||OAAH! and TFBOoG@LoO! @ OTFCC 2004
In conjunction with our good buddies over at No
Brand Con (Wisconsin's Premiere Anime Convention!), we're bringing you some
Funn in the circular shape and form of this swank Lost Episodes CD!
What is it, you ask? It is merely the complete run of Beast Machines:
The Lost Episodes and The Misadventures of Phil Bond: Accidental Secret
Agent. But wait, I hear you saying "I can get that online! In
fact, I can get that at this very site!" True, these stories are
posted for free on this site. True, if you're already a fan, this disc
won't do you much good. Except for two things! First, not everyone
knows how awesome the Lost Episodes are. Only the lucky few, like
yourself, are privy to this knowledge! Second, even if you are a fan this
is a pretty sweet looking disc. AND, it has a special extra on it that you
can find few places else. What am I talking about? Hmm, I wonder...
The only way you can get one is to be at OTFCC
2004 in Chicago next weekend. Starting on July 31, you'll see
TheOrange traipsing about the convention grounds making mischief and probably
talking about this "No Brand Con" thing or something called "OAAH!"
that no one can pronounce. That's why he'll be wearing a swank OAAH! shirt
to help you out! If you're lucky, you might even be invited to a Soul
Calibur 2 tournament! Okay, it's open to everyone, and if you end up
placing in the top 3 you get some cool prizes. How cool? Very cool.
If you're one of the lucky souls who picked up one of these discs at OTFCC
2004, tell us what you thought about it! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
and give us the skinny on your thoughts! We won't give you a penny, but
next time we hit the con scene we might have something even better waiting on
Also, make sure you have the DivX codec installed on your machine in order to
use the disc properly. Why do I say that? Oh... no reason...
||May Allspark Fanfic of the Month!
cool thing! I wasn't expecting anything at all from it, but Raksha's
Brigade has been named the Allspark's
Fanfic of the Month for May! Totally surprised me -- I was looking for
the thread with the Lost OAV stories in it to see how well the hit count was
doing, but I couldn't find it! Thinking it had been deleted, I was about
to move on when I saw it had been marked important. "This has to be a
mistake," I thought. No mistake! Someone somewhere thought the
story was plenty decent! Thanks, everyone!
I find it a little funny because coming down the pike are stories I find far
more interesting. I was going to release episode 4 this month (I still
might). I guess the Lost OAV as a whole is being elected and not just
episode 3, but it's less than a week after that story came out. I guess
people really like it!
The Allspark used to be an old stomping ground for many old fogies such as
myself, and I think I even mentioned it in on of the the Phil Bond
stories. Anyway, several "interesting" political events either
drove us out directly or enticed us to go elsewhere for a time. Feels like
a totally different place now. Odd.
If you want to see what all the fuss is about, check out the thread at the Allspark,
or read the story on the site in the Lost OAV section!
||The Lost Episodes are Back, Baby!
First and most importantly, the final three episodes of Beast
Machines: Battle for the Manhole are on their way! Episodes 24-26 are
all contained in a multi-part extravaganza called "The End of the Beginning
of the End". Some may notice the striking similarity to the final
episodes of World's Worst, called "The End of the Beginning".
This was purely accidental -- the Lost Episodes title is derived from Megatron's
line in Episode 22 where he claims "This is the beginning... the beginning
of the end!" So, now the beginning of the end is... ending. So,
why isn't the last episode called "The End"? I had thought about
it, but I like Plot Hole better. I wasn't even going to make the last
episode part of the multi-parter, but it really, really is, and it's a nice
parallel to the end of the actual Beast Machines series. But we can't NOT
have an ending, so the final installment of Tales of Cybertron will be called
"The End?" There's a damn good reason for that question mark,
believe me. Don't be confused, though -- once it's over for Beast
Machines, it's OVER.
Secondly, but just as importantly, Robots in Disguise: The
Lost OAV is back in full swing as well. It was only supposed to be a
six-episode throwaway side story when I started it, but somehow I got stuck
despite the stupidly simple premise and totally mapped-out storyline. The
stuff I was writing just wasn't very good. But that's all fixed now.
Episode 3 is coming along nicely, and Episode
2 received a minor revision to its ending.
I know I made a similar update almost a year ago (April 30th, to be exact),
spurred by some favorable mentions in last year's Trannies (awards for
Transformers, dufus!). Well, I noticed this year there was NO MENTION
WHATSOEVER, so I've decided to remedy that by writing nine new stories between
Beast Machines and RiD. How do you like THAT?
Well, don't get too comfy, because once they're done they won't be coming
very much any more, if at all. There will be a reason for that, as you
will see when The Lost OAV, Episode 6 (the last one) finally hits. Lots of
changes, less to play around with, and hopefully more focus. But I have
plans. I ALWAYS have plans... For one thing, these stories have
gotten too damned long. Expect shorter stuff in the future... after the
current crop of stories are done.
You kids like the new site? I made it while in Japan. It still
needs a lot of tweaking and added features, but I really like it, and I hope you
do too! Check out the rather robust Cast guide, your definitive resource
for just about any Lost Episodes character anywhere and anywhen ever!
Eventually I want to add a time-line that will aid in alleviating the confusion
of Lost Episodes continuity, Phil Bond's relationship to it all, and what
exactly RiD is doing in there. It's all part of one big story, but that's
all I'll say for now. You'll just have to read it for yourself! I
really hope The Lost OAV, Episode 5 knocks everyone on their ass (as opposed to
the last episode of Beast Machines, where everyone will be saying, including me,
"THANK GOD IT'S FINALLY OVER!!").
Until then, kids.