Wednesday, January 13, 2016

IDW stepping up for ROM fans in Onyx 4


Well how about that almost right on the heels of my latest "fuck marvel" posting we see IDW stepping up for ROM fans in the final installment of the Onyx mini-series. First off, the letters pages doesn't just mention ROM several times but their mostly devoted to ROM related chatter not to mention the ROM fan art that's featured (not mine this time just for the record).


And as soon as you turn the page BOOM! We get to see the first time published full page house ad of the ROM zero issue for Free Comic Book Day. This is just a quickie posting I haven't even had a chance to read the issue in full with my impending start time at work today looming over my shoulder. But I most certainly will get a chance to read it after I get off work tonight and will also probably have more to say here. In the mean time I again say loudly and proudly FUCK MARVEL and bravo to IDW (so far).

.... Ok I'm back and for those of you who don't have a copy of Onyx #4 here's what the letters page consists of. It's actually just one letter by artist and fellow Rom fan Dann Phillips along with his Onyx fan art. But that only makes up the first half or so of the first page the rest is a lengthy reply from Chris Ryall in which we learn it took around 10 freaking years for him to secure the rights to ROM from Hasbro. In fact at one point not too long before Onyx #1 was published he had all but given up on any hope it would ever happen.
It certainly begs the question what the fuck was the problem here!? Could Hasbro like not find all the legal paper work and  product files for ROM that they inherited from their Parker Brothers buy out? Then you gotta wonder if marvel maybe tried at one point and got the run around from Hasbro to the point where they eventually just said fuck this. Did IDW have to jump through as many hoops when acquiring the rights to The Transformers or G.I.Joe? Sure would be nice to get some clarity on all that but I'm not gonna hold my breath for that to happen any time soon if ever.

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Jan.14th Update: Meanwhile over at marvel it's more meaningless "spaceknight shinanigans" as Gary Martin Jr. puts it. This comes to us in the pages of Uncanny Avengers 4 apparently that's Hank Pym in what appears to be some sort of T-1000 liquid metal armor. I don't know who these guys in the train engineer caps are but did they mean the Galador that was obliterated a couple years ago in Infinity #1 with all it's space knights on it? Well hey if we can have Ikon make more appearances since having been seen on a planet that was blown to bits with out any sort of explanation so why not throw these guys in the mix with some brilliantly written continuity faithful dialogue.

14 comments:

  1. Yeah, that's my fan art and letter in Onyx 4.

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    1. I assume you're just talking about the Onyx fan art or is the Rom fan art yours to? Also Danny, any relation to a certain artist/Rom fan Dann Phillips?

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  2. Yeah, that's me. I did the Onyx pic. Chris Ryall just put in my full name Danny for some reason.

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    1. Well how about that I got a letter and some fan art into issue 3 and you did the same for issue 4. It kinda almost gives you that same feeling when you realize you and one of your bros have slept with the same chick. However that raises A couple of interesting questions. Who did the Rom fan art on the second page? And why is that Onyx piece not in your deviant gallery and might you also have some fan art of Sabra some where that I'm unaware of?

      Ok all that aside to anyone reading this I was able to read that letter column in full and came across some very interested information I will update this posting with later tonight stay tuned.

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    2. It says in the paragraph to the left of it who drew the "early character test" ROM (Onyx artist Gabriel Rodriguez).

      Dann, I recognized your style right away. Way to go! ;-)

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    3. Good Job on the art and making it into the issue Dann the Man Philips ! Thats awesome and who knows maybe a guest artist slot could happen...one day. You know am all for that.

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  3. I love both those splash pages for very different reasons :D

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    1. Hey everybody look who showed up here today!

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  4. "But let us not forget Bing McCoy."

    http://lkseitz.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-rights-to-rom-its-not-just-parker.html

    I wonder what happened there.

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    1. Yes Bing McCoy was what I always thought was the hold up with ROM. Sonething must have happened

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    2. With his brother I meant as he in a terrible condition.

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    3. Hey look who finally showed up. A new posting with more fan art and other cool stuff coming up just a bit later this week.

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    4. 3Page preview of issue 0 http://www.previewsworld.com/Catalog/STK698017

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    5. Yep, already saw it. Will certainly have some things to say about it in my latest posting which I'll have up early in the morning your time.

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