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June 26, 2015 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Comic Books, Collecting, Television, Star Wars News, Movies, Interview, Star Wars Books, News, Conventions, Toys, Del Rey, Star Wars, Marvel, Star Wars Rebels, Random House | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond.

Book News

  • Drew Karpyshyn‘s A Minor Malevolent Spirit is now available in print format.
  • Timothy Zahn‘s Wayward Pines prequel novella is up for pre-order.
  • The Champions of Aetaltis: A Heroic Fantasy Anthology Kickstarter was successfully funded. For those who participated, you can look forward to new stories by Richard Lee Byers, Elaine Cunningham, Erin M. Evans, David Farland, Ed Greenwood and Michael A. Stackpole.
  • The upcoming Star Wars Trilogy book release now has a cover. The 688 page paperback will encompass all three original trilogy novelizations and will be out September 1, 2015.
  • You can check out a 60 page preview of Star Wars: Dark Disciple by Christie Golden over on Penguin Random House’s official website. Just click on the book cover for the “Look Inside” option. It includes the first six chapters and one page of chapter seven. Dark Disciple will be out July 7th.
  • Jedi-Bibliothek has an update on upcoming book page numbers with some confirmation from Jennifer Heddle. It looks like Claudia Gray’s Lost Stars is going to be a lengthy novel running in at 560 pages.
  • As previously revealed, we’ll be getting a visual dictionary and an incredible cross sections book for The Force Awakens in December, but now we’ll also be getting a character anthology according to a new listing in edelweiss.

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Podcasts in Review

June 25, 2015 at 12:01 am | Posted in Interview, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review. It’s a shorter one as I’m catching up from my vacation last week, but we’ll be back in the swing of things next week.

80’s Reboot Overdrive Podcast: James Kahn Interview is a good one to listen to. James has been making the rounds lately with podcast interviews, and this one, while covering some familiar ground, also breaks into some new territory. It’s a good interview with good hosts, excellent sound quality and a lot of Goonies focus.

Fangirls Going Rogue: Episode 20 includes news highlights, Star Wars Weekends coverage with audio clips and interviews with Steve Blum and Daniel Logan, a special discussion on their ten favorite Star Wars musical moments, and a character discussion on Barriss Offee. Great episode.

Full of Sith: Episode CXIX is hosted by Mike and Bryan with special guest Holly Frey as they talk about legendary actor Christopher Lee who recently passed away. They cover a little bit of everything, from his role in Star Wars, to Lord of the Rings and his Hammer Films work. Entertaining as always, this is a good one to check out.

RebelForce Radio: Episode 6.19.2015 has Star Wars Weekends coverage with Jimmy Mac and Steve Glosson as they talk with James Arnold Taylor, Ashley Eckstein, Taylor Gray and Ray Park, do the RebelForce Radio listener meetup, recount their Star Tours and Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular experiences and more. Definitely a fun episode to listen to.

Episode 6.12.2015 they cover some Star Wars book release dates, Jimmy discusses why he stopped reading Heir to the Jedi, they play Steve Glosson’s great Star Wars parody song of Nickleback’s “Rockstar”, they cover the upcoming mobile game Star Wars Uprising, the Han Solo bombshell from Marvel, and movie rumors. Lots of stuff packed into this one.

Skywalking Through Neverland: Episode 82 features guest Kevin Reitzel for Star Wars Weekends #3 coverage then shifts to Christopher Lee highlights, history and audio clips. As a big fan of Christopher Lee, I really enjoyed this episode. From his early career to his upcoming, unreleased work, they cover it all. Highly recommend it, and it goes great with the Full of Sith Christopher Lee episode, so be sure to double up.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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June 5, 2015 at 12:04 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Collecting, Comic Books, Interview, Marvel, Regular Feature, Star Wars Books, Toys, Video Games | Leave a comment

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

Book News

  • Den of Geek has an interview with Dark Disciple author Christie Golden.
  • Del Rey showed off the back cover of Dark Disciple.

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  • The standalone version of The Imperial Handbook is up for pre-order now on Amazon. It will be out August 11th.

Comic News

  • StarWars.com has a preview of Kanan – The Last Padawan #3.
  • StarWars.com also has an interview with Star Wars comic writer Jason Aaron.

