During the New York Comic Con 2012, I reported Mega Bloks had plans to deploy an ongoing web show, and to announce an upcoming contest aimed at machinima and filmmakers with uber-loot$.
Today we had the first sign of life from Mega Bloks with a Toymation teaser. The web show will launch on November 2012. Stay tuned.
Watch the teaser. Comment your thoughts and opinions about it on Facebook, and whether you would love to watch the ongoing web show.
Those who retweet our topic version at Twitter will be elegible to a chance at winning one of the BlizzCon 2011 exclusive jade Mega Bloks World of Warcraft Chen Stormstout edition given to us at New York Comic Con 2012.
I want our army of Blizzard licensed product geeks to stay alert on Monday, October 15th to the Cartoon Network. During my visit today to New York Comic Con 2012, I met with Mega Bloks David James Burgess (Director of Marketing). This TV commercial will air on a few kid networks.
The talented people at Mega Bloks are planning to do a couple of A.W.E.S.O.M.E. things that we rarely see in Blizzard Entertainment products.
Expect very soon a series of webisodes (I don’t remember if it was once every two weeks) where you will see the Mega Bloks World of Warcraft sets in full animated action.
Even more awesome than that? There is no ETA, but there might be a contest down the road where YOU can submit your own Mega Bloks World of Warcraft animations for a VERY big prizes. I don’t know about you, but I’m thrilled to hear the best machinima filmmakers will be flooding YouTube with very creative animations for a chance at some phat lootz.
Mega Bloks will launch a new update line of World of Warcraft sets at the end of 2012, including the Sha of Anger and the Alliance/Horde Pandaren Monk sets. We’ll have the opportunity to review them soon. They are gonna send a few our way.
Once the Mega Bloks World of Warcraft TV Commercial hits YouTube, I’ll announce some Blizzplanet giveaways. David was kind to supply us with a few posters and exlusive jade Chen Stormstout figures.
The event was led by New York Times Best Selling Author Micky Neilson (Blizzard Publishing Lead), Dave Kosak (World of Warcraft Lead Quest Designer) and Michael Stackpole (science fiction and fantasy author).
The upcoming World of Warcraft patch 5.1 will focus a lot on the book’s plot. Players will meet Vol’jin throughout Pandaria in patch 5.1. He wants to dispense indiscriminate justice against Garrosh. He’ll make sure to be behind his downfall. In the novel, Vol’jin will have few contemplative moments at a Pandaria monastery, learning wisdom from the Pandaren.
The novel’s main characters are Vol’jin and Chen Stormstout.
We were told Vol’jin will be featured on patch 5.2 too. The developers are hard at work on a new Vol’jin NPC model and new Zandalari troll models in patch 5.1.
Release Date: Q2 2013
This upcoming World of Warcraft novel focuses on Vol’jin, the courageous shadow hunter and leader of the Darkspear tribe whose guile and cunning have made him a staunch ally of the Warchief Thrall. Shadows of the Horde follows Vol’jin to the lost continent of Pandaria, where the troll chieftain’s loyalties are put to the ultimate test when a member of his own faction moves to assassinate him. . . .
Aided by the renowned brewmaster Chen Stormstout, Vol’jin takes refuge in a remote mountain monastery to recover from his wounds. His time there, however, is far from peaceful, as intense visions of the past assault the Darkspear chieftain, and the ancient Zandalari tribe mounts a series of attacks on Pandaria. In his struggle to make sense of what’s happening, Vol’jin must ultimately decide where his allegiances lay—a choice that could save or doom his people . . . and forever alter the fate of the Horde.
The novel gets into the relationship between Jim Raynor and Sarah Kerrigan through flashbacks, and the novel starts right away seconds after the cinematic ending of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty when Raynor is carrying Sarah on his arms, and bridges out the gap between Wings of Liberty and Heart of the Swarm . We’ll find out what was Tychus’ outcome.
Micky was very mysterious on when Heart of the Swarm is coming out, but his voice tone hinted it’s not too far away. Take in mind Activision Blizzard Third Quarter Financial Results Conference Call is taking place on November 7th.
It’s possible the official announcement of Heart of the Swarm’s release date takes place prior to the conference call, or at the event itself. We will know sooner or later. Pre-order StarCraft II: Flashpoint (Nov 6).
World of Warcraft: Dawn of the Aspects
A new eBook by Richard A. Knaak titled World of Warcraft: Dawn of the Aspects. This eBook will be available in four parts. The first part will be available on January 15th, 2013.
