Book Review: ‘Breakout Squad’ by Ryder Windham

April 22, 2014 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Television, The Clone Wars | Leave a comment
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Ryder Windham is set to write Ezra’s Gamble, a Star Wars Rebels book which will be out in August. But what can readers expect from the book? Well, to get an idea, I’m checking out Ryder Windham’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars books. They’re both books based on animated Star Wars tv shows and they’re both aimed at kids. Thankfully, Breakout Squad is also a book adults can enjoy. Click here to check out our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Podcasts in Review

April 10, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Books, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars Rebels, Television, The Clone Wars | Leave a comment

Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Assembly of Geeks: Their “Superman Dies and Kermit is Framed” episode covers a little bit of Superman as they talk about the 1992 graphic novel The Death of Superman and whether DC should use that in their next movie. From there, they delve into the idea of television shows with movie endings before getting into some serious Muppets talk with special guest Ryan Dosier. It’s an entertaining episode and I really enjoyed the Muppets discussion.

The “Getting Inside Batman’s Head” episode changes gears as they dive into the Dark Knight. This is a really meaty episode as they cover some very cool insights into the character that is Batman with their special guest Dr. Travis Langley. If you’re a Batman fan, you will not want to miss this one.

Bombad Radio: Episode 135 continues their EU book series by covering some of the more prominent tie-in books for the Original Trilogy era. This includes a book-by-book breakdown of the Han Solo Trilogy written by A.C. Crispin, an overview of Shadows of the Empire by Steve Perry and some discussion of the Bounty Hunter Wars and Tales of anthologies. The Han Solo Trilogy gets focused on the most, and for good reason: it’s a great series. There are a few minor audio problems in this episode, but it’s still a good one to check out for those interested in the EU books set around the original films. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

Podcasts in Review

March 27, 2014 at 12:05 am | Posted in Interview, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Rebels, Television, The Clone Wars | 1 Comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

501stCast: Episode 80 is a bit of a short episode. Ed Cook fills in for Scott Allen as co-host, and this show focuses on 501st Legion troop reports and upcoming events. Nice to hear that the Legion had some pretty good charity success at Toronto Comic Con with over $6,000 raised with shoot-a-trooper. Good podcast to check out if you want to keep up to date on Legion news.

Assembly of Geeks:Grumpy Gamorrean Godzilla” covers a variety of geeky topics which a focus on television and film news and rumors. Lots of entertaining discussion, and I really enjoyed their gag with the giant Gamorrean trampling Mos Eisley. Good way to stay up on tv and movie news for sci-fi and superhero stuff.

Bombad Radio: Episode 131 has a nice interview with Star Wars voice actor David Ankrum who voiced Wedge in Star Wars: A New Hope. It’s a very upbeat interview as David talks about his job in Star Wars, the other film work he’s done, and how he transitioned into writing and working as a talent agent.

Episode 132 is hosted by Jeremiah and Jason and begins their discussion of the novels of the Star Wars Expanded Universe. Tearing apart and assigning praise, the hosts ambitiously go through nearly every Star Wars novel to give listeners and overview of the EU and what’s to come. In future episodes, they’ll be diving into deeper discussion on specific books, but in this episode they touch on all of them. If you’ve already the books, you may not agree with all their opinions, but I have to give them props for actually discussing each one and giving new readers an idea of what to expect. This would be an excellent episode to listen to if you’re new to the EU and would like a crash course on the books.

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Dave Filoni Talks The Clone Wars Season 6

March 18, 2014 at 10:51 am | Posted in Interview, Star Wars, Television, The Clone Wars | Leave a comment
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Dave Filoni talked with IGN about some of the most important issues in Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 6. He touched on Order 66, the Yoda arc and even the significance of the banking clans and Palpatine.

Also in this arc, Palpatine gets the banks all underneath him to fund massive operations like building a Death Star, showing Imperialism take over — because ultimately we had discussed where, at the time Palpatine aligns all of these banks underneath him in the Republic with no oversight, that’s basically when the Empire is really formed. Everything after that becomes a matter of just toppling certain dominoes that are in his way, but once he has that kind of power, he’s pretty unstoppable to do what he wants. So it’s actually a really important story arc in the whole scope of Star Wars, and I know a lot of fans want the whole mythic aspect of the dark versus light, and we had sufficient note of that with the whole Yoda arc, so I thought that doing this other arc, which was very important to George, about how these politics that we see in the Prequels, how they all line up in the end, turned out to be a pretty exciting arc. Plus, I got Embo in there. I added a big snow chase just to keep the kids awake if the whole banking thing wasn’t working out for them, because I know it’s a challenge. We try to balance those things these days. But directorially, it was really exciting to tell something that was so different and off the norm for us.

Click here to read the full interview.

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Around the Web

March 14, 2014 at 8:03 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Comic Books, Conventions, Dark Horse, Detours, Events, Interview, Marvel, News, Regular Feature, Rumor, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News, Star Wars Rebels, Television, The Clone Wars | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond. Be sure to check out the book and comic news. Random House has revealed two new Star Wars books and a bunch of Star Wars comic trade paperback collections for October.

