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Transformers: The Covenant of Primus - More Ken Christiansen Sketches and Notes

Transformers News: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus - More Ken Christiansen Sketches and Notes
Date: Thursday, February 27th 2014 11:00am CST
Categories: Book News, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Ken Christiansen

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A while back, we posted some unofficial personal sketches by Ken Christiansen, one of the artists on the Covenant of Primus. With a couple of days between then and now, see below for some more work by Ken, this time with his own personal notes on Nexus Prime and final pencilwork for both Micronus Prime and Alpha Trion. Check out his Facebook page for your chance to own one of the original pieces, too!

Transformers News: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus - More Ken Christiansen Sketches and NotesTransformers News: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus - More Ken Christiansen Sketches and Notes


It may look ridiculous, but this is how I keep notes on art. But, it's pretty effective for me. I must have sketched out the Alpha Trion and Micronus in early 2010 - on my own, after I learned Takara was going to do them - but the idea stuck with me for almost four years, before I got around to it.

And I forgot that I promised to post the 'notes' for Nexus Prime. Well, there it is...wanting to showcase the alt forms, though they would be alien versions.

Incredibly sloppy and simple, but it works for me.


Transformers News: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus - More Ken Christiansen Sketches and Notes


Alpha Trion and Micronus Pencils - NOT actually in the Covenant of Primus

Again, this is just my personal interpretation of the characters I did NOT get to do - I did nearly all, and it's bugged me that I didn't get to complete the set. I'm sure some completionist collectors can relate.

And this isn't a dig at the Takara designs, they did a wonderful job, and their work is the official versions of these characters.

It took me nearly 4 years to get around to drawing them, let's see how long it takes for me to render them out like the rest...

Transformers: The Covenant of Primus - Ken Christiansen Personal Sketches

Transformers News: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus - Ken Christiansen Personal Sketches
Date: Monday, February 17th 2014 11:06am CST
Categories: Book News, Collectables, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Ken Christiansen

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The impressive Aligned continuity wrapping book Transformers: The Covenant of Primus may have come out a while back, but Ken Christiansen, one of the artists in it, has seized the opportunity to share some of the unused sketches in preparation for the publication. Check out the first one, and Ken's explanation, below: it's a pre-Takara Micronus!

PLEASE NOTE: These are not pieces of commissioned work by Hasbro - they are Ken's own interpretation of characters he did not design for the book. Effectively fan art, but from a professional artist.

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Now I'll start posting the pencil art for the Primes, but I'm going to start with something a little unexpected. I've mentioned before that I was originally slated to do all 13, but Takara stepped in and claimed Micronus and Alpha Trion. When I found out the Primes were finally being published, I went back and dug up the rough thumbnail sketches I had going before the characters got canceled, and decided to finish the design drawings. Which, honestly was just a human-esque figure in a circle. The Alpha Trion doodle was pretty much a rough sketch of the G1 animation model, to get the shapes right before drawing the new details.

Here is a close-up of MY UNOFFICIAL version of Micronus, about 2x the size of the actual drawing. I imagined he would have the ability to scale the way the first movie's All Spark was able to fold in on itself.

Tomorrow I'll post the complete drawing of Micronus and Alpha Trion.

Transformers: Retribution Released Today (January 28) - Additional Excerpt

Transformers News: Transformers: Retribution Released Today (January 28) - Additional Excerpt
Date: Tuesday, January 28th 2014 3:01pm CST
Categories: Book News, Media
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Transformers Facebook, Random House

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The official Transformers Facebook page have uploaded yet another excerpt from today's release of the third Transformers novel in the Aligned continuity: Retribution! Check out yesterday's here, and read on below for more - or head here to order the book.

Several hundred meters out, the noses of the warships peeled back and spat forth thousands of terrifying shark-like robots bristling with weapons and oversized razor sharp dorsal fins. Both Decepticons and Autobot stared in amazement at the sheer number of new arrivals. To Kup, Bumblebee, and Rodimus the new robots looked very familiar. But they couldn’t quite remember where they’d seen them…


A hatch opened on the bow of the flagship and a huge blue-green behemoth emerged. A king-sized version of his Sharkticon army, the newcomer wore a scaled cape and giant squid-shaped battle-helm, and carried a titanic trident. The tentacles that draped down his chest and back might have been extra armor, but they writhed like snakes and could probably lash out like them too. Sharp jagged-edge fins protruded all along the creature’s back, forearms, and calves. He handed his trident to two members of his honor guard—for that was how many it took just to hold it up—whereupon three more of them placed a giant conch-like object into his open palm. He held the device to his mouth, began to speak throug hit. A monstrous voice boomed and echoed over the sea.


