June 15th, 2010 by Dunc · 1 Comment
RIP. Artist Al Williamson, who illustrated the Star Wars comic strip and adaptions of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, passed away this weekend. He’s remembered by editor Dave Land at DarkHorse.com
We read it uphill, in the snow, with no boots. Suvudu salutes Heir to the Empire — with a little help from Tim Zahn, editor Tom Dupree and art director Jamie S. Warren — as part of their 25 years of Spectra features.
Solicitations. Look ahead to September comics from Dark Horse, with new issues of Invasion, The Old Republic: Threat of Peace, that Fett thing, and a $1 reprint of Legacy #1.
Blogside. Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff on mistakes.
For the nitpickians. A new Essential Atlas appendix – in PDF form. Prime your hole-punchers!
Filed: expanded universe
Tagged: comic strips · comics · deaths · empire strikes back · essential atlas · maya kaathryn bohnhoff · return of the jedi · solicitations · the blogside · thrawn trilogy · timothy zahn
March 29th, 2010 by Dunc · 3 Comments
It really was a trap, you know? LT sometimes likes to harsh on Admiral Ackbar for so theatrically pointing that out, quite a while after the fact, but I always tell him fuck you. Ackbar rules. He had the balls (figuratively, at least; anatomically, it’s unclear) to say so out loud! Plus, so dashing in the white uniform.
- Mimi Smartypants, ‘as discriminating as a goat’
Filed: fandom · star wars
Tagged: admiral ackbar · return of the jedi · the blogside
October 24th, 2009 by Dunc · No Comments
Embrace the pain. Inspired by the latest in transparent rumor-mongering, Cracked puts their well-worn Wookieepedia bookmark to use to come up with five reasons the Star Wars sequels would be worse than the prequels. As an EU fan, I say… Well, yeah. It’s easy to be hard on the prequels, but we can’t deny that the post-ROTJ EU is at least equally screwed up. (I for one have no problem admitting the EU is probably worse. One word, kids: Volume. Also, [insert your least favorite author/book here.])
Not that I would expect George to actually use the existing EU for much besides a few spare parts if he ever did decide to make a sequel trilogy. But various statements he’s made over the last few years show he really doesn’t see much in the sequel era – Han Solo and the Backyard Barbecue much?
Postponed. The Complete Vader will be getting a new release date due to printing issues. It was supposed to be out on Tuesday, but better a nice, carefully reconstructed book than a complete crispy mess completely encased in plastic, right?
The blogside. Mike Stackpole on assumption that authors are their characters.
From the horse’s mouth. A speculative TFN thread prompts John Ostrander to make a preemptive strike and announce that Legacy will not be following in the footsteps of Knights of the Old Republic and ending with issue #50.
Also in comics: Previews for Legacy #41, Invasion #5, The Clone Wars #10 and the one-shot Purge: Seconds to Die.
Filed: expanded universe · sequel trilogy
Tagged: invasion · john ostrander · legacy · lists · lol eu · mike stackpole · previews · tcw comics · the blogside · the complete vader
September 30th, 2009 by Dunc · No Comments
Namesake corner. Mara Jade is one of Crave’s ten female characters that would kick your face in. Uhh, thanks? I think. Also, apparently the Galaxies trading card game has another Mara card, yet again with art that I don’t totally hate (fourth row here, in wallpaper size and everything. Despite smearing their first offering with an April Fools, I don’t dislike it. One just gets a bit tired of the leather jumpsuit T&A, though it does come in handy for mocking up a cover for the faux smut.)
The Clone Wars. Dave Filoni will be appearing on tonight’s ForceCast Live.
Upcoming. Sue Rostoni confirms that Kemp’s Crosscurrent sequel will get a June 2011 release, pushing the Reaves/Bohnhoff holostar novel up to March. And Alex Irvine drops a few hints about what to expect from his Nomi Sunrider novel. And some people say there are too many big 3 novels…
The blogside. Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff looks at Star Wars as philosophy. (Psst… Googling ‘Midichlorian Rhapsody’ brings up this, filk fans.)
Wait, what? At first I was just rolling my eyes at a visual dictionary for LEGO Star Wars, but now it’s getting the most extensive string of bookstore events yet. Boggling. Well, I guess the kids like it.
Filed: expanded universe · fandom
Tagged: alex irvine · crosscurrent · dave filoni · filk · lego star wars · mara jade · maya kaathryn bohnhoff · podcasts · sue rostoni · the blogside
September 23rd, 2009 by Dunc · 1 Comment
Crafting corner. There are two Mara Jade items in this roundup, and here’s the first one. Rebecca aka Sorakirei, whose first lightsaber scarf we featured earlier in the month, has another made another one. The Mara Jade lightsaber scarf was a commission – could it be from one of our readers? It’s a big internet… She’s also done a ROTJ Luke saber since we last looked…
The Blogside: Joe Schreiber on haunted houses and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff on musical parody.
Action figures: A closer look at Jacen and Jaina.
Previews: Legacy #40, Knights of the Old Republic #46 and Invasion #4, which gives us our first look at (a fairly generic and perhaps Renaissance-Fair attending) Mara.
