Archive for September, 2012

Dawn Of The Jedi: Into The Void Summary

The edelweiss online catalog now has a listing for the upcoming Dawn Of The Jedi: Into The Void by Tim Lebbon, and with it comes some new information about the book! Link

Taking place thousands of years before the time of Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. On the remote world Tython ancient philosophers and scientists share their mystical knowledge and study the ways of the Force. They establish the order of the Je’daii-which, in years to come, will become the Jedi. But first these visitors from so many different planets must colonize a dangerous new homeworld and surmount societal conflicts as the burgeoning Rakatan Empire prepares to conquer the known galaxy.

Some of the marketing points also shed some light…

COMIC EXCERPT: This novel will feature a full-color excerpt from the Dawn of the Jedi comic book, while an upcoming Dawn of the Jedi graphic novel will contain an excerpt from this book.

ORIGINS OF THE JEDI: Chronologically-speaking this will be one of the earliest Star Wars stories ever told, revealing the origins of the Jedi Order, a major event for Star Wars fans.

CLOSE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN COMIC AND BOOK: This novel was written with the full cooperation and creative consultation of the creators of the Dawn of the Jedi comic book. All possibilities for cross-promotion will be exploited.

Random HouseSEE ALSO:
Dawn of the Next Great Star Wars Author: Tim Lebbon Exclusive Interview
Novel Review: Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void by Bry Dean
Megan’s Review: Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void
The Adventures of Lanoree Brock, Je’daii Ranger
Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void Audio Clip
27-Page Preview of Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void Now Online!
Read Chapter 1 of Dawn of the Jedi: Into The Void Now!
Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void Cover Art
Dawn Of The Jedi: Into The Void Synopsis
Star Wars: Dawn Of The Jedi: Into The Void

Bry Dean is the founder and administrator of Knights’ Archive. You can follow him on Twitter at @bry_dean.

New York Comic Con: DK Publishing Booth Schedule

DK Publishing has posted their New York Comic Con booth schedule of events! Link

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Celebration VI Day Four Diary by Bry Dean

I planned to leave early during the final day at Celebration VI for a few reasons. Mainly because we were driving back home that day, a good 1500+ miles. Secondly, there was a tropical system closing in. Orlando wasn’t in the path, but our route home was. We left with plenty of time to spare before landfall.

I planned to attend two panels, but ended up only seeing one: THE Essential Panel. It started at 1:30pm, so I decided skip the early panel and walk through the exhibit hall one last time. As I made my way around, I noticed a line at the Del Rey booth. It just so happens that I stumbled upon a spectacular signing session: Timothy Zahn, Drew Karpyshyn, James Luceno, Troy Denning, Aaron Allston and John Jackson Miller! They were signing copies of the 2012 Del Rey Sampler, a Celebration VI and New York Comic Con exclusive. What a sweet item to snag! I hung around a bit to chat with the authors, the Del Rey team and the Random House Audio team.

After some lunch, I headed over to THE Essential Panel room, early enough to be second in line. While waiting, I met a few fellow fans and had a great conversation about the weekend. One of them was Lindsey Hall, a talented artist. Check out her site here. The time went by quick and we were soon seated in the room. The panel consisted of Pablo Hidalgo, Erich Schoeneweiss, Doug Wheatley, Jason Fry, Chris Trevas and Jeff Carlisle. Here’s a few highlights from the panel:

  • The Essential Guides will be released as eBooks.
  • The Essential Reader’s Companion was much bigger than anticipated; it clocks in at nearly 500 pages.
  • The ERC doesn’t have an exhaustive list of comics.
  • The ERC contains 150-160 original pieces of art and 410 individual works.
  • The ERC is not in rigid chronological order; it’s a suggested reading order
  • Pablo Hidalgo started taking the bus to work so he would have more time to read up for ERC. He also listened to the audiobooks on double speed.

The information was great and the audience was very enthused to be there. After the panel, I had about 30 minutes before I planned to leave. I used that time to take pictures and keep up with the big news coming out of the closing ceremonies. Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith 3D will be released on September 20, 2013 and October 11, 2013, respectively! Also, Star Wars Celebration Europe II will be held in Messe Essen, Germany, July 26th – 28th, 2013! I’m sure plans are well under way for what will be another spectacular event.

Well, there’s my Celebration VI wrap-up. Weeks of planning and four days of fun! The time went by so quick. I enjoyed meeting the people I’ve talked to for a while now, and all of the authors, celebs and staff who were so nice during this hectic weekend. I’m not sure what the future holds, but I would love to attend the next Celebration here in the US. Until then, may the Force be with you!

