Today we have our 2008 New York Comic Con’s Tokyopop Coverage. I missed most of the panel, but thankfully one of our forum community members came to the event and shared notes with me. The Con attendees could grab from the Tokyopop booth a Starcraft and Warcraft manga promo poster. I heard it was made in a timeframe of two weeks by artist Saejin Oh from UDON Entertainment.
That is a beautiful poster featuring a Zerg Hydra versus a Protoss Zealot on the bottom, and a Paladin versus an Orc Warrior. Many thanks to Stacey for scanning her poster for Blizzplanet.
Tokyopop and Blizzard Entertainment recently announced a Three-Year Publishing Deal to release twenty-two manga adventures set in the richly detailed Warcraft and StarCraft® universes. By August 2008 two anthology titles will be available at bookstores: Starcraft: Frontline and Warcraft Legends.
Richard A. Knaak writes one of the stories in the Starcraft: Frontline anthology manga under the title: Thundergod. It will feature the Terran Thor – a massive robotic unit featured in the upcoming Starcraft 2 RTS game developed by Blizzard Entertainment.
StarCraft: Ghost Academy
Starcraft: Ghost Academy by Keith R.A. DeCandido is an ongoing manga series featuring November Anabelle Terra (better known as Nova), the lethal Ghost agent from the postponed Starcraft: Ghost FPS Console game developed by Blizzard Entertainment. Keith R.A. DeCandido is well known for his Star Trek, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Dragon Precinct – an acclaimed high fantasy police procedural; among other pocket books. Keith wrote Starcraft Ghost: Nova for Pocket Books on 2006 as a prequel to the Console game. Now he continues his great work polishing the character, this time on a Tokyopop Manga. Keith mentioned at New York Comic Con, during the Warcraft and Starcraft Panel, that a Starcraft 2 character would make an appearance in Starcraft Ghost: Academy. The Manga is set in the timeframe Nova was at the Ghost Program Academy prior to her first mission. You will explore her interaction with other cadets and Ghost trainees pitting Nova into some interesting privacy situations. An artist for Starcraft Ghost: Academy will be announced soon by Tokyopop. The first volume’s release date is scheduled by Summer 2009.
Warcraft: Legends features four adventure stories including a story split in four parts written by Richard Knaak and drawn by Jae-Hwan Kim (the creative team behind The Sunwell Trilogy and Dragons of Outland) that brings back Trag, the noble tauren who seemingly sacrificed his life to defeat Baron Mordis at the end of Shadows of Ice. The first installment of Knaak’s story inside the pages of Warcraft Legends Vol. 1 (August 2008) is titled “Fallen.” Warcraft Legends Volume 2 (November 2008) will feature a story titled: “Fear” where a well known Warcraft character will make a appearance. The next three installments will be split between Warcraft Legends Vol. 3-4. The first volume also contains the first of four short stories written by Dan Jolley. It’s a gnome story entitled “How to Win Friends and Influence People.”
Warcraft: Dragons of Outland
Richard A. Knaak and Jae-Hwan Kim team up once more to bring us a new manga titled Warcraft: Dragons of Outland. A World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade Manga, Dragons of Outland continues the saga of characters from Warcraft: The Sunwell Trilogy manga. In this sequel, Jorad Mace and Tyrygosa reach Outland and find the Nether dragons. This is unofficial, but this manga seems to set the backstory that leads to the events involving Malygos and what fans dubbed the “Magic War” from the upcoming World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King expansion – as hinted by Knaak during our video interview at 2007 Istrocon in Slovakia. This manga is scheduled for release on Fall 2009.