The Wookiee Gunner’s roundup posts return to gather popular and intriguing updates pertaining to Star Wars, including animation, literature, comic books, merchandise, and any other aspect related to the galaxy far, far away.
New Star Wars Rebels Episode Titles
The next batch of Star Wars Rebels episodes comes to us from a forum post over at Toonzone. For those curious about other Disney XD programming, the post also includes future titles and dates for various other shows. According to Toonzone, the upcoming Star Wars Rebels episodes are called:
- “Vision of Hope” (Episode 112) scheduled for Monday, February 2
- “Call to Action” (Episode 113) scheduled for Monday, February 9
- “Rebel Resolve” (Episode 114) scheduled for Monday, February 23
Star Wars Rebels returns Monday, January 19, with special guest Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian in “Idiot’s Array”. Following every new episode of Rebels is a brand new Rebels Recon, a video segment that goes behind the scenes, so make sure to watch it to catch a sneak peek of the subsequent new episode. (via kablob17)
Billy Dee Williams in Star Wars Rebels
As previously mentioned, Billy Dee Williams will reprise his role as Lando Calrissian in the Star Wars Rebels episode “Idiot’s Array”. In an article by Entertainment Weekly, fans were treated to a behind-the-scenes video about Billy Dee and the creators of Star Wars Rebels discussing what it was like to bring a fan favorite character back to the present.
Pepe Larraz and a Sneak Peek at Kanan: The Last Padawan
Written by Greg Weisman and drawn by Pepe Larraz, Kanan: The Last Padawan is the upcoming comic book series from Marvel Comics. Set to debut in April 2015, the series will focus on young Caleb Dume (a.k.a. Kanan Jarrus) and his experience after Order 66. In an exclusive look at some of the art, Larraz is described as having jumped enthusiastically into the project, coming up with various ideas on how to depict Kanan during this stage in his life. Comic book artist Pepe Larraz has previously worked on Marvel titles, such as The Mighty Thor, Wolverine and the Xmen, and Thor Season One. Stay on top of Marvel’s solicitations for April 2015, where additional details about the first issue may appear. (via StarWars.com)
Annie Stoll’s “Sabine My Rebel Sketchbook” Countdown
Studio Fun will be releasing the highly anticipated children’s book Sabine My Rebel Sketchbook by Daniel Wallace on February 3, 2015. Artist Annie Stoll, the illustrator behind the sketchbook, is currently counting down until its debut next month with a brand new watercolor sketch every day. At the end of each week, she selects a winner from those who retweeted or reblogged her art and awards them with a week’s worth of Star Wars Rebels sketches.
“I absolutely LOVE Star Wars Rebels,” she wrote over at her art blog, “and Sabine is such a fantastic character! Not only is she a strong female character, she’s an independent artist and free-thinker! Sabine is constantly observing and challenging her world. We can all certainly learn a lot from her! I was really hoping there would be more merch for Sabine and Hera, but it looks like this book is going to be one of the first major Sabine-focused items. Full Disclosure, I don’t get paid for any books sold (as an Illustrator I was paid a flat fee), but I feel very passionate about showing support for excellent strong female characters.”
Toxic Magazine Announces New Star Wars Rebels Magazine
Starting January 28, 2015, Toxic Magazine will be releasing a new Star Wars Rebels in the UK, as announced via Twitter. The first issue will include a new comic by Martin Fisher and other various forms of entertainment for children. The new comic will be canon and first appeared in a German magazine Star Wars Rebels magazine by Panini Comics. Jedi-Bibliothek interviewed Fisher about the project and also provided an English translation of a preview that surfaced in December 2014.
The second issue of the German Rebels magazine will feature Ezra Bridger on the cover and a new comic by Fisher and artist Ingo Römling.
Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2015: Variant Posters and Badge Artwork
StarWars.com recently released an exclusive look at the Celebration Anaheim artwork designs by artist Craig Drake. Having previously worked at Lucasfilm, Drake considered various designs for the official poster. He also created the Star Wars Rebels variant poster, which swaps Han, Leia, and Darth Vader for Ezra, Sabine, and the Inquisitor. There’s also a glimpse at the concept artwork for Celebration Anaheim badges. The event this year will contain 22 different badges in total. For more intriguing details on the thought process behind the project, please visit StarWars.com.
LEGO Star Wars Rebels Comic in LEGO Club Magazine
Professional illustrator and LEGO digital artist for the LEGO Club Magazine Dan Veesenmeyer recently published the digital layouts of his first LEGO Star Wars Rebels four-page comic for the January 2015 issue of the LEGO Club Magazine.
“In mid 2014, I was promoted to exclusively illustrate only LEGO Star Wars branded comic work for their marketing purposes going forward. These are the first published results,” he wrote in a post over at his Tumblr blog. The digital art was created using a mixture of pencils, inks, and colors using Manga Studio and Adobe Photoshop via a Wacom Cintiq tablet.
He’s currently working on his next Star Wars Rebels comic and gave us a sneak peek via Twitter.
April Johnston Star Wars Painting Project
Art director, storyteller, and Star Wars geek April Johnston started a new project at the start of the new year to practice color theory and combining colors. The subject of her project: Star Wars. She painted the entire Star Wars Rebels crew and various other Star Wars characters. Check out her WordPress blog and Instagram for more art!
Star Wars Rebels Fan Video Edit
Fans express their love for fandom in different ways. Some do it through cosplay or fan fiction, while others make fan videos. Tumblr user secrettunnelyeah created a wonderful fan video edit of Ezra Bridger and his conversation with Yoda at the end of “Path of the Jedi”.
Marvel’s Star Wars #1 Featurette
Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Comics Axel Alonso, Star Wars comic writer Jason Aaron, and Marvel editor Jordan D. White briefly discuss the brand new comic book, Star Wars.
Cover Revealed for William Shakespeare’s The Phantom of Menace by Ian Doescher
Bonnie Burton gave fans a peek at the cover of William Shakespeare’s Forsooth, the Phantom Menace: Star Wars Part the First by Ian Doescher over at CNET. This will be the fourth installment of the series.
“The prequels are happening because time and time again, people approached me at readings of the ‘William Shakespeare’s Star Wars‘ books and asked, hopefully, if I was going to write the prequels,” Doescher said. “This was especially true for young people, for whom the prequels ARE Star Wars.”
All three prequels will be published by Quirk Books this year, starting in April 2015.
A Galaxy of Possibilities – Representation and Storytelling in Star Wars Available for Pre-Order
Set to be released on Wednesday, January 21, A Galaxy of Possibilities: Representation and Storytelling in Star Wars by transmedia author and scholar Natacha Guyot is available for pre-order as Kindle content on Amazon US and Amazon UK. The upcoming collection of essays on Star Wars, will look “at different aspects and eras of the Star Wars universe: movies, television series, video games, and novels. It addresses portrayal of children, women, ethnic diversity, and disability; and whether they offer positive and layered images of both heroes and villains.” Read the rest of the official description at her personal website. Place your pre-order today!
Christie Golden Finished Star Wars: Dark Disciple
The continuation of Quinlan Vos and Asajj Ventress’ stories continue in the Del Rey novel Star Wars: Dark Disciple. Written by Christie Golden, the novel is based on the never-before-seen content of four Star Wars: The Clone Wars scripts. She recently submitted the final draft to her editor, received positive comments from fans, and later replied via Twitter, “Thank you all for your votes of confidence! Loved writing this book. Asajj & Vos are stellar company!” Dark Disciple comes out July 7, 2015.
"Dark Disciple" is DONE and in the hands of my editor. Now, if you'll all excuse me... *thud*—
Christie Golden (@ChristieGolden) January 16, 2015