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October 2009

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The following news items were posted on Star Wars Books during October 2009:

Book News: New illustrated adventures of Han and Chewie from Scholastic:
Posted: 29th October
Amazon.com has listings for two new young reader illustrated books from Scholastic that would appear to be the beginnings of a new series that feature Han Solo and Chewbacca and are due to be released next summer. The first book is titled Adventures In Hyperspace #1: Fire Ring Race
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] and has the following summary: Before they met with Luke and Obi-Wan Kenobi on Tatooine, the closest Han Solo and Chewbacca came to galactic politics was a few choice maneuvers around Imperial blockades. Instead, their life was spent rambling through the Outer Rim, flying fast, and taking quick jobs to get from place to place-along with a few close calls along the way! The second book has no sub-title nor summary and is simply titled Adventures In Hyperspace #2[External site - opens in a new window/tab]. Both books are paperbacks with a 96 page-count and have, as yet, no accredited author and are due for release late May/early June 2010.
There is no confirmation or other information of this series from Scholastic or LucasBooks and therefore these listings are subject to change.
(Source: StarWarsTimeline.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Comic News: All-new The Clone Wars comic strips for UK's The Clone Wars Comic:
Posted: 27th October (UPDATED: 2nd November)
Titan Comics in the UK will produce all-new The Clone Wars comic strips to be published in their monthly Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic (beginning with issue #6.1 on sale on 12th November). The 32-page comic will contain an eight-page self-contained original story with material created by Tom DeFalco, Robin Etherington and Rik Hoskin and comic art from Andrés Ponce and comic newcomer Tanya Roberts.
StarWars.com
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has posted a sneak peek at the pencil artwork here[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
(Source: StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])

UPDATE: Titan Comics have confirmed the story titles and release dates for the first two stories with affiliate StarWarsTimeline.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab]:

  • Issue #6.1 (released 12th Nov.): Inside Job written by Rik Hoskin, illustrated by Andres Ponce, coloured by Digikore and lettered by Andrew James.
  • Issue #6.2 (released 10th Dec.): Keep the Faith written by Tom DeFalco, illustrated by Tanya Roberts, and coloured and lettered by Digikore and Andrew James.

Media News: Lightsabre.co.uk interview Pete Vilmur:
Posted: 26th October
Affiliate Lightsabre.co.uk
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] have interviewed Pete Vilmur, co-author of the forthcoming The Complete Vader as well as contributor to The Star Wars Vault. Pete is also an Internet Content Developer for Lucas Online and in their interview Pete discusses this role as well as his contributions to Star Wars books and Star Wars Insider magazine.
To read the interview, visit Lightsabre.co.uk
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] and click on Interviews and then on Stars.
(Source: Lightsabre.co.uk[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: Gambit: Siege release slips:
Posted: 26th October
According to RandomHouse.com
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] the US release of Clone Wars Gambit: Siege has slipped from May 25th to June 22nd. Gambit: Siege by Karen Miller is the last title in the five-novel tie-in series to The Clone Wars animated series.
(Source: RandomHouse.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: Backlash delayed, again:
Posted: 24th October (UPDATED: 10th November)
Writing on StarWars.com Message Boards
[External site - opens in a new window/tab], LucasBooks' Executive Editor Sue Rostoni stated that since Backlash's author Aaron Allston has not yet finished the book's manuscript, then "we're going to have to delay it a month, probably". Earlier this year Aaron, author of ten Star Wars novels, suffered a heart attack and underwent quadruple heart bypass surgery and although he has since recovered, Aaron has had to tone back his workload and currently submits approximately one chapter at a time to his editor for approval.
Backlash, the fourth title in the nine-novel Fate of the Jedi series, is not new to rescheduled release dates as it was originally planned for release in December 2009/January 2010 but was rescheduled for a March 2010 release to allow for a more "beefy subplot". Now it looks like it Backlash will not be released until April 2010.
(Source: StarWars.com Message Boards[External site - opens in a new window/tab])

UPDATE: RandomHouse.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] have updated their listing for Backlash with a new release date of 13th April 2010.


