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More Guests Announced For Auto Assembly 2012

July 28th, 2012 by Marc Comments

The guys behind this year’s Auto Assembly event are back to tell us who else they’ve secured for the event kicking off next Friday: We’re just SIX DAYS away from Auto Assembly 2012, Europe’s largest Transformers convention but we still haven’t finished with our announcements for this year’s event! We have a fantastic guest line-up with year with some great comic guests and – for the first time ever – three voice actors, but we thought that you deserved more…

We’re now proud to bring you two final guests to the line-up and we hope that you will make them both feel welcome as they make their Auto Assembly debut. First up is our own in-house artist Ed Pirrie who is making Auto Assembly history as our first ever fan artist guest.

In his own words, Ed Pirrie spends most of his days either operating dangerous machinery or drawing it hitting each other. He has been accused of being a “prominent fan-artist” online (pffft!), providing work for several Transmasters UK publications and has a number of popular Mosaics under his belt. He came to the attention of Auto Assembly after winning their art competitions two years straight, and after that he was tapped to produce full-length strips for the convention magazine The Cybertronian Times, as well as working on many other illustrative projects for the convention including their exclusive postcards, lithographs and being responsible for the presentation and look and feel of the event since 2011.

Despite this, he considers having his artwork stolen and used without his permission his highest sign of success to date. He also has a soft-spot for mutants, radioactive monsters, and biotechnological humanoid weapons. Probably best ignored.

Joining Ed is Sam Palmer. Sam is a colourist from Hertfordshire. With a lifetime love of comics, Sam coloured his first ever piece of comic art during his Animation degree in 2008 and was instantly hooked. More hard work and practice eventually lead to fan work such as Transformers: The Lost Seasons and Transformers Mosaics, as well as various other small press work, which helped him try out different techniques and styles to improve and start to hone his craft.

A regular on the UK convention circuit and rarely seen without his trusty portfolio in hand, Sam is always eager to get help, advice and feedback on his work from anyone and everyone who will look at it. This drive and passion lead to a portfolio review with Titan Magazines at London Super Comic-Con in February 2012, from which he was sent 4 pages of try-out linework to colour, and less than 3 months later, He was given his first professional mainstream job, working on an issue of Titan’s Transformers Prime Magazine, which is due out in September. Sam never rests on his laurels, He’s worked his butt off to get that first mainstream job, and will keep working hard to send his career on to bigger and better things.

Both of them will be in our guest area all weekend meeting fans and sketching. They’ll be there alongside all of our other guests including the entire creative team behind Regeneration One (Simon Furman, Andrew Wildman, Stephen Baskerville, John-Paul Bove, and Jason Cardy), James Roberts, Nick Roche, Livio Ramondelli, and our three voice actors – Michael Bell (G1 Prowl, Swoop, Sidewipe and more), Paul Eiding (G1 Perceptor) and Townsend Coleman (TFA Sentinel Prime). For a recap on our guests of honour, you can watch our latest videos:

Michael Bell

Townsend Coleman

Paul Eiding

If you haven’t already booked up for the convention or ordered a Non-Attendee Pack which gets you our stunning goodie bag with autographs from our guests, pre-registrations close in just FOUR DAYS. After that time, you’ll still be able to come along to the convention and pay on the day but Non-Attendee Packs will no longer be available. Attendees will not get a personalised pass and will not be entered into any of our free prize draws (which are also open to Non-Attendees) so pre-registration is well worth it.
So what are you waiting for? There’s no better time to book your tickets while you can to be a part of Europe’s largest Transformers convention!
Auto Assembly 2012 is Europe’s largest EVER Transformers convention and is taking place over the weekend of 3rd – 5th August 2012 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel. To book your tickets or find out more including details of all the dealers present and a full schedule for the weekend, visit the website at
If you can’t make it to the convention this year don’t forget that tickets are now on sale for Auto Assembly 2013 which is set to be another stunning weekend!
Hope to see you on 3rd – 5th August.
The Auto Assembly Team

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….

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