Daily Archives: August 8, 2012

Rancho Obi-Wan Experience at Star Wars Celebration VI!


Rancho Obi-Wan Brings Treasures, Logo Souvenirs,

And Giveaways For Fellow Fans at Celebration VI

The Rancho Obi-Wan Experience (booth #1235) at Star Wars Celebration VI will exhibit items ranging from the first, 1978 prototype Boba Fett laser rifle, to unproduced Star Wars action figures, to an incredible two-foot high piñata of Luke on a tauntaun. About 300 special pieces from the world’s largest private collection of Star Wars memorabilia, owned by Steve Sansweet, will be on display at the 800-square-foot exhibit.

To mark the occasion, Rancho Obi-Wan (ROW) will be offering special Celebration VI membership packages that include an exclusive ROW C VI patch (while they last) as well as specially-priced family memberships. Even better, you’ll be able to pick up your full, personalized membership kit at the booth. Members get a 10% discount on all merchandise purchased at C VI.

There will be a chance to take home a limited edition solid-bronze bust of Darth Vader as conceived by Ralph McQuarrie ($1,500 retail price) for a small donation. Giveaways will include postcards, stickers, and bookplates. Rancho Obi-Wan is a nonprofit museum depending on the generous support of the public to share the excitement, fun, and friendship that Star Wars has brought. Its motto is “Inspired by the Force of Imagination.”

For the first time outside the museum, limited amounts of exclusive Rancho Obi-Wan branded souvenirs will be available, including T-shirts (two styles), an embroidered baseball cap, a 15-ounce bistro mug, a coaster-paperweight, and other items. Copies of some of Sansweet’s most popular Star Wars books will also be available. And you can get your book personally autographed by Steve.

Special illustrated bookplates for the upcoming book, Star Wars: The Ultimate Action Figure Collection (Chronicle Books, fall 2012) will be available at no charge and will be signed by all four contributors at least once each day of the show. Times will be posted. Also, The ROW Experience will be headquarters for the Curto/Burns Collectors’ Cast, a monthly podcast about Star Wars collecting.

“We’ve got so many incredible things to share with fellow fans that we asked for and got more floor space to show them all,” Sansweet said. “I look forward to saying hello to old friends and making lots of new ones at the show.”

Photos of the merchandise are at: http://www.ranchoobiwan.org/experience.php. More information about the mission of Rancho Obi-Wan and booking tours is available at www.RanchoObiWan.org. Follow us on twitter @RanchoObiWan and at www.facebook.com/RanchoObiWan.


C VI Membership Kits

The first 300 Memberships purchased will include a special Yoda Celebration VI patch with art by Jerry Vanderstelt, a great companion to the already-included Obi-Wan Kenobi Charter patch, also by Jerry. The $40 kit includes:

A welcome letter from Steve Sansweet

Exclusive 4-inch square 2012 Obi-Wan Charter Member patch

Celebration VI Exclusive 4-inch square Yoda Patch

Charter Membership card personalized for you and signed by Steve

Quarterly email newsletter with the latest news about ROW

$30 discount towards tour-level membership within a year of purchase

New Family Membership

With the purchase of any regular membership, you are entitled to a Padawan Membership for your children 12 and under for only $20 per child. The Padawan Membership includes everything in the regular Membership Kit. Already a Member? Stop by and pick up your special C VI Yoda Patch for only $5.


Specially-designed adhesive bookplates for the upcoming Star Wars: The Ultimate Action Figure Collection will be signed by Sansweet and contributors Anne Neumann, Dan Curto, and Paul Harrison.

