January 5, 2005

Awake from a Dream.

It’s not a happy day.

Dreamwave Productions, the publishers of the Transformers comic books, has closed. The writing may have been on the wall for a while, and rumors were swirling for weeks, but that doesn’t make the news any easier to swallow. It did come as a bit of a surprise though, since several new projects were announced and were supposed to come out soon, not the least of which was a Beast Wars comic book series that I would have absolutely devoured as soon as it hit the stands.

I really enjoyed their work on Transformers, so I find this news to be pretty depressing. Not just because I’m a Transformers fan and there won’t be any more comics coming out from them, but also because they were a local group of artists who became quite the success story here in Toronto. Living so close to their offices, I had hoped to someday work my way into their ranks as a colourist, not simply because I want to work on Transformers in an official capacity, but more so because they seemed like a great bunch of people and I really wanted to contribute. I know some people think that Pat Lee has a big ego, but having met the man at a few conventions I can honestly say that he’s one of the nicest folks I’ve ever encountered. I’ve also met some other artists and I know that there are quality people who have worked there. I sincerely hope that they all land on their feet. Best of luck to them.

Transformers is still really huge right now, with a new toy line and a new show coming later this year, and the upcoming live action movie produced by Steven Spielberg, so I have no doubt that it won’t be long before another company picks up the comic book license. The question is if this other company, whoever it ends up being, will treat the Transformers franchise and its fans with the same high degree of respect that Dreamwave did. In my eyes, they will have a lot to live up to.

The story isn’t over yet, so it remains to be seen what will end up happening with what’s left of Dreamwave, their unfinished projects, and the Transformers comic book license in general. Still, kicking off the new year with this sort of news doesn’t exactly fill my heart with confidence. Sigh.



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