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Transformers-the ongoing saga of Susan Journeyer and Josh Boyfriend

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  • WingedWeaselWingedWeasel Registered User regular
    I've been waiting for the next compiled set to come out on comixology before I buy anymore. Although to be honest both the app and the website have been awful lately. As in taking 100 years to load and inexplicably crashing.

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  • BetsuniBetsuni Insert Disk 4 and Press Any Key to Continue Registered User regular
    I've been waiting for the next compiled set to come out on comixology before I buy anymore. Although to be honest both the app and the website have been awful lately. As in taking 100 years to load and inexplicably crashing.

    It does this on Android as well? Here I thought it was just the Amazon version of the app, plus my Fire which has a terrible processor in it.

    Sadly I have to say that once Amazon took over the site/app it really has not gotten any better. It is terrible trying to sort them or search for any comic in the app.

    That said, I try to just wait for the Humble Bundle to pop up Transformers since they seem to be doing it regularly now.

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  • WingedWeaselWingedWeasel Registered User regular
    edited February 1
    Yeah Android it is borderline unbearable to try and search or navigate. Once the comic loads (and it may never download wifi or not) it usually is fine, but not always.

    I really like the suggested reading order feature and I don't want to rebuy everything, but it is actually difficult to read the damn things. Prior to the Amazon acquisition I was always told to just reinstall the app by support. Since I haven't migrated I don't know exactly what that process looks like, but based on what you're saying @Betsuni the grass isn't any greener.

    I eventually get the physical hardcovers but I don't want to sit and wait I'd like to keep up. Just the tech seems to be holding things back

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  • BetsuniBetsuni Insert Disk 4 and Press Any Key to Continue Registered User regular
    On one hand I jave not had to reinstall it a lot and it does read fine when I'm using it. Just sucks when I'm trying to figure out which TF comics I am missing to keep track of the darned things since I can't just search for Transformers. The one plus is that all the comics I picked up from Amazon populate the Comixology app once I linked the two. I just wish it went in reverse and I would probably dump the Comixology app altogether.

    I only buy comics digitally these days since I have a limited amout of space and I like to fill that with other things. Sad really since I am the type who loves thumbing through comics to read or display.

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  • HeatwaveHeatwave Interesting theory, assuming you have proofRegistered User regular
    Question about the humble bundle's IDW Transformers book bundle from a few months back.

    Is it possible to reduce the file sizes of these pdf files?

    A single issue is at least 170mb and a trade can be like 1.60gb.

    This really sucks since I'd like to put a trade on my iphone but apparently don't have enough room for one of the later trades.

    It's weird though because after check the folder I downloaded them all to, I've noticed some trades are just 280mb.

    Maybe I should just log back into the Humblebundle website and see if there are any lower file sizes.

    Also I hope if Humblebundle does another IDW Transformers bundle they don't include all of the old issues and trades again, because I really don't want to double tip

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  • BetsuniBetsuni Insert Disk 4 and Press Any Key to Continue Registered User regular
    Are there CBR/cbz readers on iPhone? Think they are smaller right?

    I've double dipped on keeping up on them because I can't remember what I have. Plus I figure that some of the money is going to a good cause to make me feel better.

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  • HeatwaveHeatwave Interesting theory, assuming you have proofRegistered User regular
    Ooh I just discovered I can add epub version on itunes and sync it on my iphone. These file sizes are way smaller.

    I think I'm going to redownload them all the epub versions and put them on my ipad as well.

    BTW what is CBZ?

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  • BetsuniBetsuni Insert Disk 4 and Press Any Key to Continue Registered User regular
    Heatwave wrote: »
    Ooh I just discovered I can add epub version on itunes and sync it on my iphone. These file sizes are way smaller.

    I think I'm going to redownload them all the epub versions and put them on my ipad as well.

    BTW what is CBZ?

    I don't know the technical term, but I do know it is a fancy name for zipped images.

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  • Undead ScottsmanUndead Scottsman Revenge of Purple Steve Registered User regular
    edited March 22
    Antimatter wrote: »
    Mike Costa, the guy who previously wrote for the ongoing and is leaving now, has some choice remarks:
    During his first year writing The Transformers, Mike says he got really burnt out, stating that writing for Transformers was "tough and not fun". He goes on to state: "The characters are so difficult to understand." He compares a human coming back after serving only 2 years in a war and their entire psyche is destroyed, their life changed. But these characters are robots that are millions of years old fighting a war that's a million years old. He goes on to state: "They don’t get hungry, they don’t get tired, they don’t have women, they don’t have relationships that they value, because they don’t have females that they can love, maybe brotherly love but how, they don’t have parents?”

