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June 20, 2014 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, Conventions, Events, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars News, Star Wars Rebels, Television | 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 Books has revealed the back cover for Tarkin (illustration by David Smit).
  • The Essential Guide to Warfare Author’s Cut continues with Part 9: “Battlefields of the Clone Wars”.
  • The Jupiter Pirates by Jason Fry is now just a $1.99 for the eBook version on Amazon and B&N.
  • Fans of The Expanse series can look forward to three more books thanks to Oribit Books. This will be books 7-9 by James S.A. Corey.
  • You can win a copy of The Dark Between The Stars by Kevin J. Anderson over on SF Signal.
  • Readers interested in picking up a lot of stories may want to check out StoryBundle which currently has a set including Kevin J. Anderson, Michael A. Stackpole, Kristine Kathryn Rusch and many other authors.
  • Cover reveal for The Tejano Conflict by Steve Perry.

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Podcasts in Review

June 19, 2014 at 12:00 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.

Assembly of Geeks:To Nerdrage or Not to Nerdrage” features special guest host Jen Rhodes (Anomaly Podcast) as they talk about the TMZ Star Wars photos, what they want to see return to Star Wars Episode VII, and what they don’t want to come back. Plus there’s the news that Billy Dee Williams will indeed be doing voicework for Star Wars Rebels. They also cover the news of the two new Star Wars actresses and explore how this reflects on the initial complaints of there not being enough women. Wrapping up their Star Wars coverage is the Leia campaign for more Leia Disney merchandise. Aside from Star Wars, they get into the Ant Man movie and change of writers, Ghostbusters’ theatrical re-release on August 29th, the She-Hulk controversy stirred up by David S. Goyer, and their spoiler free thoughts on X-Men: Days of Future Past. A great episode to listen to for well rounded coverage of all things cool.

Bombad Radio: Episode 151 marks third anniversary. They cover their murky origins, jump into some DC superhero discussion, compare some of the best and worst third movies in a trilogy, and then speak with special guest Diamond Dallas Page. DDP of course talks about wrestling, how he got started, hitting the big time, and also talks about how he got into the whole Yoga thing and the success he’s had with DDP Yoga. I’m a bit of a wrestling fan, so I really dug the interview.

Bombad Radio’s June Free-For-All has an awesome panel of hosts including Dan Zehr and Cory Clubb from Coffee with Kenobi and Juno Eclipse voice actress Nathalie Cox. As can be expected, they get into a lot of fun discussions. They talk (spoiler free) about Godzilla and director Gareth Edwards who is slated for the first Star Wars stand-alone film. They talk about his writer Gary Whitta, about J.J. Abrams and what they expect from him in Star Wars Episode VII considering all the good things he’s done so far. They touch on Cloverfield, Lost, and even lament the lack of The Force Unleashed III. I highly recommend checking this episode out for some great discussion.

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Podcasts in Review

June 12, 2014 at 12:01 am | Posted in Disney, Interview, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Rebels, Television | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Coffee with Kenobi: Rebels Reactions with Vanessa Marshall is a great interview diving deep into the character of Hera Syndulla (without any spoilers of course). Vanessa talks about Star Wars Rebels, the films and fandom.

Full of Sith: Episode LXVII features hosts Mike, Bryan and special host Amy Ratcliffe who fills in for Bobby this week. They talk about the Force for Change contest and video and some Episode VII rumors. Later in the show, Craig Dickinson joins them for more Star Wars in the classroom as his students finish up The Phantom Menace, knock out Attack of the Clones and move into Revenge of the Sith. What questions did the kids ask? What elements surprised them? Tune in to find out. It’s actually a pretty fun feature of the recent shows.

Geek Out Loud: Episode 89 is co-hosted by Teresa Delgado and features a great conversation with her and Steve recapping Star Wars Weekends and the RebelForce meetup. Afterwards they cover listener questions regarding Padme losing the will to live, why Return of the Jedi is the best film, and off the wall topics like Steve Glosson bobble head merchandise. They talk Disney, they talk movies, even Teresa’s husband Greg shows up. All in all, it’s a great show full of fun Star Wars conversation with two excellent Star Wars fans. Steve and Teresa are a winning combination as podcast hosts. Even though they had some technical difficulties in this show, I’d still mark them as the pick of the week in regards to Star Wars podcasts.

