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Bob Skir To Appear At TFcon USA 2014 In Chicago

Transformers News: Bob Skir To Appear At TFcon USA 2014 In Chicago

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 2:59AM CDT

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TFCon USA 2014's adding another special guest to their list of Transformers behind the scenes attendees, and this time it's none other than Bob Skir!

You may remember Mr. Skir as one of the creative minds behind Transformers Beast Machines. Quite possibly one of the most polarizing pieces of Transformers history, both in terms of toys and most definitely the show.

Robert N. Skir was the Story Editor and Head Writer for the Transformers TV series Beast Machines, in his words perhaps the most polarizing series in Transformers history. Bob will be speaking at TFcon Chicago and meeting with fans all weekend.

Transformers News: Bob Skir To Appear At TFcon USA 2014 In Chicago

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Remember, TFCon USA 2014 takes place from October 24th through the 26th, and if you can't attend, Seibertron and his fellow staffers will be there on site to keep all of us updated and bring us the best galleries to share!

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Re: Bob Skir To Appear At TFcon USA 2014 In Chicago (1611928)
Posted by BumbleDouche on October 8th, 2014 @ 4:45am CDT
A brave soul for daring to put himself out there to confront the fandom!

Personally, I didn't think Beast Machines was quite as bad as people were making it out to be... But it definitely could have been better. I think the mechanical to organic component was the most bizarre.

As a human, I'd prefer to move myself more towards the mechanical! Think about it: Transformers don't need to breathe, don't need to eat, can survive extreme environments, modify their body to suit their surroundings; a more perfect being for space exploration could not exist.

This fundamental shift in what it means to be a Transformer is arguably what most people didn't like about Beast Machines. That and Botanica... A flower Transformer? On what planet did that sound like a good idea?
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Posted by Autobot032 on October 8th, 2014 @ 6:28am CDT
MegaDump wrote:A brave soul for daring to put himself out there to confront the fandom!

Personally, I didn't think Beast Machines was quite as bad as people were making it out to be... But it definitely could have been better. I think the mechanical to organic component was the most bizarre.

As a human, I'd prefer to move myself more towards the mechanical! Think about it: Transformers don't need to breathe, don't need to eat, can survive extreme environments, modify their body to suit their surroundings; a more perfect being for space exploration could not exist.

This fundamental shift in what it means to be a Transformer is arguably what most people didn't like about Beast Machines. That and Botanica... A flower Transformer? On what planet did that sound like a good idea?


His ideas were not the worst, nor were they the first of their kind. The fandoms reaction? Embarrassing. Absolutely disappointing and ridiculous.
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Posted by Metroplex79 on October 8th, 2014 @ 8:23am CDT
MegaDump wrote:A brave soul for daring to put himself out there to confront the fandom!

Personally, I didn't think Beast Machines was quite as bad as people were making it out to be... But it definitely could have been better. I think the mechanical to organic component was the most bizarre.

As a human, I'd prefer to move myself more towards the mechanical! Think about it: Transformers don't need to breathe, don't need to eat, can survive extreme environments, modify their body to suit their surroundings; a more perfect being for space exploration could not exist.

This fundamental shift in what it means to be a Transformer is arguably what most people didn't like about Beast Machines. That and Botanica... A flower Transformer? On what planet did that sound like a good idea?

Well, it's been so long, and the fandom that grew up with G1 and BW have grown a little wiser.

Faced with awesome dialog and cheerleading kids, I'd take BM over RiD and Unicron Trilogy. It's still the only series that takes place on Cybertron. Then add Animated animation's style (I LOVED the series though, mostly for the story and script). Then add the live action movies.

In hindsight, it's not as bad as what we've been given.

Well, the BW cast landed on Earth because of a battle. Thus needing predators and local wild lifeforms to aid in combat. If the Maximal ship was a scientific exploration-type ship and landed on planet filled with plants, they would have taken some kind of plant form.

As we've all learned from Star Trek and Star Wars, not every species on every other planet develop the same way. Characteristics of a species depends on many factors.

Oh, and a planet with plant based lifeform was established in G1. The Morphobots. Sure those were mechanical, but a vast majority of species are organic based.
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Posted by BumbleDouche on October 9th, 2014 @ 2:32am CDT
Metroplex79 wrote:
MegaDump wrote:A brave soul for daring to put himself out there to confront the fandom!

Personally, I didn't think Beast Machines was quite as bad as people were making it out to be... But it definitely could have been better. I think the mechanical to organic component was the most bizarre.

