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February 20, 2015 at 12:00 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Collecting, Conventions, Del Rey, Events, Movies, Random House, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Toys | 1 Comment

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

Books News

  • Jedi Bibliothek and Jedi News spotted some Amazon listings for The Art of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Both listings have it as a hardcover with a November 2 release from Abrams Books.
  • TheForce.Net has an interview with Sabine My Rebel Sketchbook illustrator Annie Stoll.
  • I hadn’t noticed this, but Club Jade brought it up this week that upcoming Star Wars paperbacks will be getting a new premium size starting with A New Dawn. That’s sure to tick off some collectors and their bookcases.
  • And some early reviews for Kevin Hearne‘s upcoming Luke Skywalker novel Heir to the Jedi: EUCantina.NetMaking Star Wars, Roqoo Depot, Tosche Station and Yoda News.

Comic News

  • Dave Dorman is running a sale on his site for the Star Wars #1 variant cover that he did for Marvel.

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Podcasts in Review

February 19, 2015 at 12:00 am | Posted in Interview, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Rebels, Television, Video Games | 1 Comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Assembly of Geeks:A-Force, Walking Dead, Star Wars Battle Pod & The Marvel Experience” covers a lot of stuff. First up, the announcement of an all female Avengers team called A-Force, discussion on whether John Diggle is John Stewart aka Green Lantern on Arrow, Teen Titan news and rumors and finally some coverage of The Marvel Experience (an interactive Marvel exhibit/roleplay). They also talk about The Walking Dead and Star Wars Battle Pod and throughout the episode they are joined by Pat Loika, Tony Kim, and Lauren Galloway.

Sci-Fi Psychology, Geeky Answers & Blood Elf Selfies” …goes into a pretty heavy discussion on Star Trek vs. Star Wars psychology. In this case they’re pulling a lot of stuff from an article on Yahoo News which in turn is based off a panel that was at Wondercon 2013. They give the panel and the panelists a bit of a rough time. Having heard Dr. Andrea Letamendi talk more in depth about the panel, and in general the psychology of different aspects of fandom, it’s actually a lot better than what they make it out to be. Aside from that, this episode dives into some planned Arrow books (though I wish they would have mentioned the authors involved), some comments Joss Whedon made about taking a break after Avengers: Age of Ultron, and some news on Supergirl and more.

Coffee With Kenobi: Rebels Reactions “Vision of Hope” episode includes guest Joe Tovano as they talk a little about his Padme article before heading into their thoughts on the show. They talk about Ezra’s training at the beginning of the episode and his acting on instinct, Senator Trayvis and the trap, the significance of Ezra trying to reveal his real name to Zare, Chopper taking out another droid and the success of Kanan and Ezra versus Obi-Wan and Anakin. Capping off the episode is their five questions for Joe. Good episode. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

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February 13, 2015 at 12:00 am | Posted in Around the Web, Art, Books, Celebration, Conventions, Events, Fantasy, Interview, Movies, Regular Feature, Star Trek, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond.

Book News

  • Blackguards is now available for pre-order. The short story collection features a new story by Paul S. Kemp set in his Egil and Nix universe.
  • Kevin Hearne is having another nerdscape contest but this time you can win a copy of his upcoming Star Wars book Heir to the Jedi. I’ve won the nerdscape contest before and let me just say it was the most fun I’ve had entering a contest. Great idea.
  • Author Christie Golden is having a 20% sale at her store. Just use the promo code ILUVYA20 before February 15th.
  • StarTrek.com has an interview with John Jackson Miller on his new Star Trek novel Takedown.
  • And if you’re looking to get a signed copy of Takedown, John Jackson Miller now has them in stock on his website.
  • Star Wars artist Doug Wheatley posted some more Hera and Kanan art he did for A New Dawn.

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Podcasts in Review

February 12, 2015 at 12:00 am | Posted in Disney, Episode VII, Movies, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars, Television | Leave a comment

Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Assembly of Geeks: Generations of Geek Fandom kicks off with a recap of everyone holiday geek gifts. Then they talk about the movies coming out this year, they take a side route on Howdy Doody, then dive into the Star Trek television shows they grew up with. Along with the success of superhero movies and many other topics, there’s lots of fun, geeky discussion in this episode.

