I have a fundraiser called Electronic Saviors:Industrial Music To Cure Cancer. We focus on electronic and industrial music. I have licensed the songs from the 1986 soundtrack and will be releasing Respect the Prime:1986 Revisited. It is a tribute cd involving bands from all over the world to raise money for cancer charity. We will have a table at TFcon Chicago and we just put pre orders up today at Here or Here.
Casey Coller and John Paul Bove did a phenomenal job on the art. I am a cancer survivor and a life long fan. This is me giving back.
More information about this even can be found on their website here.1ST ANNUAL CYBER CITY CON TO TAKE PLACE MAY 7-8, 2016 IN SAN ANTONIO, TX
From the creative minds of the hugely successful Alamo City Comic Con, Cyber City Con is a celebration of all things in robotic from Transformers to Gundams to Macross to Jaegers. This unique event takes place May 7-8, 2016 at the Marriott Plaza in San Antonio, Texas. The official kick-off party, Cyber de Mayo will take place May 5th.
Attending this event will be top voice actors and on-screen celebrities as well as comic book and concept artists. Many of the country’s top Transformers/Gundam vendors will be in attendance selling their products as well.
Attendees who purchase Cyber City Con VIP packages will also receive exclusive collectibles limited to this event.
Tickets go on sale Cyber Monday November 30th.
Hotel rooms go on sale Cyber Monday as well.
About Cyber City Con
Cyber City Con is the latest venture from the CEO and President of Alamo City Comic Con, Alfredo “Apple” De La Fuente. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/CYBERCITYCON.
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Operation: Forbidden Planet Takeover
For the entire month of May, TFNation is taking over Forbidden Planet stores across the country - and we want YOU to be a part of it!
We will be transforming storefronts in Birmingham, Bristol, London, Cambridge, Coventry, Croydon, Liverpool, Newcastle and Southampton -and we need YOUR help to see it unfold!
To highlight how strong this community is, we are initiating Operation:Selfie. We want to see your pictures in front of our giant store displays and with our limited edition FP carrier bags. Please upload your selfies to social media sites using the hashtags #TFNselfie and #TFNation to join in the fun!
As a thank you to those of you willing to take up the challenge... look carefully, and you might just spot an exclusive reveal in store windows.
More announcements coming soon as things get serious during TFN:May-hem!
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May 1, 2016
TFExpo 2016 Registration Open Now-- PLUS Transformers: The Movie Theatrical Screening!
TFExpo is pleased to announce that registration for our 2016 show is now open at tf-expo.com! On August 5th and 6th, fans from all over the region will gather in Wichita, Kansas to celebrate their favorite transforming toys. Our special guest at TFExpo 2016 will be legendary voice actor Michael Bell, best known to Transformers fans as the voice of Prowl, Sideswipe, Swoop, and many others, as well as Duke from G.I.Joe and Lance from Voltron. Pre-registering not only takes care of your admission to the show, it also includes your admission to the autograph line, your souvenir t-shirt and one or more exclusive plushie Keybot toys designed by the amazing Shirley Cheung. Premium and Ultra Registrants will receive admission to TFExpo's signature event, the Saturday Night Dinner and Script Reading, where all attendees will enjoy a plated dinner with our special guest, and a few lucky chosen attendees will be joining our voice actor in a live reading of a brand-new fan-submitted script. Ultra registrants will each receive a seat at the voice actor's dinner table, and an 8x10â€ photograph of them with the actor that will be returned to them at the show for autographing.
But that's not all. Longtime Transformers fans will realize that our convention weekend lands very close to a very special occasion-- the 30th anniversary of the animated classic, Transformers: The Movie . In commemoration of this event, Wichita's historic Orpheum Theatre will hold a theatrical screening of the film on Friday evening, August 5th! Transformers fans will not only get to enjoy all the events of TFExpo at Wichita's Hotel at Old Town, but also celebrate the film that had such an impact on our childhoods. Tickets will be available for everyone to purchase directly from the Orpheum, however TFExpo will pre-purchase tickets from the theater that we will reserve for our Ultra and Premium registrants! More information about the screening will be available very shortly at wichitaorpheum.com.
