Archive for 2011



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StarWars.com Team | October 18, 2011

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Plagueis and Apocalypse Back Cover Reveals

StarWars.com Team | October 17, 2011

Visitors to the New York Comic Con last weekend got a sneak peek at two upcoming novel back covers slated for release early next year — Darth Plagueis and Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse. Now back covers may not get the kind of attention front covers do, but when a novel about one of the most powerful Sith Lords ever — Darth Plagueis — gives Darth Maul a stunning shout-out on the back cover by artist Torstein Nordstrand, it gets our attention.
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Robert Kirkman: Growing Up with Jawas and Zombies

Bonnie Burton | October 14, 2011



(Photo by Megan Mack)

Interview by Bonnie Burton

You can’t be a fan of zombies and not know the name Robert Kirkman. As the creator of the award-winning comic book series The Walking Dead for Image Comics and the hit TV show The Walking Dead airing on AMC with a new season starting Oct 16, Kirkman is making us all a little more nervous when we hear something go bump in the middle of the night. Kirkman’s talents have also extended to other comics such as Invincible, Haunt, Guarding the Globe, Ultimate X-Men and Marvel Zombies, just to name a few.

StarWars.com chats with Kirkman about why The Walking Dead needed to give zombies and the people fighting them a story worthy of both comics and television. Kirkman also geeks out about Jawas, George Lucas and why Boba Fett would be great at fighting off hordes of zombies.

ON THE WALKING DEAD:

What was the genesis for your wildly popular comic book series, The Walking Dead?

The main idea that resulted in The Walking Dead is the fact that I do not like the way most zombie movies end. I’m a fan of zombie movies; they’re always entertaining; but they only have only one of two endings — everybody dies or the people who survive run off into the sunset and you never see them again. It always occurred to me that the most interesting stories could be told after that point. How do they continue to survive? Where do they go? How do they find food? How do they build shelter? How do people interact in a world like this one or two years later? Is society rebuilt or is civilization lost for good? These are the kinds of questions that I would always think about.

At the time I was trying to come up with a new comic book series and I just thought, “Wow, that’s a story that I could really kind of dig into and tell for decades. My main goal in life is to create a comic book series that I’ll be able to write for years and years for as long as I wanted and be able to control it and tell the stories I wanted. And that became The Walking Dead.

How has the experience differed for you working on The Walking Dead TV series on AMC of your own comic?

It’s been easy because the comic book still exists; I’m still writing every month — that’s what I do and I do whatever I want with those stories; and nothing has changed at all in any way in as far as how the comic is made. When it comes to the television show… I don’t know how to make a television show. I don’t act, I don’t operate a camera, and I don’t know any of the things that go into making a TV show. So it hasn’t been difficult at all to go, “Okay, this is a completely different medium that I know nothing about, let’s work with 5,000 very talented people to try to come up with how this works.”

A lot your comic book fans have been debating why certain characters and story lines have gone in a different direction on the TV show. Has it been strange seeing The Walking Dead morph into something else on TV? Is the writers’ room like a zombie battlefield where you are fighting to keep certain elements from your comic in the show, or are you more flexible with the adaptation?

Being in the writers room is actually really fun because we’re delving into stories that I told years ago. The material that we’re adapting into the show now is stuff that I wrote 8 or 9 years ago. Being the guy who wrote that stuff, I look back on it and think about how I might do something different or better. I don’t look at that stuff and demand that things don’t change. I’m actively excited about changing things and adapting it and making it better by doing different things with it. If anything, I’m the guy i the room saying, “We don’t have to do that! What are you talking about?”

Other people are actually trying to convince me to keep things in the show from the comic. It’s a fun process and it hasn’t really been that hard for me to let go on the TV show just because I’m surrounded by such talented people.

ON GROWING UP WITH STAR WARS:

You’ve been quoted in your most recent bio, that you wore out your VHS copies of Return of the Jedi, what were some of your childhood memories of Star Wars?

I actually saw Return of the Jedi first. I watched that VHS copy so much that I didn’t even know it was the third movie in a trilogy. I didn’t see Star Wars until I was in ninth grade. I lot of people debate whether or not to see the prequel trilogy first because if spoils the reveal that Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker’s father. I don’t think I ever didn’t know that Vader was Luke’s father. I guess I came across Star Wars in a weird way, but I guess that’s just how it happened.

As child of pop culture, you were a fan of G.I. Joe and Transformers as well as Star Wars. When you started drawing at a young age, did you ever merge your fandoms into one comic?

