Lest I forget to say so, Congratulations are due to James Roberts and John Barber for scoring the writing gigs on the upcoming Transformers Ongoings acnnounced yesterday at SDCC!
James Roberts had proven himself with his fan novel Eugenesis before going on to great fame writing the mini-series Last Stand of the Wreckers along with fan-favorite Nick Roche, which is one of the most popular Transformers series of the last few years among the fans. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to help out a bit on that series as an inker, and got to work on a great team including Nick Roche, James Roberts, Josh Burcham, Guido Guidi, John Wycough and editors Denton J. Tipton and Andy Schmidt.
John Barber had been an Editor at Marvel for years before going freelance, and landed a series of writing gigs in the Transformers movieverse. Inheriting the work done by Chris Ryall, Chris Mowry and Simon Furman, he was able to make sense of the contradictory continuity of the movie themselves and the previous books that were written without knowing what would take part in the sequels. John's first Transformers series was Sector Seven, followed up by The Dark of the Moon tie-in books Foundation, Rising Storm and the Dark of the Moon Movie Adaptation. I again had the pleasure of working with John on Foundation, which we began working on a full year ago now. (So hard to believe!)
Both Roberts and Barber have definitely proven themselves with fans and are sure to make readers happy when the new year rolls around.