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Auto Assembly 2015 - Bookings Open and New Guests Announced: Sumalee Montano, James Horan

Transformers News: Auto Assembly 2015  - Bookings Open and New Guests Announced: Sumalee Montano, James Horan
Date: Tuesday, August 12th 2014 8:17am CDT
Categories: Event News, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Auto Assembly

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With Auto Assembly 2014 just over, setting a new attendance record for the event and across Europe, great guests and more quilts than you'd ask for, the team have already announced the beginning of its next, all-new revamped edition - Auto Assembly 2015! So far, it's safe to assume that European based comics artists will be showing their faces again, but new for next are Transformers: Prime voice actors James Horan (Wheeljack) and Sumalee Montano (Arcee). And check out the new logo below, too!

Transformers News: Auto Assembly 2015 Discussion Thread


For those of you who are at Auto Assembly 2014, this announcement will come as no surprise to you, but we have just confirmed the first two guests who will be appearing at Auto Assembly 2015 which is taking place over the weekend of Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd August 2015 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel, Birmingham, England.

We are incredibly proud to announce that we will be joined by none other than voice actor Sumalee Montano (Arcee, Transformers: Prime) and James Horan (Wheeljack, Transformers: Prime). Both actors have been incredibly supportive of the convention over the last few years and we are incredibly excited to welcome them both to Auto Assembly as they make their debut at the convention next year.

Tickets for Auto Assembly 2015 are on sale NOW and you can get them on our Auto Assembly 2015 Bookings Page. Until Sunday 10th August 2014 we are offering tickets at a special “early bird” rate saving £10 on the normal adult weekend rate so if you want to guarantee your place at a bargain price, book now!

Transformers: Age of Extinction Opens in Japan - Interview with Bay, Wahlberg and More

Transformers News: Transformers: Age of Extinction Opens in Japan - Interview with Bay, Wahlberg and More
Date: Thursday, August 7th 2014 11:57pm CDT
Categories: Interviews, Movie News, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): The Japan Times

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Coinciding with the release of Transformers: Lost Age in Japan this week, the Japan Times has posted a fairly lengthy article with interviews with the main cast and crew. Featuring comments by director Michael Bay, leading cast members Mark Wahlberg, Kelsey Grammer, and Nicola Peltz, the article, posted here, looks at various aspects of the movie, its production and different people's take on it - check out some sections below!

His latest, “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” promises more of the action and explosions Bay is known for, but the director reportedly almost didn’t take the job this time around. He’s not saying why, but he admits he was “prevailed upon. Expertly.” Coming back on board for a fourth time, he decided to make a few changes to the franchise. In particular, he didn’t want the robots to look too much like toys.

“I understand the need to draw an audience of kids and the global considerations, but I wanted to be involved with something that had a longer-lasting, even cerebral appeal. And I don’t want to be tied — artistically or in people’s minds — to ‘Transformers’ after ‘Transformers,’ ” he says, perhaps alluding to the series’ planned fifth installment.

While the Japanese roots of “Transformers” may be apparent in the design of the robotic heroes and villains of the film, the “global considerations” Bay refers to come mainly from the newly important Chinese market.

“Transformers: Age of Extinction” was partly financed by Chinese backers, has Chinese product placement and co-stars Li Bingbing as the owner of a factory manufacturing Transformers for a U.S. outfit named KSI. Bay says that cooperation between China and the United States for future filmmaking ventures will be important. The tendency of Hollywood to cast the citizens of foreign nations in villainous roles might be coming to an end if that’s the case, I suggest, to which Bay replies, “I don’t think the Chinese see themselves as villains. They do want to be admired.”

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Grammer, who played the titular role in the popular U.S. sitcom “Frasier” (1993-2004) takes on the role of Harold Attinger, the paranoid head of an elite CIA unit.

“His name’s Harold — isn’t that a perfect, anal-retentive, paranoiac name?” Grammer says with a grin. “Then you have Cade, pretty much an average Joe, and his daughter Tessa (Peltz) — these wonderful names! Stanley Tucci is this arrogant technocrat (head of KSI) who wants to make and control his own Transformers, and his name is Joshua Joyce. It’s a bit comic-bookey, but it really works on screen.”

