Facebook Chat with Leland Chee RecapAugust 14, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Posted in Interview | Leave a comment
Leland Chee: Thanks for inviting me. Hello everyone!
Q: Will there be an End Game type finale book? Where there is a definite end to the OT characters’ story?
Leland Chee: Will there be an End Game type finale book? Not sure what I can say about that. Let’s see what happens in Crucible.
Q: Hi Leland, greetings from Belgium ! The Rogue Gallery in the Insider has been a fantastic feature. Any chance we’ll see actual screenshots from the movies / TV spin-offs being used for the feature in the future (instead of promo shots)?
Leland Chee: No plans to use screenshots for the Rogues Gallery feature, Tim. When doing these, I always try to start with a good, less seen image.
Q: Any plans for possibly a Knights of the Old Republic book series featuring Zayne? Also, when will we find out news about Paul S Kemps new series?
Leland Chee: Did you ask John Jackson Miller about doing a KOTOR book series? It’d probably be very much up to him.
Q: Hi Mr Chee! I’ve got a question about continuity – are all the various different media of Star Wars (the films, TCW, the video games, the EU) intended to form a single universe, or is the EU intended as a parallel, alternate universe (like, for example, the different continuities between the various Batman comics and films)? I realise that fans tend to each have their own personal preferences, but I was wondering what the official Lucasfilm company policy regarding this was? Many thanks!
Leland Chee: The dual universe question comes up often. I know George Lucas has mentioned it being two universes, but that’s not how I see it. His vision is definitely not beholden to ours, but ours is definitely beholden to his.
Q: Any news on how the mandalorian mess will be fixed?
Leland Chee: Some of the pieces of the Mandalorian “mess” start to fall into place, to some degree as we’ll see some Mandalore action in Clone Wars this season. And yes, we’ve certainly looked at ways in the EU to resolve some of the things that look like discrepancies.
Q: Thanks for this, Leland! Will The Last Jedi address Even Piell at all, or is that being left alone for now?
Leland Chee: Re: Evan Piell, The Clone Wars version of events always take precedent. At one point, we actually discussed whether we change CN I in the reprint.
Q: What’s next series following Apocalypse?
Leland Chee: What’s next series following Apocalypse? Stay tuned for future announcements from Star Wars Books. I know we’ve said we aren’t doing any huge 9-book series in the near future.
Q: Hey, any idea when we will get some new material to flesh out the huge gap in the timeline between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope (specifically thinking about the live action TV show here)?
Leland Chee: Until we know more about what is to become of the live-action series, any discussion of timeline placement is premature.
Q: Mr. Chee- Does the Holocron have a confirmed length for Home One? This is one of those old topics of debate on message boards. Since the length of the Executor was finally decided a few years back, any chances the Home One question will ever be answered? Thanks on behalf of Fleet Junkies everywhere!
Leland Chee: No plans to revise Home One’s 1,300 meter length.
Q: Not that I want to take up any more valuable question time, but is there any confirmed timeline placement for Star Wars 1313 yet? A year would be keen if you’re allowed to mention it.
Leland Chee: Regarding the Ep3 to Ep4 timeframe, you’ll have to wait and see. 1313 will likely be a huge tent pole for that era.
Q: Has there ever been a writer or person involved in the Star Wars EU that has given you a lot of headache when it comes to continuity? If so what was it like to deal with them and how do you handle such situations, especially if they have a lot of fans.
Leland Chee: EU writers that give me headaches? There are definitely certain writers who pull the most obscure references that make me do a little extra work to fact check. But for the most part, it is a hugely collaborative process between the editors, the authors, and myself. There are often times when we’ll say, you can’t do that, but if make this small tweak, we can make it work. One of the goals of my work with the Holocron is to make it so our authors don’t have to be super experts in Star Wars lore to be able to delve into the universe.
Q: Any comments on the story Obsession? Will that still take place late in the war, or will it be moved to earlier? Or is that still unknown?
Leland Chee: Obsession? Ask me again sometime.
Q: Hi Leland. How much of yourworking day is spent actually ‘tending’ the holocron and giving continuity advise to the various EU contributors?
Leland Chee: On typical days, tending/feeding/filling/referencing the Holocron is the bulk of my day. I am constantly going through novel manuscripts, comic scripts, video game scripts, stats on merchandise, artwork all of which involves accessing or inputting information into the Holocron.