The Dragon Aspects are mortal now, and going through a lot of changes. We’ll see these characters before they became Aspects, we’ll see Galakron and the Proto drakes. Readers will explore a lot of past history with this four-part eBook.
Format: Serialized eBook
Release Date: Starting January 15, 2013
Dawn of the Aspects is a four-part serial novel that highlights a lesser-known period of the Dragon Aspects’ history. Written by Richard A. Knaak (World of Warcraft: Stormrage, Warcraft: War of the Ancients trilogy), the mini-series follows the Aspects at a moment in time before they’d been granted their powers, when they were called upon to band together against the proto-dragon Galakrond.
Diablo III: Heroes Rise, Darkness Falls
Diablo III: Heroes Rise, Darkness Falls is an Anthology of five short stories from the Diablo III site, and two additional stories that aren’t focused on any specific class, aimed at expanding the Diablo III universe. This is a digital eBook to be available in Kindle.
Release Date: November 27, 2012
This eBook anthology collects five dark tales based on Diablo III’s character classes—the barbarian, demon hunter, monk, witch doctor, and wizard — which were originally published on the Diablo III website prior to the game’s release. This collection also includes two never-before-available short stories set in the Diablo universe that shed more light on the shadow-shrouded world of Sanctuary.
Blizzard Entertainment Publishing Panel Video – Part 1
For more details about the panel and for details about other booths providing sneak peeks of upcoming Blizard licensed products go here for the schedules.
UDON held a panel at the New York Comic Con 2012 to reveal details of their entire 2013 product line up, which includes gaming art books, and popular japanese manga exclusively translated by UDON to english.
Blizzplanet shares with you the entire UDON panel videos. It was split into four parts — check them out at the bottom.
This is the list of UDON products coming out through November 2012 and 2013:
Blizzplanet attended the UDON panel (Room 1406) at the 2012 New York Comic Con (Javits Convention Center). They unveiled a series of gaming and manga products arriving on 2013, including the World of Warcraft Tribute book — a collection of fan art to be submitted by thousands of professional artists and amateur Art students, and talented people via an upcoming contest.
The contest will begin on November 1st, 2012 and participants will have the chance to submit their artwork until January 15th, 2013. I recommend to start your best masterpiece as soon as possible to get ready for this contest. You already have a 20 days heads up before the contest begins, which is awesome.
UDON and Blizzard Entertainment will cautiously evaluate each contest submission to pick the best pieces of artwork for the book. I’m completely amazed by this project which might help a lot of artists get their name out there in the industry, and shine a nice spot on their resume.
Visit the official World of Warcraft Tribute Contest website at http://www.warcrafttribute.com — details to surface on November 1. Blizzplanet will be on top of this one for you.
I had the opportunity to exchange business cards with Chris Butcher (UDON Director of Marketing) to sync with Blizzard Entertainment further details, previews, and more about the World of Warcraft Tribute Art Book.
UDON Entertainment & Blizzard Entertainment Announce WORLD OF WARCRAFT® TRIBUTE ART BOOK!
Artists from around the world are invited to share their unique visions of Azeroth with the World of Warcraft community
OCTOBER 12, 2012: At the UDON Entertainment panel at New York Comic Con, UDON today announced that it has teamed up with Blizzard Entertainment to produce the next epic installment in their ‘Tribute’ series of deluxe art books: WORLD OF WARCRAFT® TRIBUTE! This massive collection will offer hundreds of professional and hobby artists the opportunity to show off their artistic chops and pay homage to their favorite characters, settings, and moments from Blizzard’s popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG).
Beginning November 1, artists from around the world are invited to submit their original, World of Warcraft–inspired artwork for consideration to be included in this collection. UDON’s previous ‘Tribute’ books have served as a “Who’s Who” of international comic, concept, game, and fan artists, and WORLD OF WARCRAFT TRIBUTE will continue that tradition by collecting imaginative takes on Blizzard’s game world—from anime and western comic styles to cartoons, pixel-based art, sculptures, and more—whatever medium the artist chooses to express their unique vision of the Warcraft universe.
Blizzard and UDON will select the most epic and impressive submissions to be included in WORLD OF WARCRAFT TRIBUTE, which will premiere as a special limited-edition hardcover book at San Diego Comic-Con 2013. With thousands of entries expected, submitting artists are encouraged to bring their “A” game if they aspire to have their work included in the collection.
