We’re always up to share some interesting insights into the history of the Transformers franchise – and we have an awesome one to share with you tonight.
24 years ago yesterday, on 16 July 1994, the first-ever Botcon convention kicked off. The show, organised by Jon and Karl Hartman, was intended to be a tenth anniversary celebration of Transformers, and it kicked off an entire legacy of Transformers conventions which for many of us was how we all got to meet “in real life” and become friends outside of the fandom.
It all started with two brothers in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and that’s what we have for you here: the beginning of the very first Botcon.
Jon Hartman has recently digitized the Hartman brothers’ footage from the early Transformers conventions, Botcon 1994 – 2002 and 2004. They’ll be sharing the footage on Youtube at the Botcon Video Archive – be sure to check them out and subscribe if you want to keep up to date with their future uploads.
You can check out the introduction and collection room from Botcon 1994 below – very much the place where it all started from.