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Hi there. You might have noticed that it’s been almost two and a half years now since I posted the last Transformers Legacy entry (or anything at all, for that matter). Some people certainly have, because I understandably get asked on probably a monthly basis when, or if, the next entry will be coming.
The short answer is the same as it’s always been: I don’t know.
The characteristically long answer is: I started Transformers Legacy nine years ago (to the day!), when Transformers Animated, a property I dearly loved, was arriving at its premature end. I adored how Animated cherry-picked elements from virtually every single Transformers incarnation that came before it and breathed new (and sometimes very different) life into them. Legacy was meant to be my own personal take on this philosophy: keep what I liked, throw away what I didn’t, and inject some of my own flavor along the way. The mission statement was essentially, “if I was in charge of Transformers, this is how I’d do it.” In my eyes, it was meant to be Transformers "perfected."
This was a vision very easy to stick to throughout the majority of Legacy’s initial run, when the two major ongoing franchises were the live-action films and Transformers Prime, two series which - while not entirely devoid of merit - I personally found extremely lacking in just about every department. This drought ended when I decided to get caught up on the IDW comics in late 2014.
In Furman’s, Roche’s, Barber’s and Roberts’ writing, I found complex and inventive stories that elevated Transformers fiction to a level that far surpassed anything before. As much as I love Beast Wars and Animated, they were, at the end of the day, cartoons created for children. IDW’s older audience allowed them to explore darker, more mature themes at times without losing the spirit of fun and adventure and camaraderie that permeated the best of its predecessors.
Legacy trudged on for another year or so after that, but as I continued writing stories in the Legacy universe, I found myself incorporating more and more elements from IDW: the Dead Universe, the colony worlds and functionism leading to the Decepticon revolution were all broad concepts I found creeping into my work, along with more specific events and character beats straight from the comics. Where Legacy was borne out of the desire to make the “best” incarnation of Transformers, along came IDW, who did better than I anything I could dream up. To me, IDW has become the “true” Transformers fiction, the perfection I endeavored to create, and has left Legacy feeling superfluous and irrelevant in comparison.
Now, having said that all that, I’m not definitively pronouncing Legacy dead in the water, but it may be easier to think of it that way for now. I know Legacy still means a lot to a lot of you, and despite my frequently brusque attitude I truly do appreciate it. Both in spite of and in recognition of that, I can’t force myself to phone it in going forward; I owe better to myself and to you and I think my indifference would be reflected in a lackluster end product. The fact of the matter is I’ve had pencils for the next entry (it’s Runabout and Runamuck by the way, who even cares at this point) sitting around for almost two years and have not had even the slightest inkling of a desire to finish it, even knowing that it’s the last entry in Series 2 and how little relative effort it would take to finish it. The inspiration for Transformers-related work has just not struck me in a very, very long time. With the recent announcement of the termination of the IDW continuity at the end of 2018, maybe that'll change sooner than later, but I can’t say for sure.
Transformers Legacy may stay on indefinite hiatus, but I won’t. In the interim since my last update, I’ve actually been extremely productive, I’ve just been reluctant to post any other art before a new Legacy entry for fear of being eaten alive, so I’ve decided to address the situation here first. Over the next few days? - weeks? - months? I will be dropping a huge backlog of art from the last two years (I’ll try to dole it out a reasonable pace), and I’ll continue to post any new art as I make it. It may or may not be stuff that the majority of you are interested in, but hopefully better than endless silence.
Also, most relevant in terms of “what I’ve been up to”/shameless plug: I am currently on staff with “Dank Zine,” an independent video game-related monthly print magazine run by my friend Ann, for which I typically do one piece a month, and for which I've also done two covers. My art for it will be posted here the month after the issue is sent out. More info on the zine and where you can purchase it will be forthcoming as I post previous months’ art and/or in a separate journal post.