As a human, I'd prefer to move myself more towards the mechanical! Think about it: Transformers don't need to breathe, don't need to eat, can survive extreme environments, modify their body to suit their surroundings; a more perfect being for space exploration could not exist.

This fundamental shift in what it means to be a Transformer is arguably what most people didn't like about Beast Machines. That and Botanica... A flower Transformer? On what planet did that sound like a good idea?

Well, it's been so long, and the fandom that grew up with G1 and BW have grown a little wiser.

Faced with awesome dialog and cheerleading kids, I'd take BM over RiD and Unicron Trilogy. It's still the only series that takes place on Cybertron. Then add Animated animation's style (I LOVED the series though, mostly for the story and script). Then add the live action movies.

In hindsight, it's not as bad as what we've been given.

Well, the BW cast landed on Earth because of a battle. Thus needing predators and local wild lifeforms to aid in combat. If the Maximal ship was a scientific exploration-type ship and landed on planet filled with plants, they would have taken some kind of plant form.

As we've all learned from Star Trek and Star Wars, not every species on every other planet develop the same way. Characteristics of a species depends on many factors.

Oh, and a planet with plant based lifeform was established in G1. The Morphobots. Sure those were mechanical, but a vast majority of species are organic based.



Yeah, the Beast Modes made sense both in terms of protection from the dangerously high levels of Energon and as dubiously effective disguises, but the point I was making was more about the apparent philosophy of Beast Machines towards the end of the series whereby it was subtly implying that organic life was somehow superior to mechanical life and that Cybertron would benefit from replacing cybernetic systems with organic ones. In the greater scheme of things, I don't think that makes sense for the Transformers - their only weakness is, really, their greatest strength: their reliance on Energon. They don't really need anything else (in terms of food, oxygen, vitamins, minerals, gravity, etc) and are thus free to roam and explore space in relative comfort. All I was trying to say was that by reversing that and turning them into oxygen-dependent animal-hybrids (just for example) wouldn't really make sense, as it would put limits on their currently "universal" environmental compatibility.
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Posted by Va'al on October 11th, 2014 @ 5:34pm CDT
Concept artist for all things Transformers, from IDW, to Activision, to Hasbro, and Seibertron.com friend Ken Christiansen has been announced as the latest guest for TFCon Chicago! Check out below some more information, including a preview of one of the prints he'll have for sale.

TFcon is happy to welcome Ken Christiansen to TFcon Chicago 2014. His current Projects include contributions to the Transformers: the Covenant of Primus, IDW’s Transformers: Prime series, and toy development for Hasbro brands, including Transformers, Star Wars, and more. He will be in attendance all weekend and offering prints and commissions to the attendees.


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Re: Bob Skir To Appear At TFcon USA 2014 In Chicago (1613259)
Posted by padfoo on October 11th, 2014 @ 6:11pm CDT
That classic Mirage image looks great!
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Posted by steve2275 on October 12th, 2014 @ 12:33am CDT
padfoo wrote:That classic Mirage image looks great!

absolutely
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Posted by Deadput on October 12th, 2014 @ 1:28am CDT
He also did the robot concept art for the ROTF and first movie games on the consoles (and Deadend for ROTF Psp)



I would love for him to make some more Movie style concept art because i loved his designs to pieces mostly his Combaticons and Stunticons.
Re: Bob Skir To Appear At TFcon USA 2014 In Chicago (1613332)
Posted by BumbleDouche on October 12th, 2014 @ 6:01am CDT
I'm positive I saw this exact Mirage in an episode of Transformers: Legends a week or two ago. Only difference there was that half of the body was a wire-frame type thing (like he was in the middle of his turning invisible gimmick). Seriously, the only reason I still have that game on my phone is to check out the new artwork every week, they should release a book collecting it all, some of it is amazing!

*Edit: I just double-checked, this is very, very similar but not the same as the Transformers: Legends pic I was thinking of.
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Posted by fenrir72 on October 13th, 2014 @ 2:46am CDT
Mix of old school and CGI. Very nice!
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Posted by Va'al on October 14th, 2014 @ 5:11am CDT
Not long left now until the event, but TFCon Chicago are still announcing more guests! The latest additions are artist [url]Brendan Cahill[/url], semi-regular on the main IDW Transformers ongoings, and colourist Josh Perez, technicolour wonder on Robots in Disguise, More than Meets the Eye and more - check out what the event site has to day about them below.

