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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Knight Errant preview in Red Harvest

Star Wars: Red HarvestFans of previews, here are a couple headed your way. First off, Joe Schreiber's new hardcover Star Wars: Red Harvesthas a preview of the Star Wars: Knight Errant novel, which is due out from Del Rey in a little less than a month. (It appears to be chapter four.)

Plus, a six-page preview for Star Wars: Knight Errant: Aflame appears now on Dark Horse's site. That issue is set to go on sale Jan. 12. And that issue actually has a preview of the Knight Errant novel in it, as well!

Don't worry — the novel's a good hundred-thousand words-plus. There's plenty left over after the previews!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Gryph Rushmore!


OK, I admit I didn't know this site existed — but Darthipedia's piece on The Gryph from Knights of the Old Republic is an absolute howl.

Props to the writers for giving him Danny Devito's line from Other People's Money. I think Marn and Larry the Liquidator would be wonderful friends, after they had completely and absolutely established that the other no longer had a dime to his name.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Jarael, Rohlan action figures now shipping!

At last! The Jarael and Rohlan Limited Edition Action Figure Comic Pack, announced this summer, is now in stock at Entertainment Earth.

Jarael and Rohlan action figures are in the pack, as well as a limited edition reprint of my Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #6 comic book. Each action figure is in the traditional Star Wars 3 3/4-inch scale.


They're selling the pack individually for $17.99, and also as part of the final wave of four Comic Packs. Here's what's in the larger pack:

• Star Wars X-Wing Rogue Squadron #29 with Baron Fel and Ysanne Isard
• Star Wars: Legacy #7 with Darth Nihl and Deliah Blue
• Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #6 with Jarael (Edessa) and Rohlan Dyre
• Star Wars: Jango Fett: Open Seasons #2 with Mandalorians Jaster Mareel and Montross

There's a price break if you order the whole set — $69.99 for the four. According to Entertainment Earth, customers need to order by Dec. 15 to be sure to get the figures by Christmas.


 

The company's copy:

* An Entertainment Earth Exclusive! The Final 4 Star Wars Comic Packs!
* Features never-before-made action figures from the Star Wars comic book series!
* Each pack includes a full-size Star Warscomic book reprint and accessories for the action figures!

The Entertainment Earth Exclusive Star Wars Action Figure Legacy Comic Packs Case is so massive, it spans thousands of years of Star Wars history! The tales in Knights of the Old Republic take places thousands of years before the original film, while Star Wars Legacy takes place over 100 years after Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader killed the Emperor.

This exciting exclusive action figure set includes Jedi, Mandalorians, Imperials, and more from the Star Wars saga! Each figure is armed with accessories and tons of articulation. Based on the comic book series, these heroes and villains' lives are chronicled but in the special included comic book!







The Comic Packs are EE's best-selling set in a long time, from what I understand. Preorders for the Jarael/Rohlan set run $17.99, with the figures shipping later this year.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Knight Errant #3 production notes now online

And on something close to a timely basis, I have the production notes for Star Wars: Knight Errant #3 online. Enjoy!

In the meantime, I have confirmed now for attending Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo in March, followed by Midsouthcon in Memphis; and I have been working with Del Rey on scheduling signings following the release of the Knight Errant novel. I'll get info online about that soon.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Red alert! Knight Errant #3 hits the stands!

It's Wednesday, and that means New Comics Day -- and the third issue of Star Wars: Knight Errant goes on sale!

In Knight Errant #3, follow Kerra Holt as she ventures to Lord Odion's space station, The Spike, in a desperate attempt to save the planet Chelloa. This reunion will not be catered!

As a nice bonus, the issue has a several-page preview from my 2011 series with Mac Walters and Omar Francia, Mass Effect: Evolution.

I'll have some notes online about the issue later in the week, but in the meantime, enjoy, and be sure to drop me a line about the issue.

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Lost Tribe #5: Purgatory now online for Kindle!

Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith #5: PurgatoryAmazon has finally resolved whatever issues were delaying the posting of Lost Tribe of the Sith #5: Purgatory, so now all you Kindle-philes can see what you've been missing! Remember, it's free!

It is also available on the Sony eReader and from Barnes & Noble. You can also simply download the PDF from StarWars.com.

I'd delayed posting any notes on the story until after the Kindle release went online, so I suppose that's on my schedule for the near future.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Star Wars Knight Errant #3 preview online!

Thinking of a weekend trip? Consider visiting Lord Odion's territory in this exclusive six-page preview of Star Wars: Knight Errant #3. But exercise caution, travelers -- the security pat-downs are brutal!
You can order the comic book from your local comics shop or preorder it from Things from Another World.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Knight Errant #2 notes, upcoming covers online

With the Knight Errant Essential Atlas Supplement now online, a variety of updates this weekend to the site here, starting with the production notes for Knight Errant #2.

There are also now pages on the site for Knight Errant #5 and Mass Effect Evolution #2, which remarkably happen to be shipping the same day in February. I'm also able to report that variant covers are available for both Mass Effect issues.

More updates to come!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Exclusive Knight Errant Atlas supplement now online!

Star Wars: The Essential AtlasWondering what the state of play is in the area Kerra Holt is fighting in? You'll know what the Jedi knew — at least, before things went wrong! Star Wars: The Essential Atlas authors Daniel Wallace and Jason Fry and I have put together a Star Wars: Knight Errant Essential Atlas Extra for StarWars.com. It's free!

Except for the historical postscripts, the piece is written in the voice of Vannar Treece; it's literally the strategic briefing on Operation Influx, a story you can also read for free online. But there's a lot more to it than that, as we've gone through the upcoming comics and novel to include quite a lot of places Kerra may be seeing.

My thanks also to Modi and Christopher West for the art. Much better than the Paint maps that I sent! Enjoy!

And while we're at it, check out a podcast I have online today with SciFi Book Report. It begins with an overview of the Lost Tribe of the Sith series, and continues with a wide-ranging interview about that series and Knight Errant, among other things.

Also, it's Star Wars Friday at DarkHorse.com -- check out the blog post by Madison, our convention model, on being Kerra Holt!

More news to come!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Veterans Day remembrance

A few months back, I wrote of my grandfather, who served in World War II aboard L.S.T. 560, one of the "Landing Ship, Tank" vessels that brought soldiers and equipment ashore in the Pacific. Interestingly, that posting -- in which I noted a few of the places where I've worked the number 560 into my work -- brought me into contact with the sole surviving shipmate from his engineering team. Lt. Walt Wittholz happens to be the national president of the United States L.S.T. Association -- and in the intervening months, I've had the pleasure of corresponding with him about my grandfather and that time in the war. Providing him some of my grandfather's photos, he identified every member of the crew and detailed what was going on in some of the images.

E.V. Taylor, my grandfather -- he always preferred using just the initials, and even his wife called him "Taylor" -- enlisted in the Navy at the start of World War II at Grand Prairie, Texas, Naval Air Station. He was already in his 30s when he enlisted; my mother was still a child at the time.

He served as Chief Motor Machinist Mate in the engineering division aboard L.S.T. 560 in the South Pacific during many of the major invasions, including New Guinea, New Briton, Borneo and other Philippine landings.

The main action photograph I posted here some months back depicts L.S.T. 560 during the invasion of Brunei Bay, Borneo, Lt. Wittholz writes.


Next to it, L.S.T. 640 displays the pontoon bridges chained to the side, which were used for decking, if necessary. "These are Australian troops we picked up on New Guinea," he writes. "These soldiers never took their clothes off and would not go below decks even to eat. Every day at 2 p.m., the war stopped and they would sit down and have their tea. After 2 p.m., they would pick up their guns and start shooting again."

