Wow, what a cool update... Chris McCubbin dropped us a line, to let us know the following about the rumored 'Wing Commander Fact Book'... THIS is the sort of product I've waited years for.
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 27 century world of Wing Commander.
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