Sunday, November 8, 2015

'Outlander' Trading Cards Arriving by November End; New Book by Diana Gabaldon Released

By Sachin Trivedi , International Business Times

Actor Sam Heughan (L) and author Diana Gabaldon participate in the Starz "Outlander" panel at the Television Critics Association (TCA) Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, California January 9, 2015. Reuters/David McNew

“Outlander” trading cards that are expected to depict the“epic tale of history, war, romance and time travel” will reportedly be released by November 30. Meanwhile, a new book by Diana Gabaldon has been released recently. The new book will serve as a guide to all the novels released so far and will also feature insider details by the author.

The trading cards will be based on the 16 episodes of the first season of the TV series on Starz, The Cardboard Connection reports. The cards will include images and story highlights and each box of cards will come with an autograph. Each box will contain 24 packs, with 5 cards per pack.

2015 Cryptozoic Outlander Season 1 trading cards capture the epic tale of history, war, romance and -- time travel. It may seem like a bit curious choice for a set of cards, but both the series and the books their based on have quite the passionate following.

The base set delves into the first 16 episodes with images and story highlights. If you're not familiar with Outlander, it starts in 1945 when Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe), a nurse during WWII, finds herself heading back in time about 200 years to a period when the English and Scottish are at odds. Claire, who is married in her own time, finds more love in the past, this time with one Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan).

Each box of 2015 Cryptozoic Outlander Season 1 trading cards comes with one autograph. The card maker hasn't released any details on the number of signers or who is lending their signature to the release. Wardrobe cards with pieces of show-used costumes are also randomly inserted.

Basic chase cards include Character Bios and Quotes.

There's also a binder that's sold on its own and comes with an exclusive card.


Stay tuned for more details on 2015 Cryptozoic Outlander Season 1 trading cards as they're released.

Estimated Release Date: 11/30
Product Configuration: 24 packs per box, 5 cards per pack
Price Point: Low- to Mid-End Entertainment Card
Target Audience: Outlander Fans, Autograph Collectors
2015 Cryptozoic Outlander Season 1 Box Break
1 Autograph
120 Total Cards


Meanwhile, “The Outlandish Companion Volume Two” by Gabaldon has been released. The book will provide a complete chronology of the series and be a guide to “The Fiery Cross,” “A Breath of Snow and Ashes,” “An Echo in the Bone” and “Written in My Own Heart’s Blood.”

Details about the cast members of the “Outlander” TV series will also be included in the new book. A complete synopsis of the new books released after “The Outlandish Companion Volume One” as well as recaps of “Lord John Grey novels: Lord John and the Private Matter,” “Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade,” “Lord John and the Hand of Devils,” and “The Scottish Prisoner” are also included in the book.

Gabaldon has written essays on a wide range of topics like controversies about sex and violence, responsibilities of an author who is writing historical fiction and she also shared her insights about her writing process in the new book.

Pictures belonging to Gabaldon that were taken during her visit to the sets of the “Outlander” TV series are also included in the book. Details about the clothes, food and the music of the eighteenth century and a Scottish glossary and pronunciation guide feature in the book.

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