Merry Christmas, Blizzard and Fans!!!

It’s that time of the year when families get together in special times to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa. It’s meant to be a time of joy. I wish everyone happy holidays, especially all the people at Blizzard including those I have personally met or interacted with such as Chris Metzen, Mike Morhaime, Paul Sams, Frank Pearce, Ghostcrawler, Jeff Kaplan, Nethaera, Karune, Bashiok, Jay Wilson, J. Allen Brack, Wryxian, Changwoon Jung (who takes care of flight and hotel whenever I go to Blizzcon and to the Blizzard campus — thanks a bunch).

I gotta thank Chris Metzen for many things, he creates fantasy and sci-fi worlds that have entertained and enlightened me over the years not only through the games, but through books, manga and comic books. Chris Metzen got me invited to the fansites’ Starcraft II single player hands-on back on July 17th where I interviewed him. It was great when I was recording video of a Starcraft II panel at Blizzcon, and I heard this voice calling my name. When I turned my face to the side, it was Chris Metzen waving at me. That was absolutely awesome, and I felt a lot of joy within to have someone I am a fanboy of remember me and say hi. His work and his worlds inspire to wish to be better each day. You can learn things from certain stories, that you would not learn normally in real life for lack of living those experiences.

I emailed Chris Metzen a couple of weeks ago simply to apologize for that Sargeras article I wrote a few days ago. I had meant to write about it for a long time — ok, two years late — and used a photo by Gadgetress (OCRegister) of Chris Metzen from the 15th Anniversary of Warcraft celebration held at the Blizzard campus. The Sargeras article brought up the retcon, and possible reasons the creative team had to infuse a new direction to the story, while I was also exploring and parodying the reaction from fans when this retcon took place a couple of years ago.

To make a long story short, in the parody I used this photo of Chris Metzen that looked like those facepalm images, and I added a few parody words concerning the retcon. You know, at that moment it looked fun to use the photo in the context of the article, but I still felt uneasy within. I emailed him to apologize. It’s not my nature to cause stress to people or make them feel bad, or do bad things on purpose. I’m a nice guy, honest and overall a good guy. A bit funny sometimes, which contrast with my shy personality.

Chris Metzen was pretty cool about it, no hard feelings from him for using the photo in that context. However, I want to share that at the time that photo was taken, he had a speech about what all those 15 years at Blizzard creating all these worlds meant to him. It’s easy to say 15 years, but it’s a long time and a large chunk of your life dedicated to writing, inventing, jammin’ ideas within and with other fellow writers. It was a very emotional moment, that I can just grasp and imagine. It was a meaningful moment, that I am really sorry to have parodied.

While there’s a lot of trolls out there who might think otherwise, many people — including me — love the work Chris Metzen, Micky Neilson and the Creative Team have done over the years. We are very proud of you, Chris. Merry Christmas!

DragonCon 2009: Knaak and DeCandido Photo

Jlsigman sent me a photo of Richard A. Knaak and Keith R.A. DeCandido taken at DragonCon 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. Both conducted the Lore of Warcraft Panel at the event.

On the far left, you can see World of Warcraft: Night of the Dragon. On Keith’s side to the right, you can see his World of Warcraft: Cycle of Hatred and Starcraft Ghost: Nova.

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)

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

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

TOKYOPOP Michael Paolilli Talks About the Blizzard Mangas

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.

Blizzard Quote:
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.

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