Archive for ‘Books and Comics’



From the Hobart Street News to Star Wars: The Ultimate Action Figure Collection – Part 1

Steve Sansweet | September 24, 2012

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As some of you know, I’ve been a writer all of my life, emphasis on all. In the summer of my eighth year, I hand printed copies of a flier called the Hobart Street News to try to sell to neighbors on my block in Philadelphia. I charged a nickel, sold two or three to friends of my folks, and decided to go out of business after the second issue—predating by decades a similar fate for too many American newspapers. But the reason that I became a writer was that first I was a reader.

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Laying Out Jedi

J.W. Rinzler | September 21, 2012

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This one’s going to be short, as I’m on little sleep these days. Mornings and weekends, I continue to do the book map of The Making of Return of the Jedi, and am up to the ILM chapters. I’m really trying to use photos as large as I can. I feel that The Making of The Empire Strikes Back had too many photos on a page and the result was, often, a lot of clutter. Some of these photos for Return of the Jedi are so great, I want readers to be able to dive into them: George Lucas and Dennis Muren at ILM; Harrison Ford and Lucas together for the Ewok location shoot; Carrie Fisher on Jabba’s throne room set, etc. And as they say, a picture is worth…

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What’s Inside Star Wars Insider #136

| September 7, 2012

Folks that attended Celebration VI got their first chance to snatch up Star Wars Insider #136. But for those who missed out, the latest issue is now hitting newsstands and subscriber in-boxes. I helped put together this issue alongside JW Rinzler and Jonathan Wilkins at Titan Magazines, and here are 10 highlights of what you’ll find inside.

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Making Visual Sense of the Making of Jedi But Making No Sense At All…

| September 5, 2012

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Well, I’m off to NYC next week to work with Abrams on a yet-to-be-announced book. Some fans, or at least one I’ve noticed online, have already guess at its subject, but I’m forbidden to announce it. Still too early, but it’ll be out spring of next year. Also spending a fair amount of time on another undisclosed project, very exciting, but way, way too early to announce—it’s presently scheduled for early 2014. Sorry to tease, but it’s like working in a different time zone, toiling away on material that has no verbal or public forum. I guess there are a lot of people in the same boat.

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Back to School Reading for Kids of All Ages

Aaron Goins | September 3, 2012

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It’s that time of year again.  The summer holidays are over and it’s time for the kids to head back to school.  This can be a sad time for kids because their vacation is over, but it should also be an exciting time because they will be learning all new things this year!  A great way to get kids excited for school and learning is to get some fun reading material into their hands.  They are going to be doing book reports, why not use Star Wars themed books?  Here are some fun Star Wars books for readers of all ages.

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SWCVI: Del Rey’s Star Wars Expanded Universe

| August 24, 2012

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This morning’s Del Rey panel was my very first Star Wars Celebration panel ever, but I wasn’t too nervous since I was up on stage with people much more talented and expressive than me: authors Aaron Allston, Troy Denning, James Luceno, Drew Karpyshyn, and Timothy Zahn; Del Rey Editor-at-Large Shelly Shapiro; and our esteemed moderator, Pablo Hidalgo. So let’s get to what was discussed!

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SWCVI: Try out your best Star Wars character voices at the Random House Audio booth

StarWars.com Team | August 24, 2012

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Random House Audio, publisher of the Star Wars audiobooks, has set up a recording studio right on the convention floor for Star Wars Celebration VI this week, inviting fans to come by their booth and record excerpts from Timothy Zahn’s HEIR TO THE EMPIRE. The first day brought a steady stream of readers, with the most popular choice being a scene featuring Obi Wan and Luke, and some excellent interpretations, including this Sith at the mic!

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SWCVI: Dark Horse Comics Looks Ahead

Aaron Goins | August 23, 2012

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If you are a fan of Star Wars comics, the panel to be at on Thursday of Star Wars Celebration was the Dark Horse comics panel.  The panel featured some of the best talent that Dark Horse has to offer including John Jackson Miller, Jan Duursema, Doug Wheatley, Dave Marshall, and Randy Stradley and was hosted by expert in all things Star Wars, Pablo Hidalgo.

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SWCVI: Power Converters: The Surprising Truth

Aaron Allston | August 22, 2012

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Writers are often asked where we get our ideas. And most of us have some sort of stock reply for that question — a reply that may be snarky and humorous or studied and informative.

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SWCVI: Why I Love Star Wars Fans

Randy Stradley | August 20, 2012

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If you were around in the ’70s, there’s no way you could not be aware of Star Wars, and in the summer of 1977, I saw A New Hope on the big screen at least sixteen times. I bought the novelization, I bought the comic books, I read the newspaper strips. I was a fan.

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