Transformers Animated - The Complete Allspark Almanac Pre-Orders

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The boards have recently seen a return to Transformers: Animated discussions, and it seems someone out there heard us - Amazon.com has listed a pre-order for the collected Animated The Complete Allspark Almanac, by the usual suspects Jim Sorenson and Bill Forster. Currently priced at $28, the book is aimed to be released in February 2015 by IDW Publishing , has 440 pages and more info can be found below!

The Allspark Almanac is a comprehensive, one-of-a-kind atlas to the amazing 2008 animated series universe. Discover behind-the-scenes secrets directly from the show's creators. This volume is packed with over 400-pages of full-color bios, character models, episode summaries, interviews, and more. Collects both original volumes into one book!


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Re: Transformers Animated - The Complete Allspark Almanac Pre-Orders (1601600)
Posted by Bumblevivisector on August 24th, 2014 @ 10:10am CDT
Just checked Disciples of Boltax, and no mention of this yet. I need to know whether this will have any new content (maybe the mirror universe stuff and more of Derrick J. Wyatt's character designs?), because I'm still kicking myself for waiting too long on The Complete Ark due to having the two original volumes.

Much more concerned about that delayed package-art book though. Gotta' have that.
Re: Transformers Animated - The Complete Allspark Almanac Pre-Orders (1601602)
Posted by Hyre on August 24th, 2014 @ 10:51am CDT
After seeing the article, I decided to try finding out whether the book truly would be 'Complete', asking Jim Sorenson about whether the magazine scans would be included. His reply:

"Howdy! I didn't come up with the title, which itself may change between now and publication. I'd love to be able to include the Fun Publications material in the collected volume. Right now that question isn't settled. My editors may want to keep it to just V1 and V2 to keep things simple. If you're interested in having everything in one place, you might write to IDW and let them know, either directly to their editorial staff or by a post on their forums.

Thank you for your warm wishes and I hope you're happy with the combined volume, whatever the final decision about contents is.

Cheers,
Jim"

I don't know if it's already set in stone one way or another, but I plan on doing my part to get those pages into the book!
Re: Transformers Animated - The Complete Allspark Almanac Pre-Orders (1601613)
Posted by leokearon on August 24th, 2014 @ 12:07pm CDT
I hope the additional material isn't in this book, it would be completely unfair to the people who already have volumes 1 and 2. I don't want to buy the same book twice for new material (again)
Re: Transformers Animated - The Complete Allspark Almanac Pre-Orders (1601684)
Posted by Zeedust on August 24th, 2014 @ 6:28pm CDT
Missed the two Allspark Almanac volumes separately (not proud of that), so I'll be getting this even if I need to turn to petty crime to do so.
Re: Transformers Animated - The Complete Allspark Almanac Pre-Orders (1601685)
Posted by Sabrblade on August 24th, 2014 @ 6:30pm CDT
If there's no new material that wasn't in either of the previous Almanacs or in any of the Addendums, I'm hesitant to double-dip on this.
Re: Transformers Animated - The Complete Allspark Almanac Pre-Orders (1643393)
Posted by Va'al on January 26th, 2015 @ 6:26pm CST
Via Jim Sorenson's Disciples of Boltax blog, we finally get a look at the cover for his and Bill Forster's upcoming Complete Allspark Almanac! Artwork by Marcelo Matere and Josh Perez, showing off the main cast of Dinobots, Autobots, Decepticons, and some humans too, from Optimus Prime to Shockwave, Megatron and Captain Fanzone, Omega Supreme and Cheetor, Rodimus and G2 Sideswipe - make sure to check it out below.

It looks like The Complete AllSpark Almanac is just three short weeks away, with an ETA of February 18th at fine comic book stores everywhere. (Probably hitting Amazon shortly thereafter, available for preorder now.) Here's Marcelo Matere's beautiful cover for the book, with excellent Josh Perez colors. (Josh also lent his talents to some of the new bonus material inside the book.)

For those of you who missed our Radio Free Cybertron interview, this is going to be a massive, 472 page tome that combines The AllSpark Almanac, The AllSpark Almanac II, The AllSpark Almanac Addenda we put together for the Transformers Collectors' Club, and ten-ish pages of new content teasing more of what Season 3.5 might look like. We worked closely with Derrick Wyatt to ensure that the book was as close to 100% canon as possible, with all new material carefully vetted (and a bit of old material tweaked or recontextualized.) I hope that you all get a big kick out of this one. V1 and V2 are insanely hard to find and fetch ridiculous prices on the secondary market, so it's very nice to get this material back in print where everyone can get a copy.


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Re: Transformers Animated - The Complete Allspark Almanac Pre-Orders (1643400)
Posted by Deadput on January 26th, 2015 @ 7:07pm CST
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That's nice.
Re: Transformers Animated - The Complete Allspark Almanac Pre-Orders (1643417)
Posted by padfoo on January 26th, 2015 @ 7:45pm CST
I miss animated, one of the Transformers incarnations in my opinion.
Re: Transformers Animated - The Complete Allspark Almanac Pre-Orders (1643421)
Posted by Deadput on January 26th, 2015 @ 7:53pm CST
padfoo wrote:I miss animated, one of the Transformers incarnations in my opinion.