Book News: Death Troopers enters best sellers lists:
Posted: 23rd October
Death Troopers by Joe Schreiber, Star Wars' first horror novel, has entered The New York Times Best Sellers
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] list at #13 and Publishers Weekly's Bestsellers[External site - opens in a new window/tab] at #14 this week. It had previously entered USA Today's Best-Selling Books Database Top 150[External site - opens in a new window/tab] at #82 last week (although it is expected to rise significantly this week).


Book News: Backlash summary and rear cover released:
Posted: 23rd October
StarWars.com
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has posted the rear cover[External site - opens in a new window/tab] (minus text) for the fourth Fate of the Jedi novel, Backlash by Aaron Allston, as well as a full summary [WARNING CONTAINS SPOILERS]:
HIGHLIGHT TEXT BETWEEN ARROW HEADS TO READ >>>Repercussions from the dark side's fatal seduction of Jacen Solo and the mysterious plague of madness afflicting young Jedi continue to wreak havoc galaxy-wide. Having narrowly escaped the deranged Force worshippers known as the Mind Walkers, and a deadly Sith hit squad, Luke and Ben Skywalker are in pursuit of the now Masterless Sith apprentice Vestara Khai. It is a chase that leads to the forbidding planet Dathomir, where an enclave of powerful dark-side Force-wielders will give Vestara the edge she needs to escape -- and where the Skywalkers will be forced into combat for their quarry and their lives.
Meanwhile, Han and Leia Solo are on their own desperate mission, shuttling madness-stricken Jedi from Coruscant to safe haven in the Transitory Mists -- and beyond the grasp of Galactic Alliance Chief of State Natasi Daala. But the bold maneuver only intensifies Daala's fury, and she is determined to shatter Jedi Order resistance once and for all.
Yet, no greater threat exists than that which still waits in the depths of the distant Maw Cluster: A being of pure, ravenous dark-side energy named Abeloth calls out across the stars to Jedi and Sith alike. For some, it may be the ultimate source of answers crucial to their survival. For others, it could be the ultimate weapon of conquest. But for all, it is a game-changing -- and life-altering -- encounter of untold magnitude, and a tactical gambit with unimaginable consequences.
<<<
Backlash
will be published in hardback in the US on 9th March 2010 and shortly after in the UK.
(Source: via StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Comic News: The Old Republic - Threat of Peace #18 now online:
Posted: 23rd October
The eighteenth issue of Threat of Peace, the introductory online comic for the forthcoming MMO video game Star Wars: The Old Republic, is available to read online
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
The eighteenth issue of Threat of Peace is full of suspense and suspicion. Jedi Master Orgus Din is called away from Balmorra to pursue a suspect in the Senate Tower bombing, the Bounty Hunter Braden. Meanwhile, Lord Baras foils an assassination attempt on Korriban, and Jedi Knight Fortris Gall requests Lieutenant Tavus’s help on Dantooine.
(Source: swtor.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: The Complete Vader delayed:
Posted: 22nd October
As reported on StarWars.com
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] the US release of Ryder Windham and Pete Vilmur's epic tome, The Complete Vader, has been delayed due to "a printing problem" at Random House. It was due for release on 27th October, but has been postponed to a later unspecified date.
UK readers are unaffected as the UK edition was published earlier this month by Simon and Schuster Ltd. Although Amazon.co.uk have nil stocks of The Complete Vader, Waterstones
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] are displaying it in-stock for immediate delivery.
(Source: StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Comic News: First look at Boba Fett Omnibus:
Posted: 21st October
Affiliate StarWarsTimeline.com
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has pointed us towards Diamond Distributors' Spring catalogue (PDF[External site - opens in a new window/tab]) and Dark Horse Comics' Star Wars graphic novel releases for 1st April 2010. First up is the latest Omnibus edition, simply titled Boba Fett, and described as Boba Fett, the most feared, most respected, and most loved bounty hunter in the galaxy now has all of his comics stories collected into one massive volume! In these stories, Boba Fett gets caught between the Rebellion and the Empire; seeks a mysterious relic from a wrecked Star Destroyer; settles a diplomatic dispute — with extreme prejudice; takes part in a bounty-hunter free-for-all; fights Darth Vader; and even goes up against a Boba Fett impostor! There’s no job too deadly for the man in Mandalorian armor! A complete collection of Boba Fett tales! Boba Fett encounters Darth Vader, Han Solo, and... another Boba Fett? The Dark Horse Star Wars Omnibus series gives you over 400-pages for only $24.95! It would appear that at least all 10 Dark Horse comic stories featuring Boba Fett: Enemy of the Empire, Salvage, Sacrifice, Wreckage, Overkill, Twin Engines of Destruction, Bounty on Bar-Kooda, When the Fat Lady Swings, Murder Most Foul and Agent Of Doom; will be collected in this tome.
Also listed in Diamond Distributors' Spring catalogue is Dark Times: Volume 4: Blue Harvest, a graphic novel that collates the six-issue ongoing Blue Harvest storyline by Mick Harrison, Doug Wheatley et al into one trade paperback release.


