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First look at "cut" art from Ark Compendium

Transformers News: First look at "cut" art from Ark Compendium
Date: Tuesday, November 25th 2008 3:43pm CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Comic Book News, People News
Posted by: i_amtrunks | Credit(s): Jim Sorenson

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Jim Sorenson, the man behind the recently released Ark Compendium volumes (Character animation models from the various G1 series), has updated his blog Disciples of Boltax with a look at some Art that had to be cut from the Ark Compendium's.

Jim pulls no punches, with the first "cut" page featuring the extended Transformation sequence for Fortress Maximus.

As Jim himself states:
If you've read The Ark I and/or II, you know that the books are pretty packed. We basically used every available surface open to us to try to squeeze in extra models. Well, despite that there was quite a lot we couldn't fit.
We can expect to see more "cut" model sheets in near future.

To check out the full Blog update, please click here.

Josh Nizzi posts cover art for ROTF Prequel Defiance #1

Transformers News: Josh Nizzi posts cover art for ROTF Prequel Defiance #1
Date: Saturday, November 22nd 2008 12:34am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Movie News, People News
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): Josh Nizzi

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Transformers artist extraordinaire Josh Nizzi has posted some new images of cover art he's done for the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen prequel comics Destiny: Alliance #3 and Defiance #1.

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As usual, Josh's artwork for Transformers the live action move looks more like a screen capture than art.

According to Chris Mowry's post that we reported here, the Alliance story arc takes place immediately after the end of the first movie, during the Reign of Starscream arc, right up to the beginning of Revenge of the Fallen.

View Josh's art by clicking here.

Sorenson reveals his next IDW TF project

Transformers News: Sorenson reveals his next IDW TF project
Date: Friday, November 21st 2008 2:56pm CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Comic Book News, People News
Posted by: Seibertron | Credit(s): Jim Sorenson

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Jim Sorenson sent a message to us earlier today to let us know about his upcoming IDW project titled "The AllSpark Almanac". You can read Jim's new blog at http://boltax.blogspot.com/. This book can be pre-ordered through Amazon.ca.

Here's what Jim said in his blog today about this project:

"I just got permission from my editor, the always snazzy Denton Tipton, to reveal my next IDW project. Bill Forster and I will be collaborating once again to bring you The AllSpark Almanac, a 208 page volume covering Transformers: Animated.

"This volume will be substantially different than the two Ark books. First of all, the volume will be in glorious full COLOR! (That's 'colour', for my British readers.) Secondly, while character models are still a very important part of the book, the scope is much broader. We'll be including character biographies, episode summaries and more. And perhaps the most important difference of all, while the Ark books were a result of research and archival and restoration, this book is being written with the full cooperation of the current production staff. Marty Isenberg and friend of this blog Derrick Wyatt have both been lending their efforts to make sure that this is as accurate and complete as possible.

"The cover is from Marcello Matere and looks amazing. I look forward to telling you more as we get closer to the release date.

"(A quick note - I know Amazon says that it will be 256 pages. We're correcting this. Don't worry, we'll somehow manage to pack 250 pages worth of material into our 208 pages.)"

Den Patrick to make TF Animated "Brawling Robots"

Transformers News: Den Patrick to make TF Animated "Brawling Robots"
Date: Friday, November 21st 2008 1:31pm CST
Categories: Comic Book News, People News
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): Den Patrick

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Titan Magazine's Den Patrick has done an update to his personal blog You Look Like A Little Kid With A Beard and talks about what he's been doing in the comic world as of late.

In the blog, he gives us an update on his Transformers Animated freelance work. Apparently, he's making a type of game that will come out in installments, possibly over two or four issues of Titan Magazine. Here's what he had to share:

I’ve just had more freelance work accepted for Transformers Animated.
I’ve knocked up a little ‘brawling robots’ game, with dice and rules and things! The first part is Optimus Prime vs. Megatron, round two is Prowl vs. Starscream! Go Prowl! These will be in issues #3 and #4 respectively. Props to Danny Preston, the designer: for bringing his unique skills to my simple wordsmithery.


Check out his full blog entry by clicking here.

