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Artists Alley Returns To Auto Assembly 2015

A hit when it made it’s debut at Auto Assembly 2014, we’re really excited to confirm that the Auto Assembly Artists Alley is coming back for 2015…

This is a dedicated area of the convention that we have set aside to allow artists to not only showcase their work, sell original artwork, and sketch for all of our attendees playing host to a number of professional comic artists and colourists, many of whom regular Auto Assembly attendees will already be familiar with. These artists will be appearing in addition to all our regular comic guests and we’ve already got a great starting line-up including Auto Assembly fan-favourites Jason Cardy, Kris Carter, Kat Nicholson and Liam Shalloo with more to be announced shortly.

All of the comic talent appearing in the Artists Alley will be taking pre-orders of sketches to guarantee your sketch and save all of you time over the convention weekend and you’ll be able to find pre-order threads for each artist over on the Auto Assembly forum very shortly.

For more details on all the creative talent appearing in the Alley in 2015, check out the Artists Alley page of the website.

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Auto Assembly 2015 Press Mailing List / Press Passes

We’re already working hard on our promotional work for Auto Assembly 2015 and as part of this we’ve set up an official press mailing list for those of you who run websites, podcasts and who are general members of the sci-fi / fantasy press who are eager to get all of the latest news / press releases about the convention as soon as they are produced. There’s no cost to be added to this press mailing list and please rest assured that your contact details will not be shared with any third parties or anyone not affiliated with Auto Assembly. Your details will remain strictly confidential and will be used solely for the purpose of press mailings. If you are interested, please get in touch using our Contact Form.

Also, we have now opened applications for press passes for the convention. We only have a limited number of these available and priority will be given to the “mainstream” sci-fi / fantasy press or websites with larger readership but if you are interested in applying for a press pass, please download our Press Pass Application Form, and complete the form and return it to us as soon as possible.

The Auto Assembly Team

 

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Auto Assembly 2013 Non-Attendee Pack Update

Even though Auto Assembly is over for another year and many of you are now making plans for attending Auto Assembly 2015, there are some of you still waiting for your Non-Attendee Packs from Auto Assembly 2013. Well, we are now pleased to confirm that we have some fantastic news for all of you…

Just as we were preparing to set off for Auto Assembly 2014 a parcel arrived here at Auto Assembly HQ containing the remaining items that we had been waiting for for all of the packs so we are now able to start shipping all of the packs out to everyone. Since this year’s convention we have had some time away from home and we’re just getting ourselves back up and running in our office but now we’re able to start getting everything sorted to be able to get all of these out to everyone over the coming weeks.

When your packs arrive, you will all find a few additional bonus items in them and please don’t forget to contact us regarding your complimentary passes for the convention. We can’t apologise enough for the incredible distress and inconvenience that this has caused to all of you over the last 12 months and we hope that this complimentary ticket to be used for the convention goes some way to make up for it.

Simon Plumbe
Auto Assembly Committee Head

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First Two Guests Confirmed For Auto Assembly 2015!

For those of you who are at Auto Assembly 2014, this announcement will come as no surprise to you, but we have just confirmed the first two guests who will be appearing at Auto Assembly 2015 which is taking place over the weekend of Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd August 2015 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel, Birmingham, England.

We are incredibly proud to announce that we will be joined by none other than voice actor Sumalee Montano (Arcee, Transformers: Prime) and James Horan (Wheeljack, Transformers: Prime). Both actors have been incredibly supportive of the convention over the last few years and we are incredibly excited to welcome them both to Auto Assembly as they make their debut at the convention next year.

Tickets for Auto Assembly 2015 are on sale NOW and you can get them on our Auto Assembly 2015 Bookings Page. Until Sunday 10th August 2014 we are offering tickets at a special “early bird” rate saving £10 on the normal adult weekend rate so if you want to guarantee your place at a bargain price, book now!

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Auto Assembly 2014 Is Tomorrow Folks!

Yes, we’re just 24 hours away from Auto Assembly 2014. For those of you who have already pre-registered, we want to thank you all for your support once again in helping us to make te convention what it has become over the last 14 years since it’s small beginnings in a small hotel function room back in 2000. We’re all excited about this years convention as we celebrate 30 years of Transformers and for those of you already at the Hilton or travelling right now, we know that you feel the same way!

