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Laguna Art Museum VIP Benefit Dinner, BlizzCon Ticket and More

World of Warcraft fans in the California area—and why not, international and national folks—will be delighted to hear of a special offer that might get you into Blizzcon if you missed out the ticket lottery.

From July 17 through 19, you will have the opportunity to enter a drawing to purchase tickets for the Laguna Art Museum

DeCandido, Rosenberg and Furman Signing Schedule for July 2009

SIMON FURMAN
Simon Furman confirmed appearing at the upcoming San Diego Comic Con to sign The Transformers books.  He will be more than welcome to say hi to StarCraft fans, and to sign copies of StarCraft # 1 and 2.  He will be there all three days from July 24-26.

He has a signing on Saturday, July 25th from 4-5pm and on Sunday, July 26th from 2-3pm at the Dorling Kindersley booth.

The San Diego Comic Con is sold out, so this bit of info is merely for those who already have admission tickets.

SAN DIEGO Convention Center (Map)
111 W. Harbor Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101

KEITH R.A. DECANDIDO

Fans of Keith R.A. DeCandido (StarCraft Ghost: Nova, StarCraft Ghost: Spectres, StarCraft Ghost: Academy) may find him at Shore Leave 31 in Maryland this upcoming July 11-13 whether to get stuff signed, say hi or talk with him.

Marriott’s Hunt Valley Inn {Map)
245 Shawan Rd., Hunt Valley, MD 21031
Telephone: 410-785-7000

Friday
7-8.30pm: “Charity Roast of Keith R.A. DeCandido,” with MC Robert Greenberger, roasters Kirsten Beyer, Kevin Dilmore, Michael Jan Friedman, Glenn Hauman, David Mack, Marco Palmieri, Dayton Ward, and special guest Peter David (Hunt)
10pm-12am: “Meet the Pros,” with all the author and editor guests signing whatever you throw in front of us, and I’ll have some of my own books and comics for sale as well (Hunt/Valley Foyer)

Saturday
11am-12pm: Boogie Knights concert, where we’ll be taking audience requests (made before the concert) and debuting several new songs including one I wrote and will sing (Valley)
1-2pm: “Ten Years Later, Farscape Continues,” with Greg Cox and David Mack (Salon E)
3-4pm: “Star Trek: Corps of Engineers: Wounds,” with Ilsa J. Bick and Terri Osborne (Salon A)
4-5.30pm: “Star Trek: Mere Anarchy,” with Mike W. Barr, Christopher L. Bennett, Kevin Dilmore, Dave Galanter, Dayton Ward, and Howard Weinstein, where we’ll each be reading from one of the chapters in the tale (Salon B)
5.30-6.30pm: “The Chronic Rift Live Podcast,” with John S. Drew, and two others TBA, as we do an episode of the Rift live from Shore Leave (Tack)

Sunday
10-11am: “Mirror Universe: Shards and Shadows,” with Margaret Clark, Peter David, Kevin Dilmore, Michael Jan Friedman, Jim Johnson, David Mack, Marco Palmieri, and Dayton Ward (Salon E)
11am-12pm: “Writing to Music: The Muse that Inspires,” with Greg Cox, Allyn Gibson, Jim Johnson, William Leisner, David Mack, and Scott Pearson (Hunt)
2-3pm: “An Hour with Keith R.A. DeCandido” (Salon A)

AARON ROSENBERG
Aaron Rosenberg is also assisting Short Leave 31 in Baltimore, Maryland.  Aaron wrote Starcraft: Queen of Blades, and a sequel to this book will be revealed in the future. He has also wrote World of Warcraft: Tides of Darkness and co-wrote World of Warcraft: Beyond the Dark Portal. He is well known by Trekkies.

Saturday:
Dr. Who: What Hath Rusty Wrought?
10am-11am
Hunt

The Young Gun Writers Ride the Range
11am-noon
Hunt

Writing for Novels vs. Anthologies
1pm-2pm
Derby

Old School vs. New School: Changes in Tie-in Writing
5pm-6pm
Salon A

Sunday:
Stargate
Noon-1pm
Salon A

Plus there

DeCandido and Furman Signing Schedule for July 2009

Simon Furman confirmed appearing at the upcoming San Diego Comic Con to sign The Transformers books.  He will be more than welcome to say hi to StarCraft fans, and to sign copies of StarCraft # 1 and 2.  He will be there all three days from July 24-26.

