The Cybertronian Times

First released in January 1998, The Cybertronian Times is our long-running Transformers fanzine. The very first issue was released as a 20 page A5 black and white publication, photocopied and sold directly to other Transformers fans via mail order and through a couple of local shops in Birmingham, UK and despite its limited distribution channels sold surprisingly well. Over the years it became adopted as the official magazine our convention, moved into full colour and was professionally printed and saw it’s print run increase to 1,000 copies.

In 2015 we made the shift into digital publishing, and we will be releasing issues of the new-look Cybertronian Times every few months packed with fan fiction, artwork and Transformers-themed comic strips absolutely FREE to download here as DRM-free PDF files. Older issues and specials will be made available at a later date so please keep checking back for more information, as well as details on everything we have released so far.

We’re always on the lookout for artists and writers interested in getting involved in contributing to the magazine and we’re now running an ongoing competition for fiction, art, comic strips and more. If you’re interested in taking part, you can find our how to enter the creative competition here.

If you’re interested in advertising in, or sponsoring the magazine, you can find out more on our advertising and sponsorship page.

We do have limited physical copies of some of our older issues still available for those of you who were unable to attend our conventions and these are available to purchase. Prices and ordering details will be added in due course.

The Cybertronian Times Collection – Updated 28th October 2021

The Cybertronian Times

Issue 1 – January 1998

First ever issue containing a guide to Beast Wars toys, character profiles, fiction, artwork and more. 20 pages.

Not available digitally. Physical copies sold out.

Issue 2 – April 1999

Second issue featuring a G1 comic strip, an update on Beast Wars in the US, news, toy and video game reviews, fiction and the first part in a series looking at the Beast Wars TV series. 32 pages.

Not available digitally. Physical copies sold out.

Issue 3 – October 2000

Released at the first ever Auto Assembly event, this issue took a special look at the new Japanese Transformers series Car Robots (Robots In Disguise) with extensive reviews of the first wave of toys from the new line. Additional game reviews looking at more Beast Wars titles along with more fiction, news and comic strips. 52 pages.

Not available digitally. Physical copies sold out.

Issue 4 – March 2001

Our second convention issue, we took a look back at our first event alongside bringing readers more fiction, news, toy, comic and video game reviews, and another look at Beast Wars on screen. This was the last issue to feature our letters page. 52 pages.

Not available digitally. Physical copies sold out.

Issue 5 – August 2003

Released after a short hiatus when the event took a break, this is the first issue that was released with any colour (The print edition featured a full colour cover, but tThe digital edition presented here is in full colour). The mag contains the usual mix of fiction, DVD reviews, toy reviews, collectors guides and more. 56 pages.

Digital copy not currently available. Physical copies sold out.

Issue 6 – May 2004

Auto Assembly 2004 was our first convention where we were joined by a voice actor and this is the first time the magazine reflected this. The cover, illustrated by Marvel UK artist Lee Sullivan features RiD Sideburn and Mirage, played by our guest of honour Wally Wingert. The magazine itself featured profiles from several of our guests that year, exclusive interviews with David Kaye and Beast Wars Story Editor Bob Forward, an article by Simon Furman about the creation of his book Transformers: The Ultimate Guide, comic strips, toy reviews, a range of original articles from many of our attendees, fiction and more! 56 pages.

Digital copy not currently available.

Issue 7 – June 2005

One year later and this time our guest of honour for the convention was Neil Kaplan, the voice of Optimus Prime from Robots In Disguise so it was only fitting that the cover reflected Neil’s appearance at the con so Auto Assembly fan favourite Simon Williams stepped up to provide the superb cover artwork. This time around as well as the regular fiction and toy, DVD and game reviews, we took a retrospective look over the first five years of the convention and an exclusive interview with RiD’s Wally Wingert. 64 pages.

Digital copy not currently available.

Issue 8 – June 2006

Released to coincide with Auto Assembly 2006, the cover art this time was provided by Lee Sullivan and depicts Beast Wars Megatron in tribute of that year’s Guest Of Honor, David Kaye. Content wise, just over half of this issue was dedicated to fan fiction, but it also contained a preview news report on the live action movie, a look at Beast Wars, toy reviews, guest profiles and more. 56 pages.

Digital copy not currently available.

Issue 9 – August 2008

We took a year off from the convention in 2007 and so did The Cybertronian Times. Returning a year later, we were joined at the convention by Dan Gilvezan and to celebrate his work as Bumblebee (and Spider-Man in Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends), Simon Williams produced some stunning artwork for a postcard given away at the convention which appeared in the magazine. The cover art was produced by Lee Sullivan and was an homage to an earlier piece he did for Marvel UK years before. Highlights included a look at Masterpiece and BinalTech toys, collecting comic artwork, fan fiction and a retrospective look at the live action movie.

