Warcraft Audiobooks: Dick Hill Interview

Tantor Media Audiobooks, Pocket Star Books and Blizzard Entertainment partnered to launch three Warcraft novels in audiobook format: Warcraft: Day of the Dragon will be available on December 2008, boasting 11 hours of audio—available as Audio CD or MP3.  The Lord of the Clans is slated for February 2009, while the Last Guardian is expected on April 2009. For this special project, many World of Warcraft fans will no doubt check out, Tantor Media Audiobooks hired Dick Hil, winner of three coveted Audie Awards and many times nominee of various awards.

Thanks to Richard A. Knaak, we were able to reach Richard Dick Hill for an interview to find out more details of the Warcraft Audiobook series.

World of Warcraft Wolfrider Statue At Child’s Play 2008 Charity Auction

The Child’s Play 2008 Charity Dinner Auction ticket sales will close on December 5th. Attendees will have the opportunity to bid on the World of Warcraft Wolfrider bronze statue at the auction. This is the same bronze statue I saw at the Blizzard Entertainment main office’s entrance. A huge replica of this statue will be brought from Asia to be placed at the center of the Blizzard Campus.

Those smaller bronze statues are limited editions that only Blizzard employees have, so if you want a chance at bidding on this one and be helpful to the charity feel free to get your tickets while they last. Let us know your impressions of the event and share your photos. Child’s Play takes place on Tuesday, December 9 at 6:30pm, on the 4th Floor of the Washington Convention Center (Skybridge). Dinner and the live auction will commence at 7:30pm.

SEATTLE – Dec. 1, 2008 – Hurry before it’s too late! Tickets are selling faster than the proverbial MMO on launch day for the 2008 Child’s Play Charity dinner auction to be held on Dec. 9 in the Washington State Convention and Trade Center’s skybridge; ticket sales will close this Friday, Dec. 5 (unless sold out prior). The event annually hosts over 400 videogame industry professionals and community members for an evening of drinks and silent bidding, followed by a plated banquet and live auction to benefit sick children in over 50 hospitals around the world. Contributions to the charity already exceed $450,000, passing the halfway mark for this year’s goal of $750,000.

Notable silent and live auction items will include:
– A microwave from Harmonix
– A Halo 3 Master Chief helmet signed by Bungie, Roosterteeth and Penny Arcade staff
– A bronze-cast World of Warcraft statue of an orc and wolf mount, given exclusively to Blizzard Entertainment employees
– A mint-condition, limited edition Black Dreamcast autographed by former Sega President Peter Moore

Dinner auction tickets may be purchased at http://www.childsplaycharity.org/cpdinner.php for $125 per person, $60 of which is tax deductible. Corporate table sponsorships (seats 10) are still available. Contact [email protected] for further information.

New Wave of World of Warcraft Steins Coming on December Holidays

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 2, 2008 – Following their successful October release in North America, 3 Point Entertainment today announced the availability in the European territories of the World of Warcraft(R) Epic Collection, a series of high-quality old world-style steins based on Blizzard
Entertainment(R)‘s massively multiplayer online role-playing game.

“The response to the steins in North America has been exceptional and we have sold out of our first and second shipments of the production run
scheduled for October and November.  The third and final shipment is scheduled to arrive in December for the holiday season.  We have had high interest from
players in Europe and are pleased to now be able to offer these steins to our ever-growing European community,” said 3 Point Entertainment president Jerry
Bennington.

The first two Epic Collection steins, Blood of the Horde and Alliance United, depict panoramic full-color bas-reliefs of night elves, tauren, orcs,
and more, illustrated by Blizzard Entertainment artists Samwise Didier and Glenn Rane. Each 11”, .94 liter authentic fine grain stoneware stein is
hand-crafted by world-renowned Brazilian manufacturer Ceramarte and topped with a sculpted pewter lid.  Each of the subsequent Epic Collection steins
will also commemorate World of Warcraft’s iconic characters and memorable moments with the same level of artistry and quality.

“We know from our strong sales that World of Warcraft enthusiasts are eager to get their hands on these extraordinary limited-edition steins. We
have seen increased demand during Oktoberfest, which is celebrated worldwide, and Brewfest (its in-game counterpart in World of Warcraft).  Several steins
have also been purchased as extremely unique wedding or groomsmen gifts,” noted Bennington.

The World of Warcraft Epic Collection steins are currently available only at http://www.wowsteins.com for a retail price of $79.99.

EPIC Weapon’s Frostmourne Replica Auction Closure

A couple of nights ago, the Frostmourne Replica Auction run by Weapon Masters was closed, and you won’t believe how high the bids went.  Holy macaroonie!

Highest Bid:  $20700.00
Registered Users: 1012

The winner of the auction was Xeophonix from Italy.

A strong message to those who didn’t think this sword replica would be appealing to hardcore World of Warcraft fans, indeed. Well, at least hardcore players who have a 6-digit salary. After all there are Hollywood celebrities and professionals who play this game and have the strong cash to spend on their favorite fantasy setting.