"You have the honor of hearing the voice of Lord General Tyrannicon, the First of the Many. As Supreme Commander of the Aquatronian Defense Force, I hereby place you under arrest in the name of Quintesson Imperium. Surrender now or prepare to be utterly destroyed." As if to drive his point home, thousands of Sharkticons began gnashing their teeth and thrashing their powerful tails. But an undaunted Megatron stepped forward and waved his fist at Tyrannicon.


"Who dares speak to Megatron that way? I'll tear you limb from”—Optimus grabbed Megatron’s shoulder and pulled him back. Megatron shoved him away.


"Get your hands off me, librarian!"


"Megatron, there's no way we can win this one. You have to stand down."


“I never stand down.”

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Random House Releasing Transformers: Retribution January 28, 2014

Transformers News: Random House Releasing Transformers: Retribution January 28, 2014
Date: Tuesday, January 14th 2014 11:59am CST
Category: Book News
Posted by: ScoutBumblebee | Credit(s): Facebook.com/Transformers

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Up for preorder is Transformers: Retribution, the thrilling prequel to the original Transformers animated series. The book will release on January 28, 2014. Read an excerpt here or head over to Random House to get your pre-order in.

Synopsis (from Random House):
For decades, Transformers fans across the globe have marveled at the mighty clashes of Megatron and Optimus Prime, and speculated about their arrival on planet Earth. Now, in Transformers: Retribution, the prequel to the Transformers animated series, the epic odyssey of these two great warriors is finally revealed as Autobots and Decepticons battle one another . . . and the most diabolic foe they’ve ever encountered.

Aboard the Ark, Optimus Prime leads his Autobots through deep space, searching for the AllSpark so vital to their home planet, Cybertron. Megatron’s not far behind, and his Decepticons are itching for war. But a mysterious planet conceals an enemy far more cunning and powerful: the Quintessons. Masters of tyranny, technology, and twisted double crosses, the Quintessons are out to enslave both Autobots and Decepticons. Their deadly bag of tricks includes fiendish trials and a secret link all the way back to Cybertron, where Shockwave is wreaking havoc with supercomputer Vector Sigma. In the coming conflagration, Star Seekers, Wreckers, Alpha Trion, and Sharkticons all have their parts to play. For none can dodge the Quintesson juggernaut of evil, and none will escape the cataclysmic life-and-death battles that will catapult Autobots and Decepticons to Earth.

Early Readers Transformers Rescue Bots Books Pre-Orders

Transformers News: Early Readers Transformers Rescue Bots Books Pre-Orders
Date: Sunday, January 5th 2014 6:08am CST
Category: Book News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Amazon.co.uk

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We have found a couple of listings on Amazon.co.uk regarding some upcoming titles for the smaller bots in your life. Children's author Carly Blake has a numbers of Rescue Bots books to her name, all priced £4.99 (~$8.20), due in April and May 2014. No images yet, but check out the links to the individual listings below!


Transformers: Art of Prime Interview with Jim Sorenson

Transformers News: Transformers: Art of Prime Interview with Jim Sorenson
Date: Tuesday, December 17th 2013 4:10pm CST
Categories: Book News, Cartoon News, Interviews, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Jim Sorenson, IDW Publishing, Va'al

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As this week sees the release of the beautiful Transformers: Art of Prime hardcover book from IDW Publishing, Seibertron.com was able to sneak a quick Q&A with the author and curator, Jim Sorenson himself! Jim, thanks for agreeing to do this.

Jim - You're welcome!

Va'al - First things first - how did the idea for the Art of Prime book come about?

Jim - Well, it was something that I'd been pitching for quite a while, before the show actually aired. I was living in Los Angeles at the time the Prime show had been announced, and one of the people in my extended circle of friends was Christophe Vacher (Visual Effects Art Director on the series). I knew him, and I knew he was working on Prime. I pitched the idea, he seemed interested, we went back to the studios, and nothing really happened for a while. I kept checking with IDW too, who had expressed a vague interest, and I pitched the idea several times. Then around June of this year I got an email from my editor: we're going ahead with Art of Prime!

