New Release: ‘Rise of the Empire’

October 6, 2015 at 4:27 am | Posted in Books, Del Rey, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Rise of the Empire is out today in paperback. This collection combines John Jackson Miller’s A New Dawn with James Luceno’s Tarkin along with three all new short stories by Melissa Scott, John Jackson Miller and Jason Fry. If you haven’t picked up A New Dawn or Tarkin yet, this one is definitely worth getting with 703 pages of Star Wars goodness.

Official Product Page including excerpts and purchase links.

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Podcasts in Review

September 24, 2015 at 12:00 am | Posted in Books, Collecting, Comic Books, Interview, Marvel, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Toys | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review. Lot of great interviews this week.

BNN: Episode 9.14.2015 is something a little different from the folks of Bombad Radio as they try a shorter, news focused podcast that’s actually pretty useful. They bring the news with a touch of humor, touching on not just Star Wars, but other topics like Batman v. Superman, Jurassic World, upcoming movies, home releases, video games, comics, webshows, etc. If you’re wondering what’s coming out now, or what news came out this week, then this is a great way to catch up. Best of all, they pack it all in under 30 minutes. I really like the short format and I think it works great for news. It’s very convenient for sliding the episodes in between your normal podcasts on your playlist, thus allowing you to get the news and not fall behind, but also not get stuck with a one to two hour show. The one drawback I noticed in this episode, however, is that the rundown on new comic releases was really long, big info dump, and that’s kind of hard to get away from as a lot of comics come out every week. They might need to work on that a little (either just highlighting the popular titles or some choice picks), otherwise it’s pretty solid. Keep in mind this is their inaugural episode for BNN.

Collectors Cast: Episode 11 is their Force Friday episode with them giving their thoughts on the new collectibles, LEGO, the packaging, the new Falcon, Black Series, Disney Elite Series, talking figures and masks, BB-8 and some live reporting from the UK. They talk at length with fellow collectors Duncan Jenkins and with Steve Sansweet which rounds out the episode.

Comics With Kenobi: Episode #6 covers Shattered Empire #1, which they loved, and Darth Vader #9, which they didn’t love. Lots of spoilers, so if you haven’t read the issues, be sure to read them first before listening. They have some great discussion covering the artwork as much as the writing. Personally I was of an opposite opinion of the hosts, as I rather liked Darth Vader #9 and thought Shattered Empire #1 fell kind of flat. If you’re into the comics, give these guys a listen. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

Podcasts in Review

September 17, 2015 at 12:01 am | Posted in Miscellaneous | 2 Comments
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review with quite a few Star Wars authors for your listening enjoyment.

Bombad Radio: Episode 207 features an interview with Shannon Eric Denton as they talk comics, Airwolf and Star Wars. Eric has a pretty interesting story as he moved from being a comic artist, to an artist for animated shows, to being a writer. He’s a good guest and it’s a fun conversation. Worth checking out.

Coffee With Kenobi: Episode 43 is their pre-Force Friday show with some discussion on their collecting trips for Disney Infinity 3.0 figures. Their guests for this episode are Mike and Joao from The Cantina Cast as they dive into some meaty topics like Yoda, Obi-Wan, the chosen one prophecy and more. It’s an interesting discussion episode and good for any general Star Wars fan.

Fly Casual: Episode 55 is a news and rumors episode as they cover Star Wars #8, Kanan #5 and Lando #3. Then they head into Rogue One rumors, Kylo Ren rumors, a discussion on the length of the movie and whether one of the big 3 will die and which one. Overall, good show with the usual mix of humor, Star Wars geekdom and unpredictability. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

Book Giveaway: Signed Hardcover ‘A New Dawn’

August 28, 2015 at 4:33 am | Posted in Books, Contest, Del Rey, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | 12 Comments
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We’re giving away a signed hardcover copy of John Jackson Miller’s novel A New Dawn. To enter, just leave a comment in this post letting us know what you’re looking forward to most in season two of Star Wars Rebels. We will randomly pick a winner Monday evening. Note: to be eligible you must live in the United States. Sorry, no international shipping.

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Around the Web

August 14, 2015 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, Collecting, Conventions, Events, Regular Feature, Star Trek, Star Wars, Toys, Video Games | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond.

Art News

  • StarWars.com has revealed details on the “Art Awakens”, a chance for fans to contribute to The Force Awakens with their art.

Book News

  • John Jackson Miller will be writing a Star Trek trilogy call Star Trek: Prey. According to John, it’s “a star-spanning Next Generation epic of the Federation and the Klingon Empire” and will be out starting October 2016 in consecutive months.
  • Jedi Bibliothek has info on three new artbooks Abrams will be publishing next Spring: The Original Topps Trading Card Series Volume One, Volume Two, and Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie.
  • Barnes & Noble is offering signed copies of Battlefront: Twilight Company by Alexander Freed.

Comic News

  • StarWars.com has a preview of Kanan – The Last Padawan #5.
  • StarWars.com also has an interview with Greg Rucka covering Shattered Empire.
  • ComicBook.com has a preview of Star Wars #8.

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‘Rise of the Empire’ Update

August 13, 2015 at 4:48 pm | Posted in Books, Del Rey, News, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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StarWars.com has revealed the names of the three new short stories that will be appearing in the Rise of the Empire collection along with some details on each.

