Get Your Thrawn: Alliances Convention Edition at San Diego Comic-Con


Star Wars book fans coming to San Diego Comic-Con International, here’s your chance to buy a special convention edition of Thrawn: Alliances by Timothy Zahn. The sequel to New York Times bestseller Thrawn, Thrawn: Alliances will follow the continued rise of Grand Admiral Thrawn to the heights of Imperial power—and accompany him into the past, witnessing his first encounter with the man who will one day become Darth Vader.

To celebrate the epic Thrawn/Vader alliance, Del Rey is teaming up with Penguin Random House Audio to offer two different convention exclusives: a traditional printed convention edition and a new audiobook convention edition. Available at Booth 2913-J inside the Lucasfilm pavilion.

What’s so special about the printed convention edition?

  • Exclusive cover art featuring a young Thrawn and Anakin Skywalker
  • Exclusive Star Wars pin (free with purchase of Thrawn: Alliances) inspired by Thrawn’s Grand Admiral insignia
  • Each copy signed by author Timothy Zahn
  • Cost: $45

What’s special about this cool new audiobook edition?

  • Exclusive content; a conversation between author Timothy Zahn & narrator Marc Thompson
  • Audio will be loaded onto a USB device featuring young Thrawn on one side, Anakin Skywalker on the other
  • Collector’s tin with art featuring a young Thrawn and Anakin Skywalker
  • Exclusive Star Wars pin (free with purchase of Thrawn: Alliances) inspired by Thrawn’s Grand Admiral insignia
  • Includes numbered card, signed by author Timothy Zahn & narrator Marc Thompson
  • Cost: $45

(art not final)

So What Does that Pin Look Like Anyway?

Glad you asked! (penny for scale)

How Can I Buy These Exclusive Editions?

You can get a copy of either the printed book or the audiobook by picking up a free wristband from the Del Rey Star Wars Booth – Booth 2913-J. There will be separate wristbands for each edition.

Wristbands are available as follows:

  • Wednesday – Sunday, starting when the doors of the main convention show floor open to the general public, we will be giving out wristbands. Wristbands have been set aside for each day, so don’t worry if you can only make it later in the week!

What If I Want to Buy Both? Is There a Discount?

If you want both editions, just pick up a free wristband for each one at the Del Rey Star Wars Booth. For purchasing both, you’ll get $10 off, so the total will be $80. You must buy both items at the same time to get the discount.

Awesome. So, what does a wristband do?

A wristband allows you to purchase 1 copy of the exclusive edition. There are separate wristbands for the audio and print editions. Wristbands are specific to each day.  Once you receive a wristband, you can come back to the booth any time from 11:00am – 6:00pm* to complete your transaction and pick up your book. We will NOT be completing transactions and handing out books when wristbands are given out.

  • *For Wednesday, because of preview night, you can come back to the booth any time from 7:00pm until the floor closes at 9:00pm.
  • *For Sunday, because of the early show closing, you can finalize your purchase anytime from 11:00am until the close of the show at 5:00pm.

Why do I need a wristband to buy the book and/or audiobook?

Two reasons. First, the convention editions are limited, so wristbands work like a ticket, and let us track how many we have to sell each day. Second, since a wristband guarantees you a copy of the exclusive edition, it gives you the freedom to head to the panels, signings, and other events you want to see before coming back to get your book at a time that works best for you. No need to wait in line for hours just to buy a book.

What happens if I don’t pick up my book/audiobook on the day I received a wristband?

Wristbands are only valid for the day they were acquired. If you are unable to purchase your book on the specified date on your wristband, you will need to try and acquire a wristband on a different day. Any unclaimed books and audiobooks will be released on Sunday.

How will leftover books/audiobooks (if any) be distributed Sunday?

If there are leftovers. We will have extra Sunday wristbands to give out in the morning. We will only give out wristbands equal to the number of books still available for purchase.

Other Questions:

Who is eligible for a wristband?

Only visitors to the show, which does include professionals and guests. Exhibitors and staff are eligible to get wristbands ONLY on Sunday.

Can I stand in line and get an extra wristband for a friend?

No. Wristbands will only be given to individuals present. 1 wristband per person.

So, if I buy both the book and the audiobook do I get two pins?

Yes, you get one pin for buying the physical edition, and one pin for buying the audio edition.

The book/audiobook is already signed, can I get it personalized?

Yes, the convention edition sold is pre-signed by Timothy Zahn, but he will have signings in the Autographing Area at Table 28 every day, and he’d be happy to personalize your edition. After purchasing your copy at the Del Rey booth, you can bring your book to the autographing area at the below times (please note, the book will not be available for purchase in the autographing area):

  • Thursday, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Friday, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

I don’t want / I missed out on the convention edition. Can I get a regular copy of Thrawn: Alliances at the booth?

Yes, limited copies of the regular edition for sale at the Del Rey booth. These will be sold first come first serve, and not limited for each day. When they run out, they are gone.