Rancho Obi-Wan Souvenirs

The Rancho Obi-Wan Experience T-Shirt: $25.00

(Hanes Nano 100% premium combed cotton)

Rancho Obi-Wan Logo T-Shirt: $25.00

(Hanes 5250 Tagless 100% cotton, 6oz)

Rancho Obi-Wan Embroidered Logo Baseball Cap: $25.00

Rancho Obi-Wan Logo 15oz. Bistro Mug: $15.00

Rancho Obi-Wan Logo Coaster-Paper Weight: $30.00

Rancho Obi-Wan “Challenge Coin”: $10

Rancho Obi-Wan Patches (color or gold metallic): $10 each

Rancho Obi-Wan Logo Pen: $5.00

Rancho Obi-Wan Logo Bamboo Keychain: $5.00

John Jackson Miller Facebook Chat Recap

Here is a recap of some of the qestions and answers from today’s Facebook chat with Star Wars author John Jackson Miller

John Jackson Miller Hi, folks — glad to be here. Big month and a big day… LOST TRIBE OF THE SITH – THE COLLECTED STORIES is out, and today has the first issue of LOST TRIBE OF THE SITH – SPIRAL from Dark Horse Comics, as well as KNIGHT ERRANT – ESCAPE #3.

Zenzi Mulder How do you like writing for the SW EU? Is it difficult to keep in canon?

John Jackson Miller It’s easy to keep in canon when you’re working with a team like we’ve got at Dark Horse, Del Rey, and Lucasfilm — they help keep everything straight.

Christopher Godin With Knight Errant ending as a comic series, any chance of it continuing in novel format?

John Jackson Miller About Knight Errant Yes, it’s true that I didn’t formally propose a fourth Kerra Holt comics series for 2013. Dark Horse is changing its lineup some for the year — and I’ve had some other things percolating, about which more here: http://​blog.farawaypress.com/2012/​08/​the-summer-of-george-and-so​me-novel-news.html But let me say — without giving anything away — that I’m thrilled with how Knight Errant – Escape ends — it’s our best story ever, and I like how it leaves things. And as for the future, well, KOTOR #50 wasn’t the last we saw of Zayne Carrick, nor Return of the Jedi the last of Luke, Leia, and Han. Always in motion is the future — and full of possibilities, too.

Miriam Clarke Phillips Who is your favorite character to write for? Anyone you haven’t yet written for?

John Jackson Miller In KOTOR, Gryph is really my favorite character to write for — he’s a blast. In Knight Errant, the insane Sith Lords are always fun, especially Daiman, who is comically twisted. And in Lost Tribe of the Sith, I’ve really enjoyed writing Varner Hilts — who we see again in the comics. Actually, today’s comic book includes his Secret Testament, referred to in the prose book.

Leighton Smith what is your favorite thing about the sith, and do you think they’re misunderstood?

John Jackson Miller I think the thing we often miss is that they have a believe system that is still evolving, and so there’s the same kind of disagreement you see with the Jedi Council… times a thousand. That’s a fun thing about both Lost Tribe and Knight Errant — it highlights those disagreements.
And in fact the Lost Tribe of the Sith – Spiral comics take us into a serious conflict over what it means to be Sith. Someone thinks the Tribe isn’t truly Sith, and is willing to do something about it!

Aaron Church how do you draw your inspiration when writing in the star wars universe?

John Jackson Miller I draw inspiration from a lot of things. My office is full of Star Wars books and references, yes, but also history books of all kinds. I enjoy bringing some new twists to things.

Eric Harzer If you could choose one time period in the Star Wars timeline to write in (and you can’t choose any periods you’ve already written in) which would it be?

John Jackson Miller ‎If I could choose one time period in the Star Wars timeline to write in…? I’ve really had fun with whatever’s been put in front of me — there are story opportunities everywhere. Certainly, though, the original characters would be fun — my only original trilogy story was my very first one.

Timothy Neal What was your reaction when you got permission to dabble in the Star Wars Universe?

John Jackson Miller Absolutely, it was a lot of fun getting invited to play in the sandbox — my first grown-up comic book was Star Wars #1, years ago. Actually, that EMPIRE link a bit above talks about my getting the job — and then other notes pages talk about the development of KOTOR, etc.

Brandon Borzelli Any plans to branch out KOTOR for something that focuses on Jarael or Gryph or some of the others?