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Podcasts in Review

June 4, 2015 at 12:05 am | Posted in Conventions, Interview, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Rebels, Television | 4 Comments
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Bombad Radio: Glenn Panel features audio from the Glenn Moreshower panel from Salt Lake Comic Con. While you probably won’t recognize his name, you would recognize his face and voice as he’s been in a lot of movies in small roles. He talks about show business and Hollywood and is actually really funny. He tells some good stories and has a hilarious tip for people to get over their nervousness. I recommend checking this one out, it’s a lot of fun.

Coffee With Kenobi: Episode #36 is hosted by Dan and Jeff as they talk Star Wars news. Corey joins them for an experimental review of A New Hope done as if it’s the first time they saw it back in the day which is kind of corny but also funny. Then they have audio of a radio segment they did, an interview with Lou Mongello who talks Star Wars and Disney World (good guest), and they wrap things up with a collection of hilarious outtakes and then some listener feedback. Great episode. I also want to give a shout out to Jeff for filling in for Corey. He does a superb job. Fans of the show won’t be disappointed.

Celebration Anaheim Recap features their coverage of days three and four of Star Wars Celebration Anaheim. It’s recorded on their way home from the airport, so the audio is a little raw, but it’s still worth a listen as they have some good stories on what they did, who they met, and what happened. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

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May 29, 2015 at 12:00 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Comic Books, Fantasy, Interview, Marvel, News, Regular Feature, Sci-Fi, Star Wars, Star Wars News, Star Wars Rebels, Television, Toys | Leave a comment

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

Book News

  • Star Wars Reads Day has been officially announced for October 10 this year. They’re also replacing the Yoda logo with BB-8.
  • Martha Wells’ Stories of the Raksura Vol. 1 is just $1.99 right now on Kindle and Nook. If you’re looking for something to read, it’s a good way to dive into the Three Worlds universe.
  • Pre-orders are up for Halo: Last Light by Troy Denning.

Comic Book News

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Podcasts in Review

May 28, 2015 at 12:00 am | Posted in Interview, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | 1 Comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Assembly of Geeks: Age of Ultron Declassified is their discussion of the film. They touch on the characters, the things they did and didn’t like, and Joss Whedon’s role in it all. It’s a fun discussion, but it’s not the only topic in this show. They also cover tv show renewals and cancellations, Universal doing a Nintendo theme park, Captain America: Civil War, and Legends of Tomorrow. Great episode overall.

Comic Book Noob: Episode 1 covers the comic characters Ultron and the Vision. Hosted by Scott Murray (Assembly of Geeks), Matt Moore and Regina Davis, they dig into the comic characters discussing their origins, their character arcs, the differences with the movie portrayals of the characters, as well as the similarities. It’s an excellent discussion and very timely, perfect for anyone who has seen Age of Ultron and would like to know more about the comic book characters of Ultron and the Vision.

Fly Casual: Episode 38 is a news and toy report episode. They start off with a Flash/DC/Marvel discussion, then dive into the Vanity Fair Star Wars article and pictures. They talk about Josh Trank leaving Star Wars, Disney Infinity 3.0, then head into toy news with Hot Wheels mini-ships. Fun episode with their typical entertaining discussion. I rather enjoyed their feedback on Disney Infinity as I haven’t played any of the iterations of that game. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

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May 22, 2015 at 12:00 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Conventions, Events, Interview, Movies, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News, Toys, Video Games | 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: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know is now on Amazon for pre-order along with some page previews.
  • Jedi News has an interview with author Ryder Windham covering his latest book Ultimate Star Wars.
  • Skywalking Through Neverland has an interview with Star Wars author James Kahn in their latest episode.
  • TheForce.Net has an interview with Star Wars author Michael A. Stackpole.
  • Del Rey tweeted that the Star Wars 2015 sampler given away at Celebration will be available online for free sometime this summer.

  • There’s a really cool video biography of author John Jackson Miller posted by Paul Piaskoski.