It’s still not too late for you to join us though. We’re open for on-the-door registrations with prices the same as our pre-booking rates and if you are planning on coming along for the full weekend you’ll be able to get tickets from 10:00 am tomorrow from our Registration Desk is the Hilton’s Main Reception area. If you can only make it for a single day, tickets will be on sale from 9:30 am each day inside our Main Hall (the Hilton’s Palace Suite).

Anyway, we’re looking forward to seeing all of you over the weekend as we celebrate Transformers in style! And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for live updates from the convention all weekend!

The Auto Assembly 2014 Team

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Auto Assembly 2014 Schedule Released

It’s been a long road getting here, but at long last we can unveil the full schedule for the weekend for Auto Assembly 2014 and we believe that it’s our best programme of events yet for Europe’s Largest Transformers Convention…

We’ve got a packed weekend of events lined up with workshops, several guest Q&A panels on every day, our infamous script reading, a live band, autograph sessions and much more – so much in fact that our team has been struggling for weeks trying to fit everything in! Anyway, you can now view and download the Auto Assembly 2014 Schedule in full as a PDF file to read on your PC, tablet or mobile device (ideal to bring with you to the convention!).

For those of you who haven’t pre-registered for the convention, this could be the final thing that could persuade you to come and join us as an on-the-door attendee so why not take a look at what Auto Assembly 2014 has to offer. The convention is taking place from Friday 8th – Sunday 10th August at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel in Birmingham where we’ll be celebrating 30 years of Transformers.

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Auto Assembly 2015 Bookings Open Now!

With Auto Assembly 2014 just days away and excitement building up to an incredible level, we have been saddened to see so many of our friends from all over the world who – for one reason or another – have been unable to join us this year as we celebrate 30 years of Transformers. With so many people being disappointed at missing out with this being such an important year for Transformers and already hoping to be able to come along and meet up with all of their friends once more, we wanted to see if there was anything we could do to help…

So following the sucess of the advance release of tickets last year for Auto Assembly 2014, we’re doing the same once again following popular demand! People have asked us about the date and have already asked us for more details about Auto Assembly 2015 so once again we’ve listened to all of you. We can reveal that Auto Assembly 2015 is taking place over the weekend of Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd August 2015 and for the fourth year running we will be at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel in Birmingham, England.

While we can’t reveal too much about the convention yet, we can confirm that we have already signed a number of guests to appear already and as always we will be making the big reveal of these this year at Auto Assembly 2014. However, we can tell you that we will be bringing over two voice actors and will have other great guests joining us once again next year. Who will they be? Well, you’ll have to wait until Saturday 9th August 2014 to find out more…

Once again we have arranged special room rates for our attendees at the Hilton and we’ll announce details of these shortly and while we do have a large number of rooms allocated to us in the hotel (even more than for Auto Assembly 2014) we expect the convention block to sell out quickly so we strongly recommend booking sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment if you want to stay on site! We will send details of your ticket numbers and how to book accommodation starting in early September.

To book your tickets and be amongst the first to guarantee your tickets for next year’s convention and avoid disappointment and to take advantage of our special early bird rate only available until Sunday 10th August 2014, go to the Auto Assembly 2015 Ticket Bookings Page NOW and we look forward to seeing you all next year and if you can make it, this year too! Even though pre-registrations are now closed, you can still come along and pay on the door!

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Auto Assembly 2014 Pre-Registrations Are CLOSED

Well that’s it folks! If you haven’t bought your tickets for Auto Assembly 2014 then you’ve just missed out on your chance of pre-registering and nabbing yourself a personalised pass for this week’s convention! Tickets have sold at a phenomenal rate for this year’s event and we can’t wait to tell you how many we’ve sold on Saturday during the Opening Ceremony but for now all we can tell you is that last year’s total figure of 833 isn’t the European attendance record any more…

So does this mean that you can’t attend Auto Assembly 2014 if you haven’t booked your tickets? Not at all. We do have on-the-door passes available but please bear in mind that these do take slightly longer to process on the day so you won’t be able to get into the convention as quickly as those who have pre-booked. We do operate a separate queuing system and while the ticket prices for on-the-door places are the same, for single day tickets we don’t open sales for on-the-door attendees until pre-registrants have all entered the convention. You will also miss out on receiving a personalised pass and as our convention exclusive comic is limited, there is a chance that you may miss out on getting a copy of this as well if we don’t have enough for everyone.

