Win a Broadsheet from Brandon Sanderson’s “The Alloy of Law”

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Extra, extra! Newest edition of the Elendel Daily is now available! Read the latest news on the PHANTOM RAILCAR! IRONEYES sightings, FACELESS IMMORTALS, a new tale of the Roughs from Allomancer Jak and MORE!

If the above sentences mean anything to you, then you should keep reading. You’ve read the The Alloy of Law, and you loved it. You’ve read our review of that book, and you loved it. You’ve read our interview with the guy who wrote that book, and you loved that, too.

Now you can get your hands on a 11.5″ x 16″ collectible newspaper from the city of Elendel, courtesy of the author himself, Brandon Sanderson. Originally an SDCC 2011 exclusive, you can’t get your hands on these broadsheets (as we’re told they’re called) anymore, unless you meet the man himself!

We’ve got eight broadsheets to give away, so enter now if you want one of these one-of-a-kind collectibles from the newest entry in the Mistborn series.  You get two chances to enter (once via Twitter and once via Facebook), so make the most of it.

How to Enter

Via Twitter:

1) Follow Open the Fridge on Twitter. (You must be following OTF in order for the entry to count! We can’t DM you if you don’t follow us!)

2) Tweet or Retweet this message by December 3, 2011 at 7:00 PM EST:

Win a collectible broadsheet from Brandon Sanderson’s “The Alloy of Law” from @open_the_fridge! RT & follow to enter!

3) Wait for winners to be announced after the time expires.

Via Facebook:

1) Like Open the Fridge on Facebook. (You must like OTF on Facebook for the entry to count! We can’t message you if you don’t like us!)

2) Leave a comment on this Facebook post with your answer to the following question by December 3, 2011 at 7:00 PM EST! (Feel free to hit the “share” button while you’re there!)

If you could have only ONE allomantic ability, which one would it be?

3) Wait for winners to be announced after the time expires.

On December 3, we’ll randomly choose 8 lucky readers from all Facebook and Twitter entries to receive this limited edition prize! Good luck!

(Hit the jump for all of the legal mumbo jumbo!)

Interview: Author Brandon Sanderson

World-famous fantasy author Brandon Sanderson graciously agreed to a short interview with us here at Open the Fridge after his New York City book signing on Wednesday. Mr. Sanderson is currently touring to promote the release of his newest novel, The Alloy of Law, which reached #7 on the New York Times Best Seller List this week. (Make sure you check out our review!) We had to keep the interview short, as his time on this tour was rather limited, but he managed to find time to speak briefly about how he researches his novels, his unique magic systems, and some of the underlying theory of the over-arching magic system of his connected universe, the Cosmere.

He also donated 8 copies of The Alloy of Law “broadsheet” to give away to our readers! If you want one (and you should), then come back here tomorrow at 10:30 AM EST – we’ll post up the information on how to win one of these collectible in-world newspapers!

Open the Fridge: Let’s start with an Alloy of Law question, since that’s why we’re both here. You’ve obviously put a lot of thought into the evolution of the world of Scadrial, specifically in how you’ve integrated the world’s technological advances. Was there anything in particular that drew you to the old west setting, and did you do anything to research it, like going to a shooting range or a ranch?

Brandon Sanderson: Good question. I actually wrote the prologue LAST. I wrote it to be the prologue to another book about Wax and Wayne if I did one. I always knew what happened, but I didn’t want to start the book with the old west, because most of it didn’t happen in the old west, it happened in the city. What is now chapter one used to be the prologue. And after writing the whole book I realized that we didn’t see into Wax’s heart, we didn’t know what he was always referencing with Lessie… we actually needed to see it. And so I actually took that chapter and moved it to the front. I worry a bit that it will old-west-ify it a bit too much, because I did see this as a city book. All of the Mistborn books have taken place in cities.

Hit the jump for more details about Sanderson’s writing process and for hints about what questions you should be asking when you read a Mistborn novel!

NYCC 2011: “Kill Shakespeare” Co-Creator, Conor McCreery

At New York Comic Con, we had the privilege of speaking with Conor McCreery, co-writer and co-creator of the fantastic comic Kill Shakespeare, brought to the masses by IDW Publishing.  McCreery works with Anthony Del Col, his fellow writer/creator, and artist Andy Belanger to bring us this unusual and action-packed twist on the some of the Bard’s most famous characters.  All hail from Toronto, and share both a deep love of Shakespeare and a passion for bringing the rich and varied tales to life in this new way.

In this interview, McCreery sits down with Open the Fridge and tells us everything we need to know about the creation of the ongoing epic known as Kill Shakespeare.

Open the Fridge: Please tell us a little bit about the comic, and about your role in developing the world of Kill Shakespeare.

Conor McCreery: Well, first of all, despite the title, we come to praise the Bard, not bury him! Kill Shakespeare is an action-adventure comic that takes all of the Bard’s greatest heroes and most menacing villains and puts them into the same world and same story and pits them against each other on a quest to either save or kill a mysterious wizard by the name of William Shakespeare.  Our story is not a retelling of the plays.  In our world, Juliet meets Hamlet. Lady Macbeth is sleeping with Richard III both literally and figuratively. Iago comes to Othello and says, “Look, I know I ruined your life but if you can find it in your heart to forgive me, I swear I will be your brother again.”

