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March 4, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Abrams, Around the Web, Books, Comic Books, Conventions, Events, Marvel, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment

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

Book News

  • The Making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens by J.W. Rinzler now has a entry up on edelweiss. The release date is set for October 25, 2016 at 368 pages and 500 color illustrations (10.4 in H | 11.3 in W) from Abrams publishing.

The Making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the ultimate eyewitness account of the film’s complete production history—the fantastic work of the conceptual art team, the commitment to creating a new story in a saga that is loved around the world, J. J. Abrams’s helming of the massive production, and the post-production finesse of Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound—with exclusive reflections from George Lucas, Kathleen Kennedy, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher, as well as Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, and many others.

A must-have for Star Wars fans, this authorized, all-access book—perhaps the most comprehensive documentation of an in-progress production ever written—will be an indispensable work for all movie fans and devotees of popular culture.

  • Iron Druid Chronicles fans can stop by Kevin Hearne‘s store and use the discount code WOOHOO to get two hardcovers and a digital audiobook for just $18 (Staked, Shattered and “Two Tales of the Iron Druid Chronicles”).

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Podcasts in Review

March 3, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Interview, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | 2 Comments
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

The 602 Club: Band of Beings covers the Star Wars book Twlight Company. They don’t go into too many spoilers, so this one is pretty safe for all listeners. They talk about the book, the characters, some of the highlights, and interestingly enough, how the book actually ties into The Force Awakens. Now I read this book before I saw the movie, so I didn’t get to make any of those connections, but hearing them talk about it, I can definitely see how the book would fit in. Good episode and definitely worth checking out for Star Wars book fans.

Aggressive Negotiations: Episode 3 covers their favorite Star Wars ship designs. They talk about the design of the Millennium Falcon and the Rebel Blockade Runner, how one was almost the other and what that would have been like, the lack of whimsy with The Force Awakens‘ ships, and their favorite ship designs. Interesting episode.

Aggressive Negotiations: Episode 4 dives into a fun topic – Jedi training. They ponder about Jedi training in the sequel trilogy and what Luke’s Jedi Order would have been like. They analyse Yoda’s training, Obi-Wan’s training and even delve into the Jedi and sex. There’s lots on the Jedi philosophy and insightful observations on all the various training we’ve seen in Star Wars. Good episode. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

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February 26, 2016 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

  • Couple interesting new additions on edelweiss.

Star Wars: Rogue One: Character Story
October 25, 2016
9780794437879
0794437877
$9.99 USD, $11.99 CAD
Hardcover, 96 pages, 8.3 in H | 5.8 in W
Juvenile Fiction \ Science Fiction
Ages 9 to 12, Grades 1 to 4

A band of rebels is uniting together to steal the plans for the Empire’s dreaded Death Star! Follow along in this replicated journal from one of the main characters in Star Wars: Rogue One.

Star Wars: The Women of the Star Wars Galaxy
October 25, 2016
9780794437077
0794437079
$16.99 USD, $21.99 CAD
Hardcover, 20 pages, 10.5 in H | 9 in W
Juvenile Fiction \ Science Fiction
Ages 6 to 12, Grades 1 to 6

Discover details in the exciting lives of all the women from the Star Wars universe! Fold-out flaps and more create an interactive experience as fans learn all about Rey, Princess Leia, Maz Kanata, Padme Amidala, Captain Phasma, and other fan favorites! Continue Reading Around the Web…

Podcasts in Review

February 25, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Interview, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

501stCast: Episode 91 kicks off with Legion news, the induction of the new Chewbacca actor from The Force Awakens, troop reports, details on the special White House screening of The Force Awakens, and then the “Know A Legion” segment with Terry Chuii. Note if you already listened to the Know A Legion minicast, then you’ve already heard this segment so you’ll want to skip to the 49 minute mark where they get back to new stuff. Just a quick observation here – if you’re not that interested in Legion news, ie. hearing all the troop reports from the garrisons, then listening to the minicasts is the way to go as they’re way more appealing to general fans. However, if you’re wanting to stay up to date with what the 501st Legion is doing, then the main podcast episodes are the way to go.

