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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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
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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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Around the Web

October 17, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Interview, Movies, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars Rebels, Television, The Clone Wars, Toys | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond.

Book News

Comic News

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Podcasts in Review

October 16, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in 501st, Interview, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Rebels, Television | 1 Comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

501stCast: September Episode includes the latest troop reports, a short clip with Mary Franklin, discussion of Star Wars Celebration Anaheim (mostly anxious anticipation as there isn’t too much news yet), a cool story about one trooper saving a person’s life, and even tips on how to throw a baseball as Darth Vader (or how not to, at least). Fun episode and the only place you’ll find news and coverage of the 501st Legion.

Assembly of Geeks:Reviewing Rebels & Remembering Henson” episode brings about a collection of Muppets topics as they cover their favorite Muppet songs and more. Tricia also talks about the Star Wars Rebels “Spark of Rebellion” screening, her feelings on the characters and the show overall. Good episode and worth a listen.

Bombad Radio: Episode 170 features their interview with Sean McKeever. Sean has worked on comics and videogames and is currently one of the writers for Star Wars: The Old Republic. He talks about what work he’s done on the game, how he ended up at Bioware, the differences between writing for comics and videogames, and his thoughts on all the different comic publishers he’s worked for. I hadn’t heard of Sean before but he turned out to be a really interesting guest. I liked his comments on comics and the comparisons to the video game industry, plus getting to hear what his contributions were (and are) for SWTOR.

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‘Star Wars: Kanan’ Comic Series

October 11, 2014 at 6:26 pm | Posted in Comic Books, Interview, Marvel, Star Wars, Star Wars Rebels, Television | Leave a comment
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Straight out of New York Comic Con today, Marvel announced a new comic series starring Star Wars Rebels lead character Kanan. Star Wars: Kanan #1 will be out April 2015 and will be based on a story by Greg Weisman and Pepe Larraz titled “The Last Padawan”. The series will show Kanan’s training under Master Billaba. You can check out Marvel’s official website for more info including an interview with Greg Weisman.

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Around the Web

October 10, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Books, Conventions, Del Rey, Events, Interview, News, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News, Star Wars Rebels, Television, The Clone Wars, Video Games | Leave a comment

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

Book News

  • Author James Luceno did an interview with SciFiNow on Star Wars, Tarkin and the new EU.
  • If you missed the Google Hangout with The Sundering authors, you can check it out here. Lineup includes Star Wars authors Troy Denning, Paul S. Kemp and R.A. Salvatore.
  • Club Jade has an exclusive preview of the upcoming Imperial Handbook showing off some starfighters.
  • Random House has updated their product page for Ian Doescher‘s William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Trilogy: The Royal Imperial Boxed Set. They’ve revealed an image which appears to the poster that will come with the box set, and a tease that the cover will be revealed on October 14th. The set itself will be out on October 28th.

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Around the Web

October 3, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Comic Books, Dark Horse, Interview, Marvel, Movies, News, Regular Feature, Star Trek, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News, Star Wars Rebels, Television | Leave a comment

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

Book News

  • Mike Stackpole fans have a lot to look forward to with the upcoming Athena’s Daughters anthology. Mike’s short story has now grown into a full length novella and he’s already planning on turning it into a full length novel at some point in the future. If you checked out our interview with Mike back in July, then you know this story will be set in his Crown Colonies series.
  • The Imperial Handbook is up for pre-order.
  • Star Wars Books released the opening crawl for James Luceno’s Tarkin.
  • Author Kevin Hearne posted an update including upcoming appearances, an Iron Druid eBundle, and a teaser for The Book of Five Meats.
  • Stories of the Raksura: Volume Two by Martha Wells is already up for pre-order over on B&N.
  • Chronicle Books is doing a book giveaway for The Bounty Hunter Code, The Jedi Path, and Book of Sith.
  • FANgirl Blog has an interview with Star Wars author Ryder Windham.

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Podcasts in Review

October 2, 2014 at 12:00 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.

Assembly of Geeks:The Big Bang Theory & Gotham” episode starts out with a discussion on The Big Bang Theory, switches to Jeremiah’s report on Salt Lake Comic Con, and wraps up with a Gotham discussion. Guests John and Derek (The Gotham TV Podcast) join them to talk about hopes for the tv show. All around, a really good episode but…one of the ongoing gags for this episode is a laugh track (which plays into their discussion of The Big Bang Theory and whether or not the show uses one). Unfortunately the laugh track plays through the whole show and is kind of annoying. Each time it cues it, it took me out of the discussion. Definitely could have used less of that.

Bonus Points Lee Arenberg and Lana Parrilla includes two interviews with the aforementioned actors covering their roles in Once Upon A Time. Both interviews were previously released in early episodes so if you’ve heard them already, you can skip this one. Lee Arenberg talks about playing Grumpy and about his other acting work in the Pirates of the Caribbean films and even his own directing work. Lana Parrilla talks about playing different roles (the evil queen and the mayor), balancing that, and finding the characters.

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Around the Web

September 26, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Conventions, Events, Interview, Movies, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | 1 Comment

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

Book News

  • Courtesy of the hard work over on Star Wars Upcoming Books & Comics, there’s some new Star Wars titles coming our way including: Star Wars Art: A Poster Collection from Abrams, Ultimate Star Wars by Ryder Windham and published by DK (Amazon link), Darth Vader and Friends by Jeffrey Brown (April 2015 release), and William Shakespeare’s The Phantom Menace by Ian Doescher via Random House.
  • Drew Karpyshyn‘s third Chaos Born book has a cover image up on Amazon. Feel free to pre-order while you’re there. Pre-orders help the authors out a lot.

Convention & Event News

  • Vampire Ball is September 26 to 27 in Birmingham, England. Star Wars guests include James Marsters.
  • Courts Celebrities FanFest is September 26 through 27 in Burbank, CA. Star Wars guests include Kathleen Gati.
  • Alamo City Comic Con is September 26 through 28 in San Antonio, TX. Star Wars guests include Tom Kane, Hal Rayle, George Takei.
  • The Pittsburgh Comicon is September 26 to 28 in Monroeville, PA. Star Wars guests include Orli Shoshan, Christian J. Simpson.
  • Wordfest is September 26 to 28 in Waco, TX. Star Wars guests include author Martha Wells who will be at the Fiction Writing panel on Saturday.
  • Stoke Con Trent is September 28 in Stoke-On-Trent, England. Star Wars guests include Paul Blake, Chris Bunn, Laurie Goode, Garrick Hagon, Alan Harris, Barrie Holland, Derek Lyons, Cathy Munroe, Chris Parsons, Toby Philpott, Marc Silk.
  • Star Wars Day is October 4 at Discovery World in Milwaukee, WI. Star Wars guests include Dave Dorman.

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.

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