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Don Figueroa, New Concept Art & comics news!

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Perceptor at 2007-12-06 7:48 am   (site update)
We did a little follow-up after reading the interview with Don Figueroa on tfw2005.  When Don mentioned, "...I'm actually off Transformers comics nowadays..." did he mean that he doesn't want  to be drawing TF comics or just that he doesn't have a current project w/ IDW?  (Either way that sucks!)  So we asked him and found out.  I thought his response was both surprising and unfortunate.

"...I'm just creatively frustrated.  I've been drawing everybody else's vison of TFs for years now..."  and went on to explain that he would like to be more involved in the creative (writing) process.  Now that his IDW contract has expired he's exploring his options.  Personally, I think this completely bites and vote that we, the fans, get on the IDW boards and let our opinion be known!  His creative talents will be sorely missed from the pages of Transformers, and in this fan's opinion, they (IDW Publishing) should do whatever it takes to get bring him back!

Could it be that you are unfamiliar with the bad-assness that is the art of Don Figueroa???  Just in case, we thought we would share with you, never before seen concept art Don worked on, or as those in the business like to call it "Doncept Art!"

Check out this glimpse at what might have been, for ANOTHER VERSION OF VECTOR PRIME!  As Don put it, "I just want him to look much older and a little hunched back, like that old Pervert in Family guy."

Also check out this concept sketch of SOUNDWAVE!  Although he submitted this "years ago, I think for Classics or Alternators" it sure seems to be what they based the design of TF: Animated Soundwave upon to me.

Then there are these gems!  G1 and Joes, versus our personal favorite!  You just cannot possibly beat it!

http://www.unicron.us/tf2007/figueroa/TFjoeBACK%20-4.jpg
http://www.unicron.us/tf2007/figueroa/TFjoeFRONT-4.jpg

Okay, Transfandom.  Let me say it again.  Don't just sit on your collective rumps!  Head over to the IDW forums and tell IDW you think they should do whatever it takes to retain the talent and services of one outstanding artist, Don Figueroa!

Comments
Mighty...Maximal said,  - 2007-12-06 18:41:03
The guys's name sells with the "In the know" fandom for me at least even more so than Mr. Furman.

So I say give him the chance to make his own "Hearts of steel" like Elseworlds like project.

Then he could do his own thing and share it with us all .

And frankly something more distant from IDW's version of Transformers would for me be preferable as a change of pace.

That was why I liked the Beast Wars comics in general simply as they were something that was a change of pace.
Jumpercliff said,  - 2007-12-06 18:50:24
Well, everybody needs a break nowadays. Am I right?
Overhaul said,  - 2007-12-06 21:00:26
Having been an avid reader of the present day DW/IDW comics (having read every G1/BW based comic I think to date), I have to say Don is my favorite artist of the bunch. I'm sad that he's not doing TF comics (at least for the moment), but I can understand most of his frustrations.
But I really hope some of his proposed stories are produced, out of my own curiosity to see what he is like as a writer.
Dogzilla said,  - 2007-12-06 21:59:31
I love Don's work. I hope IDW can convince him to come back from time to time and do at least some covers or a Spotlight or two.
Perceptor said,  - 2007-12-06 22:51:27
This is *not* direct from Don, but reading between the lines, from what I can tell, IDW probably could convince Don to come back to Transformers. All they need to is allow him some creative (writing) control/input and turn him loose! I say BRING IT!
Rhinox said,  - 2007-12-07 04:42:41
Woah!
that soundwave:
Vehicle mode=stolen by hasbro for classics bee!
Robot mode=stolen by hasbro for cyb. armorhide!
Sabrblade said,  - 2007-12-07 05:26:47
About the drawings:

Wow, I never would've guessed that that was Vector Prime. He looks so different. He's a nice mix of uglyness and awesomeness which makes him unique.

That Soundwave is pretty good. Very interesting indeed.

Lastly, the Autobots/Space Joes pic looks only half done, is there another side with the 'cons/Cobra? Also, the Joes in space suits reminds me of the G1 episode "Big Broadcast of 2006" when the Quints play shows all over the universe, one of them is a space-themed parody of GI Joe called "Space Age Jack" where the characters even yelled "Yo Jack!"
skullcruncher prime said,  - 2007-12-07 09:09:33
soundwave..... alternators anyone?
Sideswipe said,  - 2007-12-07 12:53:39
Those pics are so freakin' awesome. C'mon IDW! Let him write or whatever, pay him more... Bring DF back to the fold. There's still new stuff of his to hit the shelves (right?) and I miss him alredy!!!!!
Mechaburst said,  - 2007-12-07 17:36:47
Cool
Sabrblade said,  - 2007-12-07 23:14:32
Also, Soundwave's vehicle mode looks like Movie Stockade.
Jazz said,  - 2007-12-08 22:35:40
Waas happenin lil biches? That Soundwave concept is off the shizzle. Looks like another completely badass Deceptipunk I'd actually have fun bringin' down.
Sabrblade said,  - 2007-12-08 23:19:57
^You? You're s'pposed t'be dead!
Jazz said,  - 2007-12-09 10:09:56
Er, ah yeah, this is actually Bumblebee talkin' smack! Er, I mean, this is Bumblebee sir. I hope to see that 'con in action cause when I get amped up w/ my new bod- I mean, my nice camaro form should be able to out maneuver him, a-hem, sir.
Sven said,  - 2007-12-09 13:21:56
Can you imagine how different tf cybertron would have felt if Vector Prime looked like such a badass! As awesome as that "doncept" drawing is, I'm glad they went with the design that they did.
Tramp said,  - 2007-12-31 13:04:04
Don is definately one of my Favorite TF artists. I even used his design for Elita-1 when I made my new custom of her, though I did have to figure out the transformation and vehicle mode myself based on what little we see from the cartoon. That Vector Prime design is interesting, but I'm not all that fond of the "Soundwave" design. To me, Soundwave will always be a stereo system. That is what defines him as a character. Regardless, give Don some more creative freedom and let him write some stories.
Robbie V. said,  - 2008-04-06 21:27:19
I thought Soundwave's CHARACTER defined him as a character. That Soundwave is sweet!
Feckineejit said,  - 2008-06-03 10:12:09
I am very upset that Don is not working within the transformers comics or toys industry. His talent is unmatched. His Macromaster creations is one of the main reasons I got back into transformers.

His art is very detailed without being too busy like so many of the current crop of artists. (you can definitely tell what's happening in each panel)
zoudon said,  - 2012-02-13 22:00:16
hey you don't mind if I post that in deviantart
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