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New Transformers Comic
Jack - Wednesday, December 12, 2001


New Transformers comics are here! Dreamwave Productions of Canada, announces that they have licensed the rights from Hasbro to produce a new Transformers comic and other products. Under the aggreement, Dreamwave will produce comics, posters, calendars and other Transformers themed merchandise.

The interest in the original Transforners is on the rise with the success of Robots in Disguse. Recently beating out out Pokemon in the November sweeps, there is clearly an expanding market for show merchandise beyond the regular toys lines. Mass produced show related products have not been readily available since the Generation 1 and 2 series. So this is indeed welcome news for Transformers fans everywhere.

The special part of this announcement is there will be a new line of Transformers comic books. No authors or plans for a story line have been revealed at this time. However, we do know that Dreamwave will be doing the artwork for the new publications and products. Click on the images for detailed examples of work by Deamwave artist Pat Lee.



Read the press release for the details:
HASBRO ANNOUNCES LICENSING AGREEMENT 
WITH DREAMWAVE FOR FIRST TRANSFORMERS
COMIC BOOK SERIES SINCE EARLY 90’S

Dreamwave also wins rights to produce 
TRANSFORMERS posters, calendars, lithographs
and scrolls

PAWTUCKET, R.I., December 12, 2001 – Hasbro, 
Inc. (NYSE:HAS) and Dreamwave announced today
a licensing agreement awarding Dreamwave the
rights to produce a wide-range of TRANSFORMERS-
related products in comic book form, as well as
posters, calendars, lithographs and scrolls. 
The first TRANSFORMERS comic book, based upon
the original characters, will be available at retail
beginning April, 2002.

“TRANSFORMERS is a classic property, and we are
thrilled that we will have the opportunity to use our
expertise and passion for this brand as we create a
range of comic books, posters, calendars that will
be just incredible,” said Pat Lee, President of
Dreamwave Productions. “It has always been a
dream of mine to draw TRANSFORMERS and now
that it has become a reality, I couldn’t be more
excited.”

“TRANSFORMERS has captivated the imaginations
of millions of kids from the beginning nearly 20
years ago,” said Tom Klusaritz, Vice President,
Global Publishing and New Business Development
for Hasbro’s Consumer Products 
Worldwide. “Dreamwave has an outstanding
reputation for their intense artwork and overall
creativity, and their abilities make them an ideal
choice to extend TRANSFORMERS once again into
the comic book world.”

Hasbro Consumer Products Worldwide is part of the
Hasbro Properties Group, which was established in
May 1999 to maximize Hasbro’s vast intellectual
properties in a wide range of entertainment-based
categories, including visual media, licensing,
publishing, promotions and location based
entertainment.

Hasbro, Inc. is a worldwide leader in children’s and
family leisure time and entertainment products and
services, including the design, manufacture and
marketing of games and toys ranging from
traditional to high-tech. Both internationally and in
the U.S., its PLAYSKOOL, TONKA, MILTON
BRADLEY, PARKER BROTHERS, TIGER and
WIZARDS OF THE COAST brands and products
provide the highest quality and most recognizable
play experiences in the world.

Founded in 1996 by Pat Lee, Dreamwave
Productions exploded onto the comic book scene
with their first in-studio offering, Darkminds. Since
then, they have produced six ongoing-titles/maxi-
series including Warlands and Shidima, which have
been printed and sold all over the world.
Dreamwave Productions is located in Toronto,
Canada.
Visit the Dreamweave Web Site for more info on the company.

Stay tuned to Tformers.com for more details as they are made available. Your best resource for all the Transformers news and community every day.

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