    - “All the basic things that motivate a person in any kind of adventure story that motivate them, these characters do not have them. You have to manufacture them. Why would a robot that’s millions of years old have a personality like a human? That’s insane.”

    - “Transformers are toys. They are toys. That’s why they’re giant robots that turn in to cars. They’re toys. There’s no reason a robot would turn in to a car, they’re toys. I guess you could come up with reasons for it – a lot of writers have – it’s just so strange.”

    - “Cars and trucks in a comic book aren’t expressive – there’s no character to a car.”

    - “My job as a writer is to understand why characters are doing certain things – beyond why they are doing things in a certain moment – to who they are as people, but that’s where questions start getting really confusing, because these ‘things’ aren’t people.”


    - “Transformers fans read Transformers comics, and only Transformers comics. They are isolated from the rest of the comic book world.”

    - “Most Transformers fans don’t read comics.”

    - In the comic book community, Transformers are not looked upon favorably. They are looked upon as being silly and “not-serious” comics. GI Joe is taken seriously. “GI Joe still has respectability, while Transformers does not.”

    - Mike Costa blames the fall of popularity with Transformers comics not on himself or anyone with IDW Publishing, but with Dreamwave Comics, and the implosion that company had that effected the creators, the retailers, and of course, the fans. He goes on to state: “Some of those stories weren’t all that great.”

    - “I don’t think these books will be number 1 again. They target their market, and their market is shrinking, and there’s a lot of people in that market that are unpleasant.”

    - Mike Costa goes on to state that (a lot of) Transformers comic fans are very arrogant and hostile, painting a picture that they will continue to buy something simply to continue to hate it. He goes on to add that this happens with most properties, but Transformers fans are more vocal. He does add that it's this same attitude and desire to be heard that kept the franchise alive in the 90's all the way to the 2007 movie.

    - He also states that from what he can see, there's very little agreement between comic fans on what they dislike about Transformers comics. A group of them may all dislike the comic, but none of them agree exactly on what they dislike about it.

    - “The most harsh fans suffer from tunnel vision and lack perspective." At first this statement was applied only to Transformers comics, but he continues on and ends up referencing "in their world", or their life, so to speak.

    - Mike briefly touches upon the cry from fans on message boards regarding "Why don't they listen to the fans!?". “There’s probably about a total of 100 active posters across ALL the Transformers message forums on the Internet.”

    - Mike continues on... “Why aren’t we listening to the fans? It means we’re not listening to you and the other 20 people that post on message boards.”

    Re-reading this thread.

    Haha, eat some fucking crow, Mike Costa.

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  • HeatwaveHeatwave Interesting theory, assuming you have proofRegistered User regular
    edited March 22
    Yeah that reads like Costa has more trouble with handling a larger continuity, while trying to hide behind "they're just toys!" and "it's the fans' fault!".

    The fact that he eventually moved on to writing Marvel continuity for a time is confusing, because that has it's own vast continuity.

    But this thing happened back in 2011 so I don't know if it's worth talking about anymore.

    Edit: Unless he's said something more recent?

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  • Undead ScottsmanUndead Scottsman Revenge of Purple Steve Registered User regular
    Heatwave wrote: »
    Yeah that reads like Costa has more trouble with handling a larger continuity, while trying to hide behind "they're just toys!" and "it's the fans' fault!".

    The fact that he eventually moved on to writing Marvel continuity for a time is confusing, because that has it's own vast continuity.

    But this thing happened back in 2011 so I don't know if it's worth talking about anymore.

    Edit: Unless he's said something more recent?

    Nah, I was just rereading the thread and saw that and thought it was super funny in the context of what happened over the next six years.

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  • HeatwaveHeatwave Interesting theory, assuming you have proofRegistered User regular
    It is definitely funny, but who really could have predicted that More than Meets the Eye would be so good?

    That it would have characters so human that you'd almost forget they're robots?

    Fuck, just thinking about this series makes me want continue reading volume 8 right now!

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  • DoctorArchDoctorArch Curmudgeon Registered User regular
    More than Meets the Eye might be among my top comic book series of all time. So damn good.

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