I’ve been hanging around fandom a long time. But now, every year brings less and less Star Wars that actually appeals to me. The Old Republic? Not a gamer. The saga in 3-D? Meh. Novels focused on brand-new characters? That’s what the rest of the SF/F section is for. The Clone Wars? No thanks.
And there are so many news blogs out there right now, run by young, fresh names and faces. You don’t need us anymore.
So what’s left that really excites us about Star Wars? Why are we still here? What is the deep dark secret of Club Jade? Continue reading
I finally had a chance to catch up with my usual source the other day. S/he has proved a bit skittish on the classified information since last year blew up so spectacularly. (Rumor has it that someone close to George is a recovering Anita Blake addict, unknown to LucasBooks, and when the word of Jaded Conquest trickled up The Maker himself squashed the book.)
Luckily for all of us, this next project is a great deal more G-rated. Continue reading
L.A. Weekly checks in with the progress of making ThinkGeek’s April Fools TaunTaun sleeping bag a reality. Thinkgeek PR guy Shane Peterman says:
We are definitely trying to make it in to an actual item to be sold on our site. As of right now, it’s still an “if,” but it’s turning in to more of a “when.” Things are looking pretty good, we just don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves. There’s certainly been enough of a demand, both from customers and from those of us that work here. Right now, we’re aiming to have it available for the holidays, or at the latest, the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back next spring.
But what of Lucasfilm?
We’re still working with Lucas to get approval for a final design. Again, it’s looking good, we just can’t say too much right now since it’s still in the works.
Well, we’re patient.
So it turns out that the maker of ThinkGeek’s most talked-about April Fool’s prank, the tauntaun sleeping bag, is actually a friend of CJ’s own Rach. She didn’t come up with the concept, but she did assemble it, and you can check out the photos at her Flickr.
And yes, in case you haven’t heard, the response was so positive that ThinkGeek is looking into licensing it for real!
TORn is reporting that negotiations are underway for a trilogy (rather than a dulogy) of The Hobbit films.
In the hefty realm of Star Wars pranks, the big hit seems to be ThinkGeek’s Tauntaun sleeping bag. What kid wouldn’t love that!
Meanwhile, Wookieepedia has gone purist: “…the consensus of the Wookieepedia administrators is to only accept the Star Wars films as canon. Expanded Universe material will be treated as non-canon from here on. ”
And Firefox News has Diablo Cody tapped to Write Star Wars Episode VII; Get a feel for the concept by flashing back to If Diablo Cody Wrote Star Wars.
Big thanks to for the enthusiastic replies to Laurel K. Hamilton’s Jaded Conquest, and to CJ’s Heather W. for the title. We actually have a great run of title suggestions on the list, including Journey into Skywalker, Jedi in Chains, Under The Hand, and Hard Jade Knight. I think it might call for a poll…
Other EU tomfoolery: The Movie Blog reports that George Lucas is making a Legacy movie; TFN’s Lit forums celebrate the release of Bib Fortuna and the Rise of the Dark Falls and the announcement of Republic Commando: Tipoca Thunder, while there is mass outrage of Dark Horse’s decision to reshuffle the NJO timeline for Invasion.
As for the rest of the internet…
Or at least, that’s what I was told. But seriously, you’ve got to see it to believe it. Lucasfilm has got a real powerhouse on this one… Continue reading
Clearly, there is no keeping our sisters over at Club Obi-Wan down on this holiest of days. We do hope you’ll excuse the mess.
Wookieepedia uped their canon points by changing over to Aurebesh. Click the English link and you’re sent over to Darthipedia in sheep’s clothing.
Boing Boing TV has an exclusive interview with George Lucas about ‘The Boba Fett Mystique,’ his new line of bath products. Really? It’s Xeni Jardin dancing around to an elevator-music version of the Numa Numa song.
Moviehole.com brings us the news that Harrison Ford is returning as Han Solo in a new movie scripted by Carrie Fisher.
The 501st tease George Lucas’ “Project 4108.” TFN has a Indy IV in 3-D story, the ForceCast in Spanish, and… They linked us!
As for other favorites, Google teams up with Virgin for Virgle and ThinkGeek brings the world’s first USB pregnancy test. And of course, lots of rickrolling.
Got more? Link your favorite prank in the comments!
A source has forwarded me some very troubling information about the upcoming books. It seems that LFL and Del Rey (yes, Del Rey will be back) have been paying attention to the most extreme whining about LOTF and even the NJO, and they’re taking steps accordingly. I hate to assault the eyes of an unprepared audience, so details are below the cut: Enter at your own risk. Continue reading
Our own ‘Club Obi-Wan’ has finally been put down, but remains preserved for the ages.
Other than those we linked in the spirit of the day… There weren’t as many as in previous years, no doubt due to it being a Sunday. (What is it with these strange people and their 5-day work weeks? Where do I get one of those?)
As far as SW fandom goes, I think Wookieepedia won this round handily. TheForce.Net phoned it in this year with a less-than-special interview podcast; their boards got a Barbie theme.
I enjoyed LocusMag.com: Sainting Neil Gaiman, Kevin J. Anderson’s hostile takeover of Larry Niven’s legendary “Known Space”; Anita Blake vs. Anna Nicole and Sci-Fi Channel’s real stargate.
Oh, and SyFy Portal think we’re all being terribly unprofessional. I can only dream of having such delusions of grandeur, but then we here are only mere fan bloggers and cannot possibly understand the responsibilities of posting real news.