Upcoming. Del Rey has revealed the back cover of Honor Among Thieves and posted another mini-excerpt for Maul: Lockdown.
The blogside. For the detail oriented, StarWars.com has Imperial warlords from Abel G. Peña and Daniel Wallace and Xim the Despot by Jason Fry with Paul Urquhart. From the fan side, Eleven-ThirtyEight has Alexander Gaultier looking at the lost books of the EU and Ben Crofts defends implausible victories, or, welcome to the wonderful world of Space Opera.
Interview. Roqoo Depot talks to artist Chris Trevas about the Death Star Owner’s Technical Manual.
On the Tumblr. Mirax Terrik art from Tony Foti for the RPG.
Looking for some new Mara Jade artwork? Fantasy Flight Games slid a few image of Mara Jade into the base set of Star Wars: The Card Game, which came out in December. The game features artwork on all of the cards, ranging from concept art from Ralph McQuarrie to new artwork done for Fantasy Flight. While not directly named on any cards, Mara Jade makes her appearance as the Emperor’s Hand on two cards in the Sith deck sets for the Dark Side player.
Artist Drew Struzan is adding some context to his remarks from earlier in the week about Disney and Star Wars. On Facebook, he says there’s been nothing official, only chats with friends at the company:
“Disney” has said nothing to me and I expect nothing. That a couple of friends were wishing is only an expression of the hope that many are sharing but says nothing regarding the Studio itself. Even if ‘they’ did ask, which Disney has not, I’d rather leave the new films to the next generation to interpret. I’ve had my time and they were exceptional blessings for which I will forever be grateful.
Disappointing, but the man is retired, after all. Still, I hope Lucasfilm and Disney continue the trend of painted artwork for the primary movie posters – even if it is with a different artist. I’m sure there are plenty of worthy contenders out there who’d love the chance.
The final set of Celebration VI art prints are revealed, with Katie Cook (above,) David Rabbitte, Cat Staggs and Spencer Brinkerhoff, as well as some info on pre-ordering.
Art prints. The fourth set of art prints was revealed yesterday, including works by Joe Corroney, Doug Wheatley and Erik Maell, left. There’s one more reveal to go.
Disney World. Still no word on any official events at the park, but Disney is offering special pricing for Celebration attendees.
Exclusives. Hallmark fans will want to pick up the Obi-Wan Kenobi & Ponda Baba 3-pack in Orlando. 3-pack! Get it?
Kids. The Jawas Junkyard will “assembling and painting model Gonks.” You can check out some of astromechs from previous cons on Facebook.
We continue to march on with the Club Jade Tumblr, gathering 130 followers this week and averaging about 3 posts a day. Here are some highlights since the last time we checked in.
A Death Star II made out of a ping-pong ball. Recycling!
Nick Fury’s flashback; A seamless integration of Revenge of the Sith and The Avengers; A passage from Matt Stover’s Revenge of the Sith novelization gets GIFed.
How one of the most iconic scenes in Empire came from a ‘terrible decision.’
And, of course, lots of Star Wars art: An Artoo and Threepio/Bert and Ernie mashup; Star Wars, 40′s style; The Wizard of Oz reimagined in China.
The third set of art prints for Celebration VI is small (only 5!) but it does contain some familiar names like Dave Dorman (above,) Steve Anderson and Ken Lashley, who was responsible for the Star Wars Passat at last year’s SDCC.
In other art news, the tattoos will be back!
Guests. Chalk artist Eric Maruscak is returning for Celebration VI. Maruscak did a Clone Wars mural at Celebration V which (eventually) revealed Savage Opress.
Trivia. Spike will be marathoning the Star Wars movies for the 4th of July holiday (of course) and commercial breaks will bring a Celebration VI trivia challenge called (of course) ‘Force of July’. There’s a chance to win prize packs and tickets to Celebration. (via)
Off-campus. 521 Ministries and Geek Out Loud are sponsoring ‘A Celebration of Worship’ Sunday morning during Celebration at the Rosen Plaza hotel next to the convention center. Voice actor James Arnold Taylor will be attending.
I knew when I prepped three stories last night we’d be getting extra news today… And sure enough, here comes the second set of Celebration VI prints. The artists in this round include Tsuneo Sanda and Mark Raats, but my favorite is ‘A Fan’s Hope, Naam’s Huttese Theater, Tatooine,’ above, by friend-of-the-Club Jeff Carlisle.