Among known celebrities playing World of Warcraft are Felicia Day (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, TheGuild Webisode), Brandon Routh (Superman Returns), Dave Chapelle (Comedy Central), and many others.

Keep an eye on Blizzplanet’s interview with EPIC Weapons in upcoming days.

Below is the list of the 99-bidders that clashed to be the royal owner of the
Frostmourne Replica # 1.  All the 99 participants automatically became members of the Arthas’s Army of Disciples Club. Below is a list of the auction winners. The image to the right will take you to the Frostmourne gallery.

Post a comment at the official Wow Forums.

World of Warcraft# 8 – OFFICIAL King of Stormwind

If you haven’t put your paws on the World of Warcraft Comic Book published by DC Comics and Wildstorm you have been missing a lot.  No pun intended.  Remember the Missing Diplomat questline?  It revealed that the missing diplomat was really the King of Stormwind Varian Wrynn.  After patch 1.9 the King was removed from Alcaz Island.  And Patch 2.3 introduced new Missing Diplomat quests where a special cargo had been lost during a Defias Shipwreck at the coasts of Dustwallow Marsh.  The special cargo was a human.  The name of the human was never told, but … ta-da! … World of Warcraft the comic book issue# 1 was launched a week or two after the patch 2.3 introduced these new quests, and the comic book showed an amnesic human unconscious at the shores of Durotar, apparently surviving a shipwreck.

For months fans have speculated … nay … been certain this was the King of Stormwind Varian Wrynn. Today it is OFFICIAL!  Issue# 8 starts the second story arc of this comic book series.

With this revelation, speculations may start abound on what Blizzard Entertainment’s plans are for Varian Wrynn in the World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King expansion and the Warcraft Film by Legendary Pictures.  Is the mysterious Human (Anti-Thrall) Hero of the Warcraft Film … Varian Wrynn? Will the Varian Wrynn NPC be relocated to Stormwind? What will happen to Lady Prestor and all those quests?  Will Fordragon be moved to Northrend as a leading hero of the Northrend incursion against the Lich King? Will there be new quests in Wrath of the Lich King as a follow up to the Missing Diplomat quests? Will the Comic Book finally reveal the fate and whereabouts of Varian’s wife? You gotta have to hook up and keep track of the comic book’s upcoming issues as Varian continues his journey through Wetlands toward Stormwind in search of the family he saw in his memory flashback.

If anything the story of World of Warcraft the comic book is going to become very interesting post issue# 8 as he makes his way slowly toward Stormwind.

DESCRIPTION

“The Return” begins a new story arc set in the WORLD OF WARCRAFT. Upon learning he is in fact the missing king of Stormwind, Lo’Gosh returns to reclaim his throne with his comrades-in-arms Valeera, and Broll. But all is not as it seems in the eastern kingdom, especially if one informed dwarf has anything to say about it. Enter Thargas Anvilmar!

Written by Walter Simonson; Art by Jon Landry and Jerome K. Moore; Covers by Samwise Didier and Ludo Lullabi
Wildstorm |  32pg.  |  Color |  $2.99 US

On Sale June 18, 2008

  • Check out our World of Warcraft Comic Book section here
  • If you have missed the first story arc’s back issues, don’t sweat. DC Comics is releasing the
    World of Warcraft Vol. 1 compiling all 7-issues of the first story arc. Pre-order it here.
  • Read our recent interview with Ludo Lullabi (DC Comics Wildstorm – WoW Comic Artist)

with 4-exclusive-preview-images from issue# 6.

World of Warcraft Comic Book# 1 – DC Comics Press Release

New York, NY—DC Comics, the world’s largest English language comic book publisher and home to Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman announced plans today to publish a new comic book series based on World of Warcraft, Blizzard Entertainment’s popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). Preview art from the series will debut at Comic-Con International, held in San Diego, CA from July 26-29. The World of Warcraft comic book will be published through DC / WildStorm imprint and debut this fall.

The ongoing monthly series will be written by industry veteran Walter Simonson (Thor, Orion) and feature art by Ludo Lullabi and inker Sandra Hope. The first six issues of the World of Warcraft comic series will each feature two covers, one by superstar comic book artist Jim Lee and a second by Blizzard Entertainment Senior Art Director Samwise Didier.

Wow Comic Book
Follow-up
Wow Comic Press Release 7-23
Wow Comic Official – DC Comics Pre-Orders Open! 7-21
Jim Lee @ BlizzCon – Official 7-20
Scans of Wow Comic Sampler# 0 Cover 7-19
Wow Comic @ San Diego Comic Con? 7-13

The Warcraft

Wow Comic Book Update – Jim Lee @ BlizzCon

Wow Comic Book
Follow-up
Wow Comic Press Release 7-23
Wow Comic Official – DC Comics Pre-Orders Open! 7-21
Jim Lee @ BlizzCon – Official 7-20
Scans of Wow Comic Sampler# 0 Cover 7-19
Wow Comic @ San Diego Comic Con? 7-13

Short and straight to the liver. Jim Lee will make a public appearance at BlizzCon 2007 on Friday, August 3rd at the Anaheim Convention Center.