John Jackson Miller Those sound like great ideas that I’d love to do. I’m always talking with the licensees, so like I always say, “always in motion is the future.” I think the new angle is simply that, as the above link says, I’m also splitting time with my own projects a lot more this year. (But if you dig my Star Wars work, I think you’ll like those, too.)

Ryan Bloch do you know when lost tribe of the sith paperback is going to come out? i was hooked after book 1

John Jackson Miller The Lost Tribe of the Sith book is already out now in the US and UK. There was some confusion over the listings on a couple of sites, because it was changed from a paperback to a bigger trade paperback.  There is no mass market paperback version in the U.S. and UK as far as I know.

Christopher Carroll Was the Lost Tribe of the Sith your personal original idea that was integrated into the Fate of the Jedi series? Or- was it someone else’s idea that you were assigned to create?

John Jackson Miller Good question. The Lost Tribe of the Sith was created by Aaron Allston, Christie Golden, and Troy Denning for the Fate of the Jedi novels. They created a working document on what the Tribe was like and how they got there. I was asked to use that as a basis and fill in the 5000+ years in between. There are more details on how that got started here — and more notes on later chapters, too: http://​www.farawaypress.com/​fiction/ebooks/​sw-losttribeofthesith1.html

By the way, I’ll be using some of the questions here to flesh out the final production notes page for the book, which I will compile soon.

Alexander Ward Whats you opinion on how Lucas in the past twenty years has managed the series, and do you think he actually cares about the creditability of a series that allows authors to create cannon fiction but can easily claim any Lucas Arts material no matter how ridiculous to the series to be cannon and override the material presented by said authors?

John Jackson Miller ‎George Lucas created Star Wars, and it is absolutely in every way his to do whatever he wants with. I’m pleased to be able to work in his playground. Yes, there are a lot of moving parts to the universe, but when you compare it to some of the franchises out there, I think it works really well. Remember, for most of the history of publishing, novels and comics based on TV shows and movies had no status whatsoever in the larger scheme of things. They were just one more licensed product, interchangeable with T-shirts. Here, we’re getting to add on, and I thank Mr. Lucas and his team for that.

James Floyd Varnor Hilts really is a different type of grand lord – who did you channel into his character?

John Jackson Miller ‎Varner Hilts really is the third Grumpy Old Man, beside Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. I really wanted to show a character in the Tribe’s system who was seemingly past any hope of taking control of the place; someone marginalized. And it is partially because he was out of the scheming for so long that he actually learned something useful.

Maciej Kotowski Is there any plans to conitnue KotOR series? It would be great to see a novel since it’s Your only Star Wars comic that has no book tie-in

John Jackson Miller Again, sure, KOTOR prose would be spectacularly fun. As I saw, I’m talking with folks all the time. And actually, there was a KOTOR short story once upon a time, back in the Hyperspace days — http://​www.farawaypress.com/​fiction/shortstories/​sw-laborpains.html — hoping we can get that out again one day.

Graham Englefield Do you feel that the different periods of star wars are starting to mimic each other too much? Ie the visual and thematic similarities in TOR?

John Jackson Miller ‎I’ve written about the similar looks to the universe across time before. My explanation was always that technology had more or less reached a functional level millennia before, and there wasn’t really anywhere to go beyond cosmetic changes and ever-crazier superweapons. If you think about it, cars look about like they did 100 years ago, more or less. You’d think that maybe starships would be the same way.

Clint Bloom Will you be working on the era between Eppisode 3 and 4?

John Jackson Miller ‎I did have one “Dark Times” story in a hard-to-find place — I wrote the Dawn of Defiance RPG module, “Sword of the Empire” http://​www.farawaypress.com/games/​swrpgdod9.html –another one of those online things that is no longer available. It would be fun to work in that intermovie period again, to be sure.

Chelsee Sheppard Can we expect to you work on anything in the era between Current EU 44aby. And the Legacy Era 127aby+ ??