Jedi Journals: June 2014 Episode is definitely worth checking out. As usual, they cover book and comic news, recent releases, and upcoming releases. They also have special guests Erich and Joe from Star Wars Books on for just about the whole show. They do a reading from The Empire Striketh Back, talk about upcoming con events, and reveal some awesome news. At San Diego Comic Con the Del Rey booth will be giving away a special advance copy of John Jackson Miller’s A New Dawn with a variant Doug Wheatley cover and snippets from the other upcoming adult Star Wars novels in the back. If you’re heading to SDCC, this is a chance to get a full copy of A New Dawn months in advance of everyone else for free. Hearing Joe’s voice, I also finally make the connection to who Johnny Star Wars is. Plus I learned that OfficialPix has limited signed hardcover copies of Warwick Davis’ autobiography Size Matters Not. Pretty good deal for a signed hardcover. Overall, great episode to check out. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

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June 6, 2014 at 12:05 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Chronicle Books, Comic Books, Dark Horse, Episode VII, Movies, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars, 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

  • If you missed out on the limited edition Origins anthology Heroes! there’s now a kickstarter giving everyone a second chance. Stories include authors Aaron Allston, Timothy Zahn, Michael A. Stackpole and many others.
  • John Jackson Miller‘s Overdraft the Orion Offensive is just $2 this month for Kindle owners.
  • Chronicle Books has a trailer for Jeffrey Brown‘s next Star Wars book Good Night Darth Vader (which will be out July 22).

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Podcasts in Review

June 5, 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.

501stCast: Episode 82 has a complete rundown on 501st Legion events and con reports (a great way to catch up on what they’ve been up to and to get an idea of just what the 501st does) plus they have a nice little treat with audio clips of all the special Star Wars actor messages that were done for The Empire Strikes Back.

Assembly of Geeks:Taking Geek Characters to Court” starts out with Scott’s thoughts on Godzilla (pretty lite on spoilers) then cuts over to their special guest Jessica Mederson (Legal Geeks) who they talk with about Marvel, Star Wars, Samuel Jackson, and some fun geek legality ‘what ifs’. Note that Tricia is absent on this episode, but it’s still a good episode and worth checking out. Jessica turned out to be a really fun guest and I look forward to her returning in the future.

Bombad Radio: Episode 149 is yet another outstanding interview, this time with Star Wars author John Jackson Miller. John talks a little about his upcoming Star Wars Rebels novel A New Dawn, how the project got started, coordinating with the story group and later finding out the canon news and the new state of the EU. I thought it was very interesting to hear that he started the book not knowing it was going to end up being the first official canon novel. It’s also interesting to hear that he doesn’t consider this to just be a prequel story for the show but a fully fledged story anyone can jump into and enjoy. Plus he mentions how cool it is to finally write about TIE fighters. The hosts go one to ask John some questions on KOTOR, Knight Errant, Kenobi, the Lost Tribe, and then traverse into a very cool discussion on comics and the comic industry. I highly recommend giving this one a listen and be sure to check out John’s comic book site Comichron.

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May 30, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Comic Books, Conventions, Events, Movies, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars News, 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

  • Audiobook fans can look forward to an audiobook version of John Jackson Miller’s A New Dawn which will be out the same day as the book, September 2nd.

Comic News

  • Star Wars comic fans may want to check out the rare Chinese Star Wars comic adaptation that’s been scanned and posted online. You can follow the following link which includes translations of the Chinese text.

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Podcasts in Review

May 29, 2014 at 12:05 am | Posted in Episode VII, Interview, Movies, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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podcastsinreviewHere is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Assembly of Geeks:Surviving A Giant Monster Attack” kicks off with a monster themed intro then segues into a discussion on how the military would deal with Godzilla. They also talk about the Star Trek 3 director, Denis Lawson’s response to Episode VII,  the Zac Efron Daredevil rumor, the Channing Tatum Gambit rumor, the look of Ben Affleck in the batsuit and the batmobile, and Jessie Eisenberg playing Lex Luthor. They also talk about tv series season finales like Once Upon A Time, Castle, Agents of SHIELD, Person of Interest, Revenge, The Black List, The Goldbergs and Arrow. Tons of movie and television discussion which makes this a good episode for catching up on entertainment news.

