Around the Web

April 6, 2018 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, Conventions, Events, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars News, Toys & Collectibles | Leave a comment

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

Comic News

Convention & Event News

  • Author Kevin Hearne will be in Houston, TX for a Scourged signing at Murder By the Book on April 5 at 6:30 PM.
  • Author Kevin Hearne will be in Huntsville, AL for a Scourged signing at Barnes & Noble on April 6 at 7:00 PM.
  • Author Kevin Hearne will be in Doylestown, PA for a Scourged signing at Doylestown Bookship on April 7 at 4:00 PM.
  • East Coast Comicon is April 27 to 29 in Meadowlands, NJ. Star Wars guests include Howard Chaykin, Jan Duursema, and Timothy Zahn.
  • Comic Con Revolution is May 19 to 20 in Ontario, CA. Star Wars guests include Jason Aaron, Howard Chaykin, Tom Hodges, Mike Mayhew, Cat Staggs, Greg Weisman, and Timothy Zahn.
  • Phoenix Comicon is May 24 to 27 in Phoenix, AZ. Star Wars guests include Steve Blum, Katie Cook, Joe Corroney, Tim Curry, Delilah S. Dawson, Jason Fry, Adi Granov, Tom Hodges, R. A. Salvatore, Charles Soule, Chuck Wendig, and Wil Wheaton.
  • MantiCon is May 25 to 27 in Minneapolis, MN. Star Wars guests include Timothy Zahn.
  • Star Wars: Galactic Nights is May 27 in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • Lilac City Comicon is June 2 to 3 in Spokane, WA. Star Wars guests include Daniel Logan, and Timothy Zahn.
  • Origins is June 13 to 17 in Columbus, OH. Star Wars guests include Timothy Zahn.
  • All*Star Comic Con is June 15 to 17 in Tysons Corner, VA. Star Wars guests include Jason Aaron, John Jackson Miller, and Brian Muir.
  • Westercon is July 4 in Denver, CO. Star Wars guests include Kevin J. Anderson.
  • Bell County Comic Con is August 3 to 5 in Belton, TX. Star Wars guests include Timothy Zahn.
  • Tampa Bay Comic Con is August 3 to 6 in Tampa Bay, FL. Star Wars guests include Kevin J. Anderson.
  • Dragon Con is August 30 to September 3 in Atlanta, GA. Star Wars guests include Kevin J. Anderson.
  • FanX is September 6 to 8 in Salt Lake City, UT. Star Wars guests include Tim Curry, Delilah S. Dawson, Kevin Hearne, Paul Reubens, and Brent Spiner.

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Podcasts in Review

April 5, 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.

Awards Chatter: Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) starts with a conversation with Carolyn Giardina as they talk about the tech categories for the Academy Awards. The interview with Rockwell kicks in at 31 minutes. Sam talks about his parents, his childhood, doing odd jobs, parts he tried for and didn’t get, and he shares a bunch of acting stories. Great interview and definitely worth checking out if you’re a Rockwell fan. You might want to skip the first part of the episode if you have no interest in the Academy Awards, but they do bring up some interesting things about the technical categories and how those nominations work.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 1 hour 21 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Host: Scott, Rating: Great

Awards Chatter: Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project) begins with an Academy Awards discussion with guest Adam Irving as they go over documentaries, what was picked, and what was passed over. The interview with Dafoe starts at 31 minutes in. Willem talks about his parents, his name (which is a nick name, his real name is William), how he became an actor, and how he goes about choosing his roles. He shares some great stories from his career, including how he was in the Philippines during a revolution, as well as some stories from The Boondock Saints and his latest movie, The Florida Project. Great interview. Depending on your interest in the Academy Awards, you may or may not want to skip the first part of the episode.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 1 hour 33 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Host: Scott, Rating: Great

Blast Points Podcast: Episode 117 kicks off with the news, they talk a little Solo, they cover the Young Ones reference in The Last Jedi, highlight Master Codebreaker’s details from the guide book, and they touch on the porg documentary in The Last Jedi bonus features. Then they do something special, they host a Star Wars awards show. Now unlike what you might expect, Jason and Gabe dig deep to come up with some really fun and off the wall categories like best Aunt Beru voice, best Yoda puppet, best lightsaber form or hand decapitation, and much much more. Very fun episode.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 56 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Jason, and Gabe, Rating: Great Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

New Releases: ‘Star Wars #46’, ‘A New Hope 40th Anniversary HC’ & ‘Ashes of Jedha TP’

April 4, 2018 at 12:01 am | Posted in Comic Books, Marvel, Star Wars | Leave a comment

Marvel has three new Star Wars releases today.

