Tarkin Roundup

November 7, 2014 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Del Rey, Interview, Random House, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Here’s the roundup of Tarkin reviews and interviews. See what you missed out on.

Reviews

Interviews

Misc.

And if you have a review or interview you would like us to add, just leave a comment.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Around the Web

November 7, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Books, Collecting, Comic Books, Dark Horse, Movies, Star Wars, Toys | Leave a comment

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

Book News

  • Apollo’s Daughters update – for those who backed the anthology, they’ve found a near complete draft of Aaron Allston’s story, and if all goes well, a finished version will wind up in the final version of the anthology.

Comic News

  • Dark Times: The Gallery Edition came out this week (though if you bought it off Amazon, it looks like we won’t get it until the 18th).

Continue Reading Around the Web…

New ‘Lords of the Sith’ Blurb

November 6, 2014 at 5:53 pm | Posted in Books, Del Rey, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Random House has posted a new blurb for Paul S. Kemp’s Lords of the Sith.

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. . . .

When the Emperor and his notorious apprentice, Darth Vader, find themselves stranded in the middle of insurgent action on an inhospitable planet, they must rely on each other, the Force, and their own ruthlessness to prevail.

“It appears things are as you suspected, Lord Vader. We are indeed hunted.”

Anakin Skywalker, Jedi Knight, is just a memory. Darth Vader, newly anointed Sith Lord, is ascendant. The Emperor’s chosen apprentice has swiftly proven his loyalty to the dark side. Still, the history of the Sith Order is one of duplicity, betrayal, and acolytes violently usurping their Masters—and the truest measure of Vader’s allegiance has yet to be taken. Until now.

On Ryloth, a planet crucial to the growing Empire as a source of slave labor and the narcotic known as “spice,” an aggressive resistance movement has arisen, led by Cham Syndulla, an idealistic freedom fighter, and Isval, a vengeful former slave. But Emperor Palpatine means to control the embattled world and its precious resources—by political power or firepower—and he will be neither intimidated nor denied. Accompanied by his merciless disciple, Darth Vader, he sets out on a rare personal mission to ensure his will is done.

For Syndulla and Isval, it’s the opportunity to strike at the very heart of the ruthless dictatorship sweeping the galaxy. And for the Emperor and Darth Vader, Ryloth becomes more than just a matter of putting down an insurrection: When an ambush sends them crashing to the planet’s surface, where inhospitable terrain and an army of resistance fighters await them, they will find their relationship tested as never before. With only their lightsabers, the dark side of the Force, and each other to depend on, the two Sith must decide if the brutal bond they share will make them victorious allies or lethal adversaries.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Podcasts in Review

November 6, 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.

Assembly of Geeks:Dr. Doom vs The Muppets” is a fun episode covering Dark Crystal and Labyrinth sequels, a Ghostbusters reboot with an all female cast, Tricia’s report from Geek Girl Con, a Batman discussion and Michael Keaton’s comments on the role, plus the Lego Batman movie. They talk about the upcoming Archie vs Predator comic and propose Dr. Doom vs the Muppets. And there’s tv coverage for The Flash, Arrow, Gotham, and more. Great episode filled with tons of entertaining topics.

Bombad Radio: Episode 172 features an awesome interview with Dr. Travis Langley who talks about psychology and Batman. One of the great aspects of the interview is an observation he made. Batman is a hero define by his psychology, and his villains are in turn defined by their psychology. Dr. Langley digs into some of Batman’s most iconic villains and their various psychological issues. It’s a very intriguing combination of topics and a must listen to for Batman fans.

