Celebration goes back to Anaheim for 2020

It’s going to be a quick turnaround as the next Celebration is next year – and a return to Anaheim, which is welcome news after Chicago serenaded us with both rain and snow. (Which, if Indianapolis 2005 is any indication, we’ll be hearing about for a while.) We’ve had back-to-back Celebrations before, but usually alternating U.S. and international destinations, so going from domestic to domestic will be interesting.

With no new movie that year, expect Galaxy’s Edge to get a lot of attention – the Anaheim convention center is only moments away from Disneyland. It’ll also be the 40th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back, and the 15th of Revenge of the Sith. It looks like Reed will be back as well: They’ve already reskinned the website.

(Disney’s own D23 is biannual and the next one is this August, so there won’t be another until 2021.)

No date just yet, which has led to some speculation that it may be later in the year… We’ll find out soon enough, I’m sure.

What in the seven hells is Project Luminous?

There was… Sort of? A reveal at the Lucasfilm Publishing: Writer’s Roundtable panel Monday morning at Celebration: Claudia Gray, Justina Ireland, Daniel José Older, Charles Soule and Cavan Scott are all working on something called “Project Luminous” for 2020.

We know it’s inspired by the quote “The Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It’s an energy field created by all living things.”

Other than that, they won’t tell us anything. Not even a format. We do know the writers all went to Skywalker Ranch and watched A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. They’re having fun. That’s it! That’s literally it.

The live-tweets are here, knock yourself out with the speculation.

Meanwhile, IDW announced that Tales From Vader’s Castle will be back for this coming October with new stories. With the other book panels short on major news, looks like we’ll have to wait for SDCC or even (sigh) NYCC for The Rise of Skywalker tie-ins.

Celebration Chicago publishing news (…so far)

There have been two book-based publishing panels here at Celebration so far, and luckily I managed to attend both! They’ve been low on major news, but they did still contain a few revelations about upcoming fiction.

The first, Lucasfilm Publishing, was Friday, not long after The Rise of Skywalker panel, which is pretty much why you’re getting this post on Saturday. (Fan! Blogging!) We did get a cover reveal for Zoraida Córdova’s Galaxy’s Edge YA novel, A Crash of Fate, which was compared to Lost Stars and features two old friends who reconnect.

Delilah Dawson confirmed that Cardinal will be joining Vi Moradi in her Galaxy’s Edge novel, Black Spire. It will have a very different feel from Phasma – she name-dropped the sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine as an inspiration at both panels.

Meanwhile, Christian Blauvelt’s Be More Yoda and Be More Vader are getting two new companion volumes in the fall: Be More Leia and Be More Lando. And Jeffrey Brown returns to the GFFA with Rey and Pals. Check StarWars.com for some of the highlights (and decent images!), and my Twitter thread has a few other bits. (Yes, there will be a Journey to Episode IX. No other details, but it will happen.)

The second panel was Del Rey Behind the Scenes, and it featured Claudia Gray, Delilah S. Dawson, Alexander Freed, Tim Zahn and Cavan Scott with Marc Thompson moderating.

We did learn a few things about Gray’s Master & Apprentice and Scott’s audio drama Dooku: Jedi Lost. Scott was such a fan of a new character in M&A, Rael Averross – Dooku’s previous padawan and another mentor to Qui-Gon Jinn – that he became a big part of Jedi Lost.

As for Thrawn: Treason, we got a few more details – Thrawn gets drawn into the power games of Tarkin and Orson Krennic and “it doesn’t end how anyone expects.” Eli Vanto returns, as does Admiral Ar’alani and the Grysk.

For more, check out that Twitter thread!

There will be an author roundtable here on Monday, which seems like it will be the hotbed for announcements. I plan to attend that but wasn’t able to get a panel reservation, so… We’ll see. (Ahh, Reed.)

Meanwhile, there was a Marvel comics panel today – big news is that Greg Pak and Phil Noto will take over the main Star Wars comic in July – plus the cover reveal for Anthony Daniel’s memoir, I am C-3PO:

Disney+ launches in November; Alan Tudyk joins Cassian show

The Disney+ publicity push started in earnest today, with the monthly price ($6.99) and launch date (November 12 for the U.S./Canada) finally announced.

For Star Wars fans, there is at least one big surprise: All the films will be coming to the service within the first year, which is contrary to what was said previously. (Deals were made? Deals were made!) As for the original content, Alan Tudyk (K-2SO) is indeed joining the Cassian Andor live-action series, while Stephen Schiff (The Americans) was confirmed as the showrunner. It goes into production this year and will premiere in 2021.

There wasn’t much about The Mandalorian – they’re presumably saving all that for the panel here at Celebration on Sunday – but it will be up on the service at launch.

Though we did get a look at a prop here – there’s a speeder bike from the show on display in front of the StarWars.com stage:

As for the price, you can also buy an annual plan for $69.99, which comes out to $5.83 per month. For more details, head to Variety.

Star Wars out this week: Leia, Tarkin launch Age of Rebellion

Everything is geared up towards Celebration right now – including me, which is why this post is a day later than usual. But there’s still two brand new comics and a reprint coming on Wednesday, April 10.

Age of Rebellion starts out double-strong with both Princess Leia and Grand Moff Tarkin. Then Star Wars Volume 10 collects issues #56-61 of Marvel’s flagship series for the franchise.

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Celebration tips for those that need them

I wasn’t able to get around to updating our (somewhat antiquated) convention tips series, but over at StarWars.com, James has 8 tips for making the most out of Celebration Chicago. Bria has some last-minute cosplay tips, and Bryan’s got tips for the first-timers.

One thing I wish I could explain but barely understand myself is the panel lotteries… But I do know that the deadline to enter has been extended to Monday, April 8. If you don’t have your badge yet, you can use your email to enter it.

Meanwhile, James’ piece on photographing cosplayers still holds up as the best of our series. (They’re all over here, but be warned: A few were updated in 2015 and the general con stuff still holds true, but some of them are even older and some of the convention specifics no longer apply.)

Have a plush Darth Maul your way at Celebration Chicago

StarWars.com has a first look at 30 of the official store’s sure-to-be-many-more-than-that exclusives, with the highlight being a $30 Darth Maul plush that comes with three interchangable legs, because why wouldn’t he? There’s also plush convorees, lothwolves, and gorgs that are also puppets, plus the expected variety of t-shirts and other wearables.

But my other pick is this Death Star “succulent planter,” because it’s just so very random.