Q: Are there any plans for more novels in the same veign as Tatooine Ghost that connect the OT and Prequels?
Leland Chee: Novels connecting the OT and PT? I don’t think so. I think we made the connections we’ve needed to, and not always in there own book (accessing R2′s memory of Order 66 comes to mind). The story always needs to come first. But if there’s connections that logically fit, we’d certainly welcome it.
Q: Where’s Kitster?
Leland Chee: Where’s Kitster? Read Tatooine Ghost.
Q: Hello Leland! It was a pleasure getting to chat with you at Comic-con Any idea how much longer Clone Wars can possibly run? There’s only so many years in-between Episodes II and III to jam in material.
Leland Chee: They’ve not told me an end date for Clone Wars. We’re at least past the half way point since we’ve got Phase II clones now. And we all know that in the EU, we always find ways to fit in new stories into the timeline.
Q: Assuming you’re not working the whole time, what panels/events are you most looking fwd to at Celebration?
Leland Chee: Great question, Jason! I’ve taken a different approach this time to Celebration than in years past, so I’ve managed to get onto several panels, as opposed to just a single publishing panel or continuity panel. So in addition to my Holocron 101 presentation on Friday, I’ll be doing things like the Obscure Characters panel, Audio Books, Trivia, starwars.com, and Insider. I’ll be doing a blog about all the panels I’m involved with. They’ve even got me doing some stuff with the laser tag folks.
Leland Chee: So if there’s room for panels that I’m not on, Iain McDiarmid, 1313, Clone Wars S5, and that super secret panel are at the top of my list. I’ve got schedule conflicts with the Essential panel AND the Cantina Characters panels both of which I would have loved to attend. So many panels, so little time.
Q: Jennifer Heddle in one of her first interviews spoke about possible reboot in SW universe. Plz tell me it’s not comming.
Leland Chee: They like to keep the “reboot” term in their pocket, but I really can’t see it happening. It would make Jason’s Essential work so much harder.
Q: Have you seen the new Star Wars (ongoing) series based in OT? I’ve heard that the writer doesn’t know a thing about EU.
Leland Chee: The writer on the upcoming Star Wars on going comic series knows plenty about Star Wars. Or at least has done their homework. Probably more than they’re letting on.
Q: I doubt the era needs to be fleshed out more for it. the era between ROTS and 5BBY sure, but 5-0 we got lots of stuff and enough for a lead in. more would only complicate the writing process of it since more needs to be taken into account. let the lead in novel come first and then have others build around it
Leland Chee: Every movie should have a lead-in novel. There’s definitely been discussions, some even going on very recently.
Q: What part of your job seems to be most misunderstood by fans/readers/naggy authors?
Leland Chee: What part of your job seems to be most misunderstood by fans/readers/naggy authors? That everything is in the Holocron or in my head and is easily accessible. I’m talking to you, Jason. Making me look through Bounty Hunter video game concept art? Really?
Q: Many thanks for answering my earlier question Mr Chee! I was wondering if I could ask a follow-up on the dual universes thing – is there an official company policy on any continuity duality or is it intended to simply be up to each individual fan rather than being officially set in stone?
It gets a bit confusing… George Lucas has both referred to the EU as a different world and as an expansion to his at different times (he’s even called the live action series a different world at one point), I just wondered whether there was any official position or whether it was deliberately left up for interpretation? Many thanks!
Leland Chee: is there an official company policy on any continuity duality or is it intended to simply be up to each individual fan rather than being officially set in stone? Note really. Aside from me, George, Dave Filoni, and Pablo Hidalgo, nobody else gets to much into it. I know there’s been some internal discussion to come up with something though.
Q: I asked this earlier but i’m not sure you saw, so; Mr. Chee, the Essential Reader’s Companion has an illustration of Mara Jade Skywalker during the Vong war. She is not wielding her Empire-era lightsaber or Anakin’s lightsaber, which she received from Luke at the end of Last Command. Is there an explanation for this? Where did she get this lightsaber and why isn’t she using anakin’s?
Leland Chee: Mara still has both lightsabers, the purple and the blue. At least I think she still has the blue.
Leland Chee: Thanks everyone for the questions. This has been a blast. If you see me at Celebration, please don’t hesitate to ask me a question. It’s what I love to do. Also, continue sending “Ask Lobot” questions to Insider, and follow my Twitter and starwars.com for future updates. May the Force be with you all.
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