Coffee with Kenobi: Episode #25 includes special guest Ryder Waldron who talks about Salt Lake Comic Con 2014. The Bearded Trio provides some Spielberg updates and Jurassic World news. They reveal a new podcast that will be featured on their site called Legends Library and they share a decent sized audio clip from the hosts and their thoughts and experiences with the old Star Wars EU. It sounds interesting so I’ll have to check it out. Afterwards, Cory and Dan interview voice actress Catherine Taber (the voice of Padme from Star Wars: The Clone Wars). There are some audio problems with the interview. The first half and the last five questions are all fine, but in between there is a good sized chunk that got garbled by Skype. It only affected Cat’s audio, and it was only for part of the interview, so it’s still worth checking out. They asked some really good questions and Cat gave some good answers, really digging into the character of Padme.

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The Return of Jaxxon

November 5, 2014 at 5:20 pm | Posted in Art, Comic Books, Marvel, Star Wars | 1 Comment

With so many covers to choose from for Marvel’s Star Wars #1, I have finally found the one I want: the Star Wars #1 Party Variant.

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Done by  John Tyler Christopher, the Star Wars #1 Party Variant cover will only be available at launch parties. But don’t get your hopes up for a full return of the giant green space bunny.

“Star Wars has always been an important part of Marvel’s history and we knew we wanted to honor that legacy with a callback to the original Marvel Comics Star Wars series. We think old and new fans alike will be just as excited as we are to see Jaxxon, even if it’s only for this fun variant cover.” -David Gabriel, Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing

Still pretty cool, though.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Databurst From the 501st

November 5, 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 November 5 through 11th. As always, be sure to mark your calendars and support your local garrisons.

November 7

  • 70th Explorers Garrison will be in Wichita, KS for Tsunamicon 2014 from November 7 to 9th.
  • Dune Sea Garrison will be in Naco, AZ for the Sierra Vista/Naco Charity Golf Tournament from 6:30 AM to 1:00 PM at Turquoise Valley Golf Course, and in Phoenix, AZ for the LLS Light the Night Walk from 6:00 to 8:30 PM.
  • Garrison Tyranus will be in Herndon, VA for ShatterDome from November 7 to 9th. Star Wars guests include Daniel Logan, Dak Morton, and Dickey Beer.
  • Great Lakes Garrison will be in Livonia, MI for an event at Webster Elementary.
  • Mexican Garrison will be in Mexico City for La Mole Comic Con.
  • Nordic Garrison will be in Lillestrøm, Norway for Spillexpo 2014 from November 7 to 9th.
  • Old Line Garrison will be in Herndon, VA for Shatterdome Con from November 7 to 9th. Star Wars guests include John Morton, Daniel Logan and Dickey Beer.
  • Polish Garrison will be in Lublin for Falkon from November 7 to 10th.
  • Spanish Garrison will be in Albacete for the Night Magic event.
  • UK Garrison will be in Cheshire for the Artists Evening with J.J. Abrams.

November 8

  • Alpine Garrison will be in North Salt Lake, UT for the Adopt-A-Highway 2014 Clean-up from 8:00 AM to Noon, and in Cedar City, UT for the 2014 Storybook Parade from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.
  • Carolina Garrison will be in Charlotte, NC for the Charlotte Walk for PKD from 7:30 AM to Noon at Park Road Park, and in Gaffney, SC for MonsterCon’s Superhero Thanksgiving from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM.
  • Dune Sea Garrison will be in Tucson, AZ for Tucson Comic-Con 2014 from November 8 to 9th. Star Wars guests include Tom Hodges.
  • Garrison Carida will be in Villanova, PA for the Special Olympics Pennsylvania Fall Festival from November 8 to 9 at The Quad at Villanova University, in Wilmington, DE for Star Wars Day at the Brandywine Zoo from Noon to 3:00 PM, and in Irwin, PA for Star Wars at the Library at Norwin Public Library from 1:00 to 3:00 PM.
  • Hungarian Garrison will be in Budapest for Hungarocon.
  • Midsouth Garrison will be in Clarksville, TN for the Clarksville Library Sci-Fi Day.
  • Ohio Garrison will be in Brooklyn, OH for Star Wars Day at the Brooklyn Library from 2:00 to 4:30 PM, and in Piqua, OH for Piqua Comicon from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
  • Redback Garrison will be in Mackay for a special children’s Christmas party, and in the Port of Townsville for the 150th birthday celebrations.
  • Southern California Garrison will be in Pomona, CA for the SoCal Maker Convention at the Los Angeles Fairplex from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
  • Southern Dewback Garrison will be at the SA Credit Union Christmas Pageant.
  • Spanish Garrison will be in Malaga, Spain for World Diabetes Day, and in Madrid for an event on Sixth Avenue.
  • UK Garrison will be in Taunton for the Literacy Festival, in Bristol for the Truffleshuffle 10th Birthday, in Cardiff for the Children in Need Fundraiser, and in Ware for Heroes and Villains Concert.

