Archive for ‘Books and Comics’



Hasbro Italy’s Mysterious Star Wars Comic, Il Potere della Forza

Abel G. Peña | August 13, 2013

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Insofar as there are annals of Star Wars promotional fiction, the tradition of Hasbro is truly storied.

Granted, some of that legacy is a result of inheritance — or acquisition, as it were. When Hasbro Inc. bought the toy company Kenner Products in 1991, it became heir to not just the legendary line of Star Wars action figures but of the weird and wonderful 1978 Imperial Troop Transporter pamphlet, a small storybook penned and illustrated by unknown creators chronicling the Stormtrooper attack on the Jawa sandcrawler alluded to in A New Hope (and which includes a plethora of unintentionally hilarious symbols, like ™, attached to every nameable Star Wars action figure and playset). Likewise, when Hasbro purchased Lewis Galoob Toys, Inc. in 1999, it inherited historical claim to the 1996 mini-comic — written by Ryder Windham, illustrated by Bill Hughes, and published by Dark Horse Comics — packaged with various versions of Galoob’s famous Micro Machines line tying into the Shadows of the Empire multimedia bonanza.
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Barely Tolerable: Alien Henchmen of the Empire, Part 1

In the landmark Star Wars novel Heir to the Empire, published in 1991 and written by Timothy Zahn, the character Grand Admiral Thrawn gained infamy as an alien who not only excelled in the xenophobic military of Emperor Palpatine, but even succeeded him as ruler. Historically, Thrawn has been perceived as something of an enigma — the lone alien of the Galactic Empire. However, the brilliant, red-eyed Chiss strategist was neither the only nonhuman to serve Palpatine, nor even the first.

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Darth Maul, Dark Lord of the Sith.

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Creating Stories in the Star Wars Universe

Sam Stewart | August 7, 2013

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For the past two years, Iʼve been part of the team at Fantasy Flight Games working to take our vision of a Star Wars roleplaying game from concept to reality. Now, the culmination of all that hard work has been realized with the release of the Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Roleplaying Game, and Iʼd like to take this opportunity to offer you an introduction.

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The Genesis of Star Wars: Crucible and the Answer I Never Know

Troy Denning | August 6, 2013

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When new friends learn that I write Star Wars novels, their first question is almost always, “Where do your ideas come from?”

I never know how to answer.
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Origami Yoda Goes Prequels, The Clone Wars, and the EU

Tom Angleberger | August 5, 2013

Jabba the Puppett

Jabba the Hutt — the familiar, canonical, original-trilogy scene-stealer — is the star of the new book in my Origami Yoda series, The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppet. But inside, readers are going to find some unexpected faces.

In previous books in the series, one or two kids have shown up at school wielding origami Star Wars puppets. These Star Wars characters, in turn, wield their influence on the kids — Origami Yoda counsels patience and wisdom, Chewbacca (the Fortune Wookiee) encourages bravery and loyalty, and when Darth Paper shows up there’s some serious dark side behavior.
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SDCC 2013: Star Wars Books Panel

Jennifer Heddle | July 22, 2013

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We were lucky to have four talented and versatile authors on our Star Wars Books panel: novelist Troy Denning; novelist and comic book writer John Jackson Miller; writer and illustrator Jeffrey Brown; and nonfiction writer (and Lucasfilm editor) J.W. Rinzler. Frank Parisi from Del Rey and I represented for the editorial side, and the panel was moderated by the Keeper of the Holocron himself, Leland Chee. Leland kicked things off by pointing out that Lucasfilm has been undergoing an exciting period of change, and due to so many things developing right now (always in motion is the future), we couldn’t really address much about where Star Wars fiction is heading. But we can talk about the great releases we have coming up! Troy Denning talked a little about Crucible, which is on sale now, while John Jackson Miller talked about Kenobi, coming in September. Kenobi, John explained, is basically a western set in space, and I commented on the brilliant approach John took of showing us Obi-Wan through the eyes of strangers who have no idea who this mysterious newcomer is. Frank and I took turns talking about the forthcoming Razor’s Edge by Martha Wells, which focuses on Leia and how she reacts when she meets up with a crew of Alderaanian pirates; Maul: Lockdown by Joe Schreiber, which is an intense, violent thriller with ties to Darth Plagueis; and Honor Among Thieves by James S.A. Corey, which I boldly proclaimed as a possible successor to the Brian Daley Han Solo novels.

