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Derrick J. Wyatt Announced as BotCon 2012 Special Guest

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Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 1:26PM CDT

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The BotCon 2012 website has been updated to reveal their latest special guest, Transformers Animated Art Director Derrick J. Wyatt!

Transformers Animated Art Director Derrick J. Wyatt will be joining us at BotCon 2012 for a panel looking back at his time on the Animated Transformers cartoon series and to sign autographs.

Derrick joins the very amazing list of guests attending BotCon 2012 in Dallas, Texas. If you haven't registered yet, it is not too late! Click the "Register" button from the left menu bar and be part of the biggest Transformers event of the year!
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Re: Derrick J. Wyatt Announced as BotCon 2012 Special Guest (1368207)
Posted by NatsumeRyu on April 11th, 2012 @ 10:41pm CDT
Lol, he's an official guest this year! :)

Looking forward to it. :)
Re: Derrick J. Wyatt Announced as BotCon 2012 Special Guest (1370071)
Posted by El Duque on April 17th, 2012 @ 1:27pm CDT
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BotCon has announced that Casey Coller and Matt Frank will be participating in this year's Artist Alley.


BotCon wrote:The BotCon 2012 Artist Alley will be filled with a number of amazing Transformers artists and our next announcement is no exception. Casey Coller, known for his work on IDW's All Hail Megatron, the Ironhide 4-part series and various projects for the Transformers Collectors' Club, will be on hand with a selection of amazing art prints for sale.

Be sure to stop by and check out Casey at the BotCon 2012 Artist Alley!


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Re: Derrick J. Wyatt Announced as BotCon 2012 Special Guest (1370081)
Posted by BeastProwl on April 17th, 2012 @ 2:23pm CDT
Is he going to be handing out pictures of BLUE-ticus? :lol:
Re: Derrick J. Wyatt Announced as BotCon 2012 Special Guest (1370085)
Posted by Sabrblade on April 17th, 2012 @ 2:29pm CDT
BeastProwl wrote:Is he going to be handing out pictures of BLUE-ticus? :lol:
;) :P
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Re: Derrick J. Wyatt Announced as BotCon 2012 Special Guest (1370105)
Posted by cannonfodder4000 on April 17th, 2012 @ 3:25pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
BeastProwl wrote:Is he going to be handing out pictures of BLUE-ticus? :lol:
;) :P
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Wait is that from Headmasters? and here I thought it wasn't as prone to animation errors as the original cartoon! :lol:
Re: Derrick J. Wyatt Announced as BotCon 2012 Special Guest (1370112)
Posted by El Duque on April 17th, 2012 @ 3:35pm CDT
BotCon has posted the following guidelines regarding obtaining Peter Cullen's autograph, which will be limited to 125. Please see below:

BotCon wrote:NOTE: The following procedure applies ONLY to Peter Cullen!

Mr. Cullen is very limited in the number of autographs that he can sign at any show. We are very fortunate that he will be attending BotCon this year. In order to be as fair to every fan at the show as possible, and to help you maximize your BotCon experience by not waiting in a very long line for Mr. Cullen, we will be instituting a random drawing for his autograph line. This is how the procedure will go:

1. Mr. Cullen will be signing 125 autographs.

2. Each person who is a registered guest at BotCon will have one entry in the autograph drawing. You do not need to do anything as we have entered your name into a database that will randomly pick the attendees that are eligible for Mr. Cullen's autograph.

3. General Admission attendees who purchase an autograph band will also be put into the drawing, provided that they purchase their autograph band before 11:00 AM, Saturday April 28, 2012.

4. After the list is generated (around noon) we will post it online at BotCon.com, tweet that it is posted and have a printed copy posted on the room-to-room trading board.

5. If your name is on the list, you will need to go to the info booth and receive your autograph ticket.

6. Names will be listed by last name, first name, city, postal code and country to avoid any confusion.

7. At 1:30 PM the line will start for Mr. Cullen's autograph. There is no reason to line up early, as Mr. Cullen will sign for each person in the line.

8. You will be allowed ONE item to sign, please have it out and ready to go when you get to the front of the line.

9. Please move along as fast as you can so that we can get everyone through the line in the allotted time. You can have a friend take your picture during the autograph signing but there will not be time to pose with Mr. Cullen.

