Our ‘Tarkin’ Interview with James Luceno

October 24, 2014 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Del Rey, Interview, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Front cover of 'Tarkin'Tarkin will be hitting book stores soon and for those looking forward to the release, we have an interview with author James Luceno. James talks about the title character, his similarities to the Sith, the use of surnames, and some very fun insight into the novel without spoiling anything.

What drew you to choosing Tarkin as the focus of your next Star Wars book?

James Luceno: Actually, Tarkin was pitched to me. I worried at first that while Peter Cushing is immediately recognizable in the role, casual fans might not recall the name of the character who commanded the Death Star. Even so, I jumped at the chance. I always viewed Tarkin as being as emblematic of the Empire as the Death Star itself. I loved his casually sarcastic comeback to Princess Leia’s line about recognizing Tarkin’s “foul stench” when she was first brought aboard the battle station. “Charming to the last,” he replies. “You don’t know how hard I found it signing the order to terminate your life.”  Equally intriguing to me was Tarkin’s relationship with Vader, who in the first film we know only as the Dark Lord of the Sith. I didn’t see Tarkin so much as holding Vader’s leash as being his equal in the Imperial chain-of-command, and I wondered how that came to be. Finally, for all Tarkin’s ruthless self-assurance, he is shocked that Leia would lie to him about the location of the Rebel base, and in his final moments he refuses to acknowledge—openly, at least—that the Death Star, as much his project as it was the Emperor’s, is also fatally flawed.

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Around the Web

October 24, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Books, Collecting, Comic Books, Interview, Marvel, Movies, News, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News, Toys, trailers, Video Games | Leave a comment

Here is this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond.

Book News

  • StarWars.com has a small preview of Star Wars Art: Posters. Having just gotten a copy of the book, this is a really cool collection of Star Wars poster art. It’s definitely worth checking out.
  • IGN has a sneak peek at Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy (which will be out October 28).
  • And The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight by Tony DiTerlizzi and Ralph McQuarrie came out this week (Amazon link).
  • Edelweiss now has a listing for Jedi Academy 3. Release date is slated for July 28, 2015. Price is listed at $12.99, hardcover, 176 pages. Here’s the blurb for it…

After last year, Roan will attempt to redeem himself, avoid the Dark Side, be a better student, and a better friend. But as he and his friends deal with substitute teachers, new aliens, more robots, vegan food, braces, final exams, and more middle school awkwardness, will Roan be able to stay the path of the Jedi?

  • They also have listings for a new series of illustrated Star Wars movie trilogy books for younger readers. There’s Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope: Being the Story of Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, and the Rise of the Rebellion by R.J. Palacio with illustrations by Iain McCaig (release date: June 23, 2015, $17.99, hardcover, ages 8 to 12, Disney Lucasfilm Press, 224 pages); Star Wars: Return of the Jedi by Tom Angleberger and illustrations by Iain McCaig (release date: August 18, 2015, $17.99, hardcover, ages 8 to 12, Disney Lucasfilm Press, 224 pages); and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back: So You Want To Be A Jedi? by Adam Gidwitz and illustrations by Iain McCaig (release date: July 21, 2015, $17.99, hardcover, ages 8 to 12, Disney Lucasfilm Press, 224 pages).
  • Drew Karpyshyn also updated that he’s completed Chaos Unleashed (which won’t be out until July). Drew also revealed he’ll be heading to the Lucca Comics and Games convention in Italy.

Comic News

  • Newsarama has an interview with Kanan: The Last Padawan comic writer Greg Weisman.

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Marvel Star Wars Solicitations for January 2015

October 23, 2014 at 5:14 pm | Posted in Art, Comic Books, Marvel, Star Wars | Leave a comment

Marvel has released their solicitations for January 2015 which includes Star Wars #1 and a slew of variant covers.

Star Wars #1

Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: John Cassaday
Cover Artists: J. Scott Campbell, Bob McLeod, Joe Quesada, Alex Ross, Sara Pichelli, Skottie Young and John Tyler Christopher


Luke Skywalker and the ragtag band of rebels fighting against the Galactic Empire are fresh off their biggest victory yet—the destruction of the massive battle station known as the Death Star. But the Empire’s not toppled yet! Join Luke along with Princess Leia, smugglers Han Solo and Chewbacca, droids C-3PO and R2-D2 and the rest of the Rebel Alliance as they strike out for freedom against the evil forces of Darth Vader and his master, the Emperor. Written by Jason Aaron (Original Sin, Thor: God of Thunder) and with art by John Cassaday (Astonishing X-Men, Uncanny Avengers), this is the Star Wars saga as only Marvel Comics could make it!

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‘Tarkin’ Excerpt #3

October 23, 2014 at 4:16 pm | Posted in Books, Del Rey, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Star Wars Books has released a new excerpt for James Luceno’s Tarkin.

“Governor, your presence is required on Coruscant,” Amedda said after a moment. Tarkin moved to his desk and sat down, centering himself for the holocam. “I’ll certainly try to make time for a visit, Vizier.”

