Stay tuned this Monday, May 18 at 5pm EST (11pm Paris). Hardcore Warcraft lore fans are going to get a loregasm when they read the short and simple solicitation for World of Warcraft # 22 (Wildstorm) on sale August 15. Subscribe or locate a comics shop here.
During my interview with Chris Metzen and Micky Neilson, I asked this very question and they were very elusive, and their face showed they could barely resist not answering it. Well, the wait is over. All the roads lead to World of Warcraft # 22, and it ignites a new plotline for the future of the World of Warcraft MMO expansions.
On the DC Unlimited action figures side of things … I can see some collectors are going to be extremely happy. Ain’t I a tease? /lol
Our live chat with Richard A. Knaak was a blast to fans who attended. You may read the transcript here. I wanted to give everyone in Blizzplanet a heads up on the next live chat that is more focused on StarCraft. I don’t have yet a date, but since you guys visit often in a daily basis, I know you will appreciate a heads up in advance to stay alert.
We will have the pleasure to have a live chat with Hope Donovan—current editor of the Tokyopop manga StarCraft Frontline Vol. 3 and 4. I don’t have the details yet, but it seems this upcoming live chat will have the additional presence of some of the following authors: Josh Elder, Kieron Gillen, Grace Randolph, Simon Furman. If you already have the StarCraft Frontline manga series, be ready to shoot all your ammo of questions about the current and upcoming stories within the manga. Those fans who haven’t read the manga, but are curious to learn more on how these stories fit with StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty’s single-player, hop in for the ride to find out more.
Stay tuned for a date / time, and maybe they might surprise us with some giveaways for those attending the live chat.
Other things we are going to show you soon:
StarCraft # 1 interview with Simon Furman (Wildstorm / DC Comics)
StarCraft Ghost: Academy preview scans
StarCraft Ghost: Academy interview with Keith R.A. DeCandido
Who wants to say: “Yay!” ? No, seriously, would you love to attend the live chat, and like the direction we are taking with lore and merchandise coverage? Look forward to the comic book and manga monthly preview scans and updates? Share your feedback over at our sister site forum (StarCraftWire.net)
The writer of StarCraft: I, Mengsk, Graham McNeill, has a book signing appearance on Saturday, May 16th from 12pm – 2pm at the Manchester Arndale Centre (Games Workshop Store – Upper Floor). Bring your copy of StarCraft: I, Mengsk. Let us know how it went down and send us photos or video of your meeting with Graham.
Manchester, M4 3AQ
You can view an interactive map of the Manchester Arndale Centre here to find out where in the upper floor the Games Workshop store is located.
For details on how to get there ask Manager Paul Evans at the follwing phone number: 0161 834 6871
I had a few words with Sideshow Collectibles President and CEO Greg Anzalone and Production Manager Brant Bridges tonight and there are good news for those hardcore Diablo III fans that are into collectibles. The Diablo III OVERTHROWN diorama is nearing its final stages. We will show you the photos once the painted version is ready. New products based on the Blizzard games are not out of the question, but nothing as soon as we wish.
Below is an image of the unpainted Diablo III diorama.
What’s the Sideshow Collectibles background?
Greg: Sideshow was born from the belief that we could create more interesting, more detailed, more highly collectible limited edition figures, for a global audience. Our belief has been proven true, but we continue to be surprised by the global appeal of our products.
Medievaldragon: Are there plans to introduce more dioramas based on the Starcraft II, Diablo III and World of Warcraft licenses?
Brant: Yes, we are hoping to do more Blizzard products. Nothing in the immediate future, but we do have some ambitions.
Medievaldragon: What is the status on the Diablo III OVERTHROWN diorama (Barbarian) The final painted version hasn’t been unveiled yet.
Brant: You’ll see screenshots of the painted OVERTHROWN diorama soon. It’s KILLER.
Medievaldragon: Are you eventually developing a polystone diorama for each of the five Diablo III classes? i.e. the Witch Doctor and the Wizard?
