MidAmeriCon II “Changing the Medium” Panel

August 28, 2016 at 10:57 am | Posted in Books, Conventions, Del Rey, Events, Random House, Sci-Fi, scifi/fantasy, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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I almost missed out on this panel, but I’m glad I didn’t. The “Changing the Medium” panel at MidAmeriCon II featured authors Martha Wells and William C. Dietz as well as guests Gary Kloster, Christopher Kastensmidt and moderator Monica Valentinelli. Each of the guests on the panel shared some excellent insights on the writing business with a focus on writing in different mediums. This included tie-in work, novelizations and working with games, be it a tabletop game like Pathfinder or video games like Halo and Mass Effect. It was a very cool panel and I managed to get the first 12 minutes of it on video, and I’ve also got the audio for the full panel. Enjoy!

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MidAmeriCon II “Queer Star Wars” Panel

August 27, 2016 at 7:47 am | Posted in Books, Conventions, Del Rey, Events, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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At MidAmeriCon II, one of the more intriguing Star Wars panels was one called “Queer Star Wars.” With a greater call for diversity in fandom, this panel explored what roads Star Wars has begun to explore in regards of diversity as well as the stumbling blocks it has had to overcome. The panel touches on the reluctance of publishing to accept LGBT characters, their recent change in acceptance, and even the corporate issues with LGBT characters when foreign markets like China are unwilling to embrace such diversity.

The panel is moderated by Matt Jacobson and features Martha Wells (the author of Star Wars: Razor’s Edge), Vivian Trask, Dr. Amy H. Sturgis and Dr. Mary A. Turzillo.

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Around the Web

August 26, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Collecting, Comic Books, Conventions, Events, Marvel, Regular Feature, Toys | Leave a comment

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

Book News

  • Author Timothy Zahn was awarded the 2016 Life Achievement Award by the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers.
  • Author Jason Fry talks about his new book Star Wars: Aliens of the Galaxy on StarWars.com.
  • Did you spot the Tuckerization of Star Wars author Kevin Hearne in Aftermath: Life Debt?
  • Edelweiss has a new entry for the Art of Coloring Star Wars: Rogue which looks kind of neat. It’s a 128 page coloring book targeted for young adults and will be out December 20 from Disney Lucasfilm Press.

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Databurst From the 501st

August 24, 2016 at 12:00 am | Posted in 501st, Charity, Conventions, Databurst From the 501st, Events, Star Wars | Leave a comment

501stLogoLatest Databurst From the 501st covering 501st Legion event news from August 24 to 30th. As always, be sure to mark your calendars and support your local garrisons.

August 25

  • Georgia Garrison will be in Atlanta, GA for the Relay for Life at the College Football Hall of Fame from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
  • Timberline Garrison will be in Idaho Falls, ID for Cloverdale Elementary Back to School Night from 6:00 to 7:00 PM.
  • UK Garrison will Chelmsford for the Essex Police Charity Fun Day at the Marsh Farm Visitor Attraction from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

August 26

  • Central Garrison will be in Stewartville, MN for Movie in the Park The Force Awakens at Bear Cave Park.
  • Garrison Excelsior will be in Gates, NY for the Gates Library The Force Awakens screening .
  • Mountain Garrison will be in Golden, CO for the City of Golden Star Wars: The Force Awakens Movies & Music in the Park event at Parfet Park from 6:00 to 10:00 PM.
  • Southern California Garrison will be in Palm Springs, CA for Comic Con Palm Springs at the Palm Springs Convention Center from August 26 to 28th.
  • Star Garrison will be at the Texas Rangers Star Wars Weekend from August 26 to 28th, in Lubbock for Hub City Comic-Con from August 26 to 28th.
  • UK Garrison will be in Exmouth for ComicCon Exmouth at The Pavilion from 10:15 AM to 4:30 PM, and in Penrith for the Wannasee Festival from August 26 to 28th.

