Star Wars Publishing Updates

February 22, 2013 at 9:23 am | Posted in Books, News, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Star Wars Books has posted some updates on their upcoming book releases. Star Wars: Kenobi by John Jackson Miller has been moved up to August 27th and the untitled Leia novel by Martha Wells has been moved up to October 29th. Both will be released as hardcovers and eBooks.

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Around the Web

February 22, 2013 at 8:41 am | Posted in Around the Web, Art, Audiobooks, Blu-ray, Books, eBooks, Humor, News, Regular Feature, Sci-Fi, Star Wars, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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In a category one step above rumor, composer John Williams expressed interest in returning for Star Wars Episode VII. For Star Wars fans of all ages, John Williams’ classic music has always been a cornerstone of the franchise, so it’s good to hear that if the movie makers behind the new film would like him to come on board, he’s interested in doing so. Still, there has been some talk about J.J. Abrams’ go-to composer Michael Giacchino who did the music for the Star Tours ride. Either way, we’ll have to wait and see.

The British Library will make public next year a collection of over 100 diaries and letters by Alec Guinness, the actor who portrayed Obi-Wan Kenobi in A New Hope. The documents cover his life in between the 1930s to 2000, so it’s quite possible there will be some notes on his experiences in Star Wars. (via Jedi News)

Star Wars fans in the UK can look forward to a new release of the Star Wars Blu-rays in a special steelbook case. Rebelscum has a copy of the official press release.

If you’re a long time fan of the Modal Nodes then you’ll definitely want to check out Star Wars Underworld’s extensive discography of the band through the years. I’d have to say that I’m somewhat partial to their KISS period.

For more laughs, you can check out Death Star PR which is now on Youtube with a series of videos.

Fans of Aaron Allston‘s last short story “Big Plush” can now check out the author’s story notes online for free. “Big Plus” was a part of the sci-fi anthology Five By Five which included several Star Wars authors past and present. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend it.

In art news, Star Wars artist Dave Dorman has opened an online store featuring some of his gorgeous Star Wars prints, and for those with deep pockets, he also has some of his originals up for sale. If you don’t have a Dave Dorman Star Wars print hanging on a wall somewhere, now is a great time to change that.

Rounding out the news, Matthew Stover‘s Heroes Die is in the running for the 2013 Audies. Stover, well known for his Star Wars books, has also written some great fantasy stories and you’ll be hard pressed to find a better one than Heroes Die which includes a bit of sci-fi as well. We wish him the best of luck.

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Portland Comic Con

February 22, 2013 at 12:00 am | Posted in 501st, Comic Books, Conventions, Dark Horse, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Portland Comic Con kicks off today in Portland, OR. In attendance will be Star Wars notables Paul Gulacy (Crimson Empire), Dan Parsons (Dawn of the Jedi, Republic, Legacy, Knights of the Old Republic), Randy Emberlin (Crimson Empire II), Scott Erwert (Star Wars sketch card artist) and Michael Golden (Star Wars Marvel comics). The 501st Cloud City Garrison will also be there along with The Dark Empire, The Jedi Assembly, and Kashyyyk Base. Click here to check out all the details.

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New Excerpt from ‘A Discourse in Steel’

February 21, 2013 at 10:25 am | Posted in Books, Fantasy | Leave a comment
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Author Paul S. Kemp has posted an excerpt from his upcoming novel A Discourse in Steel. You can check it out right here. A Discourse in Steel will be out on June 25. You can pre-order it here.

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Happy Birthday, Anthony Daniels

February 21, 2013 at 12:00 am | Posted in Birthday, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Today we wish a happy birthday to actor Anthony Daniels, our favorite protocol droid. Be sure to stop by Twitter and wish him a happy birthday!

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IGN talks Star Wars with Sam Witwer

February 20, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Posted in Interview, Star Wars, Television, The Clone Wars | Leave a comment
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IGN posted an interview with voice actor Sam Witwer covering his work as Darth Maul in The Empire Strikes OutThe Clone Wars, and the Brisk Tea commercials, plus his work on The Force Unleashed.

Speaking of the “I’m So Awesome” song, I also heard that you totally improvised that scene, which is pretty hysterical. Was there a lot of improv in the recording room, or was that just one of those spur-of-the-moment-type things?