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Podcasts in Review

May 21, 2015 at 12:00 am | Posted in Interview, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Rebels, Television, Toys | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Bombad Radio: Star Wars Celebration: Revenge of the Sith 3D episode is hosted by Jeremiah and Jason as Jason talks about seeing Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith in 3D at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim. He compares the 3D quality of all three prequel films, summarizes Dennis Muren’s comments on doing the 3D effects for ROTS, and they talk about the screenings in general. Kind of a neat inside look since I haven’t seen any of the films in 3D. Interesting to hear how far ROTS has come with the latest 3D effects.

Brews and Blasters: Episode #20 features special guest Riley Blanton (Star Wars Report) and is hosted by Joe Tavano. The episode starts out with a little coffee discussion before the meander into some Star Wars and then dig into the Vanity Fair The Force Awakens article. At the end, they do a quick review of Age of Ultron and talk about Whedon’s rift with Marvel. It’s a very casual episode and there are some technical difficulties, but you might want to check it out.

Cloud City Casino: Episode 002 features guest Mark Hurliman as they talk about Celebration. Though, to be honest, it’s mostly Mark talking. Michael gives Mark plenty of room to cover his trip to Disneyland and Celebration with the family, sharing the trial and tribulations, as well as the awesome moments. It’s a fun episode with good audio quality and a great guest making it worth checking out. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

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May 15, 2015 at 12:00 am | Posted in Books, Collecting, Comic Books, Conventions, Events, Interview, Marvel, Movies, News, Sci-Fi, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News, Toys, trailers, Video Games | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond.

Book News

  • Lords of the Sith by Paul S. Kemp has debuted at #17 on the New York Times Best Sellers List and #8 on Publishers Weekly bestsellers list. It’s also getting a third printing.
  • There’s a new blurb up for Dark Disciple by Christie Golden.
  • StarWarsTimeline.Net is release a previously unpublished Star Wars novel that was once approved by Lucasfilm and written by Kenneth C. Flint called The Heart of the Jedi. They are releasing it four chapters at a time and the first four chapters are up.
  • Star Wars Upcoming Books & Comics posted a rundown on the upcoming short fiction coming from Star Wars Insider.
  • Star Wars Frames is being released as a postcard book. You can check out the listing on Amazon.
  • Jawa James posted a view interview with Ultimate Star Wars author Adam Bray. which reveals he is *probably* working on a second visual guide for Star Wars Rebels.
  • And video of the Ultimate Star Wars book tour featuring authors Tricia Barr and Adam Bray which you can watch here.
  • Cobra by Timothy Zahn is now available via Bean Books’ free library.
  • And with the television premiere of Wayward Pines this week, you can check out Timothy Zahn‘s tie-in novella Tree of Life.
  • Troy Denning‘s Halo novel Last Night received a cover reveal.

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Podcasts in Review

May 14, 2015 at 12:00 am | Posted in Celebration, Interview, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Assembly of Geeks: they go over some of their experiences at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim. Afterwards they discuss their reactions to the Superman v. Batman: Dawn of Justice trailer, Peggy Carter renewal news, kid who reaches out to George Lucas about Jedi and marriage, they discuss The Force Awakens trailer, and then they have a guest on to talk and speculate about how BB-8 works. With lots of geeky discussion and a heaping dose of Star Wars, this is a good one to add to your playlist.

Bombad Radio: Star Wars: Battlefront Panel features audio from the Star Wars Celebration Anaheim panel. I haven’t had a chance to watch the livestream video so this was a good way for me to catch up on what happened at the panel. Notably the game will be 1st and 3rd person, Sullust is in the game, heroes and villains will be playable, it will be out November 17 with the battle of Jakku DLC coming out December 8 for free. But aside from all that, there’s some fun stories, especially Doug Chiang’s comments about working on the project.

EndorCast: Episode III recaps their experiences at Star Wars Celebration. It’s interesting because in this case, it’s from the viewpoints of members of the Rebel Legion and Mandalorian Mercs. They talk about the events they were able to go to, meeting Dave Filoni, Sam Witwer and Anthony Daniels, the running of the Willrow Hoods, the RebelForce Radio party, the 501st bash, the Willrow Hood ice cream social, and their trooping events. They also have an interview with Felix Silla who talks about The Adam’s Family, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Flash Gordon and Return of the Jedi. I did not know he played Cousin It or that he doubled for Short Round. It’s a cool interview, and if you’re looking for Celebration recaps and stories, they have you covered there too. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

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