The Imperial Warlords: Despoilers of an Empire, Part 3

Did the Rebels truly defeat Palpatine’s Empire at the Battle of Endor? The deep roots of the Star Wars mythos continue exploring that subject with tremendous zeal. In the literature of the galaxy far, far away, the conflict between the Alliance to Restore the Republic and the crumbling Empire has played out in a multitude of wars for years beyond Return of the Jedi. Though the Galactic Civil War finally came to an end with the signing of a peace treaty almost two decades after the desolation of the second Death Star, this no-holds-barred primer profiles the most memorable and powerful Imperial renegades of those intervening years, the so-called “Warlords,” who fought valiantly, viciously and fanatically for the scraps of the once-glorious First Galactic Empire and whose selfishness ultimately brought about its self-destruction. (In case you missed them, you can also read part one and part two in the series.)

The Nihilism and Artistry of Lord Shadowspawn (~0.3-11 Years After Endor)

Lord Shadowspawn

Who, or what, is Lord Shadowspawn? The answer to that is a riddle wrapped in a Lodi mystery inside a Rakata mind trap.

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Art Spiegelman: Comic Book Legend, Star Wars Trading Card Creator

Bryan Young | January 7, 2014

Vintage Star Wars trading cards

I never pass up an opportunity to ask people whose work I idolize about Star Wars. And I recently had the chance to speak to Art Spiegelman about his art, the Pulitzer Prize he won for his anthropomorphic tale of the holocaust, Maus, and the rest of his career. He has a show of his work going on in New York at the Jewish Museum, though it contains nothing from the Star Wars saga.

Spiegelman worked at the Topps card company for a long time (he even came up with the idea of Garbage Pail Kids) and I thought he might have an interesting take on Star Wars, since Topps produced my favorite collectible from the ’70s, the Star Wars bubblegum trading cards.

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He Kidded That He Was “Almost Famous,” But in the Hearts of Many Fans, Jerry Treiber Was a Shining Star

Steve Sansweet | January 6, 2014
Jerry Treiber's Facebook page header

Part of Jerry Treiber’s Facebook page header, with the infamous lightsaber.

I first became acquainted with Jerry Treiber nearly 20 years ago. I was Los Angeles bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal at the time, my first two Star Wars books had been published, and I had started my six-year stint as a sidekick on QVC Star Wars Collectibles shows. I was in my office editing a story when I heard a worried voice.

“Steve, is anyone working on a story so hot that someone would want to send a bomb to the office?” asked Inga, my very-worried sounding admin. She got my attention quickly. When I approached her desk I saw a half-opened cardboard box addressed to me with a clearly written return address. Buried in the packaging material I could make out what looked like a hand-made cylinder; it looked far too nice to be a bomb.

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Star Wars Weekends Returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in May/June 2014

Gary Buchanan | January 6, 2014

Jedi Mickey and Minnie at Star Wars Weekends

Gather your favorite droids, nerf herders, walking carpets, and scoundrels and make plans to attend Star Wars Weekends 2014. We’re pleased today to announce the dates for next year’s Force-filled special event.

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We’re on Vacation

StarWars.com Team | December 21, 2013

Stormtrooper chillin'

The Official Star Wars Blog is taking a break for a couple of weeks, so you won’t hear from us for a little while. But fear not — we shall return, more powerful than you could possibly imagine. (We hope.)

Thanks so much for visiting us in 2013 — and get ready for the coming year. It’s going to be a big one for Star Wars and StarWars.com, and we can’t wait for it to start.

Have a safe and happy holiday. And may the Force be with you!

Bantha Tracks: Art Galaxy, Holiday Edition

Mary Franklin | December 20, 2013

Not long ago on my Twitter I was bemoaning the fact that I rarely receive art envelopes in snail mail anymore. (Got one? Send it to me at Mary Franklin/Bantha Tracks/Lucasfilm/1110 Gorgas Avenue/San Francisco, CA 94129!)

However, even though I don’t find the art in the mailbox that I used to, Bantha Tracks still gets beautiful and creative holiday cards each year. Thank you to all who send them. Your creativity is inspiring!

Here are a few of my favorites.

Darth Maul by Dave Filoni

As a fan of Star Wars and just as a person I am so fortunate to count Dave Filoni and his wife Anne as friends. This brilliant Darth Maul/evil reindeer card, an original piece by Dave, was sent in 2010.

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Star Wars in the UK: Action Transfers!

Mark Newbold | December 20, 2013

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Back in the late ’70s in the UK the word “transfer” evoked three things. It brought to mind the musical stylings of Manhattan Transfer, the record-breaking sale of Trevor Francis from Birmingham to Nottingham Forest, and Star Wars. Why Star Wars?   Because back in the day for kids raised on Grange Hill, Madness, Pot Noodles, 2000 A.D. and Secret Agents the chance to rub your favorite Star Wars characters onto anything and everything was almost irresistible.

Image via StellarX — 7 Wonders

The company that had the Star Wars licence in the UK was Ashford, Kent-based company Letraset. Formed in 1959, the company made its name manufacturing typeface for application to all manner of artwork, a requirement for companies and magazines in those pre-computer typeface days. By the ’60s they applied the dry transfer technique to a children’s game called “Action Transfers” and by the ’70s had branched out into buying licences including DC Superheroes, The Rescuers, and then Star Wars.

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The Best Holidays and Celebrations in the Galaxy…and Empire Day, Too

Tim Veekhoven & Kevin Beentjes | December 20, 2013

Coruscant celebration from Return of the Jedi

It’s not because the word “wars” can be found in the saga’s title that the people of the galaxy never made time for a proper holiday or celebration. Holidays were a part of everyday life to the average Barada or Wedge, if they were lucky enough to live in freedom or on a planet where government didn’t suppress celebrations. But then again, even the Hutts gave their slaves a holiday that “rewarded” their servants with festivities.

The heroes of the saga took part in several celebrations that happened after important victories over the forces of evil. When the Trade Federation was defeated, Queen Amidala handed Boss Rugor Nass the Globe of Peace in the city of Theed, and united the Gungans and the Naboo after many years of uneasy relationships. After the destruction of the Death Star Princess Leia Organa bestowed Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, the new poster boys of the Rebel Alliance, with Medals of Bravery (which was later also given to Chewbacca). The biggest celebration probably took place after the second Death Star had been destroyed and Emperor Palpatine had been killed. Not just on Endor, but throughout the galaxy, supporters of the Rebel Alliance and the ideals of the Republic and democracy, cheered, danced, and toppled statues.

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Interview: Dave Filoni on Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season Five, Part 3

Dan Brooks | December 19, 2013

Dave Filoni, supervising director of Star Wars: The Clone Wars

In the final installment of StarWars.com’s interview with Dave Filoni about Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season Five, available now on Blu-ray and DVD, the show’s supervising director discusses a few details about those long-awaited bonus episodes, passing on what he has learned from George Lucas, and creating Star Wars Rebels — with a little help from his friends. (In case you missed them, be sure to check out part one and part two of the interview.)

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Star Wars Is on Tumblr

StarWars.com Team | December 19, 2013

Artoo Tumblr gif

Huh. So THAT’S Leia’s real hidden message.

Join us on Tumblr for Force-filled GIFs and JPEGs from a galaxy far, far away.