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StarCraft: The Dark Templar, Twilight Interview Update

Last week, I traveled to Huntington, New York to meet Christie Golden at the Book Revue.  I have to thank Blizzard Entertainment and Simon & Schuster, Inc for approving this interview in such a short notice. I finished editing the video interview with Christie Golden and sent it to both companies to make sure all that is asked and said there is ok by them.  There’s some thrilling and teasing stuff revealed by Christie. The video interview lasts roughly 10 minutes.

StarCraft: The Dark Templar, Twilight is the last book in the trilogy, which sets the backstory leading to the single-player mode from StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty RTS game.  It lays bare the naked past of Dark Archon Ulrezaj and we get to see flashbacks of Tassadar through the Protoss Preserver’s memories. TWILIGHT will be on bookstores this upcoming June 30th.  I was given a copy of the book in advance at the Book Revue, and plan to write a review—which of course won’t be shown until then.  Expect the video interview pretty soon on our front page.

Concerning the Tokyopop live chat with five writers and the editor, it is still in process to be approved by Blizzard.  Be patient. This upcoming live chat will be about StarCraft: Frontline. In advance I wish to let fans know that you should ask about the stories within the manga, and to avoid asking these writers about the RTS game.  They do not represent Blizzard Entertainment and the StarCraft II Team. That said, you can explore with the writers each of the stories present in Volume 1 and 2.  And ask about the upcoming Volume 3 on sale July 1. I purchased the first two volumes, and I am excited with some of the stories, and wish to learn more either in upcoming volumes or in-game.

First copy of Twilight signed by Christie Golden

E3 2009: Blizzard accepts Guinness World Record Awards

Mike Morhaime (CEO) and Paul Sams (COO) accepted the Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition award for World of Warcraft as the most popular MMORPG with 11.6 million subscribers; and for StarCraft, the best selling strategy game for PC with over 9.5 million copies sold worldwide.

Elsewhere in E3, Gaz and Matt had the opportunity to meet up with some of the people who have made massive, record-breaking contributions to videogaming, and who have featured in Gamer

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

Glynnis Talken: 2009 Cherry Festival - Beaumont CA

Glynnis Talken (Sarah McKerrigan) will be at The 91st Annual Cherry Festival in the City of Beaumont, California this Friday, June 5th.  It is located between Stewart Park on 9th and Orange Streets Beaumont, CA 92223.  For event info call (951) 769-8524.  Bring your StarCraft stuff to be signed or her own medieval romance books and say hi.  Send us video or photos of your encounter.

She is going there mostly to support her husband (boo) Richard Campbell, vocalist/bass player of America who is playing at the event. However, she is welcoming fans and willing to sign books and stuff. The event starts from 5pm till midnight.

Parking details may be found at the event flyer (PDF)

Aaron Rosenberg coming to Border Books - Ramsey New Jersey

Aaron Rosenberg (StarCraft: Queen of Blades writer) will be a guest-speaker at the Science Fiction Association of Bergen City on Saturday, June 13th at 7pm EST. His speech starts at 8pm, so you will have time to talk to him earlier.

Aaron will talk about his first steps as a professional writer, and his current projects.  If you live in the area, he is more than willing to talk to you, and sign your books. Send us video or photos of your meeting.—(Map)

Borders Books
Interstate Shopping Center
235 Route 17 South
Ramsey, NJ 07446

(201) 760-1967

StarCraft # 1 On Sale

Wildstorm Comics and DC Comics officially launched StarCraft # 1 today at a newsstand near you. You can optionally subscribe to the year-round 12-issues delivery.

If you missed it we recently had a interview with the StarCraft # 1 editor Ben Abernathy, and exclusive preview scans of the inner pages of this comic book. Stay tuned for our upcoming interview with its writer Simon Furman (The Transformers).

From the bestselling Blizzard computer game comes the most explosive sci-fi action comic ever created! Join the WarPigs, a disbanded team of outlaws reunited by their former captain for one last job: the assassination of Jim Raynor!

Join creators Keith Giffen, Simon Furman and Federico Dallocchio for WildStorm’s explosive foray into the world of STARCRAFT with this new ongoing series!

Written by Keith Giffen and Simon Furman; Art and cover by Federico Dallocchio; Variant Cover by Shawn Moll and Doug Mahnke

Wildstorm – 32pg.- Color – $2.99 US
On Sale May 27, 2009

Graham McNeill @ New York City Book Expo America

Graham McNeill is coming to the Book Expo America to be held this week in New York City through Friday May 29th to Sunday May 31st.  You will find him all three days at Booth 4047 (BL Publishing Games Workshop).  In addition, Graham has a book signing schedule at the same event on Sunday, May 31st at Table 6 between 10am and 11am EST. Make sure to bring your copy of StarCraft: I, Mengsk and any other books written by the author.

Coincidentially, I was planning to go to this event after Insight Editions invited me to the event.  The event organizer told me today how to get my press badge. I will cover the book signing event and get at least 10 copies of I, Mengsk signed by the author for our giveaways.

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.

Blizzard Lists Fansites Giving Blizzcon 2009 Tickets

Bashiok announced the latest fansites participating in Blizzcon 2009 ticket giveaway contests. Participate in all of these to increase your chances at getting a free ticket.  Good luck and see you in Anaheim.

Blizzard Quote:
Didn’t get tickets? Well don’t worry because we’ve selected a number of fansites to give away additional tickets through contests and giveaways!

Each site chooses their own method for giving away their tickets. They range from simple to specialized. From easy questionnaires to dedicated art or story contests. Each one providing you with an additional chance to attend BlizzCon!

Visit the below sites for more information on their individual ticket give away events, rules, and regulations.

BlizzPlanet – ends June 9th
http://www.blizzplanet.com/

Diablo-Source – ends June 12th
http://www.diablo-source.com/

WoW Interface – ends June 11th
http://wowinterface.com/community.php

inStarCraft.de – ends May 27th
http://starcraft2.ingame.de/

StarCraft Wire.net – ends May 25th
http://starcraft.incgamers.com/blog/comments/blizzcon-2009-ticket-giveaway/

StarCraft II Australia
http://www.starcraft2.com.au

StarCraft Frontline - Tokyopop Live Chat On May 27

Blizzplanet and StarCraftWire.net staff have a public live chat with Tokyopop Editor Hope Donovan and writers of the StarCraft Frontline Vol. 3 manga.  Fans are welcome to join to ask questions about the StarCraft II stories in the series. Check out our recent preview scans of War-Torn by writers Paul Benjamin & Dave Shramek. Art by Hector Sevilla.

When: Thursday, May 28

Time: 1pm PST
2pm Mountain
3pm Central
4pm New York
9pm UK
10pm Paris

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