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MidAmeriCon II

August 22, 2016 at 12:02 am | Posted in Conventions, Events, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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MidAmeriCon II came to Kansas City, MO for the weekend of August 17 to 21st and brought along a nice selection of Star Wars authors. At least Star Wars is always at the forefront of my mind. The big draw for me was two fold: I’d never met Martha Wells, Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta, and they had a Star Wars themed Friday loaded with Star Wars panels. Unfortunately a handful of those Star Wars Day panels got re-scheduled to Saturday at the last minute, and I could only attend for Friday, but I still managed to have a blast.

The Kansas City Convention Center is a pretty big place, so the con had plenty of room for the exhibit floor. There was the usual mix of dealers, some odd and interesting displays, an autograph area, an art gallery, a couple food courts, and plenty of space for the publishers. Continue Reading MidAmeriCon II…

Around the Web

August 19, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, Art, Books, Comic Books, Conventions, Events, Marvel, Movies, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, trailers | Leave a comment

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

Art News

  • Dave Dorman did a cool personal painting of Rey and BB-8.

Book News

  • The release date for Aftermath: Empire’s End has been slightly adjust. It will now be coming out on February 21, 2017 (moved from January 21st).
  • Edelweiss has some new entries and updates.

Star Wars Visual Encyclopedia (by DK Books)

Release Date: April 4, 2017
$40.00, Hardcover, 360 pages, 11.9 in H | 9.9 in W

With a galaxy of information on every page, Star Wars Visual Encyclopedia is the perfect illustrated guide to everything Star Wars.

The saga in more than 3000 characters, vehicles, droids and objects.

With a galaxy of information on every page, Star Wars Visual Encyclopedia is the perfect illustrated guide to everything Star Wars.

This beautiful visual tour of the Star Wars universe includes gallery upon gallery of stunning images and fascinating facts. The object-themed spreads focus down onto hundreds of topics, from Star Wars fashion and food, to vehicles and creatures. Explore a range of droids, from medical to spy droid, or discover the different snacks you can eat in the Star Wars universe.

A virtual museum in a book, DK’s Star Wars Visual Encyclopedia is the perfect pictorial companion to that galaxy far, far away….

Unique approach: A unique, taxonomical approach to Star Wars, with five chapters: geography, science & technology, history, culture and nature. Objects are arranged according to increasingly narrowing categories, e.g. Culture » Fashion » Helmets.

Visual: Carefully curated images that allow the reader to explore the Star Wars story picture by picture and special feature boxes and sidebars will pull out items in more detail, display movie action shots and delve into cross-sections.

Star Wars Box Set Slipcase (by Marvel)

Release Date: April 18, 2017
$350.00, Hardcover, 784 pages, 1st Print: 18K

Celebrate Star Wars with a box set that you’ll need to be Force strong to lift! Enjoy adaptations of every film in the series so far, plus a special prelude to Episode VII-The Force Awakens. Follow Luke Skywalker and the Rebels into all new adventures with the first collection of Marvel’s best-selling new Star Wars series, and turn to the Dark Side with Darth Vader’s own debut volume! Then savor a stunning gallery of Star Wars covers by Marvel’s greatest artists. It’s the ultimate celebration of cinema’s greatest sci-fi epic in comic book form!

Star Wars Rogue One Rebel Dossier (by Disney Book Group)

Release Date: December 20, 2016
$12.99, Hardcover, 64 pages, 1st Print: 150K

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Databurst From the 501st

August 17, 2016 at 12:00 am | Posted in 501st, Charity, Conventions, Databurst From the 501st, Events, Star Wars | Leave a comment

501stLogoLatest Databurst From the 501st covering 501st Legion event news from August 17 to 23rd. As always, be sure to mark your calendars and support your local garrisons.

August 17

  • Empire City Garrison will be in East Hampton, NY for the Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie screening at The John Drew Theater at Guild Hall from 7:00 to 10:30 PM.