10. These tickets are NOT transferrable. We will recheck the names drawn when you get to the front of the autograph line in order to audit that you were chosen in the drawing.
Re: Derrick J. Wyatt Announced as BotCon 2012 Special Guest (1370127)
Posted by griftimus prime on April 17th, 2012 @ 4:13pm CDT
this is so lame. why even go if you cant get the mans signature?
Re: Derrick J. Wyatt Announced as BotCon 2012 Special Guest (1370146)
Posted by Random on April 17th, 2012 @ 4:43pm CDT
You reckon the special instructions for Peter Cullen could be due to the movies at all? I mean, he's the only one there that was a voice actor in the movies, right?

Sorry, just trying to figure out why only 125 autographs. Seems odd to me.
Re: Derrick J. Wyatt Announced as BotCon 2012 Special Guest (1370148)
Posted by Kibble on April 17th, 2012 @ 4:47pm CDT
BotCon wrote:10. These tickets are NOT transferrable. We will recheck the names drawn when you get to the front of the autograph line in order to audit that you were chosen in the drawing.


My Cullen autograph scalping ability has been foiled! DAMN YOUS, BOTCON!

Shouldn't the dumbass golden ticket get you an automatic pass into the line?
Re: Derrick J. Wyatt Announced as BotCon 2012 Special Guest (1370149)
Posted by CADimusPrimus on April 17th, 2012 @ 4:50pm CDT
Glad i got my autograph in 2010. Barely made it in line that year. Easily the best part. Props to my cousin for inviting me down to hang out and go to BotCon!
Re: Derrick J. Wyatt Announced as BotCon 2012 Special Guest (1370160)
Posted by Hufferbee7 on April 17th, 2012 @ 5:13pm CDT
The lottery idea for Peter Cullen is a JOKE! If people REALLY want an autograph let them sit in line for hours waiting...there is always a POSTED cutoff number. If you want to meet him/get an autograph be willing to sit. Yes, it may take hours of waiting, but it you REALLY want it then you will WAIT. This is going to cause more issues then before. People who don’t want to meet him/get an autograph are taking away from people that do because it is nontransferable. I am about done with Botcon, and think smaller conventions is where it is at. Plus if you got a "Golden Ticket," for the $300 extra that should make a person a little higher up then a walk in off the street. It is all about money, and not the collector anymore...it is a real shame.
Re: Derrick J. Wyatt Announced as BotCon 2012 Special Guest (1370165)
Posted by --B-- on April 17th, 2012 @ 5:27pm CDT
So what happens when someone who registered gets picked but isnt interested in getting one. Should be transferable.
Re: Derrick J. Wyatt Announced as BotCon 2012 Special Guest (1370166)
Posted by YRQRM0 on April 17th, 2012 @ 5:29pm CDT
Seems pretty limited, but I kinda like it, considering how long the line would be and how much time it would take.
Re: Derrick J. Wyatt Announced as BotCon 2012 Special Guest (1370169)
Posted by 33Silencer on April 17th, 2012 @ 5:41pm CDT
I agree, this is beyond frustrating!!! Every year they've been taking the face/voice of the franchise and making him more distant from his fans. It was bad enough when Hasbro started limiting his signatures, but now Funpub does this!?! Botcon is more than just Peter Cullen, but he is the main reason Ive gone the past four years, and yes, Im one who waits hrs in line to get a chance to show my appreciation for 10 seconds before being "shuffled" out of line! I purchased the "golden ticket" in hopes Mr Cullen would show this year, and thatI might actually get to say more than two words to him at the "golden ticket" function, shouldve known better as my guess is he wont be attending this! Anyway enough of my rant, , just frustrated that Botcon is becoming less and less aboutthe fans every year!
Re: Derrick J. Wyatt Announced as BotCon 2012 Special Guest (1370185)
Posted by craggy on April 17th, 2012 @ 6:22pm CDT
I get that they've made it non-transferrable to stop scalping, but some people just aren't interested in autographs. Besides, you could easily sell the thing he signs for you.

