We received the following update today from Jim Sorenson of IDW Publishing.
Happy Bastille Day! I thought I'd drop a line and let you know that I've updated my blog, boltax.blogspot.com with new character designs. This week, it's the combination of Buster and Hydra to form Darkwings.
We received the following e-mail today and wanted to pass it on.
I am an intern this summer at Starfish PR and we represent Mark Ryan, the voice of Bumblebee (Transformers) & Jetfire (Revenge of the Fallen.) I am writing to tell you about a Jetfire contest Mark is running on his blog - to enter, fans create a cool tribute to Jetfire and post it online, then send Mark a link.
Mark will choose his 5 favorites and post them on his blog for all fans to vote on their favorites. Your site is exactly where we would hope to share this with Transformers fans so I am wondering if you'd like to post a link? All the details are at the blog & there's also a short video of Mark explaining the contest. I'd love to hear back from you but please feel free to post the links as soon as you like!
In an interview that was conducted by the Film School Rejects just days after the worldwide release of Transformers Revenge of the Fallen, film scribes Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman spoke about the plethora of projects they've been involved in and how they don't control every aspect of what happens in the films that they write.
An excerpt from the interview: FLJ: ...I heard that the gold tooth was [Director Michael] Bay’s idea, but do you have anything to say to people who found The Twins offensive?
Orci: Number one, we sympathize. Yes, the gold tooth was not in the script. That’s true.
Kurtzman: It’s really hard for us to sit here and try to justify it. I think that would be very foolish, and if someone wants to be offended by it, it’s their right. We were very surprised when we saw it, too, and it’s a choice that was made. I think if anything it shows you that we don’t control every aspect of the movie.
FLJ: Were you offended by them?
Kurtzman: I wasn’t thrilled. I certainly wasn’t thrilled.
Orci: Same reaction. I’m not easily offended, but when I saw it, I thought, ‘Someone’s gonna write about that.’”
The rest of the interview really gives you an idea of just how bogged down the two writers were with the multiple projects they faced and how they tried to tackle each the best they could. You can view the entire interview by clicking here.
Simon Plumbe of the European Transformers convention Auto Assembly, has forwarded new information to us regarding pre registration cut off dates for the upcoming event.
Here's what he had to share:
Auto Assembly 2009 is just over four weeks away and is on course to set a new European attendance record from pre-registrations alone! However, as the date of the convention is closing fast, we felt that it was time to remind all of you who haven't already booked that you need to hurry if you haven't so you can get your tickets in advance so you don't have to worry about coming along and paying on the day...
We have now set the cut-off dates for pre-registrations so you can plan out when you will need to get your registrations in to us. The dates that your bookings MUST reach us are as follows:
Standard online bookings for weekend and one-day passes (UK):- 10th August 2009
Standard online bookings for weekend and one-day passes (International):- 3rd August 2009
Standard postal bookings for weekend and one-day passes (UK):- 5th August 2009
Standard postal bookings for weekend and one-day passes (International):- 3rd August 2009
Non-Attendee package purchases (worldwide):- 9:00 pm, 12th August 2009
Please note that these are the ABSOLUTE latest date that we can accept bookings and guarantee that your passes will reach you in time for the convention. If you book after these dates, we will do everything possible to get your passes to you before the convention takes place but please bear in mind the time taken for delivery and that we will have work pressures and we will be preparing, dismantling and packing all of our equipment for the convention on Wednesday 12th August so NO bookings will be able to be processed after 9:00 pm on that date.
We do anticipate that we will have on-the-door places available but at the moment we do not know how many of these there will be. These will be announced on the website once pre-bookings close but to ensure your place pre-registration is recommended.
We have now uploaded a full programme onto the website so you can see what will be taking place over the weekend on each day so you can see the benefits of attending for the full weekend and what you will miss if you only attend for the single day. We are still adding more though so this is still not a comprehensive list! We are also still in talks with up to SIX more guests and should be announcing more soon...!
Our current batch of single day tickets for the Saturday have almost sold out although we do have plenty of Sunday and Full Weekend passes available, along with Non-Attendee packages if you are unable to join us. To purchase your non-attendee package or tickets, visit the Auto Asembly website NOW! Non-attendee packages are £60 for UK attendees, full weekend tickets are £45 for adults and £35 for children/students/senior citizens with under 5s being FREE. Family tickets (2 adults and 2 children) are just £145 saving £15! Limited numbers of single day passes are also available starting from £18. Don't miss out on your chance to be a part of what is going to be a great weekend celebrating 25 years of the Transformers!!
