The Clone Wars returning for one last run

The Clone Wars is coming back for a twelve episode final run, Dave Filoni announced this afternoon at San Diego Comic-Con. The new episodes will air on Disney’s upcoming streaming service.

“I honestly didn’t think we would ever have the opportunity to return to The Clone Wars,” says Filoni in a statement. “Thanks to the relentless fan support and the team behind Disney’s direct-to-consumer streaming service, we will now get to tell more of those stories. We feel a tremendous responsibility to make something that lives up to the legacy that George Lucas created with the original series and I think our team, many of whom worked on the show from the beginning, has risen to the challenge.”

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Out this week: Star Wars, Vader Annual

We’ve got three new comics and an old (very old) trade collection coming on Wednesday, July 18. They’re Star Wars #51, Darth Vader Annual #2, Poe Dameron #29 and the Legends collection The Original Marvel Years Volume 3.

Fans attending San Diego Comic Con later this week have a shot at getting two exclusive editions of Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn: Alliances a few days early. The standard edition will be out on July 24. (We’re also expecting book news out of the con on Friday.)

How to get the (two!) SDCC exclusive versions of Thrawn: Alliances

Del Rey’s Unbound Worlds blog has the details on how you can score the two exclusive versions of Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn: Alliances that they’ll be bringing to San Diego Comic Con next month. The first is a signed hardcover version that comes with a new cover, a pin and a tote bag. The second is the audiobook version, which features an exclusive conversation between Zahn and narrator Marc Thompson, as well a collector’s tin, numbered and signed card, and the same pin as the hardcover.

Either version will cost you $45. Del Rey will be using a wristband system again, with separate wristbands for each edition.

Fans at the con will also be getting the book slightly early: SDCC is held July 19-22, while the standard editions go on sale July 24.

Celebrating The Clone Wars’ 10th birthday at SDCC

Dave Filoni and “special guests” will celebrate the ten-year anniversary of Lucasfilm Animation’s The Clone Wars with a panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday, July 19th. Star Wars isn’t expected to have a huge panel presence at the con this year – at least not in the Hall H sense – but this is our first announcement re: SDCC so far. Writer Amy Ratcliffe (Women of the Galaxy) will be moderating the panel.

With Episode IX more than a year out, will there be a panel on this fall’s Resistance – Lucasfilm Animation’s third show – as well? Per usual, we wait and see.

5-day passes for Celebration Chicago sold out

Passes for Celebration Chicago went on sale Tuesday, and it doesn’t seem like the price increase has had any effect on demand. 5-day passes were sold out by Thursday morning, and 1-day passes for Saturday are 60% sold out..

Despite fan speculation, the amount of whole con passes hasn’t been limited since Orlando in 2017; The official Celebration account says they’re seeing “much higher demand” this time around. (It’s worth noting that there hasn’t been a Celebration in the Midwest since Celebration III in 2005, which was held in Indianapolis a month ahead of the release of Revenge of the Sith.)

It took months for those to sell out for Orlando in 2017; 4-days for Anaheim in 2015 sold out just before the con began. At this rate, the Celebration after this one is going to be like SDCC. (AKA: Utterly ridiculous.)

Hotel rooms have also been an issue, but keep checking back. I didn’t get anything Tuesday, but I managed to nab one Wednesday. Good luck!

The con is being held April 11-15, 2019 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

Ticket details for Celebration Chicago

Celebration Chicago details are up! The advance prices for a five-day pass are $215 for adult, $100 for child, and one-day adult passes are $75 each, with a $55.00 Thursday “Bounty Hunter” preview. The VIP Jedi Master pass will run $850.00.

The show is April 11-15, 2019 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. This is eighth domestic Celebration and the first time the con has been extended to five days.

The tickets will go on sale June 5 at noon. If this will be your first Celebration, fear not: The standard five-day passes likely won’t sell out right away, though the VIP tickets certainly will. (I still wouldn’t wait too long, though.)

I am hoping completely revisit our convention tips series for Chicago, so if you have any questions, feel free to comment or send them along.

Here’s when you can visit Disney’s Galaxy’s Edge

Disney Parks has announced when the two Galaxy’s Edge parks will be open to visitors. The California one, at Disneyland, will open in “summer” 2019, while the version at Disney World’s Hollywood Studios will launch in “late fall” that same year.

Clearly, there are still details – and exact dates – to be revealed, but this is at least slightly more specific than what we last had. Whatever the date may be, expect that Fastpasses will be hard to get, and the lines will be very, very long. Luckily, we are a fandom that loves lines.

Celebration zigs when we expected it to zag, heads to Chicago

The Midwest is getting a Celebration again and I could not be more surprised. The Star Wars Show today announced that 2019’s Celebration is not going back to Anaheim, as many of us expected, but instead to Chicago. McCormick Place, home of ReedPOP’s C2E2, will host the show on April 11-15, 2019.

Tickets will go on sale on June 5 at starwarscelebration.com.

This will be the 20th Anniversary of the con, and the 9th to be held domestically. The first Celebration was hosted in Denver ahead of The Phantom Menace in 1999, and from there the show headed to Indianapolis (twice), L.A., Orlando (thrice!) and Anaheim.

Pack your coats!