Inside ‘Star Wars Insider #145’

October 18, 2013 at 10:47 am | Posted in Star Wars, Star Wars Insider | Leave a comment
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Star Wars Insider #145 sports Vader on the cover because inside is a serious treat: ten Star Wars authors and artists tackling the character and weighing in on whether he’s a villain or a victim. Also inside is new fiction by Jen Heddle, a cool dialog between George Lucas and Alan Dean Foster discussing Splinter of the Mind’s Eye, a look at The Lando Calrissian Adventures, and much more.

For me, the highlight of this issue was the “Darth Vader: Victim or Villain” article. To answer the question, they brought in Timothy Zahn, Aaron Allston, John Jackson Miller, Christie Golden, Michael Reaves, Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff, Doug Wheatley, Kevin Hearne, Ryder Windham and Joe Schreiber (though it’s worth noting that Jason Fry also weighs in on the subject). The experts were asked “Is Darth Vader really a bad guy or a victim of tragic circumstance?”, “Who is really to blame for the tragedy of Darth Vader? Anakin, Obi-Wan Kenobi, the Jedi, or Palpatine?”, and “Can he truly be redeemed give the atrocities committed: The murder of the younglings, the destruction of Alderaan, torturing Leia, the purge, and his other murderous acts?” The answers are surprising, well thought out and very insightful. The wide array of authors (plus artist) gives a wide variety of answers. All in all, this was a very cool article and I’d love to see more like this in future issues of Insider. Continue Reading Inside ‘Star Wars Insider #145’…

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Podcasts in Review

October 3, 2013 at 8:51 am | Posted in 501st, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Here’s this week’s podcasts in review.

501stCast: September 2013 Episode is out and covers all the latest 501st Legion news, from mission reports to upcoming events. If you want to catch up with what the Legion is up to, this is the place to go.

ForceCast: Episode 272 includes an interview with LucasBooks senior editor Jennifer Heddle. It starts at the 29 minute mark. Jen talks a little bit about how she became an editor for the Star Wars line and what her job entails. She also let drop that there will be more Star Wars books announced for 2014 in addition to those that have already been revealed, but they aren’t ready to reveal what those books are yet. Definitely good to hear that there’ll be more books.

Full of Sith: Special Release David Prowse and Peter Mayhew Episode has audio of the panel from Salt Lake Comic Con hosted by Bryan Young. If you’ve already listened to the Bombad Radio episode of the same audio, you can go ahead and skip this one, otherwise be sure to check it out to hear what David and Peter had to say about their work on the films. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

Why Leia Is Awesome

June 28, 2013 at 6:27 pm | Posted in Movies, Opinion, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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The Star Wars Blog usually has some pretty good articles, but every now and then they have one that really gets your attention. Today Jennifer Heddle, senior editor for Lucas Books, did a write up called “Why Leia Is Awesome”. It’s an article so good that I’m labeling it a must read. Here’s a taste…

Her strength is apparent in A New Hope, when she is tortured by a Sith Lord to find out the location of the secret Rebel base — and tells him nothing. Vader even acknowledges the surprising depth of her resistance. Then, when she’s brought before Grand Moff Tarkin and threatened with the destruction of her entire planet if she doesn’t give up the location of the secret base once and for all, she stands there, with this merciless man before her and the man who tortured her gripping her shoulder behind her, and lies. She lies. It’s an incredible moment of steel will on her part. Did I mention that she’s only 19 at the time? Take a moment to think about what you accomplished at age 19. For me it was mostly drinking my weight in coffee at college.

Her empathy is on display after our heroes have escaped the Death Star, when Leia takes the time to console Luke — who she just met a few hours ago, remember — about the death of Obi-Wan. That’s right, she takes the time to console a guy she’s just met on the death of a man who that guy just met, when her entire planet has just been disintegrated (and she was recently tortured and about to be put to death. I’m just saying.). She may have a sassy mouth on her, but she also has a big heart.