Bombad Radio: Episode 147 gives a quick recap of their past Mass Effect coverage and interviews before announcing their plans to renew coverage as things get heated up for Mass Effect 4 which will be getting press at this year’s E3. After that, they talk with Jeopardy champion Arthur Chu. I know, it’s an odd choice of a guest for podcast that typically features Star Wars, film and video game celebrities, but it’s actually kind of interesting. Arthur talks about what’s involved in getting on the show, how you can prep for it, and the fallout of going viral. He also talks about voice over work, a field he’s trying to break out in.

Episode 148 has a nice audio recording of Nick Gillard’s panel at Salt Lake Fan Experience. Nick Gillard is the stunt coordinator who choreographed the lightsaber fights for the prequels. He talks about becoming a stunt man, the hardest stunts, working on Indiana Jones, sword fighting with the Star Wars actors, his favorite stunt, choreographing the fights and much more. The Q&A at the end asked him about the Grievous versus Obi-Wan scene, what actor was the hardest to work with (which turned out to be Ian) and some funny off the wall questions. Good episode to check out. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

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May 23, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Comic Books, Conventions, Dark Horse, Episode VII, Events, Movies, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment

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

Book News

  • Suvudu has a new synopsis for A New Dawn which will be out this September in hardcover. And for the paperback holdouts, the release date is currently set for June 30, 2015.
  • Fans looking forward to the upcoming Imperial Handbook: A Commander’s Guide can expect to see artwork by artist Chris Trevas, Chris Reiff, and Joe Corroney.
  • Out August 12th from Chronicle Books is the Star Wars: The Jedi Path and Book of Sith Deluxe Box Set. (via edelweiss)

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Podcasts in Review

May 22, 2014 at 6:17 am | Posted in Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment

Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Assembly of Geeks:Creating Batman and Naming Movies” features discussion on a DC Batman panel at Wondercon which brought up the controversy of Bill Finger’s unrecognized contributions toward the creation of Batman. They also talk about the upcoming tv show Gotham, the titles floating around for the next Star Wars movie, and some of the worst movie titles ever. The show caps off with a spoiler free review of Godzilla (which I highly recommend checking out, I loved the film). Plus there’s talk of the Muppets returning to tv, X-Men twinkies, Aaron Taylor-Johnson being picky about Avengers 2 and the Star Wars spin off movies. Great show with a variety of fun topics.

Bombad Radio: Episode 146 features the audio of Karl Urban’s panel at Salt Lake Fan Experience. He talks about Almost Human, Xena: Warrior Princess, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings and more. He has a pretty good story about stabbing someone while filming on Lord of the Rings. He even fielded a Star Wars question. Good episode to check out for anyone who is a Karl Urban fan.

Coffee with Kenobi: Episode 18 starts out with guest Christian Blauvelt as they talk about the Star Wars Episode VII cast, the new state of the EU and other Star Wars topics. From there, they dive into an Empire Strikes Back discussion with guest Scott Murray which is pretty interesting. It covers both their feelings now and what their feelings were back when they saw it for the first time. Also of note is their Bearded Trio segment revealing the possibility of Steven Spielberg doing a Goonies sequel. Fun show with lots of excellent Star Wars discussion. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

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May 16, 2014 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, Conventions, Events, Movies, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars Insider, Star Wars News, Star Wars Rebels, Television | 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 Books revealed a bit more on James Luceno‘s upcoming novel Tarkin.

We’re loving STAR WARS: TARKIN. The titular character makes for a phenomenal protagonist, and James Luceno beautifully amalgamates the classic trilogy incarnations of Vader and the Emperor with their prequel era counterparts: The Emperor exhibits the reptilian charm of Chancellor Palpatine, and while Vader feels like Vader, there are tangible shades of Anakin Skywalker as well. He adds dimensions to these three characters while remaining faithful to their core, a hard balance to achieve. Alex Freed also submitted the manuscript for a new short story for Star Wars Insider and it’s boffo. Details will be forthcoming, but what we can tell you now is that it’s a refreshing yet gritty take on the destruction of Alderaan.

  • Author Tony DiTerlizzi talked with Hero Complex about his new children’s book The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight coming out in October. It’s a brief interview but interesting as Tony talks about the challenge of using Ralph McQuarrie’s paintings as the illustrations for the book and integrating those into the story as the pictures don’t always match what happened.

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