Star Wars Celebration Chicago Cosplay

April 19, 2019 at 12:02 am | Posted in Celebration, Conventions, Events, Star Wars | 2 Comments

No Star Wars Celebration is complete without cosplay, and there was no shortage of great cosplayers at Chicago. Here are the pictures of cosplayers I managed to collect over the course of the con, including the participants of the cosplay convention. Enjoy!

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Around the Web

April 19, 2019 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, Celebration, Miscellaneous, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars News | Leave a comment

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

Book News

  • StarWars.com has some information on The Art of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order which will be published by Dark Horse Books.

Fandom News

  • Skywalking Through Neverland has some great coverage of the Galaxy’s Edge booth from Star Wars Celebration Chicago.

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Marvel Star Wars Solicitations July 2019

April 18, 2019 at 3:38 pm | Posted in Art, Comic Books, Marvel, News, Star Wars, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Marvel has released their comic solicitations for July 2019. Here’s the Star Wars rundown.

Age of Resistance – Captain Phasma #1

Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Leonard Kirk
Cover Artist: Phil Noto
Variant Covers: Mike McKone (puzzle piece)

ANOTHER GUN! STORMTROOPERS don’t get a name. They are simply a tool of the EMPIRE. But PHASMA has a name, and one young soldier wants what she has. One stormtrooper has ambition. And this ambition is on a collision course with CAPTAIN PHASMA.

Details: 32 pages, One-Shot, Rated T, $3.99
Release Date: July 10, 2019 Continue Reading Marvel Star Wars Solicitations July 2019…

Podcasts in Review

April 18, 2019 at 12:01 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Star Wars | 1 Comment

Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review, starting with the top five and honorable mentions, then moving on to the full reviews. As I was at Star Wars Celebration Chicago, not as many podcasts as usual, but I was able to go to some of the podcast stage panels and you can find those reviews below (though the audio isn’t available for all of them yet).

This Week’s Top Five

  1. Skytalkers Live On The Podcast Stage: The Rise of Skywalker Reaction
  2. Brews and Blasters Episode 204
  3. Beyond the Outer Rim The Phantom Menace Fanniversary Event LIVE from Star Wars Celebration Chicago
  4. Star Wars Report Episode 377
  5. Blast Points Podcast Episode 166

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Comic Review: ‘Doctor Aphra #30’

April 17, 2019 at 12:05 am | Posted in Comic Books, Marvel, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Doctor Aphra #30 gets introspective as the characters discover some dark truths about themselves. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

New Releases: ‘Age of Rebellion Special #1’, ‘Star Wars Adventures #20’, ‘TIE Fighter #1’ & ‘Tales From Vader’s Castle TPB’

April 17, 2019 at 12:01 am | Posted in Comic Books, IDW, Marvel, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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IDW and Marvel each have two new Star Wars releases today.

Star Was: Age of Rebellion Special #1

Writers: Marc Guggenheim, Jon Adams, and Si Spurrier
Artists: Jon Adams, Caspar Wijngaard, and Andrea Broccardo
Cover Artists: Giuseppe Camuncoli and Guru-eFX, Marco Checchetto (variant cover), Jen Bartel (greatest moments variant), Mike McKone (puzzle piece variant)

