Just done is the BotCon 2013 Transformers Hasbro Publishing Panel Report and Images. Get the scoop on all the new projects Hasbro has coming to us in form of books and publications. There's more than meets the eye to be read between the pages of The Covenant of Primes, the new Pop-Up Book, 30th Anniversary collection, Papercraft models and much more in the report below. Hasbro Global Publishing Panel Attendees
Michael Kelly - Head of Publications Hasbro
Dave Williams - Prime Novel
Matt Rhinheart - Pop Books Ultimate TF Universe
John Barber - IDW Writer
Chansy Ekert - Covenant of Primes
Pablo Hidalgo - Transformers Vault
30-40 editions a year for all segments and age grades.
Prime books based on Prime for young adults
Little Brown does books that fill in the about Bumblebee and stories from Movies - What he was doing in between certain episodes.
Rescue Bots for the youngest fans kids who might be afraid of Decepticons.
3D Coloring Books - Paint Sets
Multi-Lingual versions of the books are being offered in many countries now.
Digital Editions of EBooks and Comics.
Transformers Story Cube - Encyclopedia of Transformers Prime will show story and character details. Is also shows 360 Turns of characters and more. Coming to Apple iOS in weeks. Android will follow later.
Special Projects 30th Anniversary
Pop-Up Books has Transforming Pop-ups. Video shows prototypes of book that has been in the works for 6 years.
Author Matthew Reinhart has done all kinds of books and properties like Star Wars with help of artist Emiliano Santalucia writing of pop-ups.
They makes mock-up protos. All of them transform from flat to 3D. Book has 200-300 pieces that pop and work together. Book takes characters from a multi-universe of TFs. Art showing Skylink, Insecticons, and More.
Optimus Prime G1 versions with white ratchet and red ironhide. Shows how Transform from truck to robot with pull of flap. Another demo shows Megatron Tank to Robot change.
Book is coming in October 2013. There will be a limted edition version signed with Unicron extra plus TFTM Characters too.
30th Anniversary Comics Collection writen by Jim Sorenson and edited by John Barber. Book will have a forward by Aaron Archer and an afterword by Simon Furman.
Reprinting best and most important stories from Marvli, DW, IDW and others past publishers. Will include creator Interviews and never before scene art including Wreckers, War Within Optimus Prime, G1 Prime, More from the many series. Book was designed by Chris Mowrey,
Transformers Retribution Novel
Coming Feburary 2013 will be the last part of Exodus/Exiles trilogy. Authored by Dave Williams
who sees Transformers as modern mythology.
Said the key to this book is making it exciting. Will have at least one full on dog fight between Ark and Nemesis ships.
They will bring back arch enemies from old days and settled on Quintessons who will appear in book. They are said to be a real problem for both Prime and Megatron. Quest for total domination begins and goes up against Qints in book.
Book is said to have crazyiest over the top batlels Transformers have ever done.
Binder of Revalation
Yes, it is true. It really does exist and will due for release in December 2013 from 47north with Amazon
Covenant of Primus that sits in a vault at Hasbro.
First time ever showing the contents of the binder was an epic undertaking.
A prototype of autobot book case shown. Its BIG! Case pulls apart in 3 sections. Book comes out of there. Parts make sounds of Primes voice. Wallmount option is included.
Covenant of Primus is said to a gift of Alpha Trion to Optimus Prime.
Book written by Justina Robinson. Covers story of origin or 13 primes and the conflict between them
and the many ages of history on Cybertron.
Orion Pax shown opening of first space bridge, Epic battles between decepticons and autobots,
How the predacons went extinct will be revealed and more.
The book will include 20 pieces of art from various artists. Lots of concept art from High Moon and others.
Covers Ratchet's role in early Quintession invasion and more. Golden age with first time characters to meet,
Paper Craft Transformers Wars Book
Optimus Prime vs Megatron coming October 2013 will be a Barnes and Noble Exclusive. Set in Prime Universe will include 5 Autobots and 5 Decepticons.
Book will feature Tech Spec level of writing in book with profiles etc.
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