Petition to Blizzard Entertainment … M04r Cowbell, M04r Novels, M04r Comics!
As fans of Blizzard Entertainment, we have enjoyed reading novels and comics books based on Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo for many years.
We describe it as “crave” when we anxiously wait for any sign of an upcoming new novel or comics after visiting Amazon or other outlets .
Once targeted with our minds, we wait every single month, and every single day for that product to arrive at our doorstep or at the closest library to sate our hunger for lore.
Recently, the latest novels haven’t made it into the New York Times Best Selling list, and that’s unfortunate; but we are still a horde of lore fans wanting m04r and willing to trade our gold for it.
Blizzard and their partners Simon & Schuster, Inc.’s Pocket Star/Gallery Books used to have novels of all franchises lined up for us. Nowadays, we see San Diego Comic Con and New York Comic Con with barely any presence of novel line-ups.
It is all coming out as digital short stories on the website, or animated shorts like Shao-Hao or Lords of War. Or the Blackhand comics. Those are welcome — make no mistake. However, these should be complementary to our reading experience, not a replacement. Doesn’t mean it has been on purpose.
Another quasi-complaint about novels is — why publish a novel as a tie-in only when there is a new expansion coming? We, the readers, welcome any sort of lore material based on past games, or other periods of time of interest that could be fleshed out. Even recent events in-game could be fleshed out to give more depth. One example was Curse of Worgen, which showed you word by word some of what you experienced in-game, and you could also see what happened behind-the-scenes while you were executing those missions.
Those of us who ventured into the World of Warcraft Comics loved the crave feeling. I would check my mailbox every month for the next issue, or go to Comixology to buy my digital version.
Out of the blue, Wildstorm was dissolved, and the World of Warcraft Comics was published under the DC Comics logo. Shortly after DC addressed all non-DC products as Graphic Novels — and our Horde series and Alliance series was no more. Instead, they published Dark Riders and Bloodsworn. The stories were ok, but only one arc and it wasn’t ongoing. Graphic Novels are welcome, but these can never replace the monthly experience. They are a complement. An in-between treat.
With all the DC administrative and marketing changes, some essence was lost. Chris Metzen & Flint Dille have had a great ride at IDW Publishing with the Transformers. I think IDW could be the new home for Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo on a monthly basis, and with Graphic Novels.
Don’t just write “agreed” or “signed”. Pour your feelings in. Answer these questions with as many words as possible.
As a community, we have the strength to make things happen. All it takes is to share your voice. We want more novels. We want more ongoing Comics series. We want more Graphic Novels. We want to check Amazon every month and see lots of products on queue. We want the excitement of waiting for those. We need a bigger Creative Team to handle those. Share this petition with your family, with your friends, with your forum communities, with your Reddit communities, your Facebook followers, your Twitter followers. Spread the word. Share the word. Share your thoughts with Blizzard.
1. What have previous novels and comics done for you and what do you thought about them?
2. Why do you want the Blizzard Creative Team to write more novels and comics?
3. What would you love to see from Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo on novels, comics, and manga?