Lt. Wittholz was able to provide the entire crew list appearing in the photo of the Engineering "Black Gang" Division for L.S.T. 560, as well as their ranks at the time:

Seated, Front Row:
E.V. Taylor,
Chief Motor Machinist Mate
David Roney,
Motor Machinist Mate, 2/C
Louie Levesque
Chief Motor Machinist Mate

Seated, Second Row:
Albert Sabul,
Motor Machinist Mate 3/C
Clarence Hoddinett,
Electrician Mate 2/C
Walt Wittholz,
Motor Machinist Mate 1/C
Jim Stanyard,
Motor Machinist Mate, 3/C

Back Row, Standing
William Red Schreiber, Motor Machinist Mate 1/C
Charlie Doyle, Motor Machinist Mate 3/C
Cranville Van Ess, Electrician Mate 1/C
Andrew Lehman, Motor Machinist Mate 3/C
Wilbur Daden, Fireman 3/C
Henery Jefferies, Watertender 2/C
Zane Buckingham, Motor Machinist Mate 2/C
Myron Way, Electrician Mate 2/C
Bill Herman, Motor Machinist Mate 3/C
Marvin Smith, Motor Machinist Mate 3/C
Jim Cheney, Watertender 3/C
Stanley Church, Fireman 3/C
Ray Schreiber, Motor Machinist Mate 3/C

As noted, Walt Wittholz is the only surviving member of the team; my grandfather died in 2000 at 91. Out of the 128 members of the original crew, Lt. Wittholz only knows of six to eight remaining.

My grandmother, Nell Taylor, was working during the war, too, as a "Riveting Rosie," a civilian employee for the Army. She went to welding school and then became chief inspector for the Army at North American Aviation in Dallas, Texas. She had top security clearance on the P-51 Mustangs (120 days to produce an airplane that would fly faster than the German Messerschmidt). She said the P-51 Mustang at that time was the world's fastest plane, with a cruising speed of 425 m.p.h. and a diving speed over 500 m.p.h.

Shown here in 1945, Nell was in charge of final inspections on the planes. She used a "magma-flux" which was used to X-ray the planes' structures for weaknesses or cracks in the metal. Sadly, it was her exposure to these high levels of radiation that likely caused her to have skin cancers in later life. She died in 1996.

It's an honor this Veteran's Day to remember my grandparents and those who served and worked with them -- and it's been a pleasure hearing from Walt. I'm sorry my grandfather didn't live to find out about the National Association, but you can, by visiting the website of the United States L.S.T. Association. Based in Toledo, Ohio, it recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. And you can visit the one of only two intact L.S.T.s in the United States, L.S.T. 325, at the USS LST Ship Memorial in Evansville, Indiana. Walt appears with the ship here, as it was brought back from Greece in the winter of 2000-2001. I'm planning on making the trip myself, when I can.

Additional thanks to my sister, Kathy Summers, for her help in compiling this information.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Knight Errant #2: Lord Daiman has arrived!

Just because he's late to the party doesn't mean you have to miss Lord Daiman's debut in Star Wars: Knight Errant #2, on sale Wednesday in finer comics establishments all around creation!

Of course, creation is Lord Daiman's creation, or so he says — so he really can be late for the party if he wants to be, can't he? (And isn't it just like Big Brother Odion to put himself on the cover of Daiman's comic book? The nerve of that guy!)

So hit that comics shop — or you can also order it from Things from Another World — and join the party. And don't forget, you can also preorder the Knight Errant original novel, due out in January! (And it's also available from Things From Another World!)

Some notes on the issue will be forthcoming as I have the time — and I'll also have something for Lost Tribe #5, which is online at StarWars.com and which, I am assured, will be on Kindle soon.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Lost Tribe of the Sith #5: Purgatory now online! Download free!

The fifth installment of Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith, titled "Purgatory", is now online. The free download is now available at StarWars.com and also Random House's Suvudu. I'll link other major download platforms as I have them.



