Diablo III Book Updates


Fmulder unearthed an interesting tidbit about the upcoming DiabloWikiBook of Cain. It’s from the blog of artist Jean-Baptiste Monge, who contributed 23 pieces to the Book of Cain. He’s not the only one either; numerous well-known fantasy artists also have their work in the book, along with Blizzard’s own artists and writers. Quick quote:

I have worked some months ago for Blizzard Entertainment on the great and so expected artbook Diablo III : Book of Cain – published by Insight Editions (available on pre-order on amazon : HERE)

I have been so happy first when they wrote me. In fact I have been a Diablo player addict for years so it’s like a complete circle : in front of the computer to play like a fool and in front of my table to draw their creatures like a fool. YEAH ! And after I have been completely excited when I knew who would draw with me on the artbook. I feel very honored and privileged.

A few names to catch your attention : James Gurney, Adrian Smith, Iain McCaig, John Howe, Brom, … and sooo many great artists.

Amazon.com lists the DiabloWikiBook of Cain with a release date of November 25, 2011, though as we all know by now, dates related to Blizzard products are very subject to change. Check the DiabloWikiDiablo 3 Merchandise section of the wiki for all known info about the title, plus a selection of sample pages.


In other Diablo III book news, the first DiabloWikiDiablo 3 Novel has been listed on Amazon.com, though there’s a lot less info about it than about the Book of Cain. It’s untitled and there’s no cover artwork, but the author is revealed as Nate Kenyon, and the book has a March 27, 2012 release date.

Kenyon wrote the last Starcraft novel, but his four other published novels are original works in the horror genre, and they’ve won a number of awards. It looks like Blizzard wanted to bring in some fresh meat blood for the Diablo III novels, rather than going back to their usual hired guns Richard Knaak. Note that the upcoming title is listed for $17, and as a hardcover, which seems an upgrade from the $8 paperbacks Blizzard has published thus far.

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  1. John Howe ! O_o This is serious stuff !

    • indeed and as i said in fmulder thread already – thats gonna be awesome mostly looking forward for Gurneys stuff – his traditional work is incredible and his artblog and books are invaluable for artists.
      judging from what we have seen already from brom – i`d not be suprised to look for my jaw on the ground :O

  2. Wow so many great artists……..erm, never heard of them 😀

    (honestly)

    • John Howe envisioned and drew concept art for the Lord of the Rings movies. The effing LORD OF THE RINGS movies. Hows that for a start?? 🙂

  3. Good stuff, really looking forward to the Book of Cain.
     
    Side note, I think all of Blizzard’s book releases since Arthas have been hardcover editions first.

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