As to the limit on the number of autographs...I don't know why it is being done, since we're not told. Is it a ploy to drive the demand up? Some cynical plot by the reptilian overlords who have hidden the dinosaurs that mankind used to milk for oil? Or maybe Cullen doesn't want to, or can't (possibly for medical reasons) sit and sign things for hours on end? I don't know, and it's no use complaining about the fact that he'll only sign a limited amount of autographs. The method to obtaining said autograph is fair game, complain away, oh ye internets!
Re: Derrick J. Wyatt Announced as BotCon 2012 Special Guest (1370251)
Posted by NatsumeRyu on April 17th, 2012 @ 9:51pm CDT
Hufferbee7 wrote:The lottery idea for Peter Cullen is a JOKE! If people REALLY want an autograph let them sit in line for hours waiting...there is always a POSTED cutoff number. If you want to meet him/get an autograph be willing to sit. Yes, it may take hours of waiting, but it you REALLY want it then you will WAIT. This is going to cause more issues then before. People who don’t want to meet him/get an autograph are taking away from people that do because it is nontransferable. I am about done with Botcon, and think smaller conventions is where it is at. Plus if you got a "Golden Ticket," for the $300 extra that should make a person a little higher up then a walk in off the street. It is all about money, and not the collector anymore...it is a real shame.

This....I've never waited in line fore autographs before because it's not my thing...usually I'm the one entertaining people in line, LOL.
But yeah, I'd personally feel bad if my name was drawn because that's one less person who gets the autograph. I'll try and remember to bring my WfC poster or something...Lord knows I keep forgetting to even just get the game cover signed, despite bringing it the past two years AND the HMS guys being available pretty much anytime the dealer hall was open.... hah.

But yeah, sorry to the folks who wait for this sort of stuff. :( REALLY stinks that it's non-transferrable.
Re: Derrick J. Wyatt Announced as BotCon 2012 Special Guest (1370256)
Posted by ghost_l2yder on April 17th, 2012 @ 10:21pm CDT
maybe i missed this somewhere..but...........just how much is an autograph band????? i cant seem to find prices anywhere...
Re: Derrick J. Wyatt Announced as BotCon 2012 Special Guest (1370269)
Posted by joevill on April 17th, 2012 @ 10:56pm CDT
Number nine makes me angry. :-x
Re: Derrick J. Wyatt Announced as BotCon 2012 Special Guest (1370272)
Posted by Sabrblade on April 17th, 2012 @ 11:19pm CDT
cannonfodder4000 wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
BeastProwl wrote:Is he going to be handing out pictures of BLUE-ticus? :lol:
;) :P
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Wait is that from Headmasters? and here I thought it wasn't as prone to animation errors as the original cartoon! :lol:
It almost felt to me like some of the animation errors in The Headmasters were done on purpose as some sort of tribute to all the animation errors of the G1 cartoon, in some silly attempt to better fit the two together.

Almost like the animators were like, "Hey, this show's predecessor was littered with animation errors, so let's make some for our show to make it look more like that show! 8-} " :P
Re: Derrick J. Wyatt Announced as BotCon 2012 Special Guest (1370298)
Posted by Sodan-1 on April 18th, 2012 @ 4:24am CDT
Man, that's a pretty rough deal. Surely it'd be best to let people choose whether they be included in the draw. It certainly sounds like a kick in the nuts for those who went for the golden ticket. Really doesn't sound like these rules are fan friendly.

Fan makes eye-contact with Peter Cullen: "Hello Mr. Cullen."

Security guard: "Looks like we've got a trouble-maker here. Take the shot."
Re: Derrick J. Wyatt Announced as BotCon 2012 Special Guest (1370325)
Posted by joevill on April 18th, 2012 @ 7:30am CDT
camzilla51 wrote:This goes against everything he ever stood for. Peter Cullen is a very humble person, as those of us lucky enough to have met him before have seen, and they're celebretizing him! As if he was a hot topic in sleezy tabloid news. I don't like the hype, and I don't like the lack of explanation. Give us a chance to sit down and bond with this precious man. We promise, we pudgy, slimy, pimpley, nerdy, rejects of society won't bite! :-B

How disrespectful.


As nice and humble person he maybe, perhaps he got greedy? :michaelbay: :michaelbay: :michaelbay: :michaelbay:
Re: Derrick J. Wyatt Announced as BotCon 2012 Special Guest (1370367)
Posted by Counterpunch on April 18th, 2012 @ 10:14am CDT
The lottery is the best way to go.

Fans have not been very well behaved over the Peter Cullen autograph line in the past two years and there are far too many people who line up. The guy would be there for six hours signing stuff.

The lottery really is the most fair way to go about this now.
Re: Derrick J. Wyatt Announced as BotCon 2012 Special Guest (1370371)
Posted by CADimusPrimus on April 18th, 2012 @ 10:22am CDT
Yeah, it stinks that they have to do something like this because people can't behave. From my experience in line in 2010, people were well behaved and Peter Cullen was enthusiastic to meet fans.