It's my second electronic story online in less than a week, but it's completely different in many ways — and quite different from the previous episodes of Lost Tribe. Much time has passed since the fourth episode, as you'll see. This story also has an ending you may not expect — avoid spoilers!

Speaking of unexpected, I finally have production notes online for Lost Tribe: Paragon and Lost Tribe: Savior. I'll have notes for Part 5 on my page for the e-book later on, hopefully later this week.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Knight Errant: Influx, prequel story, now online!

Star Wars: Knight Errant: Influx, my prequel prose story to Knight Errant #1 (in stores now!) is now online for your reading enjoyment at Star Wars.com. Find out about Kerra and Vannar Treece's arrival in Sith space. The plan went wrong even before the plan went wrong!

I'll have some notes up about this story in the near future — but in the meantime, enjoy. Coming soon, we also have the Atlas update based on the events in Knight Errant, as well as Lost Tribe of the Sith Episode 5: Purgatory, which is set for release on Oct. 25. All coming soon, and all free!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

D-Day for Sith space: Knight Errant #1 arrives!

The Jedi have arrived!

Kerra Holt and the volunteer forces of Vannar Treece have arrived in the Daimanate for a sneak attack -- but you don't have to be stealthy to find Star Wars: Knight Errant #1, now on sale at your local comic-book purveyor's establishment!

(Find your local shop here; checking the link, I see we're the top book on the page this morning!) You can also order the issue from Things From Another World; they're also a good source for the variant cover version, seen above right.

And in surprisingly speedy fashion, I already have the spoiler-free production notes online. Remember, the novel comes out Jan. 25 -- reserve your copy at Amazon.

Comments on the issue always welcome! Enjoy -- there's more to come!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Mass Effect: Evolution launches Jan. 19!

And now we have the ship date for Mass Effect: Evolution #1 — January 19, just one week after Star Wars: Knight Errant #4 and one week before the Star Wars: Knight Errant novel comes out. Busy month!

Plotted by Mac Walters from Bioware, scripted by yours truly, drawn by Omar Francia, and colored by Michael Atiyeh, the new series chronicles humanity's first deadly days on the galactic stage — and uncovers the pivotal role The Illusive Man played in it all!

Whatever the weather this winter, at least there'll be plenty of reading material!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

One week to Star Wars: Knight Errant #1!

If things go as scheduled, the first issue of Star Wars: Knight Errant hits comics shops next Wednesday, Oct. 13. It hits at a busy stretch for me (I'm not at New York Comicon, sad to say, because of various deadlines), so I'm probably not going to do the kind of big countdown here on the site that I did for the end of Knights of the Old Republic. But there is a fresh interview now online about the series at ComicBookResources. Check it out!

Also, I now have pages on the site here for Star Wars: Knight Errant #3 and #4, along with covers. And the cover of the novel is on the Amazon preorder page, I see.

Busy week coming up... stay tuned!

Monday, September 27, 2010

New podcast interview on Fictional Frontiers

Busy beyond belief these days, but I can note that a new interview with me has aired on Fictional Frontiers. More later...

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Knight Errant video interview on Newsarama

Newsarama has posted a video interview about the upcoming comics series and novel Star Wars: Knight Errant, conducted with me at Star Wars Celebration V. I'm not that short -- that banner behind me is just really tall!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Knight Errant interviews, Lair of the Shadow Broker trailer online

For those anxious to see Star Wars: Knight Errant in print when issue #1 goes on sale on October 13th, I have two more interviews on the series up from Things From Another World and Time Magazine's Techland

For fans of Mass Effect: Redemption, I'm pleased to report that the trailer for the upcoming Lair of the Shadow Broker DLC is now the web. The DLC ties directly into the comic series, so don't be surprised if you see a few familiar faces. Our next series, the prequel Mass Effect: Evolution, launches in January. Busy times!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Star Wars Celebration V wrap-up

I don't know if I intended to do day-by-day posts from Star Wars: Celebration V, but they certainly didn't happen; it was a pretty busy but enjoyable time. So now, safely back in the Wampa ice-cave, I'm running through some photos with accompanying thoughts...

