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October 31, 2014 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Comic Books, Interview, Movies, Regular Feature, Star Wars, 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

  • Alan Tomkins has written a memoir that will be out in August next year. It’s entitled Star and Wars: The Film Memoirs and Photographs of Alan Tomkins. Alan was the art director on The Empire Strikes Back. His memoir looks like Star Wars will be heavily featured, judging by the cover at least. It’s already up on Amazon if you’d like to pre-order.
  • Heir to the Jedi and Lords of the Sith have both been pushed back a little.

Just a heads up everyone; the publishing dates for our next two STAR WARS novels have moved a few weeks due to scheduling decisions.

STAR WARS: HEIR TO THE JEDI by Kevin Hearne – will now publish 3/3/2015
STAR WARS: LORDS OF THE SITH by Paul S. Kemp – will now publish 4/28/2015

Comic News

  • Jedi News has a preview of the inside of Marvel’s Star Wars #1.
  • Kevin J. Anderson‘s Stalag-X #1 is out now digitally.

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Podcasts in Review

October 30, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Interview, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Rebels, Television | 1 Comment
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Bombad Radio: Episode 171 begins with some tv discussion on Marvel versus DC (Gotham, Flash, Arrow and cross-overs) then heads into a great interview with Star Wars artist Joe Corroney. Joe and Jeremiah talk about the GI Joe movies, Transformers, Star Trek, Star Wars, the difference between art for comic covers and book covers, depicting characters, and going to cons. Lot of great topics and well worth checking out. After hearing the interview with Joe, I really hope they interview some more Star Wars artists like Chris Trevas or Dave Dorman.

Far Far Away Radio: Episode 24 reviews Star Wars Rebels and includes some generally commentary on Star Wars and Disney. I have to say, they do a great job of juggling a large number of hosts and pulling it off without it being an issue. The payoff is a diversity of viewpoints. They each offer up their favorite characters from the show so far, their hopes for what the show we’ll do, who we might see next, and more. The show also has really good production quality which is always a plus…except for the terrible (yet slightly funny) impromptu rendition of Star Wars that’s partially hummed and ab libbed by one of the hosts :)

Full of Sith: Episode LXXXVI starts with a discussion of Star Wars Rebels, digging into episode three “Droids in Distress” and sharing what did and did not work for them. Ending the show, Mike talks about going to New York Comic Con, being inducted into the 501st Legion,  and Ania getting to wear Darth Vader’s helmet. Very cool story. Also, somewhere in there they talk about the fun possibility of an Obi-Wan trilogy. While a remote possibility, it’s an intriguing idea. All in all, great show.

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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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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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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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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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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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Podcasts in Review

October 9, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Rebels, Television, The Clone Wars | 1 Comment
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Bombad Radio: Episode 169 is a double interview with voice actresses Belinda Cornish and Alix Wilton Regan. They talk Mass Effect, Dragon Age, voice acting and working with video game projects. Both are good interviews and entertaining guests which makes for a fun discussion. Plus I like the new outro music. Very nice.

Disney Vault Talk: Make Mine Music episode starts out with a lot of listener feedback, their challenge to RebelForce Radio as they throw down the gauntlet to do a Rebels spinoff show, and their “Disney Watch” segment covering various Disney news items. The focus of this weeks episode is the Disney film Make Mine Music which turns out to be a pretty fast discussion as they quickly go through the history and fun facts for the movie and then plow through each of the shorts that comprise the film. I’ve never seen this particular movie, but I have seen a couple of the shorts that are in it. Afterwards they do some post-show Disney trivia.

Full of Sith: Episode LXXXIV includes discussion on the Star Wars: The Clone Wars pre-viz content recently released on StarWars.com. They also talk about Star Wars Rebels “Spark of Rebellion”. There’s some small spoilers but nothing too major. Guests include Riley and Bethany from the Star Wars Report. Interesting episode as I haven’t had a chance to check out the pre-viz arc for TCW, but after hearing their discussion of it, I’m now very intrigued to check it out.

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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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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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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…

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