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.

The real problem with Forces of Destiny?

Youtuber Jenny Nicholson has a smart, measured (and sometimes hilarious) take on the Forces of Destiny line, how it’s failing the intended audience of young girls, and how it could be improved. As someone who was a girl pre-Bratz (let alone Monster High, a doll line I was only barely aware of), it’s a pretty intriguing look at a lot of things that wouldn’t even have occured to me – and here’s one real-life example from a dad.

(And yes, if you’re keeping track, there is a brief Mara Jade mention.)

No, Tim Zahn is not under contract for two more Thrawn books

There was a bit of misinterpretation going on regarding something Timothy Zahn said at a con recently. Zahn himself sets the record straight: He has proposals, but not contracts, for two more Thrawn books… And he doesn’t know anything about Episode IX. It’s simply the nature of the franchise that movies will dictate the rest of the content. (And given that Thrawn went MIA in the Rebels finale, and there’s a brand new cartoon coming up… There are a lot of balls in the air even outside of the films that could have an impact on anything else regarding Thrawn.)

Zahn’s next Star Wars book, Thrawn: Alliances, will be out in July.

Jon Favreau drops some details on his Star Wars TV show

While Star Wars Twitter was all aflutter about Ewan McGregor attending last night’s Solo premiere (in light of the afternoon’s big rumor), it was Star Wars TV guy Jon Favreau who ended up slipping us some news. Favreau, who voices Rio Durant in the film, first told Anthony Carboni on the official livestream that he’s written about half of the first season of his upcoming streaming show.

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New short to debut on May 25 Forces of Destiny broadcast

There were only seven episodes in the last pack of Forces of Destiny shorts, as opposed to the usual 8, and Lucasfilm publicist Tracy Cannobbio says the eighth one will debut in the May 25 broadcast on the Disney Channel.

The timing makes it seem likely that it could be related to Solo – a Qi’ra, L3-37 or Val short, perhaps? But it’s only a day after the film debuts, so much of the potential audience might not even know those characters. We also know, thanks to the toys, that there’s a Rey and Kylo short in the pipeline as well. Rey only appeared in one of last week’s shorts.

Hopefully we’ll hear more (beyond the time) in the days leading up to the broadcast.