“Transformers: Age of Extinction” has succeeded in drawing in a large audience despite replacing its cast, and Grammar believes this is because the film brings back the real draw — familiar robotic characters.

Aaron Archer Unrealised Megatron Design from 2002-3

Transformers News: Aaron Archer Unrealised Megatron Design from 2002-3
Date: Thursday, August 7th 2014 5:34pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, People News, Toy News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Aaron Archer

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Joining the list of artists showing to the adoring public a glimpse of what their mind's first idea of a character or place was, Aaron Archer, concept designer for Hasbro's Transformers brand recently shared sketch for a version of Megatron that may or may not have been a bomber. Check it out below, and see what you make of it!

A unrealized Megatron design from around 2002, 03. I think I wanted him to be a bomber/spaceship.


Transformers News: Aaron Archer Shares Designs and Concept Art

Takara Tomy Masterpiece Star Saber - Additional Size Comparison Image

Transformers News: Takara Tomy Masterpiece Star Saber - Additional  Size Comparison Image
Date: Thursday, August 7th 2014 10:16am CDT
Categories: Media, People News, Toy News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): TFYuki

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After yesterday's size comparison shot of the upcoming Takara Tomy Masterpiece Star Saber in its powered up mode, TFYuki has posted another image, this time showing off Saber, the smaller robot, compared to MP Prowl. Check out the image mirrored below, thanks to Seibertron.com member Sabrblade!

Transformers News: Takara Tomy Masterpiece Star Saber - Additional  Size Comparison Image

TFCon USA - Sarah Stone Announced as Guest

Transformers News: TFCon USA - Sarah Stone Announced as Guest
Date: Wednesday, August 6th 2014 12:28pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Event News, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): TFCOn

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Time for another update from the folks over at TFCon Chicago. She's been breaking through the IDW comics big time, with Transformers: Windblade and many many covers - now you get the chance to meet her again: Sarah Stone has been confirmed as a guest for the US branch of the convention!

We are pleased welcome Transformers comic book artist Sarah Stone to TFcon Chicago this fall.

Sarah is the artist for IDW’s highly successful Transformers: Windblade miniseries that just concluded. She will be available all weekend for commissions, prints and signings at TFcon Chicago 2014.

Kevin Manthei to Co-Score Transformers: Robots In Disguise

Transformers News: Kevin Manthei to Co-Score Transformers: Robots In Disguise
Date: Monday, August 4th 2014 8:33am CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Kevin Manthei

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On his personal Tumblr, composer Kevin Manthei, known for his work on a number of animated shows such as Nickelodeon's Invader Zim, Justice League: The New Frontier, Batman: Gotham Knight and Ultimate Spider-Man, has revealed that he will be co-scoring, with Kevin Kiner, the upcoming Transformers: Robots in Disguise series! Check out the info below, and head here for the source.

Transformers News: Kevin Manthei to Co-Score Transformers: Robots In Disguise


The secret project I announced earlier can be shared. I am co-scoring the upcoming animated series Transformers: Robots in Disguise. I am excited to be co- scoring the show with renown composer Kevin Kiner (CSI Miami, Hell on Wheels, Clone Wars)

http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/hasbro- ... 201219103/

Auto Assembly 2014 Prints Round-Up: Ed Pirrie, Casey Coller, John-Paul Bove, Nick Roche, Joana Lafuente

Transformers News: Auto Assembly 2014 Prints Round-Up: Ed Pirrie, Casey Coller, John-Paul Bove, Nick Roche, Joana Lafuente
Date: Monday, August 4th 2014 7:09am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Event News, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Ed Pirrie, JP Bove, Casey Coller, Nick Roche, Joana Lafuente, Josh Burcham

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With only a couple of days left till Auto Assembly 2014, Europe's largest Transformers convention, we've decided to round up all the comics-based goodness that will be awaiting the people attending the event! And believe me, there are many, starting with in-house artist Ed Pirrie's special guest prints (Sobolov, McConnohie, Coleman, Spellos):

Transformers News: Auto Assembly 2014 Prints Round-Up: Ed Pirrie, Casey Coller, John-Paul Bove, Nick Roche