Lists: Topless Robot has a very Marvel-heavy list of the eleven least necessary Star Wars comics. Yes, its another one of those lists that was probably compiled by hitting the random button on the Wookieepedia, but I’m considering doing a novel version. (Since I’ve actually, like, read a lot of them. Imagine that. The New Rebellion, are your ears stinging yet?)
Filed: expanded universe
Tagged: clothing · comics · death troopers · eu toys · fanmade · jacen solo · jaina solo · joe schreiber · lightsabers · lists · mara jade · maya kaathryn bohnhoff · previews · the blogside
September 16th, 2009 by Dunc · No Comments
Nonfiction corner. StarWars.com talks to Ryder Windham and Pete Vilmur about The Complete Vader. On a related note, take a peek at Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Death Troopers. Did you catch all the Purge letters? No? Well, here are the direct links: DeathTroopers.com, StarWars.com, Star Wars Action News, NJOE, RebelScum, TheForce.net, and ours.
Podcasts. Jason Fry and Daniel Wallace are on the latest Fictional Frontiers with Sohaib. (Warning: auto-pla.)
Blogsided. Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff on the pool of knowledge and Star Wars as part of the vernacular.
Ye Olde Databank. New or expanded entries for Jocasta Nu, Cad Bane, and Cato Parasitti. And hey – Ben Skywalker is in there now. That’s new! Newish. Wait, don’t tell me: They added him with the Backlash cover, didn’t they?
Sweet mockery. Checked in with We Hav to Take a Trip with Jacen Solo lately? Havac is currently working his way through Legacy of the Force.
Filed: expanded universe · the clone wars
Tagged: ben skywalker · dan wallace · darth vader · databank · death troopers · essential atlas · jacen solo · jason fry · legacy of the force · maya kaathryn bohnhoff · nonfiction · pete vilmur · podcasts · ryder windham · shadow games · the blogside · the complete vader · you can draw
August 26th, 2009 by Dunc · 3 Comments
Winceworthy. Geekdad’s Lonnie Morgan gets a bit too into reading Star Wars novels and celebrates by inflicting yet another round of fantasy casting upon the internets. (I dislike this kind of thing: They all tend to come out in fail.) There’s also a poll on which (if any) EU series/era you’d like to see come to the screen.
Lost Tribe of the Sith: Sue Rostoni gave a tentative date of February 9th for the next installment of the Fate of the Jedi tie-in ebooks. That’s about a month before the fourth book, Allston’s Backlash, is due out.
The blogside: Dan Wallace and Jason Fry continue with their Essential Atlas endnotes; Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff on dealing with aliens.
Podcasts: Thursday’s EUCast (7pm EST) will focus on Mara Jade.
Comic previews: Invasion #3, Knights of the Old Republic #45, and The Clone Wars #9.
Gaming: A 20-minute video walkthrough of The Old Republic MMO.
Filed: expanded universe
Tagged: comics · dan wallace · invasion · jason fry · john jackson miller · kotor · lost tribe of the sith · mara jade · maya kaathryn bohnhoff · podcasts · previews · shadow games · the blogside · the old republic (mmo)
August 20th, 2009 by Dunc · 1 Comment
Essential Atlas: Suvudu has a multi-part video interview with Jason Fry and Dan Wallace about this week’s release… And if you still want to know more, there’s a live chat scheduled for September 2.
Darth Bane: Take a peek at the blurb and final cover for Drew Karpyshyn’s Dynasty of Evil. Let me mention again how very, very grateful I am to see John Jude Palencar back on cover duty for this storyline.
A Padawan’s Journal: Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff on What Comes After Chapter One and Reality is in the Nuts and Bolts.
The blogside: Mandy considers Karen Traviss’ departure in the first of a four-part series.
Filed: expanded universe
Tagged: dan wallace · darth bane · drew karpyshyn · essential atlas · jason fry · maya kaathryn bohnhoff · shadow games · the blogside
July 12th, 2009 by Dunc · No Comments
Something to add to those Episode VII wish lists… Jaina Solo makes io9′s list of the most badass female space pilots of all time. It’s a damn shame we never got anyone in the movies who qualifies…
Filed: expanded universe
Tagged: comics · fate of the jedi · jaina solo · legacy · lists · maya kaathryn bohnhoff · previews · reviews · the blogside
May 29th, 2009 by Dunc · No Comments
Nonfiction. Here we have the cover for Star Wars: 1,000 Collectibles. Steve Sansweet and Anne Neumann take us into the depths of Rancho Obi-Wan… Okay, maybe not the depths. Look for it October 1st.
Random. TheForce.Net has some random updates on upcoming books, mostly The Clone Wars kids stuff, which honestly I’m not even trying to keep track of. There is an episode guide that might be of interest to some.
A Padawan’s Journal. Bohnhoff on Plotting the Wily Star Wars Novel and First Impressions.
Games. Another Battlefront on the way. On that note, here’s the Threat of Peace web comic is now on #7.
Filed: expanded universe · fandom · the clone wars
Tagged: battlefront · collecting · maya kaathryn bohnhoff · steve sansweet · the blogside · the old republic (mmo) · webcomics