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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.




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 Bush or Vince DiCola.

All polling result lists from each fan outlet will be combined together (each outlet getting an equal voice). The resultant point values will be used to generate the final ballot, with details to follow on voting.

Winners of the final polling will be announced at BotCon, the official Transformers Convention, in Louisville, KY, April 7-10.

Here at ASM, we believe in the sanctity of the ballot.  Okay, not really, we’ll let you vote up to four times:

1) Email your top three nominees for each category to . Multiple emails will result in only the most recent email being counted. One email address per person only.

2) Tweet your nominees to @ASMzine with the hashtag #ASMTFHOF. You may use one tweet per category, but duplicate tweets for a category will result in the most recent tweet being counted.  Use C1, C2 and C3 to designate the category.

3) Post a comment to our FB wall ( with your nominees and the #ASMTFHOF hashtag. One post with all categories; multiple posts will result in only the most recent post being counted.

4) Leave a comment on this blog post.  One post with all categories; multiple posts will result in only the most recent post being counted.

No matter which method, all nominees must be in to ASM by 5:00 PM EDT on Tuesday, March 8, so we can deliver the results on March 9.

Happy nominating!

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 depend on how you interact with us.”

Boy, was I deluded or what? The magazine never really took off.  My idea for bimonthly issues quickly unraveled, and for a while we only did Toy Fair coverage.  Hardly an ongoing magazine dealing with weighty issues.

But we soldiered on, introducing reviews, Q&As, feature articles.  Toy Fair coverage soon had Transformers as only a small portion of the toys covered (and I still stand by our 15 years of coverage as some of the best a small site with no budget could do).  We introduced reviews of TV shows, and we shortened our name to ASM because I was sick of the full name (although we still get called “Altered States Magazine” frequently).

Some years ago I realized that I couldn’t hand-code the site anymore and I introduced the “Geekly Rewind” blog.  I thought it would complement the larger articles; instead, WordPress made it easy to just do everything there.  “Geekly Rewind” never took off as a concept, so the site once again becamse just ASM.

ASM has always been a labor of love.  We took advertising very sparingly (and got burned on one deal).  We’ve made lots of friends and met lots of great people.  Over the course of these fifteen years, we’ve had lots of people work on and for the site, and I certainly hope I don’t miss any of them in this list:

Rogue Z, Daniel, Amy, Doug, Matt G., Ant, Matt K., Chris K., Gary, Greg, Joe — without you, we wouldn’t have had content on the site.  Thank you so much for putting words onto screen and taking pictures and doing everything you’ve done.

Thank you to our industry friends, especially those at Hasbro; Justin, Joe and the crew at Hunter PR (that includes Danny, former member of the Hunter Bearded Triumverate); Aub and the folks at Dark Horse; Rosalind and those at IDW; Allison and the people at Funko; Hunter and the group at Valiant Comics; Jerry at WizardWorld; Lance at ReedPop; and all those from the former Palisades Toys.  And to those whom we see at Toy Fair every year?  You rock, too!

Finally, a sincere thanks to you, the reader.  The ride here has been bumpy at times, or stalled, or fast and furious.  But we kept moving on, and I and the staff thank you for being there.

As I look towards the past, I can’t help but look towards the future.  Fifteen years ago, I was a single guy with a growing collection, lots of free time and money, and a whole lot of ideas.  Now, I’m married with a kid, and that takes up most of my time.  But I still have lots of ideas, and I hope that I’ll be able to put some of them in place in the future.  I don’t know what the coming months or years will bring, but I hope that I will still be here, with my own little corner of the Internet, writing about the things that interest me and you.

So, tomorrow is ASM’s 15th Birthday.  Thanks to everyone out there who’s read, contributed, shared, liked, tweeted, and visited.  You’re the reason I do it.  Thanks.

Toy Fair 2014 Coverage Begins!



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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!



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 SullenTeenBot expansion pack if we can help it.”

Keep watching this site for future ASMBaby updates!…

… okay, now that that’s out of the way, let me explain why ASM has been quiet as of late.  As you may have guessed, I’m now a dad.  Our son was born last Thursday evening, and he’s absolutely perfect.  With that, however, we must put ASM on a bit of a hiatus while we figure out what his schedule will be like and how we fit ASM into all of that.

We will be back, and we will try to give you some new content every so often until we get back up to near full speed. We hope you stick around during the break, and we thank you for reading the site all these years.

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 Psycho Beach Party, My Neighbor’s Secret for Lifetime, A Golden Christmas for Ion, Blood on the Highway, and The Portal.

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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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Wizard World Chicago Comic Con – Final Programming Schedule Released!

Wizard World Chicago Comic Con is quickly approaching on August 9-12, 2012!  The final programming schedule is now available.  You can view it online on the Wizard World blog or download the PDF.


Wizard World Chicago Comic Con will be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.

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 found at
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Google+ Page Open for Circling!

Howdy, folks! ASM’s got one of those new-fangled Google+ Pages. Find us, bookmark us, circle us and share us at an easy-to-remember URL: ! You can also go their via that handy-dandy li’l G+ icon in the upper right corner. We’ll crosspost to our old account and new page for the foreseeable future.