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The Complete Vader Author Interviews Team | October 6, 2011

Star Wars: The Complete Vader – a 192-page tome that explores the history, costume, merchandise and cultural impact of cinema’s most iconic villain — finally hits the street October 18th, and we’ve got the low-down on this all-things-Vader tribute directly from authors Ryder Windham and Pete Vilmur (click here for a preview of several spreads from The Complete Vader).

Who conceived The Complete Vader, and when did you begin working on it?

Ryder Windham: Kjersti Egerdahl, an associate editor at becker&mayer!, first contacted me about the project in the fall of 2007. I eventually learned that the idea for a big non-fiction book about Darth Vader came from J. W. Rinzler at Lucasfilm, who conceived it as a natural follow-up to becker&mayer!’s previous project, The Star Wars Vault by Steve Sansweet and Pete Vilmur. After talking with Kjersti, I realized how much I wanted a Darth Vader “coffee-table book” of my own, so the opportunity to write the book was quite a thrill. Because I’m not an expert on Star Wars merchandise, I knew the book needed a co-author. I was both glad and relieved when I found out Pete Vilmur had signed on.


Star Wars Halloween Tote Bag from Her Universe Team | October 4, 2011

Just in time for Halloween, is offering this limited Star Wars Halloween Tote Bag featuring the fantastic art of Star Wars illustrator Katie Cook! Perfect for fans of any age for groceries, books or shopping for your favorite Star Wars collectibles. Of course, it’s also great a bag for trick or treating!

Size 14″ X 16″ black cotton tote featuring a colorful print of Chewbacca, Yoda, Princess Leia, R2-D2 and Darth Vader all dressed up for Halloween! Only 100 will be offered at New York Comic Con this month and for a limited time online here at

Executive Editor J.W. Rinzler Talks Star Wars Art: Comics Team | October 4, 2011

Star Wars Art: Comics, the second in a series from Abrams exploring artwork inspired by the Star Wars saga, reveals the best original artwork from the past three decades of Star Wars comic-book publishing. Lucasfilm Executive Editor J.W. Rinzler, who has worked closely with George Lucas in developing the Star Wars Art book series, offered some insights into Lucas’ affinity for comic book artwork:

First, what inspired Star Wars Art: Comics?

Well, the Star Wars Art series is George’s idea. The first one was Star Wars Art: Visions, and this is the second. In this one, George wanted to highlight the best of Star Wars comic art, including a few new commissioned pieces from top comic book artists, old and new. His main objective was to present this comic book art as fine art.


Washington Square Park Lightsaber Flash Mob! Team | October 3, 2011

On Saturday, September 24, Star Wars fans in New York City invaded Washington Square Park for a massive lightsaber flash mob organized by Newmindspace. chats with New Yorker Lisa Reid about her experience as a Jedi for the night at the Washington Square Park Lightsaber Flash Mob event.

How did you find out about the lightsaber flash mob?

I’ve lived in the Washington Square Park area for about 7 years now. Back in 2008, I came across this — pretty much a bunch of college kids in the park with lightsabers, dueling amongst themselves. A few weeks ago, I saw an event posted on Facebook for a lightsaber duel in Washington Square Park and I was like, “There is no way I’m going to miss this!”

Who organized it and why?

I don’t know too much about Newmindspace — the guys who organized the event. I do know they’re the same guys who organize the huge pillow fight in Union Square every year. The lightsaber battle is more my speed.

Did people bring lightsabers or did they give them out?

A lot of people brought their own, but the organizers did make lightsabers available for sale — reserve them prior to the event, pick them up at the event, and if you didn’t, they sold them first come, first serve. The girl next to me had a one of those retractable/antenna lightsabers that you can get at Toys ‘R Us for $10.

Have you ever been involved in a flash mob before?

Of course! Via YouTube, like 99.5% of people out there.

Describe what it was like seeing all those lit lightsabers waving in the air?

It was cool. You really have to hand it to all of the people who made it out that night. I’m guessing there were about 500 to 600 people wielding lightsabers on Saturday night. I mean, you see a lot of things in the park. But it was really nice to see all of that positivity — people just out to have a fun time.

What was the best costume you saw?

I’m so sad! I saw Twitpics of some pretty cool costumes but unfortunately none of them were near me so I didn’t get any pics of them! Most of the people around me were decked out in robes — I think one of the sponsors was giving them out. My kid flirted with a Princess Leia, so I guess she gets best costume in my book.

Why do you think Star Wars fans rock?

Star Wars fans are awesome. There was a grand mix of college kids, young kids, people with kids, kids at heart. I fall into the People with Kids camp. When the Star Wars fans were touching their lightsabers in the air together, one guy was sweet enough to give a lightsaber to my one-year-old son to hold up. Made his night.

