‘Blade Squadron’ on StarWars.com

August 25, 2015 at 4:28 am | Posted in Star Wars, Star Wars Insider | Leave a comment
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blade-squadron-3The short story Blade Squadron (part 1 of 2) is up right now on StarWars.com. Originally featured in Star Wars Insider, it’s now up where everyone can read it for free. Written by David J. Williams and Mark S. Williams and with illustrations by Chris Trevas, part two will be up next month followed by a third brand new story which will appear in Star Wars Insider #160. Click here to check out part one.

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Podcasts in Review

April 15, 2015 at 12:01 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review. I’m putting this one out a day early since I’m heading out to Star Wars Celebration. Enjoy!

Bombad Radio: Episode 193 features Jeremiah and guests Jesse and Amanda as they discuss Neil Blomkamp and his Aliens sequel. They also talk about District 9, Prometheus, Alien 3, Alien vs. Predator and Alien vs. Predator: Requiem. They had a good topic for the episode, sadly it didn’t turn out the best. The audio is very weird (which Jeremiah apologizes for) which makes it kind of hard to listen to and enjoy. While I didn’t really agree a whole lot with their thoughts on the movies, I did appreciate their discussions of the comics as I haven’t checked those out.

Coffee With Kenobi: Episode #34 starts with some Rogue One discussion, a dose from the Bearded Trio, and then segues into their main topic with is a very fun conversation with the hosts of Skywalking Through Neverland. Sarah and Richard talk about how they met, how they got started in podcasting, and the extents of their Star Wars fandom. The episode wraps up with some listener feedback, and puts a bow on another great episode.

Fangirls Going Rogue: Episode #18 covers Rogue One, their Celebration shirts, shoutouts, and what panels and events they have going on at Celebration. Then they talk with Ashley Eckstein about Ahsoka, Her Universe and Celebration. Amy Ratcliffe comes on to talk a little about Celebration, and they finish things off with a character discussion on bounty hunters and Cad Bane. Another awesome episode with great guests and great discussion. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

Around the Web

April 4, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in 501st, Around the Web, Comic Books, Conventions, Dark Horse, Events, Humor, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars News, Television | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond.

Comic News

  • Star Wars fans looking to branch out might want to try Deep Gravity which will be written by Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman (Star Wars: Legacy). CBR has an interview with creators plus a look at the interior art.

Convention & Event News

  • Odyssey Con is this weekend in Madison, WI. Star Wars author Troy Denning will be there. You can check out Troy’s schedule below.


  • 5:30pm The Walking Dead: Where’s the Love?
  • 8pm Opening Ceremonies


  • 10am Firefly: Why is it so Shiny?
  • 1pm-2:30 Guest of Honor Book Signing
  • 2:30 Editors Agents and Publicists, Oh My!
  • 4pm Writer’s Workshop
  • 7-8pm Dinner with Master of Ceremonies/Con Chair
  • 8pm Guest of Honor Presentation/Speeches


  • 10am When to Quit the Day Job
  • 11:30am True Blood
  • Gem City Comic Con is in Dayton, OH this weekend. Star Wars artist Joe Corroney will be there.
  • WonderCon Anaheim runs April 18-20, and of great importance to Star Wars fans, there will be a Star Wars Rebels panel. Star Wars guests in attendance at the con include Katie Cook, Tommy Lee Edwards, Paul Gulacy, Mike Mayhew and Gabriel Hardman (Saturday only).

Behind the Scenes of Star Wars Rebels

Members of the cast and crew of Star Wars Rebels present an exclusive look at the highly anticipated television series. Star Wars Rebels is set between Episodes III and IV, and it is a dark time in the galaxy. In the spirit of the original trilogy, the Empire is once again the preeminent villain of the saga, and Star Wars Rebels puts the might of Imperial forces in the spotlight. Produced by Lucasfilm Animation and featuring many of the key talents from the Emmy Award-winning Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels is scheduled to premiere this fall as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel; it will be followed by a series on Disney XD channels around the world.

Saturday April 19, 2014 2:00pm – 3:00pm, Room 300AB

  • Jedi News has a rundown on upcoming Rebel Legion UK events this month.

Continue Reading Around the Web…

“Blade Squadron” Coming in April

March 13, 2014 at 8:35 am | Posted in Books, Star Wars Books, Star Wars Insider | Leave a comment
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Del Rey has announced a new two part story coming to Star Wars Insider.


