Why Leia Is Awesome

June 28, 2013 at 6:27 pm | Posted in Movies, Opinion, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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The Star Wars Blog usually has some pretty good articles, but every now and then they have one that really gets your attention. Today Jennifer Heddle, senior editor for Lucas Books, did a write up called “Why Leia Is Awesome”. It’s an article so good that I’m labeling it a must read. Here’s a taste…

Her strength is apparent in A New Hope, when she is tortured by a Sith Lord to find out the location of the secret Rebel base — and tells him nothing. Vader even acknowledges the surprising depth of her resistance. Then, when she’s brought before Grand Moff Tarkin and threatened with the destruction of her entire planet if she doesn’t give up the location of the secret base once and for all, she stands there, with this merciless man before her and the man who tortured her gripping her shoulder behind her, and lies. She lies. It’s an incredible moment of steel will on her part. Did I mention that she’s only 19 at the time? Take a moment to think about what you accomplished at age 19. For me it was mostly drinking my weight in coffee at college.

Her empathy is on display after our heroes have escaped the Death Star, when Leia takes the time to console Luke — who she just met a few hours ago, remember — about the death of Obi-Wan. That’s right, she takes the time to console a guy she’s just met on the death of a man who that guy just met, when her entire planet has just been disintegrated (and she was recently tortured and about to be put to death. I’m just saying.). She may have a sassy mouth on her, but she also has a big heart.

Her loyalty is shown in The Empire Strikes Back, during the battle of Hoth, when even though Echo Base is falling down around them and Imperial forces are knocking at the door, Leia is still at the command center, coordinating combat efforts while she ducks falling chunks of ice. She’s on the front lines just like everybody else. And even when Han finally manages to drag her off (and I love that he knows that’s where she’ll be), she stops to tell the person working with her to get to the transport, too. She’ll never ask anyone to do something she wouldn’t do herself.

Click here to read the full article. It’s worth it.

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Newsarama Interview with Jeffrey Brown

June 28, 2013 at 1:18 pm | Posted in Books, Chronicle Books, Interview, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Newsarama posted an interview today with author Jeffrey Brown who talks a little about his upcoming Star Wars book Jedi Academy.

You’re still having huge success with Vader’s Little Princess, and Jedi Academy’s next. How will that be different from your previous Star Wars books?

Jeffrey Brown: It’s much more narrative, and based on all new characters, with the exception of Yoda. The book is also made up of a wide variety of page formats – comics, prose journal entries, letters, pages from the school newspaper, and class notes.

It’s a much different way of telling a story than anything I’ve done previously.

Click here to read the full interview.

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Paul S. Kemp “Ask Me Anything” Recap

June 28, 2013 at 12:31 pm | Posted in Angry Robot, Books, Fantasy, Interview, scifi/fantasy, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | 2 Comments

Author Paul S. Kemp did an “Ask Me Anything” chat on reddit which covered a wide array of topics and questions. You can check it out here or our edited recap below.

Paul S. Kemp: I shall now answer the questions in your head but that you’re afraid to ask.

  1. Twice. But I was drunk the second time.
  2. Milla Jovavich.
  3. Of course not. Jesus, man. Get some help.
  4. Seven inches.
  5. Sure, but only if you wore the right kind of boots.

Question to answer 1: have you ever tried to pet an ewok?

PSK: Nice. Continue Reading Paul S. Kemp “Ask Me Anything” Recap…

Around the Web

June 28, 2013 at 11:00 am | Posted in Around the Web, Art, Books, Conventions, Interview, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | 1 Comment
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And here is this week’s Around the Web…

Art News

Fans of Star Wars artist Chris Trevas can now visit his new Facebook store which has plenty of items to choose from including original pieces.

Star Wars artist Jerry Vanderstelt has a piece featuring R2-D2 up for sale.

If you don’t feel like spending money, you can head over to WDW Tiki Room who is holding a contest for a free piece of Star Wars artwork by Brian Rood.

Book News

There’s been some talk about Joe Schreiber’s Maul: Lockdown on twitter this week. Continue Reading Around the Web…

Jedi News Interview with Joe Corroney

June 27, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Posted in Art, Celebration, Interview, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Continuing their series of interviews with Star Wars Celebration Europe II artists, Jedi News has posted an interview with Joe Corroney.

What was the inspiration behind your Celebration Europe piece?

