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!
Archive for ‘Books and Comics’
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?) …
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: 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!
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.
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!
Today Random House reveals two covers from its Lost Tribe of the Sith series: Secrets, which is the eighth and final episode in the epic Lost Tribe of Sith free eBook series, and Lost Tribe of the Sith: The Collected Stories, which will come out in paperback on July 31. Here are the synopses from the publisher:
Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith: Secrets by John Jackson Miller
In Sith teachings, nothing is more important than the individual: the glorious center of the universe, around which all other lives pale in importance. But the planetary home of the Lost Tribe of the Sith is not the center of the universe, but a backwater — and the tribe’s legendary founders were little more than slaves themselves!
When the Lost Tribe suddenly rediscovers its forgotten origins, frustration and anger threaten to finish the society once and for all. But the past holds more secrets still — knowledge that, in the right hands, could place the evil rulers of Kesh on a path toward a greater destiny in the stars…
The free eBook will be available in all eFormats on March 5, 2012 and will feature an excerpt from Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse, the final installment in the epic Fate of the Jedi series.
Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith: The Collected Stories by John Jackson Miller
At last, collected in one volume and available in print for the first time, the eight original installments of the epic Lost Tribe of the Sith eBook series… along with the explosive, never-before-published finale, Pandemonium—more than one hundred pages of new material!
Five thousand years ago. After a Jedi ambush, the Sith mining ship Omen lies wrecked on a remote, unknown planet. Its commander, Yaru Korsin, battles the bloodshed of a mutinous faction led by his own brother. Marooned and facing death, the Sith crew have no choice but to venture into their desolate surroundings. They face any number of brutal challenges—vicious predators, lethal plagues, tribal people who worship vengeful gods—and like true Sith warriors, counter them with the dark side of the Force.
The struggles are just beginning for the proud, uncompromising Sith, driven as they are to rule at all costs. They will vanquish the primitive natives, and they will find their way back to their true destiny as rulers of the galaxy. But as their legacy grows over thousands of years, the Sith ultimately find themselves tested by the most dangerous threat of all: the enemy within.
As the description mentions, this paperback edition will feature an all new novella length story also written by John Jackson Miller and will be available on July 31, 2012. More info here!
In anticipation of tomorrow’s (January 10) release of Star Wars: Darth Plagueis by James Luceno, we are posting this exclusive excerpt of an exchange between Dooku (still a Jedi Knight) and Palpatine. The scene resonates as a prelude to Episode II and The Clone Wars…
Behind each of the Rotunda’s hover platform docking stations extended wedge-shaped office complexes more than half a kilometer in length, where Senators met with one another, entertained guests, and, on rare occasions, carried out the work they had been elected or appointed to perform. Some of the offices were sealed environments, in which the atmospheres of member worlds were replicated; others, especially those belonging to hive species, were staffed by hundreds of beings who performed their duties in cubicles that resembled nectarcomb cells. By comparison, Naboo’s was rather prosaic in design and adornment, and yet unrivaled in terms of the number of high-profile visitors it received.
“I’m giving thought to leaving the Order,” Master Dooku told Palpatine in the windowless room that was the Senator’s private study. “I can no longer abide the decisions of the Council, and I have to be free to speak my mind about the wretched state of the Republic.”
Palpatine didn’t reply, but thought: Finally.