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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Mass Effect: Invasion concludes! Issue #4 hits shelves Wednesday!

And Wednesday finds the final chapter of Mass Effect: Invasion on your comics retailer's shelf! It's a pretty big moment in the Mass Effect universe, determining the future of the Omega space station and setting up events for Mass Effect 3.

Issue #4 has two variant covers, one from Massimo Carnevale and the other from Paul Renaud.

I'm dreadfully behind in posting production notes on the Mass Effect titles, but I hope to get to them some time in the near future. Also note that preorders are already being taken for the collected edition of Invasion, set to release in April. But no need to wait — you can get the full story now!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Star Wars: Knight Errant Deluge #4-5 notes now online

Catch-up work is continuing on the site. In the wake of the posting of the production notes for Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic - War #1 the other day, I now have posted the notes for the final two issues of another series: Star Wars: Knight Errant - Deluge #4 and Star Wars: Knight Errant - Deluge #5. I don't normally get a full month behind on Star Wars comics posts, so I'm glad to have that taken care of. The holidays did a number on my posting schedule!

Also, prose fans, pages have now been started on the site for Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith - The Collected Edition and for "Secrets," the eighth story in the series. There are also preorder links there for the book for Amazon, for Kindle, and for Barnes & Noble. Oh, did I just give the links again? Funny, that!

Slowly but surely getting caught up. Don't forget, Mass Effect: Invasion #4, the finale of that series, releases on Wednesday!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Knights of the Old Republic - War #1 notes online

I am hopelessly behind in posting production notes for recent issues — I have to get to two Knight Errant issues and a stack of Mass Effect issues, not to mention some Lost Tribe of the Sith stories. But while it is fresh in my mind, I have posted the production notes and trivia for Knights of the Old Republic - War #1. Click the link to find them.

My usual caution applies — I try to write spoiler-free, but still you should read them after you've read the issue. Readers will find on the site a page for every product I've ever been associated with (except, again, a handful that I haven't gotten to yet). I do these to sort of bring the reader along on my journey through writing. You can find the notes pages for all the comics I've written here.

Also, several have asked where they can purchase the variant cover for #1. It is produced in smaller numbers than the main cover, I believe, and you can request it of your retailer by asking for the Dave Wilkins cover. But you can find it here at Things From Another World. (The main Benjamin Carre cover is here.)

And don't miss the other news of the day — the Lost Tribe of the Sith Collected Edition has a cover!

Lost Tribe of the Sith Collected Edition and "Secrets" revealed!

Houston — we have a cover! Or two! The official Star Wars blog has released information about my upcoming Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith: The Collected Stories, which is coming out July 31 from Del Rey. They've also posted the cover and description for "Secrets," the eighth digital download in the series. Click here to see the blog post, which has the larger cover reveals!

As previously announced, the collected edition has, among other surprises, a big new novella from me, "Pandemonium." As to when it's set and what it's about — the Secrets story will have a lot to say.

Secrets follows aged Varner Hilts as he seeks some way to keep the Lost Tribe from collapsing further into chaos. The free eBook will be available on  March 5 and features an excerpt from Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse, the final installment in the epic Fate of the Jedi series.

It's going to be a mammoth of a paperback — 432 pages, bigger than Knight Errant! There will be a digital version as well, for purchase; the package will have quite a lot that is new. Pandemonium is larger than the size of four of the Lost Tribe ebooks combined— so a full third or more is new material. And there may be some other goodies.

Lost Tribe: The Collected Stories is available for preorder now from Amazon! There's also the Kindle edition.

And don't forget the Knights of the Old Republic: War series — issue #1 is on sale now. I'll have notes online about it soon.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A quick KOTOR comics primer

With the #KOTORWarChat about to start at 2 EST today on Twitter and the first issue of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic - War coming out tomorrow, I thought I would work up a quick primer on the series for new readers. The title is new-reader-friendly already, but here are the quick points:

When's it set? It's 3,962 years before Star Wars Episode IV. This is a period where the Republic has, until recently, been robust and unchallenged; the Sith aren't on the scene. But the Mandalorians, the armor-wearing nomads who established the Boba Fett tradition, are on the move, and have now taken on the Republic itself.

Who's Zayne Carrick? Zayne is nineteen years old, and was once a Jedi student. He wasn't talented in the traditional ways and would have had trouble making the grade — but then a long series of events resulted in his breaking out on his own, helping the helpless along the way. He made a lot of friends and a few enemies: you can read more about them on my individual pages for the issues — and of course in the books themselves. Follow the links from my shop to find copies, all nine volumes are still available.

What's happened to him now? He's been drafted by his homeworld to fight the Mandalorians — which is rough, because Zayne doesn't believe in killing. That becomes a major element of Knights of the Old Republic - War.

What happened to Zayne's friends from the original series? The draft board only wanted Zayne! Seriously, we'll find out as we go along.

What's it got to do with the video game and online RPG? The comics are set several years before the first Bioware video game, and a couple hundred years before The Old Republic. But it's all part of the same history, and there are connections here and there.

Why have I seen two covers for the first issue? Because there are two! The more common cover is the Benjamin CarrĂ© one with the fire on the cover (an actual scene from the issue). The other one is also available from your retailer, and from Things from Another World — follow the image link at the bottom of their menu page.

Where do I find the series? At your local comics shop — find it here — or from Things From Another World. Enjoy!

See you in the shop tomorrow — and on Twitter.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Live Twitter Chat and a slew of interviews (UPDATED)

With Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic - War #1 going on sale on Wednesday — cover for #3 is at right — I have done a whole lot of interviews and podcasts in recent days — and for Tuesday, Dark Horse has slated a Live Twitter Conversation for me, using the hashtag #KOTORWarChat. Prizes available: Dark Horse is giving away digital copies of the issue itself to five lucky winners who post. Details here, and remember you can always find me on Twitter here.

Now, to those interviews. Here is a non-comprehensive list of links that have appeared so far:

It's All It's All Up To You
Mos Eisley Radio
Fictional Frontiers (posting soon)

Angry Koala Gear
Big Shiny Robot
Comic Book Therapy
Geek Crash Course
Nerd World News
Robot 6 (New!)

There was some variety in the questions, so there's variety in the answers. More to come, believe it or not!

There's a page on the site now for Knights of the Old Republic - War #3; the cover is above. The solicitation for #4 is just out too, I think.

Also, this is pretty long overdue, but I finally have a page online here for Star Wars Omnibus: At War With the Empire Vol. 2, which collects a whole bunch of comics including my very first Star Wars work, "Model Officer" from 2005's Star Wars: Empire #35. You can get the book from Amazon, Things From Another World, or your local bookseller.
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