Hi Everyone!

I’m heading down to San Diego Comic-Con this month and that means getting to play my favorite road trip game: Marvel Music Mash-Ups! It’s not all actually Marvel songs, but you put on a random song playlist and try to decide who each song is about. For example:

Broken – lovelytheband – This is definitely Ash and Michael from Star Trek Discovery (Just be together you two!!!). The appeal to embrace your imperfections, the allusion to a family/community that’s all around you but somehow a little separate from you, it all works for me.

Anyway, feel free to tweet me your favorite mash-up. And once you get down there drop by and say ‘hi’ at one of my events below:

Thursday

12pm to 1pm – Booth 2743 – IDW Transformers Signing

3:15pm to 4:15pm -Room 6DE – Marvel Animation: Marvel Rising panel

Friday

Noon to 1pm – Booth 1915 – DC Comics Signing

3pm to 4pm – Room 6DE – DC Batman Family panel

Saturday

Noon to 1pm – Room 29AB – My First Comic panel

2pm to 3pm – Booth 2800 – First Second Books signing

3pm to 4pm – Booth 2743 – IDW Transformers signing

Sunday

12:30pm to 1:30pm – Room 6DE – Women of Marvel panel

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Happy Book Birthday, Science Comics: Robots and Drones!

That’s right, everyone! My newest book with amazing artist Jacob Chabot is now available pretty much everywhere books are sold. That means you can get it right now at your local book store, or visit my publisher’s site where they have links to a bunch of book sellers. A lot of libraries will have it too.

I just want to say thank you to my team at First Second, Dave, Gina, Mark, Calista, Robyn, Kiara, Andrew, Molly, Rob, John and Stephen for helping get this book published. Thank you to the incredible Jacob Chabot for bringing all my crazy ideas to life on the page. Thank you to our expert consultants James and Sabina, who answered all my tough questions. Finally, a huge thank you to all the librarians, teachers, and parents who help kids discover science through Science Comics.

Now, what are you waiting for there’s a whole book of robots to go read about, get to it!

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Hi Everyone! This is weekend is WonderCon 2018 in Anaheim. I’ll be there Friday and Saturday and here’s where you can find me:

Friday March 23rd

1:30 PM – Room 213AB – Life in the Weird City: Urban Fantasy Panel

Explore familiar and not so familiar metropolitan areas with WonderCon Special Guest Kevin Hearne (The Iron Druid Chronicles), Stephen Blackmoore (necromancer Eric Carter series), Rachel Marks (Otherborn, The Dark Cycle series), Mishell Baker (The Arcadia Project), and Mairghread Scott (The City on the Other Side), assisted by Maryelizabeth Yturralde of Mysterious Galaxy.

2:45 to 3:30 PM – Author Signing Area in the rear of Hall A – Life in the Weird City: Urban Fantasy Author Signing

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM – Transformers Signing at the IDW Booth #1109

Saturday March 24th

12:30 PM – Room 300D – Marvel Animation: From Pencil to Screen Panel

Marvel Animation presents a behind-the-scenes journey through all aspects of production and development.

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM – Transformers Signing at the IDW Booth #1109

4:00 PM Room 210 – Writing Great Dialogue

Short. Meaningful. Memorable. How do you write great dialogue? What works and what doesn’t work? Animation writers including Craig Miller (Curious George, Beast Wars), Holly Huckins (Rugrats, Sheriff Callie’s Wild West), Jim Krieg (Justice League Action, Batman: Gotham by Gaslight), Mairghread Scott (Guardians of the Galaxy, Transformers: Rescue Bots),and Matt Wayne (Niko and the Sword of Light,Cannon Busters) talk about how you craft a great line.

7:00 PM – Room 209 – Women on the Dark Side Panel

Susan Lee (Wraith of Love, Shadow of the Knight) brings together a panel of women who aren’t afraid to explore the darker side of creation or to delve into the shadows of the heart and mind, whether it’s in comic books, literature, or film. Other panelists include Maria Alexander (Snowed), Mairghread Scott (Toil & Trouble, Transformers: Till All Are One), and Bel Deliá (The Tangle, The Tunnel). Moderated by Barbra Dillon (Fanbase Press).

Sunday March 25th – I will not be attending the show.

I hope to see you there!