TFcon is happy to welcome IDW Publishing colorist Josh Perez to TFcon Chicago 2014. Transformers fans will recognize his work from the pages of Dark Cybertron, Robots in Disguise and More Than Meets The Eye. He will be in attendance all weekend and offering prints and commissions to the attendees.


TFcon is happy to welcome Brendan Cahill to TFcon Chicago. Fans will recognize his art from The Transformers ongoing #21, #25, #27, #29, Robots in Disguise #7, 2012 Annual and More than Meets the Eye #12.

He will be in attendance all weekend and offering prints and commissions to the attendees.
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Posted by jON3.0 on October 15th, 2014 @ 1:16pm CDT


TFCon Chicago 2014 OFFICIAL PROMO
Optimus Prime gives another epic speech from the destroyed city of Chicago about Transformers 4: Age of Extinction... but is it all just a dream?
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Posted by Va'al on October 15th, 2014 @ 1:57pm CDT
In an official clip promoting TFCon Chicago 2014, shortly taking place and which Seibertron.com will be attending, fellow fan and podcaster jON3.0 takes on the mantle of Optimus Prime once more - check it out below!

TFCon Chicago 2014 OFFICIAL PROMO
Optimus Prime gives another epic speech from the destroyed city of Chicago about Transformers 4: Age of Extinction... but is it all just a dream?


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Posted by mooncake623 on October 20th, 2014 @ 3:05pm CDT
Our friends at TFcon just dropped by to release the Finalized Event Schedule for TFcon Chicago 2014. Keep your optics tuned to Seibertron.com for the latest in news and updates, plus the best galleries around!

Event Schedule for TFcon Chicago 2014
FRIDAY (dealer room is not open to public)
6-9 pm – Attendee Registration – International Foyer
7pm – Artist Alley Preview – Paris
8pm – Opening ceremony – London
8:15 pm – Transform Me! The Transformers Documentary World Première Screening – London
9:45 pm – Q&A with Transform Me! Producers – London
10pm – Message Board Meetup 21+ – Hotel Bar

SATURDAY
8am – Attendee Registration – International Foyer
9am – Dealer Room opens to Early Admission and Weekend Pass holders – International Ballroom
9am-5pm – Art Contest Exhibit Opens – Florence
10am – Dealer Room opens to General Admission – International Ballroom
10am – Dan Gilvezan, Alan Oppenheimer, Venus Terzo Autographs Begin
10am – Transformers Fan Media Panel w/ Jon Bailey and Vangelus – London
11am – Transformers Costume contest – London
11am – James Roberts and Bob Skir autograph session – Paris
12pm – Q/A with James Roberts – London
1pm – Q/A with Alan Oppenheimer and Dan Gilvezan – London
2pm – Q/A with Venus Terzo and Bob Skir – London
3pm – Q/A with Aaron Archer – London
4pm – 3rd Party Product Preview – London
4:45pm – TFcon Awards (art contest results) – London
5pm – Dealer Room closes – International Ballroom
5pm – Live Script Reading Auditions – London
6pm – Live Script Reading – London
6:30pm – Chicago Transformers Fans Group Photo – Outside hotel entrance
6:45pm – Transformers The Movie (1986) Screening – London
9pm – Official TFcon after party 21+ – Hotel Bar

SUNDAY
9am – Attendee Registration – International Foyer
10am – Dealer Room opens – International Ballroom
10am – Dan Gilvezan, Alan Oppenheimer, Venus Terzo Autographs Begin
10am – James Roberts and Bob Skir autograph session – Paris
11am – Writing 101: James Roberts and Bob Skir – London
12am – Voice Acting 101 with Alan Oppenheimer, Dan Gilvezan and Venus Terzo – London
1pm – IDW Artists Panel – London
2pm – Creating Worlds with Aaron Archer, Rik Alvarez – London
3pm – Dealer Room closes – International Ballroom
3pm – Q/A with Convention Organizers – London
4pm – WTF@TFW Podcast Live Recording – London
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Posted by Hip-Hoptimus Rime on October 20th, 2014 @ 7:58pm CDT
Barricade will still be there, right? Any particular times? The TFCon site does not say. My first con, can't wait!
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Posted by Va'al on October 23rd, 2014 @ 7:24am CDT
A very brief update from TFCon Chicago, concerning superstar IDW Transformers artist Alex Milne. Unfortunately, Milne has had to cancel his attendance at the event due to personal reasons, as can be seen in the mirrored tweets below. The show will still be running according to its schedule, though, and make sure to pop by the Seibertron.com store while you're there as well!