Star Wars #46

Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Salvador Larroca
Cover Artist: David Marquez
Variant Covers: Rod Reis (Galactic Icon Cover), John Tyler Christopher (Action Figure Cover)

The Rebellion continues their mission to liberate Mon Cala! Princess Leia has a nearly impossible plan to unite the planet with the Rebel Alliance, one that counts on the unique skills and cultural know-how belonging to the one-and-only… See-Threepio?!

Details: 32 pages, Rated T, $3.99 Continue Reading New Releases: ‘Star Wars #46’, ‘A New Hope 40th Anniversary HC’ & ‘Ashes of Jedha TP’…

Databurst From the 501st

April 4, 2018 at 12:00 am | Posted in 501st, Charity, Conventions, Databurst From the 501st, Events, Star Wars | Leave a comment

Latest Databurst From the 501st covering 501st Legion events around the world from April 4 to 10th. As always, be sure to mark your calendars and support your local garrisons.

April 4

  • Carolina Garrison will be in Wilmington, NC for the Cape Fear Community College Star Wars Movie Day from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.
  • UK Garrison will be in Romford for Mitchell’s Miracles Star Wars and LEGO Day at The Retailery from 11:00 AM to 3:30 PM.

April 5

  • Alpine Garrison will be in Salt Lake City, UT for the KUTV Fresh Living segment taping.

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Movie Review: ‘Ready Player One’

April 2, 2018 at 6:56 am | Posted in Movies, Reviews | Leave a comment

With Ready Player One, Steven Spielberg accomplished something truly amazing. This is a movie packed with nostalgia. From video games, to films, to even toys, there’s nods all across the board to pieces of the past. Indeed, it’s a look into the past, but also a message of the future, and a lesson that we in the present can take heart in. Yet, most importantly, it’s something that can give you pure joy. I mean there are some scenes that are just so ridiculously awesome, you can’t help but grin ear to ear. Continue Reading Movie Review: ‘Ready Player One’…

Around the Web

March 30, 2018 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Conventions, Events, Movies, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News, trailers | 1 Comment

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

Book News

  • Quirk Books is putting out another Star Wars Shakespeare book, this time for The Last Jedi. Once again being written by Ian Doescher, this one will be titled Jedi the Last and will be out on July 10th. StarWars.com has a look at the cover and an interview with the cover artist, Nicolas Delort.
  • StarWars.com has an excerpt from Thrawn: Alliances by Timothy Zahn.
  • Star Wars: Inferno Squad by Christie Golden came out in paperback this week for those who didn’t pick up the hardcover.
  • Star Wars: Alien Archive has a cover now.

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Podcasts in Review

March 29, 2018 at 12:01 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review. Wee bit of toy focus in this one as I did some catching up.

Beltway Banthas: Interview: Jon Lovett of Pod Save America kicks off with Jon as they talk with him about Star Wars, Rogue One, politics, and The Last Jedi. He shares his thoughts on the movies, and they talk with him a bit on real world politics, as well as Star Wars politics. Fair warning if you listen with your kids, there was an F-bomb or two.

Podcast Network: RetroZapRuntime: 40 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Stephen, Swara, Rating: Good

Brews and Blasters: Episode 161 kicks off with snow, wine, steak tips, manicotti, and black light posters. When you go off on Star Wars black light posters, you know you’re in for a fun ride. They go over The Last Jedi Blu-ray a little, then Chris presents his sales pitch for the HasLab sail barge. If you haven’t backed it yet, Chris may very well sway you. They also talk about Toys R Us and toy stores, they touch on Forces of Destiny, the Jon Favreau news, speculation on next animated series, and George Lucas breaking ground for his museum. Great episode.

Podcast Network: RetrozapRuntime: 1 hour 9 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Joe, and Chris, Rating: Great

 

Children of the Force: Reaction Corps – Forces of Destiny S2 and Rebels Season Finale covers both shows. They kick off with Forces of Destiny as they go through each of the new episodes for season two, then 30 minutes in they switch up and talk Star Wars Rebels.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 1 hour 10 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Al, Anna, and Liam, Rating: Good Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

Movie Review: ‘Pacific Rim: Uprising’

March 28, 2018 at 3:23 pm | Posted in Movies, Reviews | Leave a comment

Pacific Rim: Uprising is not better than it’s predecessor, but if you’re looking for a popcorn flick with giant robots and monsters fighting, then you might want to consider this one. It’s not great, but it’s kind of enjoyable.

