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Sunday, July 1, 2018

At the Ant-Man and the Wasp premiere!

With Meredith and the "Hot Wheels" car
I haven't blogged much at all this year, because I've been busy writing — five different projects at various stages, none of which can be announced — and I've also been traveling, including to another fun Joliet Star Wars Day and a very successful All-Star Comic Con in Tysons Corners, Virginia. But it's the most recent trip that's worth a photo journal!

As I mentioned here last year, Marvel Studios included Sonny Burch, the technology-stealing nemesis of Tony Stark from my Iron Man comics run, as one of the main villains for Ant-Man and The Wasp. This was the second major character to come from that story, as reporter Christine Everhart appeared as the reporter both in the first two Iron Man movies — and also in the teaser material for the original Ant-Man film, where she interviews Paul Rudd as Scott Lang.

Did you ever get the feeling you were being watched?

Actor Walton Goggins puts his own spin on the character, but operating inside the law — as he mostly did in the comics — or outside of it, Burch remains a technology thief, and it's a much more substantial role. So it was that Marvel invited my wife and me to Hollywood to see the World Premiere.

My first one of these, and it was a complete blast. The studio had closed off Hollywood Boulevard in front of the TCL Chinese Theater and the El Capitan, which simultaneously debuted the film.


Jorge Lucas, Ant-Man, and JJM!
You can see the official footage from outside the premiere here — but some personal highlights included seeing Tony Isabella, whose work I had edited at Comics Buyer's Guide; he'd worked on the Bill Foster character, who was played by Laurence Fishburne, many years earlier. It was good to see Bob Layton, who'd created another movie character, The Ghost, and whose comics with David Michelinie had gotten me into Iron Man in the first place.

And in possibly the biggest surprise, who should sit down beside me in the theater but Jorge Lucas, the artist with whom I had created those Iron Man comics fifteen years ago. We had never met, in all that time, and had not really had a chance to talk since. It was a bit of a surreal experience for both of us to be there, but a fun adventure nonetheless.

A few more photos follow from the trip. Ant-Man and the Wasp was a fun movie, and is definitely worth seeing — and I'm not just saying that because Jorge and I are in the credits. (But that's fun, too!)

Mark Hamill had asked fans on Twitter to clean his star. Mission accomplished!

When you ask for a grande at Starbucks in Hollywood, this is what you get.
On the red carpet, in front of the TCL Chinese Theater.

And at the afterparty. A night to be long remembered!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

I return to Star Wars comics in IDW's STAR WARS ADVENTURES ANNUAL 2018!

Jedi are trained diplomats, but farmboys? Not so much! But Luke has to learn in a hurry as he's forced to pinch-hit for Leia on a diplomatic mission of major importance to the protocol-obsessed Sarkans — and even Threepio might not be enough to save him from starting an intergalactic incident! Will Leia have to bail him out?

I share the story in Star Wars Adventures Annual 2018, releasing April 4 from IDW to comics shops everywhere. I'd spoken of my return to Star Wars comics last fall with a story I'd just written; rather than serialize the tale, IDW decided to showcase it by building a special edition around it, with some additional surprises. My story is drawn by Jon Sommariva, who also drew the cover at right. The issue releases April 4. It's got order code FEB180374 when you request it at your comics shop.

It's terrific seeing the Annual happen, and fun to see it announced twelve years to the week after Knights of the Old Republic #1 went on sale. Luke Skywalker was in some ways a template for Zayne Carrick; it's delightful to get to write the character himself. Amazingly, apart from one flash-forward page in KOTOR #25, I'd never written Luke, Leia, or the droids before. And this story is actually a spin on one of the earliest Star Wars ideas I'd ever concocted, but never had the chance to write. I can't wait to see it!

There'll be preorder links here once they're available, but you'll be able to order the book starting in February from your retailer.

Also, I recently announced that I'd be at Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle March 1-4, appearing for Del Rey — that's a convention I've never attended before and had always wanted to visit. Well, there's some additional news: I'll be at the charity Worldbuilders Party, a gaming event from 7-11pm on March 2.

There will be games, snacks, and a silent auction, all to raise money for charity. Tickets are available at worldbuildersparty.com. If you've ever wanted to play me in a Pazaak game — as seen in the KOTOR computer game and my own Canto Bight book — now's your chance!

Finally, closer to home, I have a library event Saturday, Feb. 3 at the Little Chute Library in Little Chute, Wis. Click for details!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Deal the cards -- STAR WARS: CANTO BIGHT hits the shelves!

Star Wars: Canto Bight is now on sale, in hardcover, ebook, and audiobook!

Four interconnected novellas describe the casino world from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, where the wealthy and powerful go to escape (and ignore) the galaxy's troubles. All stories set the same night! I'm joined by Saladin Ahmed, Rae Carson, and Seanan McGuire (writing as Mira Grant).

