Title: Transformers Animated: The Complete Allspark Almanac
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Writer: Jim Sorenson and Bill Forster
Minutia. When you get to the 30 year mark in any franchise, be it TV, movies, literature, or anything else, minutia is what drives the fandom, and this may be more true in Transformers than most other franchises. With dozens of different stories told across dozens of continuities, multiple platforms including toys, TV series, movies and video games, every fan has their own favorite series or obscure character, and for fans of Transformers Animated especially (though not exclusively), this book is the ultimate collection of knowledge.
Including everything from show runner interviews and design notes to passages written from the perspective of in-show characters, there is no shortage of minutia here. Page after page of character bios and designs fill a large section of the book, giving the reader insight into the personalities and abilities of every character involved in Transformers Animated, even ones that had quick cameos or existed in the Animated comics or manga.
We also get in-depth insight into the design process for the show as a whole, including set and character design, voice recording, and animation. There’s a section that shows the entire process of designing the toys from concept to 3D modeling and all the way to the finished product. There’s simply so much content provided in this book that even the most learned fan of the series will find new tidbits that they never knew.
At 450+ pages Transformers Animated: The Complete Allspark Almanac is clad in a beautifully decorated hard cover and is a shelf bender to be sure. It’s what would be considered a coffee table book, and is as much an art book as anything else.
This tome can be considered the bible for this particular corner of the Transformers universe and is a must have for fans of this series, or just Transformers in general.