Keep looking out for more updates on the convention very soon including an updated guest list and a list of items in our charity auction...
Derrick Wyatt, designer for the recently completed fan favorite Cartoon Network program 'Transformers Animated', takes design inspiration from the movie to create ROTF Animated Scalpel.
Does this mean that TF Animated is returning for a 4th season? Well, of course not, but Mr. Wyatt is known for really enjoying the creation of his favorite characters, and people, in the TF Animated style whether they would ever be seen in the show or not.
You can see Derrick Wyatt's blog here to read his post and comments.
And on the 'More Scalpel News is good Scalpel news front'...
Seibertron.com member Jenus has informed us that TFW member sunlink has identified and photographed a variant in the ROTF Scalpel toy. Not much is known about which version is rarer, but you can get your Scalpel toy with long antenna, or short, it would appear. You can find the original post on TFW by clicking here.
Deviantart- Two versions of Guido Guidi's art for the cover of The 25th Anniversary Edition of Shout! Factory's Season 2 DVD.
The first is from TVshowsonDVD.com showing the boxart as it will appear on the DVD, which has been known for a few weeks now.
And then Guido also just recently posted the clean version of this art, and a description of expectations about the characters to include and how they were to be arranged.
"Since this has been public for a few weeks now I thought I'd go ahead and post this.
This is the cover for Season 2 Volume 1 of the Transformers G1 cartoon series being released by Shout Factory this September.
This was another fun project to work on. I was given very specific direction on this one. Everyone involved knew exactly what they wanted from me including the scene, the characters involved and the integration of the cover from Season 1.
I just hope everyone is pleased with what I produced."
Season 2 Volume 1 Will be available to purchase on DVD from Shout! Factory 0n September 15th, 28 episodes, $29.99 MSRP.
Seibertron.com just received this info on Auto Assembly 09 from Simon Plumbe and would like to pass it along!
If you don't already know, Auto Assembly is in talks to bring Neil Kaplan, the voice of Optimus Prime in Robots In Disguise back to the UK for it's convention this year taking place over the weekend of 15th - 16th August 2009. Neil recently made his return to Transformers to voice characters in Activision's game based on Revenge Of The Fallen, and we are hoping that he will be able to make his welcome return to Auto Assembly as well, following his appearance in 2005 as our guest of honour...
Neil's appearance at Auto Assembly is confirmed subject to the convention receiving sufficient pre-registrations or sales of the non-attendee package to cover Neil's costs. While this figure has not yet been reached, we are confident that - with the support of Transformers fans everywhere - Auto Assembly 2009 can become the first European Transformers convention to play host to THREE voice actors, seeing Neil join Gregg Berger and Ian James Corlett.
As part of Neil's provisional appearance, he will be performing on stage in our script session on the Saturday evening alongside Gregg and Ian in a script written by Transformers legend Simon Furman, as well as taking part in a Q&A Panel at some point during the weekend and being on hand to sign autographs all weekend. For those of you unable to attend and who take up the non-attendee package, Neil's autograph will be in your package should he attend.
To tie-in with his return to Auto Assembly, Neil has graciously offered to provide a personalised voice recording for one lucky convention attendee should he attend this year. This can be anything at all that you want, and you can use it as a mobile phone ring tone, on your website etc. - as long as it is for non-commercial use. To stand a chance of winning this fantastic prize, all you need to do is pre-register for the convention as a WEEKEND attendee or purchase a non-attendee package and you will be entered into the draw which will take place on the weekend.
To purchase your tickets or non-attendee package and have a chance of winning, visit the Auto Asembly website NOW! If you have already registered then you will be automatically entered into the draw! If you have only booked a single day ticket and would like to upgrade to a full weekend pass, watch this space for details soon on how you can do this... Don't miss out on your chance to be a part of what is going to be a great weekend celebrating 25 years of the Transformers!!
Million Publishing, the printers of the fabulous Japanese Transformers collection books, Generations Vol.1 and Vol.2, have updated their website with information regarding the short manga to be included in the third book (each book has had a manga at the beginning featuring one of the volume's exclusive send-away toy characters).
This update shows a sample of the manga for the third volume, using Guido Guidi's art (with story by classic Transformers scribe, Simon Furman). This is just the beginning line work, but it gives you an idea of what is to come. The page features Megatron, Onslaught, and Astrotrain sketches.
You can check out the Million Publishing Transformers Generations Volume 3 update here. Generations Volume 3 has a release date of August 17th, 2009 release date.
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