We’re thrilled to announce that David J. Williams and Mark S. Williams, authors of the short story, “Maze Run” (that appeared in Star Wars Insider Magazine 131) are penning a new two-part series for Star Wars Insider Magazine. Inspired by the accompanying artwork, created for Return of the Jedi depicting a battle that was never seen in the film, “Blade Squadron” chronicles the story of an elite squad of rebel B-wing pilots on a suicide mission during the Battle of Endor. The events of the tale were written as if they were deleted scenes from the original film, and are rife with knuckle-whitening action and compelling new characters, while the inimitable Chris Trevas will be providing all-new art for the tale. Here’s a little taste of what’s to come:

“How was this possible? How had the mightiest space force ever assembled been bested by a bunch of misfits, rejects, and malcontents?”

“Blade Squadron” Part 1 will debut in Star Wars Insider #149, which goes on-sale April 22.

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Artist Chris Trevas on the ‘Death Star Owner’s Technical Manual’

December 6, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Posted in Art, Books, Interview, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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The Death Star Owner’s Technical Manual is a fun read, but it wouldn’t be the same without the awesome illustrations by Chris Trevas and Chris Reiff. In order to dive deeper into the making of the book, we interviewed Chris Trevas. He talks about the illustrations, splitting the workload, and what’s coming next. Click here to read the interview.

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Death Star Roundup

November 15, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Interview, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Here’s a roundup of all the Death Star Owner’s Technical Manual coverage including reviews, interviews and more.




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Around the Web

November 15, 2013 at 12:00 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Fantasy, Regular Feature, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Here’s this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond.


  • Kevin J. Anderson‘s new serial The Dragon Business will be out next Tuesday and is up for pre-order now on Amazon. The eight part serial will get a new episode each week. It’s only $1.99 for all eight.
  • Kevin also has a cover reveal for his upcoming novel The Dark Between the Stars. The cover is by Stephen Youll who did the cover art for several of the Star Wars anthologies books and The Bounty Hunter Wars Trilogy.
  • Daniel Wallace has a sneak peek at his upcoming book The Iron Man Manual which will be out Tuesday.

Continue Reading Around the Web…

‘Death Star Owner’s Technical Manual’ Review

November 5, 2013 at 6:20 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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The wait is finally over. Now you can add the ultimate manual to your Star Wars library. Click here to check out our review of the Death Star Owner’s Technical Manual.

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New Release: ‘Death Star Owner’s Technical Manual’

November 5, 2013 at 12:03 am | Posted in Books, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Today the Death Star Owner’s Technical Manual is out. Written by Ryder Windham and illustrated by Chris Trevas and Chris Reiff, this hardcover guide to the Death Star will fill readers in on all the details of the Empire’s greatest superweapon.

Conceived as the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the Death Star battle station is equipped with a planet-shattering superlaser. The station is heavily shielded, defended by TIE starfighters and laser cannons, and invested with firepower greater than that of half the Imperial fleet. The Empire’s diabolical leaders have every reason to believe that their technological terror will induce fear across the galaxy. But the Death Star has one flaw.

This Haynes Manual traces the origins of the Death Star, from concept to a top-secret project that begins before the foundation of the Empire, which draws design inspiration from the Trade Federation’s spherical warships. In this manual, the Death Star’s onboard systems and controls are explained in detail, and are illustrated with an astonishing range of computer-generated artwork, floor plans, cutaways, and exploded diagrams, all newly created by artists Chris Reiff and Chris Trevas—the same creative team behind theMillennium Falcon Owner’s Workshop Manual. Text is by their Falcon colleague Ryder Windham, author of more than fifty Star Wars books.

Covering history, development and prototyping, superstructure, energy and propulsion, weapons and defensive systems, hangar bays, security, service and technical sectors, crew facilities, and with information about the Death Star II and its planetary shield generator, this is the most thorough technical guide to the Death Star available.

This Haynes Manual is fully authorized and approved by Lucasfilm.

Click here to check our Random House’s product page for a preview of the book and links to all participating retailers.

Preview of ‘Death Star Owner’s Technical Manual’

October 11, 2013 at 9:49 am | Posted in Art, Books, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | 1 Comment
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Random House has a cool preview of the upcoming Death Star Owner’s Technical Manual which will be out November 5th. The preview has some unexpected surprises: The Eye of Palpatine, The Tarkin, Torpedo Spheres, and more! Yes, not only will readers get to check out the more infamous super weapon of the Star Wars franchise, but they’ll get looks at all the other awesome super weapons of the Expanded Universe.

The 22 page preview is sure to get fans excited. Just head on over to Random House’s product page and click on the “Look Inside” feature. Written by Ryder Windham, the Death Star Owner’s Technical Manual includes some pretty cool illustrations by Chris Trevas and Chris Reiff. Continue Reading Preview of ‘Death Star Owner’s Technical Manual’…

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