The Last Jedi’s DJ focus of January one-shot comic

Coming to the Star Wars comics line in January… A one-shot about Benecio Del Toro’s DJ. Today’s Star Wars Show revealed that the issue will be about DJ leading into The Last Jedi. (There’s also a Chuck Wendig interview.)

An interview with Lucasfilm publishing’s creative director Michael Siglain sheds some light behind the scenes of producing Star Wars books.

→ From A Certain Point of View authors Meg Cabot, Nnedi Okorafor and Mallory Ortberg discuss their stories. Jason Fry has posted the notes for his story, ‘Duty Roster.’

Tag and Bink are coming to an untitled Han Solo movie near you

Ron Howard’s first really big reveal! For the purposes of our old-ass EU fan blog, anyway.

Tag and Bink are in the Han Solo movie. They’re played by Jon Kasdan (left,) who confirms it, and assistant director Toby Hefferman.)

The pair originate in the 2001 Tag & Bink Are Dead comics which are, technically, part of Legends. (Though even there the comics were considered “Infinities,” which today makes them doubly non-canon.) How much makes it to screen (and canon..?) Well, probably not much. But that’s fitting.

Technicalities aside, the original Tag and Bink comics (by Star Wars Tales MVP Kevin Rubio) are among the highlights of Dark Horse’s run with the license. They’re totally worth a read, require nothing at all in knowledge of the vast Expanded Universe, and are really, really funny. I don’t think there’s been any physical reprints since the comics license changeover to Marvel, but the collection is available on Comixology.

Honestly, this is exactly the kind of EU appearance I expect in this film: Brief and irreverent.

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NYCC: Zahn writing a Thrawn sequel, Forces of Destiny comics coming

The big news out of the Star Wars literature panel at New York Comic Con? A Thrawn sequel from Timothy Zahn is coming next summer. Thrawn: Alliances will also feature Darth Vader, because why not, I guess.

Since Thrawn pretty much butts up against Thrawn’s appearance and new canon debut Rebels, there’s some speculation that the book could be set after the cartoon… Which could mean that he’ll survive the show’s final season. Maybe. In any case, the book is already in the hands of Del Rey.

It’s also up on the Random House catalog, where we get a brief – but illuminating – blurb.

The sequel to New York Times bestseller Thrawn, Thrawn: Alliances will continue to follow the rise of Grand Admiral Thrawn to the heights of Imperial power—and accompany him into the past, witnessing his first encounter with the man who will one day become Darth Vader.

The book is currently scheduled for a June 26, 2018 release in hardcover and eBook.

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