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May 6, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, Art, Books, Celebration, Collecting, Comic Books, Conventions, Events, Marvel, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News, Toys, Video Games | Leave a comment

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

Art News

Book News

  • Jawa James talks with author Claudia Gray about her new book Star Wars: Bloodline.
  • Roger Christian‘s new book Cinema Alchemist is out in hardcover and digital formats in the UK. You may recall Roger talking about the book some time back on Rebel Force Radio. For us fans in the states, we’ll have to wait until July but you can pre-order on Amazon.
  • Can’t recall if this is old news or not, but the blurb for Life Debt: Aftermath is out.

Set between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens,the never-before-told story that began with Star Wars: Aftermath continues in this thrilling novel, the second book of Chuck Wendig’s New York Times bestselling trilogy.

It is a dark time for the Empire. . . . 

The Emperor is dead, and the remnants of his former Empire are in retreat. As the New Republic fights to restore a lasting peace to the galaxy, some dare to imagine new beginnings and new destinies. For Han Solo, that means settling his last outstanding debt, by helping Chewbacca liberate the Wookiee’s homeworld of Kashyyyk.

Meanwhile, Norra Wexley and her band of Imperial hunters pursue Grand Admiral Rae Sloane and the Empire’s remaining leadership across the galaxy. Even as more and more officers are brought to justice, Sloane continues to elude the New Republic, and Norra fears Sloane may be searching for a means to save the crumbling Empire from oblivion. But the hunt for Sloane is cut short when Norra receives an urgent request from Princess Leia Organa. The attempt to liberate Kashyyyk has carried Han Solo, Chewbacca, and a band of smugglers into an ambush—resulting in Chewie’s capture and Han’s disappearance.

Breaking away from their official mission and racing toward theMillennium Falcon’s last known location, Norra and her crew prepare for any challenge that stands between them and their missing comrades. But they can’t anticipate the true depth of the danger that awaits them—or the ruthlessness of the enemy drawing them into his crosshairs.

  • Pablo Hidalgo confirmed his work has begun on Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide.

Comic News

Convention & Event News

Star Wars Celebration Orlando has been announced. While the con won’t be until 2017, tickets will be on sale May 25 this month at 12:00 PM PDT/3:00 PM EDT.

  • 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 authorsKevin 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 authorTimothy Zahn.
  • Origins Game Fair is June 15 to 19 in Columbus, OH. Star Wars guests include authorTimothy Zahn.
  • Comicpalooza is June 16 to 19 in Houston, TX. Star Wars guests include authors Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca MoestaMartha Wells and comic writer John Ostrander.
  • Denver Comic Con is June 17 to 19 in Denver, CO. Star Wars guests include authorsTerry 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 MoestaMartha Wells and Walter Jon Williams.
  • Star Wars Celebration Orlando is April 13 to 16, 2017 in Orlando, FL.

And if you’re looking for Free Comic Book Day events, check out our Databurst From the 501st.

Fandom News

  • Remember the Maz Kanata band song that was not released on the soundtrack? Well StarWars.com has it up and it’s free!
  • Jedi News now has an app! It’s available in Google Play and the iTunes Store and allows fans to keep in touch with the Jedi News website while on the go.
  • LEGO released a new short for May 4th: “Attack of the Conscience.”

  • There’s a new Force For Change video featuring Daisy Ridley and some Episode VIII aliens.

Movie & Television News

  • Dave Filoni revealed Rex’s new look for Star Wars Rebels season three.

  • Remember Jaws when Captain Quinn told that story about the Indianapolis? Well they’re making a movie and it’s starring Nicolas Cage, Tom Sizemore and Thomas Jane. This actually looks like it’ll be worth watching. No release date yet for USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage.

  • This one could be interesting, Approaching the Unknown. It stars Mark Strong, the first astronaut to try to reach Mars. The twist is that his psyche is unraveling. It’ll be out in June.

Toy & Collectible News

Video Game News

  • If you were on the fence about LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this trailer will make up your mind. They got Harrison Ford to voice Han! You can hunt Rathtars! Yeah, I’m sold. Game comes out June 28th.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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