Mara Jade is coming back to comics in Empire. According to Randy Stradley of Dark Horse, she’s set to star in issue #28 of the ongoing series. Issue #28 would come out in January 2005, so the information is still quite tentative at this point. Previous comic storylines involving Mara are By The Emperor’s Hand, Union, and a handful of short appearances in the early issues of Star Wars Tales.
Also in comic news, the next issue of Star Wars Tales (#21) starts with an overhaul of the book with a new editor and format. Hopefully this doesn’t mean an end to the humor and offbeat stories, which is (IMO) the main reason to pick up Tales. Detail-oriented fanboys are NOT the only Star Wars fans, Dark Horse!
Ryder W. Miller takes a look at the environmental themes in LOTR with The Missing Historical Environmental Context of Peter Jackson
Trekkies 2, the sequel to the fan documentry Trekkies, is out on DVD. You can get a peak on startrek.com.
Quite possibly the freakiest fandom story ever has made it into mainstream media with Hobbits gone wrong, a cover story into Portland’s Willamette Week. It’s an odd story of LOTR ‘charity’ fansites, Sean Astin, a missing person, and a whole lot of waylaid cash.
The article provides a good overview – an more details can be found at fwgreatesthits, an ofshoot of the fandom point-and-laugh community fandom wank.
The full run of this short-lived show will be in stores December 7th. 12 episodes were produced, but only 3 aired before the cancellation.
The Clone Wars mini-series has been nominated for an Emmy.
And a new SW comic strip will be coming online to Hyperspace/Fan Club members. The first set will be by Pablo Hidalgo and adapt existing SW stories; the second will be a Clone Wars storyline by Paul Ens and Thomas Hodges.
It appears that a birthday card sent to Harry Potter caused a bit of a stir in Missouri.
Since Harry lives in England and his birthday is July 31st, I guess it was appropriate to send it this early.
But the kid who sent it was 16. Out of touch much?
Wil Wheaton played Wesley Crusher, intergalactic intern, on Star Trek: The Next Generation. He was hated, he was loved. He went to bootytown. And then Wil grew up, and moved on, and actually has a sense of humor about the whole thing.
He has a weblog. This is strictly old news to most of the internet — he swept the Bloggies in 2002 with a total of 6 awards, including Best Weblog.
What’s new? He has a book: Just a Geek.
And I think it’s okay to appreciate Wesley. Even if it’s only a little.
Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone (Sorcerer’s Stone to Americans) has been translated into ancient Greek. The translator explains his process.
J.J. Abram’s new series Lost will have some SF elements. Because a show from the creator of Alias starring a Hobbit wouldn’t have a genre audience otherwise. Hopefully it avoids cancelation, because I’m down to two shows next fall and I NEED TV.
Smallville’s Lois Lane has been cast.
Forget Shatner – reports now have Brent Spiner (Data) guesting on Enterprise. Fans should also note that Enterprise reruns will be moved to Fridays come August.
The La Femme Nikita second season DVDs have been pulled. Huh?