Great Villain Voices & Great Grandma Flash includes discussion on the Batman LEGO movie, the Ant-Man teaser, The Flash, Arrow, Gotham and crossovers. Then they dig into a list discussing the best villain voices of all time.

The Arrow & The Flash on Caffeine is dedicated entirely to the Arrow and The Flash television shows. This one is hosted by just Scott and Amy as they go in depth on the shows, the characters, their thoughts, the possibility of crossovers, and where they think the shows are heading. As someone who has yet to watch either show, it was an interesting way to get exposed to them. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

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February 6, 2015 at 12:00 am | Posted in Around the Web, Art, Books, Comic Books, Conventions, Episode IX, Episode VIII, Events, Marvel, Movies, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, trailers | Leave a comment

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

Book News

Comic News

  • According to comicbook.com, Princess Leia #1 has sold over 200,000 copies in pre-orders and there is still another month before it comes out. And if you follow that link, toward the bottom you’ll find an interview with the Star Wars Marvel editor Jordan D. White who teases the series that will be following Leia.

The series after Leia, which I can’t talk about at all, has a very distinct feel, and a different tone from the other books.

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Podcasts in Review

February 5, 2015 at 12:00 am | Posted in Comic Books, Conventions, DC Comics, Interview, Marvel, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Star Trek, Star Wars, Star Wars Rebels, Television | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Bombad Radio: Episode 185 is their first release from their trip to Salt Lake Comic Con FanX. In this episode they have interviews with Jess Harnell and Rob Paulson. They talk about doing voices, Animaniacs, and Jess mentions Rock Sugar. It’s funny because I’ve been listening to a lot of Rock Out Loud lately and Steve often mentions Rock Sugar, so I’ve grown familiar with the band. However, I forgot he also did the voice of Wakko. It’s also odd just how close Rob Paulson’s normal voice is to Yakko. Afterwards they talk with legendary comic artist Neal Adams who talks about Batman, Gotham, Green Arrow, X-Men and the comics industry. Really nice interview. Following that is an interview with Star Trek designer Jon Eaves who talks about working on the various films and tv shows. Then they have a great interview with Star Wars artist Dave Dorman who talks about getting his first gig with Star Wars, his latest work with Marvel on several comic cover variations, and the deal with Star Wars Celebration Anaheim (which Dave mentions there might still be a chance that he can go). Lots of great interviews making this an excellent episode to check out.

Coffee With Kenobi: Rebels Reactions “Idiot’s Array” episode features guest Dennis Keithly as they talk about the Star Wars Rebels episode, Lando’s presence, Hera’s prominent role, and the use of Lando as a divide and conquer mechanism to the crew which turns into a message of unity for them all to stick together. It’s a fun review of the episode.

Full of Sith: Tasia Valenza Special Release features an interview with the voice actress for Shaak Tii (and many more characters). First off, Tasia’s audio is superb, which makes this a great interview to listen to. She talks about switching from on camera acting to voice acting, working on Star Wars, doing conventions, working with Mark Hamill, thoughts on The Force Awakens and the excitement of seeing the original cast again on screen, and much more. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

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January 30, 2015 at 12:00 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Celebration, Comic Books, Conventions, Events, Interview, Marvel, Movies, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News, Toys, Video Games | Leave a comment

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

Book News

We’re three months from this.

I was thinking about the book today and trying to articulate the way that I thought about Vader throughout the writing. In the end, I think I had two touchstones.

First (and I wrote this in all-caps at the top of the blank page when I first starting writing the book): VADER IS ALWAYS MENACING! ALWAYS!

Second, I kept in mind that Vader is a monster. Perhaps an understandable monster, but a monster nevertheless.

Anyway, can’t wait for this to hit so you can read it for yourselves.

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Podcasts in Review

January 29, 2015 at 12:00 am | Posted in Collecting, 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.

