The Journey to The Rise of Skywalker Starts Here

Get ready for Star Wars The Rise Of Skywalker with IDW Publishing’s Ongoing Star Wars Comic Book Series for Middle Grade Readers.

IDW Publishing have just announced that October’s Star Wars Adventures #27 will debut a three-part storyline telling an untold chapter set between The Last Jedi and the thrilling conclusion to the Skywalker saga, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker!

Star Wars Adventures Number 27Issue #27 will debut a three-part monthly storyline by writer John Barber and artist Derek Charm, featuring the mighty Wookiees. With the New Republic devastated, the First Order launches an attack on the planet Kashyyyk, and Chewbacca takes up arms to defend his people!

“It’s a thrill and an honor to get to tell this story with the amazing Derek Charm,” says Barber. “Chewie’s one of my favorite characters ever, for as long as I can remember. Having the opportunity to tell his story to a new generation of Star Wars fans – and all this leading up to the conclusion to the Skywalker saga — is one of the biggest thrills of my career.”

Charm says, “I’ve been lucky enough to work within a lot of Star Wars eras in this series, but doing something in the current, post-Last Jedi landscape is really exciting. The fact that it focuses on Chewbacca and what he’s been up to between these movies is more so.”

A backup tale by writer Michael Moreci and artist Tony Fleecs will see a team-up between the beloved droids of the Star Wars series – R2-D2, C-3PO, and BB-8 – as they embark on a desperate recruiting campaign for the Resistance.

“What I love so much about this story is that it gives the droids a mission that’s specific to who they are as characters and not just droids,” says Moreci. “This is a fun, fun adventure, but I also think it’s important to these characters as they, like everyone else, find their way in the galaxy.”

Star Wars Adventures Number 27 VarientFleecs says, “I probably don’t love anything more than I love Star Wars – and in particular, the 1985 Droids cartoon and the accompanying comic book featuring art by the great John Romita Sr. That’s the energy I’m bringing to this project – vibes from 1985, Star Comics, John Romita, Nelvana Animation, and Marie Severin, with a healthy dollop of Tony Fleecs thrown in for good measure.”

Star Wars Adventures #27 will feature regular covers by Derek Charm and Tony Fleecs, with a special retailer incentive variant available by Manuel Bracchi.

Star Wars Campfire Ghost Stories – Tales from Vader’s Castle

Star Wars Adventures Tales from Vaders Castle

Star Wars Adventures Tales from Vaders Castle IDW Publishing invites readers of all ages to explore the creepiest corners of the Star Wars universe in Star Wars Adventures: Tales from Vader’s Castle, a thrilling five-part comic book event with new issues hitting stands every Wednesday in October. Fan-favorites Cavan Scott and Derek Charm team up with an incredible roster of guest artists for this special miniseries, just in time for Halloween.

“I’ve always loved scary stories, and where better to tell them than the lair of Darth Vader himself?” says writer Cavan Scott. “Being asked to write any Star Wars character is a joy, but tackling the Dark Lord of the Sith? That’s a childhood dream… or should I say, a nightmare! Vader terrified me growing up, and I can’t wait to add to the legacy of Star Wars’ villain, providing frightening new scares for the next generation.”

The weekly series features beloved characters from throughout the galaxy, including Rebels stars Hera, Kanan, and Chopper; Obi-Wan Kenobi and Count Dooku; Han Solo and Chewbacca; and the Ewoks! What frights and scares await them in Darth Vader’s castle?

Star Wars Adventures Tales from Vader’s CastleArtist Derek Charm says, “Since this is a spookier story about these characters stranded on this nightmarish planet, it’s been fun really pushing the horror aspect in the art. The shadows are heavier, the colors are harsher, and everything has this apocalyptic vibe… like things may not work out for our heroes!”

Eisner Award-winning artist Francesco Francavilla provides cover artwork for each Star Wars Adventures: Tales from Vader’s Castle issue, while different renowned creators (Kelley JonesChris FenoglioCorin HowellRobert Hack, and Charles Paul Wilson III) lend their distinctive styles to spooky tales over the course of the five weeks.

“We’re thrilled to welcome the creepy Cavan Scott, the frightening Francesco Francavilla, and an array of eerie artists into the creepiest corners of the Star Warsuniverse for Tales from Vader’s Castle,” says Michael Siglain, Creative Director of Publishing for Lucasfilm. “There’s no better way to celebrate Halloween than with these spooky stories from a galaxy far, far away.”

Star Wars Adventures: Forces of Destiny Comic Books Coming in 2018

Special 5-Week Event Comic Book Series Inspired by the Popular Animated Shorts

Fans who took their first step into a larger world with Star Wars Adventures are destined to love Star Wars Adventures: Forces of Destiny. IDW Publishing and Lucasfilm are excited to collaborate on a new series further exploring the comic book adventures of Star Wars for all ages— Star Wars Adventures: Forces of Destiny is a weekly comic book series that will star such popular Star Wars heroines as Leia, Rey, Padmé, Ahsoka, and Hera along with the newest stars from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Rose and Paige.