SEE ALSO:
Celebration VI Day One Diary by Bry Dean
Celebration VI Day Two Diary by Bry Dean
Celebration VI Day Three Diary by Bry Dean
Celebration VI Albums

Back To Celebration VI Main Page

Upcoming Star Wars Publications for Padawans!

Here’s a look at some upcoming publications for young Star Wars fans!

Star Wars Thumb Doodles: The Epic Saga at Your Fingertips

Ages 8 and up – Paperback – 40 pages – Klutz

Release Date: Feb 11, 2013 Link

Use the 4 inkpads, marker, and dual-tipped colored pencil to make thumbprint versions of your favorite Star Wars characters. Simple step-by-steps include – Clones and Battle Droids, Ewoks and Wookies, Jedi and Jabba the Hutt. Star Wars fans will love re-creating key moments from the movies and creating scenes of their own.

Comes with: 4 ink pads (blue, black, green, brown), 1 black marker pen, 1 double-tipped pencil (green, red)

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The Clone Wars Season 5 Premiere Screening

Lucasfilm is again hosting a screening for The Clone Wars, this time for the season 5 premiere! See the details below: Link

September 21, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Lucasfilm, Ltd., Letterman Digital Arts Center
One Letterman Drive, San Fransisco

RSVP to MaulReturns@lucasfilm.com by September 17th at 5:00pm.

Please provide your name and the name / age of your guest.

Space is limited and RSVP’s will be confirmed on a first come first served basis.

SEE ALSO:
The Clone Wars Season 5 Celebration VI Trailer
The Clone Wars Season 5 Teasers
The Clone Wars Season 5 Trailer
Introducing: Clone Commander Thorn
The Clone Wars Season 5 Teaser

Preview 28 Pages of The Essential Reader’s Companion!


Click on the Insight Book Preview box above to preview 28 pages of the upcoming Essential Reader’s Companion, due out October 2, 2012! Note: The preview includes the front cover and front matter. Link

SEE ALSO:
Review: The Essential Reader’s Companion by Bry Dean
Megan’s Review: The Essential Reader’s Companion
Sneak Peek: The Essential Reader’s Companion Images 2.0
Sneak Peek: The Essential Reader’s Companion Images
The Essential Reader’s Companion Blurb
The Essential Reader’s Companion Cover Art
The Essential Reader’s Companion Preliminary Cover

Celebration VI Day Three Diary by Bry Dean

I expected Saturday to be far busier than the previous two days, and the crowds didn’t disappoint. For the first time, I had to wait in line to get in. It was huge and snaked around the building. I arrived late, so it’s my fault, but I missed my first planned panel, The Clone Wars with Dave Filoni & Joel Aron. Shame too, because who would make a surprise appearance but George Lucas himself. Lucas made several appearances throughout the day in various locations throughout the building, and somehow I missed all of them. The only regret I have about Celebration VI is missing out on seeing him!

Sure, I probably could have walked in late for that panel, but I decided to get in line extra early for my next panel: See the Future of Star Wars 3D at Celebration VI! Because of doing so, I was rewarded with a front-row seat! Not only that, actor Sam Witwer was seated just a few chairs over! Once the panel started, I was simply blown away when Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisors Dennis Muren and John Knoll walked out on stage, just a few feet in front of me. They discussed in-depth the conversion of the Saga to 3D, and presented several slides showing various stages of development.

Then, the moment we all were waiting for arrived: An exclusive preview of Attack of the Clones in 3D! The visuals were very impressive. From start to finish, the 3D conversion looked top-notch. After the preview and some additional discussion, they surprised the audience with a repeat viewing of the preview. The audience, of course, was thrilled. Afterward we got to keep the 3D glasses they handed out for the viewing.

Bethany and Riley (The Star Wars Report) and Thomas and William Devereux (EUCantina)

I decided to take a long lunch break and walk-through of the exhibit hall. During this time, I was able to catch a glimpse of The Clone Wars voice actors Dee Bradley Baker, Ashley Eckstein and Matt Lanter. I again met up with a few friends from The Star Wars Report and EU Cantina, and got a group pic of them. My next panel I wanted to attend was Star Wars Audio Books Behind The Scenes. This was the inaugural panel debut from the Random House Audio division, and it was quite informative. Mark Thompson (narrator), Aaron Blank (producer), and Kevin Thomsen (director) and Leland Chee (Lucasfilm) were the panelists, and they led a lively discussion of Star Wars audiobooks; how they’re built, how the narration works, and what to expect in the future.

