Since this couldn’t wait for the next regular episode of Star Wars Story Talk, we have a special bonus Unboxing Video as I open up the really awesome, and really hefty Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie two-volume collection from Abrams Books. This mammoth set is written by the trio of Brandon Alinger, author of Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy; Wade Lageose, graphic designer/artist; and David Mandel, art collector, author of Star Wars Artifact Edition and showrunner of HBO’s Veep. You can get the inside look over at StarWars.com, where the three authors were kind enough to answer some questions for me.
No Baby Jawa fun time this time around – just straight unboxing and page skimming madness! Continue reading “Star Wars Story Talk: Unboxing Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie”
This is also the week that the new covers for the Thrawn trilogy paperbacks are officially launching. Note that the new editions use the same ISBN as the old, so some stores may have older stock to sell out before these become available. If you want them for the new art, I recommend buying them in-person.
Entertainment Weekly dropped their last 3 Fall Movie Preview stories today. First up, the reveal of Simon Pegg’s role… Sort of. It’s not so much who he’s playing (“he won’t be recognizable,” J.J. Abrams says) but what he was doing behind the scenes.
“He was a sounding board,” Abrams says. “He would drop by the set because he wanted to, and when he could, he would help… We could talk about things, and he was a perfect combination of incredibly smart screenwriter, fan of the series, critical fan of the series, and friend of mine – but not just blindly supportive. He was an honest, critical friend. And he wasn’t so close to it that he became immune to things. He would come in with fresh eyes and very smart ideas. He’s one of a handful of people along the way that has been really priceless.”
→ EW asks who the film’s “Ralph McQuarrie” is. Abrams points not only to the actual Ralph McQuarrie and his work for the original trilogy, but production designer Rick Carter.
→ When will we see a full trailer for The Force Awakens? According to /Film, another trailer will be attached to Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1 – though perhaps it’ll debut at Celebration Anaheim in April, first? And what about the Super Bowl in February, or Cinderella in March? Lots of chances for a second teaser ahead of us.
→ Meanwhile, on to the rumors… Jason at Making Star Wars shares some TIE pilot fan art from Tom Hodges that’s “pretty accurate,” and a description of the “Wickermen”.
→ There’s a supposed ‘plot leak’ from 4chan that comes to us via Reddit, which we will be sure to take with the upmost seriousness. Or not. It’s mostly stuff we’ve already heard from Making Star Wars with a few extra additions, and most of the established folks who claim to be in the know are calling BS on it. Message board spoilers, y’all: The lowest of the low.
Is there any clearer sign of how different the media landscape from the days of the prequels than Abu Dhabi set photos showing up on TMZ? I don’t recognize any of our principal actors, so chances are most of the folks pictured are extras. But, if you dare click through, keep an eye out for something straight out of the old McQuarrie concept art.