The print version of the magazine was the first to be released in A4 format, hence the reduced page count of 48 pages

Digital copy not currently available.

Issue 10 – August 2009

Details coming soon. Digital copy not currently available.

Issue 11 – August 2010

Details coming soon. Digital copy not currently available.

Issue 12 – 12th August 2011

Details coming soon. Digital copy not currently available.

Issue 13 – 3rd August 2012

Details coming soon. Digital copy not currently available.

Issue 14 – August 2013

Our first digital only release for reasons outside of our control but that didn’t stop us from producing a great magazine.

Details coming soon. Digital copy not currently available.

Issue 15 – August 2014

Details coming soon. Digital copy not currently available.

For the second year running we were forced to release this issue as a digital only publication.

Issue 16 – 21st August 2015

Details coming soon. Digital copy not currently available.

Issue 17 – 30th November 2015

This issue is our first digital-only release since the convention ended and marks a return of the old-school Auto Assembly. This is a packed edition with reviews of the PlayStation Optimus Prime and Sega Megadrive Megatron toys, an 11 page Frenzy comic strip, the start of a new series where readers talk about their favourite shows, comics, toys, characters and more, the return of our letters page Jazz Jives plus an exclusive 5 page preview of the new comic Bruce Outback from former IDW colourist Kris Carter and his cohorts Jim Bampfield, Dan Harris and Kirsty Winskill. 52 pages.

Available to download at https://www.autoassembly.org.uk/Fanzines/TheCybertronianTimesIssue17DigitalEdition.pdf

Issue 18 – July 2021

New format for The Cybertronian Times as we shift focus towards fiction, comic strips and artwork allowing the website to concentrate on articles and reviews moving forward. This issue features 32 pages with three brand new comic strips including the continuation of the story “And Justice For All” from Issue 17, and four short stories. Cover art by Paula Griffee.

Available to download at https://www.autoassembly.org.uk/Fanzines/TheCybertronianTimesIssue18DigitalEdition.pdf

Issue 19 – September 2021

The latest issue of The Cybertronian Times features another great select of fiction and comic strips including an epic nine page comics from Paul Goodenough, Tim Brown and Paula Griffee, some unused material from our archives and reprints from the earlier issues of The Cybertronian Times that are no longer available. 36 pages with cover art by Paula Griffee.

Available to download at https://www.autoassembly.org.uk/Fanzines/TheCybertronianTimesIssue19DigitalEdition.pdf

Issue 20 – October 2021

A quicker release than normal, featuring a long lost story from much loved Transformers fan Brett Reynolds who sadly passed away in 2007. The issue also features reprinted fiction and comic strips from our titles that are no longer available material including a comic strip from artist/colourist Kris Carter and more. There’s also some exciting news about future issues of the fanzine but you’ll have to download it to find out more about that… 36 pages.

Available to download at https://www.autoassembly.org.uk/Fanzines/TheCybertronianTimesIssue20DigitalEdition.pdf

Issue 21 – December 2021

Issue 22 – February 2022

Issue 23 – April 2022

Issue 24 – June 2022

Issue 25 – August 2022

Issue 26 – October 2022

Issue 27 – December 2022

 

Mini CT

Issue 1 – January 2005

Details coming soon. Not available digitally. Physical copies sold out.

Issue 2 – March 2005

Details coming soon. Not available digitally. Physical copies sold out.

Issue 3 – August 2008

Details coming soon. Not available digitally. Physical copies sold out.

CT Alpha

CT Alpha was a new publication launched intended to compliment The Cybertronian Times. Planned to be released several times a year between conventions it was our plan to release this as a digital fanzine several times a year as a subscription based title. Unfortunately, due to time constraints and personal commitments and pressures, the magazine was unable to maintain its intended release schedule and was only able to produce a limited run, shorter than originally planned.

Issue Zero

Details coming soon. Digital copy not currently available.

Issue 1

Details coming soon. Digital copy not currently available.

Issue 2

Details coming soon. Digital copy not currently available.

Issue 3

Details coming soon. Digital copy not currently available.

Auto Assembly 2012 Special

Details coming soon. Digital copy not currently available.

Specials And One-Shot Publications

Iacon Independent

This was the full colour comic produced for Auto Assembly 2012. A5 format filled with assorted comic strips from various fan and professional contributors.

Digital copy not currently available.

Reflections

To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Transformers, we produced another exclusive comic for Auto Assembly 2014, this time producing a single story one-shot title spanning multiple generations and eras of the Transformers franchise. This was a collaborative effort of a wide range of talented artists, writers and colourists to produce a single over-arching story.

Digital copy not currently available.

Fire And Iron

Our final convention exclusive comic, produced for Auto Assembly 2015. A5 format.

Digital copy not currently available.

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