Around the WebApril 29, 2016 at 12:00 am | Posted in Books, Collecting, Comic Books, Conventions, Events, IDW, Movies, News, Sci-Fi, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News, Toys, trailers | Leave a comment
Tags: evolution, starcraft, timothy zahn
Here is this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond.
- You can get a three chapter preview of Star Wars: Bloodlines by Claudia Gray via Instafreebie. It’s officially endorsed by Del Rey, but they do want you to sign up for something called Playcrafting, so expect spam.
- Speaking of Bloodlines, upcoming Star Wars director Rian Johnson had some input on the novel. Jen Heddle talk about that and the other important reasons why you should check out Bloodlines over on StarWars.com.
- Timothy Zahn‘s next book now has a cover and title – StarCraft: Evolution. Release date is September 15 for the 208 page hardcover.
An official video game tie-in novel set in the StarCraft universe—part of our new line of books in partnership with Blizzard Entertainment.
An original StarCraft novel by Timothy Zahn, with an ambitious new story which will help usher that universe into a new age of storytelling following the upcoming release of Blizzard’s new game in the StarCraft II series, StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void.
- Tech Insider takes a deeper look into The Force Awakens: Incredible Cross-sections art of the Millennium Falcon.
- The Making of The Force Awakens book may be cancelled. This is an interesting as J.W. Rinzler was recently interviewed on Blast Points Podcast (Episode 17) and indicated he was no longer with Lucasfilm. I hadn’t thought much of it at the time as authors frequently work freelance and I thought the book may have been completed at this point. But Jedi Bibliothek reported that the book has been listed as cancelled. Rinzler also responded on Twitter a bit cryptically so we’ll just have to wait and see what’s up.
- Comic Book Daily has a preview of IDW’s The Empire Strikes Back Artist’s Edition.
Convention & Event News
- Indiana Comic Con is April 29 to May 1 in Indianapolis, IN. Star Wars guests include author John Jackson Miller.
- Star Wars Day: The Prequel is May 3 in Petaluma, CA at the Lagunitas Taproom from 5:30 to 8:30 PM. Hosted by Rancho Obi-Wan, the even will feature Jabba the Hutt, a silent auction, raffles, door prizes, a kid’s costume contest, and more.
- May the 4th Week in Cali, Columbia is May 4 to 7 and will be featuring Star Wars author Christie Golden.
- Elvengeddon is June 1 at The Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale, AZ. Star Wars guests include author Kevin Hearne.
- Phoenix Comic Con is June 2 to 5 in Phoenix, AZ. Star Wars guests include authors Kevin J. Anderson, Alan Dean Foster, Kevin Hearne, Michael Kogge, and Michael A. Stackpole.
- Awesome Con is June 3 to 5 in Washington D.C. Star Wars guests include author Timothy Zahn.
- Origins Game Fair is June 15 to 19 in Columbus, OH. Star Wars guests include author Timothy Zahn.
- Comicpalooza is June 16 to 19 in Houston, TX. Star Wars guests include authors Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta, Martha Wells and comic writer John Ostrander.
- Denver Comic Con is June 17 to 19 in Denver, CO. Star Wars guests include authors Terry Brooks and Kevin Hearne.
- Koelbel Con is June 25 at the Koelbel Library in Centennial, CO. Star Wars guests include author Kevin Hearne.
- Star Wars Celebration Europe is July 15 to 17 in London, England. Guests so far include Mark Hamill and hosts Warwick Davis and David Collins.
- ArmadilloCon is July 29 to 31 in Austin, TX. Star Wars guests include author Martha Wells.
- MidAmeriCon II is August 17 to 21 in Kansas City, MO. Star Wars guests include authors Kevin J. Anderson, William Dietz, Rebecca Moesta, Martha Wells and Walter Jon Williams.
- The Star Wars Podcast Awards winners have been revealed! But you’ll have to listen to a podcast to find out the winners. Good news is there are a lot of great guests and they did a great job on the ceremony. Enjoy!
- StarWars.com has a list of some of the game deals for May the 4th Be With You.
- LEGO has released three new TFA shorts.
Movie & Television News
- Mads Mikkelsen revealed who his character is in Star Wars: Rogue One on Sky News. Given the amount of time before the movie comes out, you might as well listen to this one as it isn’t that big of a deal and it’s a neat tidbit into who he’s going to be.
- There’s a new video out on the LEGO Freemaker Adventures showing off the voice actors. The show will debut June 20th on Disney XD.
- I like westerns and I like Woody Harrelson, but I’m not completely sold on this one yet. Still worth sharing. Here’s the trailer for The Duel which will be out in June.
- There’s a new trailer out for Hunt for the Wilderpeople which will also be out in June. This one looks pretty funny.
- Here Alone looks like a nice take on a zombie movie. No release date yet.
- And a new trailer for Independence Day: Resurgence.
Toy & Collectible News
- For May the 4th Be With You, LEGO is doing some promotions and The Brick Fan has a complete rundown.
- The Sideshow 4-LOM is up for pre-order.
- 3A Toys unveiled another weird Star Wars branded item that’s a little on the kinky side. Angel Cake TQ is a Thai Toy Expo Exclusive limited to 180. The Thai Toy Expo is May 5th, and the cost is 16,000 Baht (~$457). If you’re unfamiliar with 3A Toys, a lot of the collecting comes down to the aftermarket and eBay.