Comic Review: ‘Star Wars #22’

August 31, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Comic Books, Marvel, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment

Star Wars #22 brings a lot of action, but not much else. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Databurst From the 501st

August 31, 2016 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 August 31 to September 6th. As always, be sure to mark your calendars and support your local garrisons.

August 31

  • 70th Explorers Garrison will be in O’Fallon, MO for Back to School with O’Fallon Fire at Fire Station 5 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
  • Great Lake Garrison will be in Westland, MI for Summer Movie Night.

September 1

  • Alpine Garrison will be in Salt Lake City, UT for Salt Lake Comic Con 2016 from 1:00 to 9:00 PM.
  • Southern California Garrison will be in Los Angeles, CA for CSU Northridge Summer Movie Fest Finale from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.
  • Timberline Garrison will be in Salt Lake City, UT for Salt Lake Comic Con from September 1 to 3rd.

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MidAmeriCon II Interview with Rebecca Moesta

August 28, 2016 at 7:33 pm | Posted in Books, Interview, scifi/fantasy, Star Trek, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Along with Kevin at MidAmeriCon II was his wife and fellow author Rebecca Moesta. I couldn’t resist taking the chance to interview Rebecca as she’s worked on some very interesting series in the Star Wars literary universe. We spoke with her about her work on The Young Jedi Knights and Junior Jedi Knights series, what those projects were like and how the collaborative process worked, and her first story in the Star Wars realm, “Trade Wins: The Ranat’s Tale.” We also touched on her Star Trek novel, her original series Crystal Doors and an upcoming nonfiction book she’s working on that deals with the many layers of writing.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

MidAmeriCon II Interview with Kevin J. Anderson

August 28, 2016 at 7:31 pm | Posted in Books, Fantasy, Interview, Sci-Fi, scifi/fantasy | Leave a comment
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Author Kevin J. Anderson was very active at MidAmeriCon II splitting duties between numerous panels as well as manning his WordFire booth on the con floor and signing autographs for fans. While there we caught up with Kevin and managed to snag a few moments for an interview. We talk with him about his series Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I., his Terra Incognita series, and his upcoming books Eternity’s Mind and Navigators of Dune.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

MidAmeriCon II Interview with Martha Wells

August 28, 2016 at 2:55 pm | Posted in Books, Del Rey, Fantasy, Interview, Nightshade Publishing, Random House, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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While at MidAmeriCon II in Kansas City, MO, we were able to meet up with author Martha Wells to talk about her Books of the Raksura series, Star Wars: Razor’s Edge and her duology Emilie & the Hollow World and Emilie & the Sky World. Below we’ve posted the full audio of our interview. Enjoy!

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

MidAmeriCon II “Changing the Medium” Panel

August 28, 2016 at 10:57 am | Posted in Books, Conventions, Del Rey, Events, Random House, Sci-Fi, scifi/fantasy, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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I almost missed out on this panel, but I’m glad I didn’t. The “Changing the Medium” panel at MidAmeriCon II featured authors Martha Wells and William C. Dietz as well as guests Gary Kloster, Christopher Kastensmidt and moderator Monica Valentinelli. Each of the guests on the panel shared some excellent insights on the writing business with a focus on writing in different mediums. This included tie-in work, novelizations and working with games, be it a tabletop game like Pathfinder or video games like Halo and Mass Effect. It was a very cool panel and I managed to get the first 12 minutes of it on video, and I’ve also got the audio for the full panel. Enjoy!

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

MidAmeriCon II “Queer Star Wars” Panel

August 27, 2016 at 7:47 am | Posted in Books, Conventions, Del Rey, Events, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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At MidAmeriCon II, one of the more intriguing Star Wars panels was one called “Queer Star Wars.” With a greater call for diversity in fandom, this panel explored what roads Star Wars has begun to explore in regards of diversity as well as the stumbling blocks it has had to overcome. The panel touches on the reluctance of publishing to accept LGBT characters, their recent change in acceptance, and even the corporate issues with LGBT characters when foreign markets like China are unwilling to embrace such diversity.

The panel is moderated by Matt Jacobson and features Martha Wells (the author of Star Wars: Razor’s Edge), Vivian Trask, Dr. Amy H. Sturgis and Dr. Mary A. Turzillo.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Around the Web

August 26, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Collecting, Comic Books, Conventions, Events, Marvel, Regular Feature, Toys | Leave a comment

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

Book News

  • Author Timothy Zahn was awarded the 2016 Life Achievement Award by the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers.
  • Author Jason Fry talks about his new book Star Wars: Aliens of the Galaxy on StarWars.com.
  • Did you spot the Tuckerization of Star Wars author Kevin Hearne in Aftermath: Life Debt?
  • Edelweiss has a new entry for the Art of Coloring Star Wars: Rogue which looks kind of neat. It’s a 128 page coloring book targeted for young adults and will be out December 20 from Disney Lucasfilm Press.

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Podcasts in Review

August 25, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Interview, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | 4 Comments
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

501stCast: Episode 97 covers the latest 501st Legion troop reports, events, and even a little Rogue One trailer discussion.

Assembly of Geeks: The Cursed Child Review & The Fall Movie Preview starts with the Harry Potter book The Cursed Child as they go over what it’s like, some of the differences, and they avoid spoilers. They give a farewell to Kenny Baker, touch on news like the Star Trek tv series, Wonder Woman and the Rogue One trailer. Then they wrap up with their thoughts on upcoming Fall movies. Good episode.

Beltway Banthas: Interview with Tamara Keith is a fun one. Tamara is the White House correspondent for NPR and co-host of the NPR Politics podcast. They talk with Tamara about Star Wars and the politics of Star Wars. Definitely worth checking out. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

Comic Review: ‘Poe Dameron #5’

August 24, 2016 at 12:02 am | Posted in Comic Books, Marvel, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Poe Dameron #5 dives into some droid action as Black Squadron relies on BB-8 and their astromechs to save the day. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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