John Boyega plays the lead in this movie, with Cailee Spaeny making a strong play for second place. Unfortunately they are the only two interesting characters in the movie, and that’s mostly because none of the other characters are really explored or developed. At least Boyega and Spaeny do good jobs at playing their characters. Boyega plays Jake Pentecost, the son of Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba’s character in the first movie) and spends the movie trying to find his place. He was kicked out of the Jaeger program and has spent his years since then as a thief living on the streets and abandoned mansions. It’s there that he runs into Spaeny’s character, Amara Namani, who has built her own Jaeger, which is also highly illegal. The two of them form a bond that sticks through the rest of the movie as they both wind up in the Jaeger program, and eventually fight other giant robots and alien monsters. Continue Reading Movie Review: ‘Pacific Rim: Uprising’…

New Release: ‘Doctor Aphra #18’, ‘Star Wars Adventures #8’ & ‘Forces of Destiny TPB’

March 28, 2018 at 12:01 am | Posted in Comic Books, IDW, Marvel, News, Star Wars, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Three new Star Wars comic releases today from Marvel and IDW.

Star Wars Adventures #8

Writer: Sholly Fisch
Artist/Cover Artist: Sean Galloway
Variant Covers: Jon Sommariva (Cover B), Sean Galloway (Cover A), and Otis Frampton (seen above)

The crew of The Ghost are trapped on an Imperial ship with no way out! The space pirate Hondo may be their only chance of escape… but can they trust him not to sell them out? The exciting finale of a two-part Star Wars: Rebels storyline! Plus an exciting new Tales from Wild Space!

Details: 32 pages, $3.99 Continue Reading New Release: ‘Doctor Aphra #18’, ‘Star Wars Adventures #8’ & ‘Forces of Destiny TPB’…

Databurst From the 501st

March 28, 2018 at 12:00 am | Posted in 501st, Charity, Conventions, Databurst From the 501st, Events, Star Wars | Leave a comment

Latest Databurst From the 501st covering 501st Legion events around the world from March 28 to April 3rd. As always, be sure to mark your calendars and support your local garrisons.

March 28

  • Redback Garrison will be at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital Easter Party.

March 30

  • Alpine Garrison will be in Washington City, UT for The Last Jedi Blu-ray release at Walmart from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.
  • Central Garrison will be in Fargo, ND for Star Wars Night with the Red Hawks at Newman Outdoor Field.
  • Garrison Tyranus will be in Washington D.C. for AwesomeCon from March 30 to 31st.

March 31

  • 70th Explorers Garrison will be in Ballwin, MO for Hunt For A Cure at Queeny Park from 10:00 AM to noon.
  • Austrian Garrison will be in Graz for the Elbenwald Store Opening from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
  • Central Garrison will be in Mason City, IA for Inflatable Fun Day at the National Guard Armory.
  • Central California Garrison will be in  Lodi, CA for Grape City Con from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and in Clovis, CA for The Dachshunds Strike Back! at Rocket Dog 2 from noon to 4:00 PM.
  • Dutch Garrison will be in Utrecht for Dutch Comic Con 2018.
  • New England Garrison will be in Northampton, MA for the Meltdown Music & Book Festival from 12:30 to 1:30 PM.
  • Northeast Remnant Garrison will be in Wayne, NJ for Zapp Comic Con from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
  • Star Garrison will be in Houston, TX for Yuri’s Night Houston Fun Run, and in El Paso, TX for the 2018 El Paso Stroll for Epilepsy.
  • Timberline Garrison will be in Idaho Falls, ID for the Great Easter Egg Hunt at Snake River Landing Event Tent Area from 9:30 to 11:00 AM.

April 1

  • UK Garrison will be in Newbury for the Easter Egg Hunt at Highclere Castle from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM, and in Basildon for Heroes and Villains at Festival Leisure Park from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

April 2

  • Garrison Carida will be in Hershey, PA for the Children’s Miracle Network Annual Miracle Party.
  • UK Garrison will be in Watford for FanZone Comic Con at Watford Central Leisure Centre from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Next Databurst…April 4th.

*If you didn’t see the events listed for your garrison, send us an email at roqoodepot(at)gmail.com and let us know. We’re glad to add any we missed. For more info on the 501st Legion, be sure to check out their official website.

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