In Case You Missed It – Week of 6/14/2010 to 6/20/2010
Sometimes a whole bunch of news comes out during the course of a given week that articles just don’t last long enough on our front page. Or perhaps it’s just that the piece of news wasn’t enough to warrant a front page story, but is still deserving of being recognized as newsworthy. In Case You Missed It is meant to be our catch-all for those things – a way for us to summarize the past week’s worth of news.
Last week started with the sad news that legendary comic artist Al Williamson (known for his work in Star Wars, Flash Gordan, and many other properties) had passed away. A number of websites paid tribute to him including the Official Star Wars website and Dark Horse, both of which are well worth reading. NJOE is going to do it’s own little tribute by featuring Al Williamson’s cover art through the remainder of this column – if any of it intrigues you, seek out his stories (Dark Horse is reprinting much of his Star Wars work in the A Long Time Ago omnibuses) – you’ll be the richer for it.
Continuing with Star Wars comics news, the new cover for Legacy #49 has been revealed, as well as a preview panel from Legacy #50, along with some tidbits about upcoming titles yet to be revealed. Meanwhile, the September Dark Horse solicitations were revealed last week including Blood Ties #2, Invasion: Rescues #4, and The Old Republic #6.
Since I’ve mentioned TOR, a bunch of additional information, screenshots and interviews about the game can be found in this thread, and an interview with the game’s creators at Angry Joe Show. Other games news continued to trickle out of E3, including a new trailer for Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars, as well as news about a new Trench Run game for the iphone/ipad/ipod touch from TFN.
In Star Wars book news, the biggest reveal of the week was that the sequel to Crosscurrent by Paul Kemp will be called Riptide. Jedi News has a closer look at the cover for Star Wars: Year by Year, and the official site has an excerpt from the recently released Fire Ring Race. And since Bantam/Spectra (now owned by Del Rey) is celebrating 25 years, they’re doing a series of rememberances of their big book releases of the past – with a recent look at Heir to the Empire, including interviews with Tim Zahn, Tom Dupree (editor at the time), and Jamie Warren (the cover artist).
In terms of current and upcoming Star Wars events – the official site gives us a look at snapshots and videos from the ongoing Star Wars Weekends at Disney World. For the upcoming San Diego Comic Con comes news that Hallmark will have limited edition Empire Strikes Back ornaments available there, Diseny has announced it’s plans for Tron: Legacy, EOS books has lined up it’s panels, and Brad Walker artist from Guardians of the Galaxy will be there as well. Finally at Celebration V comes the news that George Lucas will be interviewed by Jon Stewart of the Daily Show at the event, there were a few more announcements of attendees, and the final round of collecting panels was revealed.
In further collecting news, 2010 Clone Wars delux sets have been found and photographed, JediDefender has a look at Jodo Kast, Jedi News has some video of the new AT-AT, and RebelScum has started it’s 2010 Hasbro Wishlist Poll. Since we’re plugging things, don’t forget to submit your questions in NJOE’s latest interview – this time with Ben Skywalker. The Guy with the Glasses has finished reviewing the Star Wars prequel movie series, and our own corax has started doing reviews and columns on Star Wars comics for A Comic Book Blog, as a way to reach out to new fans.
And since we’re back to talking about comics, along with the Star Wars releases for September we’ve got the full solicits from Dark Horse, Marvel, DC, and Image & Top Cow. There’s also previews for the upcoming Thor the Mighty Avenger, Brightest Day #4, Secret Avenger Valkyrie’s new series, Avengers: Children’s Crusade, Legion of Super-Heroes #2, as well as a whole bunch of other Marvel previews for the comics coming out this week. There’s another interview with Jim Shooter about the scipting of Solar for Dark Horse, as well as an interview with Dan Abnett (of Warhammer 40K fame) and Andy Lanning about The Thanos Initiative. And since I’ve mentioned Warhammer, I’d like to mention to all the readers here that Graham McNeill’s Empire won the David Gemmell Legend Award for Fantasy literature over the weekend. If you’re not sure why that’s a big deal, realize that this is a tie-in novel to the Warhammer franchise – it would be like a Star Wars novel winning a prestegious science fiction award – and ultimately just raises the awareness that tie-in fiction is just as good, just as legitimate as any other form of Fantasy or Science Fiction novel. So congrats to all involved in that win (including the fine people who voted for Empire to win).