All in all, it will be a great weekend to be a Transformers fan in Wichita, Kansas. We hope to see you there-- register now at tf-expo.com!
Sabrblade wrote:On the last day of BotCon 2016, I attended the Sunday morning panel that was hosted by Japanese Transformers artist/writer Hayato Sakamoto, writer/translator Andrew “Hydra” Hall, and writer/translator Ken Rose. At this panel, Sakamoto talked about his working as an artist for IDW’s Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye comic series, as well as his working as both a writer and an artist for the TakaraTomy’s Transformers: Unite Warriors and Transformers: Legends pack-in fiction. (For those interested, you can watch a full YouTube video recording of the panel HERE).
After the panel ended, I approached the three as they were exiting the room (heading back to Sakamoto-san’s booth in the Artist Alley room) to ask Sakamoto-san some questions about his Japanese G1 works. Having an affinity for continuity and lore, Sakamoto-san was quite enthusiastic to discuss these topics with me. I joined the three on their walk back to the Artist Alley, introducing myself to Andrew Hall who recognized my screenname. Once we got to Sakamoto-san’s booth, Ken Rose graciously acted as a translation middleman between the two of us.
Most of my questions originated from what was said during the panel about the continuity placements of Unite Warriors Offshoot and Legends, which then springboarded into a wider discussion of the Japanese G1 cartoon continuity as a whole. Here is a rundown of the things we discussed and the answers I was able to get (note that Sakamoto-san’s attention eventually became divided between myself and other fans who were wanting him to sign and/or draw something for them, so some of the answers I got were less clear than others):
* As said during the panel, Unite Warriors Offshoot and the specific Legends manga chapters that have G1 Megatron, Ultra Magnus, and Springer come into the Legends Universe all take place after G2. But more specifically, they all take place after the two e-HOBBY manga that came with Masterpiece MP-1B Convoy Black Ver. And Masterpiece MP-3G Starscream Ghost Ver.
* As the Legends manga chapter that has Springer go to the Legends Universe takes place in the 2030s, with Operation Combination and United EX set in the year 2035, that era of Legends (and I think Unite Warriors Offshoot as well) takes place in the late 2030s.
* Unite Warriors Offshoot takes place even after the post-G2/post-e-HOBBY era of Legends. However, Sakamoto-san does not yet know how long or short after Legends that UWO takes place, as Legends currently has Metroplex in the Legends Universe while UWO has him in the main JG1 universe, so Sakamoto does not yet know when Metroplex gets out of the Legends Universe and goes back to the JG1 universe. But he does at least know that UWO does come after Legends.
* Unlike the rest of the Unite Warriors fiction released so far, the Grand Galvatron comic does not take place in the same post-G2/post-e-HOBBY era as UWO. Though the comic does say that it takes place ten years after Galvatron’s death in 2011 (2021), Sakamoto further revealed that it takes place after the Masterforce cartoon.
* As stated at the panel, one of the things Sakamoto set out to do with the Legends manga was to show Ultra Magnus’s rebirth into his G2 Laser Ultra Magnus body. However, in the Legends manga that showed Ultra Magnus’s rebirth, Ultra Magnus is shown waking up from inside his coffin in his Legends toy body instead. When asked if Ultra Magnus was reborn in his G2 Laser Ultra Magnus body or his Legends toy body, Sakamoto said it was the former, and explained that manga chapter as being more of a retelling of Magnus’s rebirth than a literal depiction. He also explained that Ultra Magnus can change his physical form back and forth between his G2 Laser body and his Legends body by the power of the Reconfiguration Matrix. This explains how Magnus was able to appear in his G2 Laser body during the post-G2 e-HOBBY manga and then as his Legends body later on in the Legends manga.
* Reiterating something he said at the panel, when Alpha Trion sacrificed the last of his energy to recharge the Matrix in episode 3 of The Headmasters, he didn’t merely recharge the Matrix, he became the Matrix. A new Matrix, at that. And this Matrix being a new one is why Rodimus Prime (or rather, his animation model) looked different in The Headmasters compared to how he looked in season 3 of the G1 cartoon. And in the Legends manga, when Alpha Trion put himself into Ultra Magnus’s chest, Ultra Magnus came back to life by having the new Matrix (Alpha Trion) put into him.