Yup it was cool



I would of loved to see Sideswipe and Cheetor have some spin off episodes on cybertron while Ironhide and Jazz joined Earth's group.
Re: Transformers Animated - The Complete Allspark Almanac Pre-Orders (1643464)
Posted by Sabrblade on January 26th, 2015 @ 10:47pm CST
Re: Transformers Animated - The Complete Allspark Almanac Pre-Orders (1643467)
Posted by Duke of Luns on January 26th, 2015 @ 10:58pm CST
Forgot all about this. I definitely have to pick this one up, cause I want to see what would have happened in Season 4.
Re: Transformers Animated - The Complete Allspark Almanac Pre-Orders (1643473)
Posted by Sabrblade on January 26th, 2015 @ 11:18pm CST
Duke of Luns wrote:Forgot all about this. I definitely have to pick this one up, cause I want to see what would have happened in Season 4.
If the second Almanac's coverage of season 4 is anything to go by, it'll predominately be text talking about the season's episodes with very few images of production art and concept sketches.

Still, the text in the second Almanac was very much worth a read, so any further text we get in this one should be great too. ;)^
Re: Transformers Animated - The Complete Allspark Almanac Pre-Orders (1643493)
Posted by leokearon on January 27th, 2015 @ 1:18am CST
So it has new material that wasn't in the original versions that is unfair.
Re: Transformers Animated - The Complete Allspark Almanac Pre-Orders (1643494)
Posted by Sabrblade on January 27th, 2015 @ 1:23am CST
leokearon wrote:So it has new material that wasn't in the original versions that is unfair.
How is it unfair? It both gives those who missed the first two another chance to get them, and gives those who did get the first two incentive to get this one, appealing to both audiences and enhancing the existing collection with a third book. 8)
Re: Transformers Animated - The Complete Allspark Almanac Pre-Orders (1643509)
Posted by leokearon on January 27th, 2015 @ 2:48am CST
Sabrblade wrote:
leokearon wrote:So it has new material that wasn't in the original versions that is unfair.
How is it unfair? It both gives those who missed the first two another chance to get them, and gives those who did get the first two incentive to get this one, appealing to both audiences and enhancing the existing collection with a third book. 8)


It's unfair for the people who already bought the original books as it means they would have to buy the same books twice just to access the new material. They should have just released the original two books together and put the rest in a separate comic/book.
Re: Transformers Animated - The Complete Allspark Almanac Pre-Orders (1643547)
Posted by Sabrblade on January 27th, 2015 @ 8:03am CST
leokearon wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
leokearon wrote:So it has new material that wasn't in the original versions that is unfair.
How is it unfair? It both gives those who missed the first two another chance to get them, and gives those who did get the first two incentive to get this one, appealing to both audiences and enhancing the existing collection with a third book. 8)


It's unfair for the people who already bought the original books as it means they would have to buy the same books twice just to access the new material. They should have just released the original two books together and put the rest in a separate comic/book.
This book is not "Book 1 + Book 2 + Addenda + extra pages of new material". It's an entire recreation of the first two books and addenda with all of their materials reorganized and reintegrated to create a new book. It's not like when they did the Ark books and then just combined the two, with a clear dividing point between them, into The Complete Ark. They literally took the material of the first two Almanacs and melded them into a single new entity, with the added bonus of the Addenda and all new stuff thrown into the mix. Even without the new stuff, this book would still have been made the way it was since that's what Jim Sorenson had wanted to do with it.

Besides, how would text and production materials that aren't in panel form work in a comic book? It's not like the new stuff is gonna be some sort of story.
Re: Transformers Animated - The Complete Allspark Almanac Pre-Orders (1643593)
Posted by Shockwave7 on January 27th, 2015 @ 10:28am CST
Glad I waited to pick up the Almanac. Looks nice. I still like TFA the best of any recent transformers TV series (yes, even TF Prime). I wish they could have carried it on. Sigh...

Looking forward to reading up on what the next season WOULD have been like, if Cartoon Network and Hasbro had been smart enough to keep the series going...
Re: Transformers Animated - The Complete Allspark Almanac Pre-Orders (1643639)
Posted by Bleak5170 on January 27th, 2015 @ 12:39pm CST
Where the heck are Bulkhead, Prowl, and Ratchet??
Re: Transformers Animated - The Complete Allspark Almanac Pre-Orders (1643729)
Posted by Sabrblade on January 27th, 2015 @ 4:11pm CST
Bleak5170 wrote:Where the heck are Bulkhead, Prowl, and Ratchet??
Prowl's the motorcycle Fanzone's riding on.

Bulkhead already got his fair share of cover spotlight by having the whole cover of the first Almanac to himself (and Sari).

And Ratchet was never one for unwanted attention. :P
Re: Transformers Animated - The Complete Allspark Almanac Pre-Orders (1647823)
Posted by Va'al on February 7th, 2015 @ 3:57am CST
With the arrival of the Complete Allspark Almanac hitting soon, co-writer Jim Sorenson has updated his blog Disciples of Boltax with an overview of the second volume in its first iteration, covering some of the behind the scenes of the book, page by page. They include references to TV shows, comics series, videogames, self-referential lines and more Transformers goodness - and you can read them all here!


A while back, Bill Forster and I did a series of posts called Secrets of the Almanac. We went behind-the-scenes on all of book 1 and about a quarter of book 2 and shared our thoughts. I figured, with The Complete AllSpark Almanac just a few weeks away, I'd pick up where we left off. I'll just ramble on about what I remember, and especially anything that Chris McFeely missed in is excellent (and flattering) Annotated Almanac II. By-the-by, here is Part One of Secret of the Almanac II, and here are parts one, two, three, and four of book 1.

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