Brandon Sanderson recently published his schedule for the upcoming San Diego Comic Con. SDCC is one of the largest pop culture conventions in the world, with panels about the latest in movies, TV shows, games, books and yes, even comic books. If you are attending, here's where you can find Brandon. WEDNESDAY, July 20th, Preview Night: Brandon may stop by the Tor booth, #2707, sometime between 5:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. THURSDAY, July 21st: 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., Room 6A "Putting the 'Epic' in Epic Fantasy: Writing to Excite!" Panel Panelists: George R. R. Martin, Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, Christopher Paolini, Peter Orullian, K.J. Taylor, & Kevin J. Anderson. Moderated by Michael Spradlin. 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m., official autographing area Post-panel signing hosted by Mysterious Galaxy. 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Tor booth #2707 Brandon Sanderson signing. Tor will be giving away 48 copies of the MISTBORN paperback and five ARCs of the new Mistborn book, THE ALLOY OF LAW. Remember, Brandon Sanderson will also be attending WorldCon next month in Reno, Nevada. So if you miss him at SDCC, you can still see him there.
One of our more popular requests for Fan Art Friday is the Children of the Light. Disparagingly known as "Whitecloaks", this is an independant military organization dedicated to wiping out the Shadow and hunting Darkfriends where ever they might be. Their symbol is a golden sunburst. This is Galad by ToranekoStudios Galad is free from many of the prejudices that plague the Children. His own sister is an Aes Sedai and he trained for a time in Tar Valon with the Warders. While Galad is notorious for always doing the right thing, no matter the cost, he knows the difference between a regular adversary and one sent by the Shadow. This is a pretty cool version of the Children's sunburst. It looks like it was done in neon lights. It's by LMSP This is a great comic book inspired version of a Child by Glenn Art. I love the pose. It looks like it's about to real where ever he is. And that's all I've got for today. If you've got suggestions, please send them too email@example.com
Welcome to Dragonmount's Weekly Roundup! Each Tuesday, we will highlight the trendy threads, entertaining events, and diverting discussions from our message boards. The information in this feature is for everyone, from the casual visitors who are curious about our vibrant community to the daily posters who want a quick guide to the week's hottest topics. If you had the power to change any part of the plot in the Wheel of Time series, would you do it? If so, what would you change? Come to the General Wheel of Time Discussion forum and let us know. It looks like the discussion of Game of Thrones in our TV Show Discussion forum is still going strong. If you are passionate about the show or simply want to learn what the hype is about, check out this thread. The Artists, Crafters, and Writers Guild has challenged everyone to produce a work that depicts the theme of celebration. Show us what celebration means to you! Are you a Harry Potter fan? We have a treat for you. The Blue Ajah from our White Tower & Warders Social Group is running their annual Harry Potter Week. Watch this space and participate in some of the events for the week, such as a traditional sorting into Houses, a trivia contest, and more. The Wolfkin Social Group is holding a storytelling competition. Come read the stories that are already posted and make up one of your own! Would you like to get involved with the role playing here on Dragonmount but don't know how to start? Here is a handy guide that will help you get started. Speaking of role playing, the Freelanders Role Playing Group and the White Tower Role Playing Group are writing a tale about an Intrigue in Murandy. Keep an eye on this thread to see how the story unfolds. Would you like to see Brandon Sanderson this weekend? He will be an Author Guest of Honor at Polaris25 in Toronto. You can follow us on Facebook or on Twitter for more about this and other breaking news. That's it for this week! Stay tuned for more Weekly Roundups and some new front page features in the coming weeks.
Tor Books has released the cover art for the upcoming ebook release of New Spring, the prequel novel in the Wheel of Time series. Beginning in late 2009, Tor released each book in the series in a variety of electronic formats. See below for a full list of links to the released books, as well as a list of the remaining upcoming releases. In this week's "Wheel of Time Video News", Kristen Nedopak reveals the cover and shares her opinion. http://www.youtube.com/embed/4aVqyWm5Q5I" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> http://www.dragonmount.com/forums/ccs_files/book_images/New_Spring/NewSpring_ebook.jpg">http://www.dragonmount.com/forums/ccs_files/book_images/New_Spring/NewSpring_ebook.jpg"> Click for higher resolution With each eBook, Tor is including brand new artwork for the "cover". A different artist has been selected for each one, giving the art team at Tor a chance to provide us fans with a variety of styles. This month, the artwork is by http://www.jasonchanart.com" target="news">Jason Chan. The ebook will be released on July 22. As with the previous covers that were released for the ebooks, Tor Art Director Irene Gallo has" rel="external nofollow">http://www.tor.com/blogs/2011/07/jason-chan-and-the-new-spring-ebook-cover">has done a write up about the process behind creating this image. Be sure to check out the full article. Here's an excerpt: Wheel of Time eBook Tor Books released each one of the Wheel of Time novels as ebooks. Each has new cover art, specially commissioned for the eBook format. Each featured a different artist. 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Leave your comments below. Remember, we'll have a more detailed report on the overall future of the Wheel of Time print-edition covers at a later time.
