Ewoks and Jedi Heading to Celebration VI

June 29, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Posted in Celebration, Conventions, Star Wars News | Leave a comment

Eight new guests heading to Celebration VI: Roger Christian (set decoration for A New Hope), Jesse Jensen (Saesee Tiin in Attack of the Clones), Zac Jensen (Kit Fisto in Attack of the Clones), Tom Kane (Yoda in The Clone Wars), Katie Purvis (Maternal Ewok in Return of the Jedi), Mike Quinn (Nien Nunb in Return of the Jedi), Felix Silla (Ewok stunt performer in Return of the Jedi), and Robert Watts (Producer for Star Wars and Indiana Jones).

Here is an updated list of who’ll be appearing. Continue Reading Ewoks and Jedi Heading to Celebration VI…

Round Three of the Star Wars Celebration VI Artists

June 29, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Posted in Art, Celebration, Conventions | Leave a comment

StarWars.com has unveiled round three of the Celebration VI art which includes an awesome piece by Dave Dorman. I’ve been waiting patiently to see what Dave was going to come up with, and to my great surprise, it’s an Endor piece that includes my favorite furry little aliens: Ewoks! The piece isn’t quite done yet, but it looks pretty nice.

Continue Reading Round Three of the Star Wars Celebration VI Artists…

San Diego Comic Con 2012 and the future of Star Wars

June 29, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Posted in Comic Books, Conventions, Dark Horse, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | 1 Comment
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Making the news rounds is the San Diego Comic Con 2012 event schedule which includes an interesting Friday panel.

3:00-4:00 The Future of Star Wars Publishing: Dark Horse & Del Rey— Find out what’s coming up in the Expanded Universe of Star Wars publishing. Editors Randy Stradley and Dave Marshall from Dark Horse Comics discuss what’s next for Agent of the Empire, Dawn of the Jedi, Lost Tribe of the Sith, and Darth Maul, as well as reveal a new secret title that’s on the horizon. From Del Rey Books editors Frank Parisi and Erich Schoeneweiss, along with author Troy Denning (Apocalypse), look at new novels coming later this year from fan-favorite authors Timothy Zahn and Aaron Allston, as well as give a peek into 2013. Also on the panel is Jennifer Heddle, senior editor at LucasBooks. Moderated by author Pablo Hidalgo (Star Wars: The Essential Reader’s Companion). Room 7AB

We know Agent of the Empire’s next arc will be Hard Targets (and we may already have a glimpse of the cover), and a new Darth Maul series might mean Death Sentence is getting the Blood Ties treatment. It’ll be interesting to see what new arcs they have planned as well as what directions they might be going. There’s a possibility the secret title could be the Luke Skywalker comic Tom Taylor mentioned in a CBR interview.

On the book side, speculation is already abounding on whether Troy Denning’s presence on the panel means he’ll be coming back for another book or whether it’s just a matter of convenience. Regardless, a sneak peek at the future could also mean the revelation of Paul S. Kemp’s ambitious, unnamed duology which is set for release early next year. Time will tell.

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Functional Nerds Interview with Paul S. Kemp

June 29, 2012 at 9:24 am | Posted in Books, Fantasy, Interview | Leave a comment
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Functional Nerds podcast did an interview with author Paul S. Kemp that you can listen to here. The interview covers Paul’s latest book, The Hammer and the Blade.

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‘Mercy Kill’ Mini-excerpt #3

June 29, 2012 at 7:46 am | Posted in Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Star Wars Books has posted a mini-excerpt from Aaron Allston’s Mercy Kill which reveals yet another character with an important role in the novel.

Face’s approach was so silent that neither noticed until he was almost at the table. Both turned to look at him and, seeing the expression on his face, fell silent.

He turned to Dia. “I promise I will never make you so mad that you borrow an X-wing, take it up, and use it to burn me to a cinder.”

“Smart of you.” She gestured at the third chair. “Whose turn is it to cook?”


“We’ll order something.”

He sat and turned to his daughter. “And you, young lady . . . Beware of older military officers who chase you when you’re a teenager. They’ll just dump you when you turn thirty.”

