Around the Web

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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Happy Birthday, Colin Wilson

October 31, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Birthday, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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colin-wilson-2014Today we wish a happy birthday to Star Wars artist Colin Wilson. Be sure to check out his official website and swing by Facebook to wish him a happy birthday.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Last ‘Tarkin’ Excerpt

October 30, 2014 at 5:02 pm | Posted in Books, Del Rey, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Tarkin by James Luceno will be out next week, so to tide you over, Star Wars Books has released one more excerpt.

“Obliteration.”

“Whatever you deem necessary, my lord. Force is the only real and unanswerable power. Oftentimes, beings who haven’t been duly punished cannot be reasoned with or edified.”

The Emperor repeated the words to himself, then said, “That has the ring of a parental lesson, Governor Tarkin.”

Tarkin laughed pleasantly. “So it was, my lord—though applied in a more personal manner.”

The Emperor swiveled his chair toward the light, and Tarkin glimpsed his sepulchral visage; the molten skin beneath his eyes, the bulging forehead. After all these years, he was still not accustomed to it.

“When one consorts with vipers, one runs the risk of being struck,” the Emperor had told Tarkin following the attack on him by a quartet of Jedi Masters.

There were many stories about what had occurred that day in the chancellor’s office. The official explanation was that members of the Jedi Order had turned up to arrest Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, and a ferocious duel had ensued. The matter of precisely how the Jedi had been killed or the Emperor’s face deformed had never been settled to everyone’s satisfaction, and so Tarkin had his private thoughts about the Emperor, as well. That he and Vader were kindred spirits suggested that both of them might be Sith.

Tarkin often wondered if that wasn’t the actual reason Palpatine had been targeted for arrest or assassination by the Jedi. It wasn’t so much that the Order wished to take charge of the Republic; it was that the Jedi couldn’t abide the idea of a member of the ancient Order they opposed and abhorred emerging as the hero of the Clone Wars and assuming the mantle of Emperor.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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 | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

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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Nice Look at ‘Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy’

October 29, 2014 at 3:46 pm | Posted in Books, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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StarWars.com has a nice video showing off Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy. From what they show, this book looks like a must have for all fans.

Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy is already out in hardcover from Chronicle Books. Be sure to check it out.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Databurst From the 501st

October 29, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in 501st, Charity, Conventions, Databurst From the 501st, Events, Star Wars | Leave a comment

501stLogoLatest Databurst From the 501st covering 501st Legion event news from October 29 through November 4th. As always, be sure to mark your calendars and support your local garrisons.

October 29

  • Garrison Excelsior will be in Rochester, NY for Accessible Halloween at the Center for Disability Rights at 5:00 PM.
  • Mountain Garrison will be in Glendale, CO for the City of Glendale Halloween Party from 5:00 to 7:00 PM in the Sports Center.
  • Nordic Garrison will be in Stockholm, Sweden for The Scandinavian Sci-Fi, Game & Film Convention from November 29 to 30th. Star Wars guests include Kenny Baker and David Prowse.
  • Timberline Garrison will be in Idaho Falls, ID for Boo at the Zoo at Tautphaus Park Zoo from 5:00 to 9:00 PM.
  • UK Garrison will be in Tottenham for the Spurs Family Spooktacular.

October 30

  • Italian Garrison will be in Lucca for Lucca Comics and Games from October 30 to November 2nd. Star Wars guests include Drew Karpyshyn.
  • Nordic Garrison will be in Stockholm, Sweden for Comic Con Stockholm from October 30 to November 2nd.
  • Ohio Garrison will be in Toledo, OH for the Whitmer Community Halloween event from 5:00 to 7:30 PM at Whitmer High School.
  • Southern California Garrison will be at the Dos Cominos Elementary School 50 Year Carnival, at the Hansen Elementary School fundraiser, and in Atwater Village, CA for Trick or Treat on the BOOlevard from 4:30 to 6:00 PM along Glendale Blvd.
  • UK Garrison will be in Nottingham for Oscars for Orchestra, and in IOW for the Imperial Invasion of C.H.A.R.M.

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Book Review: ‘Star Wars Art: Posters’

October 28, 2014 at 12:01 am | Posted in Abrams, Art, Books, Movies, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars Rebels, Television, The Clone Wars, Video Games | Leave a comment
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If you love the artwork of the Star Wars movie posters, then Star Wars Art: Posters is a must have. This beautiful collection of artwork presents the posters of the original trilogy in stunning detail. But it does more than that. It covers the entire six film saga, the Ewok films, the televisions series, promotional posters and even concept treatments that were never released. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

New Release: ‘Razor’s Edge’ Paperback

October 28, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Books, Del Rey, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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razors-edge-paperbackRazor’s Edge by Martha Wells is out today in paperback.

Random House Link

You can also check out our review in case you missed it, as well as our interview with Martha Wells.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Happy Birthday, Jan Duursema

October 27, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Birthday, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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jan-duursema-lightsaberToday we wish a very happy birthday to one of our favorite Star Wars artists, Jan Duursema. Be sure to stop by Facebook and wish Jan a happy birthday. You can also check out her official website.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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 | 1 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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