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May 23, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Comic Books, Conventions, Dark Horse, Episode VII, Events, Movies, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment

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

Book News

  • Suvudu has a new synopsis for A New Dawn which will be out this September in hardcover. And for the paperback holdouts, the release date is currently set for June 30, 2015.
  • Fans looking forward to the upcoming Imperial Handbook: A Commander’s Guide can expect to see artwork by artist Chris Trevas, Chris Reiff, and Joe Corroney.
  • Out August 12th from Chronicle Books is the Star Wars: The Jedi Path and Book of Sith Deluxe Box Set. (via edelweiss)


Comic News

  • Randy Stradley talked some on the Dark Horse Comics forums about the Dark Time Gallery Edition.

The Dark Times Gallery Edition presents raw scans of Doug Wheatley’s penciled art, at the size he drew it. And I think you will be amazed to discover that he drew it at printed size! The amount of detail at standard comics size is astounding. Also, my scripts are presented side-by-side with the art, so you can see not only what Doug was drawing from, but what he chose to ignore or “massage” in the final art.

Again, it’s issues #1–#5 of Dark Times, so it’s not a replacement for either of the Omnibuses.

Convention & Event News

  • STICCON is May 22 to 25 in Bellaria, Italy. Star Wars guests include John Coppingerand Toby Philpott.
  • Star Wars Weekends May 23-25 will feature Star Wars guests Jeremy Bulloch, Warwick Davis, Tiya Sircar and James Arnold Taylor at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista, FL. Star Wars author Jason Fry will also be there at The Writer’s Stop for books signings all weekend rom 11:00 AM to Noon each day.
  • MCM London Comic Con is May 23 to 25 in London, England. Star Wars guests includeBarrie Holland (Sat & Sun only), Derek Lyons (Sat & Sun only)and Peter Roy (Sat & Sun only).
  • Comicpalooza is May 23 to 26 in Houston, TX. Star Wars guests include Kevin J. Anderson, Jim Cummings, James Marsters and Billy Dee Williams.
  • Pop Culture Expo is May 24 to 25 in Wilmington, MA. Star Wars guests include Deep Roy.
  • FedCon 23 is May 29 to June 1 in Dusseldorf, Germany. Star Wars guests include Olivia d’Abo, Nalini Krishan and Bai Ling.
  • Indy Pop Con is May 30 to June 1 in Indianapolis, IN. Star Wars guests include John DiMaggio and Dave Dorman.
  • Star Wars Weekends May 30 to June 1 will feature Star Wars guests Taylor Gray, Ray Park, John Ratzenberger and James Arnold Taylor at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista, FL.
  • Atlanta Comic Con is May 30 to June 1 in Atlanta, GA. Star Wars guests include James Marsters and Brian Muir.
  • Jason Fry‘s DK Book Tour will be in Maplewood, NJ on May 31 for a book signing at Maplewood Memorial Library at 2:00 PM.
  • The Millennium View Con is May 31 to June 1 in Liverpool, England. Star Wars guests include Kenny Baker, Paul Blake, John Chapman, Laurie Goode, Garrick Hagon, Katie Purvis, Peter Roy and Brian Wheeler.
  • Jason Fry‘s DK Book Tour will be in Huntington, NY on June 1 for a book signing at Book Revue at noon.
  • Origins is June 12-15 in Columbus, OH. Star Wars author Timothy Zahn will be in attendance.
  • James S.A. Corey will be doing a book tour along the West coast for Cibola Burn. You can check out their tour dates here on Facebook.
  • Special Edition New York City is June 14-15 and will include Star Wars guests Corinna Bechko, Gabriel Hardman, Howard Chaykin, Mahmud Asrar and Brian Wood.
  • For those making plans further out, Del Rey will be attending Phoenix Comic Con in June and San Diego Comic Con in July. Stop by their booth and you can get a free Star Wars poster by John Van Fleet.

For more events, be sure to check out Star Wars Actors Appearances. You can also find more of Timothy Zahn’s 2014 appearances on his Facebook page.

Fandom News

  • Inside the Magic has some nice videos on YouTube of Star Wars Weekends 2014 including a hello from J.J. Abrams, the various stage events, and a neat interview between James Arnold Taylor and Peter Mayhew.
  • Ain’t It Cool News has a cool interview with Frank Marshall talking about the Indiana Jones films.
  • Collectors may want to check out Tim Veekhoven‘s first article on Kenner’s Star Wars micro collection over on
  • Popular Mechanics asked 10 sci-fi authors to write the plot idea for Star Wars Episode VII. The group included Kevin J. Anderson and Michael A. Stackpole. Click here to check them out.

Movie & Television News

  • unveiled some news on the spin off movies yesterday.

In addition to the episodes of a new Star Wars trilogy, Lucasfilm and Disney have begun development on multiple stand-alone movies that will offer new stories beyond the core Saga. Gareth Edwards will direct the first stand-alone film, with a screenplay by Gary Whitta. The film is due out December 16, 2016.

Gareth Edwards blazed into the filmmaking forefront with his acclaimed work on Monsters, a film he wrote, directed and served on as cinematographer and visual effects artist. The skill and vision readily apparent in Monsters earned him the high-profile spot directing this year’s smash hit Godzilla.

“Ever since I saw Star Wars I knew exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life — join the Rebel Alliance! I could not be more excited and honored to go on this mission with Lucasfilm,” said Edwards.

Gary Whittas screenwriting credits include 2010’s The Book of Eli starring Denzel Washington. He is also well known as a journalist and editor in the video game industry, as well as part of the BAFTA award-winning team on Telltale Games adaptation of The Walking Dead.

Whitta states, “From the moment I first saw the original movie as a wide-eyed kid, Star Wars has been the single most profound inspiration to my imagination and to my career as a writer. It is deeply special to me,so to be given the opportunity to contribute to its ongoing legacy, especially in collaboration with a film-maker as talented as Gareth, is literally a dream come true. I’m still pinching myself.” All Star Wars, all the time.

  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars writer Brent Friedman shared some Tweets revealing info on the unfinished seasons seven and eight. TheForce.Net has a good roundup of them that you can check out here. However he also mentioned a bridge story featuring Mandalorians…

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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