Just like everything else about this year's BotCon, we'll have to see how it turns out. Hopefully it works, but we will definitely know if it doesn't.
Re: Derrick J. Wyatt Announced as BotCon 2012 Special Guest (1370372)
Posted by Kibble on April 18th, 2012 @ 10:30am CDT
Counterpunch wrote:The lottery is the best way to go.

Fans have not been very well behaved over the Peter Cullen autograph line in the past two years and there are far too many people who line up. The guy would be there for six hours signing stuff.

The lottery really is the most fair way to go about this now.


I can get behind that, but I think people should at least put their name in for the drawing so those that really want in get a chance. That way someone like me wouldn't win (if I were actually going this year) because honestly, I don't give two shits about getting a Cullen autograph. I think he does a fantastic job and find what they do interesting...I'd probably have a good time having beers and chatting about their profession, but I really have no hero worship going on for voice actors. Same goes for guys like Archer or TF designers. Again, I'd be interested in hanging out and chatting about their profession, but I couldn't care less about their autograph or anything. I do think the ridiculous golden ticket should, if not get you in, give you a better shot, though.
Re: Derrick J. Wyatt Announced as BotCon 2012 Special Guest (1370389)
Posted by AutobotMR2 on April 18th, 2012 @ 11:13am CDT
:BANG_HEAD: :BANG_HEAD: :BANG_HEAD:

I do agree that it may have something to do wiht him having to sit for however many hours of sign things. I'm pretty sure he made a suggestion to limit the number of people in line, then FunPub...like everything else lately...had to go and COMPLETLEY RUIN IT! They should have made it a choice to participate in this, as people have stated before, how is that fair to fans who want his autograph as opposed to those who don't?? I'm not sure FunPub entirely thought this through...much lik everything else they do. My heart does go out to all of those going this year who spent all of this money for a fan convention, and instead get the business convention.
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Posted by Magna Prime on April 18th, 2012 @ 11:35am CDT
I was bummed about not going to botcon as it's only a couple hours away, but the way they are handling this years ... I could care less anymore. I wanted to go to meet the artists and comic book guests (no where near enough announced, heck have they even officially said Simon Furman would be there yet). The poor news flow, the lack of safety with orders, and now they pull this crap? I go to a lot of cons, if Leonard Nimoy can sit through photoshoots for an hour or two, and sign most of the day, why can't Cullen? This is just bad management of the show.
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Posted by El Duque on April 18th, 2012 @ 11:43am CDT
Our friends at BotCon dropped to let us know about a couple of additional artist that have been added to the Artist Alley line-up, Josh Perez and Robby Musso! They have also tweeted the info on this year's Cosplay contest.

Cosplayers! Gonna be at BotCon2012? Make sure you go all out cause the best costume as decided by FP staff will get cover shoot 4 Issue 45! The three BEST costumes, as judged throughout the weekend, will be announced via Twitter pic by Sunday at Noon, with the winning costume announced at the 2PM Cosplay panel on Sunday! We'll need some help on deciding the winner, so make sure to comment on the pics when we tweet them out at noon Sunday!



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Re: Derrick J. Wyatt Announced as BotCon 2012 Special Guest (1370424)
Posted by Delicon on April 18th, 2012 @ 12:11pm CDT
Having seen the reaction to Cullen at past BotCons, I do understand why they are doing the lottery. In 2007, they were supposed to have 2 sessions with him. The first session had such a huge line that they had to shut it down and gave everyone who was still in line at session's end a ticket to the second session. I'm pretty sure the second session was just session 1 overflow. In 2009, he was doing a very limited signing that ran at the exact same time as the Weird Al autograph session, meaning you basically had to pick one or the other. As a result, roughly half the people in his panel didn't have actual questions, it was their way of getting hugs and autographs. In 2011, he wasn't even announced as an official guest prior to the Con and the only way you could get his autograph was by leaving a panel that was showing a yet to be aired TF:Prime cartoon and even then you had to be REALLY fast because the line was again capped very early.

I can also understand why they won't let people transfer their autograph rights, because frankly certain people would be selling them for hundreds of dollars without shame.

Perhaps a good compromise which would maximize the ability for fans to get autographs who truly wanted them would be to allow anyone whose name was drawn to "opt out" of their chance so new names could be chosen. Some of us have met Peter before and would be more than willing to step aside and let our fellow fans get the same chance we had.
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Posted by AutobotMR2 on April 18th, 2012 @ 1:10pm CDT
Delicon wrote:Perhaps a good compromise which would maximize the ability for fans to get autographs who truly wanted them would be to allow anyone whose name was drawn to "opt out" of their chance so new names could be chosen. Some of us have met Peter before and would be more than willing to step aside and let our fellow fans get the same chance we had.


