Not all fans are able to make their pilgrimage to major geek events such as #NYCC this weekend. But thanks to today’s technology, global fans are able to enjoy and share their fandom in real time. We begin today’s blog post by first thanking Comixology for making comic books accessible to all mobile devices to readers across the globe, without the infuriating geo-blocking or zoning issues found in Amazon Kindle and Perfect Square Viz Media (through which we wanted to download digital copies of Voltron Force comic books, to no avail).
#Voltron fangirls have been fangirling hard with the Robotech / Voltron crossover comics since the first issue launched on Christmas Eve 2013. When the series concluded with its fifth issue on Voltron’s 30th Anniversary on September 10, 2014, fangirls from Canada, Philippines and Australia had come together: we literally were counting down the days, hours and minutes til release day; we simultaneously downloadeded our copies on September 10, 10:00 A.M. New York Time (midnight in Melbourne and evening in Manila); and we shared real time reactions (and all the fangirl squealing) over Twitter. Today’s technology has made fangirling really fun on a global scale.
We featured the Robotech / Voltron crossover comic series on this blog earlier this year and it is fitting that we conclude with a review from fangirls from three different countries outside the USA.
Q1 – What attracted you to the crossover comics?
The preview artwork promoted on Facebook and Twitter was amazing. We were all drawn to the comics right away.
CAN : I grew up with Voltron and Robotech, so I felt as though I was getting a real treat. I also loved that it was set in the same 80’s Voltron type of setting. I was immediately hooked and couldn’t wait for the comic issue be released.
PHL : The preview page teased the fans about Keith making his move on Allura.
AUS : Listening to Let’s Voltron’s podcast #2 helped a lot, letting the fans know the aim of the series in advance.
Q2 – What did you like about the crossover comics series?
CAN : I love so many things about this crossover story. Aside from the amazing artwork, I really enjoyed the overall story line and how it combined the different elements from both the Voltron and Robotech sides, as well as how it used the Omega Comet as the catalyst and how the events unfold in the alternate universes / dimensions. I also love how the ending tied back with the beginning, where the princess reminded Keith can he can call her Allura.
PHL : I am not a fan of comics in general, but I adored the character interpretation (drawing) and overall look, including the color, of the comic. I was also intrigued by the story.
AUS : The writers and artists kept within the already established / known universes both in story and art. In previous Voltron comics, there was a backlash from BOFQs and BOFKs against the DDP & Dynamite versions: that they ventured too far from the 80s Voltron story, that the art didn’t look anything like the Voltron members. Surely this crossover comics series should appease the old fans?
Q3 – Any favourite issue / part among the five comics?
CAN : I truly love all five issues and not sure I could pick just one, let alone one favorite part.
PHL : I liked all issues. But if I have to choose favorites, I like the ones with chibi Keith in them.
AUS : I loved issue 1 and 6, because of the #KeithandAllura pages. Each time an issue was released, I had to read from the very beginning of Issue 1. IMHO, this series would look and read better as a TP version
Q4 – How was your experience buying the comics? Did you buy the digital / printed or both? Why?
CAN : I bought all my crossover comic issues online from Comixology. I thought the experience was great overall. You can’t beat the high-definition images! Since I can access them on my iPad, I can easily zoom in any elements. Lots of detail in some the background. Where I live, we only have one comic book store. It’s a small one and they cater to more popular and bigger selling issues. Unfortunately this crossover series (along with other Voltron comics) didn’t make the cut. So the ability to purchase printed issues locally was not possible. Therefore, I had to settle for digital version only.
PHL : I have both digital and print editions. I bought the digital because it was easy to purchase online. I also bought the print because I find it easier to read and browse through. I still like the feel of paper.
AUS : I bought both digital and print copies. I use Comixology’s Android app to access the digital edition comics. The Robotech / Voltron series is my very first complete comic book set. I’ve never been a comic book fan until I began fangirling Voltron in 2012. I want the compiled / trade paperback version. When will Dynamite release the TP version?
Q5 – Where there any areas on the comics they could’ve improved or changed?
CAN : I really thought hard about this one, and really couldn’t think of any improvements. I am so in love with this series! The more read it over and over, the longer the love affair continues.
PHL : I wanted to have the series stretched out a bit. As a fan, I felt a little short-changed. I think there was a lot more that could have been done with the story; with the characters. It feels a bit lacking especially if the creators intended this to be a special for the anniversaries of both franchises.
AUS : Dynamite Comics‘ printed centrefold was a shocker (scantilly clad illustrations of Vampirella and Dejah Thoris? Seriously?) Voltron is a kid-friendly brand. I had to supervise my kid, making sure she didn’t see the adult-oriented centrefold and ads at the back of the comics.
Q6 – What would you like to happen next in Voltron comics?
CAN : I would like a #KeithandAllura centric story line or thread, (one where they actually kiss), done in the same 80’s Voltron DotU styling and also drawn by Elmer Damaso. I’ve never read Voltron DDP series, but heard it was rather dark as well as a departure from DotU. I’ve read Voltron Dynamite comics, which are also a departure to the 80’s classic cartoon. Which is why, IMHO this Robotech / Voltron crossover series is so special.
PHL : As a #KeithAndAllura shipper, I would really want to see something a little more concrete between them; an actual story-line. Keith and Allura have been declared officially as canon, we need to see their relationship move on the next level on the comics series.
AUS :Please re-hire Elmer Damaso and the Digital Arts Chef to make 80s Voltron comics style again, to continue the adventures, focusing on #KeithandAllura.