Guido Guidi
interviewed in: April 2005

Guido Guidi started with Dreamwave in 2001, where his first Transformers work was the swanky Predaking Lithograph. Soon after he began regular strip work with Transformers Armada issue 8. Guido stayed with the title as it morphed into Energon up until Issue 23. Guido was working on both the Generation One Title and the Energon More Than Meets The Eye guidebook when Dreamwave folded. Some of Guido's pencils from both of these titles can be seen at the foot of the page.


Thanks for taking the time for this interview.

Let’s get started, shall we?

1. How did you get the job at Dreamwave?

In late 2001, after posting some fan art on the old Dreamwave forums, I got an email from Pat Lee asking if I was interested in doing a test-shot for Robotech (I think Dreamwave were pursuing that license too at that time, with no luck). After a while I was asked to do that Predaking litho and then I started doing regular freelance work for them (toy, box-art, mini-comics), and finally the actual Armada comics.

2. What are the five pieces you’re most proud of from your time at Dreamwave?

Predaking litho
G1 volume 1 alternate cover for #5
G1 #12 page 1 (unpublished)
G1 #12 page 3 (unpublished)
G1 #12 page 7 (unpublished)

3. Which artists, both from Transformers and other titles, influenced your work?

Almost exclusively artists from the old G1 Transformers TV series and comics:
Floro Dery, Magami Ban, the Wildman/Baskerville duo, William Johnson, Hirofumi Ichikawa, Don Perlin with Ian Akin and Brian Garvey, Kazuo Nakamura (he was a great anime character designer from the 70s), but of course also Don Allan Figueroa, James Raiz, Pat Lee and Hideki Fukushima (TF Armada mecha designer) for my more recent stuff.

4. Which characters did you love/hate to draw?

Loved: Armada Megatron, Unicron’s Four Horsemen - I’ve created their altered designs and their metallic steeds.
Hated: While I can’t say I really hate drawing a Transformer, the characters that posed some problems have been Armada Prime and Energon Scorponok (the arms).

5. Did Armada and Energon offer different challenges? How did you deal with these?

Well, the designs of those toys were really intricate sometimes. My background was with classic streamlined Transformers like G1 or Beast Wars, but Armada/Energon designs were way more meched-out, and sometimes I got distracted by all those details. I found the Energon designs a bit easier to deal with, though.

Personally I would liked to re-draw them all the way the G1 toys were redesigned in the G1 TV show, with a simpler streamlined design, and more humanoid shapes, but I think this is due to the fact that I always looked at the Transformers more as living characters than just hi-tech war machines... I’m sure many fans out there are glad I never did that!

6. Much was made of the "house style" when it came to Dreamwave's art. How much stylistic freedom did you have? Both Don Figueroa and Andrew Wildman mentioned that their artwork had been altered at some point; were your pencils ever altered?

Not that I’m aware… My humans were ok for them but sometimes I’ve been asked to do some little “patches” here and there (but actually most of them weren’t used at all).

In Armada I tried to stay close with the anime TV version style (at first I know this was the goal for that title), but at a certain points I’ve been asked to draw more like Pat or Don (I think in order to boost sales) which posed some difficulties. I used to put lots of blacks and cross hatching in my drawings, and this style would have clashed with the Dreamwave house style of colouring.

I think you can see my own style only in the exclusive OTFCC comic TF Wreckers #3. Despite the end of 3H, this is perhaps the comic book I enjoyed drawing the most.

7. How much control from Hasbro on the storylines were you aware of?

I know they gave Dreamwave a lot of freedom, but sometimes they asked for some changes, like removing RID Smokejumper and Dreadwing from Armada #12 page 3 and replacing them with Skywarp and Sideways… I think this would be a good Simon Furman question. :)

8. What was it like working with Simon Furman?

Working with Simon has been a great experience, first because I really loved his work as a reader back at the Transformers' Marvel age, and I discovered that he’s a great writer to work with, very open-minded, and a nice guy who really loves his work.

9. What did you make from the reactions to your work?

Sometimes I did read some negative criticism about my work… sometimes I found them a bit exaggerated, but otherwise I actually tried to understand them in order to improve. Of course compliments always give a boost. :)

10. It seemed your work on Energon ended just as you were in full flow. What were the circumstances of your departure? Did you still have dealings with Dreamwave at the time of the collapse?

Basically I had been removed from their titles because Dreamwave looked for in-studio artists when possible (I think this was one of the moves in order to try to save costs without dealing with any overseas artists), but I suspect that another reason could have been that I never matched 100% with the intended house style.

I stopped working for Dreamwave in March 2004, and I didn’t have any other work dealing (save for regular communications about my delayed payments) until late October 2004 when I was asked to pencil pieces for Energon MTMTE and then to do G1 #12 and #13, of which I only penciled the first 13 pages of #12, right before the Dreamwave demise. I think the 13 unpublished pages from #12 were among my best work… unfortunately.

11. What did you learn from your time at Dreamwave?

Good communication *should* be always an important part of a work relationship. Makes life easier to everyone. If we all (freelancers) were aware of the true Dreamwave situation, perhaps we could have contributed some way in keeping the titles ongoing… who knows.

12. What were Roger and Pat Lee like to work for?

Well, especially at first it was a lot of fun.

13. If the opportunity arose, would you work for them again?

I don’t think this will happen, especially not at the actual state of things.
But I don’t forget that it was because of them that I was introduced to the professional field.

14. You’re stuck on a tropical island with only three comics or trades. What would you pick?

Hard to say… Marvel’s Transformers:The Movie adaptation (I have a sort of Italian trade), Marvel TF #75, and my own TF Wreckers #3 (why not?).

15. What is on the horizon for you?

Most likely some non-TF stuff, but I still hope to get involved with Transformers comics if the opportunity should arise again, though. Anyway, I’m still doing some Transformers artwork for Hasbro from time to time (boxarts for upcoming products).

16. Word Association:

Rodimus Prime
The Burden Hardest to Bear.

Cars are expensive.

Brad Mick
I don’t know him enough.

I would like to see this comic finished.

Pat Lee
A guy that really knows how to pitch himself.

Thank you for agreeing to this interview and for your spectacular work on The Transformers over the past couple of years. Everyone here at wishes you the best in all of your future endeavors.

Issue 12 page 1

Issue 12 page 3

Issue 12 page 7

Issue 12 page 8

all three covers to the Energon: More than meets the Eye series

Armada - Conclusion Cover

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