Last month, Chronicle Books launched a search for the most obsessed Star Wars fan as celebration of their ultimate trivia book, Obsessed with Star Wars. The results are in, and posted on their blog. Congrats to the winners!
As we here at LucasArts ramp up to the release of our history to the public in book form, our favorite fan sites are beginning to take notice. The much-beloved International House of Mojo has gone over the book itself with a fine-toothed comb and obviously fallen in love with it quite readily. To quote:
What will interest many people is the wonderful amount of previously unseen concept art, storyboards, puzzle flow-charts and other cool behind-the-scenes stuff for many of LEC’s games. There’s Steve Purcell’s alternate Monkey Island 2 covers, some of Peter Chan’s storyboards from Grim Fandango, the original Full Throttle logo and the notes for adjustment, designs for most of the creatures in The Dig, and even a letter from George Lucas praising the team after the success of Rebel Assault. For a lifelong Mojo reader, this is heaven.
I’m glad they enjoyed it as much as myself. Coffee table books are sadly rare for us gamers, and one as well-crafted as this deserves a place in any gamers home. To read the rest of their review, head over to MixNMojo.com and give it a read.
Rob Smith, the author of the book, should be proud. Even the most hardcore fans loved it. That’s saying something!
It’s no secret that our friends over at the sci-fi blog io9.com dig Star Wars, but this is the first time one of them openly admitted to falling in love with clones — mainly from the books written by author Karen Traviss.
io9.com blogger Charlie Jane Anders writes:
I’ve watched a fair bit of the new Clone Wars TV show, but the world of the clones hasn’t ever felt as real to me as it has reading Traviss’ novels. In particular, her Republic Commando novels (which recently continued with Order 66) and her novelization of the Clone Wars movie are must-reads.
It’s her Republic Commando novels where Traviss really shines, showing clones having complex lives — complex in the sense of getting married, having kids, making plans, but also in the sense of having inner conflicts and problems. Based loosely on a first-person shooter game, Traviss’ novels build a set of characters that stay with you, including two lapsed (or lapsing) Jedi, who join up with a group of clone troopers that realizes the Republic and the Separatists are getting harder and harder to tell apart.
Read the full review here:
(Spoilery for those who want to read the books)
Why I Fell In Love With Karen Traviss’ Clones (io9.com)
(Illustration: Joe Corroney)
Ever wonder whose job it is at Lucasfilm to make sure Star Wars planets and characters’ names are spelled correctly on everything from video game menus to Happy Meal toys? Wired magazine’s Chris Baker ventured over to Lucasfilm to meet with continuity master Leland Chee also known as the Keeper of the Holocron — “a searchable repository of more than 30,000 entries covering almost every character, planet, and weapon mentioned, however fleetingly, in the vast array of Star Wars titles and products.”
Chee spends three-quarters of his typical workday consulting or updating the Holocron. He also approves packaging designs, scans novels for errors, and creates Talmudic charts and documents addressing such issues as which Jedi were still alive during the Clone Wars and how long it takes a spaceship to get from Dagobah, where Yoda trained Luke Skywalker, to Luke’s homeworld of Tatooine. The Keeper of the Holocron takes this very seriously: “Someone has to be able to say, ‘Luke Skywalker would not have that color of lightsaber.’”
“The thing about Star Wars is that there’s one universe,” Chee says. “Everyone wants to know stuff, like, where did Mace Windu get that purple lightsaber? We want to establish that there’s one and only one answer.”
There have been some egregious missteps, like the Jar Jar lollipop. It looks like a plastic bust of the hated character, but push a button and it opens its mouth and sticks out a hideous candy tongue for children to suck on. “The tongue had bumps on it,” Chee says, wrinkling his nose.
Read the full article here:
Meet Leland Chee, the Star Wars Franchise Continuity Cop (Wired.com)
Be sure to read Leland Chee’s Blog here:
Keeper of the Holocron’s Blog (Blogs.starwars.com)
I’ve been a long time fan of Bookcrossing.com ever since it began. The concept is simple — leave a book you no longer want on a park bench, a coffee shop, at a hotel on vacation. Anywhere it might find a new reader. Log on to the web site, and track the book’s journey around the world as it is passed on from person to person.
So last week when a well-worn copy of The Empire Strikes Back novel was left at the Lucasfilm lobby, in our San Francisco Presidio campus, I couldn’t help but smile. There smack dab on the front cover was a Bookcrossing.com sticker. I’ll be leaving it in the lobby again today to see who picks it up next. You can track its journey here.
May the Force be with this beloved paperback, wherever it ends up.
Reading New York magazine’s weekly Approval Matrix is like reading a Who’s Who List of what’s hot and what’s completely lame both for cultural elitists and pop culture junkies.
Lucky for us, even though the editors weren’t too keen on the punishment for the man who stole items from the Indiana Jones movie set (which made the Highbrow/Despicable side of the Matrix), we were thrilled to see our favorite book MAD About Star Wars in the Brilliant/Lowbrow end of the Approval Matrix.
Check it out here:
The Approval Matrix for Nov. 19, 2007 (New York magazine)
Be sure to read our interviews on Starwars.com with the folks that make MAD About Star Wars so… MAD!
While watching our “Visits to Rancho Obi-Wan” video series you find yourself wishing you were best friends with Lucasfilm Director of Fan Relations Stephen Sansweet so you too could visit this Star Wars collectors mecca in person?
To celebrate the release of the upcoming book Star Wars Vault by Stephen Sansweet and Pete Vilmur, you can click here to go to HarperCollins.com and enter to win a trip for two to the one and only Rancho Obi-Wan, courtesy of Vault author Stephen Sansweet. Two runners-up will receive a copies of The Star Wars Vault.
The French publisher of the upcoming Star Wars Vault by Steve Sansweet and Pete Vilmur (October 30 in the U.S.) just launched a website which allows readers to virtually browse through several spreads of the book. The cool functionality of the site even allows you to pull out some of the inserts which are featured within.
The site is completely in French, but if you go here and click the link, you’ll be taken to their landing page (download is a little slow, but worth the wait!). Go ahead and click the top tab at left to thumb through the book (and make sure to pull out the inserts!).
StarWarsShop is selling an exclusive version of Star Wars Vault signed by both authors — head on over to check it out!
HarperCollins has sent a quick video preview of several of the book’s amazing spreads!
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Wired magazine’s Geekdad gives Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy by Matthew Reinhart a glowing (as in lightsaber) review. Check it out here:
I cannot express to you how wickedly cool we all think it is, even the Tweener who doesn’t think anything is cool. The 5-year-old asked to see it again for a bedtime story and complained that it was too short once my wife was done opening the more than 35 pop-ups.
We’re big fans of of pop-up books around here, and this one is in a class all of its own. The detail is simply stunning, with a level of intricacy I have never seen before. Think pop-ups on top of pop-ups, and when we opened the last page and Luke and Vader’s light sabers actually lit up, well, let’s just call it a slam dunk success for some quick and geeky family entertainment.
Read the full review here:
Geeks of the Galaxy Take Note
Read more about the book on starwars.com:
First Look: Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy
This hand-crafted item was found in a hobby store in California specializing in miniature items for doll houses. It is a tiny copy of the Shadows of the Empire paperback, with front, back and spine, and printed interior pages. Now your Star Wars action figures can read about their Expanded Universe adventures.