Talking Wolverine Football, Book Writing, Transformers Continuity & Exodus, Part 2!
unicron.com: Alright, so MA in Maine, then how does one break into into the book business? Know people? Start sending your work to 100's of places and then start the prayer vigils?
Irvine: Exodus came about because Tricia Pasternak at Random House called me up one day and asked me if I wanted to write a Transformers novel. I'd worked with them before on a number of licensed projects, and this one sounded like fun. Then she put me in touch with Michael Kelly and Aaron Archer at Hasbro and we talked story. Then I went and wrote the book.
Irvine: I may or may not be ready for nerd questions...
unicron.com: Yeah, that idea, of him as a data clerk came from Simon Furman's "The War Within" comic series. But in there, Furman (unfortunately, IMHO) ignores the "Orion Pax" angle and launches into another story.
unicron.com: Other examples: Soundwave's "mini-cons" your calling them Mini-cons is a first. Your way of quickly sneaking in an explanation about how/why they can talk w/ a series of beeps and whistles and or through regular spoken language, strangely clears up a lot of confusion and interpretations of various stories involving this third faction/race of bots from Cybertron. Thoughts on this?
Unicron.com: Okay, Megatron...
unicron.com: The "Blood of Unicron" Dark Energon... Still nerd-gasming over that sweetness!
unicron.com: Interesting. When you write a book, do you start out writing page one, knowing exactly how it's going to end or do you figure that out as you go along?
Irvine: I'd like to do TF comics for sure. I've talked a bit with IDW about this, and there was a one-shot I wrote included with the War for Cybertron game (linked to in the 2010 Interview Section) in some places. The future, as they say, is developing...
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