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Dreamwave Productions is a Canadian art design studio and comic book publisher, best known for their multiple Transformers comic book series. After bankruptcy in 2005 it was purchased by Canadian entrepreneur Christian Dery with plans to relaunch its core properties (excluding former licenses such as Transformers). A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... Various Transformers toys. ... It has been suggested that Entrepreneurial mindset be merged into this article or section. ...

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History

In 1996, Pat Lee and Roger Lee founded Dreamwave Productions as an imprint under Image Comics and published their first miniseries, Darkminds, quickly making their manga-influenced style their trademark, merging the look of an animated film with sequential art. Image Comics is the third or fourth largest comic book publisher in the United States. ... For other uses, see Manga (disambiguation). ... Animation refers to the process in which each frame of a film or movie is produced individually, whether generated as a computer graphic, or by photographing a drawn image, or by repeatedly making small changes to a model (see claymation and stop motion), and then photographing the result. ... ...


In 2002, Dreamwave splintered off from Image and became a publishing company in their own right, following their attainment of the license to the popular Hasbro toyline Transformers. The first miniseries, featuring art by Pat Lee and writing by Chris Sarracini, based on the classic Transformers "G1" characters, was the top-selling book on the sales charts for its entire run. More series followed, expanding their G1 stories to shape a brand new universe, covering the current toyline, Transformers: Armada, and famed Transformers scibe Simon Furman came on board to produce Transformers: The War Within, a series detailing previously-undocumented aspects of the Transformers' past. Many artistic members of the fan community, such as Don Figueroa and Guido Guidi, were hired by the company, entering the professional world of comics via their hobby. The Hasbro logo uses a smile to indicate the carefree nature of its products. ... This page is a partner page to Transformers Universes, listing the various television seriesthat the Transformer toyline has spawned since its creation in 1984. ... Simon Furman is the writer of a number of notable Transformers comics for Marvel Comics UK, Marvel US, and Dreamwave. ... There have been three main publishers of comic book series called Transformers, based on the toylines of the same name. ...


Three years later, signs of trouble began to appear when G1 writers James McDonough and Adam Patyk left the company over pay disputes. Subsequently, despite plans for their replacement, it was announced that Dreamwave had gone out of business. They cited "the shrinking comic book market combined with a weak U.S. dollar" as the cause of their closure on January 4, 2005, after a month of rumours and speculation had all but made this a foregone conclusion amongst readers. The final Dreamwave comic was published in December 2004, leaving multiple ongoing and limited series unfinished. January 4 is the 4th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


As Dreamwave's website was shut down, a new site, Dreamengine, registered by Roger Lee, was launched.


Controversy

One of the most common annoyances with Dreamwave Productions has to do with the nature of the series sets of their comics. Most of their series are single story arc that are usually 6-8 issues long. When that story arc is finished it would start anew, sometimes with the same characters in a different situation in time. An example would be Warlands: Altregis and Warlands: Age of Ice.


Though this has become standard practice in the comic book world, Pat Lee, who's signature art work predominates almost all of Dreamwaves comics, would draw the first several issues of the series. This would generate large amounts of hype for the series, as a 'Pat Lee drawn' series. But, Lee would eventually leave the series several issues before the conclusion to begin another project, leaving the series with another artist and digital colorist, which are good, but do not match the quality of the visuals produced by Lee himself. The hype generated would quickly implode and the series would hit mediocrity in the process. This has occurred on his breakthrough series Warlands: Age of Ice and Transformers. Transformer or Transformers may refer to: Transformer, an electrical device Transformer (album), Lou Reeds 1972 rock album Transformers (myth) of Pacific Northwest native myth The fictional Transformers Universe: Transformers Universes Transformers series, television series Transformers (comic), produced primarily by Marvel Comics (1984-1993), Dreamwave Productions (2002-2004), and IDW...