Joe Corroney: I always wanted to illustrate a Boba Fett and Slave Leia scene. I love coming up with Expanded Universe moments which are not seen in the films. These little stories that could potentially happen I between scenes or from another character’s perspective. It makes drawing Star Wars exciting for me and its a fun challenge to come up with fresh ideas for main characters and a different take on the stories we least know and love so much. I thought this particular scene would work great as my new print for the thirtieth anniversary of Return of the Jedi this year at Star Wars Celebration Europe II.

Click here to read the full interview.

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And the Saturn Award Goes to…

June 27, 2013 at 11:38 am | Posted in Events, horror, scifi/fantasy | Leave a comment

Saturn AwardIt’s been a very good year for scifi/fantasy/horror films, and last night the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films held their 39th annual awards ceremony.  While the big screen was recognized, the small screen was acknowledged as well.  You can read the full list of honors after the break. Continue Reading And the Saturn Award Goes to……

Julianne Moore in talks for ‘Hunger Games- Mockingjay’

June 27, 2013 at 11:30 am | Posted in Entertainment, Movies, News, scifi, scifi/fantasy | Leave a comment
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The Times BFI London Film Festival: Chloe - PhotocallThe Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Julianne Moore (The Lost World: Jurassic Park, The Hours, Game Change) is in talks to appear in the two part adaptation of The Hunger GamesMockingjay, written by Suzanne Collins. The films will be directed by I Am Legend‘s Francis Lawrence, and written by Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum Danny Strong.

Continue Reading Julianne Moore in talks for ‘Hunger Games- Mockingjay’…

Podcasts in Review

June 27, 2013 at 8:13 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature | Leave a comment

Bombad Radio: Episode 84 includes two guests, Star Wars fanfic writer David Gremillion and stuntman, actor and choreographer Eric Jacobus. The first half with David Gremillion was…interesting. David has some harsh opinions on The Clone Wars that kind of rubbed me wrong, though everyone is entitled to their own opinion. In short order, David was not a fan of what they did with Darth Maul. His discussion segment primarily focuses on the two fanfic books he wrote which completely redid the prequels in a light of his imagining. Honestly, it wasn’t a discussion I had any investment in and it didn’t catch my interest. After that segment, the episode shifts to a review of the book Darth Plagueis. Since the book has been out for a while, it wan’t a review I was really interested in.

At this point, the episode was running really long, but there was a nice payoff at the end when they got to the interview with Eric Jacobus. Personally, I’d recommend skipping right to it. It was cool to hear him talk about his work, the movies he’s done and his opinions on action films. Plus he discussed a series of fan videos he’s doing which present Darth Vader from a first person perspective in various lightsaber fights. The series is called Vader Strikes Back and it’s on Youtube. They’ve got a kickstarter to raise money for more. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

SFFWRTCHT Chat with Paul S. Kemp

June 27, 2013 at 7:38 am | Posted in Books, Fantasy, Interview, scifi/fantasy, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | 1 Comment
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Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer’s Chat spoke with author Paul S. Kemp about his latest book, A Discourse in Steel, and fans can view the transcript right here. Paul talks about the characters, writing the story, gives a mention to the third book A Conversation in Blood, and talks a little about his upcoming Forgotten Realms novel The Godborn which will be set 100 years after The Twilight War Trilogy. They also touched on the all important Star Wars question.

I believe you mentioned in the past a duology for Star Wars. When can we expect that?

Paul S. Kemp: Well, the Disney deal created some wrinkles. I’m under contract. But I’m on standby.

Aside from that, Paul mentioned a “fantasy-thriller-horror novel” he’s trying to find a home for. Until then, fans can pick up A Discourse in Steel in paperback and eBook, though getting the eBook can be a little tricky do to some issues over on Amazon. The Amazon release of the eBook has been delayed to at least the middle of July for US customers (no word yet on Amazon UK or international sites). However, you can get the eBook through Angry Robot Books, the publisher, right here.

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The Star Wars Art of ‘Crucible’

June 27, 2013 at 5:17 am | Posted in Art, Books, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, The Roqoo Depot Galleria | Leave a comment
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With the release of Troy Denning’s Crucible getting nearer, we thought it would be a good time to take a look at the cover art. Thus we kick off another edition of our Roqoo Depot Galleria series highlighting the art of Star Wars.

Since Crucible‘s announcement at San Diego Comic Con in 2012, we’ve seen several cover designs for the anticipated Big 3 novel. All of them feature artwork by Cliff Nielsen (who also did the covers for Outbound Flight, Vector Prime, Balance Point, Star By Star, Destiny’s Way, The Unifying Force, the Dark Nest Trilogy and the Jedi Apprentice series) and are designed by Scott Biel.

It all started with this preliminary cover… Continue Reading The Star Wars Art of ‘Crucible’…

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