Get Pop-Cultured

July 22, 2014 at 10:46 am | Posted in Books, Del Rey, Events, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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del-poster-samplerDel Rey and Barnes & Noble have teamed up for the Get Pop-Cultured event running from July 18 to August 10th in select Barnes & Noble stores. As part of the event, there will be giveaways including the 2014 Star Wars poster and the 2014 Del Rey Spectra Sampler. Some stores will also have special guests. You can find the full list over on B&N, but we’ve included all the Star Wars guests below.

  • Ian Doescher (William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return) 7/26/14 2:00 PM, 7881 Edinger Avenue Huntington Beach, CA
  • Ian Doescher (William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return) 7/9/14 7:00 PM, 91 Old Country Road Carle Place, NY
  • Ian Doescher (William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return) 7/13/14 2:00 PM, 401 E. Northgate Way Seattle, WA
  • Jeffrey Brown (Goodnight Darth Vader) 7/19/14 2:00 PM, 55 Old Orchard Center Skokie, IL
  • Zack Giallongo (Ewoks: Shadows of Endor) 7/30/14 7:00 PM, 1 Worcester Road Framingham, MA
  • Daniel Wallace (The Marvel Encyclopedia) 8/2/14 3:00 PM, 3225 W 69th Street Edina, MN
  • Drew Karpyshyn (The Scorched Earth) 8/19/14 7:00 PM, 10000 Research Blvd Austin, TX
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Podcasts in Review

March 6, 2014 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: “Guardian of the Plastic Galaxy” covers the newly released trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy which, I agree, looks awesome. In this episode they also have a really nice interview with Brian Stillman, the creator of Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys, a documentary covering the old Kenner Star Wars action figures. Other topics in this show stick with the theme of movies like Her, Fantastic Four, and The Lego Movie.

“Animated & Geeky Characters” episode kicks off with a discussion on laser tag before heading into old cartoons, tv shows like Firefly and Big Bang Theory, and recent tv news like a Robin Hood and Flash remake. The show caps off with a RoboCop review. Since I haven’t seen RoboCop yet, I skipped the end of the podcast, but I definitely enjoyed the rest.

Big Pop Fun: Episode 99 is another James Arnold Taylor “Podcaster in Training” episode. This time James talks with Jason Surrell, a Disney imagineer. Jason talks about working for Disney, writing the history of the Haunted Mansion, meeting the Avengers on set, and working with Johnny Depp. It’s a very cool interview and worth checking out. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

Around the Web

February 28, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Comic Books, Conventions, Dark Horse, Events, Interview, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars News, Star Wars Rebels, Television, Toys & Collectibles | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond.

Book News

Comic News

Around the Web

February 21, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Around the Web, Art, Books, Comic Books, Contest, Conventions, Dark Horse, Events, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News, Television, The Clone Wars, Toys & Collectibles | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond.

Book News

  • Star Wars artist Grant Gould will be illustrating How to Draw Star Wars Rebels. No word on a release date yet.

Comic News

  • Randy Stradley gave an update on Star Wars trade paperback and omnibus collections over on the Dark Horse forums.

The second Dark Times Omnibus is indeed our final scheduled Omnibus. We will produce trades for all of the current series, but there is not enough time within our remaining license to publish Omnibuses. Dark Horse’s goal, obviously, must be to sell as much of our inventory before our final cut-off date.

There may — and I stress may be one more hardcover book before the end of the year. News about that when I have it.

Podcasts in Review

November 21, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Episode VII, Movies, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Rebels, Television, The Clone Wars | Leave a comment
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Here’s this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Fangirls Going Rogue: Episode 1 is a long one, almost two hours, but hosts Tricia Barr and Teresa Delgado do a good job of keeping it interesting. In their debut episode, they cover a lot of ground, introductions, an overview of their intended focus for the podcast, their opinions on fandom and women, a great interview with Star Wars: The Clone Wars voice actress Catherine Taber, and so much more. I think my highlight of the episode, aside from the interview with Cat Taber, was Tricia and Teresa’s discussion segment on Boba Fett. Tricia isn’t a big fan of Fett but Teresa is, and it was fun to hear their opinions on one of my favorite Star Wars characters.

