Dark Horse’s Randy Stradley on the past, present and (maybe) future of Star Wars comics

TheForce.Net talks at length with Dark Horse editor Randy Stradley about Star Wars, comics and the always ‘popular’ issues of continuity and canon. I particularly like this bit:

But, writers, know this: I am not interested in “stories” that plug or explain holes in existing continuity. Your goal is to tell a tale that moves, inspires, challenges, or at the very least entertains the readers, not to fill in perceived omissions or pave over “errors.”

And is that a vague confirmation that John Jackson Miller is working on another Star Wars comic I see? Head on over to speculate for yourself.

3 thoughts on “Dark Horse’s Randy Stradley on the past, present and (maybe) future of Star Wars comics

  1. izikavazo

    I kinda wish they would create comic adaptations of books. I won both the comics and the books to the Thrawn trilogy, and I love both of them.
    Invasion is great, but there’s a whole heard of people who haven’t read NJO and have no plans to because they only read comics. They’re missing out on a lot of the storyline.
    I guess too many versions of the same stories would cause problems too, but it would be nice to have larger stoylines like NJO and LOTF reach a larger audience.
    And it would probably make them a lot of money. Logically it would require fewer writers and less planning to adapt a story rather than coming up with a new one.

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  2. Aaron

    @ fewer writers / less planning: I seriously doubt that. Adaptating a story is actually just as hard, if not even harder than coming up with a new one. Look at all the failed book adaptations if you doubt it. If adaptations were easy to make, there clearly wouldn’t be as much whining on the internet whenever a beloved classic is turned into a movie. Next candidate for classic turned horrible trash? Eagle of the Ninth. :-(

    @interview: I love Randy Stradley’s take on Star Wars. If only there was a clone of his in the book department all those nonsense novels about filling gaps (yes, Traviss, I’m talking about you) could have been avoided. Must be ages that I read a SW novel that had an enjoyable story. Probably will be ages, too, since the novel trash of recent years had me give up on them completely. ;-) Sic transit gloria mundi…

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  3. Pabawan

    “but there’s a whole herd of people who haven’t read NJO and have no plans to because they only read comics. ”

    I’m guessing here, but the number of people who read SW novels > read SW comics

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