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.

Comic News

  • Tom Mandrake and John Ostrander are working on a new project called Kros. You can check out their Facebook page here. Not much info on the graphic novel yet, but you can catch a glimpse of the artwork.
  • Congratulations to Icarus for getting funded via Kickstarter and meeting their 15k stretch goal which will include illustrations by Star Wars artist Joe Corroney.

Convention News

  • Mary Franklin posted some pictures on the Star Wars Blog showing off different areas of the Anaheim Convention Center and how Star Wars Celebration Anaheim is moving forward.
  • Megacon 2014 has unveiled their guest list for this year which includes Star Wars celebrities Peter Mayhew, Tom Kane, Jim Cummings, Phil Lamarr, Ron Perlman and even Roxy the Rancor (via Sandtroopers.com).

Fandom News

  • Jedi News has a nice little write up and visual guide to the Star Wars video games of 1982 to 1989. Oh how those primitive pixels all began.
  • If you like the Star Wars Oxygen podcast then you might want to check out their YouTube video which includes the same great audio but with visual references.
  • Nerdist has a video with Mark Hamill going through his favorite Star Wars moments, though they’re probably not the ones you’re thinking of.
  • Multiversity Comics has an insightful article on reviewing comic art. A must read for anyone who writes reviews, but also useful just for comic readers who’d like a deeper appreciation of the art.
  • Drew Karpyshyn has posted part four of his “How I Became A Writer” series.

Movie and Television News

  • The latest Star Wars Rebels character was revealed over on USA Today. Named Kanan (Cane-in), and promoted as a cowboy Jedi, the reveal includes a video showing off character art and audio from Dave Filoni and other cast and crew members discussing the new character. Kanan will be voiced by Freddie Prinze, Jr. Not a traditional Jedi. Head of the organization on the Ghost. A gunslinger who needs to pick up the sword again.

The Inquisitor versus Kanan

  • MakingStarWars.Net spotted a cool find over on Kevin Kiner’s official website. The musical composer for Star Wars: The Clone Wars has posted over 50 musical cues from the show, some short, and some a little longer. For music lovers, you’ll definitely want to check it out.
  • Australia and New Zealand fans can look forward to a very special May the 4th Be With You this year as theaters will be marathoning all six Star Wars films. There will be both 2D and 3D presentations on May 3 and May 4 with single day tickets available for just Episode I through III or IV through VI.
  • Earlier this week, Greg Weisman spoke with IGN about Star Wars Rebels. One thing I liked in particular in the interview is when Greg mentions that he can always ask Pablo Hidalgo if there’s something from canon they can use to fit what they want to do with the story. It’ll be interesting to see how much of that “canon” translates into the Expanded Universe being utilized. He also goes on to say…

“We have a character who’s our focus character, and then five other characters that make up this group of six rebels. Even within the first season, that cast expands, and there are more people, but the focus is still on this small group of rebels who are basically gadflies from the standpoint of the Empire they’re fighting. The amount of damage that six individuals can do is probably pretty limited. But as they begin to build alliances and find allies and expand, the show gets bigger and bigger in scope. Again, that’s true even in the first season, but even the first season is just the beginning. It’s not like by the end of the first season the Rebel Alliance exists.” -Greg Weisman

  • USA Today also has an exclusive clip from the upcoming episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 6 featuring Jedi Master Yoda speaking with the deceased Qui-Gon Jinn for the first time.
  • In other franchise news, Marvel is working on a Black Widow solo movie.
Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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