Brant: It’s possible, but not definite.
Medievaldragon: How was that first approach between Sideshow and Blizzard Entertainment? The first product was the exclusive Tychus Findlay Terran Marine diorama—already painted by the time Blizzard officially announced StarCraft II, which means you were already on this at least a year earlier.
Greg: Our guys are Blizzard fans and play WoW more than they should because they’re dragging their sorry asses to work in the morning with a videogame hangover. So it was only natural that we explore other potential products.
Very, very surprising. Last week, we reported straight from the publisher Simon & Schuster, Inc. that World of Warcraft: ARTHAS by Christie Golden had reached # 16 in the New York Times Bestselling Fiction Hardcover List—barely in 4 days after its launch. On the week ending May 2, ARTHAS has gotten into the List again at # 23 position. You can check it out here.
With Starcraft II Beta so close to starting any minute, read today’s opt-in updates, Tokyopop is preparing to launch StarCraft Frontline Vol. 3 on July 14. The manga contains four stories based on the StarCraft universe, and may contain lore from the StarCraft II single-player. Remember when I asked Chris Metzen and Micky Neilson if the Umojan Protectorate had their own Ghost Program?—watch the video interview. They smirked and for a good reason. This preview reveals in part that.
You must add this book on your must-have wishlist. One of the stories within this manga is titled War-Torn by writers Paul Benjamin & Dave Shramek. Art by Hector Seville and Letters by Michael Paolilli.
Michael Paolilli (Tokyopop Production Artist) and Kasia Piekarz (Tokyopop Marketing & Merchandising Manager) provided us exclusive scans of StarCraft Frontline Vol. 3 to share with you.
The Mountain Dew Game Fuel website has been updated with a countdown toward May 15 (9 days from now). The slogan says: “Choose your side. Enter for a chance to win every 15 minutes”. Additionally, the promotion says: “Every token is an entry for a chance to win cool stuff like this:”
Partners of this giveaway are Alienware, J!NX and Razer. Thus far among the prizes are keyboards, mice and headphone sets. There are rumors that a Game Fuel Pet Code might be part of the rewards, but that has not been officially confirmed.
Spoils of War, the follow-up set to the hit World of Warcraft Miniatures Game, is now is stores nationwide, and features 51 new figures to collect and battle, never-before-seen equipment cards to intensify gameplay, and new epics to chase like Cairne Bloodhoof!
Head over to WoWMinis.com to find out more about the game. You can also sign up to receive updates, including sneak preview pictures of the minis, details about gameplay, and downloadable demos.
TOKYOPOP has provided us exclusive preview scans of the upcoming Warcraft Legends Vol. 4. Beneath you can take a look at 10 pages from the story titled FATE by Richard A. Knaak. In this story, Trag Highmountain is a Undead Tauren character from the Warcraft: The Sunwell Trilogy. Trag continues his journey toward Icecrown Citadel to enact vengeance against Arthas the Lich King, and to claim back his soul, to free himself from the curse of undeath.
This storyline is full of excitement. What will Trag’s fate be? Will he become a raid boss in the upcoming Icecrown Citadel dungeon? Or will he be a Quest NPC within Icecrown Citadel vs the Lich KIng—a la Akama / Maiev vs. Illidan? What is this mysterious ancient weapon that might destroy the Lich King? So many questions risen from this manga. We get to see moments before the Icemist Village was raided by the Anu’bar spiders. The previous volume showed The Bones of Galakrond prior to its desecration by the Scourge’s digging. It’s so lovely how Metzen and Neilson and their creative team make all the mangas and novels tie-in directly with the MMO’s quests and content. You can watch our recent video interview with Chris Metzen and Micky Neilson where they talk about all their work on the manga, comic book and novels.
We also posted a few weeks ago, preview scans of the Bloodsail Buccanneers story within Warcraft Legends Vol. 4, if you would like to check that out too. Ahoy, Matey!