The audiobook's great, with my story, "The Ride," read by Jonathan Davis, who previously read Star Wars: Kenobi; Marc Thompson, who read A New Dawn,  reads Rae Carson's "Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing." reads Saladin Ahmed's "The Rules of the Game," and   reads Mira Grant's "The Wine in Dreams."

I should have copies in my store shortly, but in the meantime you can obtain your copy at your local bookstore, or here:


HARDCOVER
Amazon 
Barnes & Noble
Books-a-Million

Indiebound

E-BOOK
Kindle
iTunes

AUDIOBOOK
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Books-a-Million

You can also read about the book in my interview now online at the official Star Wars site.

And one more release for January: Halo: Rise of Atriox #5 for Dark Horse ties in with the the leader of the Banished group as seen in the Halo Wars 2 video game.


Sunday, October 1, 2017

Fall update: Two new Star Wars books, new Star Wars comics, Halo, and more!

There's been a whole bunch of news, and things have only slowed down long enough now for me to be able to post about them:

This week sees the release of Star Wars: From A Certain Point of View, in which I have a story about the Tusken Raiders we see in Star Wars: A New Hope. This charity edition supports First Book, a literacy organization, and includes stories from more than 40 different authors.

I'm appearing with no less than eighteen of them later this week at New York Comic-Con; that event is sold out. But you can obtain the book from the following locations:

HARDCOVER
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Books-a-Million

Indiebound

E-BOOK
Kindle
Nook
iTunes

AUDIOBOOK
Amazon
Audible

Barnes & Noble
Books-a-Million

But there's a free event Friday at 4 in which I'll be talking about Star Wars: Canto Bight, the hardcover Last Jedi tie-in that I'm in with Saladin Ahmed, Rae Carson, and Mira Grant. And speaking of that, we have a cover for that book, as seen here. It's out on December 5, preorder here:

HARDCOVER
Amazon 
Barnes & Noble
Books-a-Million

Indiebound

E-BOOK
Kindle
iTunes

AUDIOBOOK
Amazon
Barnes & Noble

Books-a-Million
Another bit of news broke in September; I have a story coming up in Star Wars Adventures, the new kids' comics series from IDW. It's my first work for the company, and something else that's been long in coming: my first story about Luke and Leia. I'll post the release date when the story is scheduled.

I have some more Halo comics coming: one in October, one in December. I wrote Halo: Rise of Atriox #3 and #5 for Dark Horse, stories tying in with the the leader of the Banished group as seen in the Halo Wars 2 video game. That's the cover of issue 5, seen at right.

On the event side, I'll be appearing at an event at the Menomonee Falls Public Library near Milwaukee on October 28. Catch me at the Falls Library Comic Fest that day. More events are scheduled for the fall; details later.

That's it for now: I realize I'm way behind on putting up my production notes for previous works, but this happens when I'm busy on making new ones!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Announcing my LAST JEDI tie-in, CANTO BIGHT -- plus some film news!

Click to find Canto Bight on Amazon
I'm part of The Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi! As announced in Entertainment Weekly's article and at Comic-Con International: San Diego, I'm one of four authors giving viewers a look at Canto Bight, the playground for the rich seen in this December's Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Star Wars: Canto Bight releases as a hardcover, audiobook, and ebook on December 5, a week before the film opens.

I'm joined by authors Rae Carson, Saladin Ahmed, and Mira Grant — and that is about all I can say about the four novellas we'll be presenting. But preorder links are already up at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, so order away:


The B&N links still use the book's pre-publicity code-name, but will be replaced with the correct title shortly. I am also sure there will be Audible, Indiebound, and iTunes links before long.

I have created a page for the book here on the site when more information is available. There's also a page now with preorder links and information for October's Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View. That one's getting an audiobook too.

In other news from San Diego, I've always been delighted whenever the Marvel Cinematic Universe draws from my Iron Man comics — mainly, because the nature of the storyline meant that I introduced very few super-powered characters who might be drawn upon. So I was tickled when years after my first Iron Man story arc, "The Best Defense," was released, the reporter I introduced, Christine Everhart, appeared in a prominent role in the first Iron Man movie (where she was played by Leslie Bibb) and later appeared in the sequel and various official web videos.

Turns out that storyline has been tapped again: the villain from that arc, Sonny Burch, was named by Marvel at San Diego as one of the principal characters in next year's Ant-Man & The Wasp.

Burch in my story was a former Cross Technologies exec who went to work for the Pentagon, where he used patent law to legally seize all Tony Stark's Iron Man armor technology for the government; in my story, Tony decided the only way to regain control would be to serve as Secretary of Defense, which he eventually did, thwarting Burch. Tony would hold that position for my 2003-4 run on the book.


Walton Goggins of "Justified" and "Hateful Eight" will play an apparently much younger Burch, who's associated again with Cross Technologies, which we saw in the first Ant-Man film. It's fun seeing that original story's characters turning up years later. Click to read more about the "Best Defense" arc.
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