After a fan Q&A, we were treated to an exclusive audio clip from the upcoming The Old Republic: Annihilation, written by Drew Karpyshyn. Afterwards, I was able to meet and chat with the entire panel! It was a pleasure to finally meet and chat with Leland Chee, the man behind the Holocron database at Lucasfilm. Afterwards, I had to hurry to make my next planned panel: Unlearn What You Have Learned: Storytelling in an Evolving Galaxy.

This turned out to be my favorite panel of the weekend, mainly because of the sheer simplicity of it. Dave Filoni and Pablo Hidalgo, visibly exhausted from the events thus far, were very kicked back, Dave even laid aside his hat. Right away the discussion focused on The Clone Wars and more notably, continuity. Dave pointed out that George Lucas is very invested in the development of the series, and even came up with the ideas for several characters, including General Krell, the Nightsisters, the return of Darth Maul, and the upcoming Maul/Mandalorian story arcs. Dave made clear that he is very aware of continuity and issues that have transpired. He recognized that their interpretation of Mandalorians was a huge bomb in the realm of continuity, but Lucas wanted to do it, and as he trumps Filoni, there’s not much he can say about it.

Regarding Jedi Master Even Piell, Dave had discussions with Pablo and Leland Chee about how bad the continuity damage of could possibly be. Pablo said that there is an effort to keep continuity as smooth as possible, but they will always have artistic license within the Star Wars universe; there are bound to be differences. During The Clone Wars discussions with Lucas, Dave said he brings up the Expanded Universe and that Essential Guides are on the table. Listening to them talk, I got the impression that they’re aware of and understand fan frustration regarding continuity issues, but I didn’t get the impression that we wouldn’t see issues again. And while it wasn’t brought up, there does seem to be a bit of tension between The Clone Wars production and the Expanded Universe division, particularly the Del Rey side of things, mainly with the Even Piell situation. That’s my own observation, though.

The panel then opened up an audience Q&A, and Dave specifically asked for continuity questions, but unfortunately he didn’t receive many. Here’s a few highlights of the Q&A:

  • Lucas said no to Dave’s initial Rex, Ahsoka resolution.
  • The name Pre Vizsla a play on “previsualization”
  • Lucas requested not to use a lot of John Williams music; he wanted The Clone Wars music to be different
  • Dave would love to do a The Clone Wars soundtrack but it’s not his call.
  • George asked Dave not to use the Trade Federation battleships anymore.
  • Pablo said the upcoming Detours comedy series occupies it’s own universe; Dave loves that there is a continuity panic about it online as it gets the spotlight off him.

There was a funny moment when members of the 501st, particularly a rather impressive General Krell and his troops, crashed the panel. Pablo and Dave got a kick out of that, Dave saying how incredible it was that a character that he drew on paper was now walking and talking to him. This panel actually ran a bit late, but I don’t think anyone would complain. Honestly, they should make this panel two hours long for the next Celebration. I could sit and listen to Dave and Pablo talk forever.

After the panel ended, I decided to watch some of The Empire Strikes Back on the big screen, until the doors opened for the Celebration Fan Mixer: Presented By Pringles. I have to mention a hilarious moment during the movie. When the first Rebel transport evacuated Hoth, and the announcement came that “The first transport is away!”, a group of fans dressed as Rebel pilots stood up at their seats, raised a fist and shouted “hooray” when the Rebels did in the movie. Most in the audience had a good laugh at that, and during that moment, I thought to myself how incredible the Saga is and how amazing its fans are.

As I mentioned, I left the movie early to check out the Fan Mixer. It was a cool environment for everybody. It was a night club setting, complete with a DJ, several food vendors and even had alcohol available. I didn’t stay long, but from what I saw, everyone was having a great time dancing and chatting with fellow fans.

Saturday was a long day for me, the longest of all four days. I had a great time, and was ready, yet not ready, for the bitter-sweet end to come on Sunday.

SEE ALSO:
Celebration VI Day One Diary by Bry Dean
Celebration VI Day Two Diary by Bry Dean
Celebration VI Day Four Diary by Bry Dean
Celebration VI Albums

Back To Celebration VI Main Page

Novel Review: The Old Republic: Deceived

- Spoiler Review -

I have been a fan of the Old Republic era ever since playing both Knights of the Old Republic games. To me, there’s so much mystery in this era and so much to discover, and I also like the fact that the Old Republic era feels raw and primitive. And it is full of Jedi and Sith battling each other while the galaxy suffers. Fun, right? Well, fun to read about. A recent entry in this era is the novel The Old Republic: Deceived, written by Paul S. Kemp. This was, of course, a must for me to read.