Comic News: The Old Republic - Threat of Peace graphic novel early 2010:
Posted: 13th October
ICV2.com
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] are reporting that Dark Horse Comics will collate the online webcomic The Old Republic: Threat of Peace into a graphic novel (trade paperback) in early 2010: Dark Horse will release the trade paperback collection of the Star Wars: The Old Republic Webcomic early in 2010, according to Dark Horse’s Jeremy Atkins at Baltimore Comic-Con. The collection will include the story that has been serialized on the Star Wars: The Old Republic videogame Website since early this year. The trade paperback will be in a traditional comic size.
(Source: ICV2.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] via StarWarsTimeline.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Comic News: Knights of the Old Republic to end with issue 50:
Posted: 13th October
ComicBookResources.com
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] are reporting that Dark Horse Comics have announced that their popular series Knights of the Old Republic is to end with issue 50. In response, John Jackson Miller, the series' author published the following on his own website, FarAwayPress.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab]: Greetings again from the Diamond Retailer Summit, where I'm appearing for Dark Horse promoting Mass Effect -- and where we finally made it public that, yes, the long run of Knights of the Old Republic is set to end with #50, the last issue of "Demon."
We've been working toward the series' climax for some time, getting pieces into place for the big finale -- where we really have pulled out all the stops. Every question posed in the series (at least to my way of thinking) is addressed. I turned in the last script recently and was very pleased with it -- it wraps things up for this incarnation pretty close to how I'd always imagined it. Dark Horse has given us marvelous support and creative freedom from Day 1 on this series -- and we did everything to make sure things went out with a bang!
For fans of the KOTOR series for its long run, I thank you -- and I can say I'm pretty sure you'll really like where things wrap up for your favorite characters. This has been only one chapter in the lives of these characters; in Star Wars, you never know what the future holds.
From the past to the future: Wrapping up KOTOR clears the decks for a major project I've been working on for some time; as was mentioned in the Summit presentation, it's just not quite ready to announce. There are several moving parts to this project, and there are waterfowl to get into their nice and orderly rows. I can't say more about it now -- but won't be long, I assure you. It really will be something readers haven't seen before! Stay tuned...
(Source: ComicBookResources.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] via StarWarsTimeline.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Comic News: The Old Republic - Threat of Peace #17 now online:
Posted: 9th October
The seventeenth issue of Threat of Peace, the introductory online comic for the forthcoming MMO video game Star Wars: The Old Republic, is available to read online
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
The seventeenth issue of Threat of Peace begins with a Lieutenant Tavus making a not-so-subtle romantic pass at Jedi Knight Satele Shan. An awkward moment is averted as the pair arrives on Dantooine to deal with yet another Republic military outpost where the troops have not withdrawn. Even as discussions begin with the stubborn Republic major, news arrives of Master Zym’s death and the Senate Tower bombing...
(Source: swtor.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: New reference titles for 2010:
Posted: 2nd October (UPDATED 9th October)
Affiliate StarWarsTimeline.com has discovered listings for two new reference titles. The first, Head to Head by Pablo Hidalgo and from Scholastic, features showdowns between 30 Star Wars characters à la the "versus" feature in Star Wars Insider magazine. Head to Head is due to be published in the US in May 2010. The second title is Sounds: The Stories Behind the Effects by Jonathan Rinzler and will be published by Chronicle Books (release date not announced). It explores the vision for an “organic” sound that George Lucas and sound designer Ben Burtt brought to the movies’ sound effects, as well as how these distinctive sound effects were achieved and features an embedded audio module with more than 200 sounds.
(Source: via StarWarsTimeline.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])

UPDATE: StarWars.com has officially announced that both Head to Head[External site - opens in a new window/tab] and Sounds[External site - opens in a new window/tab] will be released next year.