Transformers News: Auto Assembly 2014 Prints Round-Up: Ed Pirrie, Casey Coller, John-Paul Bove, Nick Roche

Transformers News: Auto Assembly 2014 Prints Round-Up: Ed Pirrie, Casey Coller, John-Paul Bove, Nick Roche

Transformers News: Auto Assembly 2014 Prints Round-Up: Ed Pirrie, Casey Coller, John-Paul Bove, Nick Roche


Next up are the Casey Coller and John-Paul Bove collaborations, from G1 to RID to MTMTE:

Transformers News: Auto Assembly 2014 Prints Round-Up: Ed Pirrie, Casey Coller, John-Paul Bove, Nick Roche

Transformers News: Auto Assembly 2014 Prints Round-Up: Ed Pirrie, Casey Coller, John-Paul Bove, Nick Roche

Transformers News: Auto Assembly 2014 Prints Round-Up: Ed Pirrie, Casey Coller, John-Paul Bove, Nick Roche

Transformers News: Auto Assembly 2014 Prints Round-Up: Ed Pirrie, Casey Coller, John-Paul Bove, Nick Roche

Transformers News: Auto Assembly 2014 Prints Round-Up: Ed Pirrie, Casey Coller, John-Paul Bove, Nick Roche


Some JP Bove-exclusive prints, featuring old-school classics in art deco style:

Transformers News: Auto Assembly 2014 Prints Round-Up: Ed Pirrie, Casey Coller, John-Paul Bove, Nick Roche

Transformers News: Auto Assembly 2014 Prints Round-Up: Ed Pirrie, Casey Coller, John-Paul Bove, Nick Roche

Transformers News: Auto Assembly 2014 Prints Round-Up: Ed Pirrie, Casey Coller, John-Paul Bove, Nick Roche


Two fully coloured prints with some MTMTE favourites from Joana Lafuente:

Transformers News: Auto Assembly 2014 Prints Round-Up: Ed Pirrie, Casey Coller, John-Paul Bove, Nick Roche

Transformers News: Auto Assembly 2014 Prints Round-Up: Ed Pirrie, Casey Coller, John-Paul Bove, Nick Roche


And finally, continuing previous years' streak, Nick Roche's take on MTMTE with colours by Josh Burcham:

Transformers News: Auto Assembly 2014 Prints Round-Up: Ed Pirrie, Casey Coller, John-Paul Bove, Nick Roche

Transformers News: Auto Assembly 2014 Prints Round-Up: Ed Pirrie, Casey Coller, John-Paul Bove, Nick Roche

C.O.N.S. VI - October 2014, Nettetal, Germany, Featuring Andrew Griffith, John-Paul Bove

Transformers News: C.O.N.S. VI - October 2014, Nettetal, Germany, Featuring Andrew Griffith, John-Paul Bove
Date: Monday, August 4th 2014 5:23am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Event News, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): C.O.N.S.

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We got a message some time ago from the lovely people behind another European Transformers convention, and with IDW's Andrew Griffith and John-Paul Bove both attending as guests - here it is on the front page! Check out below all the info you need about C.O.N.S, the German con in its sixth year running, from cosplay to vendors to features.

For the sixth time Germany's first and only Transformers fan convention is taking place. We're opening our doors on October 4, 2014, 11am at Seerosensaal, Steeger Str. 38, 41334 Nettetal - Lobberich to welcome Transformers fans from Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, England and many other parts of the world.

Last year we set a new European attendance record for a (single-day) Transformers fan convention and of course we fully intend to raise the bar once again this year.

We can already announce a long list of vendors who will offer you lots and lots of Transformers products this year. Attending for the first time: NTF-Toys. Finally the convention hosts NTF have their own shop and will, for the first time, have their own table.

Back again: Actionfiguren24.de, ADHD Toys, Lilly & Friends, Gerrut Camaro, Bram Bossers, That's Cult and many others.

We will also welcome Special Guests at C.O.N.S. VI. Two big names from the IDW comic scene, John Paul Bove and Andrew Griffith, will attend their first German Transformers fan convention this year.

And of course we will have a number of contests this year as well. Want to participate in our cosplay contest or prove your TF trivia knowledge in our Transformers quiz? You're welcome to take part. The rules and regulations for all our contests can be found at the C.O.N.S. website (http://ntf-cons.de/).