He has a signing on Saturday, July 25th from 4-5pm and on Sunday, July 26th from 2-3pm at the Dorling Kindersley booth.

The San Diego Comic Con is sold out, so this bit of info is merely for those who already have admission tickets.

SAN DIEGO Convention Center (Map)
111 W. Harbor Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101

Fans of Keith R.A. DeCandido (StarCraft Ghost: Nova, StarCraft Ghost: Spectres, StarCraft Ghost: Academy) may find him at Shore Leave 31 in Maryland this upcoming July 11-13 whether to get stuff signed, say hi or talk with him.

Marriott’s Hunt Valley Inn {Map)
245 Shawan Rd., Hunt Valley, MD 21031
Telephone: 410-785-7000

Friday
7-8.30pm: “Charity Roast of Keith R.A. DeCandido,” with MC Robert Greenberger, roasters Kirsten Beyer, Kevin Dilmore, Michael Jan Friedman, Glenn Hauman, David Mack, Marco Palmieri, Dayton Ward, and special guest Peter David (Hunt)
10pm-12am: “Meet the Pros,” with all the author and editor guests signing whatever you throw in front of us, and I’ll have some of my own books and comics for sale as well (Hunt/Valley Foyer)

Saturday
11am-12pm: Boogie Knights concert, where we’ll be taking audience requests (made before the concert) and debuting several new songs including one I wrote and will sing (Valley)
1-2pm: “Ten Years Later, Farscape Continues,” with Greg Cox and David Mack (Salon E)
3-4pm: “Star Trek: Corps of Engineers: Wounds,” with Ilsa J. Bick and Terri Osborne (Salon A)
4-5.30pm: “Star Trek: Mere Anarchy,” with Mike W. Barr, Christopher L. Bennett, Kevin Dilmore, Dave Galanter, Dayton Ward, and Howard Weinstein, where we’ll each be reading from one of the chapters in the tale (Salon B)
5.30-6.30pm: “The Chronic Rift Live Podcast,” with John S. Drew, and two others TBA, as we do an episode of the Rift live from Shore Leave (Tack)

Sunday
10-11am: “Mirror Universe: Shards and Shadows,” with Margaret Clark, Peter David, Kevin Dilmore, Michael Jan Friedman, Jim Johnson, David Mack, Marco Palmieri, and Dayton Ward (Salon E)
11am-12pm: “Writing to Music: The Muse that Inspires,” with Greg Cox, Allyn Gibson, Jim Johnson, William Leisner, David Mack, and Scott Pearson (Hunt)
2-3pm: “An Hour with Keith R.A. DeCandido” (Salon A)

Rumor: My Thoughts on the Next Gen MMO

What does Next-Gen MMO means? Anyone knows? I have looked online and there doesn’t seem to be a formal definition of what it entails. The only way I can learn what a Next-Gen MMO entails is comparing it with other games out there in development that use the same term. For example, Square Enix is working on a Next-Gen MMO.  Final Fantasy XI team confirmed development on a new MMORPG for consoles and Windows Vista.  This has been the self-definition I had thought all this time it could mean.

Knowing the bits I know of, my gut tells me the Next-Gen MMO might be StarCraft Ghost Online on PC/Consoles.  Starcraft: Ghost was postponed, not cancelled—at a juncture where PS2 and XBox were to be displaced by PS3 and Xbox 360.

Microsoft unveiled XNA on March 14, 2006.  A week later, on March 22, Blizzard announced development on StarCraft: Ghost had been postponed indefinitely.

Blizzard Quote:
Blizzard Entertainment(R) Focuses Console-Development Plans on Next-Gen Platforms IRVINE, Calif.—March 24, 2006

Blizzard Entertainment Inc. today announced plans to focus the company’s console-development efforts on the next generation of console platforms. As part of this shift in focus, Blizzard(R) will indefinitely postpone production on StarCraft: Ghost(TM) while evaluating opportunities for utilizing the additional power of the new and upcoming console systems.

