Today at Comic-Con in New York, Disney LucasFilm Publishing has been on hand with nine of their authors to reveal more of what's coming in terms of books. Bleeding Cool today he announced the new announcements, but the authors had a lot to say about their current projects.
Before talking about their books, each author was given the opportunity to talk about why they wanted to write in the Star Wars universe. Katie Cook talked about how Star Wars really is a fantasy series as much as science fiction. He loves the world to build and play in that world. Zoraida Cordova he loves the romantic and fantasy aspects, the fact that the characters can choose hope and choose their family. Justina Ireland echoed those thoughts, saying how the universe is about hope. George Mann he talked about the depth of mythology and the constant memories that you should do the right thing in life, not the easy thing. Gregg Pak, the oldest member of the panel, recalled that he was seeing Star Wars as an eight-year-old boy, as there had never been anything like it.
Matthew Reinhart he compared Star Wars to New York City, a high-tech exterior that is also a bit crappy. Cavan Scott called Star Wars the story of a group of people who learn to love each other. Charles Soule he said he is a busy man, so before choosing a project, he understands the relationship between stuff and time, so he said the Star Wars stuff is just off the charts. Christian Blauvet has a simple but true answer … it's so fun to play in this universe.
The authors then talked about their recent projects. Cordova talked about how he had to write Crash of Fate relying on locked documents, .pdf and super secret files since Galaxy Edge had not yet been created. She was stunned by how much work had ended in detail and, when she visited, she could see that she had paid off. Cordova also appreciates the fact that he is called "Batuu Hostorian" (along with his fellow writer Delilah Dawson) when he visited the park.
Blauvet spoke How not to be eaten by Ewoks, a survival guide for a dangerous and chaotic universe. It's not just about not dying, but also not embarrassing yourself at Coruscant or offending your dinner guest in a strange world.
What is it Spark of resistance of? According to Ireland, it is "porg and bunnies for murder". Do you really need anything else? Scott said as he wrote Choose your destiny: Finn & Poe (don't worry, BB-8 is there too) his room seemed to be chasing a killer with red ropes on the wall connecting pieces of paper.
How do you create a pop-up book for the entire Star Wars universe? If you are Matthew Reinhart, you do it essentially by drawing in 3D, cutting and folding the paper, disassembling everything when it is not working and starting over. The book itself seems incredible, the AT-ST walk and the hawk flies. Fans of the animated series can be sure there are hints The clone wars is rebels also. Reinhart calls it a 360 ° pop-up extravagance. "
Soule did not expect LucasFilm Publishing to allow him to do something like Vader Castle again, so he tried to get everything in the first series. A story he was forced to leave out, however, was Frankel-Tarkin, with Peter Cushing like the monster. The limited series will also see the return of Spider-Maul and the last issue will cover the same Vader, only in the form of zombies.
Pak talked about ending his race on Star Wars and bringing together all the disparate threads for the finale. C-3PO fans must be prepared, as the droid has a great heroic moment coming.
Cool talked a little bit about the challenge of making every creature of the Star Wars universe friendly and cute and, in a sense, its own. Cook said the purgils were his favorites to draw while sarlaac was the biggest challenge to make cute. Cook is still asking LucasFilm to let them do versions for Leorg's Porg, Chewie and the rest of the cast.
As for the ads, the biggest (for me, and I'm the one writing this) was a new Timothy Zahn trilogy called The rise of Chris. The first book comes out in May and will be the story of the great blue-skinned admiral of all.
In the comic news, Star Wars # 1 from Soule will come down on January 1st. The series begins at the end of The Empire Strikes Back and will answer some of the big questions about how we got started Jedi.
With Soule making the new Star Wars book, Pak leaves the control free Darth Vader, with the number 1 arriving in February. The book enters Vader's head in a tumultuous moment. Luke, his son, has just refused him. At the same time, he had to come to terms with the knowledge that Palpatine is lying to him. Vader will look for the people who have hidden everything from him, and we can guess what he does when he finds them.