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Posted by Lockdownhunter on October 23rd, 2014 @ 8:32am CDT
That is sad. Nevermind you are awesome :michaelbay: :D .
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Posted by LOST Cybertronian on October 23rd, 2014 @ 10:56pm CDT
The Hyatt Regency O'Hare recently sent out some hotel information to help those attending TFCon Chicago. This covers getting to the hotel from the airport, parking, hotel dining options and wi-fi access.

Dear TFCON Enthusiasts,


We look forward to welcoming you to the Hyatt Regency O'Hare!

If you are arriving from O'Hare International Airport: Hyatt Regency O'Hare has a complimentary 24-hour shuttle service between the hotel and the airport.

DOMESTIC ARRIVALS: Upon arriving, proceed to the baggage claim area. From there, there will be signs and red arrows directing you to the SHUTTLE BUS CENTER. Our shuttle picks up from door #1. For further instructions, click here.

INTERNATIONAL ARRIVALS: Upon arriving, call the hotel at (847) 696-1234 to inform the operator that you have arrived at the international terminal. A shuttle will be dispatched to the terminal to pick you up.

Departing from O'Hare International Airport: Our complimentary 24-hour shuttle service is available from the main entrance. Shuttles run every 15 minutes between 4:00 a.m. and midnight and every 30-45 minutes between midnight and 4:00 a.m.

Parking at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare: Head east from River Road down Bryn Mawr. The hotel will be on your left. Should you require luggage assistance, enter the front drive of the hotel. If not, proceed to the end of Bryn Mawr, the entrance to the surface parking and hotel parking garage will be at the end of the block on your left. Please hold onto your guest room key to exit the parking gates upon your departure.

Dining Options within the hotel:

Perks is your one-stop-shop to get Starbucks coffee, freshly baked treats, an assortment of snacks, souvenirs and so much more! Perks is open daily from 4AM until 2AM during your stay.

$3 – Jimmy Dean Breakfast Sandwich Special
Fri 10/24 - Sun 10/26
7:30a – 9:30a $6 Breakfast Wrap Station
Specialty Themed Coffee & Treat
AXIS Espresso - $4.50
Shafter Smoothie - $4.25


Microwaves accessible 24 hours in Perks Foyer area


O'H American Grill will be serving Breakfast and Lunch from 6AM until 4PM (Buffet and A La Carte options available) Breakfast a la carte menu, click here. For Lunch a la carte menu, click here.

Cash Food Stand Sales

Convenient fast dining options available on our Perks Entry Level tile area
Fri 10/24
11am –3pm also Featuring enhanced $7 Wrap Station
5pm – 9pm also Featuring enhanced $7 Freshly Baked Pizza Station

Sat 10/25
11am – 3pm also Featuring $7 Made to Order Deli Sandwiches
5pm – 9pm also Featuring $3.50 Rogelio’s Taco Station

Sun 10/26
11am – 3pm also Featuring $7 Made to Order Grilled Ham & Cheese Station

Red Bar is open nightly at 4PM during your stay. In addition to our delectable made-to-order sushi and amazing appetizers including burgers and pizza. Wash everything down with a rich and refreshing pint of our own Red Bar Brew while watching a game on one of our 25 plasma screens. Red Bar Brew is brewed locally by Two Brothers Brewing Co. in Warrenville, IL.

$10 Specialty Themed Drinks

In Room Dining is also available from 6AM until 12AM.

We'd like to introduce you to our newest service enhancement as we strive to be your preferred hotel of choice in Chicago. During your stay , you can connect with your next meal from anywhere at any time. We invite you to order room service remotely with your favorite wireless or mobile device by logging on to http//ohare.hyattservices.com/ or by scanning the QR code below.



Getting Online at Hyatt Regency O'Hare

COMPLIMENTARY STANDARD WIFI is available in the hotel lobby by logging on to the Hyatt Public network.

WIFI is in all of the guestrooms. Logon to the Hyatt Guestroom network. To sign in, enter your last name and room number and accept the charge for Standard Internet.
Re: Bob Skir To Appear At TFcon USA 2014 In Chicago (1616465)
Posted by mblase75 on October 24th, 2014 @ 7:37am CDT
For those of us NOT staying at the hotel, what are our best parking options?

EDIT: Never mind, of course it's on the website -- http://www.tfcon.com/parking

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