“Like many in the industry, we’ve been impressed with the potential of the new consoles, and we’re looking forward to exploring that potential further,” stated Mike Morhaime, president and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “In addition to allowing us to determine the best course for StarCraft: Ghost, this review period will help us lay the groundwork for our future console games.”

In the months ahead, Blizzard will further evaluate the next-gen console technology and determine the best plan of action for offering a StarCraft(R) console-gaming experience that meets the company’s expectations and those of its players. Further specifics on plans for StarCraft: Ghost and Blizzard’s future console games, as well as platform and release information, will be revealed at a later date.

On June 28, 2007—Rob Pardo said he hoped one day to return to Starcraft: Ghost.

On August 27, 2007—Rob Pardo hinted StarCraft: Ghost was not dead during an interview with GameDaily.biz.

On September 6, 2007—At the AGDC 2007, Mike Morhaime explains why StarCraft: Ghost was postponed.

On February 7, 2008, at the 2008 D.I.C.E., Blizzard presented a list of games the developers tackled and ultimately got cancelled.  Games we didn’t even find out existed or were in development at the time.  StarCraft: Ghost however eluded the list and was not present in the list of cancelled games.

Could it be StarCraft: Ghost is the Next-Gen MMO? Surely things look to be that way.

StarCraft Ghost: Academy (Tokyopop) and StarCraft Ghost: Spectres (Pocket Books) are scheduled for release on 2010.  Leord told me yesterday that during his visit at the Blizzard Entertainment’s Headquarter last week it was said by a developer that Michael Liberty and Nova would be part of the StarCraft II single player.

It’s amazing how the manga and the books are so intertwined lorewise with the game and even between each of the printed format books.  Just a few days ago, the Tokyopop editor revealed that the Dominion Senator’s telepath child from StarCraft: Frontline Vol. 3 War-Torn will also be a cast member in the StarCraft Ghost: Academy (Tokyopop).

I might be wrong all over again, but when I have a hunch, I go for it.  A few years back, on March 19, 2005, I reported Dustin Browder had joined Blizzard Entertainment, and I posted my hunch … that Dustin had been hired to work on StarCraft II. Dustin was hired on March 14, 2005.

I also had the hunch Diablo III would be announced at the 2007 Blizzard Worldwide Invitationals.  I’m not infallible, but my gut tells me StarCraft Ghost might be the Next-Gen MMO. And if true, it might be announced at 2009 BlizzCon.  Hold your tomatoes until then, in case I phail miserably.

Note: I keep scratching my head at a comment from someone (I will keep anonymous) who told me a few months ago, with an interesting remark, the following: “2010 is the year of the Ghost”.

Keith R.A. DeCandido Signing at 2009 Heroes Con

Keith R.A. DeCandido is attending the Heroes Con in Charlotte, North Carolina this upcoming weekend (Father’s Day weekend) through June 19-21.  You will find him at the BOOM! Studios booth (# 514 and # 613).  Certainly, he is not there representing any of Blizzard’s pocket books, but he is very friendly and will welcome Blizzard fans. I met thim twice at the last two New York Comic Con events.  Feel free to bring copies of World of WarCraft: Cycle and StarCraft: Ghost Nova to get those signed.

You can find the booth locations in the Charlotte Convention Center Hall blueprint (PDF).
Locations of interest around the Charlotte Convention Center here.

Location
Charlotte Convention Center (Google Map)
501 S College St
Charlotte, NC 28202
charlotteconventionctr.com‎

Phone
704.375.7462

Fax: 704.375.7464

Last Chance - Fansites BlizzCon Tickets Giveaways

The Blizzcon Tickets are sold out.  However, you still have a chance at winning a Free ticket to attend Blizzcon via Fansites Giveways courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment.  Blizzard is very supportive to all the fansites under their flag. So take this very exciting opportunity.  Beneath are all the fansites whose giveaway is still active.  Participate in all of them to increase your chances at winning one. However, if you got two be honest and let them know. Good luck and see you at BlizzCon.

