Musings from Jim Sorenson and a few guest bloggers about Transformers, character models, science-fiction, comic books, and whatever else is on our minds.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
The Ark Addendum - Autobot Spike
I had a bit more time than I thought for AllSpark Almanac, so I can relax a hair and do another blog update. This week, another installment of The Ark Addendum. The episode Autobot Spike was the 2nd season premiere. In it, Spike's mind was transferred in the body of Autobot X, an amalgam robot made from extra Autobot parts. The actual character design for Autobot X is awesome and fortunately made it into The Ark V1, but the backgrounds for the episode I had no room for. The rocket base isn't bad, but to my mind the really cool models are Dr. Frankenstein's castle, interior and exterior. Oh, and I ask you to keep in mind that this really wasn't a finished page. (I use the word temporarily twice, and have a stand-in for the page reference.)
I'm of mixed feeling about including a snippet of the movie Frankenstein in the episode. On the one hand, it's clear that the writer, Donald Glut, was homaging the classic story of science gone awry. For heaven's sake, Autobot X has neck bolts! In that mind, putting a bit of the source material in can work. On the other hand, directly including the movie is so un-subtlety that it has a sledgehammer-esque quality.