Just as exciting are the talented creators who will be bringing these beloved characters’ stories to life, including an impressive roster of female writers from across the galaxy: Delilah S. Dawson, Elsa Charretier, Beth Revis, Jody Houser, and Devin Grayson.

Art and covers will be provided by Elsa Charretier, Arianna Florean, Eva Widermann, Valentina Pinto, and Nicoletta Baldari. Charretier will also contribute five interconnected variant covers, which combine to create an iconic Forces of Destiny image. Collectible animation cell variant covers will be available from your retailer, as will a super-rare variant by Annie Wu.

“The Forces of Destiny initiative has won over fans with its inspiring tales about these iconic heroes,” says Senior Editor Denton J. Tipton. “IDW Publishing couldn’t be more excited to be part of the celebration of these beloved characters.”

May the Force(s) be with you this January when Star Wars Adventures: Forces of Destiny arrives weekly!

Star Wars: Legion – Wargame

Star Wars Legion - Wargame Box Art
Star Wars Legion - Wargame Box Art
Star Wars Legion – Wargame Box Art

Star Wars: Legion ground combat wargame set in the Star Wars Universe from Fantasy Flight Games.

Star Wars: Legion
Epic warfare is an inescapable part of the Star Wars™ universe, and you can lead your troops to victory with Star Wars: Legion™, a two-player miniatures game of thrilling infantry battles in the Star Wars universe! As a miniatures game, Star Wars: Legion invites you to enter the ground battles of the Galactic Civil War as the commander of a unique army filled with troopers, powerful vehicles, and iconic characters. While innovative mechanics for command and control simulate the fog of war and the chaos of battle, the game’s unpainted, easily assembled figures give you a canvas to create any Star Wars army you can imagine.

Unpainted – simple assembly plastic 32mm minis(?).

FFG SWL01 Star Wars: Legion – Core Set $89.95

Star Wars Legion - Wargame Box Art Rebel Minis
Star Wars Legion – Wargame Rebel Minis
Star Wars Legion - Wargame ImperialMinis
Star Wars Legion – Wargame ImperialMinis

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

rogue-oneThe most eagerly anticipated and needed Star Wars story dropped into cinemas at 00.05 this morning.

The cinema was bustling when i arrived, and I expected to have to pick my way to my seat. This was not the case for the 3D showing I had selected, the screen was nicely filled. Perhaps people had chosen the 2D performance instead.

The story was well worked, providing tense drama and humour. The cast was well chosen and unless you’ve been locked in some sort of imperial facility, you’ll know the general gist of what’s to come. In my opinion, this is an important story to tell. It’s set just before episode IV, and they’ve done really well in fleshing out the story into something tangible in the Star Wars universe. We have no mention of some of these characters before or after. This is a really organic story, built from the ground up, and this really pays off. Expect to see Vader (if that’s a spoiler shame on you). The film has a good pace, and about the mission at hand. It also gives us a better insight as to what the empire can do. The death squad troopers are rather odd, but not only the way they look. The AT-AT scenes are rather dramatically thought out.

Introduced some nice characters to the film and just a few cameos by familiar ones. A real treat for the eyes. The drama was built at a steady pace, and did not leave you wanting to see more. Jyn Erso is the heroine (reluctantly) of the piece and she is a classy act to follow. visually spectacular, totally feeling original but bringing much newness to the screen. Sets are a real treat (especially inside the Death Star). It really tries hard to be Star Wars, but it’s not about any Skywalker as it’s lead. By the time you get to see the first glimpse of Vader you’ll already be rooting for the Rebels. Nonetheless, you’ll want to see Vader most menacingly striding across the screen, look out for his last scene and you’ll get the meaning of the word menacing. Fans will also rejoice as James Earl Jones supplies Vader’s voice, I don’t think that’s a surprise.

I really can’t get over Mon Mothma, and in some ways it’s a shame she fell on the cutting room floor from episode III. The blind monk seen in trailers taking out stormtroopers with his stick just brilliant! I rather enjoyed the ground battles play out, couple that with star wars battlefront bringing out Scarif (YouTube game trailer https://youtu.be/J48gd0GZGWk) to coincide with Rogue one, so you actually play out an interesting scenario. This has topped off the year nicely. We await Episode VIII….

Just a smidgen over 2 hours and not a dull moment to be seen. Star Wars has been given new life, and to sound cliché a new hope.

I’ll give this film 5/5 stumps

Star Wars: Rogue One 6 minute trailer #Supercut!

Star Wars Rogue One Official Poster

From Science vs Cinema on Youtube -“We’ve mashed together *almost* ALL of the material from the ROGUE ONE Teaser, 2 Domestic Trailers, International Trailer and BTS Sizzle Reel. Enjoy!”

Official Star Wars Rogue One Trailer

Watch the official second trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, in which Jyn Erso leads a group of unlikely heroes to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story arrives in theaters December 16, 2016.

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Star Wars Rogue One Official Poster
Star Wars Rogue One Official Poster

Adrian Edmondson On The Set Of Star Wars Episode 8

A great fan image made by my Daughter who has just been introduced to the delights of BOTTOM and THE YOUNG ONES.

