Zahn News: More Scoundrel Heists in December

July 15, 2012 at 10:37 am | Posted in Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Timothy Zahn posted a lengthy update on his Facebook page Friday with a rundown of his upcoming projects. Tim will be writing a pre-Scoundrels short story called “Heist” for Star Wars Insider that will be about Bink and Tavia, two of the characters from Scoundrels, and will be out in December. He will also be writing a pre-Scoundrels novelette which will be released as an eBook in December.

Outside of Star Wars, Zahn will be returning to the Honorverse with a novella tentatively titled “Wake-Up Call.” This will be apart of the next Honorverse anthology and will take place 400 years before Honor Harrington’s birth.

Tim also has another story he has in the works that is tentatively titled “Of Biblical Proportions,” which will be set in the Basil and Moebius universe. It will be part of a upcoming graphic novel which is slated for a fall release.

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Vader’s Little Princess

July 15, 2012 at 9:52 am | Posted in Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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The popularity of Jeffrey Brown’s Darth Vader and Son has spawned a sequel this time focusing on Vader’s daughter, Leia. The new book will be entitled Vader’s Little Princess. Not much else is known yet, but Jeffrey will be heading to Star Wars Celebration VI so there’s a possibility more details may be revealed there.

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Star Wars 1313: An Exploration of the Mature Side

July 15, 2012 at 9:39 am | Posted in Interview, Star Wars News, Video Games | Leave a comment

Forbes posted an interview with Star Wars 1313 Creative Director Dominic Robilliard. In the interview they chat about the mature direction of the game, and why they decided to stray away from Jedi.

Star Wars has stayed clear of mature themes for decades now — why was this the right time to explore a new direction for the franchise?

Dominic Robilliard: I think that the reason this mature side of the world is so compelling is that we’ve always known it’s there, lurking in the background.  Ever since I saw the original Star Wars and that iconic scene in the Cantina, I’ve longed to see more of this mysterious criminal backdrop that characters like Han Solo and Jabba represent. Importantly though, it’s not just that it’s a cool idea for a game setting, it’s also that it’s the right environment for the player experience we’re trying to create. A lot of the motivation for our moment to moment gameplay is to create an exciting sense of threat, pressure, and tension for the player, which really means we need a more grounded hero, more visceral mechanics, and perhaps most importantly, vulnerabilities we can relate to. It’s that vulnerability and more human quality that led us to this part of the universe instead of the more god-like Jedi that LucasArts has explored in the past.

Robilliard also emphasized that Star Wars 1313 will be less dark and light and more gray as it focuses on the criminal aspect of Star Wars. Click here to read the full interview.

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Sneak Peaks at The Clone Wars Season 5

July 15, 2012 at 9:25 am | Posted in Star Wars News, Television, The Clone Wars | Leave a comment

Entertainment Weekly and IGN both have sneak peaks of The Clone Wars season five. EW has a one minute video showing some new droids searching some corridors and incidentally running into Darth Maul and Savage Opress.

Meanwhile IGN has a two minute video showing off Sidious and Death Watch, a jet pack flying Obi-Wan wearing Mandalorian armor being chased by Death Watch, and a helmetless Bo-Katan. Be sure to check them out.

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EW Interviews Mark Hamill

July 15, 2012 at 9:11 am | Posted in Entertainment, Interview | Leave a comment

Hot off the news that Mark Hamill would be heading to Star Wars Celebration VI, Entertainment Weekly posted an interview with the famous Star Wars actor where he talks about playing Luke, the fans, and his legacy.

How has your own relationship with Luke evolved? Have you ever wanted to revisit that character?

Mark Hamill: Luke was an interesting character because he evolved so much over the three films from kind of a whiny teenager into a self-assured and formidable Jedi Knight, so there was an arc to him. He really changed, especially in The Empire Strikes Back. That’s probably my favorite because it was so cerebral and there was the spiritual aspect of Yoda. It was with mixed feelings, then, that I left the series, because, even though it had a beginning, a middle, and an end, I had only just become a Jedi when it finished. It’d be like telling the story of how James Bond becomes a Double-0 agent, yet the story ends as soon as he gets his license to kill. Part of me always longed to do just one more film and see what Luke would be like now that he’s on the level of Obi-Wan Kenobi, the student having become the master. But it was not meant to be.

Click here to read the full interview.

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Michael Reaves and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff’s ‘The Last Jedi’

July 15, 2012 at 8:59 am | Posted in Art, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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As announced at San Diego Comic Con 2012, Michael Reaves and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff’s next Star Wars novel will be The Last of the Jedi.

“Another fast-paced, action-packed Star Wars stand-alone mass market original by New York Times bestselling authors Michael Reaves and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff!

Ever since Emperor Palpatine’s Order 66–which called for the execution of all Jedi–Jax Pavan is the last Knight around to fight the dark side of the Force. Together with his droid I-5, Jax has eluded Vader time and again, all the while wreaking havoc against the Empire through the underground resistance on Coruscant. But now the Rebel’s leader on the city-planet has been captured, and it’s up to the Last Jedi to ride again…possibly for one final adventure.” –Star Wars Books

Cover art is by Gene Moloica and designed by Scott Biel. The Last of the Jedi was set to be the fourth book in the Coruscant Nights series, however it’s not apparent if that’s still the case even though it will still be using the same characters. Regardless The Last Jedi will be released as a paperback and is tentatively set for release on March 26, 2013. Right now it’s listed at 224 pages.

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Dawn of the Jedi Gets a Book

July 15, 2012 at 8:57 am | Posted in Comic Books, Dark Horse, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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As announced at San Diego Comic Con 2012, the Dawn of the Jedi comic series will be getting the book treatment with Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void written by Tim Lebbon. This will be a standalone novel that will tie-in to the comic series created by John Ostrander and Jan Duursema.

While Tim may be new to Star Wars, he’s certainly not new to writing. Born in London England, Tim has been writing books since 1997 and has over a dozen titles under his belt. His novelization of the movie 30 Day of Night, which in turn was based off of the comic series, became a New York Times bestseller and earned him a Scribe Award in 2008.

John Jackson Miller certainly did a great job of transitioning from the Knight Errant comics to the Knight Errant novel, however it will be interesting to see how Tim handles the transition and how his writing will differ from John Ostrander.

According to Frank Parisi, “[Tim Lebbon has] been corresponding with John Ostrander and Jan Duursema…It takes place concurrent to the Force Storm story from the comics series, but tells its own story and shows things not seen in the comics.”

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Troy Denning Returns with ‘Crucible’

July 15, 2012 at 7:46 am | Posted in Art, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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As announced at San Diego Comic Con 2012, author Troy Denning will be returning to Star Wars with Crucible, a post-Fate of the Jedi standalone hardcover novel set one year after Apocalyspe.

“Han, Luke, and Leia are back in action–older and wiser, but as ready as ever to leap headlong into adventure!

Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia have spent a lifetime fighting wars, bringing the Jedi back from extinction, raising families, and saving the galaxy more times than they can count. They’ve earned the right to rest on their laurels and let the younger generation shoulder the burden–but fate has another adventure in store for our heroes, a quest only they can tackle and hope to survive…” –Star Wars Books

The cover art, while not final, is by Cliff Nielsen and designed by Scott Biel. Right now Crucible is slated for release on February 19, 2013 and is listed as 256 pages.

Jennifer Heddle commented at SDCC 2012 that Crucible would be “a landmark event for the trio that would forever change them.”

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