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Celebrate 25 Years of Magic with Magic: The Gathering: Concepts & Legends

Magic: The Gathering is celebrating 25 years and VIZ Media is recognizing the event with this officially licensed illustrated history exploring the legend, lore, and origins of the bestselling card game.

Magic: The Gathering: Concepts & Legends is written by James Wyatt, a Senior Game Designer for Magic. The book takes you through the creative process behind the evolving art and design of the games and its worlds and characters.

The book is out now in comic shops and book stores and retails for $39.99.

You can order yours now.


VIZ Media provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
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A New Magic: The Gathering Comic Book Series Launches this Fall

Wizards of the Coast and IDW Publishing revealed today details for an all-new Magic: The Gathering comic to be published beginning this November. Magic: The Gathering: Chandra is written by Vita Ayala with interior art by Harvey Tolibao and features all-new adventures of fan-favorite pyromancer Planeswalker Chandra Nalaar. This is the first Magic: The Gathering comic in four years and will introduce an all-new approach to storytelling as the franchise marks its 25th year.

The series focusing on Chandra will introduce the reader to her including her story, her quirks, and her powers. Set in the near future of the Multiverse, these never-before-told stories will breathe life into Chandra, her cohorts, and her enemies in new and visually striking ways. Knowledge of cards is optional, love of characters required.

An adventurous Planeswalker and powerful pyromancer, Chandra Nalaar has seen much in her time—but she had never experienced such tragedy before. In the wake of a devastating loss, Chandra is striking out on her own, determined to prove—to her family and to herself—that next time she’ll be prepared. But when faced with threats both old and new, will she be able to overcome her grief in time to survive? And who is that familiar face lurking in the shadows?

Magic: The Gathering: Chandra #1 will be available in November.

SDCC 2018: Transformers Trading Card Game First Look

The Transformers Trading Card Game is a fast, easy-to-learn action battling card game designed for two players. Players build a team of Transformers character cards and power them up with a customizable deck of battle cards.

At San Diego Comic-Con 2018 we got our first look at the cards and game with an exclusive as well as getting a chance to talk to one of the individuals behind the game.

The Transformers Trading Card Game Convention Edition contains two Transformers character cards (Cliff jumper – Renegade Warrior and Slipstream – Strategic Seeker) and two battle cards (All-Out Attack and Tandem Targeting System) not available in the Autobots Starter Set or the Transformers Trading Card Game Booster Packs.

We open up the exclusives pack and you can see what you’ll be getting when the game rolls into stores later this year.

The Transformers Trading Card Game is out this September.

(via Board Game Today)

Wizards of the Coast and VIZ Media Announce The Art of Magic: The Gathering – Ixalan

Wizards of the Coast and VIZ Media have jointly announced the latest edition of The Art of Magic: The Gathering collection with the release in January 2018 of The Art of Magic: The Gathering – Ixalan. The fifth release in VIZ Media’s ongoing series of impressive hardcover art books presents the incredible illustrations of Magic: The Gathering.

The substantial 240-page tome will feature dozens of full-color works by an impressive array of talented artists, including Christine Choi, Daarken and Titus Lunter, and will be complemented with additional in-depth lore by bestselling author and Magic: The Gathering Senior Game Designer James Wyatt.

The Art of Magic: The Gathering – Ixalan invites fans to set sail for the uncharted jungles of Ixalan, where dangerous beasts, magnificent ruins, and lost treasures lie waiting to be discovered. Saddle up your dinosaur mount and brave the unknown as you search the plane for a prize forgotten by history… until now!

VIZ Media also announces the opening of pre-orders for The Art of Magic: The Gathering – Amonkhet. Scheduled for retail release on July 4th, The Art of Magic: The Gathering – Amonkhet will present scores of full-color illustrations from artists such as Cliff Childs, Winona Wilson, Christine Choi and Adam Paquette. Additional insights and lore on the dangerous and beautiful world of Amonkhet are provided by James Wyatt. Amonkhet is the latest expansion game for Magic: The Gathering and is set for release by Wizards of the Coast this month.

Throughout its 22-year history, Magic: The Gathering has visited many richly imaginative worlds through card sets and stories. Developed by Wizards of the Coast, Magic: The Gathering has more than 20 million fans, is played in more than 70 countries, and is available in 11 languages. Magic: The Gathering has won numerous notable awards, including a Mensa Award and multiple Origins Awards, the Hobby Game industry’s annual top award.

Dungeons & Dragons Goes Beyond

At PAX East, Wizards of the Coast announce D&D Beyond an official digital toolset for use with the Dungeons & Dragons fifth edition rules. Partnering with Curse, the app goes beyond the pen and paper and provides rules, character building, digital character sheets, and more.

The app contains a D&D Compendium with official content, allows you to create, browse, and use homebrew content, manage characters, manage campaigns, news, articles, forums, and you’ll be able to access it anywhere on any device.

