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May 16, 2014 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, Conventions, Events, Movies, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars Insider, Star Wars News, Star Wars Rebels, Television | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond.

Book News

  • Star Wars Books revealed a bit more on James Luceno‘s upcoming novel Tarkin.

We’re loving STAR WARS: TARKIN. The titular character makes for a phenomenal protagonist, and James Luceno beautifully amalgamates the classic trilogy incarnations of Vader and the Emperor with their prequel era counterparts: The Emperor exhibits the reptilian charm of Chancellor Palpatine, and while Vader feels like Vader, there are tangible shades of Anakin Skywalker as well. He adds dimensions to these three characters while remaining faithful to their core, a hard balance to achieve. Alex Freed also submitted the manuscript for a new short story for Star Wars Insider and it’s boffo. Details will be forthcoming, but what we can tell you now is that it’s a refreshing yet gritty take on the destruction of Alderaan.

  • Author Tony DiTerlizzi talked with Hero Complex about his new children’s book The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight coming out in October. It’s a brief interview but interesting as Tony talks about the challenge of using Ralph McQuarrie’s paintings as the illustrations for the book and integrating those into the story as the pictures don’t always match what happened.

Collector News

  • has a look at a bunch of new Star Wars goalie masks being made by Bauer. Definitely something hockey fans will want to check out.

Comic News

  • Bleeding Cool has a very nice interview with Star Wars comic writer Corinna Bechko.

HMS: Can you tell us a little about co-writing Ania Solo as a character and how she was created? Was it particularly appealing to you that you were going to be writing a female lead?

Corinna Bechko: I was really happy when we were told that our main character would be female, but we weren’t told anything else about her other than the fact that she shouldn’t have Force abilities. We had complete freedom to make up everything else, including her supporting cast. We started from the idea that we really wanted the series to feel like the original films, but we didn’t want to repeat the stories or the locales. From there we just tried to make her a relatable character who was recognizably a Solo.

Convention & Event News

  • The RT Booklovers Convention is this weekend (May 14 to 18) in New Orleans, LA. Upcoming Star Wars author Kevin Hearne will be there for several panels and will be signing books. You can check out his schedule here.
  • Collectormania is May 16 to 18 in Milton Keynes, England. Star Wars guests includeKenny Baker, Paul Bannon, Chris Bunn, John Cannon, Derek Chafer, David Church, David Field, Salo Gardner, Joe Gibson, Noel Hawkins, Frank Henson, Steve Ismay, Michael Leader, Dean Mitchell, Mike Mungarvan, Quentin Pierre, Mike Randall, Colin Skeaping, Tony Smart, Adam J. Smith, Barry Summerford, Tommy Weldin and Syd Wragg.
  • Star Wars Weekends Rebel Rendezvous is May 15 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista, FL. Star Wars guest Ashley Eckstein will be there.
  • Star Wars Weekends May 16-18 will feature Star Wars guests Ahmed Best, Vanessa Marshall, Peter Mayhew and James Arnold Taylor at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista, FL.
  • Xcon World is May 16 to 18 in Myrtle Beach, SC. Star Wars guests include Daniel Logan.
  • Jason Fry‘s DK Book Tour will be in Mount Juliet, TN on May 16 for a book signing at Books-A-Million at 7:00 PM.
  • SuperFan ComicCon is May 17 to 19 in Toronto, ON. Star Wars guests include Jeremy Bulloch, Olivia Hack and John Stocker.
  • An Evening With Brian Blessed is May 18, 2014 at The Ritz Cinema in Lincoln, England.
  • STICCON is May 22 to 25 in Bellaria, Italy. Star Wars guests include John Coppingerand Toby Philpott.
  • Star Wars Weekends May 23-25 will feature Star Wars guests Jeremy Bulloch, Warwick Davis, Tiya Sircar and James Arnold Taylor at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista, FL. Star Wars author Jason Fry will also be there at The Writer’s Stop for books signings all weekend rom 11:00 AM to Noon each day.
  • MCM London Comic Con is May 23 to 25 in London, England. Star Wars guests includeBarrie Holland (Sat & Sun only), Derek Lyons (Sat & Sun only)and Peter Roy (Sat & Sun only).
  • Comicpalooza is May 23 to 26 in Houston, TX. Star Wars guests include Kevin J. Anderson, Jim Cummings, James Marsters and Billy Dee Williams.
  • Pop Culture Expo is May 24 to 25 in Wilmington, MA. Star Wars guests include Deep Roy.
  • FedCon 23 is May 29 to June 1 in Dusseldorf, Germany. Star Wars guests include Olivia d’Abo, Nalini Krishan and Bai Ling.
  • Indy Pop Con is May 30 to June 1 in Indianapolis, IN. Star Wars guests include John DiMaggio and Dave Dorman.
  • Star Wars Weekends May 30 to June 1 will feature Star Wars guests Taylor Gray, Ray Park, John Ratzenberger and James Arnold Taylor at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista, FL.
  • Atlanta Comic Con is May 30 to June 1 in Atlanta, GA. Star Wars guests include James Marsters and Brian Muir.
  • Jason Fry‘s DK Book Tour will be in Maplewood, NJ on May 31 for a book signing at Maplewood Memorial Library at 2:00 PM.
  • The Millennium View Con is May 31 to June 1 in Liverpool, England. Star Wars guests include Kenny Baker, Paul Blake, John Chapman, Laurie Goode, Garrick Hagon, Katie Purvis, Peter Roy and Brian Wheeler.
  • Jason Fry‘s DK Book Tour will be in Huntington, NY on June 1 for a book signing at Book Revue at noon.
  • Origins is June 12-15 in Columbus, OH. Star Wars author Timothy Zahn will be in attendance.
  • James S.A. Corey will be doing a book tour along the West coast for Cibola Burn. You can check out their tour dates here on Facebook.
  • For those making plans further out, Del Rey will be attending Phoenix Comic Con in June and San Diego Comic Con in July. Stop by their booth and you can get a free Star Wars poster by John Van Fleet.


For more events, be sure to check out Star Wars Actors Appearances. You can also find more of Timothy Zahn’s 2014 appearances on his Facebook page.

Magazine News

  • has unveiled the covers for Star Wars Insider #151.

Movie & Television News

  • Wedge fans may need to recalibrate their opinion of actor Dennis Lawson, who played Wedge in the original trilogy, as he has refused to come back for Star Wars Episode VII to replay the role.
  • Collider has an interview with Star Wars Rebels writer-producer Simon Kinberg who reveals some info about the show.

“…when it airs, it will be in a sort of “Movie-of-the-Week” format where two episodes air back-to-back, and I wrote those two episodes. And then I wrote the season finale that we’re just working on now…”

They go on to say that Billy Dee Williams will be voicing Lando Calrissian for the show.

  • Simon Kinberg also spoke with Screencrush regarding the show. He didn’t reveal much but he did comment about how he’s keeping the prequel trilogy in mind while writing for the show.
  • Club Jade was able to interview Star Wars Rebels producer Greg Weisman. He talks about his new book Rain of the Ghosts, the challenges of working with animation, Star Wars Rebels and diversity.
  • In other movie news, Variety is reporting that Harrison Ford has been contact to reprise his role in the sequel to Blade Runner.
  • Michael Giacchino is set to score Jurassic World, the next Jurassic Park film which is coming out in 2015.
  • And of course, these the picture of the new Batman in case you haven’t seen it already (and next to the new Batmobile).


Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.


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