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This Robotech fandom is for real!
Posted: 11 September 2019 11:54 AM  
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The core 85 episode animated series, Robotech also had spin-off media including comics, a series of novelizations and role-playing games. A planned sequel series, Robotech II: The Sentinels was cancelled due to a host of reasons that are beyond the scope of this discussion, but not before parts of the first three episodes were finished. However, the franchise would continue through novels, comics and RPG books.

In 1988, Malibu comics acquired the Robotech comic licence to publish an adaptation of the abortive Sentinels series through their (black and white) Eternity imprint. Their plan was ambitious to say the least; the goal was to keep Sentinels in publication for the estimated eight to ten years that it would take to adapt the series. At the same time, they would publish “side” books that would compliment Sentinels and create a cohesive Robotech Expanded Universe. https://check-distance.com/

Early on the most important decision was who would draw the book. After all, they needed to commit to a regular schedule of having one book a month for a decade. One of Malibu’s artists, Ben Dunn, put himself forward for the book as he was a huge Robotech (and anime in general) fan. However, Dunn was also writing and drawing his own, creator-owned book (Ninja High School) while also doing other work for the company and freelancing elsewhere. As a result, there was a concern over his ability to keep to a regular schedule.

Instead, Eternity chose to go with Jason and John Waltrip, a pair of brothers who had previously only done some freelance illustration as well as some very cheesecake-filled indy comics. The rationale was that since neither of them had a regular commitment they could maintain the schedule by doing alternate issues (Their art styles were similar enough so that there wouldn’t be too much of a difference between issues). By all reports, Ben Dunn was not happy with this decision, essentially losing out on his dream job.

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