Tuesday is a big day for Ahsoka Tano fans, as E.K. Johnston’s Ahsoka hits the shelves. The book fills in at least some of the gaps between her last appearance in The Clone Wars and her first in Rebels. The audiobook version, also out Tuesday, is read by Ashley Eckstein. You can check out a sample on Soundcloud.
Also coming up in October we have Pablo Hidalgo’s Star Wars Propaganda on the 25th. Our next novel is Catalyst by James Luceno, which will give us some background on Rogue One, out on November 15. Check out our book release schedule for the rest of 2016.
Wedge Antilles and Hobbie Klivian join the Rebellion in Rebels’‘The Antilles Extraction.’ Andi Gutierrez chats with Henry Gilroy, Pablo Hidalgo, and Dave Filoni about Wedge, Sabine’s background with the Empire, Biggs Darklighter (!) and Skystrike Academy. Plus, Pablo answers a question about… Science?
We’ve already covered the news out of Friday’s Star Wars writers roundtable at NYCC, but there was a decent lineup of current writers: Novelists Timothy Zahn, Chuck Wendig, James Luceno, E.K. Johnston, comic writers Kieron Gillen, Charles Soule, plus Lucasfilm editor Jennifer Heddle. Tor.com has a nice roundup of their comments.
Zahn reassured fans that the Thrawn on Rebels is not too far removed from the Thrawn of Legends. Johnston revealed that Ahsoka begins “about ten minutes—slight exaggeration—after Order 66 comes down.” And Wendig had some wise words about what makes Star Wars so appealing. (He also joked about Jar Jar being in Empire’s End, of course. But is it really that far-fetched? Really?)
In addition to James Luceno’s Catalyst, the Rogue One fiction lineup will include a young adult novel about Jyn Erso from Star Wars newcomer Beth Revis (Across the Universe.) Greg Rucka (Before the Awakening) will return for a middle grade novel featuring Baze Malbus and Chirrut Îmwe. The preliminaryversions of the covers above were spotted earlier by Jedi Bibliotek. They’ll both be out on May 2.
Catalyst will be the first of the Rogue One books to hit the shelves, on November 15th. The second wave will drop with the film on December 16, and includes The Art of Rogue One, Pablo Hidalgo’s Rogue One Ultimate Visual Guide and ebook versions of the two novelizations: Alexander Freed’s from Del Rey and the junior version by Matt Forbeck from Disney-Lucasfilm Press. Freed’s will be in hardcover on January 3, while it looks like Forbeck’s won’t be in print until March 28.
We’ll learn more about the 40th Anniversary publishing plans in the coming months, although the official site says “legendary Star Wars talent such as Louise Simonson, Walter Simonson, and Tom Palmer would be reuniting” for an anniversary book from Disney-Lucasfilm Press. One component of the program would seem to be a new collection of the newspaper strips, also spotted by – you guessed it – Jedi Bibliotek.
Variety reports today that three actresses have tested for the young Han Solo spinoff. Tessa Thompson (Creed), Zoe Kravitz (Mad Max: Fury Road) and Naomi Scott (the upcoming Power Rangers) have all tested in London for the film’s female lead, they say.
Both Thompson and Kravitz are familiar faces who’ve have been around for a bit. I remember Thompson from her turn on Veronica Mars, but she’s recently got a lot of buzz with roles in Creed, Selma, and the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok. Kravitz has a heavy genre resume in addition to Mad Max, with roles in X-Men: First Class, the Divergent films and the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trilogy.
Scott isn’t quite as well known, but she was in Fox’s 2011 time-travel dinosaur drama Terra Nova and The Martian before landing the role of the Pink Ranger in 2017’s Power Rangers.
Here are the final results of last Friday’s Wear Star Wars Every Day podcast listener challenge for #ForceFriday. Last Friday, September 30, fourteen Star Wars fans donated a total of $540 to Collateral Repair Project via the Wear Star Wars Every Day GoFundMe. These donations represented a handful of Star Wars podcast listener bases, in our friendly competition to see which show has the most generous listeners. In addition, an additional $80 in donations were made by three more fans in the week prior to Force Friday in the name of one podcast, just to get the ball rolling! So that’s $620 that can be attributed to the podcast listener challenge.
Thanks to Nick Dico of Coffee with Kenobi for helping get this one-day fundraising blitz off the ground, and providing the really really awesome Durham Bulls R2-D2 jersey that I wore as a bonus if we met the basic $75 donation threshold. It was worn in their Star Wars Day 2014 game on May 4th, and is signed by infielder Hak-Ju Lee.
Now for the podcast listener standings – some donations were made in the name of multiple podcasts, so I counted each of those gifts fully for each podcast named:
Beltway Banthas: 4 donations, totaling $120. Plus 3 more donations in the week prior, for an additional $80.
Skywalking Through Neverland: 4 donations, totaling $150. Listener Brian Sims got into the spirit of giving, and offered up a rare Star Wars #1 variant cover up to a random Skywalking Through Neverland fan who donated, and that got some folks to chip in!
Plus we had two more donations, totaling $50, with no podcast disclosed as yet.
The total amount raised is nearly one-fifth of all the money we’ve raised so far for Collateral Repair Project to further develop their mission of providing emergency assistance, education, and community support to urban refugees, so I greatly appreciate everyone’s contributions and generosity. To learn more about this fundraising campaign for CRP, check out the Wear Star Wars Every Day information page and it’s still not too late to contribute to Collateral Repair Project – just visit the donation page at gofundme.com/WearStarWars2016.
#WearStarWarsEveryDay got a resurgence of summer in fall with some more short sleeves (and shorter socks) for Week 39 as we got into the home stretch before the #ForceFriday podcast listener challenge (the results of which will be made in a separate article). Some of the Beltway Banthas supporters got on board with fundraising a bit early, but it will count toward the drive – Some big thanks to our donors in Week 39 on the GoFundMe for Collateral Repair Project: Anonymous, Stephen Kent. Also thanks to the podcast Skywalking Through Neverland, which donated one of the shirts I wore this week, and thanks to everyone else who lent me some Star Wars apparel for this week: Susan, Mark, Dawn, and Kristen!
Every day I wear a new and different Star Wars apparel item, my daily pledge makers will chip in $4.65 to Collateral Repair Project – and Week 39 means I’ve worn a different Star Wars item now for 273 days straight! This week, we’ve got some classics from Club Jade and lightsabre.co.uk, a customized top from LucasArts, a DK book tour shirt, and a pair of toddler socks! Plus I visit Stongehenge. Well, of a sort. This review for Week 39 covers September 23 to September 29 of my wearathon, and an update on fundraising for Collateral Repair Project, a non-profit organization that provides emergency assistance, education, and community support to urban refugees.