The big news for me at the show was the promotion for Star Wars: Knight Errant, both the comics series and novel. Dark Horse and Del Rey both displayed material for the books, and offered free copies of Star Wars: Knight Errant #0, the show exclusive; Dark Horse also had a cool (and tall!) hanging banner promoting the series. This is one collectible that won't fit in the garage!







The publishers had hired a young lady named Madison Geisler to portray Kerra in a running Twitter contest; folks took photos of her roaming in the convention hall for a chance to win a bookcase full of books, plus bookcase.

She was pretty tired of being photographed by passersby by the time it was done! (Sorry, a photo of me got you absolutely nothing.)





Peter White, whose Zayne Carrick costume had appeared in the letters pages of Knights of the Old Republic, also appeared; it was more than a bit surreal for me to see these two characters in one place.

This is me thinking, "Sorry, Zayne — Kerra can definitely beat you in a lightsaber duel. We haven't statted her character for the role-playing game, but she's probably got something like a half-dozen melee feats you don't!"










Saturday we had a panel on the comics series and novel. "Kerra" sat in on the panel, with Del Rey editor Shelly Shapiro, Dark Horse editor Dave Marshall, and myself. Jeremy Atkins of Dark Horse (far right) ran the panel.










The slide presentation provided people with their first look at the cover of Knight Errant #3, due in December. Which reminds me —I need to get a page online for the second issue here...











While I didn't give away much in the panel, I did reveal the visual inspiration for a particular tower-like vessel that appears in the first issue of the comics series. I had kept thinking it should look, y'know, kind of like the stubby thing that's left over when you snap off the wing of a Kenner TIE Fighter; so I finally just told the artist that's what to base it on. (No, I'm not even going to begin to come up with a continuity rationalization for the resemblance...)


We had signings, of course — I was really pleased to get to meet everyone. And luckily, my voice held out for much of the show — I was pretty terrified of reaching the Saturday panel with only the ability to croak!










At the Hasbro booth, they were displaying the Entertainment Earth exclusive figures of Rohlan and Jarael that are coming later this year. Don't forget, you can still preorder the figures by clicking here.



The convention being in Florida, we made a family trip of it; it was the first time my kids had been to either a convention or to Florida, so it was a good combination. Jack and Josie got to work on dioramas at Echo Base, see the costume contest, the droid parade, and more. Now they know what Dad does for a living!












It was also the first time I'd been to Florida since my senior class trip umpty-ump years ago. I visited EPCOT then, but got no closer to it to the parking lot this time, on the way to the Magic Kingdom with the family. Initial thoughts of hitting EPCOT again on Sunday evaporated — along with much else — once I saw hot blazing hot it was. (The last time I'd been there, it'd been March.) No matter; it just meant a fourth day back at the convention.

Celebration itself was, of course, plenty entertaining on its own; the life-sized TIE Interceptor was a marvel to look at, as were several other displays. This thing had cables attached to the ceiling to keep the wings standing.
There are more photos here, and I'll be posting a few more on my Facebook page. I won't miss the Florida heat, but I really did have a great time. Thanks to Lucasfilm, Reed Exhibitions, TheForce.net party folks, and my publishers for the hospitality — and thanks to everyone for coming out! (Thanks also to the Intrepid Meredith and the Energetic Trudy for their photo assistance!)

Star Wars Celebration sights

My full post on Star Wars Celebration is coming along shortly, but in the meantime, since everyone is interested in photos, here are some of the folks seen along the way in the hall, starting with some people from a certain video game!




And definitely my favorite costume of the convention...

No idea how this guy got through doors!

More to come...
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