You can buy your tickets at pre-sale or on the day at the box office. If you want to book a vendor's table... well, hurry up, because we're almost booked up. More on that at the C.O.N.S. website as well.

We're looking forward to a great event with many of you attending.

See you then,
the C.O.N.S. team.

IDW Andrew Griffith and Livio Ramondelli to Attend Fan Expo Canada, Toronto (August 28-31)

Transformers News: IDW Andrew Griffith and Livio Ramondelli to Attend Fan Expo Canada, Toronto (August 28-31)
Date: Sunday, August 3rd 2014 4:38pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Event News, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Andrew Griffith, Livio Ramondelli

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IDW Publishing's collaborators on Robots in Disguise and generally awesome twosome Andrew Griffith and Livio Ramondelli will not stop travelling around the convention circuit: both artists have confirmed their presence at Fan Expo Canada, Toronto, this August 28-31st! You'll be able to find them at tables 251 and 253, and Griffith will be bringing one of his new prints too, featuring the latest additions to the IDW Transformers cast with colours by Josh Burcham - check it out below.

Transformers News: IDW Andrew Griffith and Livio Ramondelli to Attend Fan Expo Canada, Toronto (August 28-31)

Interview with Composer Steve Jablonsky: Transformers, Michael Bay, Music, Life

Transformers News: Interview with Composer Steve Jablonsky: Transformers, Michael Bay, Music, Life
Date: Thursday, July 31st 2014 4:49pm CDT
Categories: Interviews, Media, Movie News, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): MStarz

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Curious to hear more from the creative mind behind the scores of the Transformers live-action movie franchise, including Age of Extinction, Steve Jablonsky? Look no further: MStarz were able to catch up with the composer to talk about his tastes in music, his formation, his arrival on the music scene and his relationship with director Michael Bay - check out the whole piece here, and a snippet below!

You've worked with filmmaker Michael Bay and his production company, Platinum Dunes, on a number of projects. How involved is he in working with you?

He's very involved. He said to me one time that for him, the sound of his movies is 50% of what he puts out there. He considers it that important. That includes music and sound effects. He wants to hear every cue, he likes to live with it for a little while-which I get, when someone hears a piece of music for the first time and I say, do you like it or not? If I were in his position, I would go "I think I like it. I need to hear it a few more times. Can I hear it again tomorrow?"

He's very involved, not just in sound and music, but he's very involved in every aspect of his films; which I think is why his life is just so crazy because he'll come to me to hear some music and he's always racing off to go to look at the color timing of the picture or to go listen to sound effects. Whatever it is, there are a million things ... he might be more involved than people think. The music to him, he either feels it or he doesn't. He feels the music and he knows it's something working for him. That's how he judges it, and like I said, he wants to hear everything. It's good for me because he pushes me to make it right. There's so much music in these movies, I kind of get lost in these scenes, writing for days and days. He's a good judge of what works, what doesn't and what's boring. It's a good collaboration, I think, that we have at this point.

How much creative freedom do you have?

He gives me all the freedom in the world, which is great. When we started Age of Extinction, the only thing he said to me is that it was a brand new cast; let's treat this as something new. We have three movies worth of music, but let's set it aside and start working on these new ideas. That was it; I just started writing and would send him theme pieces that I was writing. I wasn't even writing to picture yet, I was just writing music inspired by some of the visuals that I had seen in his cutting room. I would just send pieces to him to see what he was responding to. He seemed to be responding to the simpler things. This little piano melody I did and things like this, which is just something I thought would be cool in the movie. It's not something he asked me to do, so he definitely does give me an open canvas to try new things that I think might work. Of course, if he doesn't like it he's gonna say so. If there's something that's not quite right, he will definitely give me general notes. "I like this, you lose me here..." We have a good shorthand now where I can just send him music and he will listen to it when he's in the music mood. He will call me up and tell me if it's good or not. He let's me do what I think is right and we take it from there.

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Transformers Podcast: Twincast / Podcast #98 - Combiner Wars
Twincast / Podcast #98:
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Posted: Thursday, August 14th, 2014