perceived) apocalypse itself? That I wrote ‘Stronger, Faster’ and ‘Hurt’ and can’t even make it through a Rescue Bots episode without putting someone’s life in danger. So, while I am shooting to make TF Windblade a little more hopeful than my normal work, danger and excitement should probably be expected.
Regarding a toy: I’m pretty sure Hasbro made some kind of announcement on this, but that’s really their domain.
In terms of the poll that made Windblade, I’ve never been shown any numbers so I can’t speak officially. Just from my own business sense, I’m not sure why a company would ask people to make the transformers they want to buy and then not go with the most popular option. But, as I said, that would be a question for toy.
Anyway, we’re lining up some good interviews so keep your eyes peeled for more on the book itself, but these should answer some of the more specific questions floating around out there.
‘Til All Are One,