Transformers News: Transformers: Art of Prime Interview with Jim Sorenson


I wanted to do a book about Prime but what made me decide it would be an art book was possibly the actual conversations with Christophe. We both realised Prime wouldn't work in the style of an AllSpark Almanac, the tone of the show is very different. So we decided the book would look at the art, at the process. IDW already had a successful product in the Art of Fall of Cybertron book, they were willing to do it again.

What I believe is one of the main points about the show is that the stories, characters, acting, they're all good - but what is really outstanding is the visuals!

Va'al – Very good point, the visual elements of the show have been acknowledged by many, and won awards all over the place! You've worked on The Ark and AllSpark Almanac previously, and you said you knew that Art of Prime would be different – how so?

Jim - Having made the decision that it was going to be an art book focused us, directed us differently. What we were working on with previous books was the story perspective, the characters, the events. With this one, we approached it from a design perspective: in some ways I wanted to get out of the way of the creators. There is very little of my voice in the first half of the book, and that was a conscious decision – I didn't want the readers to read about what I felt about the images. I wanted them to hear from the creators, what they were proud of, what their perspective on the process was. I thought it'd be a lot better to get them to speak.

Transformers News: Transformers: Art of Prime Interview with Jim Sorenson


In the first three sections, I let Jose Lopez (Art Director/Characters and Props) talk as much as possible, something that I didn't want to do with the Almanacs, something I possibly would've done with The Ark if we had access to the creators. As it stands, the Prime creators were more than happy to do it, and it was an extra incentive that they were able to do it in their own office, in their own time and talking about their own work. I think the interviews really help the tone of the book – it makes a big impact.

Va'al – It sounds like you were really engaged in the work around and about the book. What was your favourite part about putting together Art of Prime?

Jim - Definitely getting the chance to work so closely with the creative staff. At this point I've done quite a lot of books, from anthologies to collections, Transformers, G.I. Joe, articles for fan magazines – I find it really exciting to turn raw material into a book. But I've done it before. This time I got a chance to really jump in, go to the studios, see the creators work (they were at work on Predacons Rising at the time). Definitely the highlight of putting it all together.

Transformers News: Transformers: Art of Prime Interview with Jim Sorenson


A secondary pleasure was getting to see the animatics for Predacons Rising about three months before anyone else: I contacted one of the producers, as I had a fair bit of material that I couldn't find on the show at the time, so I wondered if it was for Predacons Rising and if I could get a script or something to set it in context. I'm not sure they understood what I was asking for at first, but once they got it they sent the whole thing, with my name watermarked all over it!

Va'al - Well, some people just have that type of contacts, don't they? Once you placed all the material you had, was there anything taken out, or things you didn't include?

Jim – There was a lot that we just didn't have space for, as it's already a 200-page book. I possibly still have another 20 pages that I wanted to put in, but did not need to get in. I would've liked to have extra pages for Shockwave, the Insecticons, Vehicons. Maybe spend a little bit more time on Silas and Cylas and MECH. I had an extra page for Knockout - no, Breakdown. Knockout was one of the last pages to get finalized, as we only had black and white artwork for the car mode. So I contacted Mathias Dougherty (Production Manager) for a color image, I told him 'It's Knockout, man! He'll kill me if he doesn't look his best!'; he laughed, and set off to look for the gorgeous artwork you now see in the book.

Transformers News: Transformers: Art of Prime Interview with Jim Sorenson


So yes, a lot more little things, but nothing that the book can't live without. I'm really quite proud of this one.

Va'al – It definitely looks comprehensive, and stunning. But do you think it'll appeal to all fans of the franchise? How would you sell it to a new reader?

Jim - Even if you're not interested in art books, the focus for this one is on process. Any Transformers fan, any fan of animation in general will find the process that goes into the creation of a cartoon extremely fascinating, I believe.

Transformers News: Transformers: Art of Prime Interview with Jim Sorenson


And it's very rare to have an art book like this for a TV show, you usually only get them for movies. As I said, I'm really proud of the result.

Va'al – I've been reading through it, you definitely should be. Thanks again Jim, this was a great quick chat! Any last words?

Jim - Thanks for the interest! I really hope you all enjoy the book.

Transformers: Art of Prime is out this Wednesday with IDW Publishing. You can find a preview for it here!

IDW Transformers: Art of Prime Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Art of Prime Preview
Date: Tuesday, December 17th 2013 2:28am CST
Categories: Book News, Collectables, Game News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW Publishing

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Also out next week with IDW Publishing is the highly anticipated Art of Prime artbook. This looks to be an exquisite collector's item, delving into the process of creating the animated TV series, from backgrounds to characters and everything in between - we've seen bits of this already, but check out the official preview below!

