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Tor Books is heading to San Diego Comic-Con!

Image Place holder  of - 20We hope to see many of you there. Stop by Booth #2707 to say hi or to participate in one of our many events and signings.

But for those of you who couldn’t make it out to California, we wanted to offer you the chance to grab some of the same amazing swag and books that we’re promoting at #SDCC. To enter for the chance to win one of these five prize bundles, leave a comment on this post telling us one fabulous thing that you’ll be doing this week while you are #NotAtComicCon. Whether you’re fighting a clone army, rescuing damsels in distress (or princelings in peril), zipping across galaxies at light speed, or just conquering your laundry pile, we hope that you have a great week.

Here’s a look at the prize:

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And here’s a list of what’s included in each prize bundle:

  • Wheel of Time backpack
  • Signed copy of Redshirts by John Scalzi
  • Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
  • The Battle of Blood and Ink written by Jared Axelrod and illustrated by Steve Walker
  • Dark Companion by Marta Acosta
  • Existence by David Brin
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  • The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
  • The Eye of the World: Graphic Novel: Volume 2 Based on the novel by Robert Jordan, written by Chuck Dixon, illustrated by Andie Tong
  • Eyes to See by Joseph Nassise
  • Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson
  • Girl Genius Omnibus Volume 1 by Phil Foglio and Kaja Foglio
  • Halo: Cryptum by Greg Bear
  • Halo: Glasslands by Karen Traviss
  • Inside Straight edited by George R.R. Martin
  • Johnny Hiro: Half Asian, All Hero written and illustrated by Fred Chao
  • Laddertop: Volume 1 written by Orson Scott Card and Emily Janice Card Art by Honoel A. Ibardolaza
  • Off Armageddon Reef by David Weber
  • The Omen Machine by Terry Goodkind
  • Passion Play by Beth Bernobich
  • Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers
  • The Way of the Kings by Brandon Sanderson

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. You must be 18 or older and a legal resident of the 50 United States or D.C. to enter. Promotion begins July 12, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. ET. and ends July 16, 2012, 12:00 p.m. ET. Void in Puerto Rico and wherever prohibited by law. Please see full details and official rules go here. Sponsor: Tom Doherty Associates, LLC.

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A chance meeting with the Card family leads to new manga series

Place holder  of - 61By Jason DeAngelis

Attending the San Diego Comic-Con is like being jammed into a sweaty,Tokyosubway car during rush hour—for five days straight. A couple years ago, amidst all the convention chaos, I felt a great whoosh of fresh air when I first met Orson Scott Card at the Tor/Seven Seas booth.  In our conversation, I learned that Card’s youngest daughter is a big manga fan.

As a manga publisher, recently partnered with Tor, I’d been looking for Tor authors to team up with to create original manga projects with wide appeal. Who better than Orson Scott Card, whose seminal Ender’s Game might very well have started as an anime or manga in an alternate Japanized universe?

So, I tentatively suggested that Card and his daughter co-write an original manga series, half-expecting that he’d order me to commit seppuku on the spot. Instead, he seemed pleasantly intrigued. The next night, I sat down at a lovely waterfront restaurant with the Family Card, and we bounced around manga story ideas.

For a manga guy such as myself, it was a delight and an honor to have the opportunity to brainstorm story concepts with a writer of Card’s caliber. What impressed me even more, however, was the wealth of imagination and story savvy his daughters Emily and Zina displayed. The younger, Zina, was totally tapped into what the teenage manga crowd wanted; the twenty-something Emily had a firm grasp of story structure and character.  Scott had the know-how to bring it all together and ground the wild science fiction story elements in science fact.

Then and there, the Cards, as a family, began to hash out an epic storyline that worked not only as a manga series, but could also become a series of science fiction novels or even a tentpole movie—or, hey, a Japanese anime! Thus, Laddertop was born, over fine food and drink, and collaborative family storytelling at its best.

For fans of Ender’s Game, or people who like their graphic novels and manga with a science fiction bent, Laddertop is a must-read for kids and adults of any age.

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