Oh, and don't forget to head on over to Amazon and leave reviews there, too. I credit a lot of the success of the Almanac I to the twenty-nine of you (yes, twenty-nine, I'm humbled and flattered) who took the time to inform the more casual fans of what you thought of this book.
One item of note: some of you have noticed the crossword puzzle in the book. This is, indeed, a real, working crossword puzzle. Bill has been working on something special, so if you think you've solved it completely, send us a scan the solved puzzle, tell us what the answer to the Good Tool question is, and send us a picture of yourself holding the book. The first person to send us those three things will get a hand-made prize from Bill. Sadly, it's been reported that we have a couple of glitches in the crossword. Sorry, guys. It was REALLY hard to make, so please forgive me my flubs. However, flubs aside, I'm pretty sure it's actually solvable.
BTW, reviews are starting to pop up. While we don't have any Amazon review yet (hint, hint!), plenty of folks on the internet have had nice things to say. Over on Ozformers, user Stompy writes:
I have to say it's a nice swan song for the series. Vol.2 is much much better than Vol.1. It covers all the bit players and cameos with write-ups and all of season 3 covered and completely dissected. Eg. The members of Prowls old dojo (Cyber Ninja Corps) broken down, size comparisons of all major characters, a board game in the middle of the book, all the different "Supremes", all locations given all the minuteast of detail. Nothing was left untouched. The back end of the book touches ont he toys with pictures and a LOT of prototype shots of existing and non existing molds. This book satiated my hunger for more Animated with every speck of the lore covered.Cheers for that! Kal-el Prime does a rather flattering You-Tube video:
TFA fans this is a MUST have. G1 fans will get a kick to see all the tributes and Animated versions of oldies.
Wow! Very high praise indeed.
Over on Twitter, VicegripX writes:
Next on the to-read list is Allspark Almanac II, flipped through it and one huge nerdgasm after another, why did TFA have to end?On one of my favorite TransFan sites, The AllSpark (no relation), Rosicrucian writes:
I think it's official now. The two Allspark Almanac volumes are now the must-own books for a Transformers fan. If you don't like them, you're dead inside.Incidentally, that's part of a thread that's some 400 entries long about the book. A lot of the thread turns into a debate about some of the minutia of the book, but it's still great to see so many people so passionate about the work.
There's no shortage of love for the book over on the IDW Boards. Some highlights include:
- Jeysie: Whoo, I seriously can't wait until I can pick this up. So looking forward to all the cameo bios and episode tidbits.
- bassbot: man, those preview pages are SICK! looks like a surefire pick up for me!
- Stringycheese: That Yatter page is hilarious! It's amazing how funny and creative the Animated crew is. I can't wait to grab this book.
- Huffer's Stuntdouble: Got it ... love it! Very nice job all round!
- Darth Bombshell: The book makes me appreciate the cameo appearances in Season 3. That alone is a mighty achievement. I still don't like that they happened, but at least I can get them now.
The book is totally awesome. It actually makes me very sad (and pissed off) that 1 - we still don't have season 3 on DVD (which is beyond my comprehension as to why) and 2 - that we never got this season 4. TFA was hands down the most well thought out story arc in all of TFs IMO. Very thankful for the book but it's a damn shame that the powers in charge won't give it the time of day.
PS - this book is a MUST have for any TFA fan, period!
On the same thread, Mechadoom had this to say:
Every second page of this book contains nuggets of "AWW MAN, WHY WAS THIS CANCELLED?!?!?" I am really happy they made the book, but I'd be even happier if the series was continued.On the international front, we had a lovely review in Chinese. The game board was that author's favorite part of the book, though the posters seem to gravitate towards the star charts.
Buy this book. Even if you hated Animated, because it's actually a good insight into the process of making a cartoon show/toy line.
So, thanks to everyone for chiming in. Oh, and amidst all the Almanac II hype, the Almanac I has finally sold out. Hope you got your copy while the getting was good!