Transformers: Art of Prime
Jim Sorenson (w) • Various (a)

Explore the rich world of Transformers Prime! Loaded with character animation models, concept art, interviews with the creators and more, Transformers: The Art of Prime provides and unprecedented look behind the scenes of bringing the TF movie universe to the small screen. Jim Sorenson (Transformers The Ark, Transformers AllSpark Almanac) brings this deep, vivid world into focus!

HC • FC • $49.99 • 200 pages • 9.5” x 12.5” • ISBN 978-1-61377-790-9


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Amazon lists Pre-order for Transformers Legacy: A Celebration of Transformers Package Art

Transformers News: Amazon lists Pre-order for Transformers Legacy: A Celebration of Transformers Package Art
Date: Sunday, December 15th 2013 12:20pm CST
Category: Book News
Posted by: LOST Cybertronian | Credit(s): Amazon, Disciples of Boltax

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Way back in our IDW BotCon 2012 coverage, we brought you news of a new project Jim Sorenson was working on called Transformers Legacy: A Celebration of Transformers Package Art. Amazon has now listed a pre-order for this upcoming book dropping May 6, 2014. It is a hardcover listed at the price of $34.80.

Remember the thrill of tearing open a gift on Christmas morning, discovering a brand-new Transformer in a shiny new box? While the toys were amazing in their own right, what made the packages stand head-and-shoulders above the myriad competing action figures on shelves was the stunning box art. Transformers: Legacy collects hundreds of beautifully airbrushed paintings from the iconic first decade of The Transformers. Hasbro, Takara, and private collectors opened their archives, yielding an unparalled level of quality. Essays and interviews from the original illustrators give unprecedented insight into the process behind the art. This book is chock-full of extras, including never-before-seen artwork from toys that never were, original design sketches, catalog artwork, and more.

Hardcover: 300 pages
Publisher: IDW Publishing (May 6, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613779437
ISBN-13: 978-1613779439


There is no cover art available yet but here are a couple of images taken from Jim Sorenson's blog Disciples of Boltax.

Transformers News: Amazon lists Pre-order for Transformers Legacy: A Celebration of Transformers Package Art

Transformers News: Amazon lists Pre-order for Transformers Legacy: A Celebration of Transformers Package Art

Video Review - Transformers: The Covenant of Primus

Transformers News: Video Review - Transformers: The Covenant of Primus
Date: Tuesday, December 10th 2013 4:59pm CST
Categories: Book News, Collectables, Reviews
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): The7thParallel

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Fellow Seibertron.com user The7thParallel has posted a YouTube review of the recently released Covenant of Primus collectable book. If you've managed to miss all the news about it so far, go check the thread for it in the Energon Pub, after checking out the review below!


Transformers - Art of Prime Hardcover Preview on Amazon

Transformers News: Transformers - Art of Prime Hardcover Preview on Amazon
Date: Tuesday, December 10th 2013 2:22pm CST
Categories: Book News, Cartoon News
Posted by: LOST Cybertronian | Credit(s): Amazon.com

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Amazon has put on a preview on their Transformers - Art of Prime Hardcover listing. The book is written by Jim Sorenson and gives us a look at character and prop design, backgrounds and sets and color and effects. This preview gives us a look at a number of the pages exploring the art of Transformers Prime. The book is scheduled for release December 31.

Explore the rich world of Transformers Prime! Loaded with character animation models, concept art, interviews with the creators and more, Transformers: The Art of Prime provides and unprecendented look behind the scenes of bringing the TF Prime universe to television audiences. Jim Sorenson (Transformers The Ark, Transformers AllSpark Almanac) brings this deep, vivid world into focus!


Transformers News: Transformers - Art of Prime Hardcover Preview on Amazon

Transformers News: Transformers - Art of Prime Hardcover Preview on Amazon

Transformers News: Transformers - Art of Prime Hardcover Preview on Amazon

Transformers News: Transformers - Art of Prime Hardcover Preview on Amazon

Transformers News: Transformers - Art of Prime Hardcover Preview on Amazon

Transformers News: Transformers - Art of Prime Hardcover Preview on Amazon

Transformers News: Transformers - Art of Prime Hardcover Preview on Amazon

Transformers News: Transformers - Art of Prime Hardcover Preview on Amazon

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