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SDCC 2017: Highlights From the Lucasfilm Publishing Panel

When Star Wars isn’t on the screen, the stories continue in a variety of other formats, including novels and comic books. Star Wars readers are always eager to learn more about the current and upcoming titles from Lucasfilm Publishing, and so a group of authors came together at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con to talk about their craft and what’s to come next.

The panel of authors included Ben Blacker (Star Wars: Join the Resistance), Christian Blauvelt (Star Wars Made Easy), Cullen Bunn (Star Wars: Darth Maul), Christie Golden (Battlefront II: Inferno Squad), Claudia Gray (Leia: Princess of Alderaan), Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Star Wars Jedi Academy: The Force Oversleeps), Beth Revis (Star Wars: Rebel Rising), Cavan Scott (Star Wars Adventures), and Landry Walker (Star Wars Adventures).

Moderated by Lucasfilm’s Michael Siglain, the panel kicked off with each author talking about the current stories they’re working on.

Star Wars: Join the Resistance by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker is a Goonies meets Star Wars book that takes place just before The Force Awakens, and its sequel will be out later in October.

“The second book,” Blacker started to say before transitioning to what went on behind the scenes while writing the sequel. “We started writing it in January and the Trump inauguration was coming up, and it’s dark. It’s a dark book.”

Claudia Gray, author of Dark Disciple and Bloodline, spoke about her upcoming and highly anticipated book that is set before Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Leia: Princess of Alderaan.

“It’s her origin story in the Rebellion,” she said. “How did she first become apart of this organization? Because when we see her for the first time—well, I was going to say A New Hope, but in Rogue One—she’s already a leader. She’s already someone who’s important to this organization, and she’s 19. I think that tells you that she did not start small.”

Something that personally caught my attention about this book is that there is going to be scenes featuring Breha and Bail Organa. Breha, in particular, has been often left out of Leia’s story, so hearing Gray mention her name made Leia: Princess of Alderaan jump to the top of my must-have list.

“While this is very much Leia’s story, I do feel like there’s some scenes and chapters that are also a Bail and Breha Organa story told through their daughter’s eyes and that we get to see a little bit more of them and Alderaan.”

After Beth Revis spoke about Star Wars: Rebel Rising and where it takes place on the timeline, Christie Golden chimed in and revealed a detail that made both Revis and the audience excited.

“You’ll see a character from Beth’s book in Inferno Squad.”

Star Wars Adventures is a comic that will be debuting in September from IDW Publishing, and while most adults tend to shy away from content of this nature, the authors talked about how this is truly something meant for all ages.

“I’m doing the first two [stories], which is a Rey story before she meets BB-8,” said Cavan Scott, who also mentioned that what he loves about Star Wars is getting to know more about the environments and the people within those environments because there are stories to tell there. “We start with Rey. We’ve got a Finn story coming out, and in the background, the backup story in issue #1 is from the prequels. It’s introducing kids to all aspects of Star Wars.”

“We get to play with every era which is a wonderful, wonderful thing to do and really examine how it all interconnects,” added Landry Walker.

The authors also talked about their first introduction to Star Wars as well as a favorite line or scene they’ve written in their stories.

Audience members were also treated to a slideshow of upcoming titles:

  • Marvel will be adapting Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn novel. It will be adapted by Jody Houser, the writer of Marvel’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story adaptation.
  • Tales of Hope and Courage is a Forces of Destiny in-world manual from Studio Fun, where Maz Kanata narrates some of the animated shorts.
  • The Journey to The Last Jedi program will include a Canto Bight novel (December 5).
  • Kevin Shinick was the panel’s special guest and he spoke about how he wanted to write a book that his 6-year-old daughter could read and introduce her to Star Wars. He is the author of Star Wars: Chewie and the Porgs. Fiona Hsieh is the illustrator.
  • Other books from the Journey to The Last Jedi fiction program include Star Wars: Cobalt Squadron, Rose and Finn’s Mission, Rey’s Journey (World of Reading), 5-minute Star Wars Stories Strike Back, and so much more.
  • The non-fiction side includes The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Star Wars: The Last Jedi Visual Dictionary, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi Cross-Section.
  • Lastly, The Last Jedi novelization will be written by Jason Fry and the junior novelization will be written by Michael Kogge.

TWG recorded the panel, so to catch up with what happened in between, watch the rest of the panel below:

You can also find high quality images of the covers over at StarWars.com and more details about the books at Entertainment Weekly.

Which book(s) are you most looking forward to reading? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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