Nick Roche to attend Dublin City Comic-con

Transformers News: Nick Roche to attend Dublin City Comic-con
Date: Friday, November 21st 2008 11:29am CST
Categories: Event News, People News
Posted by: Fender Bender | Credit(s): Nick Roche

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Attention all members in the UK! If you happen to be near Dublin, Ireland this weekend, make sure to stop by. Nick Roche will be attending the Dublin City Comic-con this weekend and will be offering FREE sketches to anyone who attends and wants one. He will also be selling some items. To view what he will be selling, check out his blog by clicking here.

To view Mr. Roche's original announcement, click here and to learn more about the Dublin City Comic-con, click here.

HASBRO wants your input

Transformers News: HASBRO wants your input
Date: Thursday, November 20th 2008 5:09pm CST
Categories: Company News, People News, Store News, Toy News
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): HASBRO

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HASBRO.com has posted a short survey aimed at the Transformers community asking questions on why you collect Transformers.

The 31 question survey seems to get the pulse of the collector and targets what we look for when purchasing our beloved Robots In Disguise.

Let HASBRO know how you feel by doing the survey here.

Sneek Peek at ROTF: Alliance Issue #2 Cover

Transformers News: Sneek Peek at ROTF: Alliance Issue #2 Cover
Date: Thursday, November 20th 2008 3:28pm CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Movie News, People News
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): The Full Mowry

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Chris Mowry has updated his personal blog The Full Mowry with a new image of the upcoming Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen prequel book #2 Alliance.

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Art work done by none other than Josh Nizzi. Check out the enlarged version along with the full post by Chris, here

TF Animated's "The Wraith" Character Sheet and More

Transformers News: TF Animated's "The Wraith" Character Sheet and More
Date: Thursday, November 20th 2008 11:46am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, People News
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): Derrick Wyatt and Jim Sorenson

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Transformers Animated guru Derrick Wyatt has done an update to his personal blog, A Delightful Tedium with a look at the character sheet he designed for TF Animated's first comic book, The Arrival. Here's what he had to share about it:

I really jumped at the chance to draw [The Wraith] because Marty has had the idea for this character right from the get go of our show. It was also fun just to get to do an old school HB-esque super hero.

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Check out the complete post here.

Derrick also posted that Transformers artist Jim Sorenson has compiled a group of TF Model Sheets for characters who didn't make the cut for the Ark Compendiums both 1 and 2.

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Jim gives us a little history on the creation of the Ark books and really gives a nice set up for the big list of characters to come.

You can view the first character and blog post on it here.

Update: Ticobot 2008 - First Transformers convention in Costa Rica

Transformers News: Update: Ticobot 2008 - First Transformers convention in Costa Rica
Date: Thursday, November 20th 2008 11:10am CST
Categories: Event News, People News, Site Articles, Toy News
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): mdverde

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Seibertron.com mdverde has posted an update regarding TICOBOT, the first Transformers Convention ever to be held in Costa Rica. After what we're being showed here, we can only imagine what to expect next year. Here's what was shared:

Ticobot was a huge success beyond all expectations.

Early in the morning on Saturday, November 1st, it was noted that this won’t be a normal weekend at the Children’s Museum. The crowd seemed eager to enter to the building where the first Transformers convention in Costa Rica will be held. A long queue of about 600 feet was formed out of the former stronghold and the people stream was constant during the day and even was increased during the Sunday.

At the main lounge of the Youth Complex of the Children’s Museum, named “Kaopakawe” (by its aboriginal name), several sponsors and mini-stores were located, with a lot of Transformers related products, among comics, mecha and anime stuff. In the back yard of the building, some real cars were shown, including a Shelby GT500 2008 that left with their mouths open to many people, by for its resemblance to the Camaro Bumblebee from the live action Movie. Also a classic Volskwagen Beetle was shown homage to G1 Bumblebee, and a Transformer-themed Nissan Sentra.

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The display of thousands of figures from characters from all Transformers eras, from 1984 to 2008, talks, movie and cartoon projections, contests, trivias, video games, face painting for children, and even a Soundwave costume, gave a lot to talk about to attendants and the media, telling that the event was a total success, even exceeding the organizing group expectations.

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The event closed with a little concert with the excellent Costa Rican band Tres16, who performed several songs from the Transformers cartoons and movies, and also from other 80s cartoons.

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According to official numbers from the Children’s Museum, 7,000 people attended Ticobot 2008 during the weekend, breaking all assistance records. Long queues were made to enter the main attraction of the event, the figure display area.