Sam Witwer: First, I want to give credit to our director Guy Vasilovich — great guy. He was like, “Listen, when he comes in, can he be singing something?” So I started singing Star Wars tunes, and then he said, “Wait, do you know ‘Duel of the Fates?'” I was like, “Of course!” So we were both in it together. Once one of us came up with one idea, the other one was like, “Yeah, yeah, yeah!” I just remember we were laughing our asses off. We were really enjoying it. The cool thing is, Star Wars is such a kid-friendly franchise, and this is another fun way to bring fans to the series. The LEGO franchise has been so ridiculously successful with all of the video games that they’ve been doing. The fact that those games are just as much fun for adults as they are for kids is really a testament to their design work, but also to the weird, bizarre, chocolate-and-peanut-butter marriage between LEGO and Star Wars. I do not claim to understand that. All I know is that it works, and it’s always worked for me — but I don’t know why. I don’t know what the hell it is about LEGO that seems to lend itself to Star Wars and vice versa.

Sam also had some pretty cool comments about the last few episodes of The Clone Wars as well as the fate of Darth Maul (hint: he won’t be dying anytime soon). You’ll definitely want to check it out. You can read the full interview here.

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Mark Hamill talks Star Wars Episode VII

February 20, 2013 at 7:29 am | Posted in Episode VII, Interview, Movies, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Mark Hamill spoke with Entertainment News and had some interesting things to say about Star Wars Episode VII…

“They’re talking to us. George wanted to know whether we’d be interested. He did say that if we didn’t want to do it, they wouldn’t cast another actor in our parts – they would write us out. … I can tell you right away that we haven’t signed any contracts. We’re in the stage where they want us to go in and meet with Michael Arndt, who is the writer, and Kathleen Kennedy, who is going to run Lucasfilm. Both have had meetings set that were postponed — on their end, not mine. They’re more busy than I am.”

Mark also commented that he’d like to see a return to the “carefree and lighthearted and humorous” sense of the original trilogy, as well as a return of the original cast. While pure conjecture, Mark speculated about Luke’s role in the new movies.

“I’m assuming, because I haven’t talked to the writers, that these movies would be about our offspring — like my character would be sort of in the Obi-Wan range [as] an influential character. … When I found out [while making the original trilogy] that ultimate good news/bad news joke – the good news is there’s a real attractive, hot girl in the universe; the bad news is she’s your sister – I thought, ‘Well, I’m going to wind up like Sir Alec [Guinness]. I’m going to be a lonely old hermit living out in some kind of desert igloo with a couple of robots.'”

You can check out the full interview here. Also worth noting, Mark’s new film Sushi Girl is out now on DVD and Blu-ray.

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Databurst From the 501st

February 20, 2013 at 12:00 am | Posted in 501st, Databurst From the 501st, Events, Star Wars | Leave a comment

Latest Databurst From the 501st covering 501st Legion event news from February 20 through 26. As always, be sure to mark your calendars and support your local garrisons.

February 20

First Look at the FCBD 2013 Star Wars Issue

February 19, 2013 at 12:56 pm | Posted in Art, Comic Books, Dark Horse | Leave a comment
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Comic Book Resources has a first look at the free comic book day Star Wars offering from Dark Horse Comics this year. Their preview includes four pages plus the inside cover. The issue’s story is called “The Assassination of Darth Vader”, written by Brian Wood, art by Ryan Odagawa, colors by Gabe Eltaeb, lettering by Michael Heisler, and cover art by Doug Wheatley. The story takes place shortly after the events of A New Hope.

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Tim Siedell talks ‘Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin’

February 19, 2013 at 12:40 pm | Posted in Art, Comic Books, Dark Horse, Interview | Leave a comment
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Comic Book Resources posted an interview with Tim Siedell, the writer for the upcoming Dark Horse Comics series Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin.

“There are a lot of bad guys in the Star Wars universe. Some wear masks, others wear the clothes of a rich businessman and some tempt you with appealing whispers. Surround Vader with enough bad guys and he starts to look downright good by comparison — or not. By the end of the story, Vader has a pretty good idea of what he’s capable and not capable of doing.” -Tim Siedell

Click here to read the full interview. It also includes some artwork and a preview of one of the interior pages.

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