Aggressive Negotiations: Episode 002 covers friendships and sexualizing friendships. They talk about the relationship between Poe and Finn, Rey and Finn, Han and Luke, and even Poe and BB-8. It’s an interesting episode.

Blast Points: *New Podcast* Episode 1 – This is a new podcast I’ve started listening to. Currently they’re up to seven episodes and their latest one includes Star Wars artist Joe Corroney, which I’m looking forward to listening to. However, I was really impressed with their first episode. It’s a discussion format show with two hosts, Jason and Gabe. In Episode 1 they tackle the “Where’s Rey” discussion, the desire for Kanjiklub toys, Rogue One rumors, and then their main discussion which focuses on defending The Force Awakens from common complaints. From it being a remake of A New Hope, to Rey’s sudden use of Force powers and the lack of politics, they cover quite a few of the big issues some people have been pointing out. There’s a couple things that really made this discussion stand out. First off, they break down the hero’s journey and how different elements in TFA each represent part of the journey. While I’ve heard other people point out a few things, I have yet to hear anyone take it to this level as they point out a lot of elements and cover far more of the hero’s journey than most people talk about. It’s pretty cool. They even bring up a nice parallel between Han dying and touching Kylo’s face to the scene in Attack of the Clones where Shmi dies and touches Anakin’s face. It’s a very entertaining podcast with some excellent discussion. The audio quality is decent, not great, but decent, and it’s a pro-Prequels podcast so no prequel hating here. Worth checking out. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

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

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

Book News

Comic Book News

  • Here’s a day to mark on your calendars, June 4 will be Dark Horse Day! Dark Horse Comics is celebrating their 30th anniversary with exclusive promo’s, discounts on backlist titles, and a commemorative sampler.
  • Buzz Comics has a preview for Kanan #11.

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Podcasts in Review

February 18, 2016 at 12:00 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment

Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

501stCast: January 5 Minicast features a great conversation with Verona Blue who talks about being a 501st member and her role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Verona is a 16 year veteran of the legion, one of the original members of Canadian Garrison, and has a great story to tell about working TFA. She covers her stint at theater school in England, moving to LA to get into movies, some of the acting she’s done, and what her experience doing voice over work for TFA was like considering she’s now the voice of the first female stormtrooper (aside from Phasma). Great audio and a great guest make this a great episode. Be sure to give it a listen.

501stCast: Know A Legion Episode 1 Minicast features a fun conversation with the commander of the Outer Rim Garrison. Terry talks about how his unit was formed, events they’ve done, memorable moments, and upcoming events. Again, great audio quality, and an interesting interview. Worth a listen.

Aggressive Negotiations: Issue 000 covers their favorite small moments from Star Wars, what moments in Star Wars: The Clone Wars that sold them on the show, what moments sold them on Star Wars Rebels, and they set the expectations for their podcast. A light but fun discussion and a short episode at just 25 minutes. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

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February 12, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, Art, Collecting, Comic Books, Conventions, Episode IX, Episode VIII, Events, Marvel, Movies, Podcasts, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars Rebels, Television, Toys | Leave a comment

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

Art News

  • Star Wars artist Dave Dorman has a new sketchbook out and this time it’s focusing on Star Wars and The Force Awakens. I’ve got a few of Dave’s previous sketchbooks and they’re worth getting. Plus it’s only $20. But hurry because it’s a limited run. For those with more money to spend, Dave has a few TFA sketches up for sale as well.

Comic News

Convention & Event News

  • ConDFW is February 12 through 14 in Dallas, TX. Star Wars author Martha Wells will be there. You can check out her schedule here.
  • Pensacon is February 19 through 21st in Pensacola, FL. Star Wars guests include Kevin J. Anderson, Jim Cummings, Dave Dorman, Troy Denning, Mark Dodson, David Prowse, Clive Revill and Deep Roy.
  • London Film & ComicCon Spring is February 27 through 28 in London, England. Star Wars guests include Charlie Akin, Samantha Alleyne, Aaron Ayamah, Kenny Baker, Greg Beard, Neil Bishop, Paul Blake, Jeremy Bulloch, AJ Chimes, Andy Cunningham, Tosin Cole, Danny D’arcy, Kate Fleetwood, Chris Geden, Kieron Gillen, Jonty Green, Greg Grunberg, Garrick Hagon, Jessica Henwick, Phoenix James, Jack Klaff, Denis Lawson, Ian Liston, Mickey Lewis, Sandeep Mohan, Richard Oldfield, John Ostrander, Aidie Palmer, Mike Quinn, Marc Rolfe, Tim Rose, Mark Rutter, Davin M. Santana, Clem So, Mark Stanley, John Wagner, Billy Dee Williams, Doug Wheatley, Miltos Yerolemou and Timothy Zahn.