Comic News: Comics for January:
Posted: 7th October
StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has posted solicitations from Dark Horse Comics for their January releases. They include Knights of the Old Republic #49, the third of the four-part storyline Demon, that sees the origin of Demagol revealed!; while The Clone Wars #12 concludes Hero of the Confederacy as Anakin Skywalker is recalled to active duty. Lastly Legacy #44 continues the storyline Monsters in which Master Wolf Sazen decides it's time he look again for his wayward former Padawan Cade Skywalker.
(Source: StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Comic News: Tom Hodges discusses The Clone Wars webcomic:
Posted: 6th October
Thomas Hodges, one of the artists contributing to The Clone Wars webcomic published on StarWars.com, has discussed his involvement in this project and also the new multi-part original story Act on Instinct (part 1 now online at StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab]) on Dark Horse Comics' Message Boards[External site - opens in a new window/tab]. Tom describes how he and his fellow artists, Grant Gould, Jeff Carlisle and Daniel Falconer, are "concentrating on a more focused story with some new characters that will run parallel to the new season. We're HOPING a more focused, concentrated story will not only bring on new readers (which, we do have many) but also entice Dark Horse Comics to put out a collected TPB (trade paperback/graphic novel)... you only need demand it for it to hopefully happen." As yet no response from Dark Horse Comics as to the possibility of a graphic novel release for Act on Instinct.


Book News: Price of US paperbacks to increase:
Posted: 5th October (UPDATED: 17th October)
Writing on the StarWars.com Message Boards
[External site - opens in a new window/tab], Sue Rostoni, Executive Editor for LucasBooks, confirmed that with the US paperback release of Fate of the Jedi: Outcast in April 2010, the cover price will increase from $7.99 to $9.99. Sue explained "they're making the books a little larger and calling them "premium" paperbacks -- they're 3/4" taller and a touch wider. Seems to be the trend in paperbacks now. I don't know yet whether this change is for all our paperbacks, or just the FotJ ones..." At present this affects just the US paperback reprints, UK paperbacks remain unaffected at £7.99 and maintain their present size.
(Sources: via ClubJade.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab] and EUCantina.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab])

UPDATE: Writing on StarWars.com Message Boards[External site - opens in a new window/tab] Sue Rostoni confirmed that only Fate of the Jedi paperbacks would be published as 'premium' paperbacks: I found out that only the Fate of the Jedi reprints will come out in the premium size. For now, anyway...


Book News: Anne Neumann discusses 1,000 Collectibles:
Posted: 5th October
StarWars.com has published an interview with Anne Neumann, co-author of the forthcoming 1,000 Collectibles and collection manager for Steve Sansweet's collection of Star Wars memorabilia at Rancho Obi-Wan. She discusses her role as curator of Sansweet's collection and answers a few questions on this new reference title.
You can read the interview here
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].


Comic News: Dark Horse preview Invasion #5:
Posted: 4th October
Dark Horse Comics has published a three-page preview for the fifth and final issue of Invasion. You can view it here
[External site - opens in a new window/tab]. Issue 5 is due for release on 4th November.


Book News: Rebel Force #6 titled - Uprising:
Posted: 1st October
Affiliate StarWarsTimeline.com has discovered a listing on Amazon.com for the sixth Rebel Force youth novel by Alex Wheeler. According to Amazon it is titled Uprising but there is as yet no official confirmation of this title as regular visitors to Star Wars Books will recall that Uprising was the title of the second novel before it was changed to Hostage.
More details as we get them.
(Source: Amazon.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] via StarWarsTimeline.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


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