John Jackson Miller Yeah, it’s funny, almost everything I have done has been in the past — no Legacy era material at all. Nothing against it, just the opportunity never came up. I’d be open to it, though. As I’ve said before, it’s all Star Wars, whenever it’s set.

Roqoo Depot When you wrote Pandemonium, did you know the Lost Tribe stories would be continuing with the Dark Horse Comic mini-series Spiral?

John Jackson Miller ‎No, in fact, the Lost Tribe of the Sith – Spiral series came together after I had already turned Pandemonium in. So while Knight Errant – Aflame and the Knight Errant novel were written at the same time, this time, the comics came afterward. That said, when I re-edited the stories for the collected edition, I did make references to some things in the comics, because I had written some of them by then. So I look psychic!

Brian Klueter Can you say anything about any future project that youre working on? And what are some non star wars comics that youve worked on?

John Jackson Miller ‎Well, as that link at top describes, I’m working on my own novel — as well as a few other personal projects — but there are a number of things on the licensed side, as well. I can’t announce a lot yet — though, for example, I have several Simpsons comics stories coming up — first one is in BART SIMPSON #76, which is in orderbooks now.

And as to the other comics I’ve worked on — well, there’s quite a list at this point, including Iron Man, Crimson Dynamo, Indiana Jones, and Mass Effect. Here’s my page for the series. (I have a handful of some of the early stuff that hasn’t been reprinted on hand, but otherwise you’re in eBay land!)

Dave Assinder Are there any stories with Cade Skywalker or Zayne Carrick which you wanted to tell but never got the chance? Would you ever consider doing a major crossover event like 2008’s Vector?

John Jackson Miller ‎Definitely, Vector was really something — it took a long time to engineer, well over a year I think.  It’s tough to pull off crossovers like that when you really can’t have time travel. I’d be up to the challenge, but with something that big, it really is something that has to start at the publishers.

Tiffany Roach also my husband and I would love to write a star wars book, how would one go about getting Mr. Lucus’s permission?

John Jackson Miller ‎Like a lot of licensed fiction, Star Wars is pretty much by invitation. Most people get in by writing elsewhere first, thus showing that they know the tools of the trade. I had just done Iron Man when I approached Dark Horse about Star Wars. So I would really recommend getting published elsewhere first — that really helps.

Eric Harzer was it daunting writing for an entire civilization that spanned several thousand years? Did you at all think about how the culture had progressed technologically and socially as you jumped forward further and further in the timeline?

John Jackson Miller ‎No, my model really was the FOUNDATION TRILOGY by Asimov, who had stories that leapt ahead many years at a time. In my case, I needed to get the characters from what the Sith looked like during Tales of the Jedi to what they looked like in Fate of the Jedi — and there was a big difference there, so we got some story fodder from it.

Vasili Volkoff Could we see your work in the form of short stories in issues of Star Wars Insider? We want more, Mr. Miller! LOL…

John Jackson Miller ‎just let Del Rey and Insider know you’d like to see short fiction. I’d be happy to write some. In actuality, that first KOTOR short story was something I’d intended for Insider, many years ago, but Hyperspace ended up being the place it appeared.

John Ryan Decker ‎I’d love to see you write in the Legacy era! So many other stories to be told in that setting :)

John Jackson Miller Yeah, like I say, if the right story and opportunity came along, I’m up for anything. I find things of interest in all the eras. Again, I’m increasingly developing some of my own things, but I’m thrilled to play in some other sandboxes as long as people let me.

Kenny Kraly Jr ‎Have you ever thought about telling story’s from the clone wars era , prequel era or original trilogy era or all of them? And what is your favorite of all 6 films?

John Jackson Miller ‎I’ve had some notions for the Clone Wars era… I think there are some interesting angles to explore. But I grew up with the original movies, and those are probably my favorite. And EMPIRE is the favorite of those.

