Tuesday, January 6, 2009

PRIME Time


In the original ZOMBIES VS ROBOTS, there was one surviving human character, a baby named after my daughter. She, uh, didn't make it out of the story intact (the character, I mean--the real kid is fine). But since then, I've felt a little guilty and figured I needed to do something in comics that would make her proud of me. I might've hit on that thing, at least until she outgrows these kinds of books.

In May, we're going to be doing a TRANSFORMERS picture book--that is, a hardcover-with-dustjacket, squarebound, 32-page thing, similar to the other kids' books we've been doing through our Worthwhile Books like. I wrote this first one, called I AM OPTIMUS PRIME. The art is being handled by Joe & Rob Sharp, and the image here is the art that will make up the wraparound dustjacket.

The characters are being modeled after the "Robot Heroes" toy line, but the book itself will be something new: not quite a normal picture book and not quite a comic book, but rather some sort of hybrid of both, with lushly painted art from the Sharps. And since this sort of book is exactly what my kid is into right now, AND she knows who Bumblebee and Optimus Prime are, well, this will hopefully make up for the ZvR thing. At least until she's old enough to read.

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow. Very cool, love classic picture books and adding this to their number will be awesome.
Great for kids which is cool too.
Bassbot

the chance said...

Looks good I can't wait1

Anonymous said...

Hey Chris,

This is something I would like to get to read to my son; looks very cool. Will it be available through diamond and comic retailers or will it be available in major bookstores?

Thanks!
RK

Brian Lynch said...

BUT is there a character named Lucy in the TRANSFORMERS book? That would blow her mind!

Chris Ryall said...

>This is something I would like to get to read to my son; looks very cool. Will it be available through diamond and comic retailers or will it be available in major bookstores?

Both. It'll be offered in the Previews in stores in March (for May release) but also at your Borders, Barnes, Amazon, all of that.

>BUT is there a character named Lucy in the TRANSFORMERS book?

Absolutely. This one will feature Lucee -- Arcee is old news.

Tony Solomun said...

man,that is wow,
I'm sold on that,
the art you've shown looks swell,

and your scripting is strong as always,

Lucee ? really ? that is so cool,

Andy said...

Now that looks damned good.

Anonymous said...

Art is nice, but a distracting lack of contrast in Prime's face.

Doug said...

Very cool. I'll definately pick a copy up for my daughter.

Babe Mause said...

I just love Robot Heroes! Can't wait to see the book:)

Fantastic cover!

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