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February 16, 2018 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Collecting, Conventions, Events, Movies, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News, Toys, trailers | Leave a comment

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

Book News

  • Edelweiss has a listing for a new Star Wars novel by Jason Fry called Rose Tico: Resistance Fighter. The hardcover is one of the replica journal style books and will be out on May 1, 2018.

Star Wars The Last Jedi: Rose Tico: Resistance Fighter
Jason Fry
FRONTLIST | May 1, 2018
Hardcover
$11.99 USD, $15.99 CAD
Juvenile Fiction / Media Tie-In
Ages 8 to 12, Grades 3 to 7
96 pages
Series: Replica Journal
Full color
8.3 in H | 5.8 in W | 0.6 in T

Follow the next adventure in the Star Wars saga in this first person narrative. This book for tweens will feature a first-person account from one of the main characters of the second installment in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. Format includes foldouts.

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Podcasts in Review

February 15, 2018 at 12:01 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment

Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Blast Points Podcast: Episode 110 they kick off with the news, the Game of Thrones creators doing Star Wars movies, TV news, Solo EW coverage, and then they discuss the loves of George Lucas. I have to admit, aside from a podcast that did a biography on George, this is the first time I’ve heard a podcast focus on George Lucas’ love life. Great episode. Tons of fun.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 54 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Jason, and Gabe, Rating: Great

Bright Tree Radio: Episode 27 breaks down the Solo trailer as they share their thoughts, discuss what they want and don’t want, and more. Very casual conversation with some goofing around.

Podcast Network: Bright Tree RadioRuntime: 1 hour 15 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Sophie, and Phil, Rating: Good

Children of the Force: Reaction Corps – Solo Teasers covers the Solo TV spot and the teaser trailer as they go through each one shot-by-shot. Fun discussion.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 50 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Al, Anna, and Liam, Rating: Fun Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

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February 9, 2018 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, Art, Collecting, Comic Books, Conventions, Events, Marvel, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars News, Toys | Leave a comment
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Art News

  • Dave Dorman is still hard at work. Here’s his latest drawings, some of which are still available for purchase here and here.

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Podcasts in Review

February 8, 2018 at 12:01 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment

Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Blast Points Podcast: Episode 109 begins with some Rob Halford love (huge props for that). Of course they dig into Solo, and really, is there any better podcast to enjoy the goodness of all the Solo content? I think not. They go over the posters, the Super Bowl TV spot, and the full teaser trailer. They talk Corellian hounds, go over the new look of the Millennium Falcon, the train, the frog guy in a jar, and much more. It’s a super fun discussion.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 56 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Jason, and Gabe, Rating: Very Fun

Brews and Blasters: Episode 154 covers breakfast burritos, Oscar nominations, and they dig into Solo. They talk about the Kessel Run, John Williams doing the Han Solo theme, and their predictions. Plus there’s need’em got’em on their recent toy acquisitions. Chris is a little wasted in this episode.

Podcast Network: RetrozapRuntime: 1 hour 10 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Joe, and Chris, Rating: Good

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Rian Johnson & The Go! Team starts out with a 30 minute conversation with The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson. Rian talks about how he was approached for the project, the humor in the movie, the lightsaber toss scene, and the Leia scenes. I dropped off after the Rian Johnson interview ended, so I can’t comment on the rest of the episode, but the first 30 minutes are definitely worth checking out for The Last Jedi content.

Podcast Network: NPRRuntime: 1 hour 5 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Host: Jesse Thorn, Rating: Good Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

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February 2, 2018 at 12:00 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Collecting, Comic Books, Conventions, Events, IDW, Movies, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars News, Toys, trailers, Video Games | Leave a comment

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

Book News

  • Star Wars: Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles by Landry Q. Walker now has a cover and an entry over on Penguin Random House.

  • The paperback release of Canto Bight will be getting a new cover. It will hit stores on May 29, 2018.

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Podcasts in Review

February 1, 2018 at 12:01 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | 1 Comment

Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Blast Points Podcast: Episode 108 kicks off with some The Last Jedi stuff, Solo pics in France, then they get to their main topic, Leigh Brackett. They talk about her accomplishments and her career, how she wound up on George Lucas’ radar, and ultimately, they go over her first draft of The Empire Strikes Back, which at that point was just called Star Wars 2. They talk about Minch (aka Yoda), the bog planet, the asteroid chase, Luke and Vader’s mediation connection which is similar to The Last Jedi, Lando and how Hoth was Cloud City, levitating fruit, Luke’s dad not being Vader, sister mentioned, the Jedi oath, a very different Clone Wars, Lando as a clone, no Boba Fett or bounty hunters, no Han in carbonite, and many more differences and similarities to ESB. Great episode. If you’ve never read Leigh Brackett’s draft of Empire, then this is a must listen to episode.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 1 hour 10 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Jason, and Gabe, Rating: Great

Brews and Blasters: Episode 153 covers some Bob’s Burgers, Can’t Hardly Wait, toys, baby names, listener questions and they dive into Star Wars Rebels with the new trailer and the end of the show fast approaching. Fun discussions as always, be it Star Wars or off topic.

