HERE is one of the few books we put a lot of time into but never got to see the final result. It’s a shame because the artwork was really fantastic. I knew almost nothing about the Transformers universe before doing this book, but the thought and time that the director and artists, and author, Simon Furman, put into the content was clearly evident.
We were about ninety percent done with the layouts when the plug was pulled. I don’t know specifically why, but I gather it was a disagreement between Michael Bay and Titan Books, the publisher. Also heavily involved was Paramount Pictures, who seemed, like us, kind of caught in the middle. It was still a positive experience in all, and I believe that years later Bay did publish a book very similar in content to this one, so the fans got to see the cool art eventually. And I know this art has mostly seen the light of day now, but if anyone from Michael Bay’s office or Paramount has issues with me showing these small images, please let me know. —Bill