Image to publish 'Art of Transformers'

Official Press Release

[Art of Transformers]ORANGE, CA -- 23 April, 2002 -- Fans of '80s favorites THE TRANSFORMERS are in for a treat this September when Image releases GENESIS: THE ART OF THE TRANSFORMERS. Featuring over 100 pages of artwork, the 128-page, 9 1/2" x 12" paperback is being produced by Sebastien Clavet and 88 MPH Studios. Artists contributing to the project include Pat Lee, Mark Brooks, Mark D. Bright, Jun-Ichi Nakamura, James Raiz, Guido Guidi and E.J. Su.

"GENESIS is all about passion, born from the desire to offer the world a true collection of high quality artwork depicting my childhood heroes and foes, so in every respect this is a labor of love," explained Clavet. "So many great artists have participated in this project and it really became a challenge to choose which artists would do which characters. We had to make some difficult choices, but I think the book's better for it."

"We're thrilled to be offering fans this one of a kind look at THE TRANSFORMERS," commented Image Publisher/Vice-President Jim Valentino. "Sebastien Clavet has assembled a truly stunning array of artists for this book and it's really going to be a must-have for TRANSFORMERS fans everywhere!"

THE TRANSFORMERS was first developed both as a toy line and an animated series by Hasbro, Inc. and quickly became one of the most popular toy lines of the '80s and '90s, spawning numerous spin-offs, a comic book series and an animated feature film, TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE. The franchise has been on a roll since 1996, when TRANSFORMERS: BEAST WARS completely revamped the line, spawning both a hit CGI series and an all-new line of toys. And as TRANSFORMERS gears up for its 20th Anniversary in 2004, the franchise is more popular than ever due to its latest incarnation, TRANSFORMERS: ARMADA.

"I've been a fan since Optimus Prime shouted "Autobots, Transform and Roll Out!" for the first time in 1984, but nearly 20 years later, I was stunned to learn that an art book filled with high quality illustrations of these fantastic characters had never been published. Inspired by the many Japanese robot art books I've seen over the years, I set out to assemble a team of artists via new and old connections in fandom and through Hasbro. I started compiling the book in September 2001 and now, two years later to the month, the idea is becoming a reality and I couldn't be happier with the results."

GENESIS: THE ART OF TRANSFORMERS will be available for order in the July issue of Previews for September shipping.

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