Several members of the team that worked on IDW’s My Little Pony / Transformers, a four-issue miniseries originally included in our May solicitations coverage and still expected for release later this year, shared their creative process insights with Hollywood Soapbox.
How did the writing work amongst the three co-writers on this project? Did you try to collaborate to keep track of storylines and plot points?
IAN FLYNN: We mostly worked independently under editor Megan Brown’s guidance. We all tossed our collective ideas into the pile, and the most promising were chosen to be fleshed out and finalized.
SAM MAGGS: The great James Asmus dreamed up the inciting incident (e.g. the big moment that first brings our My Little Pony and Transformers friends together). With that knowledge in hand, Ian and I were able to go wild coming up with whatever other stories we wanted to tell within that initial framework! It was super-fun just throwing hilarious spaghetti at the wall and seeing what our editors found most fun or interesting.
How difficult was it to have two artistic styles for this four-part series?
JACK LAWRENCE: I didn’t actually approach it as two artistic styles as such. It’s different characters as part of the same animated TV show like, say, Bobby interacting with Uni in the ’80s Dungeons & Dragons show. The two character types are built differently, but exist in the same world.
Creator credits: James Asmus (Author) Ian Flynn (Author) Tony Fleecs (Artist, Cover Artist) Jack Lawrence (Artist) Sam Maggs (Author) Sara Pitre-Durocher (Artist, Cover Artist) Bethany McGuire-Smith (Cover Artist) Casey W. Coller (Artist, Cover Artist) Priscilla Tramontano (Artist, Cover Artist) Jack Lawrence (Artist) Joana Lafuente (Colorist)
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