A ONE-SHOT SPECIAL FEATURING YOUR FAVORITE (AND UNEXPECTED) CHARACTERS FROM THE ORIGINAL STAR WARS TRILOGY! Move over, Boba Fett. The most dangerous bounty hunter in the galaxy isn’t who you think. The cold, calculating assassin droid IG-88 had a deadly reputation. Wanted criminals should tremble in fear because IG-88 will stop at nothing to get the job done. But where did it come from? What does it want? Perfection might be a good place to start. SI SPURRIER (DOCTOR APHRA) and CASPAR WIJNGAARD (DOCTOR APHRA ANNUAL) bring the terrifying droid to life! The destruction of the Order, the death of his friends, exile — no matter what he has endured, YODA will always be a Jedi. Even in hiding on the isolated planet of Dagobah, far from the evil Empire’s reach, a Jedi’s work is never done. Marc Guggenheim (X-MEN GOLD) and ANDREA BROCCARDO (STAR WARS) will pay the wise, old master a visit! The freedom-fighting REBEL ALLIANCE has more than its fair share of heroes — like ace pilots BIGGS DARKLIGHTER and JEK PORKINS. But they’ve been fighting the evil Galactic Empire for a long time and sometimes, even noble warriors like Biggs and Porkins need a little rest and relaxation. Is anywhere truly free from the trials of the galactic conflict? Writer and illustrator JON ADAMS (the New Yorker, LOVE ROMANCES) has the answer!

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Databurst From the 501st

April 17, 2019 at 12:00 am | Posted in 501st, Charity, Conventions, Databurst From the 501st, Events, Star Wars | Leave a comment

Latest Databurst From the 501st covering 501st Legion events around the world from April 17 to 23rd. As always, be sure to mark your calendars and support your local garrisons.

April 18

  • Garrison Tyranus will be in Falls Church, VA for a visit to Inova Children’s Hospital.
  • Star Garrison will be in Dallas, TX for the VA NTX Healthcare System Volunteer Appreciation Banquet.
  • UK Garrison will be in Brighton for Forward Facing Memory Making Day at the Brighton Dome from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and in Doncaster for Ronald McDonald Children’s Hospitals Charity Fundraiser at McDonald’s Thorne Retail Park from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

April 19

  • Alpine Garrison will be at Spring FanX from April 19 to 20th.
  • Old Line Garrison will be in Essex, MD for Star Wars Celebration at the Essex Library from 2:00 to 3:00 PM.

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On Station At Celebration: Day 5

April 16, 2019 at 5:50 pm | Posted in Celebration, Conventions, Events, Star Wars | Leave a comment

The final day of Star Wars Celebration Chicago was on a Monday, which was a bit odd. Usually Sunday is the last day and you’re either in a mad rush to leave at the end of the day or you wait till Monday and leave at your leisure. The big panel that day was the 20th anniversary of The Phantom Menace. I didn’t win the lottery for it, and instead of heading to the live stream stage to catch it, I opted to go to the Lucasfilm Publishing Writers Roundtable. I had no idea what to expect, but as a lover of the books it seemed like a good bet. Continue Reading On Station At Celebration: Day 5…

On Station At Celebration: Day 4

April 16, 2019 at 5:11 pm | Posted in Celebration, Conventions, Events, Star Wars | Leave a comment

Sunday kicked off with The Mandalorian panel, which I saw from the live stream stage. Unfortunately they cut us off at the end, so we missed out on the extended scene they showed and the sizzle reel. We did get to see the behind the scenes video that was shown earlier in the panel. However, I knew the actors would eventually be hitting the live stream stage at some point, and I got lucky as I was there when it happened. Pedro, Gina and Carl all came out, talked a little about the show without giving away anything, and took turns firing the t-shirt canon. Continue Reading On Station At Celebration: Day 4…

On Station At Celebration: Day 3

April 16, 2019 at 4:26 pm | Posted in Celebration, Conventions, Events, Star Wars | Leave a comment

Saturday for most people kicked off with the Galaxy’s Edge panel, but I went with the Droids and Animatronic Creatures panel instead, which was pretty cool. They showed how the technology for the new films has evolved from The Force Awakens to what they’re currently doing now. For instance, in Solo they utilized a kinetic technology that triggers all kinds of animated animatronic features in the creatures without relying on a puppeteer. The head for the six-eyed alien in Solo‘s sabacc scene used this technology so just looking down, left or right would cause all of the eyes to move in that direction. They would also blink and twitch on their own to make the whole thing appear more life like. A puppeteer could override the motions as needed to pull off certain scenes. Continue Reading On Station At Celebration: Day 3…

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