Fictional Frontiers: Episode 261 (listed as Episode #1 on Shotglass Digital) includes an interview with Kenobi author John Jackson Miller. Fiction Frontiers’ host, Sohaib, is one of the best interviewers out there, so if you like listening to interviews, you’ll want to check this one out. As always, he does a nice job talking with John, covering his book, and touching on his upcoming projects.

Episode 265 has a nice interview with Empire and Rebellion: Razor’s Edge author Martha Wells. Sohaib covers some of the choices Martha made in the direction of the book, as well as her view on Leia, Han, and the Alderaanian pirates. The interview is spoiler free, so be sure to check it out.

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Around the Web

November 1, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Conventions, Events, Fantasy, Interview, News, Regular Feature, Sci-Fi, Star Wars, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Around the Web news roundup.

Art

  • Looking for Star Wars 1313 concept art? Check out Gus Mendonca’s website for some you probably haven’t seen before.
  • If you’re in the Chicago area this weekend, be sure to check out Star Wars artist Dave Dorman who will be at two events: Wheaton’s Blick Art Supply on Saturday November 2nd (from 2:00 to 4:00 PM) for a live art demo, and in Westmont for the Maleficium exhibit at J. Anthony Kosar’s studio.
  • Ewoks: Shadows of Endor writer and comic artist Zack Giallongo will be at Casablanca Comics in Portland, ME on Saturday November 2nd.

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Ewok of the Day: Logray

October 8, 2013 at 12:05 am | Posted in Art, Comic Books, Dark Horse, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Here at Roqoo Depot, we are counting down the days to the release of Ewoks: Shadows of Endor. Written and drawn by Zack Giallongo with colors by Braden Lamb, this trade paperback comic leads directly in the events of Return of the Jedi and ties into the Ewoks television movies and series. To help get readers in the mood, we’ll be doing an Ewok of the day each day until the comic’s release. Today we’re highlighting Logray.

Master Logray is the head shaman of Bright Tree Village. As far as Ewoks go, he has quite an adventurous life. Early in his life, he was enslaved by Tulgah witch named Morag who he learned Force magic from before escaping. His use of the Force enabled him to become a powerful member of his tribe, and someone Chief Chirpa depended on. However, like the Jedi, he experienced issues with training apprentices. His first apprentice, Zarrak, delved into dark magic and had to be banished from the village. Thankfully Teebo turned out to be a much better apprentice, and learned much from Master Logray. After the Battle of Yavin, he actually traveled to Naboo to visit the city of Theed along with Chief Chirpa.

Sadly, Master Logray fell to the dark side as he began using dark rituals. It was his decision to sacrifice Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca and R2-D2. He was eventually ousted by Chief Chirpa and replaced by Paploo. In retaliation, Logray placed a curse on the village and went into exile. His name was sticken from the Songs of Remembrance and it became taboo to even speak it.

Master Logray appeared in Return of the Jedi and the television movie Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure. he also appeared in the Ewoks comics, Return of the Jedi 3: Mission to Endor, the Ewoks television show, and several children’s books: How the Ewoks Saved the Trees: An Old Ewok Legend, Wicket Finds a Way: An Ewok Adventure, The Adventures of Teebo: A Tale of Magic and Suspense, Fuzzy as an Ewok and The Ewoks Join the Fight.

Ewoks: Shadows of Endor will be out on October 9, 2013.

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Ewoks of the Day: Warok and Teek

October 7, 2013 at 12:05 am | Posted in Art, Comic Books, Dark Horse, Star Wars | 1 Comment
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Here at Roqoo Depot, we are counting down the days to the release of Ewoks: Shadows of Endor. Written and drawn by Zack Giallongo with colors by Braden Lamb, this trade paperback comic leads directly in the events of Return of the Jedi and ties into the Ewoks television movies and series. To help get readers in the mood, we’ll be doing an Ewok of the day each day until the comic’s release. Today we’re highlighting Warok and Teek.

Warok is a skilled Ewok warrior and one of the best with a hang glider. Like Lumat, he is a family man. His wife is Batcheela, and they have two children: Teebo and Malani. Before fighting in the Battle of Endor, Warok once took on a group of Duloks to save some capture Ewok children.

He appeared in Return of the Jedi and the children’s book The Adventures of Teebo: A Tale of Magic and Suspense which was written and illustrated by Joe Johnston, one of the principal designers for the Star Wars films and of the Ewoks themselves.  Warok also had a vintage Kenner action figure complete with collectors coin.