I don’t still have the drawings, but I know I drew Spider-Man and Batman with lightsabers and stuff like that.

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Star Wars: Choices of One Paperback Cover Reveal

StarWars.com Team | October 14, 2011

Coming June 26, 2012, fans of renowned Star Wars author Timothy Zahn will get the paperback version of Star Wars: Choices of One, the new book set in the time between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back and featuring the young Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia Organa, and the beloved Mara Jade.

Already available in hardcover and ebook formats, the paperback will sport an all-new cover featuring Mara Jade front-and-center.

Here’s a synopsis:

The fate of the Rebellion rests on Luke Skywalker’s next move.
But have the rebels entered a safe harbor or a death trap?

Eight months after the Battle of Yavin, the Rebellion is in desperate need of a new base. So when Governor Ferrouz of Candoras Sector proposes an alliance, offering the Rebels sanctuary in return for protection against the alien warlord Nuso Esva, Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewie are sent to evaluate the deal.

Mara Jade, the Emperor’s Hand, is also heading for Candoras, along with the five renegade stormtroopers known as the Hand of Judgment. Their mission: to punish Ferrouz’s treason and smash the Rebels for good.

Click here for more information on the hardback and ebook versions (currently available).

Delve into the Dark Side with Book of Sith

StarWars.com Team | October 13, 2011

Tired of lurking in the shadows of the Jedi, waiting for a chance to seize control? At long last, the secrets of the dark side are being revealed. Whether you are a master or an apprentice, you will soon be able to fulfill your destiny with Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side, a collection of Sith texts written throughout galactic history and gathered in one epic volume.
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Star Wars Shortbread Cookies

Bonnie Burton | October 12, 2011

For fans that want to make a dessert worthy of a Kessel Run, grab your Williams-Sonoma Star Wars cookie cutters and make some tasty treats with this Star Wars Shortbread Cookies recipe from LondonBaking.com!

Star Wars at New York Comic-Con!

StarWars.com Team | October 12, 2011

Hey Star Wars fans, get ready to invade New York Comic-Con, Oct 13-16! Whether you’re in the Big Apple to check out the latest Star Wars news or to add some cool swag to your collection, there’s something for everyone!

Here’s all the fun Star Wars events and panels planned for NYCC!

STAR WARS EVENTS/PANELS:

FRIDAY

Star Wars: The Blueprints by J.W. Rinzler
Date: Friday, October 14
10:45-11:45 am
Location: 1A03
New York Times best-selling author and Lucasfilm Executive Editor J.W. Rinzler (author of The Making of Star Wars) discusses his latest book–about the unsung heroes of the Star Wars movies: the production designers, set dressers, and draftsmen in UK art departments. Rinzler will show how they designed the iconic sets of the original trilogy and show exclusive photos–from Star Wars: The Blueprints. Special guest: Les Dilley, Academy Award winning art director of Star Wars.

Star Wars Collectibles with Chris Spitale
Date: Friday, October 14
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
Location: 1A15
Lucas Licensing’s Senior Manager of Global Product Development, Chris Spitale, moderates a Star Wars collectibles panel, previewing the latest offerings from eFX, Gentle Giant Studios, Kotobukiya, and Sideshow Collectibles.

Dark Horse Presents: 25 Years of Publishing and Beyond
Date: Friday, October 14
1:30-2:30 pm
Location: Room 1A15
Join Dark Horse’s senior managing editor, Scott Allie, and director of public relations, Jeremy Atkins, for a look at all that the publisher has on tap for the coming year. In addition to news about all of the hot new fall titles, like Orchid, The Strain, and House of Night, we look to 2012 for a sneak peek at what fans can expect in not only the company’s flagship anthology Dark Horse Presents, but also Star Wars, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and more! Guests include Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Orchid), Brian Wood (DMZ, Northlanders, The Massive), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), Rick Remender (Fear Agent, Uncanny X-Force, The Punisher), Jerome Opea (Fear Agent, The Punisher), Tony Moore (Fear Agent, The Walking Dead), and more.

Star Wars: The Old Republic Main Panel
Date: Friday, October 14
2:30 – 3:30 pm
Location: MTV Theater, 1A10
Check online guide for further details on this panel.

Robot Chicken Signing
Date: Friday October 14
2:30 – 3:30 pm
Location: Room 1E07
Featuring: Seth Green (co-creator), Matt Senreich (co-creator),
Zeb Wells (writer) and Doug Goldstein (head writer and co-producer)

Star Wars Crafts with Bonnie Burton
Date: Friday, October 14
4:00 – 5:00 pm
Location: 1B03
Give in to the power of the crafty side! Find out how to turn felt and googly eyes into a Jedi Master with this fun hands-on bag puppet tutorial. The Star Wars Craft Book (Del Rey/LucasBooks) author Bonnie Burton shows fans of all ages how to make Star Wars bag puppets from her new book. Bonnie is also the author of You Can Draw Star Wars (DK Publishing) and Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Klutz Books).

