Star Wars Rebels
The Star Wars Rebels first season finale aired March 2, revealing the identity of the mysterious Fulcrum to be Ahsoka Tano. On March 2, 2013, Ahsoka had turned away from the Jedi Order and her return two years later made the fan community erupt with elated cheers. Ashley Eckstein, Dave Filoni, and others spoke about her return in Rebels Recon, an episode that also featured season two concept art.
“I got a call from Dave Filoni,” said voice actor and creator of Her Universe, Ashley Eckstein. “It was beyond exciting, to say the least. And then to find out that she was a rebel leader was so cool.”
Following the season finale, USA Today published two articles. The first touched on the return of Ahsoka Tano. According to journalist Brian Truitt, Dave Filoni said, “Our heroes need some help so she was definitely someone we thought we could call upon.”
After Ahsoka left the Jedi Order, the Clone Wars crew had created about 12 more episodes that featured her and her story all the way up to Order 66.
And as revealed in the second article, Hasbro will be releasing action figures of Ahsoka Tano and Darth Vader in the style of Star Wars Rebels this coming fall.
Truitt also mentioned that Filoni teased a connection between Vader and other Inquisitors, and as a fan of having another fearsome Inquisitor (preferably a woman), I look forward to this being explored.
In more news, Sarah Michelle Gellar was recently announced as an additional member to the cast. Playing an unknown recurring character, Gellar joins her husband (Freddie Prinze, Jr.) and the rest of the Star Wars Rebels crew for the second season.
“We’re thrilled to have Sarah Michelle Gellar on board for season two. She is a true ‘Star Wars Rebels’ fan and her passion undoubtedly comes through in the voice recording sessions,” said Dave Filoni, according to /Film.
Sarah Michelle (@SarahMGellar) March 03, 2015
According to the latest rumor from MakingStarWars.net, “Sam Witwer is voicing Emperor Palpatine in Season 2 of Star Wars Rebels.” Witwer previously voiced Maul in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Galen Marek in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, and does an impressive Palpatine voice.
Play along with the latest Star Wars quiz. Find out which Star Wars Rebels character are you and make sure to share the results with friends on social media.
Lastly, Dave Filoni thanked the fans for the overwhelming support.
“The crew of Star Wars Rebels and I are blown away by your response to the finale. Thank you for all the kind words and support for the series, we all appreciate it. Nothing could have prepared us for the outpouring of emotion and cheers when Ahsoka Tano appeared. As someone who has watched over her character from the beginning, I was overwhelmed by the reaction. Little Soka has come a long way, and I think many fans have grown up right alongside her. I look forward to your continuing journey with her, as she attempts to guide our Rebel heroes in these dark and dangerous times. Remember, the Force will be with you, always.”
Dave Filoni (@dave_filoni) March 04, 2015
Heir to the Jedi by Kevin Hearne is now on shelves. Read my review for more about the book, but make sure to stop at the spoilers warning. Other reviews can be found over at Roqoo Depot’s roundup. Hearne also wrote up a brief post about the novel and included TWG’s review!
StarWars.com also provided fans a look at early Heir to the Jedi cover designs by Larry Rostant (with Scott Biel).
As for upcoming novels, Christie Golden recently finished the second draft of Dark Disciple.
Finishing 2nd draft of Dark Disciple. Um...this is going to be a long book! :D—
Christie Golden (@ChristieGolden) February 24, 2015
And Bryan Young of Big Shiny Robot revealed that the first canon LGBT Star Wars character will appear in Lords of the Sith by Paul S. Kemp, “Moff Mors is an Imperial who has made some very serious mistakes but she is an incredibly capable leader and spends much of the book working hard to prevent absolute failure. She also happens to be a lesbian.”
Lastly, Star Wars Insider #156 will be released on March 11, 2015. Pick up a copy and read the “Last Call at the Zero Angle” by Jason Fry. It is described as “a fun and poignant tale set in the classic era that looks at the lives of Imperial TIE pilots outside the cockpit.” The story also includes art by John VanFleet.
Princess Leia #1 went on sale recently. It is a five-issue series written by Mark Waid and illustrated by Terry Dodson. Over at Terry Dodson’s blog, he provided some detail of Rachel Dodson’s ink work. Rachel used a Windsor Newton Series 7 Kolinsky Sable #2 Brush and Higgins Black Magic Ink to ink the pages. Visit his site for more details.
As for future comic book series, Kanan: The Last Padawan will go on sale April 1. The series kicks off with writing by Greg Weisman and art by Pepe Larraz. Jedi-Bibliothek found a preview of the interior, as seen below, in a catalog.