Just a quick note before I forget: I will be at Star Wars Celebration all four days. Thursday we have a Star Wars Upcoming Comics panel; Friday at 7 we have a Writer’s Roundtable, with me, Randy Stradley, David Marshall, Jan Duursema, and Brian Wood (from the new series). And I will be doing signings both for Dark Horse and Del Rey. Hope to see you there.

Lorenzo Martinico What in the galaxy are Ralltiiri glowmites and why are they less suicidial than the members of Odion’s death cult?

John Jackson Miller ‎Haha! Yes, Raaltiri glowmites. I needed the Star Wars equivalent of lemmings. I figured the glowmites would throw themselves against power supplies and kill themselves.

John Ryan Decker Speaking of Vector, any comment on Celeste Morne’s implication that the Skywalker family are direct descendants of Zayne?

John Jackson Miller ‎yeahhhh, I don’t think the connections between Zayne (who’s childless so far as we know ) and the Skywalkers are something worth speculating on. I mean, figure we’re talking more than a hundred generations here, and it’s a big galaxy, to boot. The better question is this — does Threepio include any circuits used in Elbee?


Aaron Goins

Star Wars Fan Films – TWL #26

In their latest episode, Karl and Jason are joined by special guest Robert Jenner of Crossed Sabers Reviews as they sit down to discuss Star Wars Fan Films. They discuss the love and effort which goes into these creative projects and discuss three particular fan films on the show: I.M.P.S., Jedi Hunter, and Siren of Dathomir.


Crosscurrent & Riptide – SWBTF #31

Greetings Fanboys, Fangirls, EU Fans, and returning Beyonders!
And welcome to Star Wars Beyond the Films!

This week, true believers, The Defender of the EU Mark Hurliman, and your EU Guru Nathan P. Butler, take you on an adventure unlike any other, as they explore Paul S. Kemp’s Jaden Korr novels; Crosscurent, and Riptide. Spoilers ahead.

One Sith- the hosts both agree they want more! Which quickly leads them to ponder were these two books meant to be a duology? They sure work like one. And work well together.

Clones- such a staple of Star Wars and yet there is still so much about the process that isn’t set in stone. Story potential could be lurking on the horizon.

The guys discuss Force Lightning, and the Jedi’s use of it. Intentions and all that.

Speaking of Force Lightning- was this one of the many doors that lead to the Great Schism between the films and the EU? Which leads to the ponder of torturing a person by keeping them alive…. All these dark activities.

While talking dark Mark discusses how the end of Crosscurent started to take on a Deathtroopers flavor. Which leads him to gushing about Jedi of Old meeting up with Luke’s Order Jedi- which brings him back to dreams of K’kruhk showing up in a book someday.

Did anyone else catch the Faal/ Fel connection? Was there one?

Should there ever be a Jedi Punisher? Or would that by default cause said Jedi to no longer be a Jedi?

The hosts discuss the character dynamics of the relationships of the main characters, but forget to touch on the running joke of Caf & Chew Stims!

Marr: Jedi Rainman

Moving into Riptide, they discuss the clones more, Mara, Lessin, Lumiya, and Solusar clones and followed by clones of Kyle Katarn, and Jaden Korr, so much still left open for more story potential.

Nyss… if ever a creepy character that flies in the face of what we thought we knew.

Is Jaden the modern version of Jacen’s vision in the New Jedi Order? Does fate have more to tell?

The use of Rakatan technology was interesting. It’s use was just plain mind boggling….

Could Jaden be the star of a larger series? What do the One Sith have planned? What are the ramifications of the end of Riptide?

Mark relates the identity crisis of the cloning to Spider-man’s Clone Saga with Peter Parker and his clone Ben Reilly as they each thought the other was the original and later the clone. Which leads the hosts to explore identity crisis with clones in the Star Wars Saga. Nathan compares it to The Force Unleashed’s story with Galen Starkiller. A lot of deep thoughts!

Another must listen episode with your dynamic duo. Enjoy and may the Force be with you!

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