McCubbin on his book
I promised Chris Reid a few weeks ago that as soon as I got the
go-ahead from our publisher I'd give fans the lowdown on the Wing Commander Combat
Archives, the "fact book" based on the Wing Commander movie, that IMGS is doing
for Harper Prism.
First, for those who might need them, introductions. Incan Monkey God Studios is the
company formed by the writers and editors that used to be ORIGIN's publications
department. Our people have been doing the documentation and official guides to Wing
Commander games from WC2 through Prophecy, so when Harper came to us and said, "We
have a great idea for a book ... it should be a collection of documents from various
sources that describes the world of the film," we said, "You know, it's funny
you should mention that..."
The movie book has the working title Wing Commander Combat Archives. It's a 128-page,
large trade paperback (Harper Prism's Aliens Technical Manual is another book in the same
line, although our book is going to have a somewhat different look and feel). I don't know
the exact price or order numbers yet, and of course the release schedule depends on the
movie. It's being written by myself and Melissa Tyler, designed by Sharon Freilich and
Jennifer Spohrer, and edited by David Ladyman.
The book will include articles about
- History of the Kilrathi war and other significant events.
- Pilot and senior officer performance evaluations.
- Kilrathi psychology and tactics.
- Protocols for carrier flight decks and marine boarding parties.
- The physics behind the jump drive.
- The first encounter between humanity and the Kilrathi
- The secrets of Blair's past.
And of course full performance stats on the fighters and cap ships of the Wing Commander
Universe. Plus lots more cool, behind-the-scenes stuff about the 27th century world of
This isn't a "making of" the movie book, it's a reference guide to the world
of the Wing Commander movie. We've been working closely with Peter Telep, the author of
the movie's novelization and subsequent Wing Commander fiction, so expect to see concepts
from the Archives reflected in the novels, and vice versa.
There are lots of things I can't give away, of course, but if anybody has any questions
about the book, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org