Bookings for Auto Assembly 2012 are already doing well and we’re already ahead of where we were this time last year! We have THREE voice actors confirmed and plenty of comic guests to keep you all entertained all weekend with more guests being announced soon giving us a great guest line-up…
Veteran actor Michael Bell is just as much at home in front of the camera as much as he in infront of a microphone in a studio and he has hundreds of television, animation and video game credits to his name but for Transformers fans he will always be know as the man behind the voices of Swoop, Prowl, Sideswipe, Bombshell, Scrapper and many more in G1.
Away from Transformers, Michael was one of the stars of the GI Joe cartoon, providing the voice for Duke and several other characters, and his varied career including multiple appearances on Star Trek inlucluding the first episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation (and working on several Star Trek video games), on screen roles in shows such as Mission Impossible, The Monkees, Get Smart and Ironside, and providing voices for an endless stream of cult animated shows. Over on the video games front, Michael has voiced characters in the Baldur’s Gate, Metal Gear Solid, and the Ratchet And Clank series to name but a few, with many more to come.
Michael will be making his long-overdue Auto Assembly debut this year.
Making his debut at Auto Assembly 2012 is Townsend Coleman. His most notable Transformerss role have been to provide the voices of Sentinel Prime and Tracks in Transformers: Animated (although he had previously voiced two minor characters in G1). However, Townsend has been an incredibly prolific voice actor for many years and has provided the voice for characters in some of the most popular and fan-favourite shows of recent years…
For almost a decade, spanning an astonishing 148 episodes, he provided the voice of Michaelangelo, the Rat King and several other voices (including Usagi Yojimbo) in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and he also provided the voice of the blue-suited superhero, The Tick… who bore an uncanny similarity to his latter Transformers character!
In addition, Townsend took over Michael J Fox’s part for the animated series based on Teen Wolf, and has also been in countless other animated series including Batman, Spiderman, Superman, Animaniacs and more. A first glance at his resumé may lead you to think that Townsend may not have as extensive a career as many other voice actors, but as you can tell, he has been fortunate enough to have been cast in the lead role in many of the shows he has been cast in.
Another guest joining us for the first time this year, Paul Eiding is well known to G1 fans for providing the voice of the Autobots resident scientist Perceptor. Away from Transformers, Paul has worked extensively in animation and video games providing voices for Ben 10, and been a regular provider of voice roles in the Metal Gear Solid, Ratchet and Clank, God Of War and Starcraft series and most recently he can be heard in Elver Scrolls V: Skyrim.
His on-screen work has included appearances in Star Trek: The Next Generation, CSI: Miami, ER, and he has done voice work for Pixar providing character voices for films such as Cars, Monsters Inc, and Finding Nemo.
Always popular at conventions and a true fan-favourite, we’re sure that you’ll all make Paul welcome at Auto Assembly.
What can be said about Simon Furman that hasn’t been said already? Comic writer, editor, TV animation writer… he’s done it all! Simon has been writing for Transformers since the early Marvel days working for pretty much every publisher to have taken on the Transformers licence – Marvel UK, Marvel US, Dreamwave, Panini, Titan, and IDW as well as BotCon’s own comic and has even written an episode of Beast Wars! He is also the co-creator of Death’s Head, alongside Geoff Senior.
There is very little that Simon doesn’t know about Transformers and Simon will be on hand to talk about his work on his return to IDW with his work on the return of his ongoing series picking up where the Marvel US comic run ended with Andrew Wildman and Simon will again be penning the Auto Assembly 2012 script for our actors…
What can be said about Andrew Wildman that hasn’t already been written?
James has quickly become one of the hottest properties in Transformers comics. From his beginnings in fandom and his stunning self-publishing and critically-acclaimed fan novel “Eugenesis”, James made his break into professional Transformers work co-authoring Last Stand Of The Wreckers for IDW alongside Nick Roche.
In 2011 he worked on the Chaos storyline as part of the ongoing Transformers series before delighting fans everywhere when it was announced that his partnership with Nick Roche was to be reformed when they were to take the helm of one of IDWs ongoing Transformers series.
