Posts Tagged ‘Magazines’

Popular Science Gives The Force its Due

Brooks Brown | November 10, 2008

One of my favorite newsstand mags to browse is Popular Science, leading the way for some of the better and more fascinating subjects you can read and digest in a short period of time. Every year they name their favorite new things we can spend our paychecks on – and the list is, quite often, a geeks dream.

This year is no different, with things from OLED Televisions to sub-woofers for your seat gracing the pages. A personal pick is the new Onkyo Receiver. The ability to adjust color and brightness before the video signal hits your television is any videophiles fantasy.

Not to be left out, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, thanks to the brilliant physics and AI engine within (DMM and Euphoria respectively), made this year’s list. As the award exclaims, videogame players finally get a tactile sensation they are effecting physical objects, and actually hurting Stormtroopers. We’re flattered for the award, and our thanks goes out to PopSci.

Empire’s Got New Clone Wars Images Team | April 21, 2008

assaj1.jpg just posted three new exclusive images that will be published in the upcoming issue of Empire Magazine. In addition to new Clone Wars imagery, Empire interviews Supervising Director Dave Filoni and the Maker himself, George Lucas.

Look for the latest issue of Empire on newsstands this Friday, and head over to their site for a sneak peek at some cool Clone Wars pics.

NY Magazine Ranks MAD About Star Wars

Bonnie Burton | November 20, 2007

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 with the folks that make MAD About Star Wars so… MAD!

Star Wars Pinball at MAD Offices

Bonnie Burton | November 6, 2007

When MAD magazine’s “Maddest Writer” Dick Debartolo gave Part 5 of his multi-part video tour of the MAD offices in New York, we could help but notice their vintage Star Wars pinball machine. Here’s what Dick had to say about the artifact in the MAD magazine conference room:

Another piece of very important office equipment is the pinball machine. We come in here and we do lunch. What we do is actually gamble to see who’s going to eat. Each day only one employee is allowed to leave the building for lunch. So you have to win that game in order to leave the building.

Watch the video here:
VIDEO: Mad Office Tour — Part 5
(Watch ALL the tour video clips here.)

Be sure to read our interviews with the MAD staffers responsible for the new MAD magazine tribute book to Star Wars
The Usual Gang of Jediots: MAD About Star Wars

Star Wars in License! magazine

Bonnie Burton | September 27, 2007

Fans eager to read more about what’s in store with Lucas Books and Lucas Licensing should check out the latest issue of License! magazine for some interesting Star Wars-related features.


Star Wars Pop-up Book Wows Wired

Bonnie Burton | September 17, 2007

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
First Look: Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy

Latest ToyFare Riffs on Holiday Special

Pablo Hidalgo | July 18, 2007

Available now from Wizard Entertainment is issue #121 of ToyFare. Star Wars fans should snatch it up for their great mix of toy coverage and immature jokes, but this issue’s Twisted Toyfare Theater is entirely devoted “The Star Wars Holiday Special.” Ackmena, Saun Dann, Lumpy and all your favorites (except Jefferson Starship) from the cringe-mas* special are here.


It’s the issue with Homer on the cover, and inside you’ll find articles on The Simpsons Movie, Doctor Who, M.A.S.K. and more. For more info about ToyFare, head to their official site here.


*Yeah, we know it was a Thanksgiving day special, but then the pun doesn’t work.