The book begins with a devastating attack on the Jedi Temple in Coruscant, led by the fearsome Sith Lord Darth Malgus. Malgus and an assortment of attackers including fifty Sith warriors lay siege to the building and the Jedi within, including Jedi Master Ven Zallow. Zallow is eventually killed by Malgus along with the rest of the Jedi, and much of the Temple is reduced to rubble. The attack turns out to be a prelude to a massive sacking of Coruscant itself, led by Sith forces. If that’s not enough to capture your attention, the events that follow surely will.

Deceived also tells a story of both a Jedi and a Sith dealing with inner conflict. The Jedi, Aryn Leneer, is thrown into turmoil, because Ven Zallow was her Jedi master, and she felt when he was killed. The pain becomes too much to bear, and she vows to avenge Zallow no matter the cost. This will lead her on a path that veers away from the Jedi Order, and toward Darth Malgus. Malgus is himself dealing with conflict inside. Not only is he at odds with his Sith superiors because of their dealings with the Jedi, but he actually has a love interest on the side, which at times clouds his judgement.

Now add to the mix a smuggler named Zerrid Korr, who is also dealing with his own struggles in life. Forced to work for the criminal organization called The Exchange, he finds himself juggling at least three concerns: Run illegal spice to pay off old debts, dodge a rival organization led by the Hutts who are bent on stopping him, and keep his handicapped daughter a secret from everyone, for fear that she may at some point she may be used as leverage against him. Not only is Korr an interesting character with an interesting story, he also becomes an integral part of the overall plot itself, as he is a former acquaintance of Aryn Leneer. She enlists his help to get to Coruscant so she can get one step closer to who killed her master, who she eventually discovers to be Darth Malgus.

All of these plots and much more are what make up The Old Republic: Deceived. In my opinion, Paul S. Kemp has delivered a winner, for this novel started with a bang and kept me engrossed until the very end. As far as the ending, it is one that I did not expect at all. Reading this book was like riding a roller coaster blindfolded: I began with eager anticipation, the ride itself was awesome and entertaining, and the end knocked my socks off! And I really like that the main characters were vulnerable in some way. Clear cut, black and white good Jedi vs. evil Sith with a bad smuggler on the side is NOT what plays out within these pages. My only complaint: I wanted more Deceived! This was a book that I did not want to end.

Pick up a copy of Deceived today; I think you’ll agree.

SEE ALSO:
Final The Old Republic: Deceived Blurb
The Old Republic: Deceived Excerpt

Cover Synopsis:

“Our time has come. For three hundred years we prepared; we grew stronger while you rested in your cradle of power. . . . Now your Republic shall fall.”

A Sith warrior to rival the most sinister of the Order’s Dark Lords, Darth Malgus brought down the Jedi Temple on Coruscant in a brutal assault that shocked the galaxy. But if war crowned him the darkest of Sith heroes, peace will transform him into something far more heinous—something Malgus would never want to be but cannot stop becoming, any more than he can stop the rogue Jedi fast approaching. Her name is Aryn Leneer—and the lone Jedi Knight that Malgus cut down in the fierce battle for the Jedi Temple was her Master. Now she’s going to find out what happened to him, even if it means breaking every rule in the book.

Celebration VI Day Two Diary by Bry Dean

I arrived at Celebration VI on Friday much earlier, and much more relaxed now that I was more familiar with the place. My first destination of the day was the What’s Coming From Del Rey panel, which started at 10:30am. The schedule promised a great lineup and it didn’t disappoint. The panel featured Pablo Hidalgo, Aaron Allston, James Luceno, Drew Karpyshyn, Jennifer Heddle, Shelly Shapiro, Troy Denning, and Timothy Zahn: The Dream Team of the Expanded Universe!

First up for discussion was the upcoming Star Wars Reads Day, which will feature several major publishing companies engaging in a major reading campaign across the US on October 6th. From there the panel discussed upcoming releases, and I jotted down a few main points:

  • The Essential Reader’s Companion is the most incredible undertaking Erich (Del Rey editor) has ever done.
  • The Old Republic: Annihilation an action-packed spy novel that features “a regular guy” instead of a Sith.
  • Shelly Shapiro considers Star Wars: Scoundrels to be Timothy Zahn’s best book ever, and that’s saying a lot. We will also see an eBook short story prequel to Scoundrels entitled Winner Lose All.
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be the final Coruscant Nights novel.
  • Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi is a fully self-contained story.
  • Star Wars: Crucible will be one big adventure that only the Big 3 can handle.
  • Newly announced is a series of novels from the Classic Trilogy era tentatively entitled Rebels. There will be a Princess Leia novel by Martha Wells and a Luke Skywalker novel by Kevin Hearn. Release dates forthcoming.
  • Another announcement: There’s a new post-Fate of the Jedi trilogy in the works entitled Sword of the Jedi by Christie Golden. Release dates forthcoming.