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DC Comics just released their solicitations for all their new comics in June and I am writing Green Arrow #41 with art by Matthew Clark and an awesome cover by Tyler Kirkham!

Cover by Tyler Kirkham

In my story, Ollie escorts a dangerous prisoner during transport for the Justice league, a prisoner he is specifically suited to guard, the dangerous Parasite!

Nothing could possibly go wrong… right? RIGHT?!?

Be sure to pre-order my awesome two-part story at your local comic shop to see what happens when Ollie gets in way over his head.

Be Well,
Mairghread

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Hi Everyone!

Marvel just announced that season 3 of my show, “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout!” will debut Sunday March 18th at 8:00 a.m. ET/PT on Disney XD and DisneyNOW with a special one-hour telecast!

Season 3 was a ton of fun to work on as a writer and a consulting producer. The Guardians are of course going to be getting into tons of trouble as they find themselves having to escape the clutches of the Collector.

Check out the full announcement here which includes a cool video and be sure to watch Sunday.

 

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Hey Everyone!

I’ll be at Emerald City Comic Con this weekend, March 1st to March 4th. Here’s My schedule:

Thursday 3/1 – 12:45pm – Great Graphic Novels for Kids panel at the Seattle Public Library, Level 4, Room 2

Sunday 3/4 – 12:30pm City on the Other Side signing with Robin Robinson at the First Second Booth #1602 (Limited to 20 copies)

Sadly, I don’t have a table. But that doesn’t mean we can’t chat! If you want a book signed or a selfie while I’m there, I’d be happy to meet you on the floor. Just tweet me at @MairghreadScott and we’ll arrange the details.

I hope to see you there!

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Hi Everyone,

New York Comic Con is this weekend and here’s where you can find me:

Thursday

11:15 am to 12:15 pm – Room 1A05 – Wizards and Fairies and Spells – Oh My! – Panel about Fantasy World-Building in Comics

3 pm to 4 pm – IDW Booth #1844 – First Strike Signing

Saturday

10am to 11 am – IDW Booth #1844 – First Strike Signing

Sunday

11am to 12pm – Room 1A06 – Marvel Animation Presents – Discussing my work on Guardians of the Galaxy Season 3 “Mission Breakout”

Hope to see you in NYC!

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Hi Everyone,

San Diego Comic Con is coming up real soon and I wanted to put out my full schedule of signings and panels.

Thursday July 20th

2pm to 3pm

Room 9

Transformers vs. G.I. Joe! IDW and Hasbro Present First Strike panel

3pm to 4pm

Room 25ABC

Motivating your inner MAD-KOOKY-CRAZY-CURIOUS-RELUCTANT Scientist panel

4pm to 5pm

IDW Booth #2743

Hasbro First Strike Signing

Friday July 21st

2pm to 3pm

San Diego Central Library/ Shiley Suite on the 9th Floor

Nonfiction and Memoir in Graphic Novels panel

Saturday July 22nd

6pm to 7pm

IDW Booth #2743

Hasbro First Strike Signing

Sunday July 23rd

12pm to 1pm

IDW Booth #2743

Hasbro First Strike Signing

Hope I’ll see ya there!

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Hello,

I haven’t done a general news update in a bit so I thought I’d talk about some upcoming projects.

On the TV side of things. my Justice League Action episode, “The Trouble with Truth” just aired starring Wonder Woman, Batman, Green Arrow and Athena. It was wonderful telling a story about Wonder Woman and her relationship to the Gods. Check it out if you have a chance. Also Athena gets a magical-girl-style transformation which is just awesome.

I’ve been consulting on season 2 Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy cartoon and a bunch of my episodes have been airing. Check out a clip of one of my recent episodes here.

On the comics side of things, I’m co-writing IDW and Hasbro’s big summer crossover event, First Strike, with David Rodriguez. Max Dunbar is drawing this one with colors by Ander Zarate and letters by Tom B. Long and it looks amazing. In the event, Baron Ironblood leads a group of the worse villains from the Hasbro multiverse in a quest to destroy Cybertron and it is up to Scarlett and her G.I. Joe team to stop him with help from Optimus Prime. Issue 0 was just released and can be read for free here.

I also have two graphic novels being released by First Second books in early 2018.

The first book is part of  First Second’s educational Science Comics line and is called Robots and Drones. Jacob Chabot provided the art and did a great job bringing all these incredible robots to life. I have never done so much research before in my life. This will be a great read for any youngsters interested in robotics.

