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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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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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Podcasts in Review

September 25, 2014 at 12:01 am | Posted in Episode VII, Episode VIII, Interview, Movies, 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 84 goes over all the fun ALS Star Wars videos, they talk about the Star Wars fan film awards, the cover the Green Cross droid renovation, and go through all the con and mission reports for the 501st garrisons. One report that caught my attention and was pretty neat to hear about was a troop they did to an even for the blind. It was interesting to hear about the kids’ reactions to the 501st members.

Bombad Radio: September Free-For-All episode features James and special guests Scott Murray (Assembly of Geeks) and David Gremillion (Get Your Geek On). As always in the free-for-alls, they cover a lot of topics, this one focusing on all things Star Wars. They talk about the possibilities for Star Wars rides and attractions at Disney theme parks, merchandise options, and much more. They also dig in a little into Star Wars Rebels and Jake Lloyd.

Episode 165 is a live report from Salt Lake Comic Con 2014. Jeremiah runs down all the people he’s talked to. Kind of a random and inconsequential episode, so you can skip this one if you like.

Episode 166 features their audio from the Sam Witwer panel at Salt Lake Comic Con 2014. Sam talks about Being Human, Smallville, Battlestar Galactica, and lots of Star Wars topics. He dives into Maul, out geeking Dave Filoni, the selfish side of the dark side, and the proper viewing order for Star Wars. The panel was moderated by Bryan Young and the audio turned out pretty good. You can hear Master Bruce there in the beginning but he naps through most of the panel so it’s interruption free (for those who don’t know, Master Bruce is Jeremiah’s baby boy who is aptly named Bruce). Best of all, Sam tells lots of fun stories, so you won’t want to miss out on this one. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

Podcasts in Review

September 18, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews | 1 Comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Assembly of Geeks:Star Wars Rebels and Rumors” has a lot of summer movie discussion as they talk about the best and worst summer movies this year. They also get into Avengers 2 and Ms. Marvel news and rumors. Then they talk with Pete Morrison (Rebels Report) to talk Star Wars Rebels. There’s a brief audio sample of their interview with A New Dawn author John Jackson Miller, and a segment with Jeremiah (Bombad Radio) on summer movie thoughts. If you like movies, this is a good episode to check out, though I still cringe every time Scott talks about Godzilla…some of us actually liked that movie ;)

Bonus Points with John Jackson Miller is a special mini episode featuring Scott’s interview with A New Dawn author John Jackson Miller. John talks about being filled in on season one, working with the executive producers, Dave Filoni, what he wanted to show in the book, and more. This is a spoiler free interview so feel free to give it a listen whether you’ve read the book or not.

Full of Sith: Episode LXXXI is a semi-live podcast from Salt Lake Comic Con as Bryan podcasts from there with an audience, and Mike and Bobby skype in. The audio is a little rough but there’s some good discussion and fan questions. Afterwards, Mike and Bobby wrap things up and, as a special treat, Ania joins them for a fun Star War conversation. She definitely steals the show on this one. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

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September 12, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Comic Books, Conventions, Events, Fantasy, Movies, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars News, Television | Leave a comment

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

Book News

  • Kevin Hearne‘s short stories “The Demon Barker of Wheat Street” and “The Chapel Perilous” are now available as standalone digital stories.

Comic News

  • Dave Dorman is running a really good deal on his Wasted Lands Omnibus and throwing in all kinds of extras. Head on over to his website to check it out. Just $50 for the 152 page signed hardcover omnibus, a preview edition of Red Tide, and a limited edition art print.

Convention & Event News

  • Montreal ComicCon is September 12 to 14 in Montreal, QC. Star Wars guests include Katee Sackhoff.
  • Richmond Comic Con is September 12 to 14 in Richmond, VA. Star Wars guests include James Marsters.
  • Fanboy Expo is September 12 through 14 in Tampa, FL. Star Wars guests include Erik Bauersfeld, Tim Rose.
  • HawaiiCon is September 12 through 15 in Kohala Coast, HI. Star Wars guests include Cree Summer.
  • Alpha: 2014 – The UK Chrysalis is September 12 to 15 in Peterborough, England. Star Wars guests include Pam Rose.
  • Le Salon des Geek is September 13 in Lorraine, France. Star Wars guests include Alan Flyng, Andy Herd.
  • Oz Comic Con Sydney is September 13 through 14 in sydney, Australia. Star Wars guests include Jim Cummings.
  • Bewitched Fan Fare 2014 is September 17 through 20 in Los Angeles, CA. Star Wars guests include David Ankrum, Felix Silla.
  • Fiction Meets Reality is September 19 through 21 in Speyer, Germany at teh Technik Musuem Speyer. Star Wars guests include Jeremy Bulloch, Daniel Logan.
  • Rose City Comic Con is September 20 through 21 in Portland, OR. Star Wars guests include Cam Clarke.
  • RocCon is September 19 to 21 in Rochester, NY. Star Wars guests include Bonnie Piesse.
  • Autographica is September 19 through 21st in Birmingham, England. Star Wars guests include Kenny Baker, Jeremy Bulloch, Rusty Goffe, David Prowse.
  • Cincinnati Comic Expo is September 19 to 21 in Cincinnati, OH. Star Wars guests include Peter Mayhew, Tim Rose.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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Podcasts in Review

