New cover, content list for Luke Skywalker omnibus

COVER: Luke Skywalker, Last Hope for the GalaxyOn the Dark Horse boards, Randy Stradley shares a new cover (by Adam Hughes) and the content list for Luke Skywalker: Last Hope for the Galaxy. It’s a pretty nice selection, and looks to include some of Marvel’s Shira Brie/Lumiya arc and a bit from Dark Horse’s only NJO-era comic, the Chewbacca mini-series. See the full list under the cut. Continue reading “New cover, content list for Luke Skywalker omnibus”

New Dark Horse editor’s letter sheds light on staffing changes, The Clone Wars, TFU offerings

Randy Stradley updates fans on what’s going on at the comic licensee in the latest From the Editor. As previously reported on their boards, editor Jeremy Barlow has moved on to freelance writing – and Stradley implies that he’s working on something that we’ll here about “in a future Zone.” Dave Marshall has stepped in to fill the gap, and Ms. Freddye Lins is replacing him as assistant editor.

Meanwhile, we learn that a The Force Unleashed graphic novel is coming in August, and Dark Horse will be serving The Clone Wars with a quarterly digest and monthly comic series. And of course, it wouldn’t be complete without a mention of the upcoming uber-digest Luke Skywalker, Last Hope for the Galaxy.

Randy Stradley speaks: Dark Times and Rebellion to take a break for The Clone Wars

Fanforce Portugal has an interview with Dark Horse’s Randy Stradley, grand poobah of their Star Wars line. Revealed: Dark Times and Rebellion are going on hiatus after Vector for the two The Clone Wars tie-ins, one a standard comic and the other one in the Clone Wars Adventures digest. (Knights of the Old Republic and Legacy will remain.) He also talks about the rest of the line, fan feedback, and Chewbacca’s death.

Dark Horse plotting “super-deluxe volume”

Look out: Dark Horse has something hefty in store for the holiday season. Literally hefty. So sayth Randy Stradley on their boards:

Start saving your money now, because we’re about to announce a $100, 800-page, super-deluxe volume in time for Christmas this year. It won’t be a limited edition, so there should be plenty to go around…

No, I’m not joking. For once.

What could it be? The most plausible speculation on TFN seems to be some sort of Clone Wars omnibus, to tie in with the TV series. But it looks like we won’t have to wait long to find out.

Stradley takes on Clone Wars

In a MySpace entry on writing comics, Randy Stradley of Dark Horse reveals that he’s scripted an episode of the animated Clone Wars series.

By way of contrast, last year I had the opportunity to write an episode of Lucas Animation’s upcoming Clone Wars TV series. It was an interesting experience, and it came with a substantially better pay day than a comparable amount of work in comics. I wrote an outline (based on a synopsis provided to me), then rewrote the outline based on notes received from the producer, director, and head writer. Once that was approved, I wrote a script. Again, after a round of notes, I rewrote the script. At that point, my involvement with the script ended, but based on various production concerns (the expense in animating certain sequences, or changes in direction of the series as a whole made after my participation), my script was rewritten by other writers a number of times. I’m told that there is still one scene in the episode that is more or less as I wrote it.

Now, based on what I’ve seen of the show, I doubt very much that I will be disappointed with the quality of “my” episode (heck, I’m sure it will make me look better than I deserve), but I can’t deny that there’s a part of me that wishes I had more control. In comics, I would.

Stradley’s blog as a whole has a lot of interesting insight on comics and writings. Check it out!