The second book is an original graphic novel called The City on the Other Side that I co-created with artist Robin Robinson. This book follows a young girl who discovers a magical artifact and gets pulled over to the fey realm hidden within early 1910s San Francisco. Robin’s art is beautiful and this all-ages tale will spark the imagination with its inventive depictions of fairies and magic.

So it’s been a fun year and 2018 will be even cooler. My next convention appearance will be San Diego Comic Con and I will be posting my schedule a few days before the show. As I decide on my schedule for the second half of the year, I’ll keep you up to date here.

Be Well,
Mairghread

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I should have written this a while ago, but I wanted to wait until after Issue #10 because it was such an important issue for me, a triumph of our series. And I think it truly is a triumph.  It’s difficult and uncomfortable and still very compelling. This is in big part thanks to Sara’s amazing art and Joana’s amazing colors. So now I’ll say it. We’re cancelled.

What happened? Nothing.

We were asked if we wanted to do something to shake things up (shift focus, shift cast, shift story) after the First Strike event, which is also normal, but I didn’t. I love Transformers, but I’ve been writing it for literally years and I wanted to tell this story. So rather than think of a new story I didn’t love as much, I just chose to end us here.

Till All Are One will go to Issue 12 and then an annual will be put out late 2017/early 2018  to wrap up any loose threads. A thousand thanks to our editor, Carlos, for giving us that much-needed space. A thousand thanks to Sara and Joana and Priscilla and Tom and John and Meg and Jason and all the people I know I’m forgetting and shouldn’t.

Issue 11 and 12 are going to be awesome by the way. I think we crafted a really satisfying, positive ending emotionally and the annual puts that needed cherry on top. We did something I never thought I’d be able to pull off that I’ll talk about more when it’s released.

In the meantime, I’d like to take a moment to say all the things I couldn’t before:

FAVORITE LINE I EVER WROTE:


FAVORITE  THING SARA’S EVER DRAWN:

The Combaticons. Think about it. These guys DON’T HAVE FACES! (Well, Blast Off does) and she makes them so expressive without making it seem like she’s cheating their designs or making them cartoony. I had to keep writing them!

WORST THING I EVER MADE SARA DRAW:

The Bruticus face made out of Combaticons. Even as I wrote it I was like “I’ve got nothing. Good luck!” Naturally, she knocked it out of the park, but I still feel bad. [NOTE: this doesn’t include Issue 12, which may still kill her because it’s also basically impossible.]

THINGS I WANTED TO WRITE BUT DIDN’T HAVE TIME TO:

-Ironhide’s private security firm and their wacky adventures (mostly with Tall Tankor and Fat Tankor)

-An issue of Titan’s Return just about the Maccadam’s Crew having to defend the bar from being smushed.

-Lightbright and Sparkstalker’s Conjunx Endura ceremony.

-Somehow bringing together all the femmes from the G1 crew onto one team for an issue.

-Breakdown calling out Knock Out for weight-shaming.

-Exploring the racial/tribal divides on Eukaris.

-Giving Metroplex an avatar so he could move around the city and meet people like a normal ‘Bot.

-Metroplex goes to Caminus and has to come to terms with the cut-up body of his most treasured companion.

-Tall Tankor and Fat Tankor meet the Micromaster Tankor that turns into a train and they hate him for, like, no reason. He just can’t get into the “tankor clique”.

-Elita One takes over Kaon and builds a militarized city-state that threatens to reignite the war.

-Revealing Windblade and Chromia’s holo-avatars.

-Having everyone from Cybertron be disturbed by Elita One because she is literally the color of energon so it’s like meeting someone painted in blood.

BONUS THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT FAT TANKOR:

-There were two separate occasions where my husband argued that Fat Tankor should die for emotional impact and I just couldn’t kill him.

-I almost took out the name “Fat Tankor” in the final proof of Windblade Vol. 1 because robots can’t be fat and I was nervous, but John Barber insisted I keep it.

Finally,

I want to take a moment and thank you, the readers. You’ve made me stronger, bolder, and better at my craft and the love you have shown this story has been inspiring. I will miss you most of all and I hope you follow me on my next books (because there will be more books) even if they don’t have giant robots.

Be Well,

Mairghread Wild Scott

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