Earlier today at Celebration IV, Joe Corroney, Tom Hodges and myself sat and chatted with Hyperspace members in the Fan Club Lounge. Much of the chatter was about The Clone Wars trailer, which had just debuted that day, but we did turn specifically to the subject of webstrips eventually, and here’s what we had to say.
We’ve got a plan to do two more original webstrips this year. They will be available to everyone — not subscriber exclusive — because the hope is that they’ll reach a wide enough success to warrant doing future installments. I have indeed talked casually to other authors who have expressed interest in doing strips, but right now budget allows for only two more at the moment.
They’ll both start later this summer. One is a Force Unleashed tie-in strip that will include Shaak Ti, illustrated by Tom Hodges. The second is Rookies: Day Long Remembered, illustrated by Joe Corroney.
There has been some interest expressed by an international publisher to print a book version of Reversal of Fortune.
As for What’s the Story, it’s true that the current incarnation of the WTS feature is slated to retire in 2008, but the philosophy behind it — letting fans contribute to the EU — isn’t. Our hope is that there is a more dynamic, interactive way to generate such creativity as opposed to the anonymous ballot method of WTS.