Book News

  • Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void had it’s UK release yesterday, so Star Wars fans across the pond can dig into Tim Lebbon’s enjoyable launch to the beginning of the timeline. Tim has a list of retailers on his website if you need to check them out.
  • Jeffrey Brown has a new book coming out this week: Kids Are Weird. Similar to Darth Vader and Son and Vader’s Little Princess, it features full color artwork with one page comic bits. You can check Amazon’s page which has the look inside option to get a better idea.
  • Random House has updated their product page with two new Star Wars books. Unfortunately, there’s not much info on either. Simply called “Untitled Star Wars #1 by Ballantine” and “Untitled Star Wars #2 by Ballantine“, they’re both listed at 256 pages and have ISBN numbers. The #1 has a September 2 release date and #2 has a November 4 release date. This corresponds somewhat with the mysterious Amazon listing Knights Archive spotted last month for a Jedi Academy Trilogy by Ballantine. Could this mean a shift from Del Rey back to Ballantine for the Star Wars adult novel line?
  • Star Wars artist Dave Dorman is doing a new G.I. Joe art book. You can check out the details here along with a link for orders.

Comic News

  • According to Bleeding Cool, Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso, along with several other reps, visited Lucasfilm last week for some Star Wars discussions. Rumor has it that there will be a “couple monthly series”. Nothing official, but it’s an interesting rumor.
  • Random House has also updated their product page with some new comic trade paperbacks. There’s Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir (October 14), Star Wars: Rebel Heist (October 21), Star Wars Volume 4: A Shattered Hope (October 28), Star Wars Legacy II Volume 4: Empire of One (October 28), and Star Wars Volume 3: Rebel Girl (October 14).

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Podcasts in Reviews

March 13, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Books, Interview, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars Rebels, Television, The Clone Wars | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review. I did some catching up, so there are quite a few this week.

Bombad Radio: Episode 129 has an interview with Star Wars: The Old Republic writer Charles Boyd who talks about what the game designers are working on next giving gamers an idea of what to expect in the way of new content, and what isn’t likely. He also mentions the kind of studies they’ve done to studying player’s behaviors, which was pretty interesting. Very informative episode.

Episode 130 is a Star Wars free-for-all as multiple guests all weigh in on a variety of Star Wars topics. They talk about Mark Hamill and Liam Neeson being in The Clone Wars Season 6, Episode VII news and rumors, and lots more.

Coffee with Kenobi: Rebels Reactions #3 features guest Craig Dickinson as he and the hosts discuss Star Wars Rebels. As can be expected, there’s some insightful commentary on the characters and themes of the show as they cover Kanan, Ezra and Zeb (note this was prior to the reveals of Hera and Sabine). I rather liked the observation regarding the biblical sounding names and it’ll be interesting if the show goes any further into that theme. Nice discussion and worth a listen. Looking forward to hearing them discuss the new female characters as I’m very intrigued by Sabine.

Fangirls Going Rogue: Episode #5 starts out with guest Lisa Granshaw (The Daily Dot) and a Star Wars Rebels discussion which also touches on the controversial male orientation of Disney and Hasbro’s marketing for the show. Afterwards special guest Clare Grant joins them to talk Team Unicorn and lots of other fun Star Wars and geeky topics. Great show, so make sure this one hits your playlist. Continue Reading Podcasts in Reviews…

The Clone Wars Season Six Hits Netflix Today

March 7, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Star Wars, Television, The Clone Wars | Leave a comment

The long wait is over. Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 6 hits Netflix today. Let the benging begin.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 6 Trailer

February 25, 2014 at 9:31 am | Posted in Star Wars, Television, The Clone Wars | Leave a comment

As revealed on IGN and now the StarWars.com website, the trailer for Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 6 is now out.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Around the Web

February 21, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Around the Web, Art, Books, Collecting, Comic Books, Contest, Conventions, Dark Horse, Events, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News, Television, The Clone Wars, Toys | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond.

Book News

  • Star Wars artist Grant Gould will be illustrating How to Draw Star Wars Rebels. No word on a release date yet.

Comic News

  • Randy Stradley gave an update on Star Wars trade paperback and omnibus collections over on the Dark Horse forums.

The second Dark Times Omnibus is indeed our final scheduled Omnibus. We will produce trades for all of the current series, but there is not enough time within our remaining license to publish Omnibuses. Dark Horse’s goal, obviously, must be to sell as much of our inventory before our final cut-off date.

There may — and I stress may be one more hardcover book before the end of the year. News about that when I have it.

Around the Web

February 14, 2014 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars News, Star Wars Rebels, Television, The Clone Wars | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond. Lots of news this week with Star Wars Rebels, but also a lot of other news in the book realm and elsewhere.

Book News

  • This one falls more under rumor than solid news as it’s a very strange find, but Knights Archive spotted an Amazon listing for an untitled Ballantine Star Wars book with “(Star Wars: Jedi Academy)” in the listing. The hardcover has a November 4, 2014 release date with LucasBooks as the publisher. Placeholder mess up? Re-release of Kevin J. Anderson’s classic trilogy? Or something genuine and new? Who knows, but it’s interesting.
  • Other new listings on Amazon include Star Wars Costumes by Brandon Alinger coming from Chronicle Books in October, and the next book in the Star Wars Art series Star Wars Art: Posters which is also set for October.
  • Kevin Hearne has posted tour dates for his next Iron Druid Chronicles book Shattered.
  • The cover for Jason Fry‘s next book has been revealed – The Jupiter Pirates: Curse of the Iris.

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