“Permit me, Governor, but that will not suffice. Perhaps I should have said that your presence is urgently required.”Tarkin waved a hand in dismissal. “I’m sorry, Vizier, but that doesn’t alter the fact that I have my priorities.”

“Priorities of what sort?”

Tarkin returned Amedda’s mirthless smile. There was probably no harm in sharing with Amedda information about the expected ship¬ments of matériel from Desolation Station to Geonosis—including vital components for the battle station’s complex hyperdrive generator—but he was under no obligation to do so.

“I’m afraid my priorities are on a need-to-know basis.”

“Indeed. Then you are refusing the request?”

Tarkin glimpsed something in the thick-skulled Chagrian’s pink-rimmed cerulean eyes that gave him pause. “Let’s say that I’m reluctant to abandon my post at this time, Vizier. If you wish, I’ll provide the Emperor with my reasons personally.”

“That’s not possible, Governor. The Emperor is presently engaged.”

Tarkin leaned toward the cam. “So engaged that he can’t speak briefly with one of his Moffs?”

Amedda affected a bored tone. “That’s not for me to say, Governor. The Emperor’s concerns are on a need-to-know basis.”

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Podcasts in Review

October 23, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Interview, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Rebels, Television, The Clone Wars | Leave a comment

Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Assembly of Geeks: “Reviewing Geek TV Shows” is a geek roundtable episode with guests Kay (FANgirl Blog), Emily (Wrong Button Blog) and Cory (Coffee with Kenobi). This episode includes lots of geek questions and discussions, some negativity on Gotham, thoughts and criticism on the new video game Destiny, and thoughts on geek tv shows and movies, especially Marvel and DC. Good episode overall.

Harry Potter and the Targets of Boba Fett” starts out with a Harry Potter discussion since Scott is watching all the films as they’re being screened at a local theater. They also talk some The Dark Crystal with their special co-host in this episode, Charli Armstrong (who fills in for Tricia). Then they head into an Indiana Jones discussion and the possibility and rumors of an Indy 5. Later they’re joined by Dan Zehr as they talk about Star Wars Rebels.

Bombad Radio: October Free-For-All episode includes host James, and guests Scott Murray and Steve Crellin. As usual in the free-for-all, they cover a lot of topics, but this time around Star Wars stays their main focus. From Christopher Walken going to the dark side to Star Wars Rebels and Star Wars Episode VII (include a potential major spoiler which I fast forwarded through). They also go over Gotham and share their thoughts on the series and where it needs to go to maintain interest.

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New Release and Review: ‘Predator: Fire and Stone #1′

October 22, 2014 at 12:02 am | Posted in Comic Books, Dark Horse, Reviews | Leave a comment
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Predator: Fire and Stone #1 is out today from Dark Horse Comics with two different covers. Click here to read our full review.

Predator: Fire and Stone #1

A universe of terror drawn to one world.

As the Perses begins her long journey home, a deadly stowaway forces the crew into a savage conflict! While the crew defend themselves against this unseen predator, the hunter itself stalks a much more substantial game!

Click here for a six page preview.

Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Chris Mooneyham
Colorist: Dan Brown
Cover Artist: Lucas Graciano (regular cover), Alex Maleev (variant cover)Format: FC, 32 pages; Miniseries
Price: $3.50

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Databurst From the 501st

October 22, 2014 at 12:01 am | Posted in 501st, Charity, Conventions, Databurst From the 501st, Events, Star Wars | Leave a comment

501stLogoLatest Databurst From the 501st covering 501st Legion event news from October 22 through 28th. As always, be sure to mark your calendars and support your local garrisons.

October 23

  • 70th Explorers Garrison will be in Wichita, KS for Wichita Light the Night at Exploration Place from 4:00 to 9:00 PM.
  • Alpine Garrison will be in Syracuse, UT for the Syracuse Pumpkin Walk from 8:00 to 10:00 PM from October 23 to 25th, and in Sandy, UT for the Read Today Reading Celebration at the South Towne Expo Center from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.
  • Central Garrison will be in Omaha, NE for the Halloween Family Night at Paypal.
  • Great Lakes Garrison will be in Midland, MI for the Midland Pumpkin Festival.
  • Ohio Garrison will be in Wadsworth, OH for Scare on the Square from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

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Happy Birthday, Michael Heisler

October 22, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Birthday, Star Wars | Leave a comment

michael-heislerToday we wish a happy birthday to one of the most prolific Star Wars letterers out there, Michael Heisler. Chances are if you have Star Wars comic, Mike did the lettering for it, so be sure to wish him a happy birthday.

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Early Book Review: ‘Tarkin’ by James Luceno

October 21, 2014 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Del Rey, Random House, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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James Luceno’s Tarkin won’t be out until November 4, but we’ve got early, spoiler free review for fans to check out. If you’re wanting to get an idea of what’s in store for you, we’ve got you covered. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Happy Birthday, Carrie Fisher

October 21, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Birthday, Star Wars | Leave a comment

carrie-fisher-2014Today we wish a happy birthday to Carrie Fisher. While we all look forward to see her in Star Wars Episode VII next year, be sure to wish her a happy birthday today on Twitter.

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