Lucasfilm and Disney Interactive launched a new Star Wars app. Available for iOS and Android devices in the United States and Canada, the app will provide news, updates, and other features, such as augmented reality. Read more about the release over at the Hollywood Reporter. Click here to download the app.
When the Disney Store came out with their first waves of Star Wars merchandise, fans made note of the fact that Princess Leia was nowhere to be found. Several articles had been written about it and the #WheresLeia hashtag started gaining more speed. Just recently, I found a Princess Leia costume with the wig available in the Star Wars section of the Disney Store in Times Square, New York City. If you’re in the area and have a young girl looking to dress up as Leia, please purchase this item. You can also find it online in the Disney Store. It’s important to show that girls are interested and that we are a strong buying force in the community. If you’re a blogger, please spread the word. It’s important to put this item on the map and show the rest of the community that Disney is paying attention.
Star Wars Rebels
Congratulations to Jason Isaacs and James Earl Jones for winning in Behind the Voice Actors – Voice Acting Awards 2014! Isaacs won the Staff Choice in the Best Male Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role (Action/Drama) as the Inquisitor, while Jones won both the Staff Choice and People’s Choice in the Best Male Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Guest Role (Action/Drama) as Darth Vader.
From July 1 through August 31, 2015, StarWars.com will be conducting a Star Wars Rebels Season Two Fan Art Contest. Express your love for Star Wars Rebels with fan art and enter for a chance to win a Grand Prize Winner Prize Pack with $200 credit at DarkInkArt.com and more. Click here to read the official rules.
Dave Filoni recently celebrated his 10 years at Lucasfilm on July 2. Filoni was the supervising director for Star Wars: The Clone Wars. He is also the executive producer and supervising director of Star Wars Rebels. Congratulations to Dave! Here’s to many more years at Lucasfilm.
Lucasfilm publicist Tracy Cannobbio shared some great news for UK fans via Twitter, “For all the fans asking…we are happy to confirm that the Star Wars Rebels Season 1 box set WILL be available on Blu-ray in the UK!”
The update came after the official announcement that the Star Wars Rebels season one set will be released on September 1, 2015, in the United States.
One of the main things I noticed when the schedule for this year’s San Diego Comic-Con was first released was the lack of a Star Wars Rebels panel. Given how the team recently finished recording ensemble voice work for the second season, they’re probably pushing forward with the animation and visual part of the series. Here’s hoping there’s a stronger Star Wars Rebels presence at New York Comic Con 2015 later in October!
As a result of not being present at the big convention, Dave Filoni shared a drawing of Ahsoka Tano through social media during the first full day of SDCC, stating, “Wish I could be at Comic-Con this weekend, but Ahsoka and I are on a mission up at Skywalker Ranch. Best of luck Kathy, JJ, and The Force Awakens Team!!!”
Illustrator Annie Stoll took to Twitter and her other social media channels and celebrated the fact that we will, in fact, be getting a 6-inch Black Series figure for Sabine Wren. Stoll is the illustrator of the Sabine My Rebel Sketchbook. The fan voting competition had Revan leading the poll with Sabine in second place. Make sure to follow her on Twitter and Tumblr.
Jon Farmer cosplayed as old Captain Rex from Star Wars Rebels at San Diego Comic-Con, and along the way, he found a Gregor cosplayer. Follow Jon on Twitter.
Also revealed at San Diego Comic-Con: 3.75-inch Season Two Male Inquisitor, 6-inch Kanan Jarrus, and 6-inch Ahsoka Tano. Find a picture of Ashley holding her Ahsoka figure over at her Instagram, and find more hi-res images at The Toyark. (Many thanks to Jeremy Konrad for capturing photos at the Hasbro panel.)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Lucasfilm panel in Hall H on Friday, July 10, included some fabulous surprises, including a special behind-the-scenes look of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. For those who missed out on the panel, make sure to watch the Movieguide or the Flicks And The City recording, or read through the official live blog.
Star Wars fans at San Diego Comic-Con 2015 were also rewarded with a special concert following the Lucasfilm panel. Presented by Verizon, the concert ended with a spectacular surprise. Watch the video below for the highlights.
In celebration of the behind-the-scenes content, illustrator Annie Stoll also drew art inspired by Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Comics and Books
The Brazilian version of Star Wars: A New Dawn will have a new cover soon. Creative studio Two Dots worked with publishing company Editora Aleph to create a brand new look for the novel.
While we worked on [the] Star Wars Crucible book cover, Editora Aleph team really liked a second concept sketch we’ve created for the project. They asked us if we can adapt it for the book Star Wars: A New Dawn (from John Jackson Miller), to see if Disney would allow them to change the original cover by the one made by us. Disney liked the sketch and approved the change. And here we are! A massive thank you to Editora Aleph team for the confidence that you have placed in our team.