No doubt James will have plenty to talk about covering their plans for the title, and whether we might ever hear more about the Wreckers…
Another guest making a welcome return is inker Stephen Baskerville. Known to most for his work on the Marvel G1 comics, his work added a whole new dimension to the already superb work of artists such as Andrew Wildman whose artwork he often inked. Stephen is making his long overdue return to Transformers picking up where he left off years ago joining forces once again with Andrew Wildman as he takes on the inking responsibilities for Regeneration One.
Returning to Auto Assembly, John-Paul has recently come to the forefront amongst the Transformers community when it was announced that he was going to join forces with Simon Furman and Andrew Wildman as the colourist for Transformers Regeneration One.
One of our more popular guests, colourist Liam Shalloo makes a welcome return once again. Making his mark through fan work, Liam had his first break into Transformers as a colourist working for IDW Publishing where he has continued to work on several of their titles. He has since gone on to work on Titan Magazines monthly Transformers comic and collaborated with Simon Williams on his Spiderman DVD covers for Clearvision.
In the “real” world away from comics, Liam works for Sony Computer Entertainment Europe as part of the Singstar Team… although he refuses to talk about Singstar Take That unless he has had plenty to drink beforehand!
Liam is one half of the creative team with Nick Roche behind the cover from both of our convention exclusive variant editions of IDW’s All Hail Megatron #13 and Transformers #9.
Back again is IDW and Titan colourist Kris Carter. Kris has been working on various titles for Titan Books including Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Torchwood, as well as various titles for IDW including Transformers and Doctor Who and he has been a regular contributor to the Auto Assembly postcards for the last few years, The Cybertronian Times convention magazine and provided the cover art for Issue 10.
Kris is constantly active in the Transformers Mosaic scene as well, and he is also working with publishers in the indie comic market including his own new book Lou Scannon.
Kris will be sketching throughout the weekend, joining our other comic guests on stage and maybe something else too…!
Colourist Jason is making another welcome appearance at Auto Assembly. Jason started off as a colouring partner to Simon Williams in the fan scene and his first professional Transformers work was colouring the Optimus Prime and Megatron standees for Cardboardcutout.net. A regular collaborator with Simon Williams on Panini’s Spectacular Spiderman book, Jason has since been a regular colourist for Titan’s Transformers comic working with a wide range of artists and also doing occasional cover artk
Jason will also be talking about his latest projects and his involvement in the charity Draw The World Together that he has taken over from Andrew Wildman along with Kat Nicholson. After making a surprise appearance during last year’s Saturday night programme, Jason will be taking to the stage again with another Transformers-themed DJ set.
Along with Jason, we also have the return of Kat Nicholson to the convention. Kat is now playing a major role in running the charity Draw The World Together which she and Jason inherited from Andrew Wildman in between her countless colouring projects.
Her Transformers work has included IDW’s Beast Wars Source Books and Titan’s Transformers and Transformers: Animated comics. As with her partner Jason Cardy, Kat also contributed to the monumental resurrection of Death’s Head.
Away from Transformers, Kat has worked on Spider-Man, Action Man A.T.O.M, DreamWorks Tales and along with Jason Cardy has produced a graphic novel version of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.
Making another welcome return is West Midlands local artist, Lee Bradley. Making his professional comics debut in 2007, Lee has worked as a colourist, inker, artist and occasional writer, but his professional career started with his work as a colourist on Spider-Man Tower Of Power. He soon moved onto Titan Books working on their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles titles as an artist and colourist, before moving onto Transformers working on the comic strip itself as well as their shortlived Transformers Animated comic.
As well as the main comic strip, Lee has also been responsible for the regular “How To Draw…” series and once again, Lee will be hosting a free workshop at the convention based on this popular series of tutorials!
Jeff Anderson is a freelance artist. In addition to Transformers, he has also worked on Death’s Head, Knights of Pendragon, Mys-tech Wars, the graphic novels The Shadow’s Edge and The Cutting Edge and an adaptation of The Bible. For more information on Jeff and his work, please visit his website at: http://www.jeffandersonillustrator.co.uk/
making his debut at Auto Assembly this year is none other than Livio Ramondelli. Livio is the artist of the superb new digital comic Transformers: Autocracy for IDW Publishing. In addition, his credits include Chaos, The Best of Optimus Prime / Best of Megatron trade paperback covers, as well as covers for IDW’s Infestation II event series. He previously worked for WildStorm Productions, doing design work for the DC Universe Online game… and he also really loves movies!