So what do you need to do? Just come along to the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel over the weekend and simply report to our Registration Desk. During the day on Friday this will be located in the Hilton’s main reception where our team will get your details (for health and safety reasons only), take your payment and give you your pass. Please note that we will only be taking registrations on Friday for those buying passes for the full weekend. On Friday evening, the Registration Desk will relocate inside our Main Hall and you will be able to buy passes up until 7:30 pm.

On Saturday and Sunday, the Desk will again be inside our Main Hall and will be open for single day and weekend pass sales from 9:30 am. Tickets will give you full access to the convention – all the panels, dealers, workshops, free autographs from our guests and there are no additional charges for anything unless you are buying anything at the event! Full weekend passes grant you access to our Friday and Saturday evening programmes, Single Day tickets only provide access to the “normal” convention schedule (9:30 – 5:30) on your chosen day.

Prices

Tickets are £50 for adults and £38 for youth (Under 18) and elderly (over 60) for the full weekend. Single day tickets are £35 for adults and £23 for concessions. Under 6s are free for both ticket types.

We hope to see you all there as we celebrate 30 years of Transformers! Auto Assembly 2014 is taking place at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel, Birmingham adjacent to the National Exhibition Centre.

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Special Fans To Professionals Panel At Auto Assembly 2014!

With just three days to go before Europe’s Largest Transformers Convention opens its doors once again, we’re still making more announcements about the activities and events taking place over the weekend and we’re proud to bring you details of yet another brand new programme item taking place at Auto Assembly 2014 this weekend…

We know that a lot of professionals who are working in Transformers comics today first made their mark in the amateur world. Whether it was sharing their creative works on DeviantArt or writing short stories for fanzines we know that everyone had to start somewhere. Well, four of our guests are joining forces to tell you their story of how they made the transition from fan to professional in our special panel taking place as part of our Friday evening programme, exclusive for Weekend Pass Holders. So join Nick Roche, James Roberts, John-Paul Bove and Casey Coller as they reveal how they got their break into the world of Transformers…

This is going to be a fantastic part of our schedule and you can only see this if you have a Full Weekend Pass to Auto Assembly 2014. The convention is taking place from Friday 8th – Sunday 10th August 2014 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel in Birmingham so come and join us as we celebrate 30 years of Transformers!

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Auto Assembly 2014 Exclusives Update

There has been an incredible amount of excitement over the exclusives that have been produced for Auto Assembly 2014 and we’re just as excited about them as you are. We’ve got a great t-shirt produced for us by Urban Species featuring the Dinobots with artwork by Josh Burcham and this year’s exclusive toy – the twin set of exclusive toys produced by Mech Ideas – the Mushroom Kingdom repaints of Bluster and Trench!

Both are being produced as limited editions so there’s a buzz over these with many of you eager to get your hands on them and desperate not to miss out but we can now reveal that you will be able to buy these on Friday Night at the convention in a special limited convention exclusive trading session! The session, for those who have weekend passes for the convention only, will run in our main hall between 20:00 and 21:00 from a dedicated desk where you’ll get the chance to buy these great exclusives for the first time at the convention.

So what will you be able to buy? From the Urban Species side of the table you’ll be able to get this year’s exclusive t-shirt and alongside them will be Calloway Customs with not only the 2014 exclusive set of Bluster And Trench but for those of you who missed it last year, the two exclusive toys Robot Manuel X and Robot Basil Z!

Quantities of all of these will be strictly limited to ensure that those attending on just the Saturday or Sunday will still have a chance to get the exclusives, but this will be your first opportunity at the convention to get them so if you want to beat all your friends to own some of the hottest exclusives to hit Europe, you know where to be on Friday…

Auto Assembly 2014 is taking place from Friday 8th – Sunday 10th August at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel, Birmingham. Tickets are still available so come and join us as we celebrate 30 years of Transformers in style!