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.

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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.

The Gilneas Teasing Continues

There is a official forum thread that made me go ZOMG, the Rantage !!! Yea, there are players that are not satisfied with high-end content, or how long it takes to get to the next patch.  It was a fun read summarizing every single piece of content we subconsciously rant about. Besides that, what caught my interest—in that Sherlock Holmes-wannabe stretchful way of a diehard fanatic—is the hint that something big is coming in patch 3.2 and again … Gilneas.

Why are we getting teased so much lately about this two topics?  It’s not a huge amount of info, but simply remarks, small bits of info that makes you go “huh?”.  Implanting small seeds that grow and entangle your mind, and make you ponder deeply.

A few days ago, I reported Blizzard Rep Teases Gilneas, where Zarhym said: “The consequences could be disastrous! We

Retrospect: Christie Golden Live Public Chat – WoW: Arthas

The live chat with Christie Golden was a blast to all the fans who attended the event, and it looks like Christie and Jaime loved it too from what I read in the CC: emails between us last night.  They look forward to repeating the dose when StarCraft: The Dark Templar, TWILIGHT hits bookstores (June 30, 2009).

Christie Golden was flooded with good questions ranging the whole scope of the book throughout Arthas’ life since a kid up till the moment he became the Lich King. She explained why the whole Azjol-Nerub session from Warcraft III: Frozen Throne was skipped.  Basically it would drag on from the main topic of the book which is focused on Arthas and his downfall into madness, as he shred away the last vestiges of his humanity in order to dispense vengeance.

This book shows various scenes from Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and Warcraft III: Frozen Throne, as well as glimpses of near present times that led to World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King. With this book you will know Arthas-self intimately.  Reading this book will change your perception of Arthas greatly, and prepare your mindset for when you enter the Icecrown Citadel in patch 3.3.

Get your copy now.  There are only 10,000 World of Warcraft: ARTHAS, RISE OF THE LICH KING Collector’s Gift box while supplies last.  This hardcover is definitely a bestseller. Read the live chat transcript here.

Christie Golden Live Public Chat – WoW: Arthas

The and Blizzplanet Community got a special treat courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment and Simon & Schuster, Inc. with a Live Public Chat with Christie Golden.

The main topic of this chat is the upcoming soul-chilling World of Warcraft: Arthas, Rise of the Lich King.

Fans were able to find out how it ties-in with World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King. The book ships on April 21. Below is a transcript of the chat.

PETA Organizes Canadian Seal Slaughter Event In WoW

PETA has announced their proactive protests against Canadian seal slaughter will reach World of Warcraft as a medium to meet and rally people.  The event will take place on April 11 at 1pm EST in the Whisperwind realm. You may find further details here.

The fight against the Canadian seal slaughter has gone digital!

That’s right, gamers, get ready: This Saturday, World of Warcraft (WoW) players will have the opportunity to combat a team of four Horde seal killers. We need your help to stop them from bashing in the heads of any more seals!

Thrall refused to ban the slaughter of seals, despite multiple requests from the Alliance to do so, because Orgrimmar stands to make a large profit from the fur.

Activists from across the Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor are banding together to put a stop to the atrocious seal slaughter. Anyone who slaughters baby seals for their fur must surely be in service to the evil Lich King.

Here’s what you need to know in order to battle:

  • You must be in the WhisperWind realm in order to fight. Visit if you need information about how to switch into this realm.
  • Once in the WhisperWind realm, go to Northrend, where you will find a zone called Howling Fjord, where the baby seals live on glaciers and boats float in the fjords. This will be the battleground to stop the slaughter. (Note: You must be at least a Level 70 player in order to enter Howling Fjord.)
  • The battle will take place on Saturday, April 11, at 1 p.m. EST.

Blizzard Reps Tease Gilneas

Blizzard is well known for their humor, specially in the forums.  A fan demanded Blizzard to open the gates of the Graymane Wall, to which Zarhym replied:

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The consequences could be disastrous! We’d be absolutely out of our minds to ever do such a thing.

Bornakk posted on the same thread with suspensive dots after quoting Zarhym, followed by Crygil quoting Bornakk with exclamation marks. You will think, hey that’s nothing. No teasing here. And you might be right. Or there is more to it, than meets the eye.

Back on February 7, during our interview with Chris Metzen and Micky Neilson we asked if there were plans to open Gilneas in a future expansion.  They said there were awesome plans for Gilneas but couldn’t talk about it. If you missed that epic interview where both briefly talk about Gilneas, watch the video interview.

What plans does Blizzard has in store for us behind the Graymane Wall?  A high-end dungeon? A Wintergrasp successor? Whatever it is, it will be amazing!

Christie Golden Attending 2009 StarFest In Denver

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.

The World of Warcraft: ARTHAS Collector’s Edition copies have been increased for a total of 10,000 limited copies. An extra chance for you to get it before they are sold out. While supplies last.

Her story “A Warrior Made” within Warcraft: Legends Vol. 4 is half done. The artist is In-Bae Kim.

2009 StarFest
Marriott Denver Tech Center
4900 S. Syracuse Street, Denver, CO—Map
April 17-19

In addition to her book signing sessions, she is scheduled to talk at a couple of panels:
Saturday 18 12:00-1:00pm Room 4
Sunday 19 11:00-12:30pm Room 4

Autograph Sessions at the Dealer’s Room
Friday 6:30pm
Saturday 11:00am
Sunday 9:00am

TOKYOPOP and Blizzard Dares You to Make Us Laugh!

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!

Henry Cavill Plays WoW

Another artist to join the World of Warcraft Celebs Club is british actor Henry Cavill who admitted in an interview with JustJared he has played World of Warcraft.

Henry Cavill has worked in Whatever Works (2009), The Tudors (2009), Town Creek (2009), Stardust (2007), and Hellraiser: Hellworld (2005) among other roles.

JustJared: Which TV shows do you follow? Do you play any computer games?

Henry: I like Dexter a lot. I also really liked Battlestar Galactica. I

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