Disney Publishing Worldwide joins its Interactive Division, according to GalleyCat. “The Walt Disney Company has folded its children’s publishing business into its interactive media division, as part of an overall realignment of Disney Consumer Products and Disney Interactive,” wrote Dianna Dilworth.
StarWars.com recently revealed the covers and descriptions of several books from the Journey to the Star Wars: The Force Awakens initiative. Some of the ones I’m really looking forward to include Lost Stars by Claudia Gray, The Weapon of a Jedi by Jason Fry, and Moving Target by Cecil Castellucci and Jason Fry.
Sal and Liz Perales of the Rogue Rebels cosplayed as Quinlan Vos and Asajj Ventress from the Star Wars: The Clone Wars novel, Dark Disciple, by Christie Golden at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Golden wrote, “One of those moments that stays with you forever!”
Roqoo Depot rounded up most of the Dark Disciple reviews and interviews with Christie Golden. You can find all of that information here.
Del Rey announced that Janine Spendlove will be writing the tie-in story for Star Wars: Battlefront: Twilight Company for Star Wars Insider #161, which will go on sale October 20.
Kanan: The Last Padawan issue #5 will be delayed by one week. Its originally date was August 12 and it will now be released on August 19. Greg Weisman will be staying through at least until issue #11. Pepe Larraz will be taking issue #6 off, with Jacopo Camagni temporarily filling in, but Larraz will be back for issue #7. When asked whether issue #6 would be a one-shot or the beginning of a new story arc, Weisman wrote, “[It’s the] Epilogue to Last Padawan or Prologue to First Blood (issues 7-11) or both.”
Pepe Larraz later added, “For the record, I’m staying on Kanan for a new arc. (I don’t know if you are as much excited as I am because of it but I’m VERY excited).”
Following the Lando mini-series will be the newly announced Chewbacca limited comic book series written by Gerry Duggan and illustrated by Phil Noto. Read more about the series over at MTV. There will also be an additional Darth Vader comic called Vader Down.
The Star Wars film saga will be made into Little Golden Books and the box set containing all six books will be made available on September 1, 2015. Entertainment Weekly contains more details.
Finally, if you missed out on the Star Wars publishing panels at San Diego Comic-Con, you can find the official live blog at StarWars.com.
Eddie Herbert, an action figure and Funko POP! collector, created a custom Funko POP! figure of Kanan Jarrus.
Mari Ruiz, also known as SentFromMars on Instagram, is a designer and loves to create a variety of fandom-inspired projects, including totes, clutches, etc. Find more of her products over at her Etsy shop.
Finally, make sure to check out Nina Levy’s daily napkin project. She recently started drawing mash-ups between Star Wars and Jurassic Park/World. Here are a few of my favorites:
To get caught up with the latest products and trends in Fandom Fashion, head over to FANgirl Blog.
The “Her Universe Fashion Show” will be a reality series on the Comic-Con International SVOD service starting next year. The series–produced by Her Universe, Blondie Girl Prods. and Lionsgate–will follow the contestants for 2016’s fashion event. To catch highlights of this year’s show, check out Geek Pow’s recording.
WeLoveFine released a brand new product at SDCC 2015, the Jedi Cowl Dress. When asked when the dress would be available online, they replied, “After the show but no date has been announced yet!”
Daily Ridley and Richard Armitage also rocked Star Wars inspired looks at San Diego Comic-Con. Ridley, pictured left, painted her nails with familiar symbols and characters, while Armitage wore a Star Wars blazer (originally belonging to Bryan Fuller).
Keldabe Talk Radio by the Mandalorian Mercs spoke to Freddie Prinze, Jr., about how he landed the role as Kanan Jarrus, what color his Mandalorian armor would be, and why he doesn’t play World of Warcraft anymore. Catch the episode here.
RebelForce Radio spoke to Dave Filoni about the second season of Star Wars Rebels. Find the episode here.
Disney Infinity 3.0 developer, Jeff Bunker, discusses bringing iconic Star Wars characters to this particular franchise. Read the interview over at Entertainment Weekly.
Links: Articles, Reviews, Roundups
- Connecting Through Star Wars: Part I, Part II, Part III
- The Hope for Equality in the Final Frontier by Lillian Skye, The Odyssey
- Star Wars Rebels is Exactly What Fans Need to Get Them in the Mood for The Force Awakens by James Burns, Metro News
- Oh Captain My Captain – The Essential Role of Hera by Ben Wahrman, Eleven-ThirtyEight
- Around the Web: July 3, 2015 by Skuldren, Roqoo Depot
- Around the Web: July 10, 2015 by Skuldren, Roqoo Depot
- Review: Star Wars Rebels: Servants of the Empire: Imperial Justice by Jason Fry by Rebels Report