Entire families came to enjoy the convention, even from the most remote cities of the country and they left very satisfied, asking why there wasn’t an event like that before, and when will be the next one.

Right now, the Ticobot group is working in the “Ticobot 2009” that will be held on July 2009, some weeks after the premiere of the film “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”. See you next year!

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Photo Galleries:

Ticobot 2008, day 1 by mdverde
Ticobot 2008, day 2 by mdverde
Figures by Jason Brenes
Ticobot 2008, professional gallery by Andrés Guevara, day 1
"Robots took over Costa Rica", gallery in Viva Magazine, La Nación newspaper
Gallery in Guia2.cr

Videos:

Tres16 performing "The touch"

Tres16 performing "Transformers Theme" from the 1986 motion picture

All Hail Optimoose!

Transformers News: All Hail Optimoose!
Date: Wednesday, November 19th 2008 3:40pm CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Comic Book News, Media, People News
Posted by: Raymond T. | Credit(s): Neil Kaplan

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People who have watched the interviews on Rhino's 2002 DVD release of the G1 Transformers 2.1 box set, may remember voice actor Neil Kaplan talking about screwing around during the recording sessions of Transformers: Robots In Disguise, who voiced Optimus Prime on the series, and turn the character into Optimoose Prime, by speaking the dialogue of Optimus Prime with the voice of classic cartoon character Bullwinkle.

In the years since the interview, Neil Kaplan has often been asked about bringing Optimoose to life. Through the magic of the internet, that day has come. The writer/voice actor, who is currently also involved with the graphic novel I, of the Wolf, has opened a facebook group named All Hail Optimoose!, where the future adventures of the Transformers spoof will be brought to life.

Aside from Kaplan's writing, the artwork for the stories will be provided by acclaimed Welsh artist Simon Williams. Williams has worked on the UK Transformers: Armada comics and the current UK Transformers Movie comics as well as on IDW's Beast Wars Source book.

The following background info has been taken directly from the facebook group page.


"By the way, in the real world his sidekick is William "Bitter" Beaver. Yes, he IS a beaver and YES he is very, very bitter. His saying is "DAM IT!"

In "Life with Optimoose" he and Bitter live in our world. They are both actors, though Optimoose is FAR more successful and beloved. Which of course angers Bitter, as Optimoose started as a bit player on "The Beaver Show." In subsequent years the show was also called "Beaver and Friends", "Beaver and Moose Comedy Hour", "Optimoose and Billy Beaver Show" and finally "Optimoose and Friends."

There agent is Super Agent SIMON WILLIAMS a bit of a snooty priss from the UK. He busts his hump for "Opti" and is, frankly the textbook agent. On the other hand, Simon is more of a "booker" for Bitter. Simon will take the calls for Bitter, but he won't make them.

Bitter - though working - plays bit parts. He is one of the "go to" guys for terrorists, victims, liquor store cashiers. In other words... Bitter is treated just like most other minority actors. In fact, when "A Moose and a Beaver Walk Into a Bar: The Motion Picture" was written by Hollywood Legends Kurtzman and Orci, the role of Beaver was originally written with George Clooney in mind.

In "Optimoose Chronicles" and "The Adventures of Optimoose" things are a LITTLE different. These two "titles" take place in the Optiverse, where ANYTHING is possible.

Optimoose is an intergalactic SuperAgent.

Bitter, is his stumpy sidekick.

Simon? Well, he is Q & M, combined! He gives Optimoose his assignments, but he also designs all of his cool gadgets, weapons and transformations. In the Optiverse, Optimoose can transform into ANYTHING metallic. The one teeny tiny caviot is, the moose head will ALWAYS be there.

Their nemesis???

It's Fanboy/Skele-Fat.

In the real world, fanboy is that always impossible to please perfectionist that claims to be a fan, right before ripping someone or something to shreds. Although he claims to be Optimoose's BIGGEST fan, his goal is to get the world to see that Optimoose is not an ordinary actor.

In the Optiverse... he is Skele-Fat. He is a blob of a man that wears tights and a purple leather straps he hides his face under a skelton mask which barely hides his face, let alone his triple chins. His ego is HUGE and yet, he not only thinks he looks good, but will maim, torture and kill anyone that points out how truly ridiculous he looks.


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