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Old 12-10-2012, 09:43 PM   #4111
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This is some good writing, here!
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Old 12-12-2012, 02:59 AM   #4112
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Just discovered this a week or so ago and couldn't stop reading till the end. Man is it amazing Coolhand great writing phenomenal photos and effects I just love it. Great work all around.
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Old 12-12-2012, 07:56 PM   #4113
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What follows is a world-building geek out moment. Please skip unless you enjoy watching a writer disappear pretentiously up his own butt.

The basic answer is that Perceptor himself isn't an archeologist. His specialist as a scientist was much more in the subjects that could be investigated via the scientific method of experimentation and observation, but he he has a thirst for all aspects of knowledge, and that includes archeology.

The book Ancient Metal is Perceptor drawing on other texts and studies that were written by actual Cybertronian Historians and Archeologists to create his own work. The book is intented to be a quick and dirty guide to Cybertronian history for those utterly unfamiliar with it, so Perceptor is an interested observer looking at the existing work (which contains differing opinions and conclusions about some aspects of history) and trying to draw it together in a "this is the general state of the field right now" summery.

Perceptors attitude to history and archeology is basically a "this field of study isn't something that fits well with my method of enquiry, but I'm fascinated by what others who are more suited to it have uncovered or theorised" sort of thing. It why that first chapter is actually quite loathe to draw conclusions: The works Perceptor is drawing on DO draw definitive conclusions, but as they contradict and are working via inference and proxy data, Perceptor doesn't think any of them are definitive. He presents all of them, and leaves the reader to go forth and dig more if they are interested via the sources cited in the appendix and glossary at the back of the book.
Splendid geek-out stuff. Sometimes these "reply from the author" posts are as much fun as the comic itself!

BTW, is "archeology" the standard UK spelling?
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Old 12-14-2012, 02:58 PM   #4114
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hey coolhand, have you given any thought to having someone middleman you a thundercracker from the Us?
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Old 01-02-2013, 04:33 AM   #4116
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1: They tried, but they couldn’t find a tape measure that small.

2: Lol! I guess he is indeed an official Matrix fragger now. You’re right, that is the sort of observation the twins would make. I might have to include it.

3: I’m the victim of an ancient conspiracy formulated by sentient bananas to prevent my work from ever appearing in official TF media. Also, I failed the IDW psychological exam. Something about paranoid delusions and hearing voices. Go figure.
at No. 3. Seriously Coolhand, I'm sure you can do it!


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Thanks dude. Welcome back to TFW, always nice to catch up. ☺

The novel thing never came of unfortunately- I got over quite a few hurdles and managed to get quite far down the submission road, but in the end they passed and went with something else. No big deal, happens all the time in publishing. Watch this space though, coz a new door opens every time an old one closes…

My mother’s doing very well now, thanks for asking. Rehabilitation from a head injury is something that never really ends but she’s making good progress and now I have an endless supply of brain-injury jokes to throw at her. As long as I’m out of range.
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Sorry to hear about your novel. And yup, like you said, there are always opportunities out there. Good luck! Glad to hear your mother has positive recovery. All the best to her! And also, all the best to your RL too!
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Old 01-22-2013, 07:38 AM   #4117
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Just curious, I was watching the review for MP Soundwave and thought of you. I know you bought him, is he going to be the soundwave in the comic?
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Old 01-29-2013, 02:19 AM   #4118
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finally got caught up!! i had to re-read the comic! I can't wait for the next update.
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Just discovered this a week or so ago and couldn't stop reading till the end. Man is it amazing Coolhand great writing phenomenal photos and effects I just love it. Great work all around.
Thank you.

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Splendid geek-out stuff. Sometimes these "reply from the author" posts are as much fun as the comic itself!

BTW, is "archeology" the standard UK spelling?
Archeology is indeed the UK spelling, as far as I know.

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hey coolhand, have you given any thought to having someone middleman you a thundercracker from the Us?
I have considered it, but money is tight in Coolhand land, and since I have the older Thundercracker already I'm focusing on dudes I don't have. My priority is "Can I use it in the comic?" If I can't use it in the comic, it has to be awesome (basically an MP figure) for me to buy it.

In other words, if you see the new Thundercracker and Starscream molds pop up in the comic, you'll know I got a pay rise.

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Well, I have to admit I'm just now reading this and I really, really enjoy what I'm seeing. Especially the above. We don't have any random cannon mishaps but the conversation still sounds a lot like a few I've have at work. I'll try to mow through another 30 pages when I have some more time.
Thanks Hicks_Royel.
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Sorry to hear about your novel. And yup, like you said, there are always opportunities out there. Good luck! Glad to hear your mother has positive recovery. All the best to her! And also, all the best to your RL too!
Thank you ZUDON, that's very kind, I'll pass your well wishes on

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Just curious, I was watching the review for MP Soundwave and thought of you. I know you bought him, is he going to be the soundwave in the comic?
Ooooooh....tricky.
See, the script for OOTDL is done. the story is pretty much set. I do have some wiggle room, and I can shuffle some things about, but I can go nuts with the changes or it'll screw with the arc of the overall tale.
If I include new people who were not around when the original script was done, I really want it to be enhance the story and have something meaningful for them to do. I added the MP coneheads because no-one really cares if Dirge, Thrust and Ramjet are just background dudes (They actually do have more to do than just background scenery, but they're certainly not going to be at the core of the story in the way Ravage, Jazz, Starscream or Silverstreak are) but someone like Soundwave, who is a huge character and deserves careful treatment, needs to be done properly and have a big part in the tale, or not done at all.

That doesn't mean he won't show up. It does mean I have to be happy that Soundwave fans will be happy.

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Old 02-02-2013, 11:03 PM   #4119
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Well, it's certainly good to know you're still working on this project.
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Old 02-17-2013, 07:31 PM   #4120
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Well, it's certainly good to know you're still working on this project.
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