Once in awhile we get something that isn't really news, but we still think is pretty fun. Today we received a casting notice from a British reality TV series looking to cast brides who want a "fantasy or sci fi" themed wedding. Here's the announcement: So if you're looking for something different for your big day, give these guys a call.
It's time for another round of Fan Art Friday! This week, let's take a look at Min, the third member of Rand's harem. Let's get to it. In the first book, Min is described as dressed like a boy and almost resembling one until you get a good look at her face. Then you realize shes too pretty for a boy. This pencil sketch by emilyseal is perfect for that description. I love how she made Min so drop dead gorgeous, but still played up the masculine aspects of her dress. I like this cartoony, MS Paint looking version of Min by Caroline Cook. One of the things that stand out to me is that the artist drew Min's visions too. The viewings are such a central aspect to Min's character and one of the tings that keeps her from just being Rand's other other love interest. Check out this one by kaikonen. The artist depicted Min with her knives that she uses for self defense, and a book. Min has appointed herself Rand's chief scholar and has been researching how he can defeat the Dark One and live. Not a small question as far as she's concerned. The artist, Onimyaah, describes it thusly: I could not have said that better myself. As a side note, the theme this month in Dragonmount's Artists, Crafters, Writers Social Group is "Celebration". So if you'd like to participate, check out our forums.
Dragonmount is proud to announce that the Towers of Midnight book trailer has won three Telly Awards, including the prestigious Silver Award for Cinematography. http://dragonmount.com/Books/Towers_of_Midnight/trailer.php"> src="/forums/ccs_files/book_images/Towers_of_Midnight/tofm_telly_lg.png" border="1" width="90%" alt="Telly Award" /> Awards Received - "Internet / Online Commercial" category Silver Award - Videography / Cinematography (highest honor) Bronze Award - Visual Effects Bronze Award - Sound / Sound Design In this episode of the Wheel of Time Video News, our hostess Kristen Nedopak talks with the filmmakers who received these awards. http://www.youtube.com/embed/JNiNqC6UjJk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> The Towers of Midnight Book Trailer http://www.youtube.com/embed/apJJ0NzOXEg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> This episode of the Wheel of Time Video News is sponsored by TaverenTees.com -- the official location for WoT t-shirts. "Wear a piece of the Pattern." View our full Behind-the-Scenes look at the making of this book trailer. For information about the Telly Awards, visit www.tellyawards.com." rel="external nofollow">http://www.tellyawards.com">www.tellyawards.com.
Welcome back to Fan Art Friday! Last week on Twitter we asked for some suggestions for future articles. One of the most popular suggestions was "Landscapes" or illustrations of the places described inthe books. Since I had a computer issues and a tight deadline for school and didn't get this done in time to run last week, this edition will be a little longer than usual. And if you have suggestions for what you'd like to see in this space, be sure to email me: firstname.lastname@example.org Probably one of the most popular things to illustrate is the city of Tar Valon. It's such a central place to the series, the heart of the Aes Sedai power and the most beautiful city in the world. I think it's natural that artists would want to depict it. This sketch by rayblasdel also includes some of the White Tower. I like his concept of the Tower being topped with glass, even if it's not accurate to the books. It's a cool visual and it seems like the Aes Sedai would have something wondrous like that in their home. Here's another view of Tar Valon from Gala-maia. One of the interesting features of Tar Valon are the sky bridges. They don't get mentioned much, but it's nice to see them here. Another very popular place in fan art is the Stone of Tear. Here's a great 3D render of the Heart of Stone where Callandor was kept by Lahooligante. I really like the lighting on this one. My friend Art Guy Joedid this 3D model of Caemlyn several years ago. Caemlyn is often considered the second most beautiful city in the world. I think this image really gets across that sense of scale and grandeur you'd expect. I'd be remiss if I didn't show an image of our namesake. Here's Dragonmount by UidinDragonmount is supposed to be a mountain taller than Everest, that juts out of a rolling plain near Tar Valon. I think this piece really captures that alien feeling, that Dragonmount isn't a truly natural feature of the landscape. And that's all for today. Feel free to post your favorites in the comments below.