Coffee With Kenobi: Book Chat with Jordan D. White, Marvel’s Star Wars editor, dives into how he got the gig, his enthusiasm for the project, working with the story group, what lines they have coming out, and how they’re approaching them. It’s a great interview and definitely worth catching.

Rebels Reactions – “Path of the Jedi” features guest Tom Gross (Star Wars in the Classroom) as talk about the episode of Star Wars Rebels. I really liked how they covered the symbolism in the episode which certainly set it apart from other reviews.

Show #30 starts out with a nice conversation with Lillian Skye who talks about her fandom, writing a college paper on the impact of Star Wars, and working for Star Wars Underworld. The Bearded Trio mentions that there will be a new Jurassic World trailer during the Super Bowl. Then the show heads into an interview with Mark Bellomo, the author of The Ultimate Guide to Vintage Star Wars Action Figures, 1977-1985. Mark talks about vintage Kenner Star Wars figures, vehicles and playsets, the challenge of including prices, the difficulty of deciding what to include and what not to include, his choice of narrative and using the Expanded Universe, his previous works and the extent of his collection, as well as his overall passion for Star Wars and collecting. Really a great interview and well worth listening to as I’ve seen his book out there but I didn’t know anything about the author, which always makes me skeptical about picking up the book. Now, having heard the interview and learning who Mark is, I’m definitely going to check out his book. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

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January 23, 2015 at 12:00 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Conventions, Events, Interview, Regular Feature, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Book News

  • Cover reveal for Jeffrey Brown’s next Star Wars book The Phantom Bully.

Award-winning author/illustrator Jeffrey Brown returns for the third installation of the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling series Star Wars: Jedi Academy!

It’s hard to believe this is Roan’s last year at Jedi Academy. He’s been busier than ever learning to fly (and wash) starships, swimming in the Lake Country on Naboo, studying for the Jedi obstacle course exam, and tracking down dozens of vorpak clones — don’t ask. But now, someone is setting him up to get in trouble with everyone at school, including Yoda. If he doesn’t find out who it is, and fast, he may get kicked out of school! Why can’t middle school just be easy. . .

This incredible, original story captures all of the humor, awkwardness, fun, and frustrations of middle school — all told through one boy’s comics, journal entries, letters, sketches, e-mails, and more.

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Podcasts in Review

January 22, 2015 at 12:02 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.

After Buzz:Path of the Jedi” episode features special guest James Arnold Taylor, the voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Hosted by Dillon Chance and Katie Cullen, it’s an interesting review of the episode, but mostly I just enjoyed hearing James’ comments. One really nice treat was when James mentioned that there was originally a pitch done for Star Wars Rebels to sell the show. For that pitch, James did the voice of Kanan, Dee Bradley Baker did the voice of Zeb, and Catherine Taber did the voice of Hera and Sabine. Toward the end of the show, they went into a news and rumors section which I tuned out on as I’m still trying to avoid The Force Awakens spoilers, but there’s plenty of warning so no need to worry about accidentally getting spoiled.

Bombad Radio: Episode 183 kicks off with a tough questions – which five expanded universe novels would you make canon? After that, Jeremiah and Jason interview author Walter Jon Williams who talks about his start in historical fiction, his extensive travelling, doing Star Wars, the research involved, what events had to be in the book, rejected ideas that would have explained why Jedi couldn’t marry, coming up with the Sword of the Jedi idea, as well as working on movies and video games and differences between the mediums. It’s a nice interview that helps shine a light on part of the EU and gives fans a better idea about Destiny’s Way and the author behind it.

Fangirls Going Rogue: Episode #15 reveals their newest member, Sarah Woloski, thus creating the fangirl trifecta of awesomeness. Seriously, these are my three favorite female podcasters and now they’re all in one show. A listener could not ask for more (…well maybe one more, Amy Ratcliffe). In this episode they talk about the runDisney Star Wars Half-Marathon, the Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars and the Power of Costume Smithsonian touring exhibit, Tricia mentions and interview she did with Star Wars writer Tish Pahl, they talk about Sabine sketchbook artist Annie Stoll, and they have a character discussion focusing on Luke Skywalker. Lots of fun and plenty of great topics. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

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