As revealed last week by the book publisher Simon & Schuster, Inc. (Pocket Books), World of Warcraft: Arthas, Rise of the Lich King by Christie Golden was a complete success reaching # 16 in the New York Times Best Selling Books List (Under the Hardcover Fiction category) within barely 4 days after its official launch (April 21). The list appeared on New York Times Online this past Sunday. I was told recently that ARTHAS Collector’s Edition is almost sold out according to the publisher. Only 10,000 Collector’s Edition with Christie’s signature and wrapped in a leather-box were printed. You still have a chance at buying the few remaining while supplies last. Its hot and going with the wind. Hurry up! You can still order it exclusively here.
Rankings reflect sales, for the week ending Apr. 25, at many thousands of venues where a wide range of general interest books are sold nationwide. These include hundreds of independent book retailers (statistically weighted to represent all such outlets); national, regional and local chains; online and multimedia entertainment retailers; university, gift, supermarket, discount department stores and newsstands.
Buckle up and prepare to fire the rocket boosters, because the groundbreaking sci-fi manga based on the best-selling Blizzard PC game is about to enter our atmosphere! The anthology is packed with four amazing stories guaranteed to jettison boredom from your life!
Streaking across the stars to your local bookstore in July is StarCraft: Frontline 3! Below you
DC Comics provided Blizzplanet six preview scans from the StarCraft # 1 comic book. The comic book will launch on May 27 at a newsstand near you. You can find one near you by visiting the Comics Shop Locator or subscribe to get it mailed directly to your home.
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
I found Walter Simonson and his wife Louise Simonson at the 2009 New York Comic Con this past February 7, and took the opportunity to jump them with a few questions about the World of Warcraft comic book. Specially by then, issue # 15 had kicked in into newsstands introducing the return of Garona Halforcen—from the novel Warcraft: The Last Guardian. They were at odds trying to dodge the interrogation, but they were very sweet and kind to provide as much teasing as possible for those fans who haven’t yet subscribed to the official World of Warcraft comic book.
They are a very fun couple, and I loved the experience spending some minutes with them. The future of the comic book and the MMORPG look very interesting with more focus on the Horde, and certain events yet to come that will make the Alliance and Horde clash once more. We already saw what happened at the Wrathgate, and the continuation of that conflict between King Varian Wrynn and Garrosh Hellscream in the Secrets of Ulduar cinematic.
I am a subscriber of the comic book and know what’s going on. The comic book # 15-18 reveal why these two adversaries hate their guts … and Garona is in part, whether accidentally or not, responsible or blamed by the conflict between the Alliance and the Horde. Something big happened in Theramore during the second attempt to reestablish the summit between Thrall and Varian. Grab your copy to find out. The inclusion of Garona into the MMO is imminent no doubt. In the meantime, check out my video interview with Walter and Louise Simonson to get the excitement within you rolling.
Graham McNeill, writer of StarCraft: I, Mengsk is coming to the United States for a book signing session at a non-Blizzard event. His public appearance will be at the Games Day Baltimore on Saturday, May 9th in the Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. If you happen to be a Warhammer fan, or wish to meet the writer, tickets to attend the Games Day Baltimore cost $25 and can be purchased in advance or at the door.You can order your Games Day ticket in advance by calling the Direct Services department at 1-800-394-GAME (4263).
The Baltimore Convention Center
One West Pratt Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Floor plans, Directions, and Hotel Info by navigating the menu at the Baltimore Convention Center website. Google Map here.
Graham: I’ll be in Baltimore on the 9th of May for Games Day Baltimore. I
Update: World of Warcraft: ARTHAS has made # 16 in the New York Times Bestsellers List. The Rankings reflect sales, for the week ending April 25. This will show up on the New York Times Bestsellers list next Sunday under the Best Sellers Fiction category. Congratulations to Christie Golden and Blizzard Entertainment !