Its goal is to make management easier to play the popular roleplaying game. It’ll be available on any device and will empower by beginners and veterans.

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patience_fc_colors-1It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone excited for? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below!

While you decide on that, here’s some comic news from around the web in our morning roundup.

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Complex – The Story of Fantagraphics, the Company That Changed Comics – Cool to see this story and boy are they.

Variety – Movie Based on Daniel Clowes Graphic Novel ‘Patience’ in Development at Focus – Nice to see!

Kotaku – Transformers: Forged To Fight Takes Kabam’s Fighting Game To The Next Level – Sounds fun.

ICv2 – WotC Eliminates Its ‘D&D’ Organized Play Volunteers – Are they getting ahead of a lawsuit?

Dungeons & Dragons, Volo’s Guide to Monsters is Out Now

Wizards of the Coast has announced the release of the newest supplement to Dungeons & Dragons, Volo’s Guide to Monsters. In Volo’s Guide to Monsters, adventurers explore the breadth of D&D’s monsters in an immersive 224-page volume filled with beautiful illustrations and in-depth lore designed for the fifth edition. Volo’s Guide to Monsters provides something exciting for both players and Dungeon Masters and is now available online and at hobby stores and mass-market retailers across the country. Also, Volo’s Guide to Monsters will be released in a limited edition format exclusively available at core hobby stores that features an alternative-art cover beautifully illustrated by Hydro74.

The esteemed loremaster Volothamp Geddarm is back and he’s written a fantastical dissertation, covering some of the most iconic monsters in the Forgotten Realms. Unfortunately, the Sage of Shadowdale himself, Elminster, doesn’t believe Volo gets all the important details quite right. Don’t miss out as Volo and Elminster square off (academically speaking, of course) to illuminate the uninitiated on creatures both common and obscure. Uncover the machinations of the mysterious Kraken Society, what is the origin of the bizarre froghemoth, or how to avoid participating in the ghastly reproductive cycle of the grotesque vargouille.

Dungeon Masters and players will get some much-needed guidance planning their next ventures, traipsing about some dusty old ruin in search of treasure, lore, and let’s not forget … dangerous creatures whose horns, claws, fangs, heads, or even hides might comfortably adorn the walls of your trophy room. If you survive.

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Dungeon & Dragons is a 2016 inductee to the National Toy Hall of Fame

It’s been 42 years in the making! Dungeon & Dragons has been revealed as a 2016 inductee to the National Toy Hall of Fame at the Strong Museum for Play in Rochester, NY. Since it was first published in 1974, Dungeons & Dragons has inspired millions of gamers to create stories and adventures and it has brought people from all backgrounds together to share those experiences.

Director of D&D at Wizards of the Coast, Nathan Stewart, was in Rochester to accept the award and witness history, as D&D was officially inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame. It is not just a proud moment for Wizards of the Coast, but also for parent company, Hasbro.

Also inducted this year are Fisher-Price Little People and the swing.


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BGBOPREB-Cv1-ds-5de97San Diego Comic-Con is over and we’re recovering. We have about a week before we need to prepare for Gen Con! Yes, another convention is being covered next week!

Until then, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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iO9 – NASA Will Put Rocket Raccoon And Groot On Its New Mission Patch – This is really cool.

Wizards of the Coast – Wizards and Transparency on Social Media – Hopefully more geek companies adopt this.

Kotaku – Marvel Ultimate Alliance Coming To PS4, Xbox One And PC On Tuesday – It’s a great game!

Inverse – Christ, Superhero: Inside Christianity’s Comic Con Booth – Always been fascinated by this at the convention.

Slash Film – ‘Justice League Action’ Will Feature 152 Different DC Comics Characters – That’s a lot of characters.

ABC News – Los Altos teen with autism creates comic book available online – Fantastic to see things like this.

Comics Alliance – X-Men Books Not Cancelled! All-New Wolverine Goes Rogue In ‘Enemy Of The State II’ – You mean sites that traffic in rumors are wrong?

The Beat – SDCC’16: Batman The Telltale Series let’s play shows you how to be your Batman – Can’t wait for this.


Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Batgirl and the Birds of Prey: Rebirth #1

Talking Comics – Black Hammer #1

SDCC 2016: Magic: The Gathering Promos and Exclusives

Wizards of the Coast has revealed the cool Magic: The Gathering promos you can pick up at San Diego Comic-Con. They have also released the details of Magic‘s presence in a Daily Magic Update from last week. If you’re planning to attend SDCC this year and want to pick up a promo, you should probably stick around and do a few of the other cool things they have in store.

Check out these amazing promos available at San Diego Comic-Con this year (and yes, they are foil)! The price at San Diego Comic-Con will be $99.99 plus tax, which should come out to $108.

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