Continue Reading Databurst From the 501st…

The Tarkin Gallery

November 4, 2014 at 12:02 am | Posted in Art, Star Wars, The Roqoo Depot Galleria | Leave a comment
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the-tarkin-galleryThe man. The myth. The legend. Tarkin started off as one of the major villains in first Star Wars movie. Yet with his untimely death, he sort of slipped away into the background. Stories of Tarkin have been few and far between. It wasn’t until Tarkin’s reappearance in Star Wars: The Clone Wars that he became an active character again in the galaxy far, far away. Now with James Luceno writing an entire novel dedicated to the character, Tarkin is back in the spotlight.

To help highlight his character even more, we combed the internet in search of artwork depicting the man himself. Of course one cannot look at Tarkin without seeing the actor who played him on screen, the legendary Peter Cushing. While not every artist has endeavoured to capture Cushing’s likeness, they’ve all played a part in shaping his legacy. From his skeletal features to his iconic hand gestures, Cushing’s affectations have become an inseparable part of the character itself.

It is without further ado that we present the Star Wars art of Tarkin. Continue Reading The Tarkin Gallery…

New Release: ‘Tarkin’ by James Luceno

November 4, 2014 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Del Rey, Interview, Random House, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Tarkin by James Luceno is out today in hardcover, audiobook and eBook formats.

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. . . .

Bestselling Star Wars veteran James Luceno gives Grand Moff Tarkin the Star Wars: Darth Plagueis treatment, bringing a legendary character from A New Hope to full, fascinating life.

He’s the scion of an honorable and revered family. A dedicated soldier and distinguished legislator. Loyal proponent of the Republic and trusted ally of the Jedi Order. Groomed by the ruthless politician and Sith Lord who would be Emperor, Governor Wilhuff Tarkin rises through the Imperial ranks, enforcing his authority ever more mercilessly . . . and zealously pursuing his destiny as the architect of absolute dominion.

Rule through the fear of force rather than force itself, he advises his Emperor. Under Tarkin’s guidance, an ultimate weapon of unparalleled destruction moves ever closer to becoming a terrifying reality. When the so-called Death Star is completed, Tarkin is confident that the galaxy’s lingering pockets of Separatist rebellion will be brought to heel—by intimidation . . . or annihilation.

Until then, however, insurgency remains a genuine threat. Escalating guerrilla attacks by resistance forces and newfound evidence of a growing Separatist conspiracy are an immediate danger the Empire must meet with swift and brutal action. And to bring down a band of elusive freedom fighters, the Emperor turns to his most formidable agents: Darth Vader, the fearsome new Sith enforcer as remorseless as he is mysterious; and Tarkin—whose tactical cunning and cold-blooded efficiency will pave the way for the Empire’s supremacy . . . and its enemies’ extinction.

Official Product Page

Our Review of Tarkin

Our Interview with James Luceno

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Monday Funny: New Star Wars TV Show

November 3, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Humor, Monday Funny, Star Wars | 1 Comment

With the success of Star Wars Rebels, a brand new show will be heading to prime time tv…

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via Chris Trevas.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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.

Continue Reading Around the Web…

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