I’ve been working for the last few days to update my website. I’d like to actually start using it, if nothing else but a lab to test things with. I’ve played around with a lot of success to implementing RSS into the site (which I now use elsewhere). I pretty much have to have a Transformers page, if nothing else but to host my old fanfic and some pictures. That’s about all I do with it (there’s a little blurb on the “Star TV” dubs). I decided in the course of writing the content, that I could squeeze a blog post out of here. Here she be:
I’m an obsessed Transformers fan. Sure, my interest ebbs once in a while but it’s of no consequence. Well, except for the gigantic hit to my bank account when I try to catch up on six months worth of new toys at once.
I’m a fan of all Transformers. (Even the junk that Takara puts out.) Generation 1, Beast Wars, Generation 2, Beast Machines, Beast Wars Neo, Energon, Robots in Disguise, Victory, the cartoons, the comics, the toys, the knockoffs, Throttlebots, Pretenders, Headmasters, Battle Beasts, Transmetals, Transformers the Movie, The “Star TV” Dubs, Transformers Animated–I’m a fan of it all. God help me.
In my time collecting Transformers, I’ve met tons of interesting people, become a somewhat notable internet fan, started a podcast (one of the first, going back to 1999) and I’ve blown lots and lots and lots of time and cash.In that time I’ve also written a lot of fanfiction. Most of it incomplete and pretty bad.So, in a great display of self-confidence, I’m going to expose the world in which my thirty year old self lives to the world in which my twenty year old self lived.
Victory for the Wicked
Victory for the Wicked was the first fanfic I ever wrote. It was really ambitious and was going to span some thirty-odd chapters. I had envisioned a series of sequels spanning the generations that would follow. For ten years I’ve dreamed of getting back to it. I started a rewrite to fix some of its issues. It is included in parallel with the story. The fanfic received a generally positive reception. There were a few people who said it was contrived and that the characterization didn’t follow the source. These are both reasonable complaints.
I wrote a chapter that fit between chapters five and six, it was called the “Memorial”. It was a humor story and did not quite fit in with the rest of the story. It is listed in parallel with the story.
Chapter seven begins with an excerpt from a note I jotted down. I didn’t keep a journal or diary so I decided to include it into the story. It was written after witnessing an act of domestic violence and doing nothing to intervene.
The Train-wreck Trilogy
I stole the name from Skyshadow, who dubbed the stories this in the fanfic review club that was a series of threads in alt.toys.transformers in 2001 and 2002.This started out with an idea. Fanfiction was entirely about the media upon which the fandom was based. It was never based on the fandom itself. I decided to do something about that. These three stories parody the fans through the lens of people who were on the creation side of the original media. Stan Bush provided music for Transformers the Movie and became a fixture at conventions. Peter Cullen was the voice of the indomitable Optimus Prime. The first fanfic was Stan Bush’s story, a standalone story of Stan Bush falling on hard luck and trying to obtain some cash by making an appearance at Botcon. Good Mr. Cullen is a story in a similar vein. It’s a little more polished than Stan Bush’s story and was very well-received. In fact tied was in a three way tie in the Trannies the year it was released. For the record, one of the other entries was another fanfic I wrote under a pseudonymn.
The last story is Stan Bush: One Man’s Limits. The story doesn’t really address anything in particular. It mostly scratched an itch I had to finish up with a third story.
I came close to writing another story to coincide with the 2007 Transformers theatrical film featuring Stan Bush. This never happened. Doesn’t mean one couldn’t appear before the sequel…Stan Bush’s Story
The Seaspray Stories
A theme is developing. I am not finishing stories. Typically, once I have a story worked out in my head, I lose the verve that compelled me to start it. Seaspray and the Argonauts was meant to be an epic comedy fanfic series starring Seaspray, Powerglide and Cosmos, three of the minibots. It was pretty funny but it was never finished.
I began a second set of Seaspray stories, a trilogy, with the intent of busting through all three parts. Due to work conflicts and lack of interest, I never finished.
Here are all four parts.
EdenEden is a one shot story. It’s an odd duck for me. It’s not bad. In fact, it was nominated, if I recall, for best fanfic in the Trannies the year it was released. It just doesn’t feel like a Kilbyfic. So, basically, I posted it as TFG14VR and changed its name to “Jax Makes ANOTHER Sandwich”. (TFG14VR was a troll alternate personality that I had at the time.)
The original draft did not identify the narrator/author of the journal entries. I decided, last minute, to assign a character in the last paragraph. I think it makes the story stronger.
Beast Machines Episode 39 and 53
This is a multipart fanfic that parodied Beast Machines. Looking back, Beast Machines was pretty good. In its day, though, it was the immediate successor to Beast Wars, which was the best (and probably still is) Transformers fiction that has ever been created. The problem with Beast Machines, season one at least, was the fact that it didn’t make a lot of sense. The Maximals were always running. Running, running, running. They didn’t stop running. They were running to and fro. It was silly. Also, many of the original Beast Machines characters turned out to be Beast Wars characters, transmutated into new characters. It was kind of maddening. This fanfic exists in three parts. Epsiode 53 is a loose extrapolation of what happened between episodes 40 and 52.Beast Machines Episode 39 Part I
Marvel Universe: Transformed
Karl Volmer is a genius. The Transformers was a Marvel
comic. In issue two of the original miniseries, Spider-Man made a guest appearance. So, they’re in the same universe, right? Well, not really. To muddy the waters even more, Circuit Breaker, a Transformers villainess appeared in Marvel’ss Secret Wars II.As previously stated, Karl is a genius. He decided that a fanfic universe should exist in which the Transformers and the Marvel heroes coexisted. I gleefully offered to help.It didn’t much go past an offer, though, as I only wrote like six or seven “issues”. I love Captain America, so I jumped on the bus to write Cap. I also wanted to write a Punisher story. When I wrote this, the Punisher was still dead. I was aching for a Punisher return (who knew that the eventual return would kind of suck?) and I decided to write it myself. The story really doesn’t have anything to do with Transformers but Karl was okay with that. I actually finished a story. Woot!The Captain America story was the beginning of a multipart storyarc. It was going to take place in a universe where the Germans won World War II. It was to feature a fight between Cap and a Nazi Incredible Hulk. It was going to be fantastic.Maybe that needs to be finished…
A lot of what I actually put down to paper didn’t make it past the concept stage or, really, past the first couple of paragraphs. Here are some of my favorite concepts or ideas that never made it past a complete chapter.
No Laughing Matter No Laughing Matter was to be a story featuring Optimus Minor. The most underrated Beast Wars character/toy. He got no respect. None, I tell ya. So, he was an imperfect clone of Optimus Primal and he was a monkey. That should make him MORE awesome.
Decscent of the Phoenix, A Dreamwave Adventure To all of my friends…well, one friend, who likes the Dreamwave comics… I’m sorry. The Armada comic was good until Furman took it over. The main comic was awful. It was the worst American-driven fiction the Transformers ever got. Seriously. It was stilted, hackneyed and reeked of bad fanfic (my specialty). So I decided to write a story that was inspired by Dreamwave.
M*A*S*H versus The Transformers I don’t really have a better name for this. And, well, beyond the notes you’ll see at the end of the first page, there is nothing really M*A*S*H-related in the whole thing. The story was to be a time travel piece where the Autobots are thrown back to The Korean War. The Autobots were going to befriend the crew at the 4077th and help them until they figured out a way to get home–which was just going to end up being hiding in a cave for a long time. The introduction to this story follows the same theme as many of my stories. The world is always about to end somehow.