Her loyalty is shown in The Empire Strikes Back, during the battle of Hoth, when even though Echo Base is falling down around them and Imperial forces are knocking at the door, Leia is still at the command center, coordinating combat efforts while she ducks falling chunks of ice. She’s on the front lines just like everybody else. And even when Han finally manages to drag her off (and I love that he knows that’s where she’ll be), she stops to tell the person working with her to get to the transport, too. She’ll never ask anyone to do something she wouldn’t do herself.

Click here to read the full article. It’s worth it.

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Diversity in Star Wars

September 23, 2012 at 7:37 am | Posted in Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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LucasBooks editor Jennifer Heddle answered a few questions on Facebook regarding diversity in Star Wars. She also reaffirmed that the Big 3 will still be around in the Sword of the Jedi series but in the background. We’ve copied the Q&A below.

Hello Del Rey/LucasBooks (and fellow SW fans) – on behalf of a conversation we’ve been having over at the Jedi Council Forums over the last few years, I was hoping to hear some official opinions on the subject of diversity in Star Wars publishing. The conversation itself is the most important thing, so anyone with thoughts is welcome to chime in. Some general areas I’m curious about: Continue Reading Diversity in Star Wars…

One Writer’s Approach to Star Wars Panel

August 29, 2012 at 7:07 am | Posted in Celebration, Dark Horse | 1 Comment
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While everyone else at Star Wars Celebration VI headed off to the Mark Hamill panel, me and a few dozen others went to the Star Wars University room for One Writer’s Approach to Star Wars. The panel featured Dark Horse Comics Editor Randy Stradley and upcoming Star Wars comic writer Brian Wood, with a special appearance by Lucasfilm/LucasBooks Senior Editor Jennifer Heddle in the audience. I was able to record the audio for the panel, so enjoy!

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EUC Interview with Jennifer Heddle

May 22, 2012 at 10:30 am | Posted in Interview, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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EUCantina posted a really nice interview today with LucasBooks Senior Editor Jennifer Heddle. The interview covers her role with LucasBooks, the possibility of another X-Wing book, as well as some tantalizing teases about Matthew Stover returning and an update for the future of the EU at San Diego Comic Con. She also mentioned some more details on The Old Republic: Annihilation.

EUC: Can you give us any additional details about Paul S. Kemp’s untitled duology or Drew Karpyshyn’s The Old Republic: Annihilation?

JH: I can’t say too much about Paul Kemp’s books yet, aside from the fact that they’re in development, and it’s a concept we’re all really excited about. As for Annihilation, it’s a book that will have a lot of appeal for fans of the Old Republic game and/or comics, in that Theron Shan is the star and his mother Satele Shan plays a crucial role, but it’s also a strong action-adventure that will be entertaining even if you’ve never heard of the game. There’s also a great villain in the form of Darth Karrid, a former Jedi who commands the Sith’s ultimate warship through a cybernetic hookup. She doesn’t just command the ship, she is the ship. And Theron is determined to take her down.

Click here to read the full interview.

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Suvudu Interview with LucasBooks New Senior Editor Jennifer Heddle

November 11, 2011 at 10:50 am | Posted in Interview, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Suvudu has posted an interview with the new Senior Editor at LucasBooks, Jennifer Heddle. As the new Senior Editor, Jennifer will be overseeing all of the adult fiction Star Wars titles. The interview covers from how she first discovered Star Wars to some of her favorite Star Wars books. She even mentioned her thoughts on reboots.

With 2009’s Death Troopers, the EU branched out into the horror genre for the first time. Shadow Games, which will be out on November 27th, is set to be the first Star Wars thriller. What’s your favorite genre of fiction, and will you try to bring more of that genre to Star Wars?

Well, my favorite genre of fiction is probably fantasy, and integrating that into Star Wars would be interesting. It’s not that difficult if you think about it, since a world in the GFFA without any tech could probably be construed as “fantasy.” And I’ve always thought of Star Wars, particularly Episodes IV through VI, as “space fantasy” more than anything else. 7 What are your thoughts on a partial or full “reboot” of the EU? Personally? I think that if DC and Marvel can do it, then so can we. And I like alternate history stories. But that’s something that ultimately is not my decision.

You can read the full interview here.

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