“We couldn’t be more excited about this project,” said Erik Ko, Editor In Chief of UDON. “We really respect the amazing universe Blizzard has created with the Warcraft series, and the games have been a major source of inspiration to the artistic community for years. This book will be our biggest Tribute undertaking ever, and we’re already anticipating all of the amazing illustrations that will soon be headed our way.”
“We’ve always been humbled by the fact that some amazing artists out there have drawn inspiration from our games over the years,” said Paul Sams, chief operating officer of Blizzard Entertainment. “Deciding which pieces to include in this book will be a huge challenge, but we’re looking forward to working with UDON to select the best of the best and put together an epic collection. And who knows — maybe in the process, we’ll discover some great new artists to invite to work with us on future Blizzard games.”
Since its launch in 2004, World of Warcraft has become the most popular subscription-based MMORPG in the world. The original game and its four expansions, including the recently released Mists of Pandaria™, have earned critical acclaim and captured the imaginations of millions of players around the globe.
For full WORLD OF WARCRAFT® TRIBUTE artwork submission details, head to WarcraftTribute.com. Contest entries will be accepted beginning November 1, 2012 through noon PST on January 15, 2013.
About Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft® and the Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® franchises, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (www.blizzard.com), a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of the industry’s most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment’s track record includes fourteen #1-selling games and multiple Game of the Year awards. The company’s online-gaming service, Battle.net®, is one of the largest in the world, with millions of active players.
About UDON Entertainment
UDON Entertainment is a publisher of original art books, graphic novels, and manga. UDON’s best-known projects are those based on popular video game franchises including Street Fighter®, Okami®, Mega Man®, Darksiders®, Valkyria Chronicles, and more. The publisher’s ever-growing library also includes English editions of several Japanese manga titles, and the anthology art book series Apple. For more information visit www.UDONentertainment.com
I arrived to the Javits Convention Center in the late afternoon to pick up my press badge, when the background noise caught my attention. I decided to give myself a tour throughout the halls.
I visited the Insight Editions Booth #1882 to pick up the Spring 2013 catalog. The Art of Blizzard Entertainment contains 352 pages. It’s a massive book measuring 9.25 x 12.75. I’ll post an individual article about this product during the weekend. You can pre-order it here.
The Art of Blizzard
Written by Nick Carpenter, Sam Didier, and Chris Metzen
An epic volume of art and behind-the-scenes insights, The Art of Blizzard Entertainment celebrates the studio’s genesis by examining the creative forces behind these games and showcasing their artistry through more than 700 pieces of concept art, paintings, and sketches. Commentary on the art is provided by Blizzard Entertainment’s own Nick Carpenter, Sam Didier, and Chris Metzen, who’ve each played important roles in shaping Blizzard’s game universes over the years.
Hardcover: $75.00 ISBN: 978-1-60887-027-1
The Limited Edition of the Art of Blizzard Entertainment comes in a die-cut slipcase, which houses an exclusive version of the book and a portfolio of four high-quality giclee prints of paintings by Blizzard’s most celebrated artists: Samwise Didier, Brom and Wei Wang. Limited to 3,000 copies. ($150) — ISBN: 978-1-60887-138-4
When I walked into the Simon & Schuster’s Booth #829, I was greeted by Associate Publicist Stephanie DeLuca who immediately offered her support to Blizzplanet. Ed Schlesinger (Gallery Books editor) recognized me from past events. That guy is so amazing. You can breath his passion for Blizzard Entertainment’s novels. I wanted to share with you guys a brief sneak peek into what to expect in StarCraft II: Flashpoint by Christie Golden.
The StarCraft: Flashpoint book was there at the booth. Attendees can pick it on their hands and browse through the pages. It came hot off the press barely a couple of days ago, and getting ready to ship on November 6th.
From what he told me with as little spoilers as possible, but enough to spark such an interest to geek me out (with the shivers and all that) — the novel starts off just a couple of seconds right after the StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty’s cinematic ending, and they are in Planet Char. It’s packed with thrilling action as they try to retreat through hordes of Zerg taking with them their precious cargo: Sarah Kerrigan. Emphasis on “this is no longer the Queen of Blades”. I so want to read this N.O.W.!
Don’t worry. Simon & Schuster has Blizzplanet covered. A review copy will be arriving soon. Expect a review and an interview with Christie Golden in upcoming weeks.
