If you haven’t spotted Visions yet, don’t fret – it’s officially out today. (Or maybe yesterday, according to Amazon. Even though they’ve been shipping it for a few weeks now. Whatever.) Meanwhile, coming to comic shops on Wednesday is The Old Republic #5
Costume for sale. An original Darth Vader costume – believed to have been from The Empire Strikes Back – will soon be going up for auction at Christie’s in London. It’s being put up for sale by “an American private collector” and is expected to fetch at least $250,000. A percentage of the sale price will go to cancer research.
In spaaaaace. A stable planet orbiting twin stars has been found 49 light-years away. (Alas – it is a gas giant.) Still, researchers have named the planet “Inrakluk,” which sounds pretty Wookiee to me.
People. USA Weekend interviews Matt Lanter, the actor who angsts enough for two on The Clone Wars and 90210.
It’s the time of year when all the Star Wars ‘holiday books’ are released; leaving fans drooling and wondering which one they should put on their list. One that seems to have gotten lost in the promotional blitz is Star Wars Art: Visions.
Inspired by an idea George Lucas discussed with J. W. Rinzler, this book is a magnificent collection of art that should please everyone’s tastes.
Each artist was commissioned by Lucas to create their vision of Star Wars. What they come up with is a wondrous variety of art in styles from Renaissance to Pop and spanning many different aspects of the saga. Each piece is given its own page or pages on high quality paper. And this works well, as you’ll want to study many of them in detail.
I had reactions from laughter to sadness. And they’re each one interesting in their own style. At the end of the book are explanations of the work from many of the artists that add to the fascination of the book. It’s well worth the investment.
My only negative is that the binding doesn’t seem quite up to the task of holding the high quality paper. Only time will tell on that. But this is definitely a worthy coffee table book that you’ll review time and again.
It’s time to start looking in earnest for the art book Star Wars: Visions. While it’s been listed online with a November release date, there have been several reports of it being in stores, which I take to mean that it’s not formally street dated. Preview some of the pieces at Underwire, and be sure to check out Paula’s review.
(Note: This post originally said that The Clone Wars S2 DVDS and TFUII were coming out today. That’s, uhh, next week. Sorry for any confusion.)
With the start of the third season of The Clone Wars webcomic this week, fan-favorite Star Wars artist Tom Hodges has broken some new ground – adding the role of the story writer on top of the art work. Tom took the time to answer a few questions from Club Jade about this season’s webcomic, “The Valsedian Operation” and the creative process. Continue reading
Check out the badges! I like them a lot, though it appears I will be getting at least one Clone Wars character. Oh well, what can you do? Nice stuff from Grant Gould all-round.
- The George and Jon Main Event has been scheduled for Saturday at 11am. We’re going to need more box coffee for that line!
- More artists. No, Matt Busch did not put himself in his image this time. (I was shocked, too.) But seriously, some nice stuff. My picks: Malcolm Tween’s Millennium Falcon and Clark Mitchell’s Boba Fett. Yes, I picked a Fett. Hey, it’s very nice.
- A pair of new cereal box images! These are actually so adorable they kind of make me want to sit through collecting panels. (Note the ‘kind of.’)
Artist Martin Firrell has begun developing a series of art videos about heroism and has changed his focus from real-life soldiers to sci-fi heroes. It’s a mix of artistic video and interview.
I’m not sure what the female fan’s reaction will be to Joe Flanigan’s opinion on what attracts women to the hero (second video in). He raises an interesting point, though. And Kate Mulgrew has some interesting comments about the difference between the male and female Starship captains. Worth checking out.
First look. Bonnie Burton’s craft book!
The blogside:Ben Kuchera of Ars Technica draws a parallel between Grand Admiral Thrawn, Exar Kun, and the Sith of The Old Republic; Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff on making up planets.
Interviews: NJOE talks to Invasion’s Tom Taylor.
Lists. Topless Robot’s Adam Pawlus counts down his list of the ten best stories in the Expanded Universe. The vast majority of these are at best unnoteworthy to this EU fan, and I certainly can’t condone anyone who puts a Boba Fett comic above the Thrawn trology. (Zahn may not be perfect… But Boba Fett? How uncivilized.)
Namesake corner. Sideshow says Mara Jade will make “an appearance in one of our lines by 2011.”