INCGAMERS NETWORK

OTHER FANSITES

Echoes of War Standard Edition Re-Release on June 16

The Echoes of War: Music of Blizzard Entertainment was so very welcomed by fans that EMINENCE produced a new round of copies for sale.  Pre-orders are now available with $ 5 discount savings if you do so before June 16th.

I wrote a review of this product a few months ago if you want to check out what this product contains.  We had a giveaway of the Legendary Edition. The publisher EMINENCE will provide us new copies to giveaway to fans. Stay tuned for details on how to participate.

Blizzard Quote:
ECHOES OF WAR: STANDARD EDITION RE-RELEASE

StarCraft Frontline & StarCraft Ghost Academy Live Chats

A few days ago, I gave you a heads up on the interviews and live chats planned for our community of fans who love the StarCraft lore in all its formats.  First off, our interview with Simon Furman—writer of StarCraft # 1 (Wildstorm Comics) is in progress. We will post that as soon as it goes through the public relations process. While that gets back to us, this week we have the awesome live chat with the people behind StarCraft Frontline Vol. 3.  Fans are welcome to come to our live chat with Tokyopop Editor Hope Donovan and the five StarCraft Frontline writers: Paul Benjamin, Dave Shramek, Grace Randolph, Ren Zatopek and Josh Elder.  You are free to interact with all of them.

The live chat will happen this Thursday, May 28 at 1pm PDT (4pm New York, 9pm England, 10pm Paris).  Simply visit the following page to join the chat that day.

Our next live chat will be on June 12 at 1pm PDT with our old buddie Keith R.A. DeCandido to talk about StarCraft Ghost: Academy scheduled to be on bookstores on January 2010. Hope to see you in the live chat. Stay tuned for any giveaways we may have for attendees.

BlizzCon 2009 - Tokyopop Booth Invitation

Tokyopop is coming to BlizzCon and you will have some nice loot to take home.  Warcraft Legends Vol. 5 will be available to you a month earlier at the event.  The artist behind Warcraft Legends Vo. 3 and StarCraft Ghost: Academy—- Fernando Heinz Furukawa will draw sketches on the spot for fans.  A projection preview of pages from StarCraft Ghost: Academy (due January 2010) and a gallery of Tokyopop Warcraft and Starcraft mangas. I will be there taking video and photos.  Stay tuned to our BlizzCon 2009 coverage.

Blizzard Quote:
Blizzards gaming convention Blizzcon always attracts a lot of attention and fan fervor. So it was no surprise when only 28 minutes after the first installment of tickets went on sale over the weekend, they were sold out.

With the new queuing system in place over ten thousand people tried to get tickets for the event before purchasing was concluded at around 10:30 am PST.

For those of you who were unable to buy tickets in that first round and would like to join the festivities at Blizzcon 09. There will be a second set of tickets going on sale this Saturday, May 30th at 10 am PST once again.  Wake up early, make some coffee, and get online to get your hands on this last batch of tickets before the show is totally sold out.

For those of you who do have tickets, your in for a treat. TOKYOPOP is pulling out all the stops.  We will have artist Fernando Heinz Furukawa who has worked on Warcraft: Legends Vol’s 3 “Crusader’s Blood” and 4 “Bloodsail Buccaneer”. He is also the artist for our new trilogy StarCraft: Ghost Academy.

Fernando will be in our booth drawing images for the new upcoming StarCraft: Ghost Academy (coming out January 2010), which we will project for everyone to see. That will be happening 2-3 hours each day.

In addition to those 2-3 hours he will be drawing Blizzcon exclusive sketch cards for people who come to our booth for 2 additional hours each day. So be sure to stay tuned for further details and come get your exclusive art work.

People participating in the Brady Games Fishing Quest will be able to get an advanced copy of Warcraft Legends Vol. 5 (coming out in September 2009).

We will also have an art Gallery of our Warcraft and StarCraft manga art on-display in our booth, a Sexy Blood Elf Cut out for you to take your picture with, and much more!

So be sure to pick up your tickets and come visit us at the convention August 21st and 22nd.

See you all soon,

Michael Paolilli

Production Artist, and Creative Consultant for Blizzard manga

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