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March 2009

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

Book News: Wild Space nominated for Scribe award:
Posted: 27th March
Karen Miller's debut Star Wars novel The Clone Wars: Wild Space has been shortlisted for a Scribe
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] award. The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers has shortlisted Miller's novel in their Best Speculative Fiction Adapted category. Commenting on her blog[External site - opens in a new window/tab] Karen Miller said she was "massively chuffed!". Controversially Sean Williams' The Force Unleashed was also nominated[External site - opens in a new window/tab] but never made the final shortlist. The winners will be announced during San Diego's ComicCon (23rd-29th July).
(Source: via ClubJade.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Comic News: Dark Horse titles for November & December:
Posted: 24th March
Affiliate StarWarsTimeline.com have discovered listings on Amazon.ca for three new graphic novels from Dark Horse Comics. First is The Clone Wars: Slaves of the Republic, collecting the 6 issues of the Slaves of the Republic storyline. While Knights of the Old Republic: Volume 7 - Dueling Ambitions will collate Knights of the Old Republic comic issues 36 thru 41 featuring Prophet Motive, Faithful Execution and Dueling Ambitions story arcs. Both are listed for release in November. Then in December Legacy: Volume 7 - Storms is expected to collate Legacy comic issues 32 thru 36: Fight Another Day, Storms and Renegade.
(Source: StarWarsTimeline.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: Outcast released today:
Posted: 24th March
Fate of the Jedi: Outcast, the first book in a new nine-book series is published today in the US in hardback from Del Rey.


Book News: Allston's Outcast tour:
Posted: 24th March
To coincide with the US release of Fate of the Jedi: Outcast today, the book's author Aaron Allston is on a seven day promotional tour of selected US booksellers:

  • Tuesday, March 24 – Lexington, KY
    Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 7:00 pm
    161 Lexington Green Circle #B, Lexington, KY 40503
  • Wednesday, March 25 – Chicago, IL
    Borders, Oak Brook, 7:30 pm
    1500 16th Street, Oak Brook, IL, 60181
  • Thursday, March 26 – Kansas City, MO
    Borders, Lee’s Summit, 7:00 pm
    1664 NW Chipman Road, Lee’s Summit, MO 64081
  • Friday, March 27 – Seattle, WA
    University Book Store, Mill Creek, 7:00 pm
    15311 Main Street, Mill Creek, WA 98012
  • Saturday, March 28 – Sacramento, CA
    Borders, Folsom, 2:00 pm
    2765 E. Bidwell Street, Folsom, CA 95630
  • Sunday, March 29 – Phoenix, AZ
    Changing Hands, 2:00 pm
    6428 S. Mcclintock Drive #C101, Tempe, AZ 85283
  • Saturday, April 4 – Austin, TX
    Barnes & Noble Booksellers Arboretum, 2:00 pm
    10000 Research Blvd. #158, Austin, TX 78759

Media News: First DVD volume of The Clone Wars TV series released today:
Posted: 24th March
A Galaxy Divided, the first DVD volume release from The Clone Wars TV series is released today in the US. It features the first four episodes: Ambush, Rising Malevolence, Shadow of Malevolence and Destroy Malevolence. It will be released in the UK on 13th April.


Book News: Art of The Clone Wars to finally arrive:
Posted: 21st March
It looks like The Art of Star Wars: The Clone Wars will be published this summer. This title was first hinted at nearly a year ago by Publishers Weekly and since then there has been little or no information about from a vague intimation in Star Wars Insider #104: "rest assured that books examining The Art and Making of Star Wars: The Clone Wars are on tap from Chronicle, to arrive in 2009". Now affiliate StarWarsTimeline.com have found a listing on Amazon.co.uk
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] for this title (as published by Titan Books, UK licensee holder) with a UK release date of 22nd July and it is a 272 page hardcover. We now await confirmation from LucasBooks with US release information and details if a The Making of Star Wars: The Clone Wars will be a separate title (or included within the aforementioned Art of title) with abated breath.
(Source: Amazon.co.uk[External site - opens in a new window/tab] via StarWarsTimeline.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Comic News: Hollow Moon of Khorya available in UK:
Posted: 20th March
Han Solo and the Hollow Moon of Khorya, the first volume in Star Wars Adventures, Dark Horse Comics' new series of graphic novellas, is available now in the UK. This is two months ahead of its US release on the 20th May.


Book News: Introductions to Fate of the Jedi:
Posted: 19th March
With Outcast being released in less than a week in the US, Del Rey have published a short introduction to Fate of the Jedi and a Dramatis Personae of the principal characters. It also includes a sample chapter excerpt from Outcast. You can download the PDF introduction from StarWars.com
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] or alternatively you can read Star Wars Books' A Beginner's Introduction to Fate of the Jedi.


Book News: Postcards from the edge:
Posted: 18th March (UPDATE: 24th March)
In the run up to the release of Outcast, the first novel in the new Fate of the Jedi series, Amazon.com have posted an exclusive e-postcard from Ben Skywalker to his cousin Jaina Solo as he travels the galaxy with his father, Luke, trying to discover why Jacen Solo fell to the Dark Side. You can view it here
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] [pdf].
(Source: Amazon.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] via ClubJade.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab])

UPDATE: Borders.com have also got an exclusive Fate of the Jedi e-Postcard from Ben to Jaina. You can read it here[External site - opens in a new window/tab] [pdf].