And in that space, our main character is Hamlet, and he’s washed ashore in this strange Shakespearian land.  He’s torn between two factions, both who believe he is a figure of prophecy; one who believes he’s fated to kill this wizard Shakespeare, who they say is the source of all woe, and one that says he is actually fated to save this benevolent creator, William Shakespeare, who’s been pushed away from the world and only Hamlet can bring him back.  And, “oh, don’t worry about why he was sent away in the first place, Hamlet, just bring Shakespeare back.” So in a nutshell, that’s Hamlet having to kind of go through the shifting sands of allegiance – people trying to befriend him, people trying to use him, and people ultimately betraying him.

OTF: How far have you progressed in the story line?

CM: There are 12 issues and we’ve written all of them.  The first six have been in a volume in trade for about six months and the second six we actually have here at the con, it’s a NYCC con exclusive and won’t be released in stores until about mid-November.  And that’s the entirety of the first arc – does Shakespeare exist, is he an evil wizard, a benevolent creator, or something in between and what choice does Hamlet finally make?  And yes, I did use “choice” and “Hamlet” in the same sentence. Going forward we have two more arcs that we’ve played with, sort of like the Hamlet trilogy, involving some characters we’d like to get involved in the story – Prospero from The Tempest, Titus, Beatrice and Benedict, and plans for some other characters as we flesh out this Shakespearian universe.

Hit the jump for more details about Kill Shakespeare, the story that turns the world of the Bard on its head!

Volume 1 is available now; Volume 2 is set to release on November 22nd. Plus, for those Toronto-adjacent, a staged show of Kill Shakepeare will be at Soulpepper’s Word Festival at the end of the month!

Book Review: Mistborn: The Alloy of Law

Looking for a fun, fast fantasy read with enjoyable characters?  Hold on to your hats and your revolver, because you’ll probably love Brandon Sanderson’s latest novel, Mistborn:  The Alloy of Law, released today from TOR books.   The original Mistborn trilogy (officially titled Mistborn: The Final Empire) was delightful.  It featured a unique magic system, fascinating world, and likable characters, all rotating around a post-modern fantasy plot which had me guessing up until the very last page.  But does the sequel stand up to its formidable predecessors? 

Set three hundred years after the events of the original trilogy, this book is part western, part high fantasy, part mystery and all action.  The book starts off with a bang (literally!), sending you on a ricochet ride through a world which is just beginning its own industrial revolution.  Trains, electricity, automobiles and fire-arms are beginning to find their place, but Waxillium Ladrium is having trouble finding his own in the high society of Elendel.  Originally an old-west style law-keeper (think Clint Eastwood), Wax has inherited his family estates, and all of the various financial and social obligations that come with them.  But the arrival of an old friend marks the beginning of a series of mysterious kidnappings which Wax’s law-keeping instincts simply can’t ignore…

NYCC 2011: Ashley Eckstein Part 2 – Ahsoka Tano & The Clone Wars

Continuing our conversation with actress Ashley Eckstein, Open the Fridge inquired about her work on the Star Wars television series, The Clone Wars, currently airing on Cartoon Network.  Her character, Ahsoka Tano has come a long way over the course of the series, and Ashley shared her thoughts on Ahsoka’s past, present, and future.

Open the Fridge: With the fourth season of The Clone Wars now underway, are you pleased with where Ahsoka, as a character, has gone in the last three years?

Ashley Eckstein: Yeah, I’m very happy with where she’s gone!  We have the most amazing writing staff.  People ask me all the time about story ideas that I have, and I say, “Anything that I would come up with would pale in comparison to what our writing staff comes up with.”  I feel that she’s matured a lot.  I feel like she’s gone in a direction that I think everyone was hoping she would go in, in terms of growing up, becoming a little less snippy, a little less of a sidekick, and more like she’s one of the gang.  She’s really just one of the gang now.  You don’t really look at her as, “Oh, there’s Ahsoka making another snippy comment to Anakin.”  I think she’s really earned their respect. 

OTF: I know that there were plenty of fans who were a little skeptical at first that this was going to be a character for the younger audience, but we’re definitely impressed with where she’s gone and how she’s matured, just as you said.  What do you think makes her so appealing at this point?

AE: Oh wow.  You know, I think what makes Ahsoka appealing is the fact that she’s kind of relatable.  Even though she’s this alien girl in a galaxy far, far away, her emotions and the things she’s going through are very relatable, especially for more kids that are watching the show.  There are a lot of girls who have really taken to her.  They see her struggle of wanting to be the best Padawan she can be, the struggle of doing what’s right, the struggle of letting people down, and they can relate to her emotions. [cont’d]

Hit the jump for the thrilling conclusion of our two-part interview with the wonderful Ashley Eckstein!

DC Universe Online Hits the Free-to-Play Switch!

Depite a slight blip in the start date, DC Universe Online finally goes free-to-play, starting today for the PlayStation 3 and the PC. As mentioned in the original announcement post, the new freemium DCUO will support three subscription tiers: Free, Premium (spend at least $5), and Legendary ($14.99/mo.)  Each tier

NYCC 2011: Ashley Eckstein Part 1 – Her Universe

At SDCC back in July, Open the Fridge had the pleasure of speaking with actress Ashley Eckstein about Her Universe, her rapidly-expanding female sci-fi clothing and merchandising company. With the continued surge of proud fangirls stepping into the limelight (and buying Her Universe gear!), we decided to catch up with