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Yesterday on Facebook and Twitter I asked for suggestions for future Fan Art Fridays. I got lots great ideas (and some ridiculous) that I'll be using in the future. One suggestion I saw repeated several times was seeing depictions of some of the locations described in the books. First up is this digital painting by Shenku-Netsou This is Rand's dream of Tar Valon from near the beginning of The Eye of the World. (Is anyone else amused that most of the plot of the first book was "Let's go to Tar Valon!" and Rand doesn't make it there until Towers of Midnight? Just me? Okay.) Tar Valon is always described as a very beautiful, very clean city. Richard Boyetook his inspiration for this pencil sketch of the White Tower from the Vatican. Which makes sense, because the medieval Church was one of the inspirations Robert Jordan used when creating the Aes Sedai and their culture.
While we normally focus on Wheel of Time news, we did want to bring to everyone's attention a few items of interest concerning Brandon Sanderson's other books, as well as other fun things happening. First up, Brandon Sanderson recently won a Gemmel award for his novel The Way of Kings, which was published last year. Towers of Midnight was also nominated. Brandon talks about it on his blog. Incidentally, instead of a trophy, he will be receiving an engraved battle axe. Pics or it didn't happen. Speaking of awards, Writing Excuses, the podcast Brandon does with several other fantastic writers was recently nominated for a Hugo award. This is the second time a podcast has been nominated for this prestigious award. The Hugos will be awarded at this year's WorldCon, nicknamed "Renovation", which will be held in Reno, Nevada. For information about attending WorldCon or how you can vote on the Hugos, please see their website. WorldCon will also have at least one Wheel of Time panel this year. Blogger Linda Taglieri and Jennifer Liang (That's me!) are confirmed Program Participants, along with Brandon and other writers, artists and fans. If you are planning to attend, make sure to stop by our forums and let us know. In other Sanderson news, his new release Mistborn:" rel="external nofollow">http://www.amazon.com/Alloy-Law-Mistborn-Novel/dp/0765330423?ie=UTF8&tag=norths0b-20&link_code=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969">Mistborn: The Alloy of Lawhttp://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=dragonmount&l=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969&o=1&a=0765330423" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important; padding: 0px !important" /> is due this fall. If you've been following Brandon on Twitter, you know this book was originally a short story he was toying with while taking a break between Towers of Midnight and A Memory of Light. The story grew a bit bigger than he expected and is now being released as a short novel. The book is set about 300 years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy and follows new characters. Tor is releasing sample chapters on Tor.com so if you're curious, you can check it out. Speaking of conventions, Dragon*Con is coming up! This is the eleventh year of Wheel of Time programming at this very large, annual convention in Atlanta, Georgia the first weekend of September. Maria Simons from Team Jordan is attending, as well as blogger Linda Taglieri and a host of other fan panelists. You can find out more about Wheel of Time programming at Dragon*Con here. If you are planning to attend, make sure you post about it in our forums. Finally, NPR is doing a poll to determine what the best science fiction or fantasy novels are. You can nominate up to five books or series. It's all just for fun, but clearly if you are at Dragonmount, you probably think the Wheel of Time is pretty good. So do us a favor and take a moment to register and nominate your favorite series.
Well here we are again with another ediotion of "Fan Art Friday". There's been requests for Shawdowspawn artwork this week, so that's what we'll do. Remember, if you have requests or want to point me at something to use, just email me: Jennifer@dragonmount.com First up is this great action shot of Rand filching the Horn of Valere from the trolloc camp in The Great Hunt. Liruichen has done a great job of depicting the trollocs with animal faces, but human eyes. They look scary. (And really, when was the last time we were scared when our heroes encountered trollocs?) It's a great picture. Behold the true terror that is Chibi Myrddraal!And those aren't eyes, those are eyebrows according the artist, Jonmkl. Here's an actually scary one from Qoo42 I picture them as not quite so ghostly, but I'm not going to quibble. Here's a fantastically creepy digital render of a Draghkar attacking a woman by karibous-boutique That's hella creepy. And I don't know if he really counts as shadowpawn, but here's Padan Fain. Apparently Mandersen did this on an iPod Touch. I had no idea that was even a thing you could do. This version of Fain is suitably creepy though. And that's it from me this week. Feel free to share your own favorites in the comments.