Wow, Jeff Cope (of Raving Toy Maniac) gets around... not only is he at the cutting edge of WC actionfigure-osity (warning: not a real word, don not use in public), but he was the first person to find the Starlog Wing Commander Movie Magazine! It's apparently out at Barnes & Nobles everywhere... although I can't seem to find one here in Maryland. I'll have a better report once I find a copy... here's what Jeff said about it...
So, how is the magazine? Eh. I hate Starlog with a passion. I loved it when I was a kid when it first came out. But it consistently has the ugliest, cheap looking graphic design and that carries over into this magazine.
Content wise it's okay. Lots of pics, most we've seen before. There's a nice gatefold cover, the inside of which features design art of the various ships.
Freddie Prinze Jr's interview just made me laugh. He's a hell of a PR guy. He mentioned how great the script was more often than ShadwLight mentions his exclusive relationship with Digital Anvil! ;)
All in all, I think the CIC could've put together a much better magazine!
Two more commercials: a 5 day variant with the awful tagline, and a 6 day version with the cooler saying.
A few new Wing Commander Movie Products! Several people have spotted a black Wing Commander shirt. It has the movie logo on the left sleeve, and four pieces of nose art on the front -- sounds rather cool. FOX has also apparently released a series of three postcards to promote the movie, which are basically 'real' versions of the free postcards at wingcommander.com.
I take back everything I ever said about X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter. Scott Thompson has created an all new campaign for the formerly much-maligned Star Wars game, which includes 60 new missions, new voices and new factions -- but here's the kicker, he's added some Wing Commander ships, graphics and all! You can grab this conversion, entitled "The Path Not Taken" here. And check out these sweet, sweet XvTified WC ships, done my Michael "Steele" Boewes...
Remember yesterday's update about the title of the third Wing Commander novel being called "Pilgrim Trust"? I mentioned in my mail to Peter Telep that I kept calling it "Pilgrim Truth" for some reason -- and long story short, it's called Pilgrim Truth now! Either way, I can't wait to read it... Oh, and one more note - when I said that three Wing Commander books would be released within a year of the movie's opening, I was including the movie adaptation -- sorry for any confusion!
Dan has posted several Wing Commander storyboards to Dan's Wing Commander Movie Site. Check 'em out, they all seem to describe various CGI sequences...
If you're like most people, you're probably wondering how the infamously overhyped Y2K Bug will affect the CIC. To answer these questions, please allow myself to introduce... myself...
Q: So, me, how will the Y2K Bug affect the Combat Information Center?
A: Immediately after Midnight, December 31st 1999, all newly posted dates at the CIC will say '2000' instead of '1999'.
Q: God have mercy on us all. So you're saying we should begin stockpiling canned food and firearms?
A: Yes, I strongly urge any CIC reader who is accidently taking this seriously to be prepared for this momentous change, which is sure to bring about destruction, fire, death and several instances of people forgetting to put '2000' instead of '1999'.