Star Wars Art: Comics Interview: Carlos Garzón Team | September 29, 2011

Original cover art by Al Williamson and Carlos Garzón for Marvel’s Star Wars #39

Star Wars Art: Comics, a new book from Abrams which showcases the best original artwork from the past three decades of Star Wars comic-book publishing, has just been released this week, much to the delight of Star Wars comic art aficionados. One of the artists prominently featured throughout the new book is comic legend Carlos Garzón, whose Star Wars illustrating career reaches all the way back to Marvel’s The Empire Strikes Back series in 1980. Friend, author, and contributor Ryder Windham caught up with Garzón during last year’s Celebration V to discuss his long and varied career in the world of comics —

The Star Wars Art of Carlos Garzón
by Ryder Windham

Longtime fans of Star Wars comics will recognize the name Carlos Garzón as the artist who worked with writer Archie Goodwin and artist Al Williamson on the Marvel Comics adaptations of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and several episodes of the syndicated Star Wars comic strip. I had the great pleasure of meeting Garzón and seeing his portfolio of original art at Star Wars Celebration V, and he graciously answered many questions about his life and work.


Typographic Star Wars Posters to Benefit Children Team | September 27, 2011

UPDATE: These posters are now available for a limited time on eBay. Also, starting November 25, canvas editions will be available (10 of each) for 100 euros each. Sales for all the posters and canvas editions will end on December 31, 2011.

H-57 Creative Station, a boutique advertising agency and design studio based in Milan, Italy, had a small idea that blossomed into an Internet

Its three principles, Matteo Civaschi, Gianmarco Milesi, and Sabrina Di Gregorio, all happen to be huge Star Wars fans and last November they decided to make a series of promotional posters of Star Wars characters exclusively through the use of existing—and mostly older—
type fonts. They printed some as gifts for customers to show H-57’s creativity. Then the images of Darth Vader, Yoda, and a Stormtrooper—using typefaces with names like Bodoni Bold and Helvetica Light Condensed—were posted online and within days went viral. The agency received hundreds of emails from new fans all over the world.


Star Wars: Scourge Coming in April Team | September 27, 2011

Coming April 24, 2012 is Star Wars: Scourge by Jeff Grubb, which will be available in paperback and ebook formats. We’ve posted a sneak peek of the cover above.

Here’s the synopsis from the publisher:

In the heart of crime-ridden Hutt Space, a Jedi Scholar searches for justice.

While trying to obtain the coordinates of a secretive, peril-packed, but potentially beneficial trade route, a novice Jedi is killed—and the motive for his murder remains shrouded in mystery. Now his former Master, Jedi archivist Mander Zuma, wants answers, even as he fights to erase doubts about his own abilities as a Jedi. What Mander gets is immersion into the perilous underworld of the Hutts as he struggles to stay one step ahead in a game of smugglers, killers, and crime lords bent on total control.

Read more at Random House

Muppet Troopers! Team | September 26, 2011

In honor of Jim Henson’s birthday, 501st members Mike Lica and Derek Lane-Waters paid homage to their favorite Muppets with these hilarious modifications to their armor while attending Detroit Fanfare! chats with Mike and Derek about their Muppet-tastic Stormtrooper costumes!

What made you want to dress up as a Muppet Trooper?

Mike Lica: Before Star Wars there were the Muppets . I was 9 years old when the Muppets came out and the Muppets were still a big hit when Star Wars arrived. These were the two things all kids talked about and then it happened — Star Wars and the Muppets meet on The Muppet Show. This was great because back then you really looked forward to Star Wars characters appearing on shows like the Muppets, Donnie & Marie show etc. One day Derek and I were talking about this project and knew it would be possible if the right planning was done and after month’s of preparation we finally made it a reality. I look forward to the next time we can make another appearance as Muppet Troopers.

Derek Lane-Waters: I grew up watching Star Wars and the Muppets. I have always connected with both, especially when Frank Oz performed as Yoda. Plus my favorite episode of The Muppet Show was the Star Wars episode with Luke, Chewie, C-3PO and R2-D2.


Sneak Peek: Phantom Menace Expanded Visual Dictionary Team | September 21, 2011

Coming from DK Publishing on January 12, 2012 is an updated, expanded edition of The Phantom Menace Visual Dictionary, fully redesigned and sporting several new spreads throughout! This will make the perfect addition to DK’s expansive library of Star Wars Visual Dictionaries that already span the entire Star Wars saga! Check out several of those new spreads here (PAGES NOT FINAL). Also, expect a special cut-away view of Darth Maul’s lightsaber in this edition (not pictured)!

FREE Digital Edition of Star Wars Insider Magazine Team | September 21, 2011

Here’s your chance to take a close look at Star Wars Insider, the official magazine of the Star Wars saga. This free digital sampler edition is packed with sensational features from the magazine, including:

  • The Return of the Jedi — Mark Hamill on playing Luke Skywalker, and more.
  • Myth Makers — Star Wars creator George Lucas, and Dave Filoni, Supervising Director of Star Wars: The Clone Wars reveal the secrets behind the hit show, and how to create the perfect villain!
  • Interrogation Droid — Suave, stylish and always ready to charm the ladies! How will Billy Dee Williams fare against Star Wars Insider‘s Interrogation Droid?
  • My Star Wars — Actor and writer Simon Pegg reveals to Star Wars Insider why he loves the saga so much!
  • R2-D2 and C-3PO’s Greatest Hits! — A look at ten memorable expanded universe adventures of the dynamic droid duo!
  • Clone Wars Comic Strip — A double-helping of comic strips that join together to form an epic adventure from Star Wars: The Clone Wars Magazine, featuring Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Padawan Ahsoka Tano!

To read this free digital sampler edition of Star Wars Insider Magazine, click here

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