It was revealed some time ago, however, that DC Direct had acquired a license for World of Warcraft action figures.  This could be a reason for Jim Lee to be at San Diego Comic Con and BlizzCon.  The only possible evidence is the comic book sampler scanned image allegedly seen at a Local Comic Store by two comic fans.

No confirmation or debunk on the unconfirmed World of Warcraft Comic Book by Wildstorm / DC Comics at this point.  It will remain a rumor until San Diego Comic Con, or until Blizzard, DC Comics or Wildstorm issue an official press release.  Stay tuned.

Recent details here

Wow Comic Book – Wildstorm / DC Comics

Few days ago I reported sighting of a suspicious entry at the San Diego Comic Con 2007 schedule, which listed Jim Lee, Chris Metzen and Mickey Nielson for Friday, July 27 from 3:30-4:30pm.  What can a veteran comic book artist and a Warcraft lore (Creative Director) have in common at such event?

To those who do not know Jim Lee, he is the famous artist of X-Men# 1 (second series, 1991), issue that sold over 8 million copies. He created the concepts of the X-men uniforms at the time of launch: Cyclops, Jean Grey, Rogue, Psylocke, Storm. On 1992, Jim Lee co-founded Image Comics – later named Wildstorm Productions.  Among his credits are WildC.A.T.s., Cliffhanger, Gen13, DV8, Stormwatch, Deathblow, The Authority, Planetary, and Divine Right.

Wow Comic Book
Follow-up
Wow Comic Press Release 7-23
Wow Comic Official – DC Comics Pre-Orders Open! 7-21
Jim Lee @ BlizzCon – Official 7-20
Scans of Wow Comic Sampler# 0 Cover 7-19
Wow Comic @ San Diego Comic Con? 7-13

In 1996, Jim Lee and Rob Liefeld returned to Marvel Comics to reboot Iron Man and the Fantastic Four titles back at issue# 1 with Heroes Reborn, after the Onslaught: Universe / Onslaught: X-Men storyline. The success of Heroes Reborn basically saved Marvel Comics from bankruptcy. Nowadays Jim Lee is working with DC Comics on a Batman title and on a rumored DC MMO.  Seeing this artist sharing schedule with Chris Metzen caught my attention.

Is Wildstorm / DC Comics licensing and planning the launch of a World of Warcraft comic book?  At the time of this posting some of my emails to various key people haven’t been replied back.  However, deep-searching online for some hours brought up a curious forum thread by thefreakytiki at the thecomicforums.com.  He mentioned to have sighted a free comic sampler at his local comic book store.  According to thefreakytiki, the credits for the free sampler goes like this: Jim Lee (Cover Artist), Ludo Lullabi (penciler), Walter Simonson (Writer). Some Marvel Comic fans will remember Simonson from Thor title. Thanks to this I was able to search more thoroughfully online and found a scan at ComicPriceGuide.com – click the image.

All we need now is an official confirmation from Blizzard or to wait for details from San Diego Comic Con.

UPDATE 7-20-07: Official. Jim Lee will make a public appearance at BlizzCon 2007 at Anaheim Convention Center on Friday, August 3.  Nuff’ said.

UPDATE 7-20-07: Scans of the inner pages of the free comic book sampler reveal a short interview with Walter Simonson (writer) and Ludo Lullabi (artist).  It is official.  World of Warcraft# 1 to be released on November 2007.  Image scans at the bottom.  Contact your local comics store 1-888-COMIC BOOK.

Thanks, Dassaace for the scans

World of Warcraft Comic Book @ San Diego Comic Con?

The schedule for San Diego Comic Con 2007 has been released, and by the looks of it there will be a World of Warcraft comic book to be shown there.  This is mere interpretation. So I will tag this as rumor until we get a clarification.  Don’t hold your breath however.  I have known for over a month that Sideshow Collectibles will unveil a secret World of Warcraft Collectible statue at San Diego Comic Con.  This schedule might be just saying different companies will showcase different and unrelated products separately. Personally, I am a comic book junkie with over 1,500 Xmen issues.  I would love to see a World of Warcraft or Starcraft comic book. If you go to San Diego Comic Con send us images and tell us what you saw there from Blizzard.  Contact me here. This is what will happen on Friday, July 27.

Wow Comic Book
Follow-up
Wow Comic Press Release 7-23
Wow Comic Official – DC Comics Pre-Orders Open! 7-21
Jim Lee @ BlizzCon – Official 7-20
Scans of Wow Comic Sampler# 0 Cover 7-19
Wow Comic @ San Diego Comic Con? 7-13

3:30-4:30pm PDT—WOW! It’s World of Warcraft!—Are you ready? Comics, collectibles, and online gaming are about to collide! How does the world’s most popular online game, World of Warcraft, plan to crash the comics and collectibles world? Find out here! As a special incentive, a collectible comic will be distributed to fans at the panel. Join Jim Lee (editorial director, WildStorm), Chris Metzen (VP of creative development, Blizzard), Mickey Neilson (writer/voice director, Blizzard), Hank Kanalz (VP/general manager, WildStorm), and Georg Brewer (VP, design and DC Direct creative) to discover the results of these combined forces! Room 4