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The Droids Re-Animated, Part 2

These are the exploits revealed in the popular Droids: The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO animated television series, which aired on ABC starting in September 1985 and ran for a thirteen-episode season as well as a one-hour special titled The Great Heep. The cartoon also spun off into a series of comic books published under Marvel Comics’ “Star Comics” imprint, as well as a Spanish-language strip that ran in the pages of MyComyc magazine. Set approximately fifteen years before A New Hope, these adventures shed new light on an unexplored corner of the Star Wars universe and the enduring friendship of C-3PO and R2-D2.

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Doodnik Sharpelz

Doodnik Sharpelz

After their adventures with speeder pilots Thall Joben and Jord Dusat, and surviving a harrowing escape from the planet Aaron, Artoo and Threepio employed the services of the Intergalactic Droid Agency once more in obtaining new masters. Given the less-than-ideal outcomes the last several times they utilized the IDA, they probably should have reconsidered their options. The IDA sent them to the desert mining colony of Tyne’s Horky to perform waitering and drink service at Doodnik’s Café.

Though C-3PO had served as a bona fide cook and maître d’ aboard the Tantive IV, the droid was severely out of practice, and his clumsiness annoyed Doodnik Sharpelz, the four-armed Jillsarian café owner and chef. Doodnik, raised by adoptive natives on the planet Ojom, had come to Tyne’s Horky full of gastronomic dreams with his friend and fellow gourmand Dexter Jettster, before making a deal with Dirconite mercenary Kleb Zellock for part-ownership of his own restaurant. Hardened by fringe life, Doodnik didn’t tolerate fools, and he quickly fired the incompetent robotic servers.

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Why Leia Is Awesome

Jennifer Heddle | June 28, 2013

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For my next blog post, blog editor Matt Martin suggested I write about why Princess Leia is an inspirational character. Some of you already know that this was not much of a favor to ask — I could talk about Leia every week. I’m not going to, I promise. But I am today!

Princess Leia is rightly regarded as a female role model, yet I still feel like there are certain displays of heroism in the original Star Wars trilogy for which she doesn’t get enough credit. When talking about Leia in general circles, it seems like two things come up over and over again: her sassy comebacks and the metal bikini. I enjoy both of those things as well, but she’s so much more than that, and there are certain excellent, perhaps underappreciated moments in the films that really make Leia stand out as a hero. There’s a reason that she became a symbol of inspiration and accomplishment to young girls of my generation, and it wasn’t for her clothing. (Although, let’s face it, it was partially for her hair.)

So rather than write generally about why Leia is an inspirational character, I thought I would focus in on a few specific incidents, and how they showcase some of her more admirable qualities.

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The Del Rey Star Wars Action Team Wants YOU!

Del Rey Books | June 28, 2013


Hello Star Wars fans!

Del Rey Books is thrilled to announce the launch of the Del Rey Star Wars Action Team, or SWAT for short. Whether you’re a die-hard reader who’s consumed every one of the novels over the past 35 years, or a newbie jumping into the books for the first time, the SWAT is looking for a few dedicated recruits. It’s entirely free — all you need is a passion for Star Wars stories and a willingness to help spread the good word.

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Happy Rancor: Revenge of the Sith Novelization

Dan Brooks | June 26, 2013

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Happy Rancor explores hidden gems in and around the orbit of Star Wars — from old video games to comics to underrated novels — that have maybe been forgotten, but deserve a little more consideration. In this installment, we look at the book adaptation of the last (for now) Star Wars film.

Star Wars novelizations are almost a genre unto themselves. They offer fans a slightly alternate, and often times, deeper look into the Star Wars films with extra dialogue and scenes that expand the scope of what’s in the finished film. At the same time, they have their work cut out for them: they’re competing with the film on which they’re based as well as original Star Wars novels, which can make it difficult for readers to know exactly how to view them. Among all the Star Wars novelizations, Matthew Stover’s adaptation of Revenge of the Sith is a particular favorite. It delves into characters and their motivations more than one would expect, it’s beautifully written, and it enriches the experience of watching the movie in surprising ways.

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