August 18

  • Carolina Garrison will be in Charleston, SC for the Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital visit.
  • Japanese Garrison will be in Hokkaido for the Greenbird Volunteer Cleanup.
  • Midwest Garrison will be in Rosemont, IL for Wizard World Chicago from August 18 to 21st.
  • Southern California Garrison will be in Adelanto, CA for Back to School Night at D.F. Bradach School.
  • UK Garrison will be in Newport for the V-Dub Festival at South Fairlee Farm from August 18 to August 22nd.

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Databurst From the 501st

August 10, 2016 at 12:00 am | Posted in 501st, Charity, Conventions, Databurst From the 501st, Events, News, Star Wars, Star Wars News | Leave a comment

501stLogoLatest Databurst From the 501st covering 501st Legion event news from August 10 to 16th. As always, be sure to mark your calendars and support your local garrisons.

August 10

  • Central Garrison will be in Lincoln, NE for the Weird Al concert.
  • UK Garrison will be in Leeds for the Royal Armouries Sci-Fi Week from August 10 to 11th.

August 11

  • Empire City Garrison will be in Long Island, NY for EveryCon at the Bayville Public Library from 6:00 to 7:30 PM.

August 12

  • Garrison Carida will be in Lewisberry, PA for The Force Awakens screening at Roundtop Mountain Resort from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.
  • Midwest Garrison will be in Great Lakes, IL for the CSCSU Picnic.
  • Mountain Garrison will be in Woodland Park, CO for Movie Above the Clouds at Outdoor Pavilion from 6:30 to 8:00 PM.
  • Old Line Garrison will be in Monroeville, PA for Steel city Con from August 12 to 14th, in Baltimore, MD for Otakon at the Baltimore Convention Center from August 12 to 14th, and in Hagerstown, MD for Star Wars Night with the Hagerstown Suns at Municipal Stadium from 6:00 to 10:00 PM.
  • Star Garrison will be in Richardson, TX for the Corporate Challenge Opening Ceremony.

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Around the Web

August 5, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Collecting, Comic Books, Conventions, Events, Marvel, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News, Toys | Leave a comment

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

Book News

Comic News

Convention & Event News

  • 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.
  • Dodeca Con is September 16 to 18 in Columbia, MO. Star Wars guests include author John Jackson Miller.
  • New York Comic Con is October 6 to 9 in New York City, NY. Star Wars guests include author Chuck Wendig, actress Carrie Fisher, artists Mark Brooks, Katie Cook, Adi Granov, Alex Maleev and comic writer Charles Soule.
  • Star Wars Celebration Orlando is April 13 to 16, 2017 in Orlando, FL.

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Databurst From the 501st

August 3, 2016 at 12:00 am | Posted in 501st, Charity, Conventions, Databurst From the 501st, Events, News, Star Wars, Star Wars News | Leave a comment

501stLogoLatest Databurst From the 501st covering 501st Legion event news from August 3rd to 9th. As always, be sure to mark your calendars and support your local garrisons.

August 3

  • 70th Explorers Garrison will be in Chesterfield, MO for the DARE Conference Car Show at St. Louis Premium Outlet Mall from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
  • New England Garrison will be in Gloucester, MA for the HarborWalk Summer Cinema.
  • Northern Darkness Garrison will be in Fort Wayne, IN for Free Wednesday Summer Movie Night at Foellinger Theater from 3:00 to 8:00 PM.
  • Old Line Garrison will be in Westminster, MD for the Boy’s and Girl’s Club Hero/Sci-Fi Week from 1:00 to 1:00 PM.

August 4

  • Central Garrison will be in St. Paul, MN for the MN Hands & Voices Annual Family Picnic at Como Park Pavilion.
  • Japanese Garrison will be in Niigata Prefecture for the Shibata Garrison Summer Festival.
  • Midwest Garrison will be in Schaumburg, IL for Feed My Starving Children Food Packing event.
  • Old Line Garrison will be in Frederick, MD for the Starlight Family Film Festival: Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the Urbana Regional Library from 6:30 to 10:00 PM.
  • Southern California Garrison will be in Los Angeles, CA for the Ronald McDonald Off to Camp event.

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