Mega Bloks is showcasing the new line up of World of Warcraft sets expected the last quarter of 2012. They tweeted us to tell you this: “The first 100 at the Mega Bloks World of Warcraft Booth get a Chen “Jade” Stormstout Figure (Friday 4:30pm and Saturday).” Ask for yours, while supplies last.
Walk-in into their Booth #1206 to check out the upcoming line of Pandaren Monk sets and the Sha of Anger. Mega Bloks posted in Facebook some pictures a few days ago. These are the photos I took today:
You can find the massive Thrall weighing a ton near the electric stairs by the Javits convention center’s lobby. They have a huge version of the Zeppelin and the Frostmourne sword made of Mega Bloks.
Where to find the Blizzard Publishing Panel on Saturday?
I was not expecting to find the New York Comic Con open today, only went into exploration-mode to let you know where to find the Room 1A14 on Saturday at 2:45pm. The room where the Blizzard Entertainment Publishing Panel will take place at.
I recommend to open the door of the Javits Convention Center and follow the whole length of the lobby — takes about four minutes to do that. Walk down the non-mechanical stairs and continue following the long lobby. You will see the massive Mega Bloks World of Warcraft Thrall statue.
At the far end of the lobby you will see a huge banner of THE WALKING DEAD. Near that huge banner to your left you will see a Coca-Cola Drink Machine and next to it the mechanical-stairway (as seen in the photo below).
Go down to the lower floor. Don’t move left or right. Just keep walking forward as soon as you get out of the stairs all the way to the end. Room 1A14 is at the end. The door is to the left side of the hallway.
I entered the room. It’s pretty big with approximately 100 chairs. I’ll be there taking video on the first row.
New York Comic-Con attendees will be able to see the latest prototypes from Mega Bloks World of Warcraft line up scheduled to hit retail late November. There will be a lot more newness to come but make sure to check out these cool Pandaren Micro Action Figures at the Mega Bloks booth #1206. Follow them in Facebook.
Blizzplanet will be there taking photos and video. Come back on Friday, October 12-13 to check out our New York Comic Con 2012 coverage.
New York Comic Con tickets are now sold out. All New York Comic Con attendees should read this schedule to get a sneak peek at upcoming Blizzard books and toys. Share with friends in social networks and forums.
Blizzplanet’s Medievaldragon will be attending Friday and Saturday to live blog. Stay tuned for photos and video. Note: Wear a hoodie, jacket, and gloves. Starting yesterday, temperature dropped at 43-50 in NYC.
Check out our New York Comic Con Floor Map
Blizzard Entertainment Publishing Panel
Blizzard Entertainment Publishing is holding a panel at the 2012 New York Comic Con on Saturday, October 13 between 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm
This panel is taking place at Room 1A14. Learn what’s happening in the world of Blizzard books with panelists Michael Stackpole (science fiction and fantasy author), Micky Neilson (Blizzard Publishing Lead), and Dave Kosak (World of Warcraft Lead Quest Designer).
They will be unveiling a brand new World of Warcraft novel in 2013. Get in-depth with the storylines and quests that continues to drive the largest MMO in the world! Plus, have a chance to chat with the creative minds behind the Blizzard publishing program.
Blizzard & UDON Panel
On Friday, October 12th between 7:45pm – 8:45pm — Blizzard and UDON will reveal details of an upcoming Blizzard-themed TRIBUTE art book and contest. Visit Room 1A06.
DC Entertainment – World of Warcraft: Pearl of Pandaria Graphic Novel Signing
Micky Neilson and Sean “Cheeks” Galloway will be signing copies of the DC World of Warcraft: Pearl of Pandaria graphic novel.
Friday, October 12, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
DC Booth #1238
Blizzard Licensed Products Booths
Insight Editions: Get a sneak peek at The Art of Blizzard, an upcoming book which offers an exclusive look at the ideas and imagery that have defined over 20 years of Blizzard gaming. Booth #1882
Mega Bloks: NYCC attendees will be treated to an in-depth look at the making of the Mega Bloks World of Warcraft toys and a sneak peek at the winter line up! Mega Bloks will also be giving away a limited number of Chen Stormstout posters and Chen figures. Booth #1206
Simon & Schuster: Looking for more Blizzard universe lore? A library of World of Warcraft, Diablo, and StarCraft novels will be available for purchase at the Simon & Schuster booth. Booth #829
Alternative Booths/Artists Details
Legendary Entertainment – booth # 1620
Brom Art – booth # 2437
Mark Evans (World of Warcraft TCG artist) – table I12
Walter Simonson (DC Comics World of Warcraft) – table # S2
Ryan Benjamin & Sean “Cheeks” Galloway – Artists Alley (north pavillion) – table # G2
PAYPAL Booth #3033
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Attention all New York Comic Con attendees: The 2012 WCG USA National Finals will take place this year at the 2012 New York Comic Con through October 12-14th at Hall 3B. Add this page to your “My Show Planner” mobile account. Download the mobile app here.