AMAZING !!! Recently, Blizzard Entertainment and Simon & Schuster, Inc. premiered the launch of World of Warcraft: ARTHAS, Rise of the Lich King on April 21. It is been only 8 days since it launched, and I just got word from the editor that the ARTHAS Collector’s edition is close to being sold out. If you were planning to get one, you’d better do it now! Considering there were only 10,000 copies of the Collector’s Edition, this is awesome news not only for Blizzard, the publisher and Christie, but for fans who will own the limited edition of the first Warcraft hardcover. It has a special collectible value.
Back on March, World of Warcraft: Night of the Dragon reached its fourth printing. WoW: Arthas is very likely to follow the same trend of best sellers. This book will impact the overall experience of fans who are preparing to face Arthas in the Icecrown Citadel. Allows you to understand the tragic life of the once noble paladin and prince of Lordaeron. The end of the book will leave many fans in shock when you find out what transpired within the Lich King’s mind during his four years hibernation prior to the events of World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King.
In his dream, three entities battle for a sense of control: Arthas, Ner’zhul and the boy … who players know as Matthias Lehner (Arthas’s last remnants of humanity). Grab your Arthas Collector’s Edition while supplies last—and trust me, not many are left.
It was caught in a hovering, jagged chunk of ice, the runes that ran the length of its blade glowing a cool blue. Below it was a dais of some sort, standing on a large gently raised mound that was covered in a dusting of snow. A soft light, coming from somewhere high above where the cavern was open to daylight, shone down on the runeblade. The icy prison hid some details of the sword’s shape and form, exaggerated others. It was revealed and concealed at the same time, and all the more tempting, like a new lover imperfectly glimpsed through a gauzy curtain. Arthas knew the blade—it was the selfsame sword he had seen in his dream when he first arrived. The sword that had not killed Invincible, but that had brought him back healed and healthy.
He’d thought it a good omen then, but now he knew it was a true sign. This was what he had come to find. This sword would change everything. Arthas stared raptly at it, his hands almost physically aching to grasp it, his fingers to wrap themselves around the hilt, his arms to feel the weapon swinging smoothly in the blow that would end Mal’Ganis, end the torment he had visited upon the people of Lordaeron, end this lust for revenge. Drawn, he stepped forward.
The uncanny elemental spirit drew its icy sword. “Turn away, before it is too late,” it intoned.
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His evil is legend. Lord of the undead Scourge, wielder of the runeblade Frostmourne, and enemy of the free peoples of Azeroth. The Lich King is an entity of incalculable power and unparalleled malice—his icy soul utterly consumed by his plans to destroy all life on the World of Warcraft.
But it was not always so. Long before his soul was fused with that of the orc shaman Ner’zhul, the Lich King was Arthas Menethil, crown prince of Lordaeron and faithful paladin of the Silver Hand.
When a plague of undeath threatened all that he loved, Arthas was driven to pursue an ill-fated quest for a runeblade powerful enough to save his homeland. Yet the object of his search would exact a heavy price from its new master, beginning a horrifying descent into damnation. Arthas’s path would lead him through the arctic northern wastes toward the Frozen Throne, where he would face, at long last, the darkest of destinies.
Figure Prints is offering a 10% discount on custom 3D Statues to celebrate the release of Patch 3.1 “The Secrets of Ulduar”. The offer is valid until April 30th with the use of a special promotional code.
TOKYOPOP posted a new article recently by Michael Paolilli – Production Artist—titled Michael’s Blizzard Blast, where he expresses his feelings working on the Blizzard mangas. He confesses he has been a Blizzard fan for a decade since the release of Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness, was hooked to StarCraft since 1998, and has a level 80 Hunter. It’s great to know that the people behind the books and the mangas are deeply involved in the universes prior to working on their printed projects. You can read his article at TOKYOPOP.
My name is Michael Paolilli, and I am Production Artist here at TOKYOPOP. I put together all of the books we produce here, in particular the Blizzard titles Warcraft and StarCraft. I am also the Creative Consultant on those titles.
