Timelines is the franchise under which much of Fun Publications' Transformers fiction is published. It encompasses most of the stories released in conjunction with BotCon and the Transformers Collectors' Club. Some stories build on existing continuities, while others create new ones from scratch.
Timelines began in 2005 with the release of Fun Publications' first BotCon fiction, and it denoted a new approach to convention-based fiction. The previous convention organizers, 3H Productions, had released lengthy storylines with complex ties to existing mainstream stories; these storiessluggishly unfolded across various years' conventions. Timelines instead promised a series of unconnected stand-alone stories, starting with a short comic accompanying the 2005 boxed toy set.
The brand has since expanded to include various other stories in multiple formats, primarily text stories with illustrations made available through the Transformers Club web site, but also script readings and even a computer-animated short feature. Despite the focus on stand-alone tales, manyTimelines stories have tied in to the larger ongoing story told through the fan club magazine's monthly comic (which is not itself branded as part of the Timelines umbrella).