Archive for ‘Books and Comics’



Introducing… Jonathan Rinzler

J.W. Rinzler | July 23, 2012

Editor’s Note: Even though it has been 35 years since Star Wars was released in theaters, and almost 30 since Return of the Jedi, we remain fascinated with untold stories and unseen assets that take us inside the production of the movies. Few people are more devoted to unearthing and telling these stories than Lucasfilm’s J. W. Rinzler. With an unprecedented level of access to the Lucasfilm archives, and to the cast and crew who helped create Star Wars, Rinzler has authored definitive accounts about The Making of Star Wars and The Making of Empire Strikes Back, and is now hard at work on The Making of Return of the Jedi. And, with all of his spare time, Rinzler has agreed to join us a regular contributor to the blog. Read on as he introduces himself and shares more about what you can expect in his future posts!

With the signed photo that ILM gave George Lucas upon completion of their first ever visual effects shot for Star Wars, in front of the Main House, SR (we reproduced this in the Making of ESB book).With the signed photo that ILM gave George Lucas upon completion of their first ever visual effects shot for Star Wars, in front of the Main House, SR (we reproduced this in the Making of ESB book).

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What is the Holocron?

Leland Chee | July 20, 2012

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For those who have never heard of the Holocron Star Wars continuity database, it is a database I was hired to create back in January 2000 for Lucas Licensing’s Publishing department.

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Introducing… Leland Chee

Leland Chee | July 19, 2012

Editor’s Note: One of the biggest strengths of the Star Wars expanded universe – and something that sets it apart from similar franchises – is the fact that in its 30+ years of existence there’s never been a need for a reboot. Continuity has never become so out-of-whack that writers have been forced throw in the towel and start over and that’s largely due to the efforts of our newest contributor, Leland Chee – the Jocasta Nu of the real Jedi Archives. Leland is an easy contender for the “coolest job ever” award, in fact, his job is so cool that Wired Magazine did a full profile on him back in 2008. Read on for Leland’s story and check back for regular updates from the Keeper of the Holocron!

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New Star Wars Books and Comics Revealed at San Diego Comic-Con

Pablo Hidalgo | July 13, 2012

At San Diego Comic-Con, I got to host a pair of panels this Star Wars Day that looked ahead into some of the publishing projects for the remainder of 2012 and into 2013. They revealed, among other things, that the chronicles of Vader’s fatherhood will continue, a pop-up acklay is a real showstopper, the classic heroes return to comics in all new adventures with an old school feel, and the Big Three return to a landmark novel that could perhaps be called postapocalyptic (see what I did there?) …

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(Re) Introducing… Pablo Hidalgo

| July 11, 2012

Editor’s Note: Long-time readers of this blog will be familiar with Pablo Hidalgo, who spent several years as the Managing Editor of StarWars.com, is an ongoing contributor to Star Wars Insider, and is also one of Lucasfilm’s most authoritative experts on all things Star Wars. In addition, Pablo is the author of several Star Wars books and guides, the next of which – The Essential Reader’s Companion: Star Wars – is due out this October. And now, despite his best efforts to escape the internet’s gravitational pull, he’s back here, blogging. Read on for his thoughts on how that happened, and for details on what you can expect from his posts.

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Star Wars Insider at Celebration VI

StarWars.com Team | July 5, 2012

Limited Edition Anniversary Issue with 3D Comic Strip!

Be the first to get your hands on this special limited edition of Star Wars Insider #136, featuring an ultra-rare Star Wars 3D comic strip — unseen in North America. This exclusive 3D strip prequel to Episode I: The Phantom Menace features Anakin Skywalker, showing off his Podracing skills on Tatooine, while Darth Maul destroys battle droids while being trained up by evil Darth Sidious. The spectacular action on Tatooine and Coruscant comes to life with awesome 3D glasses, free with every copy of the magazine.

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Star Wars Insider 24-Hour Subscription Sale

StarWars.com Team | March 13, 2012

Save 35% on the cover price!

Get eight issues of Star Wars Insider at a bargain price for one day only! Subscribe to Star Wars Insider today and save 35% off the cover price. This exclusive subscription offer is available all over the world for 24 hours only – so act now to avoid disappointment! Click here

Need to know more? Read on to find out about the fantastic content coming up in Star Wars Insider over the next few issues and the benefits of subscribing!

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The Clone Wars Magazine #10 Now Available

StarWars.com Team | February 9, 2012

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Magazine issue 10 is on sale now! This tie-in issue celebrates the release of The Phantom Menace in 3D by showing readers how the characters from The Clone Wars began their sagas in the movie itself! It is also revealed how the fearsome Darth Maul ties into brand-new episodes of The Clone Wars!

Issue highlights include:

Phantom Menace to Clone Wars!
Many heroes and villains of The Clone Wars first appeared in Phantom Menace. This feature explores their recent histories.

The Return of Darth Maul
In perhaps the most shocking return since Obi-Wan Kenobi came back from the Force in The Empire Strikes Back, Darth Maul is back in the Star Wars saga — and he’s more deadly than ever!

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Vader Vs. Maul in Star Wars Galaxy Comic #17

StarWars.com Team | January 27, 2012

Titan sends us an update for its UK/Ireland readers today with release information for Star Wars Galaxy #17, which hit the newsstands on January 26. Here’s the update plus several sample pages from the issue:

Star Wars Galaxy celebrates the release of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace in 3D with an all-action story featuring the big, bad Sith, Darth Maul, as he takes on Lord Vader in a high-octane battle for survival! “Resurrection” is a Star Wars tale that you won’t want to miss – and you can check out preview artwork below! Also included in this issue is a fantastic Darth Maul poster – again, check it out on this page.

Elsewhere in the issue there’s the grand finale of Republic spy Theron Shan’s adventure in “The Lost Suns”! Will it be a happily ever after for Shan and his unlikely comrades? After taking a break in the last issue, we return to the Dark Times as Darth Vader and an unknown assassin continue to stalk their prey: Jedi Dass Jennir.

Star Wars Galaxy comic #17 is now on sale in the UK and Ireland. To subscribe to Star Wars Galaxy, save money on the cover price, and never miss an issue, click here.

Preview pages:

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Star Wars: Essential Reader’s Companion Cover Reveal

| January 18, 2012

Random House shares the cover of Star Wars: The Essential Reader’s Companion today, a new guide written by Lucasfilm’s Pablo Hidalgo coming to bookstores later this year! The cover artwork was designed by Scott Biel and painted by Paul Youll (can you spot the various Star Wars books in the illustration?). Here’s the description from Random House:

Star Wars: The Essential Reader’s Companion is the first Essential Guide devoted entirely to published Star Wars fiction, from the original movie novelization, to young reader’s books, short stories, eBook novellas, and the most recent adult novels. This book will cover all the fiction that has built the Star Wars Expanded Universe over the last thirty-five years. Written by Pablo Hidalgo and featuring more than one hundred color illustrations by popular Star Wars artists Chris Trevas and Jeff Carlisle, this book will be an invaluable source for Star Wars readers and fans.

Look for it on bookstore shelves August 21, 2012. Read more here!