MERCY MISSION by Melissa Scott

Years before she led the crew of the Ghost, Hera Syndulla was a young pilot looking to make a difference in the galaxy. Hera sets out with Goll — a close ally of her father, Cham Syndulla — on a dangerous mission to help the citizens of her homeworld, Ryloth, now languishing under the might of the Empire.

BOTTLENECK by John Jackson Miller

When Grand Moff Tarkin is tasked by Emperor Palpatine to investigate a dispute slowing Imperial production on a backwater planet, he expects an easy mission. Instead, Tarkin must forge a tense alliance with Count Vidian, the Empire’s newest rising star and a most capable rival. Matching wits and risking betrayal at every turn, the two powerful Imperials duel to gain the upper hand…and elude, at all costs, the price of failure.

THE LEVERS OF POWER by Jason Fry

As Imperial and Rebel forces clash on and above the Forest Moon of Endor, Admiral Rae Sloane commands from the bridge of the Star Destroyer Vigilance. At a time where the stakes could not be higher, Sloane works to protect the Death Star and ensure Imperial victory, all too aware of the uncertain future for the Empire that may lie in the aftermath of the battle.

Rise of the Empire will be out October 6 in paperback and digital formats.

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Podcasts in Review

August 13, 2015 at 12:01 am | Posted in Disney, Interview, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | 1 Comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Comic Book Noob: The Atom covers the super hero’s Golden Age and Silver Age origins, the ties to the The Flash and Arrow tv shows, how he’s powered by white dwarf matter, the female version–Atomica–who I’ve read but didn’t realize it in Forever Evil, plus they give their suggestions on where to start in comics. Once again another good episode that’s both informative and entertaining. I highly recommend checking these out if you have an interest in comics and superheroes.

Comics With Kenobi: Issue #4 has a review of Star Wars #7, the Obi-Wan standalone issue, Kanan – The Last Padawan #4, and their top five favorite Star Wars: Tales stories from Dark Horse Comics. Lots of great discussion with a deep and heartfelt appreciation for the comics medium. Now, as for my favorite Star Wars: Tales stories, the first to come to mind are “Fett Club”, which is absolutely hilarious, and “Fortune, Fate, and the Natural History of the Sarlacc” with it’s gorgeous artwork by Kellie Strom. Oddly enough, I’m not a big fan of “Into the Great Unknown”.

Fly Casual: Episode 50 opens with a Disney chat. Mike talks about riding Star Tours during his recent trip to Disney World, they cover the news with Bob Iger being very happy with the cut of the film he’s seen so far, Simon Pegg talking Star Wars, Carrie Fisher writing another book, Gary Whitta talking Star Wars, new casting for Rogue One, and Senator Jebel. Changing gears, they talk about coming around to the new Star Wars books and comics, their picks for worst Star Wars books ever, and they do a Tarkin bite of the week since Cory isn’t in this episode (and the Tarkin bit was pretty good). Rounding out the episode, they do their toy coverage with the SDCC First Order trooper selling out in five minutes online and they’re experiences trying to buy it, the boost in Slave Leia sales since the controversy, the 18 foot Falcon, stores clearing out of Star Wars figures in preparation for Force Friday and new product and where to get good deals. While there was no Cory in this episode, it was still as funny as ever. It actually turned out really good with lots of laughs, on topic discussion and plenty of useful Star Wars info.

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A New Dawn Brazilian Cover

July 10, 2015 at 12:17 pm | Posted in Books, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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John Jackson Miller shared the Brazilian cover by the Editora Aleph team, and a very cool cover it is.

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Book Giveaway: Signed Copy of ‘A New Dawn’

June 26, 2015 at 1:00 am | Posted in Books, Contest, Del Rey, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | 9 Comments
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Want a free autographed paperback copy of John Jackson Miller’s A New Dawn? Then leave a comment on this post telling us who your favorite Star Wars Rebels character is. Contest is open to all United States residents and the winner will be announced Monday June 29th.

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Podcasts in Review

May 28, 2015 at 12:00 am | Posted in Interview, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | 1 Comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Assembly of Geeks: Age of Ultron Declassified is their discussion of the film. They touch on the characters, the things they did and didn’t like, and Joss Whedon’s role in it all. It’s a fun discussion, but it’s not the only topic in this show. They also cover tv show renewals and cancellations, Universal doing a Nintendo theme park, Captain America: Civil War, and Legends of Tomorrow. Great episode overall.

Comic Book Noob: Episode 1 covers the comic characters Ultron and the Vision. Hosted by Scott Murray (Assembly of Geeks), Matt Moore and Regina Davis, they dig into the comic characters discussing their origins, their character arcs, the differences with the movie portrayals of the characters, as well as the similarities. It’s an excellent discussion and very timely, perfect for anyone who has seen Age of Ultron and would like to know more about the comic book characters of Ultron and the Vision.

Fly Casual: Episode 38 is a news and toy report episode. They start off with a Flash/DC/Marvel discussion, then dive into the Vanity Fair Star Wars article and pictures. They talk about Josh Trank leaving Star Wars, Disney Infinity 3.0, then head into toy news with Hot Wheels mini-ships. Fun episode with their typical entertaining discussion. I rather enjoyed their feedback on Disney Infinity as I haven’t played any of the iterations of that game. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

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