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'Interstellar' Prequel Comic

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | November 19, 2014 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | November 19, 2014 |

Wired magazine is including a six page mini prequel comic for Interstellar in their next issue, though they have already released the comic online. There are several mysterious things about that sentence. First, I’m slightly surprised to hear that Wired magazine still exists. Honestly, I was surprised it ever existed given that it came on the scene at the same time as the Internet in order to apparently record the downfall of the printed word … in print. Second, Wired seems an odd place to release a comic.

And finally, it’s a very strange tactic to try to sell a magazine with a gimmick you give away free online in advance of said print issue. Perhaps it’s just an exercise in getting people to realize that Wired still exists?

In any case, the short little thing is just long enough to pique your interest in more, and just short enough to kind of be irritating. It’s like the hook at the start of a proper comic book as opposed to a small version of a comic book in and of itself.

You can click through on the link below to read a bit of the fun times that Dr. Mann Damon had on the Cloud City of Hoth. There’s not anything new or any surprises to speak of, but it adds a bit of detail and color to what we already saw on the screen: Clicky here for Wired.

And do ignore the insufferable headline over there. “Lost chapter”? Really? I suppose magazines have different standards than the Internet, what with their actual budgets and commitment to real journalism. It’s also nice to see that even without literal clicks, magazines can be just as clickbaity as us working class sites.

Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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