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Or does he? According to cartoonist Jeffrey Brown’s interview with CBR’s Alex Dueben, the upcoming sequel to his hit transforming-robot action-parody Incredible Change-Bots owes a bit less to the robots in disguise and more to his desire just to play around some more with the characters he concocted for Volume One — and to spoof the Superman mythos, of all things…
There are a lot of superhero parodies, but not a lot of transforming fighting robot parodies. Does it help, knowing you’re treading on ground no one’s covering?
[Laughs] It’s hard to say how much that helped. I think especially with the second book, it became less a parody of Transformers and more just being interested in these characters…who just happen to have the same functions as Transformers. It becomes more of its own thing. I think it’s one reason why I’ve enjoyed the Change-Bots stuff more than I enjoyed doing [the superhero parody] “Bighead.” It doesn’t feel as much like it’s something that’s been done to death already.
The second volume opens with the main villain of first “Change-Bots” waking up without his memory after everyone else has left Earth. How did you go from that as a starting point to a Superman parody?
I don’t even know. I think it just happened naturally. I tend to write the books where I have a basic idea of what’s going to happen at Point A, Point B, Point C. As to how things get from one point to another, I don’t figure out until I’m sitting down and actually working on that part of the book. So I’m really not even sure where that came from. I think it came from [the question of], who’s going to find him first when he doesn’t have his memory? I didn’t want the army [to find him], and then once he’s on a farm, it becomes the obvious jump to do the Superman mythos.
Brown’s threatening to toss G.I. Joe into the mix if there’s ever an Incredible Change-Bots Three. Incredible Cross-Over! Me, I’m waiting for the Awesomebots and Fantasticons to enter the actual Jeffrey Brown-verse, wrecking shop as he sits in a coffee shop drawing in his sketchbook and listening to the latest Death Cab album.