Anyway, I know this is rather late, but Happy Easter/Passover/[insert spring holiday of your choice here], everyone!
The Star Wars wiki has expanded into the world of blogging with Wookieepedia Newsnet, a companion to the main site. Spearheaded by CJ reader Graestan, the blog will let those of us who maybe don’t log into our accounts for
months weeks at a time keep up with community goings-on.
Great things on the Wookieepedia: Gizmodo has blogged the Wookieepedia’s galaxy map (originally appeared in Star Wars Insider #65) thus making it legitimately cool on the internet. Or something. Not that I’m saying you kids still don’t have some work to do.
- Comics: Randy Stradley has an update at Dark Horse’s Star Wars Zone. Big news is that The Clone Wars comic will go on (monthly!) for six more issues. And there will be two big announcements at New York Comic-Con.
- The Force Unleashed: The game is a nominee for the WGA’s award for 2008’s best videogame writing. (via)
- Magazines: Could the Star Wars Insider be on the road to improvement with a new editor?
- Authors: Karen Traviss is up for the Philip K. Dick award for the final book in her Wess’har series, Judge.
Dave Filoni and Henry Gilroy answer fan questions on The Clone Wars over at TheForce.net. A lot of interesting tidbits on the show, its relation to the EU, George’s involvement and other food for thought, like Gilroy’s comments on the unique challenges of writing a digital show:
It wasn’t really an issue of balance. When I wrote the first episode, I wished I could have used the entire Jedi Council, but because we were just building the studio, the only characters I had available were Anakin, Obi-Wan and Yoda. Mace wasn’t originally in the movie story, because he wasn’t built yet, he was added way later. This was the incredible challenge as the head writer, I was tasked with writing Star Wars and making it feel as big as Star Wars, but only allowed to build ONE new character per episode (I started with 9 — can you name them?). So Luminara and Kit showed up at the very first chance I could put them in the show.
Oh, and there’s also something in there about George and the Wookieepedia. Yes, seriously.
Han Solo’s illegitimate daughter (maybe,) Danielle Kieran. Proving, if nothing else, that Harrison Ford would not look all that great in drag.
The big news is The Force Unleashed demo shattering Xbox Live records with more than a million downloads. Count in the Playstation Network and it comes out to 2.3 million. Not too shabby…
- In the news: Star Wars lives on through games. Among other things… But certainly the games are where the interest is, at least online: The Secret Apprentice (under his spoilerific real name) has been among the most-visited pages on the Wookieepedia for a while now. (He’s currently #4, behind the main page, Anakin Skywalker, and lightsaber.) And those numbers don’t require a console.
- Interview: GalacticBinder talks to Haden Blackman.
- Wishful thinking: The game isn’t even out yet, and IGN is obsessing over a sequel. If that’s a bit far-fetched for you, they also have a look back at the history of Star Wars games.
- Concept art: The Death Star laser tube by Chin Ko, above.
- T-shirts: The latest Steampunk Artoo… Now you see it, now you don’t.
- Fan sites: Wookieepedia is one of Wired’s eight best non-Wikipedia pedias.
- Craft: Fold yourself a Cubetrooper, Indiana Jones, Fetility Idol or any number of others.
- Lists: Topless Robot’s eight biggest reasons Indiana Jones is better than Han Solo, ten greatest spaceship chases ever, ten most blatant Star Wars toy rip-offs of the ’70s and Cracked’s eight classic movie robots that suck at their jobs. Hogwash!
At 328,784 bytes, Corran Horn’s entry is the biggest on the wiki, outpacing Palpatine, Anakin, and Luke. (Mara is #5.) Corran’s quote page, at #13, is bigger than Han Solo’s entire entry. (Note: Reading any of these pages may lead to LOTF spoilers, including some for Invincible.)
The hell, Wookieepedia? Is Stackpole moonlighting over there or something?
io9 discovers Supershadow, the internet’s most laughable Star Wars site. (Unless you happen to be certain type of Wookieepedian, in which case he is the fannish equivalent of Osama bin Laden. They get so adorably worked up over the little nutter.)
If the antics of Mickey and friends are a little too out there for you, io9 has also charted the prevalence of the Hero’s Journey in science fiction.