September 11, 2014 at 10:49 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment

Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Bombad Radio: Episode 163 is their interview with Nobility producer E.J. De La Pena and Assassin’s Creed voice actor Cas Anvar. E.J. talks about his Star Trek project Nobility, which I’m not familiar with, so it was kind of interesting. The Cas Anvar interview, however, was a lot more interesting. It’s a very casual interview covering voice acting, cons, fans and gaming. Worth checking out.

Episode 164 features an interview with Star Wars puppeteer Tim Rose who talks muppets, The Dark Crystal, The Return to Oz, Doctor Who, Star Wars, animatronics (and how that term began), practical effects, CGI, Jim Hensen, George Lucas, Howard the Duck, and more. Great interview with a nice discussion of the various projects Tim has worked on.

Coffee with Kenobi: A Cup of Clone Wars “The Lost One” episode features guest Bryan Young as they cover the Sifo Dyas arc and go into some deep Star Wars topics for some juicy discussion. Excellent episode and I highly recommend checking it out.

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September 5, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Around the Web, Art, Books, Comic Books, Conventions, DC Comics, Events, Movies, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News, Star Wars Rebels, Television, The Clone Wars, Video Games | Leave a comment
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Art News

Book News

  • Becker & Mayer has a preview of the Imperial Handbook Deluxe Edition by Daniel Wallace.

Comic News

  • Star Wars artist Jan Duursema is pencilling art for DC Comics Earth 2: World’s End. Jan is doing issue #6-8. She also has a two issue mini-series for DC in the works.

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Podcasts in Review

September 4, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Books, Del Rey, Interview, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Random House, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review. For those looking for John Jackson Miller interviews, you’re in luck, as they’re are plenty (though more to come).

Coffee with Kenobi: Book Chat with John Jackson Miller covers his new Star Wars novel A New Dawn which stars two of the main characters from the upcoming television series Star Wars Rebels. They cover the outreach of the book, going after old and new fans alike, the timing of the project, where Kanan and Hera are at this point in their lives, and more. As always, the hosts put together a great interview with excellent questions and good production quality.

Disney Vault Talk: The Saludos Amigos episode covers a Disney movie I’ve never seen. It’s a collection of shorts woven with some documentary footage to create a highlight piece for South America during a time when the US was vying for allies in WWII. As usual, Teresa shares some fun facts and trivia that sheds new light on the films and the company that made them. Together, Steve and Teresa give a nice feel for what the film is like and what it accomplished. For someone like me who isn’t very well versed in the Disneyverse, they do a great job of offering insight and provoking interest. If you like Disney or are just interested in the subject, be sure to give this one a try.

Fangirls Going Rogue: Episode #10 features special guest Steve Glosson, which means you’re in for a treat. They start out with listener feedback and a very nice discussion on cosplay and fandom. They get into their recommended episode picks for Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Steve talks about how his Star Wars fandom began, what he feels is the most underrated thing in Star Wars (Hayden Christensen), they cover some Star Wars Episode VII news, and the character discussion this month is Chewbacca which leads to lots of fun conversation. A great episode all around.

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August 29, 2014 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, Art, Books, Comic Books, Dark Horse, Del Rey, Marvel, Movies, News, Random House, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News, Star Wars Rebels, Television, Toys | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond.

Art News

  • Acme Archives is hosting a time release for new Star Wars artwork from September 5 through 15th on darkinkart.com. I’m not sure about the full lineup, but Star Wars artist Joe Corroney has already revealed he’ll be one of them.
  • For those with deep pockets, you can pick up Jerry Vanderstelt‘s new Han Solo and Chewbacca painting. He’s got the original up for sale on eBay. If you just want a pic for your desktop, you can check out his Facebook page.

Book News

  • You can check out a preview of John Jackson Miller‘s A New Dawn right here including the forward by Dave Filoni.

Comic News

  • Marvel revealed they will be reprinting some Dark Horse Star Wars comics under the Legends banner.
  • Jedi Journals has an audio interview with Jordan D. White, the editor on the upcoming Marvel Star Wars comics.
  • For those wondering what the Greg Hildebrant cover for Marvel’s Star Wars Omnibus was going to look like, here goes.

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