My Transformers Tale "The Morphlings" Is In Comic Shops Now

Heh heh, true. You know what? That gives me an idea. Did I ever tell you guys about... The Morphlings

I wrote a Beast Machines campfire story for the Transformers: Beast Wars 2022 Annual, in comic book stores on April 20, 2022 from IDW Publishing. Sitting with me underneath the night sky are Andrea Bell (art), Jake M Wood (letters), and Jazmine Joyner (edits).

Here's a little preview of the weird world you'll visit in The Morphlings...

It was on a planet much like Cybertron but desolate and cloaked in perpetual night. Heck, maybe it was Cybertron. I can't say for sure.
Their master? Megasavage. Think Megatron, just bigger, badder, and bleaker.
Driven underground by Megasavage, they called themselves The Defiance.

I hope you dig what you see! I'm a huge Beast Machines fan, so I was stoked to bring a bit of that flavor to the IDW comics.

And... the first review of the Beast Wars 2022 Annual is already in, thanks to Megan Peters at ComicBook.com!
A slew of unsung characters from the franchise makes their way to the top in this delicious entry to delight fans.

KUTE Crew: Fathoms of Comics

Dive into the aquatic adventures of the Koala Underwater Tactical Elite!

click to read KUTE Crew ep. 64

UPDATED: Sunday, April 17, 2022

KUTE Crew episodes on Webtoon
- Episode 1: "Ready For Action"
- Episode 2: "Take A Dip"
- Episode 3: "Hop To It"
- Episode 4: "It's Too Bad"
- Episode 5: "Talk To Me"
- Episode 6: "The Big One"
- Episode 7: "Try To Win"
- Episode 8: "Too Much Power"
- Episode 9: "Get It Back"
- Episode 10: "Quite Vexing"
- Episode 11: "Intense Guy"
- Episode 12: "Mess Duty"
- Episode 13: "Stay Strong"
- Episode 14: "Don't Move"
- Episode 15: "Can't Stop"
- Episode 16: "Please Work"
- Episode 17: "Reach Out"
- Episode 18: "Too Late"
- Episode 19: "Please Respond"
- Episode 20: "Down Here"
- Episode 21: "Not One Bit"
- Episode 22: "Chow Down"
- Episode 23: "Frigid Depths"
- Episode 24: "Disparate Molecules"
- Episode 25: "Hard Drive"
- Episode 26: "Be The First"
- Episode 27: "Unified Goal"
- Episode 28: "Stay Vigilant"
- Episode 29: "Leaf Lickers"
- Episode 30: "New Rules"
- Episode 31: "Heavy Damage"
- Episode 32: "Under Attack"
- Episode 33: "The Reason"
- Episode 34: "Every Turn"
- Episode 35: "Super Close"
- Episode 36: "Ask Away"
- Episode 37: "Not Today"
- Episode 38: "No Leader"
- Episode 39: "Awfully Murky"
- Episode 40: "Rapidly Rising"
- Episode 41: "Stay Back"
- Episode 42: "KAWAII Crew"
- Episode 43: "Let's Tussle"
- Episode 44: "Catch Up"
- Episode 45: "Sacred Locale"
- Episode 46: "Our Ocean"
- Episode 47: "Our Star"
- Episode 48: "Our Home"
- Episode 49: "Kill You"
- Episode 50: "One Of You"
- Episode 51: "What's Next"
- Episode 52: "Still Operational"
- Episode 53: "My Fave"
- Episode 54: "Slick Thinkin'"
- Episode 55: "Very Important"
- Episode 56: "Check This"
- Episode 57: "Supremely Strange"
- Episode 58: "Different Source"
- Episode 59: "Next Level"
- Episode 60: "Wonderful Progress"
- Episode 61: "Something Unusual"
- Episode 62: "Magical Feedback"
- Episode 63: "Crystal Stuff"
- Episode 64: "Indulge Me" NEW

KUTE Crew chapters on Gumroad
- Chapter 1: "A Risky Refuge"
- Chapter 2: "A Vast Visitor"
- Chapter 3: "A Cruel Cavern"
- Chapter 4: "A Mind Unmined"
- Chapter 5: "A Crew Askew"
- Chapter 6: "A Trail Unveiled"
- Chapter 7: "A Troop Regrouped"
- Chapter 8: "A Deep Creep"

Profiles, Panels, and Podcasts
- Astral Jane, the sorcerer
- Miss Elle, the ghost
- ADORBS Academy, the school
- Short Fuse, the loose cannon
- Behind the Panels: Bada Boom
- Behind the Panels: All Data
- Making KUTE: Podcast Ep. 8
- Motor Boater, the engineer
- Making KUTE: Podcast Ep. 9
- The Squids in the Squad
- Cell Mate Pinup by Loch Ness
- Smooth Moves Pinup by Loch Ness
- Future Concepts by Nils-Petter Norlin
- High Concepts by Nils-Petter Norlin
- Behind the Panels: Diagnostic

KUTE Crew on Gumroad
KUTE Crew created by Nils-Petter Norlin (art) and Nick Marino (words)

Transformers: Beast Wars Annual 2022

UPDATED WITH A SNEAK PEEK FROM HASBRO PULSE! In their April 12, 2022 Fan First Tuesday video, Hasbro revealed a first look at Andy Bell's art for our Transformers tale. It's a spoopy Beast Machines inspired campfire story called The Morphlings.
The Morphlings from Beast Wars Annual 2022


I'm writing a story for IDW's Beast Wars Annual, out this April. My rad collaborator on this 10-page tale is Andrea Bell. I can't wait for you to see her amazing vision for it! Here's the Previews code to order our comic at your shop: FEB220440.

Beast Wars Annual 2022 solicit

Beast Wars Annual 2022 cover by Ryan Miller

The History of Gargantos in Video Games

It's no secret that Gargantos broke the internet when the trailer for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness finally dropped.

Gargantos in Doctor Strange 2

Although he may not be a household name---even among comic book readers---Gargantos is beloved by a certain subset of Marvel fans: gamers.

Making his video game debut in 1995's Marvel Super Heroes, Capcom specifically requested to use the obscure monster in their now-classic fighting game. Despite Marvel's confusion and surprise, the publisher said yes and a legend was born.

Gargantos in Marvel Super Heroes (1995)

Interestingly, Gargantos's default color was set to pink, a programming glitch that remains mysteriously unexplained to this day. The monster would assume his standard green hue in Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter, released two years later in 1997.

Gargantos lay dormant in his deadly Chaos Dimension until the release of the most infamous fighting game of all time, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, in 2000. The tentacled beast took gamers "for a ride" with his unforgettable moves and distinct fighting style.

Gargantos in Marvel vs. Capcom 2 (2000)

Although this would be enough to cement Gargantos in the annals of gaming history, he wasn't done yet. As MvC2 videos began to proliferate on the internet, Gargantos became an underground sensation due to his use in tournaments.

Dubbed "Gahgantos" in a now-deleted viral video, the magical lord of chaos was soon featured in memes all over the web by the late '00s. He became known for his crispy moves, which were described by gamers as "so pringles."

legendary Gargantos meme

There you have it, the strange and unexpected history of Gargantos in video games. From an obscure Marvel supervillain to a fighting game sensation, there's no doubt 2022 will be the year of Gargantos. But is the world truly ready to "embrace chaos"?