Star Wars book and comic panels at SDCC

sdcc-logoThe Thursday and Friday schedules for San Diego Comic Con are out, and given that we’re not expecting any really big Star Wars news (ahem, sequel stuff) to come out until the following week at Celebration Europe, it’s mostly up to domestic licensees to carry the torch. (Though there will, apparently, be one hell of a booth, with some fresh trappings.)

Dark Horse may have something:

Star Wars Comics: Here and Now
What is the current state of Star Wars comics? Join Dark Horse editor Randy Stradley and Star Wars creators Carlos D’Anda, Corinna Bechko, Gabriel Hardman, Doug Wheatley, Gabe Eltaeb, Tom Taylor, Zack Giallongo, and others for the lowdown on what’s up, what’s coming up, and why you should be reading!
Friday July 19, 2013 10:00am – 11:00am. Room 7AB

Del Rey I’m not so sure about:

Writer’s Studio: Behind the Scenes with Star Wars Authors
Hear a variety of authors talk about the rewards and challenges of writing Star Wars, whether it’s through novels, making-of nonfiction, or cartoons. New York Times bestselling authors Jeffrey Brown, Troy Denning, John Jackson Miller, and J. W. Rinzler, as well as editors Frank Parisi of Random House and Jennifer Heddle of Lucasfilm, will participate in a roundtable discussion on writing in the Galaxy Far, Far Away. Emceed by Lucasfilm Holocron keeper Leland Chee.
Friday July 19, 2013 12:00pm – 1:00pm. Room 7AB.

I can guess at a few things that may come up in the Q&A portion. But this doesn’t look like a ‘YES, WE HAVE NEWS’ panel, though certainly there will be talk on The Making of Return of the Jedi, Crucible and Kenobi. Maybe something from Empire and Rebellion, even if none of the authors are present?

Del Rey doesn’t publish Star Wars overseas – even in the U.K., another publisher handles the reprints – so they have no reason to hold back anything for CE.

Head below the cut for a few more panels of interest.

The Most Dangerous Women at Comic-Con: Dual Identities
Actresses, stuntwomen, creative cosplayers, outspoken bloggers, gamers, and comic book creators…which women are movers and shakers on the convention scene? Is the con a place where fangirls feel forced to fit fantastic expectations, or is it a place where they can unleash who they really are? Are women in fandom subjected to more judgment than their male counterparts? Do women in fandom have to maintain dual identities in ways the fanboys don’t? To discuss whether fandom really is different for women, Action Flick Chick Katrina Hill (Fanhattan, CraveOnline) has assembled a team of women dangerous in their own right: Chaka Cumberbatch (FunAnimation), Ashley Eckstein (HerUniverse), Erin Gray (Buck Rogers, Heroes for Hire), Dr. Andrea Letamendi (, Jessica Merizan (BioWare), Morgan Romine (Frag Dolls), and America Young (Stan Lee’s World of Heroes).
Thursday July 18, 2013 6:00pm – 7:00pm. Room 7AB.

Star Wars: Collectibles Update
Join eFX, Gentle Giant Studios, Kotobukiya, and Sideshow Collectibles for product development insights and exclusive previews of the latest in Star Wars collectibles. Moderated by Chris Spitale of Lucas Licensing.
Friday July 19, 2013 11:00am – 12:00pm. Room 7AB.

Hasbro: Star Wars
Members of the Hasbro brand and design team, including Derryl DePriest (VP, global brand marketing), Jeff Labovitz (director, global brand marketing), discuss the popular Hasbro StarWars and Angry Birds Star Wars line. Attendees will also get a sneak peek at upcoming action figures. Derryl, Jeff, and team will also host a Q&A for your burning StarWars action figure questions!
Friday July 19, 2013 1:00pm – 2:00pm. Room 7AB.

Star Wars Origami
Origami Master folder Chris Alexander (author of Star Wars Origami) demonstrates and teaches the master folding techniques to make Star Wars origami figures. Attendees will fold an exclusive Comic-Con model along with other art from the Star Wars universe. Materials included!
Friday July 19, 2013 2:00pm – 3:00pm. Room 7AB.

Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over the World
Fanfiction has recently moved into the spotlight, with fic authors getting impressive book deals and Amazon announcing Kindle Worlds. But there’s a lot more to the story than Fifty Shades of Grey. Panelists Amber Benson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Christina Lauren (tby789 and LolaShoes, Beautiful Bastard), Rachel Caine (Morganville Vampires, Weather Wardens), V. Arrow (aimmyarrowshigh, The Panem Companion), and Heidi Tandy (heidi8, Organization for Transformative Works) discuss how fan writing-from missing scenes to remixes and crossovers-and other fanworks re-imagine the boundaries of everything from sexuality and gender to character and authorship. They’ll discuss the way fan culture is challenging today’s entertainment and publishing industry norms, and consider the value a noncommercial creative space can bring to emerging and even professional writers and artists. Moderated by Anne Jamison (Fic: Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over the World).
Friday July 19, 2013 2:00pm – 3:00pm. Room 29A.

GEEK Star Wars Roundtable Live!
Sense a great disturbance in the Force? Don’t worry, it’s only the cover story of GEEK magazine coming to the stage of the San Diego Comic-Con as panelists convene their own Jedi Council roundtable to discuss their new hopes for the saga and the astounding developments in a galaxy far, far, away. Kyle Newman (director, Fanboys), Steve Melching (writer, The Clone Wars), Christian Gossett (artist, Tales of the Jedi), Jonathan Rinzler (author, The Making of Return of the Jedi), and GEEK founding publisher and Sith Lord Mark A. Altman (writer/producer, Free Enterprise) discuss the return of Han, Luke, and Leia; the prequels; the end of The Clone Wars; and J. J. Abrams’s epic challenge as Star Wars strikes back.
Friday July 19, 2013 5:00pm – 6:00pm. Room 7AB.

Drew Struzan: The Man Behind the Poster
Movie poster artist Drew Struzan (creator of the Star Wars, Back to the Future, and Indiana Jones movie posters) is joined by celebrity guests and the film crew behind the documentary feature film about his career, set to premiere this summer. Enjoy movie clips, poster giveaways, and free movie tickets.
Friday July 19, 2013 7:00pm – 8:00pm. Room 4.

Psychology of Star Trek vs. Star Wars: Episode II
Dr. Andrea Letamendi (UCLA; Batgirl) and Dr. Ali Mattu (NYU) bring their popular intergalactic sci-fi battle to SDCC! These two geeky psychologists will debate the science behind the characters, universes, and fandom of two of the most legendary franchises in pop culture. Special guest panelists include John Champion (Mission Log: A Roddenberry Star Trek Podcast) and Bryan Young ( Join a side and cast your vote to choose the winner! Refereed by Brian Ward (Shout! Factory).
Friday July 19, 2013 7:30pm – 8:30pm. Room 24ABC.

No idea if we’ll see more Star Wars panels on the rest of the schedule, but you never know!