She sighed and rolled her eyes. “Dad, I hate it when you bring work home.”

That’s right X-Wing fans, Face Loran is not only in Mercy Kill, he’s now officially a dad, but don’t expect to see too much of Dia and his daughter. Face, on the other hand, will get some good page time, though perhaps not as much as you would expect due to a little surprise or two Allston has up his sleeve.

You can find the previous excerpts here: mini-excerpt #1, #2, the bonus excerpt, and the audio excerpt.

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FandomFest 2012

June 29, 2012 at 12:01 am | Posted in Conventions, Events, Star Wars News | Leave a comment

FandomFest 2012 kicks off in Louisville, KY today. The con runs from June 29 to July 1st and there will be a ton of guests in attendance including Star Wars author Timothy Zahn as one of the literary guests of honor. You can check out all the details on their official site.

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Fantasy Faction Interviews Michael A. Stackpole

June 28, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Posted in Books, Interview | Leave a comment

Fantasy Faction posted an interview with author Michael A. Stackpole. The interview covers some good territory such as what authors should focus on, using real people as character models, his favorite and toughest novels, his upcoming World of Warcraft novel, and a little bit of Star Wars.

I have it on good authority that in your career writing within the Star Wars universe, there have been only a few times in which you have had a “freak-out” moment. Perhaps you could share one with us?

MAS: Well, the most recent was after Phoenix Comicon in 2012. I’ve known Jeremy Bulloch and his wife, Maureen, for years. After the convention, we hopped into my car to go off to dinner. As I was driving, I looked over and it hit me, “I’ve got Boba Fett in my car.” Somehow that thought does not fail to bring a smile.

Click here to read the full review.

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Old Republic Radio Interivew with Drew Karpyshyn

June 28, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Posted in Interview, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News, Star Wars: The Old Republic | Leave a comment
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Old Republic Radio interviewed Star Wars author Drew Karpyshyn. The interview touches on his favorite Star Wars film, the Old Republic era, Revan, and Children of Fire. Drew re-emphasized that he does not have any other Star Wars projects right now other than Annihilation. For the next few years he’ll be focusing on his original fantasy series Children of Fire.

Will you be writing anything more in the Star Wars universe after Star Wars Annihilation?

DK: There’s nothing on my schedule right now – for the next couple years I’ll be focusing on Children of Fire, my original fantasy trilogy. The first book in the series, also called Children of Fire, will come out in 2014. But I do enjoy Star Wars, so you never know what the future holds.

Click here to read the full interview.

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‘Mercy Kill’ Audiobook Excerpt

June 28, 2012 at 9:24 am | Posted in Audiobooks | Leave a comment
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Random House Audio has posted an excerpt from Aaron Allston’s upcoming X-Wing novel Mercy Kill. You can listen to it here.

Mercy Kill will be out on August 7 in hardcover, digital, and audio formats.

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Toy Review: Xodiac by Four Horsemen

June 28, 2012 at 8:16 am | Posted in Reviews, Sci-Fi, Toys & Collectibles | Leave a comment

Back in 1968, Mel Birnkrant designed a line of alien toys for the Colorforms Company called The Outer Space Men. The wire framed, soft vinyl figures were bendable and had the same style as the Major Matt Mason toyline made by Mattel which were introduced in 1966. Unlike the Major Matt Mason figures, The Outer Space Men focused entirely on aliens.

Sadly the toys are hard to come by nowadays, and if you do come across one its generally missing it’s accessories. To see one still in the package is an extremely rare find. Thankfully Four Horsemen Studios acquired the rights to start making the toys again, and with Mel Birnkrant’s help, they’ve developed a new line of Outer Space Men figures. The new toys look very similar to the originals, but with a few differences. First off, they’re smaller. Secondly they are no longer bendable with wire frame skeletons and soft vinyl bodies. Instead they now have articulated joints and hard plastic bodies. It’s a bit of a trade off, but to have the accessories and the vintage looking packaging, it’s worth it. Continue Reading Toy Review: Xodiac by Four Horsemen…

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