The penultimate issue of the HALO: Lone Wolf comic book series comes out today from Dark Horse! If you’ve been reading along, and really, why wouldn’t you?, you’ve been following Spartan sharpshooter Linda-058 as she infiltrates a group of humans who feel abandoned by the UNSC. With Covenant forces closing in on their location, Linda must rally the human settlers under a single essential cause: protect an AI that contains the bulk of human history. Spoilers after the jump.
As new threats rise, the legendary supersoldier sees her mission parameters shift and finds that she will need help from the very man she was sent to kill.
HALO: Lone Wolf #3 was brought to you by me, Anne Toole (W), and Kieran McKeown (P), JL Straw (I), Dan Jackson (C), Christian Ward (Cover), and your local comics shop! Check out a preview here.
Is it just me, or does it somehow seem fitting that a company named Dark Horse is putting out a comic called Lone Wolf?
The comic series I wrote for Dark Horse and 343 continues this week with HALO: Lone Wolf #2. If you want to get on board, it’s not too late to pick up a copy or pre-order the rest of the series. Previously, Spartan Linda-058 sets off alone to find a target on a Covenant planet. No spoilers until after the jump!
With Dr. Chen, a dangerous ex-ONI scientist, in her sights, Spartan Linda-058 and her AI companion must find a way to end the threat posed by Chen and evacuate the endangered humans in the settlement. But as the Covenant prepare to stage an assault, Linda discovers that Chen holds the key to a secret that could endanger all of humanity if it fell into the wrong hands.
New year, new comic! If you love you some science fiction set on distant planets, or enjoy the Halo video games, check out Halo: Lone Wolf. I wrote this four-issue comic book series from Dark Horse and 343 that starts with issue one today! You’ll find it wherever fine comics are sold.
Halo: Lone Wolf follows Spartan Linda-058 alone on a covert mission. Her skills in infiltration and marksmanship make her perfect for the high-stakes mission to end the threat posed by a wanted scientist on a distant planet. With only an ONI-assigned AI at her side, Linda must fight through both the dregs of the Covenant and the hostility of a lost human settlement to stop the rogue scientist in his tracks.
The newest entry in the Halo comics franchise is written by Anne Toole (Horizon Zero Dawn, The Witcher) with art by Kieran McKeown (White Canvas) and JL Straw (Back to the Future), colors by Dan Jackson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Call of Duty: Zombies), and covers by Christian Ward (Quantum Age: From the World of Black Hammer, Young Avengers).
Want a preview? Preview away here!
Games, comics, VR, and more! If you’re interested in how we tell stories across media, come check out the Storytelling Across Media symposium at the shiny new Comic-Con Museum in San Diego this weekend. I’ll be speaking on a fantastic panel of game writers!
- WHO: SAM: Storytelling Across Media
- WHAT: A one-day symposium devoted to talks and workshops about storytelling in various forms of media.
- WHEN: Saturday, November 3 • Panels: 12:00–6:00 PM • Mixer: 7:00–10:00 PM
- WHERE: Comic-Con Museum, 2131 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
- ADMISSION: Free; online advance registration is encouraged. Seating is limited.
And here be more details about the game writing panel:
3:15–4:00 Storytelling in Games: Shaping the Future of Narrative—Anne Toole (writer, Horizon Zero Dawn), Desirée Proctor and Erica Harrell (writers, Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners), Shanon Ingles (writer and narrative designer, Ghost Story, Midboss, Tellltale & EA), and Neal Hallford (executive producer, Swords & Circuitry Studios) gather to discuss how games are evolving the art of narrative through interactive media experiences. The panel is moderated by Jana Hallford (executive producer, Swords & Circuitry Studios) and will include a Q&A session. The Lodge
See you in San Diego!
Sounds like an invitation to a Sith bar, but in fact I’m inviting you to join me and several other fabulous humans (not to imply I’m one of them) TODAY to discuss the dark storytelling at LA Comic-Con. Here are the deets:
Women On The Dark Side
3PM in Room 308
Sunday, October 28, 2018
Always a popular panel, this panel features women who challenge the convention of what women “should” create. Challenging, complex, and sometimes controversial, these women speak for those who aren’t always about glittery vampires and sparkly unicorns. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that)
Featured panelists are:
Susan Lee (@LifeOnItSide) – “Wraith of Love”, “Shadowed Doorways”
Maria Alexander (@LaMaupin) – “Snowbound”, “Mr. Wicker”
Dr. Suzana E. Flores – “UNTAMED: The Psychology of Marvel’s Wolverine”
Anne Toole – “Curse of the Pharaohs/Assassins Creed”, “Mine! anthology)
Moderator – Barbra Dillon, Fanbase Press
See you there, I hope!
A thrill a minute at Devcom! Or maybe just informative by the minute. Tomorrow I’ll be speaking on Fitting Writers into the Development Process at Devcom in Cologne. Join in the informativeness!
Fitting Writers into the Development Process
When: 12:00pm-1pm, Monday, August 20, 2018
Where: Devcom, Stage 2, Koelnmesse, Cologne, Germany
What: Game developers are sometimes left scratching their heads on how to incorporate writers into the game development process. This talk will take attendees through the stages of development to identify how a writer can integrate with the team and add value to the game, whether it be narrative-driven or narrative-light.
It’s happening! In a week, nerds of the world will unite at Comic-con for another fun-filled extravaganza. I’ll be doing a comic book signing at Kymera Press of a limited edition PET NOIR #5. Git yours as it’s not yet available on their site! I’ll also be speaking on video game writing along with a panel of illustrious greats! Like the villain in every movie, I say “Join usssss!”
Here be the schedule:
Crafting Story for Video Games
Thursday July 19, 2018 4:45pm – 5:45pm
Video game veterans from Telltale, Riot, Xbox, and other companies share tips and techniques they use for making successful game narrative. They’ll share real-life examples and behind-the-scenes anecdotes about the origins of some of the most popular video game characters, worlds, and stories.
Signing Pet Noir
Sunday, July 22 2pm
Kymera Press, Booth #2003
Pet Noir is an adaptation of Pati Nagle’s series of linked short stories, “Pet Noir.” In “Pet Noir” feline investigator Leon, with opposable thumbs and the ability to talk, is possibly the most dangerous cat in the galaxy. The comic is drawn by Anna Giovannini, inked by Laurie Foster, colored by Liezl Buenaventura and written by Anne Toole.