Star Wars Trivia Contest
Date: Friday, October 14
4:30 – 5:30 pm
Location: Hasbro Stage
Come and compete for great Star Wars prizes in New York Comic Con’s Star Wars Trivia Contest. This last person standing contest is open to all and will be hosted by Star Wars artist Kevin Liell. So brush-up on your Star Wars knowledge and get ready for the biggest trivia contest in the galaxy!

Hasbro Star Wars Action Figure Panel
Date: Friday, October 14
5:00 – 6:00 pm
Location: 1A23
Join members of Hasbro’s Star Wars Marketing and Design team as they discuss current and upcoming toys and action figures and reveal some never before seen upcoming figures!

Adult Swim: Robot Chicken
Date: Friday, October 14
5:15 – 6:00 pm
Location: IGN Theater
Seth Green (co-creator), Matthew Senreich (co-creator), Zeb Wells (writer), and Doug Goldstein (head writer and co-producer) discuss their incredibly-popular and award-winning series Robot Chicken and provide a sneak peek of season 5.5, premiering Oct. 23 at 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on Adult Swim.

Star Wars: The Old Republic — Q&A Panel with MMORPG.com
Date: Friday, October 14
6:30 – 7:30 pm
Location: American Airlines Theater, 1A06

Mark Hamill Spotlight
Date: Friday, October 14
7:30 – 8:30 pm
Location: MTV Theater, 1A10
While most known for his lead role in the classic Star Wars Trilogy, Mark is also a prolific voice actor who has lent his voice to hundreds of cartoons including Batman: The Animated Series, The Simpsons, Samurai Jack and Powerpuff Girls. Also, an avid comic book collector and writer, Hamill created his own comic book anti-hero, The Black Pearl, for Dark Horse Comics. Meet Mark Hamill in the spotlight panel!

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Jawa & Chewburgers! Utinni!

Bonnie Burton | October 12, 2011

Everything Burger blogger Charlton Yu made these delicious homages to Star Wars for the fan site Star Wars Remix.

Yu writes:

Have you seen Star Wars Remix yet? This website celebrates the Star Wars universe by featuring non-traditional “artwork,” similar to some of the things I was doing for Burger365. Of course I had to create some Bonus Burger365 pieces and came up with these “Jawa Burgers.”

Yu writes:

Here’s another burger that I created for Star Wars Remix. In hindsight, I should have used a Boca Burger patty to create “Chew-Boca.”

Read more:
Jawa Burgers (via Everything Burger)
Chewbacca (via Everything Burger)

It’s a Potato!

StarWars.com Team | October 11, 2011


(via KnowYourMeme.com)You know you’re a hardcore fan when you start seeing Star Wars characters in your produce. We’d seen an Admiral Ackbar Potato before, but this spud deserves his own ship, and maybe some sour cream and chives.

Rare 1983 French Jedi Billboard Prepped for Display

Pete Vilmur | October 11, 2011

Star Wars poster collector John Williams (no, not that John Williams) recently linked us to a blog maintained by poster restoration studio Poster Mountain to share a rare insider’s view of mounting a billboard-size Return of the Jedi poster on linen.

“Linen-backing” — a reversible technique which bonds a poster to a sturdy, acid-free linen/substrate to both strengthen the original and make it easier to display — is the preferred method of conservators to preserve fragile or large pieces of paper, and we can think of no more stunning an example to showcase the technique than Williams’ uber-rare 1983 French Return of the Jedi billboard, a strikingly beautiful artwork by French illustrator Michel Jouin measuring a monstrous 118″ X 156″ (which means you’d need a 10-foot high wall just to display it!).

“I have owned this poster since the mid-eighties and have wanted to do this since then,” says Williams. “It has only been opened 3 times — once when I bought it, once to make sure that it was complete upon delivery, and once for linen-backing.”

The huge, 8-panel poster is quite rare and few, if any, have ever been linen-backed for display. Williams is just glad to finally have a chance to display such an exceptional piece of early Star Wars advertising artwork. “Life is good in the Star Wars poster universe for me.”

Click here to see step-by-step just how this rare poster masterpiece was prepared for viewing for the first time in nearly 30 years…