The ZMFTS FAQ
"Did you get your questions answered?"
"Yesand every answer led to a bigger question!"
Hopefully this should answer some of the question
that I'm asked now and again. It might be a good idea to look this
page over before you e-mail me. Please. No, I'm serious.
1) When is your next update going to
The short answer: Whenever I've got enough
new material finished. Be patient.
The long answer: I wish I could spend all my time working on
Transformers-related stuff. I've got tons of kitbashes and drawings
and other projects I've been wanting to get to forever, but there are only
so many hours in the day. I don't like putting half-finished projects
up on display, but I'm also working on several projects at any given time,
so sometimes it takes a while for one or more of them to see completion.
These days, instead of adding a piddly little update to the ZMFTS once
or twice a week, I'd rather get it all done in one nice, big chunk.
2) Why don't you answer my e-mails?
I'll try to get to you in less than
two weeks, assuming you're not asking a question I've answered on my site
somewhere. Between my family (who lives a couple hundred miles away)
and friends and fan-related correspondence, I tend to get a lot of e-mail.
If I've got fewer than 50 messages in my inbox at any given time, I
feel like I'm doing pretty good. (I also delete spam on sight without
reading it. If your subject line looks generic, or is left blank, chances
are pretty good I won't read your message.) Of course, if you
have a general Transformers question, posting to
alt.toys.transformers will net
you lots of responses, instead of just mine.
3) Do you know where I can find episodes/toys/comics for
Honestly, eBay is your best bet for
pretty much anything on the secondary market. The newsgroup
is also a good place to ask. Barring that, all the original
Transformers episodes have been available on DVD for years, and Titan Books
in the UK reprinted many of the old Marvel comics in collected volumes not
too long ago.
4) What happened to your list of toys
I got rid of it for a while, but now it's
.5) Why do you keep picking apart the episodes/comics? Aren't
you a Transformers fan?
Yes. I happen to be a fairly detail-oriented
person who enjoys examining the minutae of the Transformers, even to the
point of pointing out comparatively minor discrepancies. This doesn't
mean that I'm interested in slamming the episodes and comics and toys for
its own sake (well, not the good ones, anyway). I will just say that
the argumentative messages I used to get every time I upload a new
set of bloopers more or less sucked all the fun out of compiling them at
6) I'm thinking about making a kitbash.
Do you have any advice on how to go about it?
Just about anything useful that I could possibly
think of having to do with kitbashing, I've already included in my kitbashing
guide. Check eBay for junked Transformers
to use for kitbashing fodder (do a search for the phrase "parts lot" under
the Toys & Hobbies category) or check Toys "R" Us for action figures,
since they have several toy lines on clearance at any given time.
7) I'm thinking about making a web site.
Do you have any advice on what to include?
Something unique. Personally, I'm far less
impressed with web sites that simply archive stuff that can be found elsewhere
on the World Wide Web than I am with fan sites that offer a unique feature
of some kind. For example, at the time of this writing, I have never
seen a web site that documents the locations of the rub symbols on the
Transformers toys. I think that would be neat to see.
8) What happened to your (insert old
ZMFTS feature here)?
As of 2009 I streamlined the site design to make
it easier for me to manage, so some of the older features fell by the wayside.
Maybe one day I'll restore some of them. (If there's something
you want to see back on the site, let me know and if there's a favorable
response I'm much more likely to reinstate it.)
9) Why don't you post on (insert name
of message board here)?
I was introduced to the fandom through
alt.toys.transformers and that's still my favorite forum to express myself.
The fandom has since grown and splintered and spread out to dozens
of different message boards and I have no interest in participating in all
10) Why don't you want people using your
files on other web pages?
Believe it or not, I'm a pretty agreeable guy.
If you take the time to ask me first, you may find that I'm willing
to share just about anything from my web site as long as I'm duly credited
for it. When I spend time creating animations for the site that people
decide to steal and use as their web avatars, that makes me unhappy. When
I spend time creating screen captures or comic book scans for my site, digitally
manipulating the colors and backgrounds, and I later find that some wiki
editor has swiped it for their own use, that makes me unhappy, too. I've
probably developed a reputation as being a grouch when it comes to
content theft, but if that's the result of trying to protect my unique
contribution to the fandom, then so be it.
11) What does "Zobovor"
I am Zobovor, and "Zobovor" means me.
This Page Created 7/1/2001
Last Updated: 10/17/2009