In Case You Missed It – Week of 6/21/2010 to 6/27/2010
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.
Lots and lots of news this past week, book, comic, gaming, Celebration V, San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) – but I’ll start with what was probably of most interest to readers of this site, the reveal of the cover of Fate of the Jedi: Conviction. Here we’ve got a picture of Tahiri on the front, with rumors that the back cover will feature Tenel Ka. That news should help curb the disappointment that the release of Conviction has been delayed to May 24, 2011 – and the news that Alex Irvine’s Nomi Sunrider book has been delayed until sometime in 2012. There was also news that Star Wars Insider magazine is also going digital, good news for any fans who prefer that format.
Let’s talk about The Old Republic. On Friday, Dark Horse provided a first look at the cover of Threat of Peace issue #4, show here. TFN reported that Bioware put out the 6th issue of Blood of the Empire, the current TOR webcomic. Newsarama had a hands on with the game itself this past week (as well as an interview with the producer of The Force Unleashed II). In book related TOR news, Paul Kemp released an excerpt from his upcoming novel, Deceived, and an audio excerpt from Fatal Alliance by Sean Williams is available from the publisher.
Speaking of Sean Williams, he’ll be at the San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) to promote the release of Fatal Alliance, along with fellow Star Wars authors Drew Karpyshyn and Alan Dean Foster. From SirStevesGuide, Sideshow Collectibles starts their SDCC celebration on July 1st, and rebelscum reports on an exclusive Clone Lieutenant available from Sideshow collectables at the con, and that non-attendee pre-order’s have opened here. And hey, if you can’t attend – don’t fret. First, you can come to NJOE (or follow us on twitter) to get the lastest Star Wars news as it breaks – since we’ll have three reporters on the scene at the convetion. You could also follow all the SDCC news @Comic_Con, the official account for the con, and you could enter a contest at Literary Intent to win a SDCC book sampler. While we’re at it, did you know that Star Wars and Rebelscum now have official Facebook pages? Check them out.
Since we’re talking conventions, did you know that Celebration V is about all things Empire Strikes Back? Well, just to remind you, the official site has put up it’s third preview of the upcoming book The Making of The Empire Strikes Back, this time with talk about the first EU book, Splinter of the Mind’s Eye. A few more guests have been announced for CV, rebelscum talks about a mail-in and drop-off service for getting autographs at CV here. Rebelscum is also doing a 50 day countdown to CV staring with a survival guide. The official site released a promo video for CV, you can tell your Star Wars story while there, or you can show off your collection, and TFN and 501st announced their plans as well. Since it’s related, the official site also showed a Charity pin featuring ESB art, as well as a wonderful Millennium Falcon designed for a child’s Make A Wish.
In other news, this past week also saw the announcement of the next digest from Dark Horse, as well as the first look at the cover of The Clone Wars: The Deadly Hands of Shon-Ju, coming Dec 14th and featuring Aayla Secura. In other Dark Horse news, corax mentioned that Jan and John’s next project (after Legacy) will be hinted at in the letters column of issue #50 of that same book. John Jackson Miller of KOTOR mentioned that he did an interview with Fictional Frontiers (in an audio file that also features Christie Golden) in which he talks about his upcoming project Knight Errant. And hey, if you’re looking for some cheap Star Wars graphic novel TPBs, Barnes & Nobel currently has a sale on a number of them at up to 80% off.
A whole bunch of Dark Horse comics got previewed here, there’s also a free Mass Effect comic available from them at IGN, a first look at DH’s Magnus Robot Fighter, a preview of Solar #1, and an interview with the artist of Serendipty (Firefly). Marvel comics announed it’s next cosmic event, Chaos War, as well as previews of their books coming out this week (including Secret Avengers #2), as article about cosmic writer Jim Starlin, and the announcement of a new Halo comic: Fall of Reach – Bootcamp. But the big comics news this past week was that DC has finially gone digital, there was also an interview with JMS about his new arc on Superman called Grounded, and an interview with the writer of Supergirl about the future of that title.