Attendees are invited to try out gaming on the Samsung Notebook Series 7 gamer demo stations at booth #1839. There will be giveaways too.
Come see the top gamers in America compete for a spot on Team USA to compete at the 2012 WCG Global Finals in Kunshan, China.
The WCG will be hosting a Player/VIP party on Saturday, October 13 at Lucky Strike Lanes across the street from New York Comic Con. The only way to enter this Player/VIP party is to private message WCG on Facebook for tickets.
Samsung and Wargaming Team Up for the World Cyber Games at New York Comic Con
NEW YORK, NY – October 3, 2012 – World Cyber Games Inc. (WCG) officially announced that Samsung Electronics America (SEA), Inc. and Wargaming will be featured partners of the WCG 2012 USA National Finals. The WCG USA 2012 USA National Finals will be held at New York Comic Con at the Javits Center from October 11-14, 2012. The top professional and competitive gamers that qualified online through the WCG 2012 USA online qualifiers (http://us.wcg.com) will compete live on-stage during the show to determine which 14 players will represent Team USA at the WCG Global Finals to be held in Kunshan, China from November 29 to December 2, 2012. Gamers will be competing in Wargaming’s World of Tanks and other official WCG titles including StarCraft® II: Wings of Liberty™, FIFA 12, and Cross Fire®
The New York Comic Con (http://newyorkcomiccon.com) is the event host of the WCG 2012 USA National Finals. New York Comic Con attracted over 105,000 attendees in 2011, easily making it the second largest comic book and pop culture gathering in the United States and the largest on the East Coast. The New York Comic Con attracts attendees from around the globe and nearly every state in the nation to celebrate the latest and greatest in the world of popular culture, comic books, video games, and technology.
At the WCG 2012 USA National Finals, the top U.S. professional gamers and New York Comic Con attendees will be able to play World of Tanks on the ultimate laptop for gaming enthusiasts – the Samsung Series 7 Gamer. Designed with feedback from passionate PC gamers in mind, the award-winning Series 7 Gamer sports a top-of-the-line feature set including a 17.3-inch full HD LCD display, high quality Dolby® Home Theater® surround sound, rich NVIDIA® GeForce® graphics and a 3rd generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor. These provide gamers with a rich, immersive audio and visual experience, virtually flawless playback no matter how fast the game’s action and unrivalled speed right from the start.
Wargaming’s World of Tanks is a globally popular team-based massively multiplayer online game dedicated to armored warfare of the mid-20th century and an official game title of WCG. Show attendees can throw themselves into epic online tank battles to fight shoulder to shoulder with other steel cowboys to dominate the world with the sheer power of tank supremacy and refined tactical thinking. The arsenal includes more than 160 armored vehicles from United States, Germany, France, the Soviet Union and Britain carefully detailed with historical accuracy.
“Samsung is really excited to be a part of yet another World Cyber Games,” said Matt Crocker, product marketing manager for mobile computing, Samsung Electronics America, the WCG 2012 Worldwide sponsor. “Samsung has a long history with the gaming community and our Series 7 Gamer was specifically designed with their needs in mind. When putting it into its gaming mode, the Series 7 Gamer takes it to the next level with a turbocharged processor as well as optimized graphics and sound for a truly immersive gaming experience.”
“We’re extremely happy to be at New York Comic Con with WCG,” said Jeremy Monroe, General Manager at Wargaming America. “We look forward to working with them even more in the future as we expand our eSports activities for World of Tanks and beyond.”
In addition to finals competitions which will be played live on stage on the Series 7 Gamer and streamed live for viewers at home on http://www.twitch.tv/wcgusa, the WCG USA (Booth #1839) will hold daily gaming contests, giveaways, and free-to-play gaming areas featuring the latest Samsung products and Wargaming’s World of Tanks for show attendees. A second live stream presented by Samsung will also be made available to those following the competitions at home that will cover exciting announcements, show activities, gamer interviews, and special guests.