Podcast Network: RetrozapRuntime: 1 hour 30 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Joe, and Chris, Rating: Fun

Comics With Kenobi: Episode 46 covers comic news, then they review Poe Dameron #23, the latest issue of A Star Wars Comic, and Star Wars: Forces of Destiny – Ahsoka & Padme. Lots of good comic discussion as always.

Podcast Network: Coffee With KenobiRuntime: 1 hour 12 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Jeff, and Matt, Rating: Good Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

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January 26, 2018 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Collecting, Comic Books, Conventions, Del Rey, Events, Marvel, Movies, News, Random House, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News, Toys, trailers | Leave a comment

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

Book News

  • Random House will be offering con exclusive versions of The Last Jedi novelization at Emerald City Comic Con. However, there is also a lottery system you’ll need to enter here in order to reserve a copy. This version of the book has an exclusive cover, an autograph by author Jason Fry, and a free pin. Note not everyone who enters the lottery is guaranteed a copy as they’ll be randomly selecting entries.

Comic News

  • A Star Wars Comic has released their first issue for 2018.
  • Newsarama has a five page preview of The Last Jedi – DJ #1. Just follow the link and click the preview button to check it out.

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Podcasts in Review

January 25, 2018 at 12:01 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment

Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Blast Points: Episode 107 goes over the Solo synopsis, the new Star Wars Rebels trailer, then they discuss Star Wars: The Interactive Video Board Game: Assault on the Death Star! It came out in 1996 but somehow I was completely unaware of this game. They talk about Dave Prowse and James Earl Jones returning for the role, they play audio clips from the VHS tape, and go over this much overlooked piece of Star Wars history. Very fun episode. Plus there’s an interesting listener question on what would have happened if Luke didn’t leave Dagobah.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 1 hour, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Jason, and Gabe, Rating: Fun

Brews and Blasters: Episode 152 starts with listener emails, they joke around with lines from The Disaster Artist, they talk about The Last Jedi, The Toys That Made Us and more.

Podcast Network: RetrozapRuntime: 57 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Joe, and Chris, Rating: Fun

Coffee With Kenobi: Episode 104 features Dan and Cory. Cory talks Star Wars Battlefront 2, they talk about Star Wars gifts, Dan interviews Jay Soderberg and they talk about his issues with The Last Jedi (good discussion). Then Dan and Cory talk The Last Jedi, what it was like after second viewing, and Cory’s issues with the movie (also a good discussion). Lastly, they wrap up with their takeaways from 2017. Excellent episode.

Podcast Network: Coffee With Kenobi, Runtime: 1 hour 40 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Host: Dan Z, Rating: Excellent Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

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January 19, 2018 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars News | Leave a comment

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

Book News

  • StarWars.com has an interview with Star Wars Golden Books illustrator Chris Kennett.
  • Thrawn: Alliances’ June release has been move back to July.

Comic News

  • StarWars.com has an interview with Star Wars Forces of Destiny writer Devin Grayson and artist Eva Widermann.

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Podcasts in Review

January 18, 2018 at 12:01 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment

Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Blast Points Podcast: Episode 105 begins with Solo news, Episode IX news, the real story behind Black Diamond–which is hilarious–and then they go over The Art of The Last Jedi book. They highlight some of their favorite things from the book, go over some of the making of details, touch on Master Codebreaker’s original story, share their favorite art, and lament that there isn’t a Caretakers cartoon like Ewoks and Droids. They cap off with some listener feedback. Fun episode.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 1 hour 2 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Jason, and Gabe, Rating: Fun

Blast Points Podcast: Episode 106 begins with Solo LEGO news, the Pikes and the Kessel Run, Mimban stormtrooper and tie to Splinter of the Mind’s Eye and Rogue One, and a little Episode IX news. Their main discussion is the legacy of Jedi failure. From Palpatine’s election in The Phantom Menace without them noticing he was a Sith, to them losing their way in the Clone Wars, their hubris, and then Luke learning the lesson by ending things with his selfless sacrifice on Crait to help others.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 56 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Jason, and Gabe, Rating: Good

Brews and Blasters: Episode 151 begins with Joe’s computer letting him down as the party starts. After they get done talking eggs, they celebrate being pregnant, and they touch on the importance of the number 2187 in Star Wars. They spend some time on the much loved alien Hammerhead, and they do some need’em got’em for new figures they’ve gotten. Fun episode and fun discussion. Also, a congratulations is in order for their big news. May the Force be with them.

Podcast Network: RetrozapRuntime: 1 hour 7 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Joe, and Chris, Rating: Fun Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

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