Additionally, StarWars.com provided an exclusive look at two inked pages. In them, both Depa Billaba and Caleb Dume find themselves in the heat of battle with clone troopers at their side.
As a fan of the character, I plan to pick up all of the variant covers available for this series, including the following:
- Skottie Young variant cover
- Star Wars Rebels Television Show variant cover
- Kilian Plunkett variant cover
- Phil Noto Books-A-Million variant cover
- Blank variant cover
Jedi-Bibliothek recently added the Star Wars Rebels television show variant cover to their database.
Dave Filoni recently spoke to SIKids.com about Star Wars Rebels (and hockey). He also talked about what inspired him to pursue art (instead of hockey). As for Star Wars: The Clone Wars fans still wary about the series, he said, “I think there’s a lot for fans to look forward to. If they did like Clone Wars, they’re going to be very happy with where Rebels goes at the end of the day.”
Filoni also sat down with IGN’s Eric Goldman to discuss the death and character reveal in the season one finale as well as where season two will go. Topics of discussion also included the social media’s reaction to Ahsoka returning, the thought process behind bringing a Clone Wars character into the story, exploring Ahsoka’s story in other outlets and the small references that will be dropped in season two, Ahsoka vs. Vader and how it’s come up before in conversation, killing off the Inquisitor, the challenge of having Darth Vader as part of the series, and much more.
Dan Brooks at StarWars.com also interviewed Dave Filoni in a three-part interview series. In part one, Filoni discussed the early beginnings and concept of Star Wars Rebels. In part two, Filoni delved deeper into the major moments revealed in the first season. Finally, in part three, Filoni touched on the season finale and season two.
Taylor Gray, the voice of Ezra Bridger, appeared in a small segment of Studio 11 LA News.
Executive producer of Star Wars Rebels Greg Weisman talked about his projects at Magic City Comic Con earlier in January.
Podcast 66 interviewed the voice of Kanan Jarrus, Freddie Prinze, Jr. The hosts and Freddie talked about sports, and of course, Star Wars Rebels. Listen to the episode here.
Both Freddie Prinze, Jr., and Taylor Gray came together for an episode of The WolfPack Podcast. There, they discussed the Star Wars Rebels season one finale and the future in season two.
Del Rey’s Shelly Shapiro and Erich Schoeneweiss joined Chris and Jay in a new episode of ForceCast’s Jedi Journals to talk about the recent novel release, Heir to the Jedi, and Star Wars Celebration plans. Listen to the episode here.
Writer Jason Fry joined ForceCast to talk about Servants of the Empire: Rebel in the Ranks, diversity in Star Wars, and his book series, Jupiter Pirates. Listen to the episode here.
Annie Stoll appeared in the latest episode of Tosche Station to talk about Studio Fun’s Sabine My Rebel Journal. Listen to the episode here.
Riley and Mark talked to Stephen Stanton about his role as Wilhuff Tarkin in Star Wars Rebels in an episode of the Star Wars Report. Listen to the episode here.
Fangirl Going Rogue’s Tricia Barr and Teresa Delgado were invited to talk about Star Wars and toys over at The Nerdsitute. Listen to the episode here.
Finally, Podcast 66 will be starting a new show called The Clone Wars: Rewind on Monday, March 9. Visit their site for more information!
The season finale of Star Wars Rebels sparked the creativity of many fans. Some of my favorite Ahsoka Tano fan art can be found here, but the following are some that have recently surfaced on social media.
Loth-cat lovers Amy Ratcliffe and Blondsaurus created their own Loth-cat plush toys. Amy used the Tooka doll pattern from The Star Wars Crafts Book by Bonnie Burton, as seen below. And Blondsaurus put together a Loth-cat cushion tutorial, an awesome cushion which was previously featured in a past roundup.
Lastly, artist Ksenia Z. (also known as lorna_ka) added her Kanan/Hera fan art to her Society6 account in response to the Star Wars Rebels fans who expressed the need for prints of her beautiful art. Visit lorna_ka’s Tumblr blog for more of her creations.
Rancho Obi-Wan recently revealed the 2015 membership patch and kit. It also includes an exclusive patch for Star Wars Celebration. Read their blog post for more information.
Mary Franklin will be leaving her position as Senior Events Lead for Lucasfilm to join ReedPOP and work on their international comic conventions. Steve Sansweet shared the news on Facebook, and an official post was published soon after.
In celebration of Ahsoka Tano’s return, Ashley Eckstein revealed a brand new “Visions of Ahsoka” shirt with art designed by Dave Filoni. The shirt is only available exclusively at Her Universe.
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