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Podcasts in Review

February 11, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Interview, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | 2 Comments

Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Aggressive Negotiations: *NEW PODCAST* hosted by Matthew Rushing and John Mills who you might both recognize from Trek.fm podcasts. Episode 001 tackles the viewing order for the Star Wars films…kind of. It’s not much of a discussion since they both agree the proper viewing order is Episode I through VII and they don’t really get into the pro’s and con’s of the other viewing orders. Instead they mostly justify why they should be watched I through VII, they talk a little about the serial nature of the films, what it would be like to watch all the lightsaber fights including Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and whether The Force Awakens can standalone by itself. Certainly a topic for fertile ground, especially now that The Force Awakens is in the mix, but they only scratched the surface. Still worth a listen as there’s great audio quality and good hosts involved.

Bombad Radio: Episode 223 features another outstanding voice actor interview, this time with David Wald. Dave talks about how he went from Jazz in college to acting and voice acting, the intricacies of anime dubbing, his first exposure to anime, and why they sometimes redub old titles. He also talks about Halo Legends, his most challenging voice, working on Ghost in the Shell, cross-over from stage work to voice acting and vice versa, and more. Fascinating interview and worth a listen.

Bombad Radio: Episode 224 features a great interview with voice actress Debi Derryberry. Debi talks about how she got her last name, working with different directors like Miyazaki, voice acting and recognition, her singing career, being a body double, how she got into voice over, working on Free Willy and her upcoming projects. Debi has some very interesting stories to tell, and I hope she’ll be on again as I’d like to hear some more about her voice acting work for various cartoons and animated films as it isn’t until the end of the show that I realized she’s the voice of Jimmy Neutron. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

Around the Web

February 5, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Comic Books, DK, Marvel, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News, Star Wars Rebels, Television | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond.

Book News

  • We’re getting a new character guide! StarWars.com revealed Star Wars: Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded. It’s coming out from DK Books and being written by Pablo Hidalgo. The release date is set for April.
  • Carrie Fisher is also coming out with a new book called The Princess Diarist.
  • There’s an excerpt up for The Edge of Worlds by Martha Wells. Follow the link to also check out the pre-orders. Plus the sequel has a name nowThe Harbors of the Sun.

Comic News

  • IGN has an interview with Marvel Star Wars comic editor Jordan D. White which includes a preview of Darth Vader #16.
  • Buzz Comics also has a preview for Darth Vader #16.

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Podcasts in Review

February 4, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Her Universe, Interview, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | 1 Comment

Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Awards Chatter: William Shatner episode features an excellent interview with Captain Kirk himself. It’s also a very easy going conversation that reveals a lot about who William Shatner really is and what he’s really like. He even talks a little about Star Wars, admitting he’s a fan and that when on social media, he just likes poking fun. I highly recommend this one and it gets my pick of the week.

Brews and Blasters: Episode 53 covers the Star Wars Rebels season two midseason trailer, toy finds, news, crazy fan theories, an episode review for Star Wars Rebels “A Princess on Lothal”, an interesting find that in one of the junior novelizations Luke uses the dark side which is now canon…maybe? And they talk about a guy who wiped out the toy aisles by buying all the figures, literally. That and lots of other fun Star Wars discussion in this episode.

Class Marvel Star Wars Comics (Skywalking Through Neverland): Episode 2 covers issue #7. Sarah, Richard and artist Randy Martinez break down the comics, their likes and dislikes, and some special attention for Crimson Jack. It’s a fun and funny episode and I love what they’re doing. Splitting off the Marvel comic reviews into their own standalone episodes works great and gives them plenty of time and space to cover the comics in all their glory. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

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