Ade Edminson Star Wars

Adrian Charles “Ade” Edmondson (born 24 January 1957) is an English comedian, actor, writer, musician, television presenter and director. He came to prominence in the early 1980s and was part of the alternative comedy boom. He is probably best known for his comedic roles in the television series The Young Ones (1982–84) and Bottom (1991–95), for which he also wrote together with his long-time collaborative partner Rik Mayall.

Wikipedia

It was widely reported in April 2016 that he might be in Star Wars Episode 8

For example this article from the Guardian.

Discount Star Wars X-Wing Game

Discount Star Wars X-WingDiscount Star Wars X-Wing. There are a number of special offers available.

Save money on the Star Wars Miniatures Game by Fantasy Flight Games.

Fantasy Flight Games’ X-Wing is a tactical ship to ship combat game in which players take control of powerful Rebel X-wings and nimble Imperial TIE fighters. Facing XWings and Tie Fighters against each other in fast paced space combat. X-Wing features stunningly detailed and painted miniatures. The game recreates exciting Star Wars space combat throughout its several included scenarios. Select your crew, plan your maneuvers, and complete your mission!

Scifind has found a few places you can get discount Star Wars X-Wing: Miniatures Game.

Firstly Element Games have a standing 10% off offer (correct at time of writing)

Discount Star Wars X-Wing on Amazon

Discount Star Wars X-Wing on eBay



Star Wars Miniatures Game by Fantasy Flight Games

Fantasy Flight Games is a leading hobby game company based out of Roseville, Minnesota. We publish a massive array of board and card games, roleplaying games including the Star Wars X Wing and Star Wars Armada games.

You can visit the official Fantasy Flight Games website here

Leaked Star Wars Episode VII Filmset Footage!

Leaked Star Wars Episode VII Filmset Footage!

Looks like the Story of Star Wars plays on Earth too in the next Episode. I took these pictures on my Flight back from the States to Germany at the Frankfurt Airport. Seems like the biggest german airport plays a key role as an imperial starport in the new episode — there have just been imperial forces at the scene.
Maybe the Rebelboys hide in Berlin… :-D

Not to be taken seriously but VERY cool

Star Wars Episode VII is an upcoming American epic space opera film,[3][4] produced by Walt Disney Pictures, Lucasfilm, and Bad Robot Productions,[5][6] and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is intended to be the seventh installment in the Star Wars film series. The film stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong’o, and Gwendoline Christie, with Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker reprising their roles from previous films. It is planned to be the first of the third trilogy of Star Wars films,[4] following chronologically in the series approximately 30 years after Return of the Jedi.[7] J. J. Abrams is directing the film from a screenplay he co-wrote with Lawrence Kasdan, who acted as co-writer on The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. They replaced Michael Arndt, who left the project after initially being attached to pen the screenplay and previously writing the story treatment.

Read more about episode 7 on wikipedia

R Rated Star Wars? Not as Crazy as it Sounds – Mara Jade TV Series

Mara Jade Possible Costume
Mara Jade Possible Costume
Mara Jade Prototype TV Series Costume

Everyone knows that Disney now owns the Star Wars franchise. But if current rumblings are due they may be making a step outside the box. Disney, famed for childrens films and PG comedies, but it looks like there might be an entry in the Star Wars cannon that is specifically targeted to the older fan.

A post water shed TV series for the ABC network (owned by Disney) based on the popular expanded universe character Mara Jade is planned.

Initially the series will run at six one hour episodes and will go against the second half of series 4 of The Walking Dead.

Mara Jade was introduced to the Star Wars universe by Timothy Zahn in his Star Wars Novel from 1991, Heir to the Empire. Zahn portraid Jade as a strong, complex female character, which he believed was lacking in the Star Wars universe at that time.

Although casting has not been confirmed The Huffington Post has speculated that Heroes’ Hayden Panettiere to take the title role. Further speculation has come that Spaced/Shaun Of The Dead‘s Nick Frost will take a role as a foul mouthed Wookie veteran after a flurry of tweets making a number of Star Wars and Wookie connections.

In a recent interview with series executive producer Avril Tromper, this is a positive move from the original treatment.

“Originally the Mara Jade series was to some what fit the mold of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and to be set in the last days of the Empire, and the first series climaxing at the Fall Of The Endor Deathstar. This would fit the current expanded Star Wars chronology. The first passes at the story  fell flat. It became more and more difficult to create a teen drama with out the pulls towards comparisons with Buffy and the like. This was actually a pivatal moment. We realised that we were in the perfect position to expand the Star Wars narrative and take on a different slant of the universe. The current projects are all aimed at the PG 13 audience maximum. So why not cater to the audience who liked Star Wars as kids, but now follow the likes of True Blood and The Walking Dead. Serious violent and sexy dramas. After all Mara is only Human in her early to mid twenties.”

With pre-production in full swing we expect that there will be more news any day now and we are really looking forward to seeing the first production images.

 

 

Useful Links:

ABC TV

Star Wars – Volume 1: Heir to the Empire

Full profile of Mara Jade on Wookiepedia

Prototype Costume Image by lyssophobe