Like the Ending of WarGames. Minus Actual War Games.

Let me explain that. Close to the end of the 1983 (holy cow, 1983?) movie WarGames, when it appears Joshua via the WOPR computer has launched actual nuclear weapons, General Kitridge asks several army bases if they’re still around. After a few tense seconds, we hear the jubilant response: “Yeah! We’re still here!” And that’s ASM. I’m still here. I’m more active on Twitter (@ASMzine), but I’m still around. You can see I’ve put up a fresh coat of paint on the website, and I’m still working on some of the underlying structure, but I’m here. Got some other plans.

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Transformers 2016 Hall of Fame Nomination Period is Open!

It’s time once again to nominate winners for the 2016 Transformers Hall of Fame! We once again have three categories that need your nominees, but the second one is new. • FAVORITE TRANSFORMERS CHARACTER (Fictional Robot Character) • FAVORITE UNDERRATED TRANSFORMERS CHARACTER (Fictional Robot Character) • BEST TRANSFORMERS-RELATED MUSICAL ACT (Real Life Humans) For the first two categories, you can not vote for the following characters: Arcee, Bumblebee, Dinobot, Grimlock, Ironhide, Jazz, Megatron, Megatron – Beast Wars, Optimus Prime, Predaking, Prowl, Ratchet, Rodimus, Shockwave, Soundwave, Starscream, Ultra Magnus, Waspinator, Wheeljack For the last category, you can not vote for Stan

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Fifteen Years of ASM – A Look Back

July 12, 1999 — that graphic you see above was revealed to online Transformers fandom for the first time, heralding a new online magazine about those toys that could alter their states from robot to vehicles and beasts, an internet-only fanzine that promised debate about a wide variety of subjects that would take a new look at the Transformers mythos: “I can sum up Altered States Magazine‘s focus: OPINIONS. This very well be my fanzine, but I want it to be a forum for your ideas, your essays, your opinions…. “Future issues of Altered States Magazine may deal with themes like heroism, morality, and religion. A lot will

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Thanks for a Great 2013!

From all of us here at ASM, we thank you for making this our biggest year yet.  While things as of late have been a bit quiet, thanks to the Baby Bot at home, we appreciate you visiting and reading the site. The upcoming year should certainly be an interesting one, and we hope that you will join us through the changes.  Toy Fair is less than two months away…. Happy New Year to each and every one of you, and if you celebrate tonight, stay safe!    

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ASM Announces New Acquisition, Rebrands as ASMBaby

For Immediate Release ASM Announces New Acquisition and Focus With Change to ASMBaby October 22, 2013 – After nine months of negotiations, ASM has completed the transaction and acquired new BabyBot(TM).  With this new addition, ASM will immediately become known as ASMBaby, to fill all your Baby News And Needs.  This decision was made by both Editor-In-Chief Philip N. Zeman and ace writer Rogue Z.  When asked about the change, Phil said, “… huh?  Oh, sorry, wasn’t paying attention to you, was burping my kid.  Yeah, we look forward to new BabyBot and the upgrades to ToddlerBot, KidBot, TweenBot, TeenBot and AdultBot, hopefully avoiding the

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Nicholas Brendon to Attend Meta Con

Bloomington, MN – July 31, 2012 – Meta Con is thrilled to announce that Nicholas Brendon, the actor for Xander Harris in all seven seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, will be appearing at Meta Con 2012 in Minneapolis. Meta Con is a three-day multi-genre comic convention that will bring together over 2,000 fans for a Labor Day weekend celebration at the Doubletree by Hilton in Bloomington, Minnesota. Nicholas Brendon is best known to audiences as Xander on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a role he played for the seven-year run of the show. His film credits include the cult favorite

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Star Trek, Ghostbusters, Star Wars Groups Boost Wizard World Chicago Comic Con For Fans

Role Playing, Podcaster, Sci Fi, Superhero, Re-Creation Organizations Enhance Experience At Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, August 9-12 NEW YORK and ROSEMONT, Ill., July 31, 2012 – Bringing their favorite cult movies and TV shows, comics, charities and other interests to life, fan groups will again be on hand at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con.  Organizations supporting Star Wars, Ghostbusters, “Star Trek,” and Jurassic Park are among those who will roam the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center floor, August 9-12, many in elaborate costumes – and all making the day just a little more fun for attendees.

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Meta Con Announces Linkara and Possible Oscar

Bloomington, MN – July 23, 2012 – Meta Con, Minneapolis’s massively-multigenre fan convention, is pleased to announce that comic-book reviewer Linkara and comedy rock band Possible Oscar will be appearing at the upcoming 2012 convention. Possible Oscar and Linkara join other guests including musicians Rumgumption and YTCracker, television stars Nakia Burrise, Michael Copon, Jessica Rey and Jason Faunt, martial artist Samurai Dan, abridged series creator LittleKuriboh, and voice actor Todd Haberkorn. Over 2,000 fans will convergence on the Doubletree by Hilton in Bloomington, Minneapolis for Meta Con, from August 31 to September 2, 2012. The full guest list can be

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