It is because of those two facts that I am writing to you today, to give you a small glimpse at the work behind our books.
First I will start with a little background. I have been a HUGE fan of Blizzard’s games since back in the mid to late 90’s when i got my hands on Warcraft 2. But the game I really fell in love with was StarCraft, and Blizzard has had me hooked ever since. When we here at TOKOYPOP relaunched our Blizzard co-pub program back in 2008 I jumped at the chance to not only continue, but be a part of our work on these best selling series.
Christie Golden is attending StarFest in Denver, Colorado on April 17-19. She will be premiering ARTHAS there and signing books. She will have copies of various of her novels for sale. Stop by and say hello.
TOKYOPOP is sponsoring a monthly online contest to find the funniest, most rib-busting Warcraft one-page comic strips created by you, the fans! Each month one winner will be selected to receive the grand prize—a collection of TOKYOPOP/Blizzard Entertainment manga! Additionally, winning artists can potentially be chosen by TOKYOPOP to be an artist art in upcoming Warcraft and StarCraft manga.
Click here for contest rules and details! Now go draw those comic strips—and get a sense of humor!
The World of Warcraft Action Figures Series 2 got its price slashed by a lot, so collectors and would-be collectors who wish to start grabbing these should benefit from Entertainment Earth’s 13th Anniversary Sale. Non-Blizzard action figures have up to 80% discounts including Star Wars, Marvel and DC action figures—browse through those offers here. WoW Series 2 costs now Sale Price: $45.60 while supplies last. You save $29.39 or 39% off the retail price which is $74.99. You can grab it here. .
The World of Warcraft Action Figures Series 2 consists of four-pieces: Human Warrior: 1x Archilon Shadowheart, 1x Troll Priest: Zabra Hexx, 1x Gnome Warrior: Sprocket Gyrospring, and 1x Night Elf Druid: Broll Bearmantle.
Prepare for battle! Jump into the World of Warcraft craze with these incredibly detailed, plastic action figures. Multiple points of articulation make extreme action poses easy to achieve with these astonishing, 4 1/2 to 8 1/2-inch tall pieces. Choose a role, grab a character, and get into the action!
Thank you for your business these past 13 years! We’re celebrating by marking down hundreds of items up to 80% off. Action figures, games, and select collectibles are available at our lowest prices ever, starting as low as $1.10! These prices and limited quantities won’t last long…
Upper Deck’s World of Warcraft TCG: Dark Portal Starter Deck is also covered in this special sale promotion for only $4.40—You save $10.59 (71%). You can grab it here.
Aaron Rosenberg and Keith R.A. DeCandido will be at the 2009 I-Con 28 held through April 3-5 at the Suffolk County Community College (SCCC) Grant Campus in Brentwood, Long Island (New York)—within The Health, Sports, Education/Convention Center.
If you are planning to attend the event, feel free to look them up and say hi, take a photo and get your Warcraft and Starcraft books signed.
Another incentive to go to the event, on Friday March 3 you can find Mark Goddard (Major Don West in Lost in Space, 1965) on a Q&A from 7pm-7:30pm at the Main Stage; and on Saturday, March 4 from 3pm-3:30pm and Sunday 6 from 4pm-5pm.
Sean Astin—(Samwise Gamgee in Lord of the Rings) has a Q&A on Friday March 3 from 8pm-9pm on the main stage. Saturday at 11am on SCCC Hallway.
Gary Graham (Ambassador Soval in “STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE”) on Saturday, March 4 from 1pm-1:30pm and Sunday March 5 from 12pm-12:30pm.
Other guests are Larry Hama (G.I. Joe Comic Book writer); Sala Baker (Sauron, Lord of the Rings); Nicki Clyne (Crewman Specialist Cally, Battlestar Galactica); and Tory Belleci (Star Wars Trilogy, 1999)
Sounds like it is going to be a fun event.