* As he referred to the Grand Scourge comic to present the continuity placements of UWO and Legends during the panel, I asked him if the Grand Scourge comic is supposed to be a part of the main JG1 cartoon continuity or not, as the comic itself is rather vague on its own continuity, seemingly on purpose. Sakamoto’s answer is that he’s presently not sure if it is or not since he’s not the one writing it. As I type this answer, I suspect that Sakamoto is open to the possibility of the comic being on its own outside of the JG1 continuity, and is just taking precautions with the placements of UWO and Legends to allow the Grand Scourge comic to be slotted into the main timeline should the opportunity arise at a later date. But for right now, its placement in the main timeline (should it ever be included) remains undetermined.
* As stated at the panel, Sakamoto is among those responsible for creating the big JG1 timeline from 2007. He confirmed that he played a role in adding Car Robots to the timeline. His reasons given for including it were that RobotMasters Wrecker Hook is an amnesiac Car Robots Wrecker Hook (I did not get to ask if this was the official consensus or just his own personal consensus), Brave Maximus came back to Earth after Car Robots (and apparently so too did God Magnus, from what I was told, but didn’t get anything further about that), and that when the e-HOBBY G1 GoBots came to the Transformers universe, their technology was used to create the Spychangers.
* At the end of the Car Robots cartoon, Brave Maximus had taken all of the Destrongers back to Cybertron to stand trial before Vector Sigma. Since the characters of that cartoon were said to have come from the future, I asked if Brave Maximus took them back to the Cybertron of the cartoon’s present time or the Cybertron of future that the characters all came from. Sakamoto said it was the future.
* In the Legends manga that features Car Robots Black Convoy (RiD Scourge), he has his own Energon Matrix, as a means of explaining the molded-in Matrix on the toy. Sakamoto explains that Black Convoy was able to get an Energon Matrix of his own because the United EX fiction had the Energon Matrix technology being developed in the year 2035. And since Black Convoy had been taken back to Cybertron in the future, he was able to get his Energon Matrix during a point when Energon Matrix technology existed.
* When asked to tell more about how Black Convoy got his Energon Matrix, Sakamoto said that he’s waiting for a Unite Warriors Baldigus release before saying any more about that. I didn’t get to ask if he meant that there is a Unite Warriors Baldigus coming, or if he’s just wanting there to be one.
* Sakamoto told me an in-fiction reason for why Car Robots Ai and the human Ai Kuruma looks alike. Car Robots Ai's appearance is based on a scan made of Ai Kuruma.
* I asked Sakamoto if he could tell me what exactly a Spark Engine was, as it was only mentioned once in the Car Robots anime but never told what it was. Unfortunately, this question didn't get to be answered. I don't fully recall why it wasn't answered, but I think it was either due to the answer being tied with the Black Convoy question that he was waiting on a UW Baldigus release in order to answer, or was due to Sakamoto's attention becoming divided between my questions and other fans coming to his booth to ask for his autograph/artwork.
* When asked what future era the Car Robots characters hail from, Sakamoto said that it’s currently fuzzy on what era they came from. When I mentioned that some fans like to think that they come from the same era as the Beast Wars II and Beast Wars Neo cast, he said that that idea pretty much aligns with his own ideas (of note is that a small book of his original artwork that he had for sale at his booth contained a page of artwork that featured Big Convoy and JRX together on Cybertron, but it wasn’t official art, just one of his many personal art pieces).
* Sakamoto also asked me if I work on the TFWiki, and I said yeah. Sakamoto told me a few things that he’d like to see on the Wiki. Specifically, he’d like to see more images overall of artwork, especially more images of full-body character artwork. I told him that, while I do contribute to the Wiki, I’m not a member of its administrative staff, and that the Wiki does have some policies regarding what images it uses and such, but which are reasonable.
I think that’s everything we got to discuss before the convention ended. If I remember any more, I’ll add more to it.
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