Teek technically isn’t an Ewok but a Teek. He was a companion to a stranded spacer on the Forest Moon of Endor, before rescuing a girl named Cindel Towani from a Sanyassan warlord. Afterwards he became a member of Bright Tree Village.

Unlike the Ewoks, Teek is extremely fast and has a rapid metabolism. His species isn’t native to Endor, but a colony of Teeks wound up on the planet around 800 years ago. They are typically known as thieves and scavengers.

Teek first appeared in the television movie Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1986). Later on, he showed up in the children’s book The Ring, the Witch, and the Crystal: An Ewok Adventure (1986), and in Star Tours.

Ewoks: Shadows of Endor will be out on October 9, 2013.

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Ewoks of the Day: Lumat and Latara

October 6, 2013 at 12:05 am | Posted in Art, Comic Books, Dark Horse, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Here at Roqoo Depot, we are counting down the days to the release of Ewoks: Shadows of Endor. Written and drawn by Zack Giallongo with colors by Braden Lamb, this trade paperback comic leads directly in the events of Return of the Jedi and ties into the Ewoks television movies and series. To help get readers in the mood, we’ll be doing an Ewok of the day each day until the comic’s release. Today we’re highlighting Lumat and Latara.

Lumat is a family man. Along with his wife Zephee, they have three children: Latara, Nippet and Wiley. As a part of Bright Tree Village, Lumat is the chief woodcutter. Along with many other Ewoks, he fought against the Empire in the Battle of Endor.

He appeared in Return of the Jedi, one episode of the Ewoks television series, and several children’s books: How the Ewoks Saved the Trees: An Old Ewok Legend, Wicket Finds a Way: An Ewok Adventure, and The Shadow Stone: An Ewok Adventure. Collectors might also recognize him from his action figure, be it the old vintage Kenner figure or the newer one by Hasbro, though neither version had black stripes.

Latara is Lumat’s daughter and sister to Wiley and Nippet (the baby wokling seen in Return of the Jedi). Being best friends with Princess Kneesaa and Wicket, the trio have gone on many adventures together. In her free time, she likes to play the flute, and has been known to have a big crush on Teebo.

Her first appearance was in Wicket Finds a Way: An Ewok Adventure (1984). She also appeared in the second issue of the Ewoks comics, and was a recurring character in the Ewoks television show (she was voiced by Taborah Johnson in season one, and Sue Murphy in season two).

Ewoks: Shadows of Endor will be out on October 9, 2013.

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Ewok of the Day: Princess Kneesaa

October 5, 2013 at 12:05 am | Posted in Art, Comic Books, Dark Horse, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Here at Roqoo Depot, we are counting down the days to the release of Ewoks: Shadows of Endor. Written and drawn by Zack Giallongo with colors by Braden Lamb, this trade paperback comic leads directly in the events of Return of the Jedi and ties into the Ewoks television movies and series. To help get readers in the mood, we’ll be doing an Ewok of the day each day until the comic’s release. Today we’re highlighting Princess Kneesaa.

Princess Kneesaa a Jari Kintaka is the daughter of Chief Chirpa and Ra-Lee. Her younger sister is Asha. Ra-Lee was killed by a hanadak while Kneesaa was very young. At the time of the attack, Asha disappeared into the woods and was thought to be dead. In reality, she was found by a pack of korrinas and raised by them. Out in the wild, she preyed upon Dulok fur traders and was known as the Red Ghost. Eventually Kneesaa found her sister and was able to bring her back to Bright Tree Village. Later in life, Princess Kneesaa become Chieftainess of Bright Tree Village and married Wicket.

Princess Kneesaa appeared in issue #4 of the Droids comic series and in a dozen issues of the Ewoks comics, in the children’s books: How the Ewoks Saved the Trees: An Old Ewok Legend, The Baby Ewoks’ Picnic Surprise, Three Cheers for Kneesaa!: An Ewok Adventure, The Ewoks’ Hang-Gliding Adventure, Fuzzy as an Ewok, and in the short stories “Chief Chirpa Kidnapped!”, “The Ice Princess!” and “Return of the Great One!” which all appeared in the 1988 Marvel Ewoks Annual. She was also a regular on the Ewoks television show.

Ewoks: Shadows of Endor will be out on October 9, 2013.

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