I've seen it said on TFWiki and from a bunch of other people that Beast Wars and Beast Machines occur in a continuity where the events of G1 were a mishmash of events from both the cartoon and the comics. I took it as fact, but never actually saw the source. I was conversing with someone on another board when the subject came up. He said that he didn't buy it and wanted to see the quote. Not having the quote, I didn't have much to dissuade him. Whenever G1 events are referenced in BW/BM, they always seem to refer to the cartoon: Starscream is a free-floating "ghost" after being killed by Galvatron, the Nemesis crashes on Earth rather than remaining in orbit, the Ark is clearly designed after the cartoon's portrayal rather than the comics, etc. The only vestige of anything related to the Marvel comics is the name Primus, and there's nothing in the cartoon that says he doesn't exist, only that he didn't create the Transformers (which I don't remember being brought up in BW/BM). Also, Starscream's color scheme is based on the comics, but that's hardly conclusive evidence. That said, it's such a widespread notion that I figured somebody official had to have said it. I looked through a bunch of newsgroup posts by the BW story editors, but didn't find anything (in fact, one post by DiTillio explicitly said it took place after the cartoon, but that was when the series was in its infancy). So where did this notion come from?