Read Aaron Rosenberg and Keith R.A. DeCandido schedule and an interactive map of the location after the break.
AARON ROSENBERG SCHEDULE
Marriott Salon B
Myths of Publishing
Crawford, Rosenberg, Gorinsky, Parris
Enhancing your career by learning how to recognize and deal with persistent myths
SCC Dealers Room
Balancing Writing and Life: so many words, so little time
Rosenberg, Freedman, Kessman, Mains, Gannon
A topic almost any writer can identify with. Tips on keeping your love for and need to write from overwhelming the rest of your life
Know Your Craft: the elements that bring a story to life
Parris, Rosenberg, Paffenroth, Mains
While plot, character, POV, setting etc can vary in importance to the story you want to tell, the writer must master all
The Publishing Apocalypse
Crawford, Rosenberg, Leigh, Parris
Panelists discuss the unprecedented challenges faced by traditional publishing
The Business Aspect of Writing Tie-Ins
Peel, Mack, Rosenberg, DeCandido
The best ways to market your skills at writing in
World of Warcraft: Night of the Dragon by Richard A. Knaak was released on November 18, 2008. In barely four months, its popularity among lore fans has been astounding. It is now on its fourth printing. These are selling like hot bread in the morning. Go grab yours while supplies last.
Richard A. Knaak has announced his participation in Dragoncon in Atlanta, Georgia on September. If you are planning to attend the event, make arrangements to get your books signed.
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FIRST AND FOREMOST: LEGENDS OF THE DRAGONREALM, a new omnibus featuring the first three novels of my series—- FIREDRAKE, ICE DRAGON, & WOLFHELM. With beautiful new cover art and a map, this trade paperback should not be missed. Check it out at my website: https://www.richardaknaak.com !
In case you missed them, late 2008 saw the release of THE FIRE ROSE for Dragonlance. Sequel to THE BLACK TALON, this novel continues the Ogre Titans Trilogy. Golgren and the Titans vie for an artifact fashioned by the god of fire and alchemy, a deadly double-edged creation that was responsible for the downfall of their once-regal race centuries before.
Also released was WORLD OF WARCRAFT: NIGHT OF THE DRAGON. A sequel to DAY OF THE DRAGON, the first ever WarCraft novel, NIGHT brings us back to Grim Batol, where the dragon mage Krasus returns to discover what evil has now arisen in what was the last stronghold of the orcs.
AND JUST RELEASED: WARCRAFT LEGENDS VOL. 3! The third anthology includes the third segment of my four part saga about the tauren Trag. Risen as an undead, Trag struggles against the evil calling to him from chill Northrend. Yet, he knows that if he wishes to free himself, he must face the dread Lich King there. However, Northrend itself is full of danger…and possible allies.
Lastly, special news! I am to be a guest of Dragoncon in Atlanta on Labor Day Weekend! I’ll be there from the 4-6th (not the 7th). I will be on various panels! More news on this as the convention approaches!
A few months ago, on December, I interviewed Dick Hill, who voiced the Warcraft audiobooks for Tantor Media Audiobooks. The books were Warcraft: Day of the Dragon, Warcraft: The Last Guardian, Warcraft: Lord of the Clans and World of Warcraft: Beyond the Dark Portal.
As many have noticed, the Tantor website no longer lists these books since early January. Without going into many details, the audiobooks are postponed until further notice. The release of these audiobooks will be delayed for a while, but hopefully we will get an announcement of its new release dates. Note that it is not considered cancelled. Keep your hopes up.
Fresh outta da oven comes the just completed cover for the upcoming TOKYOPOP release Warcraft: Death Knight! (A World of Warcraft Adventure) The manga will detail the untold story of Thassarian, one of the first death knights. It’s an action-packed tale of tragedy and loss, as well as hope and rebirth.
Look for it in stores December 2009! Writer: Dan Jolley Artist: Rocio Zucchi
Author: Dan Jolley
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: TokyoPop (December, 2009)