Podcasts in Review

June 2, 2016 at 12:02 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.

Assembly of Geeks: DC Comics Rebirth and TV Trailers Review starts with Matt Moore giving the rundown on DC’s Rebirth event, then they cover the trailers for upcoming TV shows and the slew of time travel series. Fun episode.

Awards Chatter: Ray Liotta episode is a great interview with Ray as he talks about his career, being adopted, how he eventually got into acting, his initial movie roles, improving the funny scene with Joe Pesci in Goodfellas, and his latest role on the show Shades of Blue.

Blabba the Hutt: Episode 22 starts with their quick thoughts on Bloodline, then Jamie talks with Degobabe about the filming in Ireland, Kate talks with Truck Torrence about the Star Wars emojis he created, going over his creative process and style and getting early BB-8 images. After that, Jamie talks with Star Wars actors Mike Edmunds and Jay Benedict who recount some of their Star Wars experiences. Good episode. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

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Podcasts in Review

May 5, 2016 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.

Blast Points: Episode 16 starts with a little Yoda and Maz Kanata news, their thoughts on the Blu-ray, and leads to their main discussion of Star Wars deleted scenes. This one is a fun one. They each cover their top 10 favorite deleted scenes from all seven films which leads to some hilarious discussion. I loved the idea of restoring all the deleted scenes for a TPM supercut longer than ever with an hour long podrace. Great episode with lots of laughs.

Blast Points: Episode 18 had me smiling three seconds into the episode. They touch on news, then head into a full discussion on Shadows of the Empire. It’s marvelous. They cover the book, the comics, the soundtrack and even the tv and movie tie-ins in all their goofy glory. A must listen to episode. Great coverage and tons of fun. This episode is definitely my pick of the week.

Blast Points: Episode 19 features guest Tom Berges, creator of I Grew Up Star Wars. Tom talks about how the website got started, hearing about Star Wars the first time, collecting, The Holiday Special, the radio dramas, Plastic Galaxy and more. It’s kinda like listening to an episode of My Star Wars Story. Pretty fun. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

Around the Web

March 18, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Comic Books, Conventions, Dark Horse, Events, Interview, Marvel, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond.

Book News

  • Becker & Mayer is coming out with a new Star Wars book called Stormtroopers: The Ultimate Guide.

Star Wars: Stormtroopers is the definitive guide to these imposing soldiers
from the galaxy far, far away—from their creation and design to their many
roles and iterations as well as their resonance in popular-culture fandom. This
book explores the world’s endless fascination with these elite warriors and
celebrates all things stormtrooper, featuring replica memorabilia and interviews
about their evolution in the new chapter of Star Wars history.

Details: $45.00, Hardcover, 23.5 cm x 33.65 cm, 176 pages (6 gatefolds)

  • You can also catch a preview of Claudia Gray‘s Bloodlines by checking out the preview for the paperback version of Aftermath on Amazon. Just scroll down to the end.
  • There’s some new info out on the Star Wars Propaganda book by Pablo Hidalgo (coming October 5, 2016).

Continue Reading Around the Web…

Book Review: ‘Rise of the Empire’

October 20, 2015 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Del Rey, Random House, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Rise of the Empire is two books for the price of one with three new short stories to boot. So is it worth getting? Click here to read our full review and find out.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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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Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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.

Continue Reading Around the Web…

‘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.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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