The panel then opened up a fan Q&A. Some highlights:

  • James Luceno joked about using large words.
  • Troy Denning calls Star Wars the greatest writer’s workshop.
  • Aaron Allston told the audience to ‘make your future X-Wing novel wishes known!’
  • There are no plans at this time to kill off the Big 3. At the moment George is not ready to see them go.
  • Jennifer Heddle said regarding same-sex characters that discussions are being had, and to be on the lookout for more of them.
  • The Paul S. Kemp duology is “super-secret”
  • Shelly Shapiro said that continuing the Republic Commando series is a “maybe”.
  • When asked about the Even Piell continuity blunder, Shelly Shapiro said: ‘What can you do? We’d like to pretend it’s not there’.

The panel then talked in-length about Leland Chee and all he does. From start to finish, it was a great panel. Afterward, I met Drew Karpyshyn and Erich Schoeneweiss, who are, of course, a couple of nice guys. From there I decided to tape a walkthrough of the exhibit hall. Be sure to check it out once I upload it; you might be on tape!

A major highlight for me was being able to meet Steve Sansweet, a fan favorite. His Rancho Obi-Wan Experience was a gem of the exhibit hall, and I’m glad he brought some of his treasures for fans to look at and appreciate. I happened to walk up just as StarWars.com was filming an interview with him, and the interviewer turned out to be Alison Haislip! It was neat to watch that take place. After about 30 minutes, I finally got the chance to meet Steve and talk a bit about his exhibit. After reading his column for years in Star Wars Insider, it was surreal to finally meet him in person.

Afterward, I got in line at the Dark Horse Comics booth where author John Jackson Miller was signing. I brought along my copy of Lost Tribe of the Sith: The Collected Stories and got it signed! He’s another really nice guy; we chatted a bit about my review and some of his other publications.

During the rest of the day, I met many people and exchanged business cards. I nearly choked on my lunch, though, when I just happened to casually pass Anthony Daniels in one of the corridors. I’m sure I looked ridiculous just staring at him, as he walked my just oozing charisma, no doubt preparing himself mentally for his panel. I’ll never forget that moment.

My final event was watching Revenge of the Sith on the big screen there at the convention center. They replayed all six movies there, and they were hosted by Mary Franklin. Such a great atmosphere. Every time a character made a debut appearance in the movie, there were claps and cheers all around. To that audience, Revenge of the Sith was new again, and being there with them made the experience one of my Celebration highlights. After a late night, it was time to get some sleep, so I could start it all over again the next day.

SEE ALSO:
Celebration VI Day One Diary by Bry Dean
Celebration VI Day Three Diary by Bry Dean
Celebration VI Day Four Diary by Bry Dean
Celebration VI Albums

Back To Celebration VI Main Page

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Blurb

Random House has posted the cover synopsis for Star Wars: The Last Jedi , due out February 26, 2013! Link

KNIGHT OF RECKONING

The Emperor’s ruthless Order 66 has all but exterminated the Jedi. The few remaining who still wield the Force for good have been driven into exile or hiding. But not Jax Pavan, who’s been steadily striking blows against the Empire—as a lone guerrilla fighter and a valued partner of Whiplash, a secret Coruscant-based resistance group. Now he’s taking on his most critical mission: transporting a valued Whiplash leader, targeted for assassination, from Coruscant to safety on a distant world. It’s a risky move under any circumstances, but Jax and his trusted crew aboard the Far Ranger, including the irrepressible droid I-Five, are prepared to pit their combat skills and their vessel’s firepower against all Imperial threats—except the one Jax fears most. Reports have raced across the galaxy that the dark lord of the Sith has fallen in a duel to the death with a Rebel freedom fighter. But Jax discovers the chilling truth when he reaches out with the Force . . . only to touch the dark, unmistakable, and malignantly alive presence that is Darth Vader. And Jax knows that Vader will stop at nothing until the last Jedi has fallen.

SEE ALSO:
Welcome to the Archive: Michael Reaves
Talking The Last Jedi with Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
Novel Review: The Last Jedi by Bry Dean
Megan’s Review: The Last Jedi
44 Pages of The Last Jedi Now Online!
I-Five Returns in The Last Jedi
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Welcome Back, Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
Knights Archive Exclusive: Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff

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