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Thursday, December 31, 2009



In the event an embassy for extraterrestrial intelligence attempts to ignite a fusion reaction in a nearby gas-giant, please remain in your seat with your seat belts fastened.

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Knights of the Old Republic #48: Questions Answered!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


A whole bunch of questions are answered in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #48, going on sale in comics shops Wednesday just in time for your holiday reading. How many questions? Well, somewhere short of Avogadro's Number; I don't want to oversell it. But we hit a few Frequently Asked Questions from the last few years.

What's that Demagol guy all about? What was Zayne doing during his summer vacation? What was in that box Demagol brought back to the ship that raucous night on Wor Tandell? What's the story with Zayne's new lightsaber? What's up with Jarael's ears, anyway? And more!

We did something unusual with this issue; anticipating some lettercol questions from folks who don't frequent my blog or the boards, I penned a short essay on "Travels with Demagol: The Care and Feeding of the Monster in the Cargo Bay." I'll still have my usual notes online here soon — I'm hoping for during the holidays — but there's a start. There's also a five-page preview of Mass Effect Redemption #1, shipping to your comics shops Jan. 6! All at no extra cost...

On that score, I have also posted a page for Mass Effect: Redemption #3, which has been solicited for a March release. Remember, you can also get a full-story version of the first issue in the Mass Effect 2 Collector's Edition, shipping in late January.

Update: Holiday repast consumed, I now have some thoughts online about Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #48. All sorts of little tidbits, like whose voice I hear for Demagol — and detailed instructions for engineering your own superwarrior like Jarael!

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KOTOR series retrospective interview on CBR

Friday, December 18, 2009

And the interview wave continues — now with a very nice interview feature on Comic Book Resources, covering my experiences on Knights of the Old Republic. There are also fresh preview pages from issue #48, releasing on Wednesday! Be sure to check it out!

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JJM Mass Effect interview on Time's Techland blog

Friday, December 11, 2009

More interviews coming down the pike: The latest is Time magazine's Techland blog, which interviewed me about the making of Mass Effect: Redemption, Dark Horse's new comics series launching January 6. More to come!

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Mass Effect Redemption: The Process!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

There's an in-depth process interview with artist Omar Francia about our new Mass Effect: Redemption series on Comic Book Resources this morning -- showing how he took a lot of the concept artwork for Mass Effect 2 and put it to use in the comics series launching January 6.

Click through and take a look!

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Animal appreciation

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

We've had costumes and handmade action figures: Now, Zayne and Jarael from Knights of the Old Republic have moved into the realm of feline nomenclature. Comics creator Lin Workman and Nicki Howe, friends from Midsouthcon, messaged me this morning about the adoption of two kittens, Zayne and Jarael.

Jarael's the white one, obviously — and apparently she regularly kicks Zayne's kitten kiester, so everything's in character there.

Thanks for the note, guys — makes me and my kid-named cats ("Pip" "Ghost" "Boo") sound downright uncreative. Enjoy!

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Dollar sale on KOTOR at TFAW.com!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Folks, here's a chance to catch up on back issues of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic you may have missed, or to put together a nice gift package for that fan in your life. Things from Another World is having a giant sale on much of the run of Knights of the Old Republic — for a dollar each!

It appears to run until Dec. 12, while supplies last. The earliest issue available in the online catalog is indeed #1 — I would suspect a later printing — though the later issues in there, beginning with #9, are definitely first prints. Postage and handling, etc., apply — but it's a great holiday chance to stock up on missing back issues.

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Star Wars Celebration V announced for Orlando, Aug. 12-15

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Good news! Star Wars Celebration V has been announced for August 12-15 in Orlando Florida. The official site is here.


And in what is even better news (for me, anyway), the conflict between those dates and those for Wizard World Chicago, which I usually try to attend, has already been resolved. Wizard is moving its show to the following weekend, citing Star Wars Celebration.

I'll definitely be attending Star Wars Celebration; don't know yet if I can hit Chicago on the way back, but I am glad to know it's an option. Haven't been to Florida since my senior spring break in high school — this'll be fun. See you there!

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