This would be a great idea, but I wouldn't hold my breath on them actually taking the time to do this. It makes waaaayyyy too much sense (LOL).
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Posted by Cyber Bishop on April 18th, 2012 @ 1:18pm CDT
My good buddy Robby is going to be there!!! Damn I wish I could make it now (even though if I wanted to hang with him all I need to do is call him and go to his house).
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Posted by ghost_l2yder on April 18th, 2012 @ 10:25pm CDT
so i take it no one knows....
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Posted by El Duque on April 19th, 2012 @ 4:33pm CDT
BotCon has revealed two additional artist that will be featured in this year's Artist Alley, Dan Khanna and Livio Ramondelli!


BotCon wrote:Be sure to check out these two amazing artists, both of whom will be attending BotCon 2012... Livio Ramondelli and Dan Khanna!

Livio has worked on various Transformers titles for IDW, including "Transformers: Autocracy". Dan Khanna has worked on different Transformers projects for several companies for well over a decade and is the artist behind the "Transformers: Invasion" comic offered this year at BotCon 2012.

Be sure to visit both Livio and Dan at the BotCon 2012 Artist Alley!
Re: Derrick J. Wyatt Announced as BotCon 2012 Special Guest (1370968)
Posted by Seibertron on April 19th, 2012 @ 6:17pm CDT
The thumbnail you selected for the news story reminded me that we need a Hauler repaint of RTS Solar Storm Grappel.
Re: Derrick J. Wyatt Announced as BotCon 2012 Special Guest (1370969)
Posted by Sabrblade on April 19th, 2012 @ 6:18pm CDT
Seibertron wrote:The thumbnail you selected for the news story reminded me that we need a Hauler repaint of RTS Solar Storm Grappel.
Great idea! Until that happens though, since his bio says that he can change his colors, one could get both the RtS and United versions and repurpose one of them (perhaps the RtS version) as Hauler. ;)
Re: Derrick J. Wyatt Announced as BotCon 2012 Special Guest (1371084)
Posted by Dead Metal on April 20th, 2012 @ 2:33am CDT
I think it's hilarious how BotCon is whoring out the artist alley and the artists after the mess about banning artist sales.
Re: Derrick J. Wyatt Announced as BotCon 2012 Special Guest (1371211)
Posted by El Duque on April 20th, 2012 @ 12:00pm CDT
BotCon has posted another Artist Alley update adding six additional artist including Simon Furman, who willing selling some of his unpublished scripts! See below for further details:

  • Simon Furman
  • Ken Christiansen
  • David Willis
  • Silas Zee
  • Tyla Sprouse
  • Donna Kunz

Rounding out our Artists Alley is six more incredible artists/creators! Each will be avaialble throughout the weekend selling some amazing art work and other great items at BotCon 2012!

Be sure to stop by and see Ken Christiansen, David Willis (of Shortpacked/Recordicons fame), Silas Zee, Tyla Sprouse, Donna Kunz (Puggleformers!) and Simon Furman! You read that last one right, as Simon will be on hand in the Artist Alley selling copies of the following scripts:

*Transformers: War Within -- Age of Wrath #4 (unpublished)
*Transformers: War Within -- Age of Wrath #5 (unpublished), including a bonus FREE outline of issue #6 *Transformers Beast Wars #1 (Dreamwave/unpublished) *Transformers #80 (Marvel US, 1991)

Make sure you take the time to visit every one of the great artists that will be at BotCon 2012!


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Re: Derrick J. Wyatt Announced as BotCon 2012 Special Guest (1371262)
Posted by NatsumeRyu on April 20th, 2012 @ 3:00pm CDT
Very interesting. I can't help but agree with the previous poster at this point. :P
Re: Derrick J. Wyatt Announced as BotCon 2012 Special Guest (1371290)
Posted by #Sideways# on April 20th, 2012 @ 4:27pm CDT
I wonder how many more Furmanisms we will get... :-?
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Posted by 1337W422102 on April 20th, 2012 @ 4:37pm CDT
Dat Carly.
Re: Derrick J. Wyatt Announced as BotCon 2012 Special Guest (1371313)
Posted by UltraPrimal on April 20th, 2012 @ 5:45pm CDT
Backpedaling! >:oP
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