Book News: First look at The Clone Wars: The Visual Guide sequel:
Posted: 18th March
StarWars.com have posted a first look
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] at DK's sequel to their The Clone Wars: The Visual Guide, namely The Clone Wars: Visual Guide - Ultimate Battles. This new glossy hardback book will be packed with images from the first two seasons of The Clone Wars and according to StarWars.com is expected in September, although Amazon.com are stating 20th July (US).
(Source: StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Affiliates News: Interview with Randy Stradley :
Posted: 17th March
Affiliate EUCantina.net have posted their interview with Randy Stradley, Vice President of  Publishing, Dark Horse Comics. You can read it here
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].


Book News: Learn how to draw The Clone Wars:
Posted: 14th March
Coming this August from Klutz Books (a division of Scholastic) is Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars by Bonnie Burton and Grant Gould (artist on The Clone Wars Webcomic): Learn to draw like a Jedi Master with this hands-on workbook. Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars is packed with tips and techniques, practice space to draw right in the book, and translucent overlays that make tracing a snap. Master the art of drawing from within — beginning with stick figures, then on to basic shapes, and finishing with details. Learn to draw 20 different Clone Wars characters, including C-3PO, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano, General Grievous, Asajj Ventress, and others. The book comes with everything you need, including a black marker, double-tipped metallic colored pencils, and an always-sharp mechanical pencil with a green lightsaber barrel. Of course, we also include perhaps the most essential tool for any artist… an eraser. Because sometimes even a Jedi Master could use a do-over.
(Source: via StarWarsTimeline.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Comic News: Star Wars: The Old Republic - Threat of Peace #2 now online:
Posted: 14th March
The second 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]. Threat of Peace occurs approximately 3,500 years before the Battle of Yavin, about 300 years after the events of the Knights of the Old Republic video games. It is written by Rob Chestney with art by Alex Sanchez and produced by Dark Horse Comics.
(Source: swtor.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: Title for holostar novel - Star Wars: Holostar :
Posted: 14th March
As reported on TheForce.net, Michael Reeves and Maya Kaathryn Bohnoff's 2011 novel featuring a promising holostar - a rags to riches story set against the backdrop of the early days of the Rebellion will be titled Star Wars: Holostar according to Bohnoff's blog
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
(Source: TheForce.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Comic News: Comics for June:
Posted: 10th March
StarWars.com have posted solicitations from Dark Horse Comics for June releases including Knights of the Old Republic #42: Masks (a one-shot issue linking the comic series to the videogame of the same name!); Dark Times #15 (part 3 of Blue Harvest); Legacy #42 (part 1 of a four part story: Tatooine); and confirmation of the latest Omnibus release: Menace Revealed.
(Source: StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Comic News: Ostrander & Duursema talk Legacy:
Posted: 10th March
Legacy comic series writer John Ostrander and artist Jan Duursema discuss their creative work on this series in a video interview with Newsarama.com
[External site - opens in a new window/tab]. Contains minor spoilers for forthcoming issues.
(Source: Newsarama.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] via EUCantina.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: Omen, Abyss and Dynasty of Evil covered:
Posted: 5th March
StarWars.com have released front and rear cover
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] images for the second Fate of the Jedi book, Omen; the front cover[External site - opens in a new window/tab] for the third  Fate of the Jedi book, Abyss; and the front cover[External site - opens in a new window/tab] for the third Darth Bane novel, Dynasty of Evil. StarWars.com have also published the first official synopsis for Abyss (warning: contains spoilers).


Book News: New children's The Clone Wars books today:
Posted: 5th March
Today sees the official release of two new The Clone Wars children's books in the US from Grosset and Dunlap. Both are adaptations for children of episodes from The Clone Wars TV series: Jar Jar's Big Day and R2-D2 Adventures.


Book News: Random House release audiobook sampler for Outcast:
Posted: 3rd March
Just ahead of its US release on March 24th, Random House have published an online excerpt for the audiobook release of Outcast. You can listen to it, as read by Marc Thompson, on our Outcast listings page or at RandomHouse.com
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
(Source: RandomHouse.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] via EUCantina.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: New children's The Clone Wars books today:
Posted: 2nd March
Today sees the official release of three new The Clone Wars children's books in the UK from Dorling Kindersley. The first two are young reader educational titles: Jedi Adventures (reader level 4) and Yoda in Action! (reader level 3) while the last is The Clone Wars Ultimate Sticker Collection: 96 pages of sticker fun!


Media News: Sansweet confirms The Clone Wars DVD boxed set and Blu-Ray releases for first season:
Posted: 1st March (UPDATED: 2nd March)
Talking at WonderCon 2009, Steve Sansweet (LucasFilm's Director of Content Management and Head of Fan Relations) confirmed that The Clone Wars first TV season will be released as a complete deluxe boxed set, "complete with value-added bonus material" including "a “Show Reel” made very early from rough concept art and paintings that helped explain what The Clone Wars could be" and a Blu-Ray release. As yet no dates for either of these releases.
(Source: The Official Star Wars Blog[External site - opens in a new window/tab])

UPDATE: Affiliate EU Cantina are reporting that the DVD boxed set will be released on November 17th in the US after a photo was taken at Toy Fair showing The Clone Wars' schedule for 2009.
(Source: EUCantina.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Comic News: Stradley discusses Invasion with Official Star Wars Blog:
Posted: 1st March
Dark Horse Comics' Senior Editor Randy Stradley has had a short talk with The Official Star Wars Blog about Star Wars: Invasion druing WonderCon. Stradley explains the reasons for Star Wars: Invasion: "we felt that Luke’s early years had been the focus for too long"; and why Dark Horse Comics have waited until now: "now that [Del Rey have] done their part, it’s easy for us to see clear paths through the larger story of the Yuuzhan Vong invasion". You can read the full conversation here
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
(Source: The Official Star Wars Blog[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


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