Much of the controversy surrounding Dreamwave suddenly appeared in its closing days, when it became apparent that the company had been neglecting to pay many of its employees, not just McDonough and Patyk. When a list of the company's debts surfaced online, it became apparent that combined, they owed in excess of a million dollars. Saying a lot about their business practises and what company money was spent on, two of the very few items on the list marked "secured" were Pat and Roger's BMWs. Several artists, including Figueroa and Guidi, having previously remained genial on the matter, have recently aired their grievances with the company, which as of April 2005, include having to pay FedEx for shipment of art they never got paid for in the first place. As the company went under, Pat Lee still maintained his Porsche sports car, and also acquired a luxurious apartment in Canada. BMW AG (an abbreviation of Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, or in English, Bavarian Motor Works), is a German company and manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles. ... ... Porsche (), properly pronounced as a two syllable word (porsh-eh, IPA: ) , is a German manufacturer of sports cars, founded in 1931 by Ferdinand Porsche, the engineer who created the first Volkswagen. ...


Relaunch

On August 2, 2005 Christian Dery purchased all of the companies assets in a bankruptcy auction. Dery stated he had intended to enter into comic book publishing and the opportunity to begin with "a catalogue of such strong existing titles was too good to pass up." The Transformers license and similar third-party properties were not included, but along with all marks and logos the purchase included Warlands, Neon Cyber, Shidima, Fate of the Blade, Garden of Blades, Limbo City, Arkanium, Necrowar, Dark Minds, Capsoul, and Sandscape properties. Now holder of the "Dreamwave" trademark, Dery intends to relaunch the properties under the Dreamwave Entertainment label in 2006. Several former Dreamwave Productions employees and creators are participating to this new venture. August 2 is the 214th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (215th in leap years), with 151 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Brandon M. Easton is a comic book creator, most notably remembered for working with Dreamwave Productions on the short-lived title Arkanium. ...


List of Dreamwave comics

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Mini-series

  • Fate of the Blade
  • Arkanium
  • Sandscape
  • Shidima
  • Banished Knights
  • NecroWar
  • Neon Cyber
  • Darkminds Volume 1: Paradox
  • Darkminds Volume 2
  • Darkminds Volume 3: Macropolis
  • Devil May Cry
  • Megaman
  • Transformers: Generation 1
  • Transformers: Generation 1 volume II: War and Peace
  • Transformers: The War Within
  • Transformers: The War Within volume II: The Dark Ages
  • Transformers: The War Within volume III: The Age of Wrath (cancelled after issue #3)
  • Transformers: Micromasters
  • Transformers/G.I.Joe
  • Transformers/G.I.Joe II: Divided Front (cancelled after issue #1)
  • Transformers: More than meets the eye (character profile series)
  • Transformers: Summer Special (was to be an irregular mini-series, only one issue was published)
  • Warlands Volume 1a: Darklyte
  • Warlands Volume 1b: Atrelegis (Disputedly, volume 2)
  • Warlands Volume 2: Age of Ice (Disputedly, volume 3)
  • Warlands Special Three Stories
  • Warlands: Warlords Chronicles, Volume 1
  • Warlands Volume 3: Dark Tide Rising (6 issues)
  • Xevoz

Ongoing series

  • Transformers: Generation 1 (cancelled after issue #10)
  • Transformers: Armada, later Transformers: Energon (cancelled after issue #30)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (cancelled after issue #7)
  • Duel Masters (cancelled after issue #8)

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Dreamwave Productions - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (860 words)
Dreamwave Productions is a Canadian art design studio and comic book publisher, best known for their multiple Transformers comic book series.
In 1996, Pat Lee and Roger Lee founded Dreamwave Productions as an imprint under Image Comics and published their first miniseries, Darkminds, quickly making their manga-influenced style their trademark, merging the look of an animated film with sequential art.
One of the most common annoyances with Dreamwave Productions has to do with the nature of the series sets of their comics.
Interview: Pat Lee (Dreamwave Productions) (4154 words)
Lee is the founder and head of Dreamwave Productions, a comics studio that publishes under the Image umbrella.
Many describe Dreamwave's style as an "American-Anime hybrid" (this despite the fact that Pat was born, raised, and is currently working in Canada), but there's no mistaking the influence of Japanese animation and comics in his work.
And that's when Dreamwave Productions was formed, which I actually had in my mind when I was younger, even when I was at Extreme Studios.
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